I Want S’MORE!

This s’more dip is insanely addicting and a crowd pleaser every time!

Ingrediants
1 Cup Fudge Sauce
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
8 oz Cream Cheese
7 oz Marshmallow Cream
Graham Cracker Sticks (Thin, Vanilla Oreo’s are awesome with this dip!)
Chocolate Chips or Mini Marshmallows for Topping
**Cait’s Way Tip: Make a double batch if it is a large party; it’s unreal how fast this one goes.

Instructions
1. In a large bowl, blend with a hand mixer the fudge sauce, powdered sugar, vanilla, cream cheese, and marshmallow cream. The consistency should be smooth with no large lumps.

2. Transfer to serving dish.

3. Sprinkle with mini marshmallows or mini chocolate chips. Or if you are feeling really awesome, sprinkle the top with both!  If you are making this ahead of time, I suggest waiting until you serve the dip before sprinkling your topping of choice – the marshmallows tend to get soggy sitting in the fridge.

4. Enjoy!

Happy Fourth 2017

Somehow I got roped into hosting my family for 4th of July this year.  Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE spending time with my family but I am not able to host a simple get together without deep cleaning my house, spending way too much money on food, and decorating in some capacity.

It was stupidly hot this 4th of July – and by stupidly hot I mean 105 degrees outside. Our AC has been having some issues and was having a hard time cooling the house so we hosted an outdoor party. Thank goodness for our pool to help cool off the kiddos!

We had an amazing menu; smoked ribs, veggie cups, watermelon, corn on the cob, and lots of munchies! Unfortunately I forgot to snag a few pictures of the food table but I did snag this picture of these AWESOME & EASY veggie cups (recipe under Cait’s Cafe).

 

Why is it so hot in here?

Although I’m lactose intolerant, I generally love ice cream.  Mostly I like it from an ice cream parlor not out of a carton.  A few months back I was bitching to my husband about how all ice cream parlors are so HOT?  Like why?  You are storing ice cream!  Shouldn’t it be freezing balls up in here?

Anyway, after being on a diet for about 2 minutes I broke down and needed an ice cream.  The closest place to us was a Dairy Queen, so we went.  Just as we are about to walk in, my husband says to me, “Do you think it will be a million degrees in here?”.   As I did my famous giant eye roll, I replied “YAAAAS!”.

I opened the door to Dairy Queen which might as well have been the gates to hell.  It was a WHOOSH of heat as we walked in.  I should have known better than to stay considering there were like 10 people waiting around for their order but I did really good on my 2 minute diet and was ready to reward myself.

Josh and I proceeded to wait in HELL while the high school staff worked as slow as molasses to fill the 10 orders in front of us.  During this time, my non thigh gap legs decided they were going to chaff and sweat like I’d been working out for an hour.  Then my stomach started to grumble, apparently my stomach knew I was about to ingest lactose and was warning me of what was to come.  I looked at my ever so calm husband and said, “Maybe we don’t need these blizzards… maybe we should just go!?”  As always, he just reminded me to be patient.   After 30 minutes of impatiently waiting, we got our order and headed to the car.  I shit you not, from the time I picked up my blizzard to the 5 steps to the car, my ice cream was a melty mess. What in the actual F is happening?  I didn’t order a shake… I ordered a blizzard that I wanted to eat with a spoon.   I was so frustrated at this point I almost threw it away but I thought better of it and knew I really did deserve this after working so hard on my diet.  **Edit: I slurped a handful of slurpes and then threw it away**

So the moral of the story is that ice cream shops need to get their shit together and turn on the AC.

Melted Ice Cream: Courtesy of Ross Dress for Less

Kentucky Derby 2017

Our 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby party was close to being cancelled due to the weather in Utah that day.  The wind gusts were up to 30mph and it was raining off and on.  Not really what you want for a garden party. But we persisted and although I couldn’t display all my decor the way I wanted, the booze was cold and the company great!

Color Scheme: Teal / Gold / Pink
Main Course Menu: Smoked Pulled Pork, Chips, Veggie Shots, Fruit Shots
Desserts: Red Velvet Cupcakes, Fruit Pizza
Signature Drinks: Pineapple Mojitos, Mint Julep Mojitos, Mascato
Activites: Photobooth, Best Dressed Contest, Beer Pong

*Signature Drink table*

*Red Velvet Cupcakes – Horse Topper DIY here*

*Photobooth fun – Pool Noodle Horse DIY Here*

*Tablescape so hard*

Healthy Snacking

Eating clean, for me, is easy Monday – Thursday.  Come Friday – Sunday, all I want to do is pig out on unhealthy snacks.  About 6 months ago I decided to “meal” prep my snacks so that it would be easier to stay on track.  Surprisingly, this helps me not only over the weekend but during the entire week.  It’s easy to do and I encourage you to have a snack tray in your pantry as well as the fridge/freezer.  Try it out!

This week’s fridge/freezer snacks included boiled eggs, snack baggies of grapes, cucumber, strawberries, mini peppers, sugar snap peas, Greek yogurt, to-go peanut butter, and string cheese.  I freeze a few yogurts and snack baggies of grapes so that when I’m craving a sweet treat I can choose something much healthier.

 

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**Tip: DO NOT keep junk food in your house as it’s sooo tempting to eat it.  If you have children and need to have some snack foods for them, try making a healthy snack tray just for them to grab from.  It will help keep you on track if you’ve got your family members on board with you.