Have you YoCrunch’d? {giveaway}

My typical work day lunch includes sandwich, chips or crackers & some sweet. Sometimes the sweet is dried mangoes, cookies if I’d made some over the weekend, or yogurt if we have it &/or I’m feeling healthy. Yogurt also works well because I don’t feel guilty about snacking on it at that 10:30/11am time that I find I’m hungry before my 1230p lunch time.

So when Miranda & I stumbled upon the YoCrunch booth at BlogHer, I was interested to try something new. I feel like I’d maybe heard of YoCrunch or seen it at my local store. But like DWB, until BlogHer, I’d never tried it.

Thanks to a couple YoCrunch coupons, I brought home the Strawberry parfaits for free then again a week later for a discount. It was one of the only things I wanted post-dilation doctor appointment. At less than 200 calories, it’s a great afternoon weekend snack or breakfast or dessert.

I was thrilled a couple of weeks ago when I heard from a representative from YoCrunch & even more excited when he offered for me to share free yogurt with my readers!

YoCrunch Love

What’s up for grabs? FIVE coupons for a FREE YoCrunch four packs. I’m sharing the love so there will be not one but FIVE winners! My household loves the strawberry kind so much we haven’t branched out, but you can.

Just leave me a comment about your current favorite yogurt/snack.

For an extra entry, like @suzstreats and @YoCrunch & tweet something like “Love yogurt? Wanna try #YoCrunch for free? Enter to win a #giveaway from @suzstreats & @YoCrunch http://tinyurl.com/3lbyyly

I will close this giveaway next Monday Sept 26th at midnight, pick the FIVE winners with random.org, & email the lucky ducks for their address at that time. If no reply within 48 hours, I’ll pick someone else. You can check to see that your favorite grocery store carries them at the YoCrunch store locator {there’s $1 off 2 at the site too}. Good luck!

YoCrunch provided me with a sample & coupons when I met them at BlogHer & another coupon for this review. The opinions written here are all mine & not influenced by their gift of coupons.

DWB Pancakes

I came home from BlogHer with a stack of coupons for some products I already used & loved as well as some new ones. One of the products I was most excited to try was De Wafelbakkers frozen pancakes. I’d sampled them at their breakfast on Saturday morning & received a cute reusable bag, T-shirt & coupons then.

We are breakfast people. Every morning & sometimes we even do breakfast for dinner. Typically it’s cold cereal or fruit as I run out the door during the work week. But with DWB pancakes, after a quick 1:15 in the microwave, you’re enjoying delicious blueberry pancakes! Be careful they come out HOT & can get tough if you overcook. But in our microwave, a minute 15 seconds is just right for pancake yumminess.

Here’s straight-out-of-cell photos from Monday morning as I was running late to head to Edenton. But still had time to make pancakes for me & husband. Yay! I like mine spread out with syrup. He’s a stacked with butter guy. What’s your breakfast/pancake style?

DWB provide me with the original pancake coupon as a result of BlogHer. As a result of this post, I’m hoping to get a few more coupons {& $250 if I’m their favorite review post}. What’s in it for you? Your own $1 De Wafelbakkers coupon via FB, & if I’m chosen, one commenter gets $$$ for leaving me breakfast comment love. My opinions were not influenced by their generosity & are my own honest thoughts.

Jean’s Fresh Apple Cake

My aunt’s MIL, Jean Owens, is a professional caterer. Somehow, I don’t have a copy of her cookbook, At Your Request, but I borrowed my Nana’s to share this recipe. I’ve loved this cake when my mom’s made it before, & we decided it would be perfect for our family for this weekend as we’re gathering to celebrate another shower for my brother. I had a bunch of fresh NC apples I’d picked up from my work’s farmer’s market, so I volunteered to bake.

1 1/4 c vegetable oil
2 c sugar
3 eggs
3 c peeled & chopped apples
1 tsp vanilla
3 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 c light raisins {omitted & subbed in 3/4 c craisins}
1 c chopped pecans or walnuts

1/2 c butter
1 c light brown sugar
1/4 c evaporated milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

In large mixing bowl, combine oil, sugar, eggs, apples & vanilla. Beat well by hand {do not use electric mixer}. In separate bowl, stir together flour, salt & baking soda.  Add the flour mixture to the apple mixer & stir together. Fold in raisins & nuts.

Pour into greased & floured pan. Bake at 325 for 25 minutes for layer pan or 1 hour for bundt pan {I used bundt}. Verify doneness with the clear fork test.

To make glaze:
{I baked the cake Thurs night & we made glaze Friday night in Richmond because I didn’t have the evap milk. Thanks mom!} Combine butter, sugar & evaporated milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook 3 mins to thicken. Add vanilla, cool & spread on cake.

Jean likes Granny Smith apples for this cake. I used local NC Fugi & it still turned out delicious.

Honey Bun Cake

Some people clean during a hurricane, some nap, some watch news incessantly, & some brave the wind/rain to shop {Brandy!}. I cook. First thing Saturday morning I made Jason these blueberry muffins. So glad I remembered I had this recipe as they were easy & pretty yummy.

How is this recipe below not already a blog post?! This cake is the first one I ever made for my coworkers back in 2004. It’s made appearances at brunches, early morning football tailgates, & my holiday dessert spread ever since Mom passed on the recipe years ago. Part coffee cake, part yellow cake, all sweet deliciousness.

When we decided to do the Raleigh version of the girls night, I knew exactly what I’d bring. Spinach & artichoke squares for Saturday night & this Honey Bun cake for late night dessert & brunch.

This is yet another recipe where you doctor your favorite boxed yellow cake {my favorite’s whatever is on sale}.

Batter Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 c sugar
3/4 c vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 c sour cream

Mix the above together & placed 1/2 of the batter in a greased 9×13 pan.

In separate smaller bowl, mix 1 c brown sugar & 2 teaspoons cinnamon.

Place half of this brown sugar mixture on top of the batter & swirl.

Layer the second half of the batter on top then sprinkle & swirl the rest of the brown sugar/cinnamon.

Bake on 300 for an hour. Enjoy {as you can see from the bottom right photo, we did}!

Blueberry Muffins

Jason loves blueberry muffins.  He doesn’t like fru-fru ones with special crumb toppings or any of that jazz.  Like Martha White from the bag is cool with him.  I wanted to do a little better than that {although Martha Whites are good for a quick & easy muffin}.

I searched & found three blueberry muffin recipes Friday.  I decided I wanted to try the Paula Dean one. {1} its Paula Dean so it’s going to be good. {2} it had the least number of ingredients. {3} it made the least muffins {said 12 but I made15} & was considered “easy”. {4} doesn’t use stand mixer so easy clean up.  I decided to take advantage of the food scene on the D5000 & took 53 photos!  Thought I’d share my favorites.

Blueberry Muffin {2008 Paula Dean from the food network}
2 c all purpose flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 c sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 c milk {recipe said whole, I used skim}
1 1/2 c fresh blueberries
1/2 c brown or white sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Grease muffin tin {I used 6 cup non-stick & 12 cup silicone one}.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder & sugar.  In a smaller bowl, melt the butter, add egg then milk & stir together.  Pour the wet into the dry ingredients.  Stir using a spoonula until just combined {might be lumpy}.  Gently fold in the blueberries {be careful not to break them}.

Spoon the batter into the greased cups about 2/3 full.  Bake 10 mins then remove from oven.  Sprinkle the tops of each muffin with the 1/2 c sugar.  I thought 1/2 c was too much so I probably used more like 1/3 c.

Return the muffins to the oven & bake another 10-15 mins or until golden brown & they pass the toothpick test.  We don’t like them very brown, so after 12 mins, once a fork came out clean, I took them out.  Let cool 10 mins then enjoy!