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S’mores Rice Krispie Treats

2016 August 23
by Emily Hill

S’mores might be seasonal but these s’mores rice krispie treats should be enjoyed year round! Classic rice krispie treats are topped with marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate.

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Smores Rice Krispie Treats -- Classic rice krispie treats are topped with marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate.

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Who doesn’t love an ooey, gooey rice krispie treat? They’re crunchy, chewy and all kinds of marshamllowy, plus you can whip up a batch in about five minutes. That basically makes them one of the most perfect homemade desserts—especially if you have to make a last-minute dessert and don’t want it to be lame.

Thin Mints are also a non-lame, last-minute dessert, trust me.

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Smores Rice Krispie Treats -- Classic rice krispie treats are topped with marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate.

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I’m a huge fan of rice krispie treats AND I’m a huge fan of s’mores. I’ve shared recipes for red velvet rice krispie treats and Lucky Charms treats plus how to make over 100 different s’mores.

You’re welcome.

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Smores Rice Krispie Treats -- Classic rice krispie treats are topped with marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate.

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Sometimes when you’re a huge fan of two things, you should combine those two things to make one super amazing thing like these s’mores rice krispie treats. They’re to die for.

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Smores Rice Krispie Treats -- Classic rice krispie treats are topped with marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate.

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I’ve taken a classic rice krispie treat recipe and topped it with mini marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a (heavy) drizzle of semisweet chocolate. Divine!

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Smores Rice Krispie Treats -- Classic rice krispie treats are topped with marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate.

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They’re definitely tasty and definitely easy, so they definitely need to go into your dessert rotation immediately. In fact, they make a perfect after-school snack celebrating the first week of school.

Printable recipe for s’mores rice krispie treats below. Enjoy!
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Smores Rice Krispie Treats -- Classic rice krispie treats are topped with marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate.

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S'mores Rice Krispie Treats
 
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Classic rice krispie treats are topped with marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate. Makes one 9x13-inch pan.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Treats
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 (10-oz) bag mini marshmallows plus 1½ cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6½ cups rice krispies
  • ½ to ¾ cup crushed Golden Grahams cereal
Drizzle
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 T light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
Instructions
Treats
  1. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Place butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir frequently until completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Fold in rice krispies.
  4. Transfer contents to baking dish. Use waxed paper (or your fingers) lightly greased with cooking spray or butter to gently press mixture in pan until evenly distributed.
  5. Top with marshmallows, gently pressing so they stick to treats. Sprinkle with crushed Golden Grahams and drizzle with chocolate. Store in an airtight container (best if eaten same day).
Drizzle
  1. Combine ingredients in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until completely melted. Do not overcook!
  2. Use a spoon or squeeze bottle to drizzle chocolate over treats.

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Here are a couple more delicious marshmallow treat recipes for you to enjoy!

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Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats - slight cocoa flavor with a drizzle of white chocolate. Perfect dessert for Valentines Day (or Christmas)!


Red velvet rice krispie treats

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Lucky Charms Treats -- quick and easy and delightfully delicious!


Lucky Charms treats

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Healthy Peanut Butter Pretzel Popcorn Mix

2016 August 18
by Emily Hill

Try this healthy peanut butter pretzel popcorn mix in place of those higher-fat, higher-sugar mixes out there. You’ll save on calories AND satisfy your sweet tooth!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Pretzel Popcorn -- Try this healthy peanut butter pretzel popcorn mix in place of those higher-fat, higher-sugar mixes out there. You will save on calories AND satisfy your sweet tooth!

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I love nothing more than snacking on bite-size Twix and mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but my metabolism isn’t getting any younger and I’m finding my scale loves nothing more than going up when I do so. I’ve got to find some healthier snack options but they have to taste good or I’ll go right back to not-so-healthy leftover holiday candy.

Gotta love lengthy expiration dates!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Pretzel Popcorn -- Try this healthy peanut butter pretzel popcorn mix in place of those higher-fat, higher-sugar mixes out there. You will save on calories AND satisfy your sweet tooth!

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Bet you didn’t know popcorn has the right amount of whole grains and fiber to help with that whole healthier snack option thing. Unfortunately, I don’t love eating popcorn unless it’s kettle cor—that salty-sweet combination gets me every time! But a girl can eat only so much kettle corn before hitting kettle-corn burnout, so I wanted to come up with another salty-sweet combination healthier than those dang addictive peanut butter cups.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Pretzel Popcorn -- Try this healthy peanut butter pretzel popcorn mix in place of those higher-fat, higher-sugar mixes out there. You will save on calories AND satisfy your sweet tooth!

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And I totally did. This healthy peanut butter pretzel popcorn combines JOLLY TIME Crispy White Naturally Flavored Pop Corn with natural peanut butter, mini pretzels and a handful of M&M’S for a healthy snack that totally satisfies my sweet tooth. I know because it went through some pretty rigorous taste testing…

If you want to boost the antioxidants, you could always use dark chocolate M&M’S instead of milk chocolate. I thought of throwing in a cup or two of raisins but my kids aren’t fans and I’d end up eating the entire ginormous bowl by myself.

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JOLLY TIME Pop Corn
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The star of this popcorn mix is JOLLY TIME Pop Corn. When it comes to choosing a healthier popcorn option, you should totally consider grabbing a box of Healthy Pop from JOLLY TIME. It’s a fiber-filled, low-calorie popcorn that actually tastes great and is perfect for after-school (or anytime) snacking. Did you see they have kettle corn and butter and they’re only 20 calories per 1-cup serving? Mind blown.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Pretzel Popcorn -- Try this healthy peanut butter pretzel popcorn mix in place of those higher-fat, higher-sugar mixes out there. You will save on calories AND satisfy your sweet tooth!

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Printable recipe for healthy peanut butter pretzel popcorn below. Enjoy!
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Healthy Peanut Butter Pretzel Popcorn Mix
 
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Try this healthy pretzel peanut butter popcorn mix in place of those higher-fat, higher-sugar mixes out there. You'll save on calories AND satisfy your sweet tooth! Makes approximately 20 130-calorie 1-cup servings.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Popcorn
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 2 bags JOLLY TIME Crispy White Naturally Flavored Pop Corn (or your favorite low-calorie natural popcorn)
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups mini pretzel twists
  • 2 cups M&M'S
Instructions
  1. Pop popcorn according to package directions. Empty into a large bowl and remove any unpopped kernels.
  2. Combine butter, sugar and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour peanut butter mixture over popcorn and toss to coat. Let cool slightly before adding pretzels and M&M'S. Toss until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Deck the Dorm with Pans & Post-Its: Add These Essentials to Your Dorm Room Checklist

2016 August 16
by Emily Hill

Bet you don’t have ‘wireless router’ on your dorm room checklist, but that’s okay because your college co-ed can snag one with her new Amazon Prime Student account. Warning: It might be more awesome than your Prime account.

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Deck the Dorm with Pans & Post-Its: Add These Essentials to Your Dorm Room Checklist

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I love Amazon Prime as much as I love Diet Coke, and I don’t make that comparison lightly. From pomade to powdered peanut butter and everything in between, an Amazon Prime box hits our porch once a week (at least). In fact, I’m expecting a box today containing essentials for Madison’s college dorm.

You know you’re a grownup when you start getting practical items for your birthday.

The iron and hand mixer she’s receiving are two of about 102 items we’re gathering so we can deck out her dorm room when she moves down to BYU this weekend. After chatting with her future roommates (one of whom is already living on campus) and her mom who lived in the same dorms once upon a time, Madison compiled a fairly comprehensive list of dorm essentials. I won’t bore you with the basics I’m sure are already on your dorm room checklist (dishes, towels, bedding), but I did want to share a few you might not have thought to include:

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Kitchen

  • Liquid measuring cup. This is especially important if you’re baking lots of brownies.
  • Sharp knives. I’m not talking steak knives; I’m talking a good chef’s knife and utility knife. I’ve seen lots of affordable knives on Amazon with solid reviews.
  • Reusable food storage containers. We stocked up on disposable ones knowing they’d probably find their way into the other apartments.
  • Pots & pans. Let’s be honest, college students mostly cook grilled cheese, quesadillas, mac & cheese and pasta but once in a while they’ll want to entertain. Check with roommates to find out who’s bringing what; you don’t need six sets of pans but more than one set can come in handy.
  • Pot holders. For those countless batches of brownies.
  • Cutting board. The flexible cutting mats are thin and lightweight (i.e., easy to pack).

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Bedroom

  • Alarm clock. Yes, they have an alarm on their smartphones but it’s always good to have a backup…especially during finals week. We found one an Amazon that projects the time onto the ceiling. Madison loves it.
  • Accessory hanger. This is a great way to keep jewelry organized when space is limited.
  • Space-saving hangers. We love the velvet-lined, super thin hangers. No stretched-out shoulders or slippage.
  • Shoe organizer. If you don’t have room for a shoe rack on the floor, grab one that hangs over the closet door.
  • Three-drawer storage container. This can double as a nightstand and offers extra storage. You can also pick up under-the-bed storage containers for packing away winter clothes and other seasonal items.
  • Bluetooth speaker. You’ll find this makes its way into the bathroom, kitchen, rec room and the picnic basket.
  • Color printer. I so wish I’d had a printer so I wasn’t at the mercy of the computer lab and its normal business hours. Who finishes a paper before 9:00 p.m.???

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Bathroom

  • Plastic caddy. If counter space is limited, consider a caddy for keeping bath & body essentials organized and portable.
  • Bath sheet. I’m a believer in the bath sheet. It’s bigger than a bath towel and provides more coverage and drying ability—important perks when trying to get ready in an apartment of six girls.
  • Hand mirror. You never know when you might have to get ready in your room. Or the kitchen.

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Miscellaneous

  • Plasti-Tak. Nails, thumbtacks and tape are frowned upon in most dorms. If you want to hang something, hang it with Plasti-tak. Plus kneading it doubles as a great stress reliever.
  • Post-It Notes. Every dorm room needs a Post-It wall. It’s where you document inside jokes, funny quotes and conversation snippets.
  • Umbrella. It sounds obvious but I bet you forget to pack it. (We will too.)
  • Flashlight. You never know when you might need it. Plus it’s great for night games.
  • 6-outlet extension cord. Self-explanatory.
  • Wireless router. Madison’s dorm provides internet but if you want WiFi, you have to bring your own wireless router.

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I have no doubt there will be more to buy once Madison has been living in her dorm room for a week or two, but Nathan and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in Europe so she’ss going to have to do her own Amazon Prime-ing. Fortunately for her, there’s Amazon Prime Student.

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Amazon Prime Student
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I’d love for my daughter’s first semester at college to be as stress-free as possible. She’s going to experience plenty of learning opportunities, most of which will come in those first few weeks. Since her parents will be busy dining on croissants in Paris, I’m totally going to encourage (i.e., strongly recommend and constantly remind) her to sign up for the six-month sponsored trial (thank you, Sprint) of Amazon Prime Student.

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Amazon Prime Student
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By signing up, that brilliant student of mine can access:

  • Free two-day shipping: No explanation of this awesomeness needed.
  • Unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video: Watch thousands of movies, TV shows and award-winning Amazon Originals on your compatible TV, laptop, Fire TV, smartphone or choice of more than 600 devices.
  • Exclusive deals and promotions for students plus sweepstakes, giveaways, and contests.
  • Textbook savings: Goodbye campus bookstore, hello extra time and money! Skip the line and ridiculous costs by purchasing textbooks through Amazon Prime Student and have the books shipped directly to your doorstep.
  • Prime Photos: Store unlimited photos securely (and for free!) with Prime Photos.
  • Refer-a-friend credit: Refer a friend and both of you will receive a $5 credit!

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After her six-month trial, Amazon Prime Student is only $49 a year—at’s half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership—and includes over a million songs with Prime Music and one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First.

Dude. Maybe I’ll go back to school as Madison’s roommate.

You could always surprise your college co-ed with an Amazon Prime Student account as a belated graduation present or dorm-warming gift. It’s pretty much a dorm essential at this point. Perhaps I should add it under Miscellaneous in the dorm room checklist…

For more information, check out Amazon Prime Student online.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls. The content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Homemade Deer Valley Granola

2016 August 9
by Emily Hill

This Deer Valley granola combines oats and coconut with a variety of yummy nuts and seeds. Toss all that with a brown sugar-honey glaze and then bake for one of the best homemade granola recipes you’ll ever taste!

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Deer Valley Granola -- This Deer Valley granola combines oats and coconut with a variety of yummy nuts and seeds. Toss all that with a brown sugar-honey glaze and then bake for one of the best homemade granola recipes you'll ever taste!

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I first posted this homemade Deer Valley granola recipe over five years ago. I stumbled across it while writing an eBay guide featuring healthy breakfast ideas for kids and I was like, why the heck haven’t we made this lately? It’s so easy and full of so many different nuts and seeds—it’s quite possibly the most interesting granola I’ve tasted.

And I mean the good kind of interesting, not the “I’m not sure if that haircut was the right choice” kind of interesting.

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Deer Valley Granola -- This Deer Valley granola combines oats and coconut with a variety of yummy nuts and seeds. Toss all that with a brown sugar-honey glaze and then bake for one of the best homemade granola recipes you'll ever taste!

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Though Deer Valley granola takes 30 minutes to bake, it’s totally worth it. That brown sugar and honey coating is perfection. If I were you, I’d double the recipe. It stores well in an airtight container and you’ll go through it faster than you think!

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Deer Valley Granola -- This Deer Valley granola combines oats and coconut with a variety of yummy nuts and seeds. Toss all that with a brown sugar-honey glaze and then bake for one of the best homemade granola recipes you'll ever taste!

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This homemade granola is perfect atop yogurt, frozen yogurt or ice cream or as your breakfast cereal. (I love it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk!) You can also munch on it straight from the container; I won’t judge!

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Deer Valley Granola -- This Deer Valley granola combines oats and coconut with a variety of yummy nuts and seeds. Toss all that with a brown sugar-honey glaze and then bake for one of the best homemade granola recipes you'll ever taste!

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Printable recipe for Deer Valley granola below. Enjoy!
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Homemade Deer Valley Granola
 
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This Deer Valley granola combines oats and coconut with a variety of yummy nuts and seeds. Toss all that with a brown sugar-honey glaze and then bake for one of the best homemade granola recipes you'll ever taste!
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Granola
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
  • ¾ cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ⅓ cup sesame seeds
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ⅓ cup flaked coconut
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans, optional
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Add the oats, milk powder, sunflower seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut and pecans in a large bowl. Mix until combined.
  3. Measure the oil in a 1-cup measure. Swish it to coat up to the ¾-cup mark, then add the honey to the mark. Add brown sugar and vanilla. Pour liquids over dry ingredients.
  4. Mix until granola is evenly coated. Note: I found it worked best to use a large silicone spatula first and then mix by hand.
  5. Spread onto a large baking sheet, about ½-inch deep. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring after 15 minutes so the granola in the middle will brown evenly with the edges.
  6. Cool and store in an airtight container.

 
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10 Backyard-Friendly Games for Kids

2016 August 4
by Emily Hill

Summer entertaining is still in full swing and will be for a couple more months. Keep kids of all ages busy with these 10 backyard-friendly outdoor games.

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10 Backyard Friendly Games for Kids of All Ages -- Summer entertaining is still in full swing. Keep kids of all ages busy with these 10 backyard-friendly games. | isthisreallymylife.com


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Disclosure: Post includes sponsored content for eBay. All thoughts, opinions & love for backyard games are mine.

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It may be August but summer entertaining and backyard barbecues are still in full swing. I plan to host them as long as possible; I’m in denial school is starting and Christmas is less than five months away. Gah…

If you don’t have a play set or sandbox or professional balloon artists on hand, it can be super helpful to keep some backyard-friendly—and kid-friendly—games at the ready. Why use the term backyard-friendly? Because let’s be honest, some games are better for the park or elementary school (ultimate Frisbee, soccer, basketball, dodge ball…).

To get the list of backyard-friendly outdoor games, CLICK HERE or on the image below.

Like the kid-friendly summer smoothies and tips for hosting kid-friendly barbecues, it’s another fun—and hopefully helpful—guide I’ve created over on the eBay.

I’ve written 60 guides so far and will write another 10 over the next couple months. You can check out the full list HERE. It includes quite a few book guides (my favorite) and more tips, tricks and secrets (most involving food of course).

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10 Backyard Friendly Games for Kids of All Ages -- Summer entertaining is still in full swing. Keep kids of all ages busy with these 10 backyard-friendly games. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Frosted Zucchini Brownies

2016 August 2
by Emily Hill

These frosted zucchini brownies with their rich, chocolaty flavor and creamy chocolate frosting are sure to become a family favorite!

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Frosted Zucchini Brownies -- These frosted zucchini brownies with their rich, chocolaty flavor and creamy chocolate frosting are sure to become a family favorite homemade brownie recipe. | isthisreallymylife.com


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Post may include affiliate links to help support my Diet Coke habit.

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I know, I know. You’re wondering how in the heck chocolate brownies made with shredded zucchini could be any good. It sounds way too healthy to taste like real brownies, but believe you me, they do. In fact, these frosted zucchini brownies are quite possibly my favorite homemade brownie recipe.

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Frosted Zucchini Brownies -- These frosted zucchini brownies with their rich, chocolaty flavor and creamy chocolate frosting are sure to become a family favorite homemade brownie recipe. | isthisreallymylife.com

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The batter is nice and thick making them extra dense and chewy. You can’t even taste the zucchini in there…and not tasting veggies which is my favorite way to eat them. The creamy chocolate frosting pairs perfectly with the rich, chocolaty brownies. The flavor reminds me of the frosting on my mom’s Texas sheet cake, and I could eat that by the bowlful.

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Frosted Zucchini Brownies -- These frosted zucchini brownies with their rich, chocolaty flavor and creamy chocolate frosting are sure to become a family favorite homemade brownie recipe. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Think of all that zucchini lying around in your garden. I imagine it would love nothing more than to be made into a batch of frosted zucchini brownies and served at your next backyard get-together. Or served to yourself as a late-night snack! Note: I use the smaller-sized grater on my favorite KitchenAid box grater so the zucchini is more finely shredded (and less noticeable).

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Frosted Zucchini Brownies -- These frosted zucchini brownies with their rich, chocolaty flavor and creamy chocolate frosting are sure to become a family favorite homemade brownie recipe. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for frosted zucchini brownies below. Enjoy!
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Frosted Zucchini Brownies
 
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These frosted zucchini brownies with their rich, chocolaty flavor and creamy chocolate frosting are sure to become your family's favorite homemade brownie recipe.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Brownies
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Brownies
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (I use the smaller-sized grater)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Frosting
  • 6 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.
  2. Mix oil, sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl until well blended.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into sugar mixture until thoroughly combined. Fold in zucchini and walnuts. (Batter will appear dry at first but will become more wet as you mix.)
  4. Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until brownies spring back when gently touched. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting
  1. Melt cocoa and butter in a small pan; set aside to cool.
  2. Blend powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir in cocoa mixture. Spread over cooled brownies before serving.

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Frosted Zucchini Brownies -- These frosted zucchini brownies with their rich, chocolaty flavor and creamy chocolate frosting are sure to become a family favorite homemade brownie recipe. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Here are a few more delicious brownie recipes for you to enjoy!

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Lower Calorie BYU Mint Brownies with Chocolate Ganache - substitute Splenda granulated no calorie sweetener for the sugar and you save 1,200 calories! Substituting is optional as are the walnuts. They are yummy either way!


Low-calorie mint brownies

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Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies - so decadent and so dang peanut buttery!


Peanut butter fudge brownies

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Peanut butter brownies - my favorite brownie recipe! A swirl of creamy peanut butter flavor in every bite. #brownies #brownierecipe #peanutbutter #dessert


Peanut butter swirl brownies

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Glazed orange brownies - I promise you will want to eat half the pan!


Glazed orange brownies

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Chewy chocolate brownies -- super chocolaty and chewy. The perfect indulgence!


Chewy chocolate brownies

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German chocolate caramel brownies


German chocolate caramel brownies

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Tips for Taking Road Trips with Dogs + Coco’s Favorite Banana Cupcakes

2016 July 28
by Emily Hill

If you’re planning a road trip with your dog, here are a few tips to help ensure everyone arrives healthy and happy…or at least sane.

Tips for Taking Road Trips with Dogs + Dog-Friendly Banana Cupcakes Recipe

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Disclosure: Post includes sponsored content for eBay. All thoughts, opinions & love for road trips are mine.

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Though we don’t have any road trips planned this summer, we have taken a couple from Utah to California with Coco and learned a lesson or two along the way. I’ve compiled those lessons with a few other important reminders into a mini travel guide for dog owners.

If Coco had her way, she’d stay with my parents instead of making the trek in the car!

To get the list of tips for traveling with dogs and Coco’s favorite recipe for banana cupcakes, CLICK HERE or on the image below.

Like the kid-friendly summer smoothies and tips for hosting kid-friendly barbecues, it’s another fun—and hopefully helpful—guide I’ve created over on the eBay.

I’ve written 60 guides so far and will write another 10 over the next couple months. You can check out the full list HERE. It includes quite a few book guides (my favorite) and more tips, tricks and secrets (most involving food of course).

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Tips for Taking Road Trips with Dogs + Dog-Friendly Banana Cupcakes Recipe

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Looking for more fun stuff? Try browsing my best of Is This Really My Life Pinterest board. I guarantee you’ll find quite a few!

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