Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Chocolate, applesauce, and cake….. trust me the trio was meant to be!close pic

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


  • 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 

piece with jar


As always, thanks for reading and happy baking!





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!






Back to School Printables!



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!





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


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!




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!


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!





Easter Egg Dying!

I was looking for a new way to dye Easter Eggs this year, and I am obsessed with this technique. It’s simple, somewhat clean, and creates BEAUTIFUL eggs!



  • Paper Towels
  • Tin/Foil Pan
  • Large Bowl
  • Small Cups
  • Spoons


  1. Prepare eggs. Pour White House® White Distilled Vinegar into a bowl. Submerge the hard-boiled eggs into the vinegar. Let the eggs soak for 2 minutes. Removes the eggs and dry with paper towels.
  2. In small cups, mix a little bit of each color of gel coloring with a few drops of vinegar.
  3. Spread the cool whip into your tin pan.
  4. Drip food coloring-vinegar mixture over the whipped cream in small drops. Be sure to space the colors apart.
  5. With the end of a spoon, swirl the colors into the cool whip. Be sure not to completely mix the colors.
  6. Roll your eggs in the mixture. Use your spoons to push them through the colored cream. Make sure each egg does one complete rotation and is covered in colored cream. Do not over rotate your eggs through the mixture, too many colors mixed = brown. Brown isn’t very Eastery!
  7. Keep the eggs in the mixture for 30 minutes MAX!
  8. Wipe the cream off the eggs with a paper towel. If too messy, run under cold water.
  9. Voila! You have some beautiful eggs! (Pictures of the steps below!)

If you try this method, take pics and tag me on social @coldcoffeegrind or #coldcoffeegrind ! I would love to see!







Easter Bunny Trail Mix!

When it comes to food, PRESENTATION is everything. This simple trail mix recipe is literally the easiest thing I have ever thrown together, and yet I the crowd always goes wild. This is a “go to” treat at Easter Dinner and school parties! It’s delicious, looks adorable, yet requires little time and effort….always a win in my book!

This recipe is perfect for a large crowd or school party. If you want a smaller serving, cut the recipe in half! Have fun with it and change up the ratio for your preference of sweet vs. savory!

Easter Bunny Trail Mix

Mix all ingredients together and serve in an line with tissue paper! Remember, presentation is everything.  

If you have trouble finding these items in your store, just click the direct links for a little shopping help! And for those of you with a sweet tooth (like me) add in a little more of those Cadbury eggs and M&M’s. #noregrets

As always, thanks for reading and if you make this at home.. share and tag me @coldcoffeegrind! I would love to see.





Looking for some other Easter activities…

Easter Egg Activities Printout: Click Here!

Easter Applesauce Pouch Wrap: Click Here!

Spring Cleaning: Click Here!


Free Printable for Valentine's Day Pouch

Valentine Pouch Printable!

Valentine’s Day Pouch FREE Printable

Looking for a cute and sweet Valentine? These are perfect for school parties or just a special treat. Just print, cut, & tape around your favorite pouch. I love using White House FoodsⓇ Strawberry Pouches, which are perfectly topped with a red cap!

Click here for the printable: Valentine Printable



I hope you & your littles have a Valentine’s Day full of LOVE & LAUGHS!

If you use the printout, I’d love to see! Share using the hashtag #coldcoffeegrind. As always, thanks for reading & have a lovely day!



Apple Crisp: The Secret Sauce


Because sometimes, secrets are too good to keep quiet! Today I am sharing my FAVORITE Fall treat…Apple Crisp with Secret Sauce!

What is the secret sauce you ask….White House Foods® Cinnamon Applesauce! Seems simple, but the difference in taste will blow your mind. Adding this secret sauce cuts out 1/2 of the added sugar from the original recipes, creates an ooey-gooey texture, & makes your life a whole lot easier but reducing the prep time!

Check out everything you need below. Oh and to make your life easier, I have added direct links to Amazon so you can avoid the hustle in the grocery store. You’re welcome!

What You’ll Need:


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, and granulated sugar.
  3. Cut butter into mixture with two knives.
  4. Add oats into mixture. The mixture will be clumpy.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of White House® Cinnamon Applesauce with cubed apples.
  6. Transfer the apple mixture into a greased baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle topping mixture onto apples.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 60 minutes or until topping is a golden brown and bubbling.
  9. Let cool. Serve with Vanilla ice cream and sprinkled cinnamon.
  10. Enjoy! Attachment-1 (1).jpeg