Chelsea Crockett

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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Hi Ladies,             Ahhhh Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, is right around the corner.  It’s a wonderful time to spend with the person you love or…

Hi Ladies,

            Ahhhh Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, is right around the corner.  It’s a wonderful time to spend with the person you love or with your best girlfriends!  Even if you don’t have a special someone, you can still make Valentine’s Day an exciting holiday.  One of my favorite treats is cupcakes.  They’re an easy gift to give someone, to share at your “No Boys Allowed” party, or to keep all to yourself.  Check out how to make the cutest and sweetest Valentine’s Day cupcakes around!

            Start by buying your favorite flavor of cupcake mix from the store and all of the necessary ingredients (usually listed on the back of the box).  I prefer red velvet since it is Valentine’s Day!  Also, don’t forget to grab white icing as well as some red food coloring.  Now you’re reading to start cooking!  Once the cupcakes are done baking, place them in the refrigerator, so they can cool faster, and start making the icing.  If you made red velvet cupcakes, then add just a few drops of red food coloring to the jar so the icing turns pink!  If you used any other flavor of cake mix, then add extra drops to make the icing red and mix it up.Chelsea Crockett- Valentine's Day Heart Cupcakes

            Next, cut the top off of each cupcake so it is flat on the top.  Make sure you save the top of each cupcake!  Using a heart shaped cookie cutter and the top of each cupcake, cut out a heart in the middle of each piece.  Now, ice each cupcake and lay the top, with the heart, back on top of each cupcake. This way, the heart will be pink or red!  Finish off your cupcake by sprinkling a little powdered sugar on the top and you’re good to go!  I hope you enjoy these cupcakes as much as I did!

Happy Valentine’s Day XOXO,

            Chelsea   

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Lucky Charms Pancakes!

Saint Patty’s day is fast approaching (can you believe it is almost MARCH already?!) so I thought I would put a little gold in your recipe pot. I found an…

Saint Patty’s day is fast approaching (can you believe it is almost MARCH already?!) so I thought I would put a little gold in your recipe pot. I found an amazing St. Patty’s day breakfast recipe on BettyCrocker.com that is to die for. What is it? Lucky charms pancakes, of course!!

Ingredients:

–          Bisquick pancake mixpancakes

–          Lucky Charms cereal

–          Green food coloring

In a large bowl, whisk Bisquick mix, milk, vanilla and eggs just until blended. Add some green food coloring and whisk again. Now for the yummy part! Add 1/2 cup marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal and mix. Pop a few in your mouth if you dare! For each pancake, pour a little less than 1/4 cup batter onto a hot griddle. Cook each about 3 minutes or until bubbles form on top and the edges are dry. Flip them and then cook until the other side is golden brown.

Top them with some whipped cream and Lucky Charms marshmallows and you are all set! As the Lucky Charms Leprechaun would say, “They’re magically delicious!”

XOXO, Chels

 

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Christmas Day Cranberry Punch

Christmas is just days away!! Hooray! Are you all planning on feasting with family? Are you looking for the perfect drink to go along with your Christmas feast? Well I…

Christmas is just days away!! Hooray! Are you all planning on feasting with family? Are you looking for the perfect drink to go along with your Christmas feast? Well I have just the thing! Introducing Christmas Day Cranberry Punch!

 Ingredients:

–          32 oz. cranberry juice

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–           1 cup orange juice

–          1 cup pineapple juice 2

–           cups ginger ale/sprite

Add all of the ingredients together in a large punch bowl and voila, you have a perfect fruity, fizzy drink! If you know that you are having a lot of people over, then you can easily double the recipe to feed more people. Because the drink is a reddish color, it is totally festive! You may want to add some ice to the mixture to keep it cool. I hope you all have an awesome Christmas!! Comment below and tell me what your favorite Christmas dish is.

XOXO,

Chels

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Christmas Caramel Corn!

Who doesn’t love caramel corn? I love love love it! It is a sweet and salty snack that is sure to please the masses. The best part? You can make…

Who doesn’t love caramel corn? I love love love it! It is a sweet and salty snack that is sure to please the masses. The best part? You can make it into a cute holiday treat to make for Christmas parties! It is a definite crowd pleaser!

What you will need:

-1 cup of popcorn kernels, unpopped

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-1 cup salted butter

-1/2 cup light corn syrup

-2 cups packed light brown sugar

-1 tsp sea salt

-1/2 tsp baking soda

-1 tsp vanilla extract

– Holiday M&M’s

 1. Pop your popcorn kernels and place it into a large bowl or two. Make sure that there is enough room in the bowls for you to easily stir the popcorn. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

2. While your oven is warming up, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt to the pan to make the caramel sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir frequently.

3. Once the mixture reaches a boil, let it boil without stirring it for 5 minutes. Remove it from heat, and stir in the baking soda and vanilla extract. The mixture should bubble up and become frothy. Pour the caramel sauce over the popcorn and stir it so that it coats the kernels evenly.

4. Spread the popcorn onto two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40-50 minutes, removing it from the oven every 10 minutes to stir the kernels. Once they have baked thoroughly, remove from heat and let them cool, then add M&M’s!

 

This is a sure hit with any Christmas party! Try it out, you won’t be disappointed!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Falls Favorite Duos: Caramel and Apples

Hi Insiders,             Oh the sweet smell of fall!  Tis the season for bonfires, chilly air, cozy clothes, friends, and of course, caramel apples.  Ever since I can remember, caramel…

Hi Insiders,

            Oh the sweet smell of fall!  Tis the season for bonfires, chilly air, cozy clothes, friends, and of course, caramel apples.  Ever since I can remember, caramel apples have been my go-to fall snack.  I crave them every fall!  Lucky for you, I’ve got some unique caramel apple recipes for you to try.  If you love caramel apples, then you’ll be drooling over these desserts!

  • Caramel Apple Bites:  All you’ll need are apples, melting caramels, your favorite toppings, toothpicks, and a melon scooper.  Start by placing parchment paperChelsea Crockett- caramel apple bites on a plate or baking sheet to get ready for the final outcome.  Next, wash your apples and dry them off.  Using the scooper, scoop out little balls and place them in a bowl.  Place the melting caramels in another bowl and microwave for about a minute.  Using a toothpick, dip each apple bite into the caramel and then roll it in your favorite topping (if you want).  Place them on the sheet and put it in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!
  • Caramel Apple Ice Cream Parfait:  This one is really simple!  All you need is vanilla ice cream, apple preserves, caramel, and graham crackers or cinnamon granola.  Place a scoop of ice cream in a tall glass or bowl.  Next, layer the ice cream with the apples, caramel, and crushed graham cracker or cinnamon granola.  Repeat until the glass or bowl is full.   
  • Mini Caramel Apple Pancakes:  Start by whipping up your favorite pancake batter, mixing in a pinch of brown sugar.  Next, Slice your apple down the middle and take out the core.  Cut thin slices of the apple so you have apple rings.  Then, dip each apple ring in the pancake batter and place them on the skillet.  Cook them as if they were regular pancakes.  Once done, drizzle with caramel (you can use the ice cream topping for this) and enjoy.  It’s like dessert for breakfast!

I hope you’ll enjoy these recipes.  I know I sure have!

Love,

            Chelsea

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Turkey Cookies Recipe!

Thanksgiving is only a week away! It is time to start thinking of what yummy desserts you will be showing off to your family this Thanksgiving! Here is a kick…

Thanksgiving is only a week away! It is time to start thinking of what yummy desserts you will be showing off to your family this Thanksgiving! Here is a kick booty recipe for some super cute turkey inspired cookies I found on the Pillsbury website, which is where I found the adorable picture! I tweaked the recipe a little bit to make it my own, so check it out!

Ingredients:

-1 roll (16.5 ounce package) of ready to bake refrigerated sugar cookies.

-1 container (16 ounce) creamy chocolate frosting.

-Candy cornTurkeySugarCookies

-Mini M&Ms

– Orange decorative frosting

Lets Bake!

The first step is to bake the sugar cookies as directed on their package. Once you have baked the cookies and have allowed them to cool down completely (about 10 minutes or so), spoon chocolate frosting into a 1-quart Ziploc baggy. Seal the bag and cut off a tiny bit of the corner of the bag. On each cookie, squeeze frosting on the outer edge of half of the cookie. Arrange candy corn over the frosting for feathers. Use the orange frosting to attach the mini M&Ms to the cookies for the eyes. Pipe the orange frosting onto the cookies to look like a nose and feet.

These cookies are sure to get tons of “oohs” and “aaahhhs”. Everyone will love these tasty turkeys! Happy Thanksgiving!

XOXO, Chels

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Halloween Treats

                                                                           Hey everyone!             Halloween’s right around the corner, which means bonfires, hayrides, parties, and other festivities are, too!  If you’re hosting (or helping host) a Halloween-themed party, you’re going…

                                                                           Hey everyone!

            Halloween’s right around the corner, which means bonfires, hayrides, parties, and other festivities are, too!  If you’re hosting (or helping host) a Halloween-themed party, you’re going to need fun and festive treats for your guests to snack on.  Below are a few creative and decorative ideas for yummy foods and snacks!

            Chelsea Crockett - Apple PlatterAll candy and sweets aside, fun appetizers are a perfect way to kick off your party.  One of my favorite ideas is a dipping platter for apples.  Get an oval shaped platter and spread an eight ounce tub of cream cheese in the middle of the platter.  Then lay apple slices all around the outer ring of the cream cheese!  Drizzle some caramel sauce on top and bon appetite!

            The most important part of Chelsea Crockett - Ghost PretzelsHalloween, is the sweets!  Anything dipped in chocolate is perfect for me, so this treat is a cute idea and so yummy!  Take a bunch of pretzels sticks and dip about one third of each them into white chocolate.  Then, take black icing and draw little faces on them for the resemblance of ghosts!  Some stores even sell little icing pens to make it a lot easier for decorating.

             Another dessert idea is to make spider cupcakes.  Ice your cupcakes with chocolate icing and use strips of black licorice for legs.  Small marshmallows with a dot of black icing in the middle will work for eyes.  It’s a silly way to celebrate the season.  Enjoy this time of year with family, friends, and the tasty treats that come with it!

                                                Happy Halloween!

                                                            -Chelsea

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DIY Pumpkin Ice Cream

I’m not tricking you, but I am treating you! This tasty treat has all of the great things that you love about ice cream, but instead of dairy, coconut milk…

I’m not tricking you, but I am treating you! This tasty treat has all of the great things that you love about ice cream, but instead of dairy, coconut milk and almond butter are blended with pumpkin for a healthier spin on your favorite dessert. Here is how to make it!

 -1 can organic pumpkin

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-¼ cup almond butter-¼ cup coconut milk

-1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or mix together cinnamon and nutmeg)

-½ to 1 tsp. liquid stevia (depending on desired sweetnesss)

-Ice cubes

 Directions:

1. Combine all of the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

2. Transfer to bowl and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until it is chilled. Spoon into your favorite serving bowl and presto, you have a delicious dessert that you can feel good about eating!

 

I don’t know if there is anything better than a dessert that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating. What better way to get into the fall spirit? Eat up, Insiders!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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DIY Pumpkin Spiced Latte!

Three words: Pumpkin. Spiced. Latte. If these three words are not the definition of fall then I don’t know what is! The only problem with constantly indulging in Starbucks Pumpkin…

Three words: Pumpkin. Spiced. Latte. If these three words are not the definition of fall then I don’t know what is! The only problem with constantly indulging in Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Lattes is that they are a bit on the pricey side, and if you buy them often you will soon find that your wallet is totally and completely empty! I am here to help you save some of that cash! Here is a recipe for a DIY Pumpkin Spiced Latte:

-3/4 cup of milk

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-2-3 tablespoons pumpkin spice syrup

-3/4 cup of coffee

– Whipped cream for topping (optional)

– Pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon for topping (optional)

Combine and enjoy! You can make this in the comfort of your home for super cheap! It is also crazy easy because it only has three ingredients. On the next chilly day, whip one of these up and enjoy! If you want to make a low-fat version of this drink, use skim milk in place of regular milk and skip the whipped cream.

XOXO, Chels

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Healthiest Dorm and School Snacks

Hey Insiders,             Whether you’re a broke college student or middle/high school student with not enough time in the day, finding time to snack healthy is hard.  It’s so easy…

Hey Insiders,

            Whether you’re a broke college student or middle/high school student with not enough time in the day, finding time to snack healthy is hard.  It’s so easy to grab a soda and a bag of potato chips and run out the door.  Although this snack may be tiny, over time it can start to mess with your health.  Scary, huh?!  Show your body some love by snacking on foods that will benefit your body and overall health.  I’ll list a few of my favorite cheap, healthy, and on-the-go snacks for your busy life!

  • Popcorn: Pop a small bag before you go to bed.  This way you can grab the bag as you run out the door in the morning.  It’ll satisfy those salty cravings without all the calories.
  • Yogurt:  Ever get that late night ice cream craving?  I do!  Instead, try eating a yogurt.  It comes in so many flavors like vanilla, key lime pie, and even chocolate cake!  It has the creaminess and sweetness of yogurt without all the added fat.
  • String Cheese:  It’s not just for kindergarteners anymore!  This is such a great snack to grab out of the fridge and go.  It’s full of calcium and will even give you a little extra protein.
  • Nuts: This protein packed snack comes in so many different varieties and is extremely portable.  Pair them with a handful of raisins for added sweetness!
  • Crackers: Pick whole grain over regular crackers to feel fuller longer. Chelsea Crockett- nuts

Remember, it’s always simple to grab an apple or banana on the go too!  Taking care of your body is so important!  Not only will you feel better, but you’ll have a rockin’ bod and clear skin as well.  It’s a win-win situation!  Go healthy!

-Chelsea

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2 Fab Puppy Chow Recipes

Ever have a super-duper craving for something sweet? Here are two super easy, yummy puppy chow recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth! Snicker doodle Puppy Chow Ingredients: 5 cups rice…

Ever have a super-duper craving for something sweet? Here are two super easy, yummy puppy chow recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Snicker doodle Puppy Chow

Ingredients:

5 cups rice Chex cereal

12 oz white chocolate chips

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

 Measure out the cereal in a large bowl. Mix the cinnamon and powdered sugar together in a large Ziploc baggy.  Next, microwave the white chocolate to melt it, and stir every 30 seconds. After that, pour the melted white chocolate over the cereal and stir it until all of the cereal is coated.  Add cereal to the bag of sugar and shake shake shake  until  it is all covered! After that, spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet to cool.

 

Butterfinger puppy chow

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 6 C. Rice Chex Cereal

1/2 C.  Smooth peanut butter

1 C. milk chocolate melts

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/3 C. Butterfingers, crushed. 

Measure out your cereal into a large bowl. Next, microwave the milk chocolate melts, vanilla extract, and peanut butter 

 Enjoy! Tell me which one YOU like better!until it is smooth. Next, pour the melted mixture over the cereal and stir it until it is all coated. After that, pour the cereal into a large plastic bag, add the crushed Butterfingers, and shake well. Spread the  mixture out on a cookie sheet to cool.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Popsicle Treats for Summer

            Hello girls!  With the hot, sunny weather that comes along with summer, you’ll need something to cool you off.  What’s a better way to do so than a cool,…

            Hello girls!  With the hot, sunny weather that comes along with summer, you’ll need something to cool you off.  What’s a better way to do so than a cool, yummy snack?  One of my favorite summer treats are popsicles.  Although most contain large amounts of sugar, there are a few do-it-yourself recipes that are healthy and just as good!  Here is one of them.

            Chelsea Crockett -Yogurt PopsiclesA delicious substitution for popsicles is a yogurt pop.  They’re easy to make and taste great!  All you need is a container of your favorite yogurt.  Then cut a small line in the top of the yogurt and place a wooden stick for holding inside.  Make sure the yogurt cups are narrower at the bottom than the top.  Then, set them on a flat surface inside your freezer for an hour or two until they become frozen.  After you take them out, run the outside of the container under warm water and the yogurt pop should slip right out!  Yum!

            Another creative way to make popsicles for the sugar lovers out there is with Kool Aid.  Make a jar of your favorite flavor of Kool Aid.  For the next step, you’ll need popsicle molds to put your Kool Aid in.  Once you have them, pour in your Kool Air and put plastic wrap over the top.  Set them in the freezer until it becomes solid enough to hold a wooden stick in place.  Put it back in the freezer until they become frozen.  Once they’re solid, take them out and enjoy!      

            These are only a couple do-it-yourself recipes and there are many more to try out!  Enjoy!

                                                                                  -Chels

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Fourth of July Desserts

            Hey lovelies!  The Fourth of July is coming up which is a time when my family comes together and eats… a lot!  Whether you’re hosting a BBQ or kicking…

            Hey lovelies!  The Fourth of July is coming up which is a time when my family comes together and eats… a lot!  Whether you’re hosting a BBQ or kicking back and watching the fireworks, you’re going to need a few yummy desserts to share with your friends and family.  There are endless possibilities of what fun and creative desserts you could come up with, but here are a few snacks that are easy to make.

            Chelsea Crockett - Fruit KabobsBecause summer is a time to stay healthy and fit, try making fruit kabobs.  Since Fourth of July is all about red, white, and blue, you can use strawberries, bananas, and blueberries to make your patriotic kabobs!

            Another fun treat to play around with is chocolate covered pretzels.  For this holiday, you can make them patriotic by dying white chocolate blue and red.  Then, dip the pretzels in each color and add red, white, or blue sprinkles!Chelsea Crockett - Chocolate Covered Pretzels

            A quick creative side dish to make is white chocolate dipped strawberries!  Dip them about halfway in the chocolate then add some blue sprinkles on the tips.  They’re extremely simple and fun!

            I hope this helps you all get a little creative this holiday! Enjoy!

                                                Xo – Chelsea

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Healthy Summer Snacks

Hi Insiders 🙂                 Have you ever reached for that bag of chips after a day out by the pool, but decided not to eat them because they are bad…

Hi Insiders 🙂

                Have you ever reached for that bag of chips after a day out by the pool, but decided not to eat them because they are bad for you?  I do that all the time, except I usually eat a few…opps!  Summer is the best time to get your body in shape.  I’m going to give you a few healthy options for summer snacks to keep your body energized.  Your body will love you for it!  They are easy to prepare and tasty as well!ChelseaCrockett- Cucumber Sandwiches

                Crackers and cheese is always a quick option for a snack.  Crackers are full of carbs and really high in sodium.  A great alternative to crackers are cumber slices.  They are low carb and just as yummy!  Slice them thick or thin and enjoy with your favorite kind of cheese.

                Chelsea Crockett- Orange SmoothieAnother great snack or breakfast option is a smoothie.  Full of fresh fruit, juices, and yogurt, a smoothie will give your body all the nutrients it needs!  Adding a small handful of spinach will take your smoothie to a whole new level…and you can’t even taste it!  Click here for a handful of my favorite smoothie recipes!

                My last healthy option is whole wheat tortillas.  They can be used for a variety of snacks!  Spreading peanut butter and sliced bananas on a whole wheat tortilla and rolling it up makes for a sweet summer snack.  A great lunch option is adding your favorite deli meat and cheese to a whole wheat tortilla.  It’s much better for you than bread!  I hope you all can start snacking smart and being healthy!

    Xoxo,

                Chelsea

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