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Chocolate Breakfast Shake

Chocolate? For BREAKFAST? Who ever heard of such a thing! There is a way to enjoy the rich taste of chocolate first thing in the morning…and don’t let the tofu…

Chocolate? For BREAKFAST? Who ever heard of such a thing! There is a way to enjoy the rich taste of chocolate first thing in the morning…and don’t let the tofu in it scare you away! You cannot even taste the tofu, yet it packs the smoothie with protein and will keep you full during the day. You can even mix in some coffee for a little extra pick-me-up!

Ingredientsimages (2)

  • 1/3 of a 10 oz. block of firm tofu
  • 1 small sliced banana
  • 5 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of milk, any kind
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of ice

 

In a blender, add all of the ingredients together. This is a quick, easy way to get some tasty protein in the morning! I cannot wait to try this tasty smoothie, tofu and all!

XOXO, Chels

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Milkey Way Brownies

Raise your hand if you love Milkey Way bars. Okay, I am just going to imagine a lot of your hands are raised! I loooove Milkey Way candy bars. They…

Raise your hand if you love Milkey Way bars. Okay, I am just going to imagine a lot of your hands are raised! I loooove Milkey Way candy bars. They are the perfect balance of chocolate, caramel, and fluff! Here is how to make the most marvelous Milkey Way brownies you will ever have!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of brownie mixScreen Shot 2013-07-15 at 8.36.44 AM2
  • For the chocolate fluff layer:
    • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup marshmallow crème
    • 1 ½ tbsp. heavy cream
  • Caramel layer:
    • 8 ounces of caramels
    • 1 ½ tbsp. cream

Preheat your oven to 350°. Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil and then make the brownie mix as the box instructs. Bake 25-30 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Let them cool completely while making the fluff. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave with the cream. Once it is smooth, stir in the marshmallow crème until it is well combined and then spread it over the cooled brownies. Next make the caramel layer by melting the caramels with the cream in the microwave and then spread it over the fluff layer. Make the chocolate topping by melting chocolate chips with oil in the microwave until it is smooth and then spread it over the caramel layer.  Chill the brownies for about 2 hours, and then use a knife that has been heated with hot water to cut the frozen brownies.

Okay so how delicious do these sound?! I am making them asap.

XOXO, Chels

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Kit Kat Cream Cheese Brownies

When I first read this recipe title, my mouth instantly began to water! What’s more delicious than a fresh batch of brownies? Brownies with Kit Kats covered in a layer…

When I first read this recipe title, my mouth instantly began to water! What’s more delicious than a fresh batch of brownies? Brownies with Kit Kats covered in a layer of cream cheese should be your answer! Pinterest recipes are always the way to go. Here’s one that’s definitely worth sharing.

If you don’t have the right iChelsea Crockett - Kit Kat Browniesngredients, you’re bound for failure! You’ll need these nine specific ingredients: ¾ cup of all purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon of salt, ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, 1 ½ cup of sugar, ¾ cup of butter, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 3 eggs, and lastly, 4 full-size packages of Kit Kat bars. For the cream cheese topping, you’ll need a few more ingredients: 8 oz. package of cream cheese, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a 16 oz. package of confectioners sugar.

All together, the recipe makes a total of 24 brownies. Don’t eat them all in one sitting :)! Alright, first things first… the homemade brownies. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your baking pan. Mix together your flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Melt your butter in the microwave then mix that in a separate bowl along with your sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Next, add the two mixtures together and stir until your batter is created. Pour it onto your pan and set the Kit Kat bars evenly spaced on your batter. As far as the topping goes, beat the cream cheese, beat in your eggs one at a time, then mix. Slowly add the confectioners sugar and vanilla, and pour it on top of your batter after it’s fully mixed. Bake it for one hour and let in cool overnight before serving!

Let me know how yours turn out! – Chels

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Unique Christmas Goodies

Nothings better than walking into the kitchen and smelling fresh pies, cookies, and everything sweet!  It’s the ultimate sign that Christmas is right around the corner.  While cookies are good…

Nothings better than walking into the kitchen and smelling fresh pies, cookies, and everything sweet!  It’s the ultimate sign that Christmas is right around the corner.  While cookies are good and all, there are a variety of fun Christmas goodies you can whip up with your friends and family to give away as a unique gift or enjoy yourself.  Check out a few of my favorite Christmas goodies!Chelsea Crockett- caramel hot chocolate fudge

Fudge and bark are two of my favorite chocolaty treats!  Fudge is typically a lot sweeter, while bark is more like a chocolate bar with candies added.  One of my favorite holiday barks is peppermint bark with white chocolate and candy canes.  A wonderful Christmas fudge is caramel hot chocolate fudge.  It’s just like the drink!

If you love salty and sweet combined, try pretzel M&M hugs (cute, right?).  All you need is a bag of square pretzels, Hersey kisses, and the Christmas red and green M&M’s.  Place a kiss on top of each pretzel, set them in the oven at 200 degrees for 4 minutes, and then top each kiss with an M&M.  Slide the cookie sheet in the fridge to cool and you’re ready to dig in!  It’s as simple as that!

Try looking up the recipes to my favorite goodies and making them yourself!  You’ll be the family favorite!

Merry Christmas!

Chelsea

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Natural Ways to Boost Your Mood

Hey everyone! School and work are two of the main causes of stress nowadays.  Homework, grades, work, friends, and relationships are just a few of the endless reasons teens and…

Hey everyone!

School and work are two of the main causes of stress nowadays.  Homework, grades, work, friends, and relationships are just a few of the endless reasons teens and adults are exhausted and highly stressed out.  In addition to long, tiring days, stressing can lead to negative behavior.  To help change your mood from negative to positive, here are a few ways to help you boost your mood!Chelsea Crockett - Boost Your Mood

  • Soak up the sun!  Research shows that the sun actually does boosts your mood!  In fact, the sun can even help with depression.  Getting at least 30 minutes of sunlight a day will guarantee a change in your attitude. 
  • Catch some ZZZ’s!  No one likes to go through a day of school or work exhausted.  Lack of sleep often leads to irritations and carelessness.  I know how hard it is to attempt to do your homework if you continue to doze off!  So, next Saturday, don’t be afraid to sleep in!
  • Eat some chocolate!  Sounds crazy, right?  Scientists say that chocolate can release mood-boosting chemicals in the brain that make us happier.  Even the taste and smell of chocolate can help give your mood a lift.
  • Keep busy!  I don’t mean to be booked every hour of the day, but finding something you love to do can keep your mind off things that bring you down.  Take music for example.  If you love music, try learning the piano or guitar.  Discovering something you find passionate will open your eyes to new things and boost your mood!

How do you keep happy?  Let me know below!

Love, Chels

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Banana Split Bites

Who doesn’t love a banana split? I sure do, but I don’t love the calories that come with it. What if I told you that there was a way to…

Who doesn’t love a banana split? I sure do, but I don’t love the calories that come with it. What if I told you that there was a way to get all of the great taste to a banana split, but with only a fraction of the calories? I introduce to you, banana split bites!

Ingredients:chelsea crockett

–       24 pieces of pineapple

–       2 bananas sliced into 24 slices

–       1 cup of dark chocolate chips

–       2 tsp coconut oil

–       12 strawberries sliced in half

Grab a cookie sheet and layer the pineapple slices on it. Then layer the bananas on top of the pineapple, then the strawberries. Stick a tooth pick through the layers of fruit and then stick them in the freezer for a few minutes. While they are in the freezer, melt your chocolate chips with your coconut oil on the stove. Dip your fruit into the chocolate and lay them on top of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Stick them in the freezer to cool the chocolate.

Now go enjoy your banana split bites!!

XOXO, Chels

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Cookie Dough for One!

Cookie dough is quite possibly the best midnight snack in the universe. Want to know how to make a mouthwatering midnight snack for one? Here is how to make your…

Cookie dough is quite possibly the best midnight snack in the universe. Want to know how to make a mouthwatering midnight snack for one? Here is how to make your very own serving of cookie dough!

1. ½ cup packed brown sugar

2. 2 TBSP softened butterweb-vegan-cookie-dough-standing-spoon

3. 1/8 tsp vanilla

4. 1 ½ TBSP milk

5. 1/3 cup flour

6. Pinch of salt

7. Any toppings you want, such as chocolate chips or M&Ms!

Instructions:

Combine the softened butter and brown sugar with a mixer on low for a little under a minute. Gently stir in the vanilla, milk, flour and salt with a spoon. Combine the mixture with the mixer on low for about 30 seconds. Pour in any of your toppings and mix them!

I like my cookie dough chilled, so you can put it in your fridge for a bit before you scarf it down! Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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Healthy Apple Cookies!

You may have read that title and thought “Wait, healthy and cookie in the same sentence?!”  REWIND!  Yes, there actually is a way to munch on a healthy cookie; and…

You may have read that title and thought “Wait, healthy and cookie in the same sentence?!”  REWIND!  Yes, there actually is a way to munch on a healthy cookie; and the best part, you can design it yourself!  Check out all the yummy ingredients you needs to make a delicious and healthy dessert.Chelsea Crockett- apple cookies

  • Apples
  • Nutella
  • Peanut Butter
  • OPTIONAL: crushed nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnuts, etc.), mini chocolate chips, oats, candy pieces, shredded coconut

Begin by removing the core and slicing the apples horizontally so that the apple pieces look like rings!  Now comes the fun part.  Start by putting peanut butter, Nutella, or both all over your apple ring.  Then place as many toppings on as your heart desires and dig in!  They’re as simple as that!

These apple cookies are perfect for a mid-day snack, after dinner dessert, or to set out at a dinner party or sleepover and let your guests create their own!  The possibilities are endless, so dive in and start creating your apple cookies!

Enjoy!

Chelsea

 

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Make Your Own Chocolate Heaven!

Chocolate bars, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake… what dessert isn’t good with chocolate? No matter what recipe I choose to make, I try to pick one that has plenty of…

Chocolate bars, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake… what dessert isn’t good with chocolate? No matter what recipe I choose to make, I try to pick one that has plenty of chocolate in it… and I know I’m not the only one! That’s why I want to share a recipe called “Chocolate Heaven” with all of my lovely insiders :).

First, take a trip to the grocery store and purchase these several ingredients: 1 box of brownie mix, 2 small packages of chocolate pudding (4 cups), 1 12 oz. bucket of cool whip, 12 oz. of Heath bars, and 1 cup of chopped pecans (optional).Chelsea Crockett - Chocolate Heaven

Second, make the brownies as instructed on the box and let them cool. Then break up the brownies into chunks and spread half of them out in the bottom of a large bowl. Next, pour out two of the pudding cups on top of the brownies. Take half of the bucket of cool whip and pour that over the pudding. Follow that with half of the heath and half of the cup of chopped pecans. Repeat this again so you have two layers of chocolate heaven!

Third, enjoy! Serve your delicious treat by simply scooping out however much you want. Make sure you get all the way down to the last layer, you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the ingredients! Let me know how yours turns out!

Love, Chelsea

 

 

 

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Sweet And Salty Snack!

Do any of you lovely Insiders ever crave something sweet and salty? Well do I have a snack for you! It is simple, easy, and even involves chocolate! These savory…

Do any of you lovely Insiders ever crave something sweet and salty? Well do I have a snack for you! It is simple, easy, and even involves chocolate! These savory snacks can be made for any Thanksgiving or Christmas party you may be having, or you can just make them to eat for yourself!

Ingredients:

crackers

-Rolo Candy

– Ritz Crackers

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the crackers salty side down on a cookie sheet. Place one Rolo on each cracker. Bake the crackers for about 5 minutes to allow the Rolos to melt a bit. While the Rolos are still warm, place a cracker on top of them and push the two crackers together, forming a sandwich.

 

And viola, you are finished! These snacks are super quick and easy, and are sure to be a big hit at any party or get together, or even just as a late night snack!

 

XOXO, Chels

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Summer Recipes: Salted Toffee Pretzel Bark

Whenever I’m hungry, I go straight to the kitchen and snack on some of my favorite fruits and vegetables. Okay okay okay, maybe they’re not my first choice. Usually my…

Whenever I’m hungry, I go straight to the kitchen and snack on some of my favorite fruits and vegetables. Okay okay okay, maybe they’re not my first choice. Usually my stomach is craving some sweets and dessert treats! Something I like to do during my lazy summer days is experiment with some recipes. Here is one in particular that tastes absolutely ahhh-mazing, and with summer coming up, what’s a better time to try it out for yourself?Chelsea Crockett - Pretzel Bark

First off, you’ll need to take a trip to the grocery store and pick up a few ingredients: a 1-pound bag of mini pretzel sticks, you’ll only use about half of the bag, 2 sticks of butter (about one cup), 1 cup of packed light brown sugar, 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and sea salt (optional).

Second, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover the bottom of the baking sheet with aluminum foil to avoid the pretzels sticking to it! In a saucepan, over medium heat, mix together to butter and brown sugar. When it starts bubbling, let it sit still for 3 minutes. Then pour the mixture over the pretzels laid out on the baking sheet. Bake it for only 5 minutes then remove and pour the chocolate chips all over the top of the pretzels! Let the dessert cool at room temperature for as long as you like, or as long as you can stand it! Then dig in, YUM!

Enjoy!- Chelsea

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites!

Craving something sweet and salty? These pretzel bites will put a pep in your step! All you need is:  -1 cup creamy peanut butter -2 tablespoons softened butter -1/2 cup…

Craving something sweet and salty? These pretzel bites will put a pep in your step! All you need is:

 -1 cup creamy peanut butter

-2 tablespoons softened butter
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-Pretzels
-1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

 1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set it aside.

2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat peanut butter and butter until it is all mixed together. Scrape the sides of the bowl, add the sugars, and beat until combined. You should be able to roll the mixture into balls without it sticking to your hands. If you need to, add more powdered sugar until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll.
chelsea crockett pretzels3. Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 teaspoon of mixture for each ball, and place on the baking sheet. Sandwich the balls between two pretzels and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

4. After they have frozen, melt your chocolate chips in a sauce pan and dip the pretzels into the melted chocolate. Place these in your refrigerator to cool. Store them in the refrigerator, also, because they taste better cold!

 

You can take these to parties, or just make them for yourself if you are craving something sweet!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Calling All Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lovers!

            Hey everyone!                 Christmas is right around the corner and we all love a good Christmas cookie!  Here are two peanut butter and chocolate cookie recipes that are quick…

            Hey everyone!    

            Christmas is right around the corner and we all love a good Christmas cookie!  Here are two peanut butter and chocolate cookie recipes that are quick and delicious!  The first recipe is for Peanut Butter Blossoms:Chelsea Crockett - Peanut Butter Blossoms

Ingredients
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Additional granulated sugar (about 2 tablespoons)
About 7 dozen Hershey’s® Kisses® Brand milk chocolates
Directions
1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder.
2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in additional granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate candy in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

            The next recipe is for Chocolate Chip cookies with a half of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.  This recipe is super easy and everyone will think you went to a lot of work!  Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
1 package of Toll House cookie squares
1 bag of small Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (cut in half)
1 package of paper cupcake holders
Directions
Line a cupcake pan with liners. Place one square of cookies dough in the liner and bake about 8 minutes. Then add half a peanut butter cup to the middle of each cookie and bake for approximately 3 more minutes.  Remove from pan and place on wire rack to cool.

                                                Bon Appetite! – Chelsea

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Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins!!

Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins.  Need I say more? 95 calories and more protein than fat? How perfect can muffins get? Stay tuned for the oh-so-yummy recipe!                       Ingredients: 1 3/4…

Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins.  Need I say more? 95 calories and more protein than fat? How perfect can muffins get? Stay tuned for the oh-so-yummy recipe!

                     

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup

Oats

3

Egg whites

3/4 cup

Unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup

Unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp

Vanilla extract

1/2 cup

Plain greek yogurt (or regular plain low fat yogurt)

1/2 tsp

Cream of tartar (or 2 tsp. vinegar)

1 1/2 tsp

Baking powder

1 1/2 tsp

Baking soda

1/4 tsp

Salt

1 cup

Hot water

1/2 cup

Baking stevia OR 1 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar1

1/2 cup

Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Tip

Foil cupcake liners, remove the inner paper lining (because paper liners tend to stick to muffins!)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a blender, mix all of the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth.

3. Place mixture in a bowl and gently stir in 1/2 of the chocolate chips (set the rest aside). Scoop mixture into prepared muffin pans.

4. Place muffins tins in the oven for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, remove muffins from the oven (but don’t shut oven off), and distribute the other half of the chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

5.Place the muffins back into the oven and bake for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool muffins before removing from pan. ENJOY! 

XOXO, Chels

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Puppy Chow

     Some of you may have tried Chex’s “Muddy Buddies” snack, but have you ever tried making something similar at home?  “Puppy Chow” is just as good, if not better,…

     Some of you may have tried Chex’s “Muddy Buddies” snack, but have you ever tried making something similar at home?  “Puppy Chow” is just as good, if not better, and a perfect treat for birthday celebrations or pool parties.

     To start off, you’ll need this list of ingredients:

 Chelsea Crockett - Puppy Chow

  • 1 bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 box of Chex rice cereal
  • ¾ of a bag of powdered sugar

 

 Now that you have got your ingredients, you’re ready to start the process.  Melt your bag of milk chocolate chips in the microwave for two minutes.  Make sure you put them in a microwavable bowl first.  Then in a large bowl, mix together the melted chocolate, 1 cup of peanut butter, and 1 stick of melted butter.  After they’re fully mixed together, pour this over the box of Chex rice cereal and stir until it coats the cereal.  To finish it off, sprinkle ¾‘s of a bag of powdered sugar until that coats it as well.  Once you’ve completed this, it’s time to chow on the “Puppy Chow”!

                                                                                  XO-Chelsea

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Dark Chocolate, It’s Good For You?!

Hello Lovelies,             I love love love sweets!  Nothings better than a giant candy bar, or a chocolate cake, or cupcakes, or ice cream, or…..well, you get the point.  Lucky…

Hello Lovelies,

            I love love love sweets!  Nothings better than a giant candy bar, or a chocolate cake, or cupcakes, or ice cream, or…..well, you get the point.  Lucky for you, there’s a sweet out there that is actually good for you!  Sounds too good to be true, right?  Dark chocolate, eaten in moderation, has a Chelsea Crockett- dark chocolatelot of amazing benefits for your health.  Who would’ve guessed that chocolate, something so delicious, could actually be a wonder food?

            Dark chocolate, unlike many other sweets, has a lot of crucial benefits for your health.  Eating small amounts 2-3 times a week can lower your blood pressure and increase blood flow to the brain.  It contains the same chemical that is released in your body when you feel like you’re in love, so this stimulates blood flow throughout the body and makes you feel happier.  It is also full in antioxidants, which helps block harmful bacteria from the body and can protect you from many types of cancer.  Surprisingly, dark chocolate contains a stimulant called Theobromine, which hardens tooth enamel.  This can actually lower your risk of cavities (chocolate that doesn’t cause cavities, whaaaat?!)

            Start making small amounts of dark chocolate a regular food in your weekly diet.  It won’t be sudden, but soon your body will start to thank you.  Just remember, don’t eat the entire bar!

-Chelsea   

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