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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip

2017 August 31
by Emily Hill

Thank you Farm Rich for sponsoring this post. All thoughts are my own. Visit your local grocery store to pick up NEW Farm Rich snacks and your family favorites!

This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks!

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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife

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Because my kids love to dip, dunk and drown their snacks in all kinds of unhealthy sauces, I wanted a healthy alternative that was easy to make and tasted good enough to fool my kids. That’s where this skinny creamy salsa dip comes in.

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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife

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This skinny creamy salsa dip combines a few dried spices with non-fat Greek yogurt and low-fat sour cream. The result is a smooth, creamy and healthy dip you can feel good about your kids using to coat their celery sticks or quesadilla slices. Of course, you can totally go with non-fat sour cream but it always tastes a bit off to me.

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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife

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I absolutely LOVE this skinny creamy salsa dip. I think it’s because I’ve been making a variation of it since date-night dinners at Chili’s in college. This creamy salsa dip pairs deliciously with many Farm Rich snacks and appetizers. We tried it with the Mozzarella Bites and new Avocado Slices to see how they’d do as a quick-and-easy after-school snack. I wanted something that could be ready in minutes (because the kids are always ravenous when they get home) and easily prepped by my youngest two.

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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife

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Farm Rich is one of America’s favorite snacks and appetizers brands and definitely one of ours. It’s a good thing they’re readily available in the freezer section of my local Walmart! Farm Rich snacks, appetizers and bakery items are made with wholesome ingredients quick-frozen and carefully packaged so busy families can prepare great-tasting food within minutes. I couldn’t believe how quickly these after-school snacks came together, especially if you have the dried seasonings pre-made and on hand.

I highly recommend whisking up those dip spices and keeping them readily available!

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Farm Rich appetizers.

The kids love the Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites and I love that they’re made with 100% real mozzarella cheese and are a good source of calcium and protein with 0g trans fat per serving. Personally, I was more a fan of the new Farm Rich Avocado Slices; it probably has something to do with the premium Hass avocados and ancho chile pepper breading.

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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife

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For more great after-school snack and weekday meal ideas, click here: http://clvr.li/2tZukxE.

Printable recipe for skinny creamy salsa dip below. Enjoy!
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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip
 
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This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks!
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
Dip Seasoning Mix
  • 2 T dried parsley
  • 1½ tsp dried dill weed
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
Dip
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup low-fat sour cream
  • ½ to 1 cup salsa
Instructions
  1. Whisk together ingredients for dip seasoning mix in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of dip seasoning mix with Greek yogurt and sour cream. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add ½ to 1 cup fresh salsa (or to taste); stir. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving for best flavor.
  4. Store leftover dip seasoning mix in an airtight container.

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Skinny Ranch Dip

2017 August 29
by Emily Hill

Skinny ranch dip is a lower-calorie, lower-fat version of your favorite creamy ranch dip. But don’t worry, it’s so yummy you won’t know the difference!

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Skinny Ranch Dip + Skinny Salsa Ranch Dip -- Skinny ranch dip and its salsa-y counterpart, skinny salsa ranch dip, are perfect for all your appetizer and after-school snack dipping! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Our family goes through ranch dressing like it’s candy. Between the kids and me, we use it as a dip for everything from carrot sticks to quesadillas. Granted, not much beats the flavor of a good restaurant ranch, but I wanted something a bit healthier without sacrificing flavor. And I found it with this skinny ranch dip.

See that yummy rose-colored dip? That’s a variation using fresh salsa I call skinny creamy salsa dip. Mmm…

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Skinny Ranch Dip + Skinny Salsa Ranch Dip -- Skinny ranch dip and its salsa-y counterpart, skinny salsa ranch dip, are perfect for all your appetizer and after-school snack dipping! | isthisreallymylife.com #recipe

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This skinny ranch dip takes your basic ranch dressing seasonings and combines them with low-fat sour cream and non-fat Greek yogurt. You can use non-fat sour cream for even fewer calories and less fat, but I’m just not a fan of that stuff.

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Skinny Ranch Dip + Skinny Salsa Ranch Dip -- Skinny ranch dip and its salsa-y counterpart, skinny salsa ranch dip, are perfect for all your appetizer and after-school snack dipping! | isthisreallymylife.com #recipe

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This skinny ranch dip pairs extremely well with appetizers like mozzarella bites, loaded potato skins and southwest egg rolls. It also tastes delicious with sides like celery sticks, fresh broccoli and cherry tomatoes.

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Skinny Ranch Dip + Skinny Salsa Ranch Dip -- Skinny ranch dip and its salsa-y counterpart, skinny salsa ranch dip, are perfect for all your appetizer and after-school snack dipping! | isthisreallymylife.com #recipe

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Skinny Ranch Dip + Skinny Salsa Ranch Dip -- Skinny ranch dip and its salsa-y counterpart, skinny salsa ranch dip, are perfect for all your appetizer and after-school snack dipping! | isthisreallymylife.com #recipe

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Printable recipe for skinny ranch dip below. Enjoy!
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Skinny Ranch Dip
 
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Skinny ranch dip is a lower-calorie, lower-fat version of your favorite creamy ranch dip. But don't worry, it's so yummy you won't know the difference!
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • 2 T dried parsley
  • 1½ tsp dried dill weed
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
Dip
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup low-fat sour cream
Instructions
  1. Whisk together ingredients for ranch seasoning mix in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of ranch seasoning mix with Greek yogurt and sour cream. Mix until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving for best flavor.
  3. Store leftover dry ranch dressing mix in an airtight container.

 
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Skinny Creamy Salsa Dip -- This skinny creamy salsa dip made with non-fat Greek yogurt is a healthy and super tasty way to enjoy your favorite appetizers and after-school snacks! | isthisreallymylife


Skinny creamy salsa dip (my fave)

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Triple olive tepanade

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Cowboy caviar

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Copycat Chilis Salsa -- After comparing other copycat Chilis salsa recipes and making a few tweaks, this version is by far the closest to the original...and extremely addictive.


Copycat Chili’s salsa

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Layered Pesto Dip -- only 4 ingredients and so yummy!


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Dark Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites + Healthy Snack Ideas to Keep Kids Playin’

2017 August 23
by Emily Hill

Thank you CLIF Kid for sponsoring this post. Be sure to check out the new CLIF Kid Zbar Filled and encourage your kids to get outside and play!

Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack.

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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. | isthisreallymylife.com

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School might be back in session but that doesn’t mean outdoor play is over. The temperatures are still warm enough for trampoline tricks, backyard games and yes, even lemonade stands. Plus, after-school sports like football and soccer are in full swing. With all these outdoor activities on top of a full school day, kids need healthy, good-for-growing-bodies snacks to keep them fueled and happy.

Hangry kids are no joke. They’re almost as bad as hangry moms.

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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Good thing there are plenty of healthy snack options for kids who are always on the go including these dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites.

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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. | isthisreallymylife.com

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They come together in only a few minutes and are a great way for kids to get some fruit, protein and antioxidants in one bite!

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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Keep in mind, these frozen banana bites are made to be eaten straight from the freezer or immediately after they’re dipped. If you try to pack them for school lunch or as a half-time snack, they’ll be a mass of mushed banana and chocolate. And it won’t be pretty.

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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. | isthisreallymylife.com

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If you’re looking for a cooler- or lunch tote-friendly snack for those extended outside playdates or intense scrimmages, the new CLIF Kid Zbar Filled bars are a must. Zbar Filled is snacking made fun; they’re the first and only organic, soft-baked snack bar with smooth, creamy nut butter filling to surprise and delight kids. And my kids were delighted … especially by the Double Peanut Butter flavor.

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CLIF Kid ZBar Filled review.
CLIF Kid ZBar Filled review.

Zbar Filled is filled with the good stuff—nutritious ingredients like oats and nut butters, certified USDA organic and non-GMO, and free from ingredients that parents are looking to avoid like high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. Plus they come in three yummy flavors: Double Peanut Butter (my kids’ fave), Chocolate Peanut Butter (my fave) and Apple Almond Butter.

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CLIF Kid ZBar Filled review.

We’re huge fans of CLIF Kid and have taste tested a few of their bars (you can read those reviews here and http://www.isthisreallymylife.com/2016/10/how-to-keep-kids-active-during-winter/). The kids always ask me to keep CLIF Kid Zbars and the new CLIF Kid ZBar Filled bars in our pantry, and I don’t mind because both offer great taste and delicious flavors my kids love with nutrition I feel good about.

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CLIF Kid ZBar Filled review.
CLIF Kid ZBar Filled review.

Here are a few of my other favorite packable on-the-go snacks:

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Easy PB&J Protein Balls -- PB&J protein balls are perfect for PB&J lovers looking for a healthy, protein-packed snack thanks to creamy peanut butter and diced dried strawberries. | isthisreallymylife.com


PB&J protein balls

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Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Protein Bars -- These chocolate cranberry oatmeal protein bars include almonds, peanut butter and coconut and make for a healthy and delicious snack or on-the-go breakfast.


Chocolate cranberry oatmeal protein bars

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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!


Healthy peanut butter pretzel popcorn mix

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Printable recipe for dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana dippers below. Enjoy!
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Dark Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites
 
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Dark chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites are easy to make, healthy and delicious making them a perfect after-school snack. Makes approx. 3 dozen bites.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter or your favorite nut butter
  • 1 (10-oz) package dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 T coconut oil or vegetable shortening
Instructions
  1. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Slice bananas into ¼- to ½-inch rounds. Spread a small dollop of peanut butter on half of the small banana slices and top with second slice. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Microwave chocolate chunks and shortening on high 30 seconds; stir well. Microwave in 15-second increments, stirring after each, until chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Remove banana bites from freezer and dip each one into melted chocolate. Return to parchment-lined baking sheet. Let stand until chocolate is firm. If not serving immediately, return bananas to freezer.

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Triple Olive Tapenade

2017 August 16
by Emily Hill

Thank you Breton for sponsoring this post. Make everyday entertaining better with Breton!

This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive!

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’ve been dying to make this triple olive tapenade ever since I first tasted it nearly two months ago at a church function. Everyone raved about it and I taste tested it enough times (thirds, fourths, maybe even fifths) to know it would be a hit at family get-togethers and upcoming holiday parties.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I worried it would require a long list of crazy ingredients but it’s actually ridiculously easy with ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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We served this triple olive tapenade with sliced pita bread and Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers.

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Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains Crackers.

While I usually prefer pita bread, the light, smooth flavor of the Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers were the perfect complement to the stronger flavor of the olive tapenade.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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In fact, the flavor of those Breton crackers were so good, I can’t wait to try them with this layered pesto dip, Greek feta dip and the ever-popular sweet onion crack dip.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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With Breton’s variety of flavors and textures, there are endless ways to enjoy them. Pair them with your favorite appetizer, use them to make a simple crust or my favorite, eat them right out of the box. I firmly believe there’s a perfect Breton cracker for everyone.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I know it’s way too early to be thinking about the holidays (no matter what the stores are putting on their shelves), but you really must pin this triple olive tapenade so you can easily find it when asked to bring an appetizer to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s sure to be a hit and you’re sure to be the favorite.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for triple olive tapenade below. Enjoy!
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Triple Olive Tapenade
 
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This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 3 cups olive medley (1 cup each pitted Kalamata olives, large green olives, California olives) + 2 T capers
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted and cut into 1” pieces*
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 T fresh Italian herbs, loosely chopped (1 T each parsley and basil)
  • 5 T olive oil + 2 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Put olives, capers, red pepper and garlic in food processor. Pulse 10 to 15 times in 1-second intervals.
  2. Add herbs, olive oil and lemon juice. Pulse another 10 times, stopping halfway to scrape down sides of bowl. Serve with pita bread, toasted baguette slices or your favorite crackers.
Notes
* To save time you can use 1 (12-oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into 1" pieces. The tapenade may not have quite the same smoky flavor; it depends on the brand of bottled roasted red peppers you use.

 
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Cowboy caviar

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Copycat Chilis Salsa -- After comparing other copycat Chilis salsa recipes and making a few tweaks, this version is by far the closest to the original...and extremely addictive.


Copycat Chili’s salsa

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Toffee Apple Dip -- only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes  for the most decadent dessert dip. Perfect with apples, graham crackers, pretzels...the options are endless!


Toffee apple dip

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Layered Pesto Dip -- only 4 ingredients and so yummy!


Layered pesto dip

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Sweet onion crack dip -- hot, cheesy, and a bit peppery. It is highly addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com


Sweet onion crack dip

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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Visit my best of Is This Really My Life Pinterest board for more “yummy” posts.

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{FREE} “I Would Step on a LEGO for You” Printable Gift Tag

2017 August 12
by Emily Hill

Show the true meaning of friendship with this free LEGO printable gift tag. Attach to LEGO Friends sets, bags of loose LEGOs or a pair of minifigures!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for LEGO; the content and opinions expressed are my own. Post may include affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and purchase something, you won’t pay anything extra but it will help support this blog.

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When LEGO Friends celebrates its fifth anniversary, you totally have to join the celebration. We’ve been LEGO Friends fans since they first arrived on the scene and have a pretty decent collection of sets. (And yes, we always buy anything Olivia; it’s what you do when your daughter has the same name.)

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FREE LEGO Friends Printable Gift Tag -- Show the true meaning of friendship with this free LEGO printable gift tag. Attach to LEGO Friends sets, bags of loose LEGOs or a pair of minifigures! | isthisreallymylife.com #lego #printable #ad

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Of course you don’t have to wait until LEGO Friends is celebrating an anniversary to have a party. LEGO Friends makes for a great birthday party theme or any celebration theme—kindergarten graduation, back-to-school party, just got my first round of braces party.

You can find plenty of awesome ideas on Pinterest if you want to host a LEGO Friends party, but I’m more of a simple gal. That’s why mini funfetti bundt cakes (get it? “mini” because of those darling LEGO minifigures) and a small LEGO Friends set with the cutest printable gift tag would be perfect.

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FREE LEGO Friends Printable Gift Tag -- Show the true meaning of friendship with this free LEGO printable gift tag. Attach to LEGO Friends sets, bags of loose LEGOs or a pair of minifigures! | isthisreallymylife.com #lego #printable #ad

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As for party gifts, if you want more pizzazz than a LEGO Friends set tied with raffia ribbon, wrap the set in cellophane and throw in some loose LEGOs and crinkle paper (purple, of course). Don’t forget the super cute LEGO printable gift tag; it’s an example of true friendship!

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FREE LEGO Friends Printable Gift Tag -- Show the true meaning of friendship with this free LEGO printable gift tag. Attach to LEGO Friends sets, bags of loose LEGOs or a pair of minifigures! | isthisreallymylife.com #lego #printable #ad

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What I love most about these gift tags is their versatility. You can use them for classroom valentines or friend gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Just attach to a small bag of loose LEGOs, a small LEGO set or even to a couple minifigures!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the gift tags:

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FREE LEGO Friends Printable Gift Tag -- Show the true meaning of friendship with this free LEGO printable gift tag. Attach to LEGO Friends sets, bags of loose LEGOs or a pair of minifigures! | isthisreallymylife.com #lego #printable #ad

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Here’s how to create the gift tag:

  1. Download both the “I would step on a LEGO for you” printable gift tag file and the gift tag cut file (links above).
  2. Print the printable gift tag on a color printer on white cardstock and trim the tags to size.
  3. Upload the gift tag cut file to your design software. Feed kraft cardstock into your machine and select cardstock in the media menu and cut.
  4. Glue printable to gift tag (I like a good ol’ gluestick) and use raffia ribbon or baker’s twine to attach.

Note: You can totally eliminate the kraft gift tag, but I think it adds the perfect finishing touch!
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Here are a few other FREE printables you might like!

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Oatmeal M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar Neighbor Gift Idea -- what better way to welcome a new neighbor than with a super SWEET gift! Free printable gift tag included.


Neighbor gift: Oatmeal M&M cookie mix in a jar

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Mountain Dew printable gift tag -- perfect for teacher appreciation or any Dew-lover appreciation!


Mountain Dew printable gift tag

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Lindt Truffles Teacher Appreciation Gift -- you will for sure be the favorite if you give your teacher a mason jar filled with Lindt truffles!

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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze

2017 August 10
by Emily Hill

Mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze are a fun party dessert. Perfect topped with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry!

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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze -- Mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze are a fun party dessert. Perfect topped with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry! | isthisreallymylife.com


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Post may include affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and purchase something, you won’t pay anything extra but it will help support this blog.

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These mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze use my favorite homemade funfetti cake recipe paired with a super easy vanilla glaze. While you could add a bit of color to the glaze, I love how the white shows off the sprinkles.

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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze -- Mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze are a fun party dessert. Perfect topped with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry! | isthisreallymylife.com

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When you’re ready to serve dessert, you could totally top these mini funfetti bundt cakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry. It would be the perfect dessert for any celebration!

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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze -- Mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze are a fun party dessert. Perfect topped with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I love this mini fluted pan, and I found cooking spray with flour (e.g., Baker’s Joy) to be the best way to prep the pan.

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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze -- Mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze are a fun party dessert. Perfect topped with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for mini funfetti bundt cake below. Enjoy!
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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze + {FREE} LEGO Friends Printable Gift Tag
 
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Mini funfetti bundt cakes are a great addition to a LEGO Friends birthday party. Don't forget the free LEGO Friends printable gift tag for party gifts!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Serves: 40
Ingredients
Mini Bundt Cakes
  • 1⅔ cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup vanilla yogurt (or sour cream)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup jimmies
Vanilla Glaze
  • 1½ cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2½ tsp milk
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter
Instructions
Mini Bundt Cakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour mini bundt pan or spray with cooking spray with flour.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Whisk butter and sugars vigorously. Mixture will be gritty. Chill in refrigerator for 1 minute.
  4. Beat in egg, yogurt, milk and vanilla extract until combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until no lumps remain; batter will be thick. Gently fold in sprinkles; avoid over mixing.
  5. Spoon batter into mini bundts and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely before adding glaze.
Glaze
  1. Melt butter and add to remaining ingredients. Whisk until creamy. Pour over mini bundts and top with jimmies or your favorite sprinkles.

 
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Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

2017 July 28
by Emily Hill

These healthy Reese’s peanut butter cups don’t taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they’re packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats.

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Healthy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups -- These healthy Reeses peanut butter cups do not taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. | isthisreallymylife.com


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All too often, healthy variations of popular foods taste way too healthy to be worth replacing them for the real thing. (My copycat peanut butter moo’d smoothie is one of the few exceptions.) But this…THIS recipe for healthy Reese’s peanut butter cups is totally worth replacing your two-pack of cups—or handful of mini cups—because they’re THAT good.

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Healthy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups -- These healthy Reeses peanut butter cups do not taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Of course, if you don’t like dark chocolate, you could try milk chocolate but you’d be cutting out all those antioxidants. And those antioxidants give you an excuse to eat two at a time rather than one.

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Healthy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups -- These healthy Reeses peanut butter cups do not taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. | isthisreallymylife.com

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You won’t believe how easy these healthy Reese’s peanut butter cups are to make. They’re so easy, I’d totally consider making them on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, my family likes them as much as I do so they don’t last very long.

DANG IT.

What made them even easier was using a small scoop to shape the peanut butter balls before placing them in the muffin.

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Healthy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups -- These healthy Reeses peanut butter cups do not taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. | isthisreallymylife.com

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I did discover you have to keep these healthy peanut butter cups refrigerated at all times or you’ll end up with a soft, gooey peanut butter cup. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it does make them a bit harder to eat. On the plus side, if they’re harder to eat, you burn more calories while indulging. Total win.

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Healthy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups -- These healthy Reeses peanut butter cups do not taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for healthy Reese’s peanut butter cups below. Enjoy!
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Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
 
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These healthy Reese's peanut butter cups don't taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they're packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. Makes 12 cups.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Healthy
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Fill mini muffin tin with liners. Spray with coconut oil baking spray; set aside.
  2. Mix peanut butter and 2 tablespoons protein powder together in a small bowl . Add enough protein powder until mixture is just thick enough to form into balls.
  3. Separate peanut butter mixture into 12 teaspoon-sized balls and place on parchment or waxed paper.
  4. Melt dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small microwaveable bowl for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue microwaving at 15-second intervals until completely melted.
  5. Scoop 1 teaspoon of melted dark chocolate into the bottom of each muffin liner. Place tin in freezer for 10 minutes or until chocolate hardens.
  6. Remove from freezer and place one peanut butter ball on top of hardened chocolate and gently flatten with your finger.
  7. Pour two teaspoons of melted chocolate over the top of each peanut butter ball and place tin in freezer for an additional 10 minutes or until chocolate is hardened. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 
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