Friday Favorites #7

Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe it's already September 9th? Time is flying. I swear, the older I get, the faster that time goes. Can anyone else relate?

We're slowly adjusting over here at the Ferguson household with Lola's diabetes diagnosis and vision loss. As I type this, she's at the vet for her second blood glucose curve. Crossing my fingers that her levels have come down (this would mean we're getting her diabetes under control)! The sooner we get her stabilized, the sooner we can schedule cataract surgery to get her vision back. I (along with the rest of my family) cannot wait for her to be able to see again. Here's silly Miss Lola on her way to her blood glucose curve appointment...

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She looks pretty comfy, doesn't she? Unfortunately, she has to wear that cone for a little bit. She has an ulcer (from rubbing her eyes) in her right eye, and we can't take the chance of her aggravating it even more. Hoping it heals soon because that gal does not like wearing that cone. I mean, who would? 

Anyways, I thought that I would stop by today with my favorites of this week! I feel like I haven't done a Friday Favorites post in a bit, so it's time to share my favorites with you again :) Let's dive right into it! 

1. Honeycrisp Apples

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Ooooh, honeycrisp apples, I wait for you all summer long. My mom, dad, and I went to Linvilla Orchards this past weekend to pick up some of these delicious, oh-so-wonderful apples. I'm not kidding when I tell you they taste like candy to me - they're that good. If you've never had a honeycrisp apple, please, please, please do yourself a favor and go to a local orchard or your grocery store and get yourself one (or ten) of these apples! You'll be hooked, I swear. 

2. My Egg Muffins Recipe

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These babies have been a lifesaver this past week with how busy we've been with the dogs. If you didn't catch the recipe on Monday, make sure to check it out! This recipe is perfect to make on a Sunday so you have breakfast prepped and ready to go for the upcoming week. Have kids you have to get out the door, or are you one to skip breakfast because your rushing to work? This recipe is for you! 

3. Sweet's Candy Corn

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Soooo, while at Target with my mom earlier this week we spotted the Halloween candy section. I know, I know it's only early September, but sometimes a girl really can't help herself. This candy corn is better than the average with non-GMO ingredients and no artificial flavors. Don't get me wrong, this candy corn isn't healthy haha, but it's a better choice than the typical brand. It's even colored with fruit and vegetable extracts like pumpkin, carrot, and apple instead of food dye. You're probably thinking that there's no way this brand tastes like actual candy corn, but it does, I promise! Here's what the bag looks like so you can easily spot it on your next Target trip :)

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4. Sweet Nel's

If you live in the Delaware area, please do yourself a favor and go to Sweet Nel's. We went there last weekend for dessert and OH MY GOODNESS it was magical. Sweet Nel's just recently opened up and it's really a one-of-a-kind type of place. They have organic ice cream, gourmet coffee, and baked goods and gelato that are made on site. The ice cream comes from Nelson's Dutch Organic Country Organic Ice Cream and is made right here in the Delaware Valley from local, organic milk and cream. I indulged quite a bit there and got myself a Schmooshie which is one scoop of ice cream (I chose cinnamon caramel swirl) schmooshed between 2 WARM cookies (chocolate chip or peanut butter, your choice) and then rolled in any dry ingredients you want - chocolate chips or any type of nut! Is your mouth watering yet? Unfortunately I didn't snap a picture of my delicious dessert because I was too eager to eat it, sorry guys! But, it's safe to say we'll be making a trip back there very, very, very soon so I'll make sure to get a few pictures ;P

5. Mrs. Meyer's Apple Cider Dish Soap

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Last but certainly NOT least is Mrs. Meyer's apple cider dish soap. Guys, I'm embarrassed to say that I've been to Target 4 different days this week in hopes of finding this stuff. It's FLYING off the shelves at my Target (I also have suspicions that there's an apple cider soap hoarder who comes and just buys it all), and yesterday I scored the LAST dish soap they had. I know, I sound like a huge nerd raving about dish soap, but guys, this stuff smells like fall in a bottle. I'll be ordering the hand soap and countertop spray on the Target website too because it's that good. Other than the delicious smell, I really like Mrs. Meyer's products because they're made without parabens, phthalates, glycol solvents, chlorine, formaldehyde, AND artificial colors. Instead, they're made with plant derived ingredients, essential oils, aloe vera, glycerin, and soap bark extract. You go, Mrs. Meyers! They also have a Mum scent out right now that is also absolutely magical. Please do yourself a favor and go to your nearest Target (or just order online) and get yourself a bottle (or five) of this wonderful fall soap. It's the little things, guys, yanno? ;P

That's it for my favorites of this week! Thank you guys so much for reading, it means a lot. I would love, love, love to hear your answer to the question of the day in the comments! I love to chat with you all and would love for it to happen more! 

Question of the Day: What's something that you're loving this week?

Have a fun and relaxing weekend, friends!

Homemade Brownie Batter Froyo

Hellooooo, you lovely people! I was hoping to have this post up for you guys yesterday, but things have been kind of crazy around here with Lola. Here she is mid yawn (which I think is how all of us at the Ferguson household have been feeling lately: tired). 

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We're still keeping the dogs separated for now because both of them are kind of on edge still, and we don't want to take the chance of either of them getting hurt obviously! As you read this, Miss Lola is spending the day at the vet to get a blood glucose curve done. Basically, they'll be testing her blood sugar levels every two hours. I hate the fact that we have to leave her there for the day by herself, but I know it's for her own good so that we can get her diabetes under control. Since Lo will be at the vet for the majority of the day it means that Munchie will get some time to roam the house by herself which I'm sure she'll love!

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Anyways, a few weeks ago I discovered Chocolate Covered Katie's Brownie Batter Frozen Yogurt recipe. For those of you who know me, you know I love, LOVE, LOVE brownies so I needed to try out this recipe! Fudgy, chewy, and warm brownies - oh my gosh, my favorite things ever. So, when I was perusing Pinterest for a dessert recipe that would satisfy my sweet tooth and was still somewhat healthy and found this Brownie Batter Frozen Yogurt recipe I was PUMPED, to say the least. Let me tell ya, it didn't disappoint me and it's the perfect treat in this late August heat. 

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First things first, you'll need an ice cream maker for this recipe. I have the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt/Ice Cream Maker and it works great. It's also affordable, so if you don't have an ice cream maker definitely check out the Cuisinart model. You'll also need:

  • 3 cups plain or vanilla yogurt of choice (I used Wallaby Organic Greek Vanilla Bean Whole Milk yogurt to get a creamier result)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp cocoa powder (you can also try dutch cocoa for even more of a "brownie" flavor)
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar (I used 3 tbsp, just keep in mind that the frozen result will be less sweet than the batter)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or 1/16 tsp pure stevia 
  • Optional (are they really though?): handful of chocolate chips 
  • Chocolate sprinkles to throw on top

Before you start mixing the ingredients, make sure to follow the directions for your ice cream maker. For mine, I needed to put the bowl in the freezer for 16-24 hours so the liquid inside of it would freeze up. Once you're ice cream maker is ready, you'll want to go ahead and pull out a large mixing bowl. From there, you're just going to add all of the ingredients (minus the chocolate sprinkles - save those babies for when your froyo is done).

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Like I said, one of the easiest recipes ever! After that, you'll just want to stir until all of the ingredients are well-blended. 

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Alright, once you've blended your ingredients. You'll just want to follow your ice cream maker instructions, which should be super simple! After about 25 minutes I transferred my frozen yogurt to a glass pyrex container, covered it with saran wrap and the pyrex lid, and then I placed it in the freezer over night. This allowed the brownie batter froyo to take on more of an ice cream texture, rather than a softer froyo texture. 

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Guys, you need to try this before this summer heat goes away. It's the perfect treat on a warm summer night! You can top it with whatever your little heart desires: crumbled graham crackers, slivered almonds, walnuts, sliced strawberries, crushed oreos...I mean, the list could go on and on. AND since it's made with greek yogurt, it's a healthier option than going out for ice cream. Ya know what the best part of it is? You won't miss the regular ice cream because it's THAT good. I promise.  

Do you have a favorite homemade frozen yogurt or ice cream recipe? I would love to have the recipe! Let me know in the comments :)

Jenna