Truvia Baking Star Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

This is a partnered post as part of my Truvia Ambassadorship.

As a Truvia Ambassador we receive new products before they hit the shelves and we received the new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend to use. So we made cookies, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies using the new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend. Since we are partnering with Truvia on this post we also wanted to share with you their new Truvia Baking Star contest.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies Recipes:


Pumpkin Cookies


4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Truvia Baking Blend 
1/2 cup Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 (16 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, both Truvia blends, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.

Next add the pumpkin, oil, eggs, milk and vanilla.

Mix the mixture on medium speed until well mixed.

Then stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonful onto greased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 13-14 minutes or until edges just begin to brown.

Cool for 2 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Truvia®  Baking Star starts today Monday, September 15th. Visit to see videos of of YouTube’s top foodies, including a gourmet chef and healthy living expert, to launch the Truvia® Baking Star contest. Gaby Dalkin, Byron Talbott, April Moore and Joanne Ozug created a series of recipe videos which all use the new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend and encourage fans like you guys to enter the contest.

Truvia® Baking Star Contest Timeline:

· September 15 – October 7, 2014: Participants can submit a video which showcases their baking talents and highlights an original recipe featuring either the NEW Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend or the Truvia® Baking Blend via

· October 15 to October 29, 2014: Fans can vote for their favorite of 10 semi-finalists. The highest vote-getters will be notified that they have won a spot in the final round and an all-expense-paid trip to New York City with a guest.

November 19, 2014: The finalists’ baking skills will be judged live by the YouTube Star judges and the Truvia® Baking Star Contest winner will be announced. The winner will receive a professionally produced & promoted video.

10 Pistachio Inspired Recipes

I love nuts and my favorite nut is the Pistachio, so we found some of the best 10 recipes on the web using Pistachios.

pistachios recipes


1. Chocolate Rum Kiss Cocktail Recipe

2. Pistachio Marble Pound Cake

3. Garlic Scape Pistachio Pesto Hummus

4. Emerald Isle Pistachio Cupcakes

5. My “everything but the kitchen sink” Meatloaf

6. Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pistachios

7. Pistachio Fluff Salad

8. Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

9. Creme Brulee Pistachio Macarons

10. Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies

A Dog Recipe: Rover’s Cheeseburger Pops Often referred to as an Airbnb for dogs, the Seattle-based company is the nation’s largest network connecting dog owners with dog lovers for hire. They have lots of tricks up their sleeves when it comes to pampering your dog a few favorites are ice rings, cheeseburger pops and kale bones, with a few other pet food inspirations. Below is the cheeseburger pop recipe.


Step 1: Start with any one of these tasty liquid bases

  1. Low sodium chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  2. Yogurt
  3. Peanut butter
  4. No-sugar applesauce
  5. Cottage cheese
  6. Baby food
  7. Canned dog food (thinned out with water or broth)
  8. Rice milk
  9. Canned pumpkin puree
  10. Oatmeal

Step 2: Mix in madness! Choose your dog’s favorite ingredients

  1. Blueberries
  2. Apples
  3. Strawberries
  4. Bananas
  5. Cheese cubes (if tolerated)
  6. Green beans
  7. Carrots
  8. Kibble
  9. Squash
  10. Sweet potato
  11. Peas
  12. Broccoli or cauliflower florets
  13. Watermelon (seeded)
  14. Diced or ground meat

Step 3: Freeze and enjoy!

Offer up a homemade pupsicle on a hot day for the perfect picnic treat.

20 Recipes using Truvia Natural Sweetener or Truvia Baking Blend

I am a Truvia Brand ambassador and compensated for my time, opinions are always my own.

Substituting Truvia in the place of sugar in recipes is a great place to start. Truvia baking blend is designed for easy, at-home baking, and is a blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and sugar. Truvia® Baking Blend provides sugar-like taste and texture in recipes, but with 75% fewer calories and twice the amount of sweetness than sugar. Truvia® Baking Blend is available at retail stores nationwide in a 1.5 pound bag with a closeable, easy-to-use pour spout. I love how easy it is to store and pour. We decided that this month we wanted to share with you 20 different recipes using Truvia!

20 recipes using Truvia

  1. Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe
  2. Healthy Strawberry Lemon Smoothie
  3. White Bean Brownies
  4. Cheesecake Muffins Recipe
  5. Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade with Truvía® Natural Sweetener
  6. Double-Chocolate Brownie Batter Overnight Oats
  7. Watermelon Granita
  8. Skinny Bakery Style Donut Holes
  9. Lemon Pound Cake
  10. Sugar Free Jalapeno Jelly With Truvia
  11. Breakfast Chocolate Mousse
  12. Fudgy Brownies with Truvía® Baking Blend
  13. Low-Carb Peanut Butter Cookie Muffins
  14. Going Skinny with Your Cocktails! Fabulous Cocktail Recipes that Won’t Stick to Your Thighs!
  15. Skinny Sweet Tea
  16. Homemade Limeade
  17. Cranberry Orange Muffins
  18. Sugar Free Strawberry Jam
  19. Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream with Homemade Caramel Drizzle
  20. Simple Syrup with Truvía® Natural Sweetener

Crispy Vegetable Turkey Wrap Recipe #HormelFamily

Wraps are a great way to get kids to eat a few more vegetables. Just put them in a wrap with some of  the fresh Hormel® Natural Choice® ham or turkey.


Crispy Vegetable Turkey Wrap Recipe

3 ounces HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Oven Roasted Deli Turkey
¼ cup Swiss chard
3 sprigs daikon sprouts
1 each medium red, yellow and orange bell peppers cut into matchsticks
1 (6-inch) whole wheat tortilla or flatbread
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey
Salt and pepper

1. Lay tortilla on plate or flat surface.
2. Layer Swiss chard, sprouts and pepper on tortilla.
3. Pile turkey evenly in center of wrap.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, honey, salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over turkey.
5. Fold sides of tortilla to center. Fold bottom of tortilla up.

Bacon Pasta Salad Recipe #HormelFamily #HFBTS

I love working with the Hormel Family because we use so many of their products. This recipe that we’re sharing with you today was provided by Hormel and it uses one of our favorite products, bacon. Try this Bacon Pasta Salad.

bacon pasta salad

Bacon Pasta Salad Recipe

2 ¾ cups fusilli col buco pasta
1 corn cob, husks and silks removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup crème fraîche
sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
1 cup basil leaves

1. Heat oven to 425°F. Place bacon on a hollow baking pan. Bake 12 minutes or until crispy. Chop and set aside.
2. In large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook pasta and corn 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente and corn is tender. Drain, reserving ⅓ cup water. Cut corn from cob and set aside.
3. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 1 minute or until golden. Add lemon juice, crème fraîche, salt and pepper, reserved water, pasta, bacon, and corn. Stir to combine.
4. Top with basil to serve.

The Best 25 Edamame Recipes

Food can be good for you and taste good and it’s taken me 34 years to realize that. Edamame is now one of my favorite things to snack on. So we scoured the internet to bring you the Best 25 Edamame Recipes.

25 Tasty Edamame Recipes

  1. Roasted Corn and Edamame Salad
  2. Baked Parmesan Edamame Bites with Creamy Wasabi Dip
  3. Brown Rice and Edamame
  4. 10-Minute Restaurant-Style Steamed Edamame
  5. Edamame Mushroom Wontons with Dipping Sauce
  6. White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon
  7. Chickpea and Edamame Salad
  8. Chopped Edamame Caprese Salad
  9. Vegetarian Recipe Black Bean Edamame Burgers
  10. Pork and Edamame Soup
  11. Crunchy Edamame Toasts
  12. Crispy Parmesan Edamame (Soy Beans)
  13. Edamame, Cranberry, & Feta Salad
  14. Edamame Fried Rice
  15. California Roll Quinoa & Edamame Feta Salad
  16. Edamame Quinoa Salad
  18. Spinach and Edamame Salad
  19. Keiko’s Spicy Dynamite Edamame
  20. Chocolate Covered Dry Roasted Edamame {Trader Joe’s Copycat}
  21. Pasta with Ricotta and Edamame
  22. Hummus Edamame Veggie Wrap
  23. Edamame Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette
  24. Open Faced Fried Egg Sandwich with Edamame
  25. Spicy Edamame Dip

Deli Meat, Egg and Avocado Toast recipe #HormelFamily

Enjoy a stress-free morning with your kids after packing their lunch with a fresh Hormel® Natural Choice® ham or turkey sandwich. With zero preservatives and no artificial colors or MSG, Hormel® Natural Choice® deli meats are a fresh way to give your little one a protein boost during the school day. And remember—deli meat isn’t just for lunch! Enjoy this Deli Meat, Egg and Avocado Toast recipe with your family as a tasty breakfast idea to keep tummies full all morning long!


Deli Meat, Egg and Avocado Toast Recipe

1 teaspoon butter
2 eggs
Salt, to taste
4 slices HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Honey Deli Ham, heated
¼ to ½ avocado, sliced
2 slices crusty artisan bread, toasted and buttered
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese

In medium skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add eggs. Sprinkle with salt. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or to desired doneness.
Layer ham, eggs and avocado slices on toast. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Makes 2.

Johnsonville Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage Fried Potato Cakes Recipe & Morning Time Saving Tip #Johnsonville #MorningHacks

This is a partnered post with compensation and product from the brand we are working with. All opinions are our own.

Johnsonville has released a new product that is ready in 30 seconds. Johnsonville’s NEW Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage Links.  Available nationwide in September, the new fully cooked links are to take the mayhem out of mornings and give families an easy way to have a hot, high protein breakfast to keep them full all morning and they sent us some samples to create a recipe with. You’ll find the recipe at the bottom of the page.

sausage potato cakes

Ready to eat in 30 seconds, Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage is available in three varieties: Original Recipe, Vermont Maple Syrup and Turkey (70% less fat). To launch the new product, Johnsonville is teaming up with Elisa All, parenting expert and founder of 30 Second Mom and hosting a Pinterest sweepstakes where you can win a month of free groceries and other prize packs from Johnsonville. The idea of the game is to visit the Johnsonville Pinterest page starting Monday 8/25  and allow users 30 seconds to pin as many time saving hacks as they can to their own Pinterest boards. After 30 seconds, the page will automatically advance and prompt the users to enter their contact information for the chance to win prizes!

Johnsonville asked me to create a hack to save time for back to school and pin it to their pin board. My kids and I save time by putting outfits together as we are folding the laundry. This helps my son because he easily gets distracted by his toys in the morning. This way his outfits is all picked out. He puts it on and then still has time to play and doesn’t get in trouble with mom.

Johnsonville Hack photo: Create Outfits as you are doing laundry to save time on busy mornings trying to get the kids out the door. #Johnsonville #MorningHacks

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Johnsonville Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage Fried Potato Cakes Recipe


  • 1 package Johnsonville Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage
  • 3 -4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. 1 Boil potatoes in water to cover for 10 minutes.

  2. 2 Drain and mash with butter and sour cream.

  3. 3 Add the the rest of the ingredients except flour ingredients.

  4. 4 Make patties and dust with the flour.

  5. 5 Fry in oil until crusty and brown on both sides.

15 Delicious Coffee Recipes

I’m a coffee addict and have started using it in recipes. We had a coffee crusted salmon once and I loved it. So in honor of our addiction, or my addiction rather; we are sharing 15 coffee recipes from across the web. Here are 15 recues using coffee!

coffee recipes

  1. Chocolate Mocha Pound Cake and Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream
  2. Mud Pie Oreo Stuffed Brownie Cupcakes
  3. Popular Tiramisu Blondies
  4. Caramel Mocha Java Protein Shake Recipe
  5. Mud Pie MoJoe Ice Cream {My Cold Stone Copycat}
  6. White Chocolate Mocha Coffee
  7. Tiramisu Brownies Recipe
  8. Pumpkin Caramel Café Latté Recipe
  9. Coffee Slushie Recipe & International Delight
  10. Gaelic, or Irish, Coffee
  11. Brown Butter Java Chip Cookies Recipe
  12. Sugar Free Iced Coffee Recipe
  13. Frozen S’Mores Mocha Coffee Recipe
  14. Simple Summer Iced Coffee Drink Recipes
  15. Slow Cooker Espresso Braised Pot Roast