No-Bake Margarita Cheesecake Pie

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is a no-bake wonder! It comes together in minutes, has great creamy, icy texture, and tastes like a frozen margarita, bursting with fresh, sweet & tart lime flavor!Happy Monday, you guys!

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is to-die for. For reals.

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow and I figured I was better late than never with this recipe. I knew that after trying my No-Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie that I had to make a margarita version and here it is. Creamy, luscious, sweet and tart and just packed with a margarita punch. And non-drinkers, hath no fear – it is non-alcoholic.

Though if you’re a daredevil like myself, spiking it is recommended. I don’t tequila-discriminate.

My mom loves sour stuff. Sweet Tarts and the sour Jelly Bellies are one of her favorite things. I, however, cannot stand sour candy. Gummy worms – the ones that were once sour in a past life but are now a whisper of sour – are the only “sour” I can tolerate. Anything else is off-limits.

So you’d think that my mom would love margaritas, what with their sour punch and extreme tartness. But no, she hates margaritas with an intense passion. The woman who shoves a whole lime in her Corona, the woman who will eat Sweet Tarts until her tongue swells, the woman who loves sour candy with a fiery passion hates margaritas.

Did I mention she’s also allergic to cucumbers but not pickles? She is a strange, strange woman indeed.

I, for one, enjoy margaritas despite my typical anti-sour attitude. I kind of enjoy the puckery punch that the fresh lime has and the kick from the tequila. And this is precisely one of the reasons why I devoured this pie faster than you can say “tequila shots.”

That, and because it was 99 degrees F on Friday. NINETY-NINE. That is so foul, y’all. So I was taking alllllll the chill I could get, and this pie offered plenty of that iciness I craved on that hot day.

[And PLEASE don’t tell me 99 degrees isn’t hot. What kind of world do you live in if 99 degrees F. isn’t hot!? Whatever it is, I do not want to live in it.]

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is a no-bake wonder! It comes together in minutes, has great creamy, icy texture, and tastes like a frozen margarita, bursting with fresh, sweet & tart lime flavor!ANYWHO. Let’s get to the bottom of this pie.

Er. I already did. Oops.

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is a no-bake wonder! It comes together in minutes, has great creamy, icy texture, and tastes like a frozen margarita, bursting with fresh, sweet & tart lime flavor!*adapted from my No Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie Recipe

No-Bake Margarita Cheesecake Pie
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This creamy, icy cheesecake pie is packed with a puckery punch from margarita mix, cream cheese and Cool Whip. It's such a dreamy Cinco de Mayo or summertime treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 oz frozen margarita mix, somewhat thawed
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • Sparkling sugar, optional but recommended for crunch and a cute "salt" appearance
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, margarita mix, and condensed milk with a handheld electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Continue beating for about 2 minutes or until creamy and smooth.
  2. Spoon in the Cool Whip and lime zest and beat to combine. Continue beating for about 2-3 minutes or until mixture is thick and fluffy. Mixture will continue to thicken as you whip it.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and smooth out the top. Immediately freeze for up to 4-6 hours or overnight (overnight recommended) before cutting into slices. Garnish with the sparkling sugar right before serving. This is best served straight from the freezer or slightly thawed.

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is a no-bake wonder! It comes together in minutes, has great creamy, icy texture, and tastes like a frozen margarita, bursting with fresh, sweet & tart lime flavor!I love the appearance of the sparkling sugar “salt” on top of each piece of this luscious, creamy pie. It’s packed with that punch of lime thanks to the non-alcoholic margarita mix and has plenty of that sweet-tart flavor you crave from a frosty, marg-on-the-rocks.

*Want to add tequila? Add about 1 shot’s worth in when you mix the condensed milk, cream cheese and margarita mix.*

*Cutting calories? Make this with fat-free or reduced-fat cream cheese, fat-free sweetened condensed milk, and Cool Whip Free or sugar-free Cool Whip.*

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is a no-bake wonder! It comes together in minutes, has great creamy, icy texture, and tastes like a frozen margarita, bursting with fresh, sweet & tart lime flavor!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Skinny Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

This Skinny Orange Creamsicle Cake is a cake to behold! Bursting with juicy orange and sweet cream flavor, it's a classic that's been lightened-up to a figure-friendly recipe.A couple of days ago, I had to go to the local natural foods store to get some more eucalyptus essential oil. The local natural foods store is like Whole Foods but smaller and more expensive, so I actually am not sure why I go there. But I digress.

I was at the natural foods store minding my own business as I huffed essential oils when all of a sudden, this woman who worked there emerged from within the quinoa and split pea flour wearing belted cargo bermuda shorts, thick white ankle socks, hiking boots, and a purple polo shirt. A fanny-pack completed the entire look, and I only wish I were joking.

Most of the time, I try to abide by the old commandment, “thou shall not judge others by the nature of their hideous clothing”, but sometimes I have to make exceptions when it is so strange. This was one of those exceptions.

Not only did she look like she was going on some Indiana Jones exploration, but after clomping around in her hiking boots and swiftly removing misplaced items from the shelves, I realized she was basically a workplace adventurer. You know, the kind of people who tackle the day with purple polos and fanny packs.

It was then that I got the impression she ran the place because she began bossing another employee around and then went to the back for a second. The music went low for a minute and suddenly, she emerged again right as – and I swear I am NOT kidding you – the Jurassic Park theme music came on. I kid you not. This time, she stood facing the aisles of vitamins, probiotics, kefir drinks and assorted bean flours with her hands on her hips as the majestic dinosaur music blasted over the speakers. The other employee kind of looked bored and despondent like she sees this all the time and Purple Polo Explorer just looked invigorated and ready to conquer the misplaced tofu dogs with valor.

And I just stood there, snorting eucalyptus oil, thinking what the eff did I just witness?

And then I came home and ironically, Jurassic Park III was on TV and I had to watch it since Purple Polo Explorer lady totally got that majestic dinosaur music in my head. And then I made Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake because I’m sure that’s what the dinosaurs would have wanted.

This Skinny Orange Creamsicle Cake is a cake to behold! Bursting with juicy orange and sweet cream flavor, it's a classic that's been lightened-up to a figure-friendly recipe.This poke cake is a skinny version compared to the regular poke cakes of the past. It’s lighter on fat and calories which means you can enjoy more of it; something required when you have to conquer the jungle of Jurassic Park… or the natural foods store. And it’s bursting with refreshing orange creamsicle flavor, a favorite for spring and summer.

Are you ready to take on the day? *cue dinosaur music*

This Skinny Orange Creamsicle Cake is a cake to behold! Bursting with juicy orange and sweet cream flavor, it's a classic that's been lightened-up to a figure-friendly recipe.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Skinny Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake
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This Skinny Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake is a dream come true! Citrusy and bright with sweet cream flavor, it's impossible to resist!
Ingredients
  • 1 box orange cake mix (or yellow if you can't find orange)
  • 1 cup low-calorie orange juice
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 (6 oz) containers light orange cream yogurt
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, OJ, egg whites, orange zest, and applesauce together with a handheld electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until completely combined and smooth. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  2. Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Poke holes over the entire cake using the handle of a wooden spoon or something smaller, such as a kebab. Spread the yogurt evenly over the surface of the cake, trying to get the yogurt into the holes as much as possible. Top with an even layer of the Cool Whip. Refrigerate for at LEAST 3 hours or until set, preferably allowing time to set overnight (the flavors are better this way!). Cut into squares and serve.

This Skinny Orange Creamsicle Cake is a cake to behold! Bursting with juicy orange and sweet cream flavor, it's a classic that's been lightened-up to a figure-friendly recipe.I know it’s an overnight cake, but it’s seriously worth all the waiting! It’s so citrusy, zesty and flavorful, bursting with fresh orange flavor and sweet cream. You won’t be able to tell it’s lightened-up since it’s SO delicious! You won’t be able to resist a (second, or third) slice of this beauty. :)

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No-Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.It’s obvious I love lemon. But I don’t really specify where I like that lemon.

Much like how people dislike fruits in their dessert, I dislike lemon in my dinner. I don’t do savory lemon. Savory lemon is dead to me.

Lemon has zero place near my chicken. It should not be near pepper. In my eyes, shrimp and lemon had a falling out forever ago and are no longer on speaking terms. Likewise, it shouldn’t be zested on green beans or mixed with rice. It should stay among its friends in the desserts world, like cakes and pies and tarts and cookies where it belongs. All you people with your lemon chicken and rice make me shudder.

Sweet lemon is where it’s at! You can’t turn down sweet lemon; it’s your BFF, your confidant, your — perhaps I spend too much time alone with food. But seriously, sweet lemon is awesome and I love it best when it’s mixed with butter, sugar, cream, or white chocolate… among anything else in which it’s transformed into a heavenly dessert.

Sweet lemon doesn’t betray my taste-buds like lemon pepper chicken does. Seriously? Lemon and pepper and garlic? Nooooooo. It hurts my heart. But lemon and butter and white chocolate? Doable. Totally doable.

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.And this cheesecake pie? So insanely doable, it may as well make itself and just about does. It’s so simple, you guys. It’s a mere 5 ingredients – 6 if you count freshly grated lime – and it comes together in seconds, albeit needing time to chill. And chill we can — because I am obsessed with this luscious, lemony dessert and have been eating pretty much straight from the middle with a spoon after I took these pictures. You all should be so glad you don’t have behind-the-scenes footage of me after photo shoots. Dear lawwwwdddd help me and the food I shovel into my pie-hole so I don’t have to put it away.

(And is it just me, or is putting things away always THE WORST? Putting away your clean laundry, putting away the clean dishes, putting away the groceries, unpacking your suitcase… it is TERRIBLE. I would rather sacrifice my growing thighs than throw some pie back in the freezer. True story).

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.Anywhooooo, this pie is fab and you should make it. It’d make a great Easter dessert! So dooooo it. Be Team Lemon with me!

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.

No-Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie
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This sweet and easy Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie comes together in just a few simple steps and tastes fabulous! Sweet, creamy, tart and light, it's the perfect refreshing dessert for any occasion.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 oz (half of can) pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 prepared or homemade graham cracker pie shell
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, condensed milk, and pink lemonade concentrate with a handheld electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds. Turn up the speed to medium and cream for about 1-2 minutes or until combined and smooth.
  2. Add in the Cool Whip and lime zest and continue beating the mixture until it's completely smooth, light and fluffy, or about 2-3 minutes. The mixture will thicken up as it mixes.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and place in the freezer to set, about 3 hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer and cut into slices just before serving; store leftovers in the freezer. Pies taste perfect after about 5 minutes at room temperature.

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.This pie is everything. Sweet, tart, light and luscious, it has everything you could want in a creamy, refreshing dessert: ease of preparation, fantastic flavor, no-bake(!!) and it looks pretty. What more do you want?

*Tip: You could easily make this pie lower-calorie, lower-sugar, and/or lower-fat by using Cool Whip Free or Cool Whip Sugar Free, Fat-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk, Fat-Free Cream Cheese, and Low-Sugar Pink Lemonade Concentrate. 
This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.

Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Homemade Dole Whips {No Ice Cream Machine Needed!}

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!You guys. These whips. I die.

So last month, I attended the Food Blog Forum in Orlando, FL. It was an awesome and intimate conference that took place at Walt Disney World Resort where we could learn the tricks of the trade, network and mingle with our bloggy friends and awesome brands, and explore Disney World!

And as a Disneyland fan, I was a little skeptical about Disney World. Would it really be that big of a deal? Would it be better than Disneyland? But I quickly realized there is zero comparison. They’re both like, completely different planets but with the same mouse creatures. And they both have Dole Whips.

If you don’t know, a Dole Whip is a pineapple-y vanilla soft-serve cone that Disneyland and World serve up in their Adventureland. You can get ‘em standard (that’s a Dole Whip) or get them over pineapple or orange juice (that’s a Dole Float). I had the float, and it was miiiiiighty tasty. But the whip itself? Heaven.

It’s so soft and creamy, bursting with tropical, juicy pineapple and sweet whipped vanilla in every bite. It definitely lives up to the hype – and there’s a huge one – because it’s so freakin’ good. But when I came home to investigate how to make these creamy concoctions at home, I was so bummed that every recipe required an ice cream machine – something my life is severely lacking. But since I’m poor (see: Disney World) yet I wanted to satisfy this burning need for Dole Whips at home in California, I figured I ought to create something pretty darn identical to the original.

And you guys – this is it.Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!

Is it as stiff as the original? No, but that’s because it isn’t made from a prepared mix or churned out in a Taylor fro-yo machine. However, it is plenty creamy, freezy, and bursting with pineapple-y vanilla goodness that tastes pretty darn similar to the original Disney creation. Almost like if Dole Whips and the Wendy’s Frosty had a love child, it would be these. A delicious, outrageous love child.

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!Now if you need me, I’ll be knee-deep in Dole Whips (which is exactly where I want to be!)

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!*slightly adapted from HERE

4.8 from 4 reviews
Homemade Dole Whips {No Machine Needed!}
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These guilt-free, homemade Dole Whips are the perfect refreshing treat any time of year! They taste pretty darn identical to the Disney classic and are made without a ticket to Disneyland and without an ice cream machine!
Ingredients
  • 2 cans (20 oz each) Dole Crushed Pineapple
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Juice of one lime
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, frozen
Instructions
  1. In a blender, pour in the cans of crushed pineapple (pineapple and their juice), the sugar, juices of both the lemon and lime, and the vanilla. Blend for about 2 minutes or until completely smooth.
  2. Cut the frozen Cool Whip in quarters and place it in the blender. Blend on high until combined and smooth. Mixture will be thick but still pourable.
  3. Pour the mixture into two Mason jars with the lids off. Place the Mason jars into the freezer and freeze for about 3 hours, or until the mixture is soft and thick, like soft serve. Serve immediately. I find that in my freezer, 3 hours is the perfect amount of time for thick and creamy soft serve-style Dole Whips, but check yours after 2 and experiment with times from the 2-hour mark.

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!Yep. Paradise in a glass, all without the cost of admission to Disney World. Can’t complain about that!

Want to trash this up? Add coconut rum to the mixture and proceed. HELL YEAH.

Want to lighten this up? Use Stevia instead of the sugar and use Cool Whip Free or Sugar-Free Cool Whip for a lighter treat.

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia Salad

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!So. Easter’s coming up — it’s hard to believe it’s so soon with an early April 5th this year! So if ya don’t mind me, I’m going to be posting Easter recipes up the wazoo, mmkay?

First up: Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia. But first, a story! *collective sighs*

As a kid, my family and I would go to my grandma’s house for Easter breakfast every year. And every year, she’d hide plastic Easter eggs full of candy and quarters around her yard for me and my brother & sister. She would color code the eggs so I would be purple, Chloe would be green, and Alex would be blue, or whatever.

But the thing was, she put all three colors together in any given spot. So if I saw Alex bend down behind the garden hose and extract an egg, I knew my egg would be back there, too. If Chloe saw me elbow-deep in the rose bush reaching for my egg, she would race over to collect hers. I can see why my grandma did this when we were all younger, perhaps so it could be fair to Chloe (who’s the youngest), but as we got older and I was seventeen and hunting for eggs, it became a little ridiculous. (One, because of the obviousness of it all, and two, because I was seventeen and being forced — yes, forced — to hunt Easter eggs).

And the candy was never really good candy. And yes, there’s definitely a distinction between ‘good’ candy and ‘bad’ candy. I’m not talking ‘I prefer Snickers over Reese’s Cups’ or anything. I mean the CANDYCANDY (Snickers, Jelly Bellies, Whoppers, M&M’s) and the …candy? that she would inevitably buy.

You know – the “candy” that doctors offices have. The unmarked lollipops that taste like plastic with a vague hint of fruit (the yellow ones were always the most vile; the red were decent enough to be passable as cherry, depending on your level of hunger). The chewy candies that were probably made with leftover SuperGlue. Those — shudder — strawberry candies, which are by far the foulest things to have graced this planet, right before those toe shoes and Vienna sausages. Or those butterscotch candies, which were always really sticky and hard, like they’d been melted in the bottom of a purse since 1967.

So basically we’d collect for the quarters which essentially paid us to hunt for them, and then we’d toss the candy since it came from an undisclosed location and an even vaguer brand. I mean, do these candy companies know that no one likes their stuff? Are they aware that their lack of branding looks majorly suspicious and that only desperate doctors and banks purchase their lollipops? What’s their name, anyway? “Bank Candy”? “Doctor Lolly”? All’s I know is, I had this terrible doctor once — and I mean terrible — who had this super thick accent and just said to ice or rest everything, no matter what the ailment was, and she’d hand out those unmarked lollies and they always tasted like they were made of candied cough syrup. Mm, Robitussin Raspberry – my favorite! I never liked that, Dr. Lee. AND RESTING MY LEG DIDN’T HELP EITHER.

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!Anywho. This all comes together because that very color-coding-egg-grandma makes ambrosia every year for Easter dinner. And for the longest time I’d eat it because hello, it’s Cool Whip and marshmallows with fruit… duh. But then I got kinda tired of it, and I figured for this Easter, it’s about dang time I change it up. So I revamped grandma’s classic ambrosia with a tropical twist. My new version happens to be my new favorite… and I guarantee it’ll be yours too! This fruit salad is so easy, light, and delicious!

So. Who’s ready to go hunting for awesome ambrosia? (Game over. It’s right here).

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!

Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia Salad
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This light, fruity and DELICIOUS Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia has the flavors of the tropics built right in and is perfect any time of year.
Ingredients
  • 1 can (15 oz) cherry fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (20 oz) can Dole Pineapple Chunks, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can mangoes, drained and chopped if in large pieces
  • 1 & ½ cups shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 1 container Pina Colada yogurt
  • About 2 cups JET-PUFFED Fruity Fun Mallows
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, fold together the Cool Whip Free and the Pina Colada Yogurt. Add in the canned fruits, marshmallows, and one (1) cup of the shredded coconut. Gently fold and toss to combine until coated.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture for at LEAST 2 hours or until flavors have set together.
  3. Optional, but recommended: if you'd like, toast the remaining ½ cup coconut. In a 300 degree F oven, line a baking sheet with parchment and lay out coconut in an even layer. Toast in 5 minute increments, stirring after each round, until golden. Sprinkle over the top of the ambrosia right before serving. Garnish with a cherry if you'd like.

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!You guys – this is so fruity and fabulous! I love the sweet softness of the JET-PUFFED Fruit Mallows — they have such fun flavors and add a great pop of rainbow color! And the fruit itself is a great, tropical combination that transports you right to the beach. Ripe pineapple chunks, juicy mango and mandarins, bright cherries, all coated in a luscious and light whipped cream and pina colada yogurt dressing. This salad is totally awesome!!

Have a fabulous Sunday!!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Sparkling Italian Creme Sodas with Canada Dry!

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sparklingsodasWhen I was a little girl, my family would occasionally take me out to dinner at this local spaghetti restaurant.  The food was your standard Ragu-type fare — in other words, nothing remotely “Italian.”  But they did have the best Italian Creme Sodas that I looked forward to ordering every time we dined there.  There was something about the combination of the sparkling water combined with that sweet cherry syrup, the smooth cream and the tower of whipped cream that had Lil Hayley hook, line & sinker.  It was probably because it was sweet, a drink topped with whipped cream, and tasted like I was drinking something glittery and sparkly — as a kid, you want to imagine everything you consume is magical.  And with the carbonation, it felt like I was having some mystical fairy drink.

But unlike Lil Hayley, Big Hayley doesn’t have the same metabolism, so drinking typical Italian Creme Sodas on the regular isn’t necessarily diet-friendly *cries.*  But thankfully, I figured out an ingenious way to make my own homemade and lightened-up Italian Creme Sodas at home using new Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water.

Canada Dry’s new Sparkling Seltzer Water has zero calories, zero sodium and zero caffeine.  The Lemon Lime and Triple Berry waters are unsweetened and flavored naturally, and they taste awesome.  They’re such a refreshing, bubbly beverage that is so much more nutritious than your standard carbonated soda.  It’s water… only better.

DSC_0095aAnd this Sparkling Seltzer Water is the base of these lightened-up Italian Creme Sodas.  Simply combine the Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water, a couple Tablespoons of sugar-free flavored syrup, a splash of creme, and ice!  Top with fat-free whipped cream and a cherry or lime wedge if you’d like, and voila!  You’ll be sipping pretty and adding some serious sparkle to your meal in no time :)

Ready to drink like a sparkly fairy princess?!

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Sparkling Italian Creme Sodas with Canada Dry!
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Refreshing, nearly fat-free and super low-cal, these Sparkling Italian Creme Sodas will add some delicious sparkle to your life!
Ingredients
  • FOR BERRY ITALIAN SODAS:
  • 2 bottles (16.9 fl oz each) Canada Dry Triple Berry Sparkling Seltzer Water
  • 6 Tbsp sugar-free raspberry syrup
  • 2 Tbsp fat-free half & half
  • 10 ice cubes
  • Fat-Free whipped cream
  • Cherries or chopped berries
  • FOR LEMON LIME ITALIAN SODAS:
  • 2 bottles (16.9 fl oz each) Canada Dry Lemon Lime Sparkling Seltzer Water
  • 6 Tbsp lemon juice or low-calorie lemonade
  • 2 Tbsp fat-free half & half
  • 10 ice cubes
  • Fat-Free whipped cream
  • Lime or lemon wedges, optional
Instructions
  1. Distribute 5 ice cubes among two mason jars or cups. Pour 8 ounces of Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water into each glass. Top each glass with THREE (3) Tablespoons of flavored syrup or juice and ONE (1) Tablespoon of fat-free half & half. Do not stir the mixture!
  2. Top each glass with a heavy helping of fat-free whipped cream and garnish with a cherry, chopped berries or lemon/lime wedges. Serve immediately!

DSC_0107AThese Sparkling Italian Creme Sodas could not be simpler to make!  They’re light, super refreshing on a hot day, and such a great pick-me-up treat for kids and adults alike!  The Sparkling Seltzer Water tastes phenomenal and those fruity flavors definitely shine in these drinks.  They aren’t cloyingly sweet; just the right amount hits you with a nice, fruity punch and lots of sparkle.  These will surely become a new family favorite!!

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I found my Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water’s in the Soda/Flavored Water aisle at my local Walmart.  It was super easy to find and sectioned on an endcap.  Right now, you can save 75 cents off any Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water at Walmart stores — just click HERE!.  Or, if you share the page, you can save $1.75… which is worth it so you can stock up on all four flavors: Original, Lemon Lime, Triple Berry & Pomegranate Cherry!!  Just click the picture below to get your coupon!! :)

Canada-Dry-Sparkling-Seltzer-WaterHave a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

S’moreo Apple Salad

smoreosaladBe prepared to meet your new favorite summertime treat!

I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a bit of a pronounced lazy gene in me which is odd, considering I really typically loathe laziness in people, am always rushing around doing stuff, and have been diagnosed with OCD.  But admittedly, I’m more lazy when it comes to food.

For instance — I would eat SO much healthier if I had a personal chef.  Or if I didn’t have to constantly clean and prep fruits and veggies.  I don’t even know how to cut a mango, so I just avoid them.  And I love watermelon (it’s easily one of my favorite fruits) but cutting one makes me depressed and discouraged, so I usually just watch it sit on my counter for a month as a nice, hefty paperweight for my mail.

That’s why I supermega LOVE CrunchPak Apple Slices!  Not only are they delicious, but they’re fresh sliced apples that stay fresh naturally (using a mixture of vitamin C and a calcium solution) for up to 21-days!  They’re ideal for party trays or on-the-go snacking since they’re pre-sliced and ready to go.  No rinsing, no slicing, no worries.  Easy peasy!


They also have Apple Snackers, DipperZ and Foodles which are fun snack packs that I’m positively addicted to (I love the apple, cheese and pretzel Foodles!).  The hardest part is deciding what kind of dipper I want (ranch with carrots, peanut butter, yogurt, or caramel for apples). :)

And CrunchPak Apples work perfectly in this S’moreo Apple Salad!  If you’ve never had apple salad, we ought to remedy this.  Apple salad is more of a dessert than an actual salad (there are no beets or croutons in sight), but it’s a lighter dessert in both weight and being waist-friendly since you can swap out certain ingredients for light or sugar-free pudding/Cool Whip or reduced fat Oreos.  And it’s no-bake, making it a perfect treat for hot summer days and to sneak some fruit into a sweet and sinful dessert!

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5.0 from 2 reviews
S'moreo Apple Salad
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8
 
This delightful, no-bake apple salad tastes like s'mores, thanks to chocolatey Oreos, fluffy marshmallows and delicious chunks of apples!
Ingredients
  • 10 Oreo cookies, finely chopped
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 pkg (14 oz) CrunchPak Sweet Apple Slices, roughly chopped
  • 1 box (5.1 oz) instant vanilla pudding (dry mix)
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • Chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the vanilla pudding mix, milk and Cool Whip together in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Gently fold in the Oreo cookies, marshmallows and apple chunks to combine. Refrigerate for about 1 hour to set, then serve with a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top. Keep leftovers refrigerated and covered.

DSC_0584AIf you love pudding, you’ll love this S’moreo Apple Salad!  It has that soft pudding-like texture combined with crisp, juicy apples, soft and chewy marshmallows and crunchy Oreo cookies.  It’s SO delicious on a hot day!  I loved using the sweet CrunchPak apples, but green apples would work well here, too!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

Copycat Chocolate & Vanilla Wendy’s Frosties

copycatfrostiesFriends, it’s time you answered the age-old question for me.  Do YOU dip your fries in Frosties?

Personally, I find it to be a requirement every time I visit Wendy’s.  Nothing beats that sweet and salty combination of crispy, salted French fries dipped into that smooth, chocolate-y, cold Frosty.  Anytime sweet and salty is involved together, I’m game, and this happens to be one of my favorite combinations!  So. Stinkin’. Good.

As a kid, my siblings and I spent our summers at my grandma’s house just down the street.  We spent hours and hours swimming in her pool, watching Scooby Doo while we ate our (usually fast food) lunch, and then relaxed in the AC while we played Legos when it got too hot outside.

My parents were both quite strict and never let us ride our bikes around the block unsupervised, much less walk anywhere without an adult.  So of course, being the brats we were, we would convince our grandma to pleeeeease let us walk up to Wendy’s (a good mile away on a busy road) so we could buy chicken nuggets, fries, and Frosties.  And being a grandma who is incapable of saying no to our adorable faces, she said yes, handed us a $10 bill, and sent us on our way with pool-water hair and flip-flops to walk up to Wendy’s.  I remember thinking I was so cool as I flopped along the road with my younger brother and best friend, eager to get our Frosty fixes.

DSC_0410ASo understandably, Frosties have quite a special place in my heart.  I grew up slurping them, dunking my fries in ‘em, and rebelling while drinking them down a busy road without my parents knowing.  What a badass.

And now, it’s time for another age-old question: Chocolate, or Vanilla?

I’m normally a vanilla girl all the way, but there are some chocolate things I can’t get enough of, those being: chocolate frosting, chocolate milk, and chocolate milkshakes/Frosties.  There’s something so delicious and satisfying about a frosty chocolate shake or creamy chocolate icing on a vanilla cake.  In fact, whenever I’m making something with chocolate frosting, it takes all of my willpower not to eat the entire bowl.  But buttercream?  I pass it up no problem.

DSC_0407AHowever, I get it — not all of us are chocolate people, my family especially.  While we all love our beloved original Frosties, my mom and sister have a serous preference for the vanilla flavored one.  So when I saw that making Homemade Chocolate Frosties was just a matter of a few simple ingredients, I knew making Homemade Vanilla Frosties would be just as simple, too.  So I made ‘em both and… wow.  If you’re stuck between chocolate and vanilla, I’m afraid this won’t help since both are AMAZING.  The texture and taste is IDENTICAL to Wendy’s version, but with three simple ingredients, made in minutes in the comfort of your own home, and significantly lower-cal than the classic fast food version.

Since making these last week, my family and I have powered through several batches, and one is freezing as we speak right now.  I guarantee this foolproof recipe will quickly become a family favorite for its ease and deliciousness!  So… chocolate, vanilla, or never-answering-that-question-again-because-you-can-have-both?  I’ll take the latter :)

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Copycat Chocolate & Vanilla Wendy's Frosties
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Recipe type: Ice Cream/Frozen Desserts
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Serves: 2
 
Wendy's Frosties are one of my favorite treats, but driving to the nearest Wendy's is often a chore in the high heat of summertime. These Frosties are made in minutes and taste identical to the real deal, AND are only four ingredients! They're sure to become a new family favorite!
Ingredients
  • FOR ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE FROSTIES:
  • 1 cup fat-free (or 1%) chocolate milk
  • ¼ cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp Coffee-Mate Sugar-Free Chocolate powdered coffee creamer
  • 1 tub (16 oz) Cool Whip Free, frozen
  • FOR VANILLA FROSTIES:
  • 1 cup fat-free (or 1%) milk
  • ¼ cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp Coffee-Mate Sugar-Free Vanilla powdered coffee creamer
  • 1 tub (16 oz) Cool Whip Free, frozen
Instructions
  1. In a blender (I LOVE using my Ninja Mega Kitchen System Blender for this!), combine the milk, sweetened condensed milk, powdered coffee creamer and Cool Whip Free (I like to chop the frozen Cool Whip in half with a spoon to make it easier to fit in the blender. Also, make sure your Cool Whip is still frozen!) Process the Frosty in the blender for about 30 seconds or until completely smooth.
  2. Pour the Frosties evenly among two tall glasses (I used pint-sized mason jars) and place in the freezer to chill, about 30-60 minutes. I prefer mine at the 60 minute mark as they're thicker and more of a genuine Frosty consistency.
  3. Serve immediately, or store leftovers in the freezer. Just thaw in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes, or until your preferred consistency, before consuming. This is very easily doubled!

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DSC_0415AI can guarantee you probably have these simple, everyday ingredients on hand right now — and why you aren’t making these Homemade Frosties is beyond me!  I love how identical the texture and flavor of these Homemade Frosties are to the original fast-food version — I seriously could NOT believe how tasty they were!  Most Frosty recipes require you to blend ice into the mixture to get that frosty texture — but freezing the mixture is what gives it that thickness and consistency without adding all of that extra chunk from the ice.  If you don’t have the powdered coffee creamers on hand, no worries — cocoa powder works in a pinch, but I like the delicious, creamy flavor and texture that the powdered creamers offer, especially the vanilla one.  It gives it that extra little bump that make these frozen treats so irresistible :)

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

Sherbet Lemonade Fizz {And A Cascade Ice Giveaway!!}

sherbetfizzI interrupt your normal daily activities to ask you a burning question: When speaking of a fruit-based dairy product sold in the frozen section, do you pronounce it ‘sherbET’, or ‘sherBERT’?

I have always called it ‘sherbET’ because, well, it’s just how I always called it.  No rhyme or reason as to why I never gave it a proper ‘Bert’ name.  But I know people who use the Bert term, and while I respect it, all I hear is, “Sure, Bert!” like you’re agreeing to something that someone named Bert said.

It just reminds me of that classic Airplane quote:

“Can you fly this plane, and land it?”
“Surely you can’t be serious.”
“I am serious.. and don’t call me Shirley.”

Just like when people pronounce ‘both’ like ‘bolth’, ‘draw’ like ‘drawr’ and ‘wash’ like ‘warsh.’  I get what you’re saying, I just have trouble concentrating with the extra letter present.  Then again, this is coming from someone who regularly creates new words and is used to no one ever understanding me. *sigh*

Anyway, no matter how you pronounce it, I have an awesome recipe and GIVEAWAY for you today!  Have you guys heard of Cascade Ice?  Cascade Ice is a zero-calorie, sugar-free flavored sparkling water that eliminates the unhealthy, unnecessary extras like sugar, sodium, carbs, caffeine and gluten.  In addition to zero-calorie, Cascade Ice also has a Sparkling Organic, Sparkling Essence and a Sparkling Mixer line.  And Cascade Ice comes in 21 fantastic flavors, like Orange Mango, Acai Blueberry Pomegranate, Blueberry Watermelon, and Pink Grapefruit, to name a few.

DSC_0383AI fell in love with Cascade Ice when I finally vowed to give up soda, and I haven’t looked back since!  My absolute favorite is the Coconut, with Blueberry Watermelon following closely behind :) Cascade Ice is an awesome soda replacement since it offers that same fizz you love with an amazing flavor, just zero-calorie and sugar-free, making it a great alternative that’s every bit as refreshing — just much healthier.  And it’s caffeine-free, so it makes a great option for those avoiding caffeine, or something to give to kids even before bedtime.

DSC_0378ASo if you’d like to win your own prize pack of Cascade Ice, just use the Rafflecopter below to enter! :) I’ll randomly select a winner on Saturday, June 14 :)

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In the meantime, can I interest you guys in a super refreshing and delicious drink?  This Sherbet Lemonade Fizz is a combination between a drink, a punch, and a freezy treat that will definitely please a crowd.  It only has a couple of easy ingredients and comes together in seconds, so you’ll be sipping pretty in no time.

Bottoms up, friends!!

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Sherbet Lemonade Fizz {And A Cascade Ice Giveaway!!}
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Recipe type: Drinks
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Serves: 2
 
This frosty, chilly drink will please kids and adults alike! Comes together in minutes and is super tasty and refreshing on a hot day!
Ingredients
  • About ½ cup rainbow sherbet (or more to suit your preferences)
  • 1 bottle Cascade Ice Lemonade
  • 1 cup 10-calorie fruit punch
Instructions
  1. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop miniature rounds of sherbet equally among both cups. I used about 4-5 scoops per cup.
  2. Pour ½ cup of the fruit punch among both cups. Top with Cascade Ice Lemonade and serve!
  3. If you want this extra freezy, consider briefly freezing the glasses before serving. You could also blend this mixture together with a couple ice cubes for a frosty treat!

DSC_0387AThese Sherbet Lemonade Fizzes are DELICIOUS and SO refreshing!  I love freezing my glasses before hand to make them extra chilly, especially after a hot day outside.  They’re great to serve with dinner or on their own as a fantastic dessert for kids and adults alike.  And if you’re feeling naughty, I wouldn’t be opposed to spiking these scrumptious drinks with some rum or vodka — think how tasty a lemon vodka would be here! :)

Be sure to connect with Cascade Ice for news, events, product info and more!  You can connect with them on their blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.  Thanks for entering, and good luck!!

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

{Guiltless} Key Lime Pie

keylimepieeeKey Lime Pie fans — or KLPF for short — rejoice.  Y’all have a guiltless version of your favorite treat starting now.

I am a recent convert of KLP.  While it’s not my favorite pie flavor, and I certainly wouldn’t choose it over say, apple or coconut cream, I do like it.  I like that tangy, sour bite and the creamy texture.  And I like limes, but usually only in margaritas, so it’s nice to enjoy them in something other than straight tequila and my depressing company of drinking alone.

And it’s only fitting I fall in love with KLP now because I’m headed to Miami next month for BlogHer Food and I have a pretty decent hunch that this particular pie is pretty darn popular down there.  Needless to say, I’m stoked to have a taste of an authentic Key West Key Lime Pie!

In the meantime, and because I live approximately a billion miles away from Florida, I need something easy to whip up when I get lonely and tequila isn’t an option (which, let’s face it, tequila is never really a decent option to begin with).  So I whipped up this Guiltless Key Lime Pie and whoa, y’all.  This is the cure for what ails your te-keeel-ya heart.

DSC_0063AYou will never believe this creamy, tart pie is made with lightened up, smarter substitute swaps and isn’t loaded with a billion calories or fat grams.  It’s light, fluffy, easy to prepare, and tastes pretty darned close to the real thing.

And if you don’t think so, well, try drinking a shot first and then get back to me.  Bottoms up!!

DSC_0057A*key lime pie recipe adapted from Hungry Girl’s Just Desserts cookbook

5.0 from 2 reviews
{Guiltless} Key Lime Pie
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Serves: 8
 
Love the tangy taste of key lime pie but hate the overload in calories? It's time to meet your new favorite KLP fix: this Guiltless version, which tastes every bit as creamy, tangy and dreamy as its usual counterpart!
Ingredients
  • 1 9" prepared low-fat graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 (14 oz) can fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup key lime juice
  • ½ cup fat free sour cream
  • ¼ cup fat free liquid egg substitute
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • Cool Whip Free
  • Lime slices, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the prepared pie crust onto a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the condensed milk, lime juice, and sour cream. Whisk thoroughly until smooth. Add in the egg substitute and lime zest and mix until combined.
  3. Spread the filling into the prepared pie crust. Bake for approx. 15 minutes or until edges are firm. Do not over bake! Allow the pie to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, refrigerate the pie until chilled, about 2 hours. Just before serving, garnish each slice with a healthy dollop of Cool Whip Free and garnish with a lime slice, if desired.

DSC_0065AI took this pie to a friend’s house and it was devoured by her family in seconds.  No one realized this tart and delicious pie was guiltless until I told them so.  The texture and bright, refreshing lime flavor is so spot-on that no one will know your little low-cal secret.  This pie will be a huge hit at your next gathering, I just know it — and if not, again — that’s what the tequila is for ;)

Have a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

 

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