With bathing suit season just around the corner, I’ve been looking for a healthy dessert that will satisfy my sweet tooth without betraying my waistline. Lucky for me, I recently discovered Dole’s line of frozen “Dippers”.
My favorite of the bunch has to be their Strawberry Dippers, which are strawberry halves covered in dark chocolate. With 4 slices per pack, they only have 60 calories, and they’re the perfect fix when I’m craving something sweet.
Try them for yourselves, and let me know what you thought of ’em!
Look at this amazing recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars that Center Cut Cook recently posted on her site. The recipe comes together much faster than regular chocolate chip cookies because you don’t have to scoop out individual cookies onto a cookie sheet.
Instead, you just spread the cookie dough in a 13×9 pan, bake it, let it cool, and then cut your pieces as big or as small as you like. What could be easier?
She recommends that if you want an ultra soft, almost cookie-dough like result then you should under-bake the cookies a bit. And if you’re looking for a more firm result, then bake the chocolate chip cookie bars a little longer.
Another neat tip she suggests is to line your pan with foil to sort of create handles. That way, once the bars cool completely, you can remove the whole cookie from the pan and cut it into squares.
Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan OR for easy removal, line a 9 x 13 inch pan with foil, then spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.
With your mixer combine butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Add in eggs and vanilla and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
Turn the speed down to low and add in flour, baking soda and salt. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go.
Fold in the chocolate chips until they are distributed throughout the dough.
Spread the dough into your prepared baking dish.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. If you bake them for 15 minutes, they are going to appear undercooked. This is what will give you the super soft result.
Allow the cookies to cool completely before cutting them into squares. Sometimes I pop the pan in the refrigerator or freezer to help speed the cooling process along.
Bonefish Grill now opens up early on Sunday mornings for brunch. Sounds odd, right? After all, they’re a seafood restaurant. But after hearing good things about their brunch menu, we decided to go yesterday and try it out for ourselves.
Their brunch menu has a mixture of traditional breakfast meals (eggs benedict, specialty omelets, French toast) and lunch items (Kobe beef burger, Bang Bang tacos), and plenty of brunch cocktails to choose from.
We decided to stick with breakfast food. I ordered an egg white & asparagus omelet, and my husband went with the traditional eggs benedict.
Both meals were delicious, and we’re definitely going back again. Next time we go, hubby is going to try the Kobe Beef & Egg Burger, which sounds incredible. But I really loved my omelet, so I’ll be sticking with that.
If you’re for a new brunch spot, try out Bonefish Grill’s Sunday Brunch, and let me know what you thought of it!
Did you know that Panera Bread recently started selling cupcakes?? I was super excited when I saw them in the display case, and last week while my husband was out of town, I decided to treat myself to one of these decadent treats.
They have three different varieties of cupcakes to choose from: Chocolate, Vanilla, and Red Velvet. Since I am a chocolate lover, it wasn’t a hard decision to make.
WOW! I have not had a cupcake this good in awhile. I loved the fact that it was so moist, and when I bit into the middle of the cupcake, a bunch of chocolate oozed out.
The icing had a nice texture, and it was loaded with chocolate shavings. The cupcake was priced right around $3.00. When I went, they were doing a deal where if you buy a meal and drink, you can add a cupcake for $0.99.
If you’re a cupcake lover, give the Panera cupcakes a try, you won’t be disappointed!
On most cruises I’ve been on, I stick to the occasional Diet Coke, and maybe a Drink of the Day or two. But I have friends who spend a TON of money on alcohol during their cruise, not realizing how fast those $8 drinks add up.. Then they get a $600 alcohol bill, and it almost ruins their vacation!
In the old days, it wasn’t too hard to smuggle alcohol on board. Or better yet, you could just buy alcohol from the duty-free store and bring it back to your room. But it’s not that easy anymore.
Still, some people have found ways to get alcohol past security, and I thought it’d be fun to share a few tips:
1) One of my favorites is using a mouth wash bottle and food coloring. Fill up your Scope bottle with clear liquor and put some green food coloring in it to make it green.
2) Gift wrap a case of Heineken or other premium beverage, and just walk right on in with it. Dressed appropriately, it works. If anyone asks, the answer is “It’s a gift for the captain”. No one ever has.
3) Replace the water in water bottles with alcohol. Some people say security has been shaking bottles looking for bubbles, so you might want to consider using a Sprite bottle instead.
Here’s a video showing you how to do this:
People’s creativity will never cease to amaze me! 🙂
Did you know that today is National Margarita Day? Let me tell ya, this is one holiday worth celebrating!
No one’s quite sure who came up with this refreshing combination of tequila, lime juice and Cointreau, but it’s certainly no mystery that this refreshing drink is one of the most popular cocktails of all time!