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Sweeten Up Your Valentine’s Day with a Delicious Date-Night Strawberry Smoothie

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is about sweethearts and all things sweet. Whether your sweeties are your children, a spouse, or a significant other ’tis the season to treat them to some love-filled goodies.

I love SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener in one of the other loves of my life, coffee. Did you know though that although SPLENDA® is awesome as a beverage sweetener you can also use it for all sorts of things.

SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated can be used almost anywhere sugar is used, including cooking and baking. It measures cup-for-cup like sugar, but contains 678 calories less than sugar on a cup-for-cup basis. One teaspoon of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated contains the sweetness equivalency of one teaspoon of sugar with no calories or carbohydrates.

Here are a couple of sweet ideas for you to use this Valentine’s Day to treat your loved ones:

Replace another sweetener with SPLENDA®. While you’re making your heart-shaped cookies and rich chocolate fudge swap out your normal sweetener for SPLENDA®.

Create an awesome Date-Night Smoothie or daiquiri to share with your sweetie using this recipe:

Strawberry Splenda Smoothie

Adapted Image courtesy of WWWorks

INGREDIENTS

3 cups frozen strawberries
2/3 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1 1/4 cups your favorite orange juice
1 cup plain non-fat yogurt {I love greek yogurt if you want a thicker smoothie}
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until you reach desired consistency.

 

 

 

Or if you’re snowed in this winter. Check out my recipe for Snow Cream and as a healthier version consider using skim milk, almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk and SPLENDA® to sweeten up the taste. This is a great, sweet treat to enjoy and snuggle up with your Valentine.

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This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream Copycat – Snow Cream Recipe

Have you been seeing sightings of “Snow Cream” posts on social media? The last time it snowed this year in Charlotte, North Carolina, everyone and their mothers were talking about it, and making it.

Before this year I had NEVER heard a single thing about it, and until today, I had never tried it. If you have snow it’s really pretty easy and tastes almost exactly like Chick-Fil A’s Ice Dream, so thus the copycat recipe.

PicMonkey CollageHow to Make Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream Copycat Snow Cream Recipe MommyB

If you are expecting snow, place a large, clean pot {or several} out to collect enough for about 6-8 cups of snow. I used the biggest pot that I had in my kitchen and set it on one of our outdoor chairs {hoping that no animals bothered it.} Empty Pot for Snow Cream MommyB

Pot Full of Snow for Snow Cream Mommyb

Here’s the full list of ingredients:

  • 6-8 cups of fresh, clean snow
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (I like Eagle brand) If you don’t have condensed milk you can use heavy cream, coffee creamer, almond milk, coconut milk etc, you just may have to add more sweetener.
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • Toppings (think chocolate sauce, sprinkles, fruit, nuts)

How to make Ice Dream Copycat aka Snow Cream:

Once you have 6-8 cups or more of snow prepare to experience your first taste of Snow Cream. I measured mine {sort of}.

Measure Snow for Snow Cream MommyB

Add all of your ingredients in a mixing bowl or if you want to leave in the pot you collected the snow in that’s fine too. I started with the condensed milk, then added the vanilla extract.

Milk for Snow Cream Recipe MommyB

Mix all of the ingredients until combined. I would recommend not to mix until the Snow Cream is smooth though as it will become too “soupy” and more like a milkshake {which would be yummy too}.

After mixing, consider adding your favorite toppings or enjoying as is {both are delicious}.

Snow Cream Toppings MommyB

My girls decided they wanted to add their favorite ice cream sauce and rainbow sprinkles. The sprinkles definitely gave us some color on this cold wintery day. They loved eating them in their Disney cups too, which worked out perfectly when the last few scoops were liquid-y enough to sip.

Snow Cream Ice Dream MommyB

There you have it, simple, yummy, and tastes just like Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream {or maybe even a little yummier.}

Have you ever heard of Snow Cream?? Have you ever eaten or made it??

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No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

Thanks to Food Lion and Oreo for helping me bring this yummy recipe to my readers.

Every holiday season we’re invited to a number of get togethers that involve bringing a dish to pass, and of course, one of my favorite events is the holiday cookie-swap! The hard thing about being a busy mom is choosing what to take and trying to figure out how to find time to make it.

I personally love making new treats for my friends to feast on and when I was asked to write about the limited-time Peppermint Oreos, you better believe I was all in.

Last year I made homemade Samoas and mustache shaped shortbreads, but this year, I’m handing out these scrumptious, {and seasonally appropriate}, No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls.

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Prepare to get a little messy, but have a lot of fun making these minty treats. This is a great recipe to make with the kiddos, so grab the following ingredients and get ready to have delicious Oreo cookie balls in about an hour and a half {give or take}.

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I was given a great recipe from Oreo and adjusted it a little, based on ingredients we were able to purchase and techniques I like to use.

Here’s my No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls Recipe:

Cooking Tools:

Sheet of wax paper or parchment paper
Cookie sheets or baking pans to hold cookie balls in the freezer
Melon baller or spoons

Ingredients:

1 package (8oz) cream cheese {softened – the softer the better for mixing}
1 package (15.25oz) Oreo Cookies with Peppermint Creme, finely crushed {using my mini Cuisinart after hand breaking the cookies in half}
2 packages (16oz total) milk chocolate chips melted {can also use semi-sweet baking chocolate, our store was out so we made do}
1 Tsbp of vegetable oil
8 starlight mints, coarsely crushed {again using my mini Cuisinart}

Preparation:

Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended.

Using your melon baller or spoons shape mixture into approximately 48 (1-inch) balls (can make them in smaller batches if needed). Freeze for 10 minutes on the parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

While cookie balls are freezing, melt chocolate in microwave starting with 30 seconds, then 10 second increments stirring each time until chocolate is melted but not burned. Add 1 Tsbp of vegetable oil to make chocolate consistency more fluid like and able to coat cookie balls easier.

Dip frozen cookie balls into melted chocolate using a fork making sure all sides of your cookie ball are covered, and tap excess chocolate back into the bowl.

Place chocolate covered cookie balls on the parchment paper and top with a pinch of your crushed mints.

Place cookie balls back into freezer for an additional 10-15 minutes to set the chocolate.

Wrap in festive bags or place in your favorite holiday dishware and enjoy!!

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Don’t forget Oreo’s Peppermint Creme cookies are only available for a limited time so make sure you visit your local Food Lion {or select stores} while they are available!!

What is your favorite dish to pass to bring to holiday parties? 

 

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Oreo. Any opinions in this post are swayed by the deliciousness of this recipe, I tried not to be influenced by the yummy goodness but I can’t help it. Your opinions on Oreos, Food Lion stores and melon ballers may vary.

MommyB Celebrates National Ice Cream Day with Friends & Blue Bunny {Giveaway -CLOSED}

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I love celebrating anything, whether it’s my younger sibling’s good grades, to Miss A being brave enough to dunk her head in the pool, the biggest or the smallest successes and accomplishments are what life is all about, so why not celebrate?!?! And while we’re at it, sometimes we’ll enjoy a birthday weekend filled with 3 days of fun or even party a little early, which is exactly what we did today.

Blue Bunny Pool Party

Little known fact: In 1984 Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream MONTH, and this Sunday, July 15th, is National Ice Cream DAY. Big thanks to “The Gipper” for making my month a yummy one!

In honor of National Ice Cream Day, what better event to celebrate than at a fun-filled pool play date. We were a little worried that the dark clouds would hang out all day , but the sun came out and the temperature rose post-haste.

After a yummy lunch I broke out Blue Bunny’s adorable, Champ!® Mini Swirls Birthday Party Ice Cream Cones. Tah-Dah:

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Immediately I felt like the Ice Cream man {without a truck of course}. All the kiddos {and most of the moms too} were running straight for me, as if something in their brains signaled when I pulled the first ice cream cone out of the box. Three words: Ice-Cream-Radar. Look at these ice-cream lovin’ kids:

Champs Mini Kids

Not only were these icy, sweet snacks perfect because we needed to cool off, but they are a GREAT size for little hands and mouths too. One mom said she didn’t feel so guilty eating one because of it’s size, although I must admit, today proved hard to stop at just one  Champ!®.

Blue Bunny’s Champ!® Ice Cream Cones come in different sizes and flavors, but we especially loved the Mini Swirls Birthday Party and Chocolate versions. They were such a creamy and a nice treat for our party. Want some of your own to celebrate National Ice Cream Month? I’m giving one lucky reader 5 Blue Bunny Bucks that will buy you 5 Blue Bunny Treats. You can buy lots of different Champ!® Ice Cream Cones, five boxes of The Original Bomb Pop®, or mix-and-match. The choice is yours.

How to Win

Mandatory Entry {must be done first in order to get additional entries}: Tell me what your favorite flavor of Blue Bunny is.

For additional entries:

1. Head to the Blue Bunny website: http://www.bluebunny.com/ and tell me which product is your favorite.

2. Leave a relevant comment on another post on my website. (1 comment per post, no limit otherwise.)

3. Follow MommyBKnowsBest on Twitter

4. Follow Blue Bunny on Twitter

5. Tweet the following: I entered to win @blue_bunny treats for National Ice Cream Month @mommybknowsbest and so can you: http://bit.ly/M8embW #icecream (up to 5 tweets a day)

Not an entry because MommyB Knows Best follows Facebook TOS, but we’d love it if you want to follow MommyB Knows Best and Blue Bunny (again not an entry but I’d love you forever if you did) click here: MommyB Knows Best Facebook and Blue Bunny Facebook

RulesGiveaway ends July 20th, 2012 @12:00 am. The winner will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.

I received Blue Bunny products to facilitate writing this post, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own honest opinions. Yours may vary, but I highly doubt it, Blue Bunny is deeeeeeelish!