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If you love desserts, drinks, appetizers and healthy eats, then you’re in the right place. Peruse these article or check out some favorites like Happy Hour Cupcakes, and our Easy Graham Cracker Treat Dessert.

All Things Creative: 100+ Holiday Recipes
Jocie | November 29, 2016

I LOVE CHRISTMAS and all things HOLIDAY! This month, the All Things Creative Team have worked to bring you 100+ Holiday recipes! Who doesn’t need a little extra holiday recipe inspiration. I feel like my family always cooks the same old dishes – turkey, pineapple casserole, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pie. Classic and delicious, but sometimes its fun to mix it up. So turn up the Christmas music, heat up some hot chocolate, and get your BAKE ON! Debbiedoo’s... 

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No Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream + BIG NEWS!
Jocie | October 25, 2016
No Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream + BIG NEWS!

Hello, friends! Today, I have so much more to share with you than just my new No Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream recipe. I’VE GOT BIG NEWS!!! Today is the day we’ve been waiting for – Lisa Leake’s new 100 Days of Real food: Fast and Fabulous Cookbook came out today. I’ve been a big fan of her’s for years. We love her pancakes, pizza dough, 5-minute brownies, and of course, all her amazing school lunch ideas! Lisa was sweet enough to include me as one of her Cookbook Ambassadors,... 

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No Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Candied Pecans
Jocie | October 3, 2016
No Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Candied Pecans

Ice Cream is no longer just for Summer Treats! I am not usually a Pumpkin Pie fan, but this is one decadent and perfectly Fall recipe that will leave your friends and house guests begging you for more Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream long after its gone. I mean begging. The flavors are balanced to be sweet and tasty without being over powering. Plus, this recipe presents beautifully without a lot of effort or prep time. I made this last week, and Ethan and the girls LOVED it. I wasn’t sure how the girls would like it, with... 

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No Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream + Free Printable
Jocie | July 22, 2016
No Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream + Free Printable

Prepare yourself because this is about to become a household favorite. Seriously, this No Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream might just be my most amazing creation to date! I served it last night at a dinner party and it was a huge hit. My cousin said it was better than Blue Bell. Now, I don’t really know what Blue Bell Ice Cream is, or its significance, but my cousin assured me that it was a very high compliment. What I can tell you is that this is sweet, rich and creamy and only takes 5 minutes to make! Also,... 

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream
Jocie | May 6, 2015
Whole Wheat Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream

I love dessert. I really do mean love. But since cutting out processed foods, I said goodbye to box cake mixes and have been on the hunt for some good (and healthier) desserts. I am happy to say this Whole Wheat Chocolate Angel Food Cake is one of my new favorites! Typically, I try not to eat desserts that I haven’t made from scratch, which means they usually include whole wheat (freshly milled flour and either maple syrup or sucanat instead of white sugar). Sometimes, I just use existing recipes... 

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Greek Style Organic Homemade Yogurt
Jocie | April 28, 2015
Greek Style Organic Homemade Yogurt

I know, just when I think I can’t get any more “granola” (or hippy, whatever you want to call it), I start making my own yogurt! haha Actually I’ve been making it about a year and we love it. So if you’re looking for a great greek-style organic homemade yogurt recipe and tips, look no further. Why I Make My Own Yogurt I was shocked when I started being more purposeful about reading food labels to find that yogurt (a seemingly healthy food) is often packed with sugar,... 

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Super Yummy Whole Wheat Mini Donuts
Jocie | March 11, 2015
Super Yummy Whole Wheat Mini Donuts

Over the last two years we have phased out almost all white flour and most of the processed foods that we so heavily relied on for daily staples. But its foods like these supper yummy whole wheat mini donuts, that make the switch easy. Honestly, my 4 and 6-year-old girls don’t know that their food is so much healthier and feel like they get plenty of “treats.” They are so delicious its hard to believe they are whole wheat. Plus, they make for a quick morning breakfast that you can pull out as needed from the freezer.  I... 

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Summer is Here with Two Ingredient Sparkling Sangria!
Jocie | July 24, 2014
Summer is Here with Two Ingredient Sparkling Sangria!

Nothing says “summer” like this easy, no mess, two ingredient Sparkling Sangria! This past weekend, me and the fan were at the beach with my parents for a long weekend. It was the perfect way to recover from Haven and then a long week with Ethan out of town on business and me leading our church’s VBS crafts. As you can imagine, both Ethan and I were burnt out! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me one night sitting on the balcony, reading my book, with my Sparkling Sangria, overlooking... 

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[Healthier] Iced Lemon Pound Cake
Jocie | May 20, 2014
[Healthier] Iced Lemon Pound Cake

One of my favorite desserts to bake for company is Iced Lemon Pound Cake! I made my version last week for my first Essential Oils 101 class, using Young Living Essential Oil. It was a huge hit! The girls were a bit sad I didn’t bring any home for them, so I had to make a second cake the next day for the family. I adapted the recipe from one of my absolute favorite food guru bloggers, Ann from On Sutton Place. Everything she bakes is just amazing! Her Starbuck’s knock-off Lemon Loaf is my favorite, but I... 

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Crispy Ciabatta Parmesan Dippers
Keri | April 9, 2014

It’s April and that means I get to spend a day with some of my favorite people – that’s you!! – and share a recipe here at OPC The Better Half! If we haven’t formally met yet, I’m Keri and I blog over at Shaken Together. I love to share easy recipes, crafts, DIY tutorials, seasonal projects and more – I’d love to have you stop by! While it may feel like Spring in Florida, I know that it is still pretty cold in most of the country. With that in mind, I thought something warm and toasty (and... 

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