October 2015 archive

A ’90s Breakfast Hybrid: Brown-Sugar Cinnamon Toaster Pop Strudel Tarts

Homemade Toaster Pop Strudel Tarts

Homemade Toaster Pop Strudel Tarts

My long time friend Molly is coming to town in two weeks! She’s a flight attendant for Delta Airlines and lucky for me, has a long layover here in Denver. We grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan but she’s lived in NYC, Texas, and has traveled the world! She’s a girl about town to say the least. Molly, my sis Kelsey and I were childhood besties growing up. Molly and Kelsey are the same age, I am a couple years younger. Despite them being WAY cooler than me as kiddos, they never failed to include me (the “little sister”) in all of their ’90s adventures.

To prepare for Molls’ visit, I know I want to make something nostalgic. Something that would bring us both back to those good old days. The days of sleepovers, Beanie Babies, eating Gushers after school, playing Sega Genesis, and Olly Olly Oxen Free. PS: Does anybody feel me with Olly Olly Oxen Free or am I hearing a bunch of crickets?

Speaking of sleepovers, if you got to sleep at Molly’s consider yourself #winning. I don’t want to brag, but Kelsey and I always had sleepovers with Molly. Our little tripod was on point. In this day and age it’d be considered #squadgoals. Molly’s house never failed to have the breakfast treats that every ’90s kid loved: Pop Tarts AND Toaster Strudels. To decide on one vs. another was the ultimate challenge. The struggle is/was all too real. With that said, I decided to test out a breakfast “hybrid” using original Pillsbury® Crescents. Let me introduce to you…


Jeez, that was a mouthful. But you get the gist. A Pop Tart and Toaster Strudel rolled up into one delicious, breakfast pastry.

I made a first batch of these the other night to make sure they turned out just as I’d imagine. And they did. This goes without saying that I WILL be making these the day before her arrival. I decided on a “brown-sugar cinnamon” flavor because as kids, it was everything. Always the favorite flavor. Thank you Pillsbury® for helping us relive our tradition in a new and delicious way! (And thank you Walmart for the great deals on Pillsbury® Crescents. Stocking up for the holidays!) Do you have old traditions with old friends you’re looking to relive? What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

(Makes 8 breakfast pastries)
+ 1 egg
+ 2 teaspoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk
+ 1/2 cup light brown sugar
+ 2 teaspoons cinnamon
+ 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
+ 2 cans Pillsbury® Crescents

+ Preheat oven to 350.
+ Prepare egg wash by whisking egg and almond milk. Set aside.
+ Prepare filling by whisking together brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
+ Open 1 can of Pillsbury® Crescents and unroll/roll out completely on a floured surface.
+ It’s already perforated, so just carefully pull apart until it’s in two equal halves.
+ Using culinary scissors or a knife, cut equally until you have 8 rectangles dough pieces.
+ Place all 8 rectangle dough pieces on a parchment lined baking sheet.
+ Brush each with egg wash. This will help the the pieces stick together.
+ Place two tablespoons of the filling onto the center of each rectangle, carefully spreading to cover the entire surface.
+ Top with their corresponding rectangles, egg wash side down.
+ Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal.
+ Brush the tops with the egg wash and bake for 16-20 minutes or until flaky and golden brown. Halfway through baking, rotate baking sheet.
+ Let cool on pan for 10 minutes then transfer to another surface.
+ Repeat with the other can of Pillsbury® Crescents.

I topped mine with a special brown sugar cinnamon glaze. SUPER easy recipe! Can be used on pastries, cookies, sweetbreads. Who wants the recipe?

Homemade Toaster Pop Strudel Tarts


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury. The opinions and text are all mine.

Glazed Gingerbread for Your Autumn Brunch


A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.


A Sunday well spent (with BRUNCH) brings a week of content.

Brunch is one of my favorite things. Some weekends it’s my everything. Food, friends, and sometimes (always) libations, what’s there to hate? Brunching in the fall is the best time to brunch when the air is cool and crisp but the food is warm and the clothes are cozy.

Sweet breads are my weakness – and for good reason: they’re sweet (duh) and moist and oh-so-tasty whether served plain or with jam or nut butter or honey. You can’t really go wrong. The moist-ness is what gets me. I mean seriously, who doesn’t like a moist bread? Unfortunately, moist breads are usually a result of butter. Lots and lots of butter.

With that said, I am proud to say that my sweet bread secret ingredient is…

Yoplait™ Greek 100 yogurt! PS: I’ve found that Walmart consistently has great deals on yogurt, so stock up this season for all your future baking needs!


For this past’s Sunday brunch I made Gingerbread that had the same rich, moistness as traditional sweet bread… sans butter. Plus, I made a Greek yogurt glaze to fancy it up a bit.

Yoplait™ Greek 100 yogurt is fantastic and vital substitute for fatty ingreds like butter and shortening and sour cream. It also adds a bit of protein and calcium and gives your baked goods a softer texture. Yogurt doesn’t have to be just a snack you take for lunch on the go. You can bake with it too! Using ingredients in innovative and alternative ways is so rewarding, especially when it makes for a (secretly) healthier treat.

+ 1.5 cups flour
+ 1/4 teaspoon salt
+ 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
+ 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
+ 2 teaspoons ground ginger
+ 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
+ 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
+ 1/2 cup coconut oil
+ 3/4 cup cane sugar
+ 1/4 cup light brown sugar
+ 1/4 cup molasses
+ 3 eggs
+ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
+ 1 5.3 oz. cup Yoplait™ Greek 100 vanilla yogurt

Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Glaze
+ 2 tablespoons Yoplait™ Greek 100 vanilla yogurt
+ 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
+ Two pinches or so brown sugar
+ A few hefty shakes of cinnamon (to taste)

+ Preheat oven to 325°.
+ In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
+ Add coconut oil to a large mixing bowl and cream using a hand mixer on low for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add the cane sugar and brown sugar and continue to cream for 3-4 minutes.
+ Add molasses and continue to mix on low. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and fully combined.
+ Alternate adding dry ingredients and Yoplait™ Greek 100 vanilla yogurt to butter/sugar mixture and mix on low until incorporated.
+ Pour batter in a 9×5 loaf pan (greased with coconut oil).
+ Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 20 minutes, then using a dull butter knife, carefully scrape the sides to loosen the loaf and transfer to a cutting board. Let cool.
+ Prepare the glaze by combining all ingredients in a small glass or jelly jar. Stir until fully combined and drizzle on cooled bread.

Recipe inspired by Ali from Gimme Some Oven

***I HIGHLY recommend heating gingerbread slices in the microwave. Creates an even softer, more moist texture believe it or not! And it’s all thanks to the Greek yogurt!



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

These Spicy Peanut “Noodles” are Everything


As much as I love carbs, I try to avoid them when possible – particularly for dishes that use traditional pasta or spaghetti. And honestly I LIKE the taste and texture of vegetable noodles better whether it be spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, beet noodles, and sweet potato noodles, etc, etc etc. I know what you’re thinking… “lies! no one likes veggie noodles better than Barilla the OG!” But I do – I intentionally under cook my “zoodles” if you will because I adore a good crunch!

If you’re looking for a nice and light but FILLING meal, you’re in for a real treat. This can be made super ahead of time because you serve it cold. As for the peanut butter, you can make your own if you’re feeling adventurous, but if you’re going to use store-bought like I did, please do yourself a favor and use the naughty-er creamy kind (JIF, Skippy, etc). If you try and go with the healthier natural butters, you will not end up with a creamy sauce. I’ve tried using the natural Costco Kirkland brand that you have to refrigerate and the result was no bueno. Capische?

I made this for dinner and it was a hit with my main squeeze, and myself! Leftovers made for a fantastic lunch the next day. By the way, do you like our lunchboxes? Can you guess whose is whose? It’s safe to say that we are still kids at heart. My adorable robot lunch box is made by an even more adorable company called SoYoung. They are based out of Toronto, Canada and sell lunch boxes, cooler bags, backpacks and diaper bags. Their modern, elevated designs make the products both kid- and adult-appropriate. In 2014, SoYoung partnered with Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company on a limited edition lunch box which sold out in less than 8 days! Their lunch box designs include: sharks, bicycles, elephants, giraffes, dinosaurs, seahorses, starfish, and even Russian dolls (remember those from back in the day? LOVE!). And their cooler bags? To die. Those designs include pink peonies (WANT), beets (WANT), artichoke, and dandelions. They’re in select Nordstrom and Whole Foods stores, and 500 other specialty retailers.

Recipe inspired by the one and only Jaclyn from Cooking Classy.


+ 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
+ 1/4 cup warm water
+ 3 tablespoons soy sauce
+ 2 tablespoons honey
+ 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
+ 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
+ 1.5 tablespoons fresh minced ginger
+ 1 tablespoon minced garlic
+ 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil

+ 2 chicken breasts (cooked and sliced thin)
+ 1 spaghetti squash (cooked and shredded into spaghetti strings)
+ 6 mini “cocktail” cucumbers (sliced)
+ 1/2 cup chopped green onion, and some to garnish
+ Chopped cilantro, (1/2 to 1 cup, depending on taste) and some to garnish
+ Sesame seeds for garnish
+ Bean sprouts for garnish

+ Preheat oven to 350°.
+ Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. Season with salt and pepper and a little olive oil. Place on baking sheet, flesh side up and cook for 30 minutes. Please note I like my strings on the crunchier side, so if you like yours softer, cook longer. When done, set aside, let cool, and string into noodles with a fork.
+ Prepare sauce. Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. Store in fridge until ready to use.
+ Cook chicken using this fool-proof recipe. Slice thin.
+ Similar to making your own tacos, allow all eaters to make their own bowl. Start with spaghetti squash, add sliced cucumber, chicken slices, sauce to taste, and toss to combine. Top with green onion, cilantro, bean sprouts, and sesame seeds.

x Lindsey