Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer and Power of Family Meals: Disconnect to Reconnect

I am partnering with the J.M. Smucker Company to bring you this recipe for Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer.  Homemade coffee creamer is easy to make and and easy to customize.

Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer - homemade creamer with a salted caramel and chocolate flavor

Like it or not, technology has become a way of life.  Unfortunately it is easy to become too attached to your phone or screen device.

As a full time mom and blogger, I am guilty of spending plenty of time with my face buried in my phone checking emails or social media during the day.  Some days I am just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest.  My husband likes to flip the phone out of my hands whenever he catches me zoning out.  It is so easy to become disconnected from the ones around you when you have a digital device easily accessible.

Everyone in our house has a phone or digital device.  If we aren’t careful, those devices come on way too many times throughout the day.  Limiting screen time has become necessary and needed so we can catch up with each other. [Read more...]

Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles

Thank you to Chocoley for providing me the opportunity to create a fun chocolate treat.  These Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles are a delicious, but dangerous treat to have around.  They taste amazing.  Good luck only eating one at a time!

Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles - no egg pecan cookie dough truffles that taste amazing when dipped in amaretto dark chocolate

 My in laws live near an outlet candy store, so any time they come visit us or we visit them, they have bags and bags of candy and nuts.  One of my absolute favorites that they buy are some dark chocolate amaretto pecans.  I seriously could eat an entire bag of them and not feel guilty at all.  So delicious!

It’s true your tastes change as you get older.  Growing up I did not like to eat nuts of any kind.  My way of eating nuts was a peanut butter and fluff sandwich.  Slowly as I got older, I started to like peanuts with M&M’s.  Gradually I started to branch out and try new nuts.  Now I actually eat a few kinds of nuts all by themselves.

Of course, I still prefer the nuts with lots of chocolate.   [Read more...]

Fluffernutter Apple Nachos

Apples topped with marshmallow cream, peanut butter, and Reese’s peanut butter cups is definitely my way of eating an apple a day.  These Fluffernutter Apple Nachos always get huge smiles from my kids.

Fluffernutter Apple Nachos - apples drizzled with peanut butter, marshmallow, and Reese's PB cups.  Best way to eat an apple a day!

 One sandwich that I remember always eating as a kid is the fluffernutter.  It always surprises me how many people do not know what these sandwiches are.

Marshmallow cream and peanut butter on bread.  That’s it.  Not the healthiest sandwich on the block, but definitely one of the tastiest.    [Read more...]

Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffle Bars

No bake cookie dough truffles get even easier to make when you spread them into a pan and cover them in mint chocolate.

Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffle Bars - easy chocolate no bake truffles made with Andes Mints

 Want to know something crazy about me?

I am a big time talker.  Oh, but not out loud and to anyone.  That’s right.  I talk to myself.  Really I think it is just because I have so many ideas going through my head at once that some of them have to come out somehow or I’ll explode.  That and for some reason actually saying things out loud helps me process my ideas even more.  Tell that to my hubby!  He just thinks I’m plain crazy.   As long as I’m just talking about cookie dough and treats, I think I’m totally sane…right?   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Cranberry Granola Bites

Peanut butter and dried cranberries makes these healthy little granola bites so delicious.  They are the perfect snack for when you are watching what you eat.

Peanut Butter Cranberry Granola Bites - peanut butter and dried cranberries make these healthy granola bites irresistible

The weekend is when I tend to slack off on eating healthy.  All week long we do really well with planning healthy meals, and I stay out of the goodies that I make.  But then the weekend hits and one bite after another seems to be worse than the last.  Sweets, carbs, more sweets.    You name it, and I am probably eating it. [Read more...]

Cherry Jello Salad

This Cherry Jello Salad is a sweet side dish to add to your dinner menu.  It can put together quickly in the morning and then is ready for dinner later.

Cherry Jello Salad - this easy and light Jello salad tastes delicious and is the perfect shade of pink

 Why is it that the kids are extra loud and sing songy on the morning after you stay up really late the night before?

I have been trying to be better about getting to bed earlier.  I am quite the night owl and would much rather stay up late at night working on projects.  Getting up early is for the birds in my opinion.

Of course the other night, I stayed up way too late doing who knows what.  The next day the kids were louder than normal and were singing about everything under the sun.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I am thankful they were happy and cheerful…but my head and ears just want quietness until I fully wake up.  Thank goodness there was no snow delay that morning ;-)    [Read more...]

Cherry Chocolate Chip Dip

There is absolutely nothing wrong with grabbing a bowl of this Cherry Chocolate Chip Dip and going to town on it.  Maraschino cherries and chocolate chips give it such a fun taste and texture.  It is sweet comfort food at its best and perfect for Valentine’s Day snacking!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Dip - this sweet cheese dip will have you wanting to lick the bowl clean www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Today I am sharing a recipe that was actually made 2 years ago.

2 YEARS AGO…and I never shared it!  Can you even believe that I have been keeping this sweet dip from you???  Yeah, me either.

This dip is full of cherries, chocolate chips, and pecans and is absolutely delicious, but my first attempt at pictures was seriously lacking.  You see I tried to make a cheese ball when I made it the first time around.  Let’s just say 2 years ago my cheese ball making skills were very lacking.  Don’t ask me how you can mess up rolling a cheese ball, but…yeah, I did.  Now I wish I had saved those originally pictures, so we could have a good laugh over them ;-)

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Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie

Not sure what to eat for a quick and easy lunch that will fill you up without adding extra calories and fat?  This Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie is full of protein and fruits.

Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie - so full of flavor and protein

 Ok, we are headed back on the skinny train today. :-)  Yes, right now my blog feels a little bi-polar.  Dessert…healthy recipe…dessert…healthy recipe.  Gotta love this time of year, right?

Can I confess something though?  I have been having fun coming up with healthier recipes and ideas.  Right now we have been trying hard to incorporate more healthy options to our eating and to resist to all the baked goods that I am still making.  It’s been hard, but totally worth it.  4 pounds of sludge has been eliminated…now to keep it off (and more hopefully) by making these healthy eating habits a life style change.   [Read more...]

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites

These Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites are a healthy snack to munch on when you are trying to cut out a little extra sugar from your diet.

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy no bake granola bites that are light and healthy

 Yes, you read that right.

I have totally and completely jumped on the skinny bandwagon.  (But don’t worry…I have a few other recipes that I will have to jump off the wagon so I can share with you soon!)

It is the beginning of the year after all, and everyone is doing their best to stick to those healthy eating goals.  I don’t want to be the one to make you stumble, plus I am doing my best to cut some of the excess sugar out of my diet too.  When I have brownies and cookies in my kitchen, my sweet tooth is stronger than my will power.

So, I made a sweet little snack that is lower in calories and higher in fiber and protein to pacify my sweet tooth with. [Read more...]

Top 13 Reader’s Favorite BruCrew Recipes in 2013

Top 13 Reader's Favorite BruCrew Recipes in 2013
This has been such a fun year sharing recipes with you.   As 2013 comes to an end, I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for each and every one of my readers/friends who take the time to read my stories and to make my recipes.   I puffy heart hearing from you and hearing how the recipes turned out for you.

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!  I am so appreciative of all the comments, pins, and shares from my site.  You make blogging so much fun!

Today I have the TOP 13 Reader’s Favorite BruCrew Recipes  based on all the page views from 2013.  Did any of your favorites make the list?   There are a few oldies, but goodies that stay on this list every year.  Those are the ones I make most often too!

Based on these views, you guys like peanut butter, cheesecake, and banana.  Three of my favorites as well.  I think I can hook you up with more of those kind of recipes in the new year.  Do you have any suggestions on recipes that I should try?  Definitely leave me a comment or an email letting me know.

As the new year begins, make sure you are following Inside BruCrew Life in your favorite social media.  You don’t want to miss out on any of these new delicious recipes, right?

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*If you want to save this collection of recipes, make sure to pin the top collage image.  To go to each individual recipe, click the link under each picture and pin from there.  Thank you!

 Now to see what the Top 13 recipes are…

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White Chocolate Gingerbread Pudding Cups

These White Chocolate Gingerbread Pudding Cups are a sweet treat for the holidays.  Take them to parties, or just enjoy them any time during the day.  Thank you to ADA Mideast for partnering with me to make this recipe.

White Chocolate Gingerbread Pudding Cups from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - no bake gingerbread cheesecake and white chocolate pudding in jars

 This time of year I just can’t resist the urge to buy all the fun seasonal candies and cookies that the stores have out on display.  They really know how to market those items to shoppers.  Put it out in front of the store or in the checkout aisles where I am sure to see it, and you can bet it will end up in my cart.

Now to resist eating it when it sits on my kitchen counter for weeks at a time.  I have had these gingerbread cookies and M&M’s in my kitchen for a few weeks now, just waiting for the right inspiration to use them in.  I kept looking at them and trying to decide what they would work in best, but then I would just go back to my peppermint obsession and make things like these Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies.   [Read more...]

Coconut Mango Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to watch what you are eating and add protein to your meals.  Try this Coconut Mango Smoothie for a light and refreshing meal during the holidays.

Coconut Mango Smoothie from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - coconut milk, frozen mangos, and protein powder for a delicious meal option

From November through December it is usually a food eating frenzy around here.  Cookies, cakes, pies, fudge, and much more can be found just about anywhere we go.  And I feel the need to “sample” all of it…in the name of research of course :-)

Now I realize that most people associate smoothies with summer time.  But I am here to tell you that is a misconception.  Smoothies are a wonderful option to balance out all the eating you will be doing during the holidays too.  You get your dairy, fruit, and protein all in one glass.   [Read more...]