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Hot Cocoa

Have you ever made your own hot cocoa? I don’t mean opening a package and dumping it in a cup and adding some hot water…I mean making it from scratch. It’s pretty amazing. Especially the recipe I just made today! The best part? It’s SUGAR FREE!! And it still tastes AMAZING!!!

And if you put your hot cocoa in a pretty mug, it looks pretty darn spiffy, too! Check it out…

Hot Cocoa

And now, for the recipe…

Hot Cocoa (Click HERE to print recipe)

 Get This:
  • 1 T. butter
  • 6 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 6 oz. heavy cream (can use half and half to cut down on the fat)
  • 1 t. caramel extract
  • 2-3 T. sweetener of choice
  • 1 T. unsweetened cocoa
  • pinch of sea salt

Do This:

  1. Place butter in small saucepan and melt.
  2. Add all other ingredients and heat until steamy, DO NOT BOIL.
  3. Pour into pretty cup and enjoy!

I think this recipe actually makes 2 servings. But, it’s so rich and delicious, you might just want to drink it all yourself!

This might very well be the best hot cocoa I have ever had.  It’s got just the right amount of chocolate flavor and the caramel extract gives it this rich, full flavor.

MMmmmm. It’s perfect! Please, try this SOON!

LIVE, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo

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Caramel Apple Smoothie

I have a yummy caramel apple smoothie to share with you guys today. Yes, I know it’s fall and y’all are drinking everything warm now, but I just had to try this recipe.  It sounded so good and I finally had everything I needed for it.  I am so glad I did, too. It’s delicious!. Just bundle up in a blanket and try it! You won’t be sorry, I promise! And since it was so good, I had to share it with all of you!

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As you can see from the photo, I did not peel my apple. You can if you like. It’s up to you. I washed my apple well before cutting it up. I just cut it into large chunks before throwing it into the blender.

Caramel Apple Smoothie (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 1 medium apple (or 1/2 c. unsweetened apple sauce), washed, cored and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 c. 1% cottage cheese (or non-fat cottage cheese)
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 t. caramel extract
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. xanthan gum
  • truvia, xylitol, erythritol to taste
  • 8 ice cubes

Do This:

  1. Toss everything into the pitcher of your blender and pulse to get started.
  2. Blend til smooth.
  3. Top with low-fat or non-fat whipped cream if you wish.
  4. Enjoy!

I thought leaving the peel on the apple made this caramel apple smoothie beautiful and added depth of color AND flavor. If you don’t like the idea of that, feel free to peel your apple. For all my THM ladies, this is an ‘E’ so make sure you keep your fat to 5g or less!

Live, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie

This is my version of a THM pumpkin cheesecake smoothie.  It’s pretty tasty and it’s got almost a full cup of the super-food pumpkin in it so it’s good for you!

The bonus… it tastes a little bit like cheesecake! Om nom nom…

Pumpkin Cream Cheese 'Shake'

Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie ‘Shake’ (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 3/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3/4 c. 1% or non-fat cottage cheese
  • 3 oz. Neufchatel or non-fat cream cheese
  • 3-4 T. stevia, truvia or sweetener of choice
  • 1 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • Whipped topping for the top if desired

Do This:

  1. Add ingredients, except whipped topping, in order given to the pitcher of your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth, scraping sides of blender as needed.
  3. Pour into a large jar or fancy glasses.
  4. Top with whipped topping and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon if desired.

The original pumpkin cheesecake smoothie recipe called for 1/2 c. 0% non-fat greek yogurt and 1/2 c. 1% cottage cheese. I didn’t care for the zing of the yogurt. If you like that or it doesn’t bother you, feel free to sub 0% non-fat greek yogurt for half of the cottage cheese.

This is a great snack or even meal replacement. Makes a great breakfast.

Live, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo

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Pumpkin Spice Creamer

If you’re like me, and I suspect a lot of you are…you don’t like putting a bunch of chemicals or artificial things in your body.  Sometimes though, you get in a habit of eating/drinking things that taste good and don’t want to give them up, even though you know they aren’t good for you. Pumpkin Spice Creamer would be one of those things. You know, it’s fall and it’s getting cold so you crave all things pumpkin, creamy and warm. Yeah, you’re smelling what I’m steppin’ in, I know you are! Well, now you can drink all the Pumpkin Spice Creamer you want, y’all cause I have perfected my Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer!  And I’m here to share it with you today!

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Pumpkin Spice Creamer (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 1/2 c. heavy cream (or 1/2 and 1/2)
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 T. pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 t. NuNaturals vanilla NuStevia (or 2 t. pure vanilla extract and a little extra sweetener)
  • 3-4 t. sweetener of choice
  • 1-1 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice

Do This:

  1. Heat everything over medium heat until steamy, whisking occasionally. DO NOT boil.
  2. Once steamy, remove from heat and allow to cool completely before refrigerating.
  3. You can use right away in your coffee or wait until it has cooled.
  4. I use and old jar from a coffee drink I used to buy to store my creamers in. Anything will work.
  5. Creamer should stay good in the refrigerator for a week to 10 days.
If you have a nut allergy and cannot use almond milk, you can substitute coconut milk or 1/2 and 1/2 for that. In fact, it will be even creamier with 1/2 and 1/2.

Go….make this right now!!  MMMmmm…

You’re welcome! 😉

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Good Girl Moonshine

You really have to be careful what you say around people. The mention of moonshine around some people and WOW! Even if it isn’t real moonshine…sheesh! This drink is Good Girl Moonshine. Not sure why Pearl and Serene call it that, but let’s just go with it, okay? It’s one of those things that people either love or hate. It’s an acquired taste…

Let me just put your minds at rest right now, there is NO ALCOHOL in Good Girl Moonshine. It is healthy and it is yummy! I like it a couple different ways, ‘Caramel Apple’ and ‘Mt. Dew’. I will share them both with you, cause I’m generous like that!   😉

You’re Welcome!

THM GGMS

And here we goooo…

Good Girl Moonshine (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

Caramel Apple Good Girl Moonshine:

  • 1 quart jar
  • enough ice to fill quart size jar
  • 1/2 t. caramel extract
  • 3-4 packets truvia
  • 2 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • sparkling water/club soda
  • water

Mt. Dew Good Girl Moonshine:

  • 1 quart jar
  • enough ice to fill quart size jar
  • 1/4 t. NuNaturals orange NuStevia
  • 1/4 t. NuNaturals lemon NuStevia
  • 3-4 packets truvia
  • 2 T. apple cider vinegar
  • sparkling water/club soda
  • water

Do This:

Caramel Apple Good Girl Moonshine:

  1. Fill quart size jar with ice.
  2. Add caramel extract.
  3. Add sweetener.
  4. Pour apple cider vinegar over ice, extract and sweetener.
  5. Sprinkle cinnamon into jar.
  6. Now fill jar halfway full with sparkling water/club soda.
  7. Fill jar the rest of the way full with plain water.
  8. Stir well and enjoy!

Mt. Dew Good Girl Moonshine:

  1. Fill quart size jar with ice.
  2. Add NuNaturals lemon and orange stevia drops.
  3. Add sweetener.
  4. Pour apple cider vinegar over ice, extract and sweetener.
  5. Now fill jar halfway full with sparkling water/club soda.
  6. Fill jar the rest of the way full with plain water.
  7. Stir well and enjoy!
Notes: As written, these Good Girl Moonshine drinks are all day sippers and you can drink as much as you want all day long. You can use any ‘no sugar added’ extract in your ggms to change the flavor to suit your taste. Feel free to mix it up. You can also add 3-4 small berries to your ggms to give it more flavor.  Make sure not to add more than 3-4 small berries as more than that will begin fueling your body and you will enter into E territory. Now, you can do this, but then only drink it with an E meal.  🙂

If you’re looking for a delicious way to get your water in, try these!  Don’t like them as written? Change them up a bit! Come back and let me know how you like them or what you did to make them your own…

Take care, and as always…

Live, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo

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Caramel Apple Shrinker

WOW!! That’s all I can say about this THM Caramel Apple Shrinker!!

Well, not ALL I can say because I am going to give y’all the recipe because OMGoodness!!! This is soooo good! I wasn’t sure what to expect because I used two green tea bags and two of the apple spice (Celestial Seasonings) tea bags. But it’s so yummy!!! I love the regular shrinker, but this takes it to a whole other level, yo! I am in love with this baby.

This is like slap your grandma good! For realz!!! Alright, I have to get to the photo and the recipe and stuffs, cuz y’all are gonna want this recipe for sure!!

pumpkin spice shrinker

Ain’t it purty?!?! And now, the recipe for this delicious caramel apple shrinker…

Caramel Apple Shrinker (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 12-16 oz. hot water
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 Caramel Apple Dream tea bags (Celestial Seasonings) OR 2 Pumpkin Spice (Bigelow)
  • enough ice to fill a quart size jar
  • cinnamon to taste
  • cayenne to taste
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 5-6 T. sweetener of choice (or less depending how sweet you want it, I like mine sweet)
  • splash of caramel extract (or vanilla)
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Do This:

  1. Steep your tea bags in your hot water.
  2. Fill your quart jar with ice.
  3. Sprinkle your cinnamon and cayenne over the ice.
  4. Now you add the salt to the jar.
  5. Next add the sweetener.
  6. Add the caramel (or vanilla).
  7. Once your tea is the desired strength, pour it over ice and everything else in your quart jar.
  8. Now add your almond milk.
  9. If the jar is not full and you’d like it to be, you can fill the jar up with water.
  10. Stir or shake to blend well.
  11. Enjoy!

Friends, this is an all-day sipper. You can make as much and drink as much of this as you like. If you have a caffeine sensitivity, please be sure to use decaf tea.

This is going to be my go-to shrinker recipe from now on. I was actually looking for an apple-cinnamon tea when I found the apple caramel flavor and since it’s fall, I thought the apple caramel sounded good. The pumpkin spice is great, too!

I’m so glad I picked that up!!

Live, laugh, love and be kind! xoxo

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Caramel Vanilla Iced Coffee

Do you liked iced coffee drinks? I do! In fact I LOVE them!! I know some people who can’t stand them because it’s cold coffee…I don’t understand that, but whatevs…  😉  This caramel vanilla iced coffee could only be easier if you went to the coffee shop and had them make it for you!

Caramel Vanilla Iced Coffee

Caramel Vanilla Iced Coffee (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 8 oz. black coffee, brewed strong
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream (could use half and half)
  • 1/2 T. caramel flavored extract (or to taste)
  • 1 1/2 t. Pure Liquid™ Vanilla Alcohol Free NuStevia™ (or to taste)

Do This:

  1. Pour brewed coffee over ice.
  2. Add cream
  3. Now add caramel extract and NuStevia.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Adjust flavorings as needed.
  6. Enjoy!

This caramel vanilla iced coffee will be a wonderful drink to enjoy this summer!! 🙂

Live, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo