Chocolate Applesauce Cake

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I was skeptical but after tasting, this is going

to be my holiday dessert go-to. First of all, it was super simple. You do not need to be a fancy baker to pull this off. Second, I typically have all of the ingredients in my pantry… perfect for those last minute holiday parties or guests. 

I took this cake into the office break-room and it was gone within minutes. IT’s a must try…and then try again!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine (melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups White House Foods® Original Applesauce
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9×13 pan.
  • Combine all the listed ingredients EXCEPT– 2 tablespoons of sugar and the chocolate chips—in a large mixing bowl. Stir until everything is evenly combined.
  • Pour the batter into greased pan.
  • Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of sugar over top of batter in pan. Then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of batter and sugar.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.
  • Let cool of 10 minutes then sprinkle powdered sugar over top of cake.
  • Serve warm & enjoy!

 

Try it for your next Sunday dessert or upcoming holiday festivities and let me know what you thought! Comment below or tag me on social @coldcoffeegrind 

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As always, thanks for reading and happy baking!

 

xoxo,

 

Brittany

The Perfect “Cozy Night” Beef Stew Recipe!

Is there anything better than coming home on a chilly day and cuddling up with a family movie night with some warm soup?

I love trying out new soups. To be honest, I usually go for a chicken noodle or gnocchi soup with a creamy base, BUT this Apple Cider Beef Stew is a NEW favorite for sure!

This soup is the perfect mix of hearty and sweet with a little tang. It’s a MUST try!

Check out the recipe below. To customize the recipe to your flavor preference, add more White House Foods Apple Cider for sweetness, Beef broth for heartiness, or White House Foods Apple Cider Vinegar for more of a tangy taste!

 

Homemade Beef Stew with White House Foods Apple Cider

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: about 2 hours

8 servings

What you’ll need:

  • 5 pounds beef stew meat cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil (or oil of choice)
  • 4 cups of White House Foods Apple Cider (or juice)
  • 2 cans reduced-sodium beef broth (14.5 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons of White House Foods Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 medium carrots sliced
  • 3 celery stalks sliced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Make it:

  • Brown beef on all sides in the oil over medium-high heat. Once meat is browned, drain.
  • Add beef to the White House Foods Apple Cider, broth, White House Foods Apple Cider Vinegar, salt, thyme, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions. Bring soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 45 minutes (or until beef and vegetables are tender.
  • If you would like a soup with more broth, add additional White House Foods Apple Cider and beef broth in proportions to your taste. Extra White House Foods Apple Cider Vinegar may also be added.
  • Once the broth consistency is to your liking, combine flour and water in a mixing bowl. Stir to a smooth consistency. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the soup. Bring soup to a boil. Stir soup for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Serve & enjoy!

 

As always, thanks for reading. I hope you and your family LOVE this stew. Please tag me if you try and let me know what you thought!

 

Happy Fall!

 

xoxo,

 

Brittany

 

No Tricks, Just Treats Printable

Halloween is right around the corner! The Pumpkin Pouch Printable (from last year) was so popular that I decided to do another Halloween printable this year.

(All printables are linked at the bottom and can be downloaded for free!)

These pouches make a great allergy-friendly option to hand out to your trick-or-treat’ers or to take to school parties! With all of the dietary restrictions, these make a great “treat” while staying away from many of the popular allergies.

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For those of you who stick to the applesauce cups, I also did a cup printable!

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Pouch Printable:CLICK HERE!

Cup Printable: CLICK HERE!

2018 Halloween Printable: Click Here!

 

As always, thanks for reading! If you use the printables, snap a picture and tag me on Insta or Facebook using @coldcoffeegrind !

 

Have a HAPPY & safe Halloween!

 

xoxo,

Brittany

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Game Day Snack Printable

It’s that time of year! After school activities are up and running, which means WHO is on the calendar for snack tonight?!

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There are so many things you have to think about when it comes to serving food to a large number of kids. Finding a snack that is healthy, gluten-free, NON-GMO, dairy-free, egg-free, etc, etc. is NOT the easiest task. Well, I think I have found the answer to our prayers…. insert, White House Foods clear applesauce pouches! From the packaging to the ingredient list, this label is transparent.

I made up these cute printables to make the snack a little festive and fun for game day! Just print, cut, and tape. Super simple.

Get the FREE printable here: Game Day Pouch Printable

Here is my favorite cooler bag: Click here.

Comment below if you use the printable for your snack night! For updates, more printables, etc., be sure to follow me @coldcoffeegrind on all forms of social!

xoxo,

Brittany

 

p.s. If you missed my lunchbox pouch printable, click here!

All other printables are posted here!

 

 

 

Back to School Printables!

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Well, it happened….we blinked, and Summer has come and gone. As much as I love Summer, there’s always something sweet about the start of Fall. School supplies, a new schedule, and cooler days are ahead of us and who can be sad about that?!

I don’t know about you, but I am excited to get back to packing lunches. For some reason, Summer is the season of 1,000 snacks. As soon as school is back in session (preschool in my case) we get back on a normal-ish meal schedule.

This year, I thought it would be fun to create little notes to add into Benjamin’s lunches. Notes of encouragement, sweet reminders, and kid friendly affirmations. While I love being crafty, I’m not a successful #pinterestmom. Therefore, I created these fun printables to add to his favorite White House Foods® Applesauce cups and CLEAR pouches! Super simple, yet make his lunch special.

Feel free to download, print, tape! There are blank ones too to personalize your note.

A little effort goes a long way with kids, and what better way to remind them how special they are and how much they are loved!

Download for FREE below.

Apple Sauce Cups Printable: HERE!

Apple Sauce Pouch Printable: HERE!

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Patriotic Picnic Printable

The first 4th of July printable was such a hit, I decided to do another! Who doesn’t love options?! If you missed the first one, you can find it here!

Use these printables to create a kid friendly, healthy snack for your celebrations! Adding a printable takes only a few minutes, yet makes you look like the Pinterest Queen! #winning

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What you need:

Just print, cut, & tape! Put it a cute basket & take to your 4th of July cookout.

 

As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to share pictures of your festive pouches on social media and tag @coldcoffeegrind!

xoxo,

 

Brittany

4th of July Applesauce Pouch Printable

Hey, all…so I LOVE the 4th of July! There’s just something so nice about celebrating our freedom, celebrating with friends and family, and obviously fireworks. I love creating some type of Pinterest-inspired dish for each holiday but, those festive dishes aren’t always kid friendly….or healthy! So, I decided to create a quick, simple printable for your 4th of July celebrations!

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What you need:

Just print, cut, & tape! Put it a cute basket & take to your 4th of July cookout.

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As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to share pictures of your festive pouches on social media and tag @coldcoffeegrind!

xoxo,

 

Brittany

 

Fight, Focus, & Renew

It’s no secret here, I am a HUGE fan of organic apple cider vinegar. Let me rephrase that, I am HUGE fan of the benefits…the taste, that will grow on you!

Organic ACV has been a part of daily routine for almost ten years now. I started my ACV regimen by taking 2 tablespoons each morning. While I stick with that routine a majority of the time, I have found some ways to make my ACV regimen a little more enjoyable, effective, and taste better.

If you’re new here, check out my post on White House Foods DETOX drink. This is my monthly detox drink which is made with Organic ACV with mother. I drink one bottle of Detox for 7 days each month. You can read more here!

Onto these NEW drinks… FIGHT, FOCUS, & RENEW!

These drinks are all made with organic apple cider vinegar with mother, are ready to drink (although I prefer to refrigerate,) and taste delicious! These drinks are NOT a substitute for my monthly Detox but I do like to trade them out for my daily dose of ACV.

Here’s a little description of each flavor:

 

Fight

  • FIGHT: orange, ginger, and turmeric
    • ingredients known to help boost the immune system.

 

 

 

  • FOCUS: blueberry, green tea, and ginsengFocus
    • ingredients known to help relax your mind and soul.

 

 

 

 

  • RENEW: lime, grape, and mintRenew
    • ingredients known to help rejuvenate your mind and body.

 

 

I love that these drinks were curated with purposeful ingredients!

 

You can find all of these drinks in Wal-Mart, White House Foods Online, or here on Amazon.

Comment below and let me know if you try and which one is your favorite!

 

As always, thanks for reading!

 

xoxo,

Brittany

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Subscription Box

TWO of my favorite things just came together….. my monthly detox regimen AND subscription boxes!

Meet…Apple Crate Co.!

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If you follow me on Insta, you know I am a strong believer in doing a monthly detox with White House Food’s DETOX drink. The drink is made with Organic Raw ACV with mother, lemon, and cinnamon. It’s a simple, 7 day regimen that rids my body of toxins, aides healthy digestion, and reduces bloat. I love that I can do this DETOX while maintaining a my normal diet and exercise routine.

While in the past I have had to hunt down 7 bottles from my local grocery store, NOW my 7 bottles are delivered right to my door each month. Not only is this super convenient, but it’s also the perfect reminder to detox each month.

What’s in the box?

  • 7 – 16oz Detox Drinks
  • Brochure with tips and information on how to get the most out of your 7-Day Detox
  • Goal Tracker Calendar
  • FREE Priority shipping

What’s the cost? The Apple Crate is $30 per month with FREE shipping!

For more information on the actual DETOX, read here!

I also offer FREE online accountability groups where a group of us come together (in a private online group) and do our monthly detox together! It’s a great community that is free to join with your purchase of DETOX! Click here for more information on the groups.

Have questions about the Detox or The Apple Crate Co., send me a message or comment below! I would love to chat.

Happy Detoxing! Here’s to feeling our BEST!

 

xoxox,

Brittany

 

PS: Do you like to share brands you LOVE on your social media? Apply to receive an Apple Crate to share with your followers here!