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diy holiday: cake pops

Our resident DIY diva Erica, tarte’s senior graphic designer and unofficial  pastry chef, is the queen of the cake pop. We long for office birthdays, baby showers and engagement parties —  just to bite into one of these incredible confections. Seriously, we have yet to taste a pop that rivals hers! And considering that this high season for baking, we had her breakdown her process for the ultimate cake pop how-to!

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Stay Slim and Healthy This Fall

Hi tartelettes!

Fall has arrived and with it comes a host of tasty temptations — but keeping fit and indulging in the party season aren’t mutually exclusive. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be rocking a svelte figure straight on through the New Year.

Avoid fall comfort food: Fall baking is oh-so-delicious and oh-so-calorie packed.  Instead of using traditional recipes Google healthy options for favorites like banana bread or butternut squash soup.

Resist hibernation: It’s easier to become less active as it gets darker earlier. Try joining a gym, or sign up for a workout class with a friend to maintain motivation.

Party Smart: Awesome holiday parties mean alcoholic drinks galore – and those can add some serious numbers to your caloric intake. Limit drinks or opt for water to stay hydrated and keep from adding on pounds.

Curtail the Candy: Stop stealing candy out of your children’s or younger brother or sister’s trick or treat bags…you didn’t earn it and you sure don’t need it. Sweets can derail any plans for healthy eating. Instead, indulge in healthy snacks like popcorn or dark chocolate covered fruits.

Xo,

Jen

 

 

Jen’s Pick: Vegan Cookies!

As a lover of all things natural and great-for-you good, once I bit into these amazing oatmeal cookies I knew I had to spread the word and share the recipe. They’re a vegan, egg-free and dairy-free version of classic oatmeal raisin cookies with the same classic taste! Even if you’re not a vegan, you should definitely give them a try – trust me on this, you’ll thank me later.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup margarine (make sure it’s vegan!)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 cups rolled or quick cooking oatmeal

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix the sugar, brown sugar, vegan margarine and vanilla until smooth and fluffy, then add soy milk into the mix.

Add the flour, baking soda, salt and spices, and stir until well mixed. Add the remaining ingredients. Batter should be a thick consistency.  Feel free to sneak a couple bites because salmonella is no issue here!

Drop by 3 inch balls onto cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until done.

Pour a big glass of soy milk and enjoy your delicious chewy vegan oatmeal raisin cookies!

What healthy snack recipes are you withholding? Post your favorite tasty treat on our Facebook.

Xo,

Jen