Natural Facial Mask Recipe for Spa Day for Mother’s Day! Girlfriend, sister, or your mom

natural face mask recipeI love a spa day but it can be pricey!

Instead of spending lots of money, have a spa day in your own home with friends, family or pamper yourself.  My natural facial mask recipe for this wonderful Avocado Carrot Cream Mask will enrich your face, and yes, it does work!!!

Natural facial mask recipe made with everyday ingredients

Lotions and potions can only get you so far in your beauty regime. If you really want radiant beauty, guess where you can find it? Your kitchen! The best skincare secrets come from what you eat so you can improve from the inside out in my fun cookbook, trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age  Not only is it chocked full of delicious and easy, nutritious recipes but also contains chapters such as Foods to Improve –highlighting super foods – and Diva Dermatology – with at-natural food facial recipes including masks, scrubs and hair treatments. Good for you and fun to do!  And, you’ll also LOVE my brown sugar scrub recipe which makes your skin so soft (two ingredients)!  Who said you only have to drink margaritas?  Another fabulous recipe for my Margarita Salt Body Buffer will win you over.  Just get cute containers and you have the best affordable gift.

Did you know?                                                                                                     natural facial mask recipe

Did you know buttery green avocados are considered a fruit–rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated (good) fat and one of the most nutrient-dense foods. Fat is key to a soft complexion, helping skin to recover and regenerate new skin cells; and if you have persistent dry skin you may not be eating enough healthy fats. Avocados contain Vitamin E which is an ingredient in anti-wrinkle creams, having anti-aging properties.

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Avocado Carrot Cream Mask from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age

A really ‘good-for-you’ mask with vitamin E rich avocados (moisturizer), carrots (high in beta-carotene and antioxidants-reduces dry, flaky skin) and vitamin packed egg — these ingredients will rebuild skin collagen, improve tone and texture, and fade age spots. Leaves you glowing! Makes a lot.

1 avocado, mashed
1 egg, beaten
1 carrot, cooked and mashed                                                                                     natural facial mask recipe
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup heavy cream

1. In bowl, mix all ingredients until smooth. Spread gently over face and neck 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with toner.

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Best Cinco De Mayo Recipes with Margarita Flair

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Margarita Shrimp

Celebrate with Cinco de Mayo Recipes

I think everyone loves to celebrate Cinco de Mayo no matter where you live as it is just a FUN day.  Of course, I celebrate with recipes and as many of you know, I really love southwestern food!  I have so many trim & terrific southwestern recipes from enchiladas to nachos, all easy-to-prepare and healthier for you but today I want to share with you all my favorites with a margarita flair.  You might celebrate Cinco de Mayo on one day, but add these Cinco de Mayo recipes to your menus year round!

Three Favorite Cinco de Mayo Recipes -Margaritas rule!

Cinco De Mayo recipes

Margarita Cake

When I think of Cinco de Mayo recipes, three favorites come to mind, all different but all have margarita in their title and taste,and all from my cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen:  Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age (a fun cookbook great for mom, sister, friend or you filled with easy, trendy recipes!  Margarita Shrimp (see recipe below) can be used as an appetizer or an entree and wow are the flavors fantastic.  And, nothing is better than my easy Margarita Cake from Too Hot in the Kitchen. Sweet and salty, light and refreshing,and  starts with a white cake mix flavored with non-alcoholic margarita mix and lime, on a pretzel crust makes quite an “ole!”  Last,  yes, a margarita can be good for your skin with my Margarita Salt Body Buffer from Too Hot in the Kitchen.  Lime and tequila are natural antiseptics so help detoxify skin and improve tone and texture. Good for hands — felt so soft afterwards.  So, don’t settle for just a margarita drink, when you can have my easy, healthy and delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes all with margarita in them!  If you didn’t get my May Monthly Newsletter, Ole Menu Fun,  check out these easy Cinco de Mayo recipes

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Margarita Shrimp from Too Hot in the Kitchen 

All the margarita makings in this recipe will put you in the mood and the fiesta of flavors will insure fun. I like to serve with avocado slices as an appetizer.  Orange juice may be substituted for orange liqueur.

Makes 4 servings

4 tablespoons orange liqueur, divided
3 tablespoons lime juice, divided
2 tablespoons tequila
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 pounds medium-large peeled shrimp
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
Finely chopped cilantro, garnish

1  .Combine 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, 1 tablespoon lime juice, tequila, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, jalapeno pepper, salt and cilantro in resealable plastic bag; add shrimp. Refrigerate 1 hour.
2. In large nonstick skillet, add shrimp, discarding marinade and cook until shrimp are done, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan.
3.  In same pan, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and add flour, stirring for one minute. Gradually add chicken broth, stirring, and bring to boil, cooking until thickened.
4.  Stir in remaining 3 tablespoons orange liqueur and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Heat and return shrimp to pan. Serve. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 271
Calories from fat 28%
Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 252mg
Sodium 364mg
Carbohydrate 10g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 6g
Protein 28g
Dietary Exchanges:
1/2 other carbohydrate,
4 lean meat

1.Combine 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, 1 tablespoon lime juice, tequila, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, jalapeno pepper, salt and cilantro in resealable plastic bag; add shrimp. Refrigerate 1 hour.
2. In large nonstick skillet, add shrimp, discarding marinade and cook until shrimp are done, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan.
3. In same pan, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and add flour, stirring for one minute. Gradually add chicken broth, stirring, and bring to boil, cooking until thickened.
4. Stir in remaining 3 tablespoons orange liqueur and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Heat and return shrimp to pan. Serve. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

Margarita Salt Body Buffer from Too Hot in the Kitchen

Lime and tequila are natural antiseptics so help detoxify skin and improve tone and texture. Good for hands — felt so soft afterwards.

Makes 1 1/2 cups (1/4 cup per body)

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Margarita Salt Body Buffer

1 cup fine sea salt
Juice of one lime
2 ounces olive oil
3/4 ounces white tequila

1. In bowl, mix together sea salt, olive oil, lime, and white tequila. In the shower, rub mixture onto damp skin in gentle circular motion. If salt feels too gritty, add more olive oil.

Easy Easter Recipes — My 5 Ingredient Easter Recipe Favorites

Lemon Pie

Easy Easter REcipes

Easy Easter Recipes to keep you out of the kitchen all day!

Looking for  easy Easter recipes to prepare this year that are time-friendly,  healthier and still fantastic?  You are at the right place with all my trim & terrific easy recipes.   Holiday meals are always known for their classic dishes and familiar favorites,  but I wanted to give you options  with a delicious twist!

You can make your ham with my easy Easter recipes!  Try for Glazed Ham with Pecan Crust

Just wait until you taste this classic Glazed Ham with Pecan Crust – you don’t have to make an extra trip to the ham store. And there is no need to stress about hosting a holiday meal as I usually turn to my easiest cookbook, Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence, this book takes the guess work out of meal planning with complete dinner and party menus, no crazy ingredients, just healthy, mouth watering food– no thinking required!

Glazed Ham with Pecan Crust
No need to buy a honey baked ham at the store with this stunning ham with incredible taste, yet, so simply prepared.

Makes 20 – 25 (5-ounce) servings

1 10-pound fully cooked bone in ham

Easy Easter recipes

Glazed Ham with Pecan Crust

2 cups apple cider
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans

1.Preheat oven 325°F. Insert meat thermometer into center of ham without touching bone. Place ham in baking dish, pour cider over.
2. Roast in oven, basting with cider every 30 minutes for total cooking time of 12 – 15 minutes per pound or until thermometer registers 140°F.
3. Meanwhile, in bowl, combine brown sugar, mustard and pecans. Remove ham from oven last 40 minutes, firmly pat sugar pecan mixture all over ham. Return to oven, continue roasting until crust is brown and ham is done.
4. Slice and serve with sauce. Some of topping falls into sauce making it the perfect accompaniment to ham.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 306, Protein (g) 35, Carbohydrate (g) 12, Fat (g) 13, Calories from fat (%) 38, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 75, Sodium (mg) 1824, Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 other carbohydrate

Easy Easter Recipes:  Try my Best Sweet Potatoes                                        Easy Easter recipes

If you’re looking for a classic sweet potato dish, you’ll absolutely LOVE my Butter Pecan Roasted Sweet Potatoes  with 5 ingredients, even easier than a sweet potato casserole but with the same sweet flavors-sweet candied yams, butter roasted pecans and subtle hint of pot with dash of cayenne. Also, from my KITCHEN 101 cookbook.

Easy Easter Recipes for Dessert but my Luscious Lemon Pie Screams Spring

I have a sweet tooth which means I have a ton of easy dessert recipes but honestly, I have heard more people tell me that my 5 ingredient Lemon Pie is their “go-to” dessert because simple to make and everyone raves about this luscious lemon dessert.  I serve with fresh berries and for those cheese cake, lovers, this will win you over too.

Lemon Pie from Too Hot in the Kitchen Cookbook
So simple, yet divine, a cross between a cheesecake and pie. Serve with fresh berries.

Makes 8-10 servings

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk                                                                                             Easy Easter Recipes-Lemon Pie
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 (9-inch) prepared graham cracker crust

1. In mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice until smooth and creamy. Stir in lemon rind.
2. Transfer to graham cracker crust. Refrigerate until firm, 4 hours.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 261 Calories from fat 34% Fat 10g Saturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 19mg Sodium 213mg Carbohydrate 37g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 29g Protein 6g Dietary Exchanges: 2 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 very lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

 And, for a bonus, have a fun kid-friendly breakfast                  Bunny-Biscuit0033-1024x680

You’ll love making the Bunny Biscuits and then everyone has biscuits for breakfast

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Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age cookbook

Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age cookbook

 

Easter Desserts: My #1 Most Popular Recipe goes pink! Easy King Cake with crescent rolls

Easter Dessert-King cake with crescent rollsNeed  fabulous Easter Desserts-Try Homemade Mardi Gras King Cake

For your Easter dessert or even for a brunch, make this holiday special with my easy-to-make King Cake recipe with crescent rolls.  Just “go pink or pastel” with my most popular recipe and my very favorite addiction, EASY KING CAKE. With a luscious cream cheese with cinnamon and brown sugar filling, it doesn’t get much better than this yummy recipe you can quickly whip up at home. For brunch, snack or dessert, this is an amazing treat.

My Most Requested Recipe Makes Amazing Easter Dessert for family

I turn to my book with Louisiana and southern recipes, Gulf Coast Favorites for my most requested recipe, my king cake made with crescent rolls and ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.!!  People all over say they prefer this easy and fun-to-make king cake more than the bought ones!!!!!   This cookbook, trim&TERRIFIC GULF COAST FAVORITES cookbook  includes super-simple southern recipes to enjoy in your own home, wherever you live.

Easter King Cake and Kid’s love to help

Made with crescent rolls and pink food coloring(sometimes you can find pastel food coloring) for the icing-you can even let the kids make this one for you.  Fun and fantastic, for adults and kids, this is a recipe you will make over and over.  My website has tons more healthy, easy recipes for everyday cooking!  All you need is green food coloring, a few minutes to put together and you have an an amazing St. Patrick’s Day Dessert.

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King Cake with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling from trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites (all your Louisiana favorites-healthier).  Check out  YouTube video to watch me making this delicious treat!

Halloween use orange & black, Thanksgiving use autumn colors, Christmas use holiday colors, Valentine’s Day go pink, St. Paddy’s Day go green and Easter’s pastel colors for your icing instead of Mardi Gras colors.

Makes 16 servings

2 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in center where seams have been pressed together.
4. In another small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of triangle over points forming a circular roll like a king cake.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly, drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.

Easter King Cake Icing:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pink or Pastel food coloring

1. In small bowl, combine all ingredients.   Drizzle over baked cooled cake.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 184 Calories from fat 36% Fat 7 g Saturated Fat 3 g Cholesterol 9 mg Sodium 275 mg Carbohydrate 26 g Dietary Fiber 0 g Sugars 16 g Protein 3 g Diabetic Exchanges 11/2 carbohydrate 11/2 fat

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Green! St Patrick’s Day Frozen Pistachio Pie

One thing comes to mind when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day – Green! I love to serve green foods on the March 17th holiday, and the Frozen Pistachio Pie is a fun and delicious way to eat green!

Decorating is a snap too – now that Mardi Gras has passed, just separate out all of those green beads and fill up various sizes of glass containers for a festive centerpiece.

Frozen Pistachio Pie from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook

This pie, laced with nuts in a chocolate crust and topped with hot fudge, is refreshingly indulgent.

Makes 8 servings

1 1/2 cup crushed chocolate graham crackers
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup chopped pistachios or cashews
1 quart fat free vanilla ice cream or yogurt, softened
1 (4-serving) instant pistachio flavored pudding and pie filling
1/2 cup chocolate fat free fudge topping, warmed

1. Preheat oven 375°F.
2. In 9-inch pie plate, stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter, press on bottom and up sides. Bake 8 – 10 minutes. Cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, quickly combine the pistachios, ice cream, and pudding until well mixed. Transfer mixture into cooled crust.  Freeze, covered for at least 4 hours or until firm.  Serve with warmed chocolate fudge topping on each slice.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 339, Protein (g) 6, Carbohydrate (g) 63, Fat (g) 8, Calories from Fat (%) 21, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 11, Sodium (mg) 441, Diabetic Exchanges: 4 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

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Spinach Artichoke Dip – Delicious GREENS

Spinach Artichoke Dip  Spinach Artichoke Dip St. Paddy’s Day Favorite

Do you have a St. Patrick’s Day parade where you live? Here in Baton Rouge it is a great neighborhood parade that turns into a pretty big deal. And if you live on or near the route you better have a few snacks as you are sure to have some parade revelers as guests. Solve your party food, appetizer, and finger food needs!

BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe!

My quick, popular version of Spinach Artichoke Dip is really hard to beat, try it if you doubt me. What’s different?  Well, start with a creamy white sauce and the combination of creamy, rich Brie with Parmesan makes an unbeatable flavor plus the recipe is trim and terrific!! No guilt with this recipe so enjoy your greens for St. Paddy’s Day or March is National Nutrition Month!  Serve with pita chips or vegetables, like red pepper squares, cucumber rounds and carrots.

Spinach Artichoke Dip Doubles as a Veggie

Have extra Spinach Artichoke dip, just serve with your next meal as a creamy spinach side.  Did you know this fabulous dip also freezes? I love when I have extra dip because I freeze in a zip-lock freezer-friendly plastic bag to pull out when I have the munchies.

Spinach Artichoke Dip from Holly Clegg’s Trim & Terrific Gulf Coast Favorites

Makes 20 (1/4-cup) servings

1 onion, chopped
1/3 cup  all-purpose flour
2 cups skim milk
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 (10-ounce) boxes frozen  chopped spinach, thawed and drained
4 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and cubed
1/3 cup grated  Parmesan cheese
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
Dash cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion until tender. Stir in flour. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, heating until bubbly and thickened.

2. Add garlic, spinach, Brie, and Parmesan cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Stir in artichokes, cayenne and season to taste.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 54 Calories from fat 34% Fat 2g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 7mg Sodium 125mg Carbohydrate 5g Dietary Fiber 1g Sugars 2g Protein 4g Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 lean meat

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St. Patrick’s Day Dessert: BEST Recipe EVER Goes GREEN!! Homemade King Cake with Crescent Rolls

St. Patrick's Day Dessert

St. Patrick’s Day Dessert-Try Homemade Mardi Gras King Cake

For your St. Patrick’s Day dessert, make this holiday special with this easy-to-make King Cake recipe with crescent rolls.  Just “go green” with my most popular recipe and my very favorite addiction, EASY KING CAKE. With a luscious cream cheese with cinnamon and brown sugar filling, it doesn’t get much better than this yummy recipe you can quickly whip up at home. For brunch, snack or dessert, this is an amazing treat.

My Most Requested Recipe Makes Great St. Patrick’s Day Dessert

I turn to my book with Louisiana and southern recipes, Gulf Coast Favorites for my most requested recipe, my king cake made with crescent rolls and ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.!!  People all over say they prefer this easy and fun-to-make king cake more than the bought ones!!!!!   This cookbook, trim&TERRIFIC GULF COAST FAVORITES cookbook  includes super-simple southern recipes to enjoy in your own home, wherever you live.

St. Patrick’s Day King Cake and Kid’s love to help

Made with crescent rolls and green food coloring for the icing-you can even let the kids make this one for you.  Fun and fantastic, for adults and kids, this is a recipe you will make over and over.  My website has tons more healthy, easy recipes for everyday cooking!  All you need is green food coloring, a few minutes to put together and you have an an amazing St. Patrick’s Day Dessert.

 Watch me make my King Cake!!! YouTube Preview Image

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King Cake with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling from trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites (all your Louisiana favorites-healthier).  Check out  YouTube video to watch me making this delicious treat!

Halloween use orange & black, Thanksgiving use autumn colors, Christmas use holiday colors, Valentine’s Day go pink, St. Paddy’s Day go green and Easter’s pastel colors for your icing instead of Mardi Gras colors.

Makes 16 servings

2 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in center where seams have been pressed together.
4. In another small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of triangle over points forming a circular roll like a king cake.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly, drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.

St. Patrick’s Day Icing:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Green food coloring

1. In small bowl, combine all ingredients.   Drizzle over baked cooled cake.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 184 Calories from fat 36% Fat 7 g Saturated Fat 3 g Cholesterol 9 mg Sodium 275 mg Carbohydrate 26 g Dietary Fiber 0 g Sugars 16 g Protein 3 g Diabetic Exchanges 11/2 carbohydrate 11/2 fat

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Spiced Walnuts & Omega 3’s Love Your Heart

Spiced Walnuts or Pecans

Spiced Walnuts or Pecans

Did you know walnuts are great source of Omega 3 fatty acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for the body to work properly and we must get them through our diet since they are not made in the body. From reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and lowering cholesterol, to reducing joint pain from inflammation; research supports a long list of health benefits from eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids.  That’s why I devoted a chapter  to Omega-3 rich foods in my new arthritis cookbook!

Walnuts Offer more than just a great tasting nut

We understand we need to include more omega 3 fatty acids in our diet; however, sometimes it can be overwhelming figuring out what to eat.  You might not realize how simply you can get this power packed nutrient into your everyday life.  You have been hearing for years that nuts make a great snack, and one reason is because walnuts are a rich source of omega-3’s.  Put together a nut medley snack, toss walnuts in salads for a nice crunch, or layer with yogurt.  I like to toast walnuts to enhance that wonderful nutty flavor or make your own Spiced Walnuts. They also make delicious gifts,Especially during the holidays – just put some in a glass jar or a festive canister for an easy, enjoyed-by-all gift!

SPICED WALNUTS (OR PECANS) from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook

Wonderful walnuts with a touch of spice, heat and sweet—toss in salads, serve on cheese trays or as a snack.

Makes 8 (1/4 cup) servings

2 cups walnut halves or pecan halves
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil

  1. Preheat oven 375°F.
  2. Spread walnuts on baking sheet and bake about 5-7 minutes or until golden.
  3. In small bowl, combine sugar, salt, garlic powder, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne.
  4. In nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add nuts and stir to coat with oil. Add seasoning mix, stirring until nuts coated. Remove to paper towel to cool.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 187 kcal, Calories from Fat 82%, Fat 18 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 74 mg, Carbohydrates 5 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Total Sugars 2 g, Protein 4 g, Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 lean meat, 3 fat

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King Cake-Most Amazing Recipe plus Simple-to-make

Mardi Gras King Cake using Pillsbury crescent rolls

Mardi Gras King Cake using Pillsbury crescent rolls

Mardi Gras King Cake ranks high on everyone’s list

For Mardi Gras I always have company and I think everyone comes to have my most popular Mardi Gras King Cake.  I have had people say they like this recipe better than the ones you buy in the store.  And, honestly, you can whip this up in minutes with reduced-fat crescent rolls–no complicated yeast dough here.  Another popular recipe I always make is my Candied Pecan Brie i, a party staple at my house with rave reviews. Check out all my healthy Louisiana recipes!!

My Most Popular Recipe Ever!!!

No matter the time of year, this is probably my most popular recipe.  I keep it seasonal by just changing my icing colors to go with whatever theme holiday it is.  Starting with reduced-fat crescent rolls with a luscious rich cream cheese filling with lots of cinnamon makes this recipe hard to beat for the taste and it’s so simple.

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King Cake with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling from trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites (all your Louisiana favorites-healthier) Check out the YouTube video to watch me making this delicious treat!

Makes 16 servings

2 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Mardi Gras Icing

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.

3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in center where seams have been pressed together.
4. In another small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of triangle over points forming a circular roll like a king cake.

5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly, drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.

Mardi Gras Icing:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yellow, green, red, and blue food coloring

1.  In small bowl, combine all ingredients, except food color. Divide mixture into three bowls

2. In first bowl, add a few drops of yellow food coloring. In second bowl, add a few drops of green food coloring. In third bowl, add equal amounts of drops of red and blue food coloring (to create purple). Drizzle over baked cake.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 184 Calories from fat 36% Fat 7 g Saturated Fat 3 g Cholesterol 9 mg Sodium 275 mg Carbohydrate 26 g Dietary Fiber 0 g Sugars 16 g Protein 3 g Diabetic Exchanges 11/2 carbohydrate 11/2 fat

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Valentine’s Day Cookies for Kids (and the big ones too)

Valentine's Day cookies

 

Valentine’s Day cookies for me are my Blonde Brownies

Whenever I need to make Valentine’s Day cookies, I always go to my Blonde Brownie recipe from Too Hot in the Kitchen because a pan of brownies (to me) is easier to make than cookies.

 Valentine brownies so popular

This i fun Valentine’s Day cookie recipe made me the most popular mom throughout all three of my kids’ younger years of school. Now my teenage daughters make them themselves, and they are requested by all their friends. And don’t count out the adults, as they’re usually the first to grab a brownie.   Cut into small squares to please a crowd. Using Valentine M&M’s or theme your brownies.  Not just for Valentine’s Day, adapt for Easter and Spring though, make year-round using the season’s holiday colored candies!

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Blonde Brownies from Too Hot in the Kitchen

This is my go-to holiday bar cookie for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Easter to use holiday themed chocolate coated candies.

Makes 48 squares

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 2/3 cups light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup skim milk
1 cup holiday colored chocolate coated candies

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, combine butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add vanilla.
3. In bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually stir into sugar mixture alternately with milk. Stir in chocolate candies. Transfer to pan.
4. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Don’t overcook.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 30% Fat 3g Saturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 13mg Sodium 49mg Carbohydrates 15g Dietary Fiber 0g Total Sugars 10g Protein 1g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat

Terrific Tidbit: You don’t need a mixer for this recipe as you can stir everything easily in a bowl.
You can use semisweet or butterscotch chips year round.

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