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#Whole30 Approved Baconnaise

Since I began Whole30 – which has now become WholeLife – I have ventured in to learning how to cook new things. This is saying a lot for a gal who pretty much hates to cook. But it turns out that I am actually pretty good at it, and I have created some pretty amazing meals… so much so that Mike has agreed to do Whole30 in September – stating that the stuff I cooked that was Whole30 approved was “actually pretty good.” Talk about a huge win.

One of the things I made that everyone has loved is Whole30 Compliant Mayo. Because I have pretty much survived on chicken salad, tuna salad and egg salad, making my own mayo was a must from early on. Since then I have been venturing in to flavored mayo to give things a bit of variety. By far my favorite concoction so far – is Baconnaise.

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Fourth of July Peeps S’mores Pops

We are getting geared up for Fourth of July Celebrations here at the Moscato household. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and potato salad will be in abundance as well as desserts like my Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes. The one thing we will not have though is a bonfire for roasting marshmallows for S’mores. Since we will have little ones in attendance and an all too nosey dog, we opted to just forego the bonfire. However… I gotta have S’mores!!  What’s a Fourth of July Party without the ooey gooey goodness of marshmallows and chocolate between honey graham crackers?! Thankfully I discovered the new Patriotic Peeps at the grocery store – and an idea was born.

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Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes #DuncanHines Summer Velvets

A few months ago I shared with you the new Duncan Hines Spring Velvets Collection making a beautiful layered cake that made me appear to be a much better baker than I actually am. Not only was the cake beautiful – but it was also delicious. So when I saw the new Duncan Hines Summer Velvet Collection at my local Winn Dixie, I had to get it and see what I could create. Inspired by my friend Trisha’s “A Little Love Inside” Cake I decided to make some Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes with my Summer Velvets kit. They turned out amazing!

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Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Milkshake – With Peeps Minis!

Every Easter Mike and the girls stock up on what they think will be a years worth of Peeps… only to run out a few weeks later and pout until Easter rolled around again. Until now Easter was really the only time you could find these delicious little goodies which are gluten free and fat free. So I was super excited when I got to tell them that their favorite little Easter snack is now available year round! New Peeps Minis are hitting store shelves everywhere and come in three delicious flavors – strawberry creme, sour watermelon, and chocolate creme! Each Peeps Minis Chick is only 14 calories – so even I have been indulging since they arrived. We’ve even started concocting new recipes with them like our new favorite – Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Milkshakes.

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Miniature Monkey Bread Recipe

I am not a huge fan of sweets. In fact weeks will go by and I realize the only “sweet” thing I have had is key lime Greek yogurt. But every once in a while I need something sweet and delicious and simple to make. Enter my current favorite – miniature monkey bread. This unbelievably simple recipe takes only 4 ingredients and 20 minutes to make. That is hard to beat.

miniature monkey bread recipe

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