Grandparenting Tips and Chocolate

kisses Are you addicted to chocolate? :/

 

 

 

 

 

Yes….I am, I am!! This grandma definitely is! Lol

Although, I associate myself with good grandparenting tips, skills and tricks….in that I hardly ever bring a bag of chocolates in our home or my grandkid’s home. Unless it is Christmas, my grandchildren’s birthday, or some other appropriate holiday, such as Easter.


Why, you ask?

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* I am highly addicted to chocolate. Enough said!

* You need to respect your kids enough not to bring on a confrontation/disagreement by bringing ANYTHING chocolate in their home or surroundings while the grandkids are present. Simple! ๐Ÿ˜‰

* Needless to say, (just as a reminder), DON’T eat chocolate in front of the grands! Some grandparents just don’t think!

* When it IS appropriate for a chocolate treat, get in a good habit of buying “dark” chocolate. Dark is much better for you, AND them!

* Brag to your grandchildren about healthy substitutes to chocolate, or (any candy). This can be fruit, veggies, raw or steamed. Kid-friendly dips, such as ranch and others. Cheese sticks or slices, (homemade) chicken nuggets, etc… Just as long as it isnt, bubble gum, licorice, cotton candy, or those sugar, sweet and sour worms! LOL

* When baking, use dark chocolate…such as the dark chips. Simple!

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I’m not saying your grandchild should NEVER eat chocolate! — See my 3rd sentence above; go for chocolate at appropriate times…or the (dark in moderation).

OK…this post is making me desire CHOCOLATE! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Can’t have that! Lol

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However, I think I got my point across! If not, and you have questionsYou can catch me Here

Have an awesome day! =)

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Chocolate Chip Oat No-Bake Cookies – From Prepared Pantry

Full-CChipOatCookies I saw this recipe in my inbox today. Totally loving these and will make them when I get to one of my weight goals.

You have to treat yourself once in awhile, and especially whenever you cross a weight loss milestone! ๐Ÿ™‚

From the Prepared Pantry Site:

Everyone likes a chocolate chip cookie. They oats make it a chewy chocolate chip cookie. Itโ€™s a wholesome cookie that you wonโ€™t mind including in your childโ€™s lunch box.

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Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup quick rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

In a saucepan, cook the brown sugar, evaporated milk, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring continually, until the mixture comes to boil. Cook for one minute longer.

Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter, quick oats, and vanilla. Let cool until just warm to the touch then stir in the peanuts and chocolate chips, stirring just until the chips and peanuts are dispersed.

Drop the cookies by the spoonful onto a nonstick baking sheet or waxed paper. Cool completely in the refrigerator.

Bakerโ€™s note:

If you stir the chocolate chips in before they have sufficiently cooled, they will melt. Thatโ€™s not bad but you will have chocolate cookies instead of chocolate chip cookies.

No Bake Chocolate Cake Pops – Review – Cake It Easy

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This was a FUN one, and I was so delighted to get the chance to do the review! ๐Ÿ™‚

Easy DIY Cake Pops Kit

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From Cake it Easy Pops.com

http://cakeiteasypops.com/

These were so fun to make and actually made me want to get back to holiday-mode! lol :p

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In fact, just as I posted on Facebook yesterday, I was singing “Happy Holidays” while making them!

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Below is what the DIY kit includes:

* No Bake Cake Pops Mix in Chocolate
* Rainbow sprinkles
* 10 cake pop sticks
* 10 paper cupcake liners
* A paper mat to work on

Very user-friendly and easy to make, in just 30 minutes!

Note: My batch made 14 ๐Ÿ™‚

You Will Need a Little Water and Oil

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Instructions On Back Of The Box…How Cool Is That!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Roll ~ Shape ~ Decorate ~ Enjoy!

They really do taste great!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I wish my grandson was a little older to help me make these…would have been so much fun! I’ll have to remember these and order some on the website a couple of years down the road. He will love it!!!

My ONLY recommendation is… Put them in the fridge for about 2 hours, versus 30 minutes before putting the sticks in…as I found them a little too crumbly and easy to fall apart.

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There are more flavors and variations to choose from…

Water can be substituted with cream cheese, frosting, melted butter and many more delicious ingredients. Cake balls can be dipped in some melted chocolate or candy wafers…I know, sounds delish!!

Other choices could be shredded coconut, nuts, cookie crumbs of any kind, chocolate chips and MORE!

TIP: The chocolate balls can be formed into any shape of your choosing…such as hearts, or anything you like. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Inside The Box

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My Grandson! Isn’t he handsome?!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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You can also grab them on Amazon!

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Why Chocolate is Good for You – From Weight Watchers

Article By: Sandra Gordon and Amy Leibrock AT Weight Watchers

(Photos By WeightWatchers.com)

So now, we have an excuse…it’s good for us!!!

I just had to share this article for all my readers that LOVE chocolate! ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s a reason that chocolate inspires gotta-have-it cravings for so many of us, perhaps more than any other food: It’s good for you.

“It’s actually good for your heart and also good for your blood pressure,” says Valentine Yanchou Njike, MD, MPH, of the Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center, who has researched cocoa’s effect on blood vessel function.

Researchers have also found that phytochemicals in cocoa, which is used to make chocolate, may improve blood vessel function, slow blood clotting, improve insulin resistance and have protective effects against cancer. And even though the labels say chocolate contains saturated fat, it’s actually the kind of fat (called stearic acid) that has little effect on your cholesterol levels.

But experts warn…

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