From the Box

Trader Joe’s came to Miami! After hearing about this place in almost every food blog I follow, I was  very excited when I heard the news, so I braved the traffic, the terrible parking, and the threats of having my car towed if I parked at Burger King, and made it to the fabled Trader Joe’s.

And instead of buying the organic vegetables and fresh fruits, what did I do? I spent a ridiculous amount of money on chips and snacks, how surprising.

Brownie Mix

One of my favorite buys was this cool box-brownie mix called Reduced Guilt Brownie Mix. And before you start judging me, this is no ordinary brownie mix. It’s a ‘healthy version’–or as healthy as you can get with sugar and chocolate–and all you have to add is yogurt. That’s right, no oil, no butter, and no eggs.

And to add to the ‘cool factor,’ it has instructions to make individual brownies in the microwave. Two tablespoons of mix, one tablespoon of yogurt, zap it for 45 seconds, and BAM–you got yourself a brownie.

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You might still be skeptic, but these people know what they’re doing, it was actually a pretty decent brownie.

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Thanksgiving and the day after

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last night was so fun! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday so I was really excited that we got to host it this year. We had like 25 people over and, like most Thanksgivings, we were rushing until the last-minute to get everything done. I’m usually on dessert duty, but Thanksgiving is the exception; this is the second year that I’ve been officially in charge of the turkey–no pressure.

But my loyalty is always with dessert–I’m thankful for my family, friends, and the blessings in my life, but I can’t lie– I’m also thankful for cream cheese frosting. Fittingly,my sister made an amazing red-velvet and we also had pumpkin cake, pecan pie, apple pie, and ice cream. I was so busy I forgot to take pictures, but I promise they were to die for.

So to redeem myself (and to satisfy my constant need to bake) I made some strawberry mini-muffins this morning. Perfect for a post-thanksgiving breakfast– they were light, tangy, and delicious.

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