Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Peppermint Cookies

There’s nothing more wonderfully easy to make than a good Cake Mix Cookie! With a few simple tweaks, you can come up with countless variations – like this fun little peppermint cookie made with white cake mix, peppermint extract, cream cheese and topped with crushed candy canes. These are an adorable Christmas cookie and a big hit with my kids, with a very soft texture and sweet peppermint flavor.

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Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower

Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower from thecoersfamily.com

I’m officially a fan of cauliflower. And I’m a fan of green chilies. Putting green chilies in creamy, cheesy baked cauliflower is one of the best darn ideas I’ve ever had. The only problem is this is not the most photogenic dish. Isn’t that the trouble with all really yummy food? Tastes great, doesn’t exactly ring any bells with pictures, though. But, with food (as with life), taste always trumps appearance – and this Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower has that in spades.

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Orange Spice Chia Seed Cookies

Orange Spice Chia Seed Cookies from thecoersfamily.com

This is my second year to participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. My first year I made yummy Andes Mint Swirled Cake Mix Cookies, but this year I wanted to make a healthier cookie to reflect our new Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. I puzzled around in my brain, thinking of a cookie that could easily be adapted to fit into Trim Healthy Mama guidelines, but could also be tweaked just a little to be a healthy cookie that could easily be enjoyed by just about anyone. One of my cookie recipients specified they would rather not have a cookie made with the normal alternative sweeteners I like to use, so I enjoyed this fun little challenge for a healthy, versatile cookie. This recipe uses honey as a natural sweetener, but I’ll also include instructions for making this a completely sugar-free treat for those watching their waistlines. 

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Eggnog Mini Cakes

Egg Nog Mini Cakes from thecoersfamily.com

I love baking cute little mini breads, like this chocolate banana bread, during the holidays and driving around town to deliver them to friends. I also like to pop one in my mailbox for my mail carrier. I feel like Mrs. Claus or something. It’s fun for me. This year I wanted to do something unique and I started thinking about some of my favorite holiday flavors: peppermint, pumpkin, chocolate… Oooh! And Eggnog! Beloved by some, hated by others – but you can’t deny it’s a Christmas classic. 

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NeriumAD Night & Day Combo Pack Product Review

Nerium Product Review

My sweet friend Kerri asked if I’d like to try the NeriumAD Night & Day skincare treatment recently and I said, “yes ma’am!” I’m in my mid-30’s and I’m not exactly haggard, but seven kids does put a wrinkle or two on your forehead, I’ll tell you that. My dad’s mother is an absolutely gorgeous woman in her 70’s and she’s always taken excellent care of her skin. I’d like to be a foxy mama in my golden years, so I’m very interested in using quality products to care for my skin now. I felt pretty confident giving her product a try, since Nerium is one of the fast growing skin care brands in North America. 

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Low-Carb Creamy Chicken Spinach Enchiladas

Low Carb Chicken Spinach Enchiladas from thecoersfamily.com

These low-carb enchiladas are creamy and full of bold Mexican flavor. Foods low in carbohydrates can help manage type 2 diabetes and some hormonal imbalances. Some insulin users often find their blood glucose is more easily managed when they limit the amount of carbs in their daily diet. Many people have experienced weight loss and other positive health benefits while following a low-carb diet. It’s very easy to revamp old favorite dishes like chicken enchiladas by swapping out traditional tortillas for low-carb versions and skipping canned cream soups, which often utilize flour or starch as a thickening agent. It’s easier than you might think to make a creamy sauce without using canned cream soup. A creamy green chili and cilantro sauce is quickly whipped up in the blender and finishes this tasty dinner perfectly.

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Favorite Trim Healthy Mama Blogger Recipes

Trim Healthy Mama Recipes link up

There are a multitude of talented Trim Healthy Mama bloggers, y’all. The way these writers can tweak recipes and come up with new creations that are on-plan and weight loss friendly is just astounding. Kitchen Wizards! They’re geniuses, at least in my book. I’ve got a round-up of some of my favorite Trim Healthy Mama bloggers, and their top three favorite recipes. 

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Low Carb Sugar Free “Buttermilk” Pie

Low Carb, Sugar Free "Buttermilk" Pie - Trim Healthy Mama friendly! from thecoersfamily.com

My sweet Nanny’s Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie is an absolute must in our house for the holidays. This past Thanksgiving I wanted the flavor of my grandmother’s pie, but without all the sugar and carbs. Buttermilk itself doesn’t have a ton of carbs, around 12 grams per cup – but you better believe your standard pie crust is jam packed with carbs, and all kinds of other things not good for a gal’s figure. Thank goodness I came across this fabulous Paleo Pie Crust recipe while I was cruising around on Mrs. Criddle’s site. To keep this pie as low carb as possible, I decided to use Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk – and I was very happy with the results!

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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Kale Soup

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Kale Soup from thecoersfamily.com

This soup has the most delicious base made with chopped bacon, green chilies, onions and celery and rounded out with butter and cream cheese. You could cook a tractor tire in that base and it would be fantastic. I’m all about that base. Bout that base… (no treble).  Okay, I’m sorry. I had to. Seriously, though. This soup is fabulous. Full of fresh broccoli and kale – it’s a healthy dinner to keep you warm on a cold winter night. 

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