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Get in the Fall Spirit with this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Dessert

pumpkin apple dessert Nothing means fall flavor more than pumpkins and apple and they’re combined in this delicious dessert that is super easy to make with your slow cooker!

You will need:

  • 1 can (21 ounces) apple pie filling
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 3/4 cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • ice cream, if desired


1. Spray 3 1/2-to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Spoon pie filling into cooker; spread evenly.

2. Beat remaining ingredients except ice cream with electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter over pie filling.

3. Cover and cook on high heat setting for 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve with ice cream.

Important note: This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.

4-Pack Fiber One Yogurt Giveaway, 50 Winners!

Fiber One Yogurt Back in July we featured an in-depth video review (my first video, by the way!) of Fiber One yogurt. I loved the yogurt, it was delicious and we went through two 4-packs of yogurt in just a few days because it was so good and even better, it contains 5 grams of fiber in every 4oz serving (that’s 20% of your recommended daily value of fiber just in one little yogurt cup!) It’s also only 50 calories and is the only leading nonfat yogurt that is packed with so much good stuff for your body. Fiber One nonfat yogurt is also the first nationally-distributed yogurt to receive the Hungry Girl Seal of Approval. It’s definitely a nutritious, delicious and convenient breakfast and snack option and now we want you to try it for yourself!

Thanks to Yoplait, we have been given the opportunity to give 50 lucky Woman Tribune readers the opportunity to try Fiber One yogurt for free! Remember, Fiber One yogurt is available in four flavors–strawberry, vanilla, peach and key lime pie. I can personally attest that the strawberry and key lime pie are delicious! You can find it in the yogurt section of grocery stores nation-wide!

The first 50 people who sign up below will be sent a coupon for a free 4-pack of Fiber One yogurt!

This Halloween, Give Out Something Kids and the Environment will Love

Tetra Pak Bulk-sized bags of candy have adorned the aisles of your local grocery stores as well as party and specialty shots since the end of September in preparation for Halloween. Halloween has always been the haunted-house-going, candy-receiving holiday for children; well, as far back as our own childhoods go, anyway. Most people hand out candy and junk food, others, albeit very few and those not particularly popular with children, give out toothbrushes, raisins and other not-so-sugary sweets. This Halloween, you can give out something that isn’t completely filled with sugar, but will also delight the children who receive your loot–chocolate milk!

Sure, not just any chocolate milk–shelf-safe milk in Tetra Pak cartons. Trick or Treat Me is spreading the word about the benefits of shelf-safe Tetra Pak cartons of chocolate milk and trusted brands including Hershey’s and Organic Valley have begun offering their chocolate milk in in these cartons. Not only do these milk cartons make excellent Halloween loot, but they will also ensure that your children get all the nutrients they need every day.

Tetra Paks are shelf-safe, which means that they can be stored in the pantry until you’re ready to hand them out for Halloween or until the morning you pop them into your kid’s school lunches. This also means that you can buy them in bulk and keep them in the pantry for up to 12 months without worrying about them going bad or becoming unusable. They are healthy for kids, they don’t contain preservatives and they are made mainly from paper, a renewable resource that can be recycled. Not only will you make your children happy when you give them this delicious snack or supplement to their lunch, but you’ll also be helping the environment and reducing your family’s carbon footprint.

Check out the video below from Robin Miller to see how easy it is to incorporate these Tetra Pak cartons of milk into your children’s school lunches and also get a few tips on how to stretch your family’s budget when it comes to preparing nutritious and delicious lunches:

If you’re not yet in the Halloween spirit (you only have two weeks left) you will be after visiting Twick or Tweet Me and sending a Halloween tweet to your friends. You’ll also be able to see (and vote for) people who you think are the scariest twitterers out there in the Twittersphere.


Join in the Fight Against Breast Cancer with Yoplait’s Save Lids To Save Lives

Yoplait Save Lids To Save Lives One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Dr. Kristi Funk, celebrity breast cancer surgeon is helping Yoplait spread the word about their Save Lids To Save Lives initiative to help in the fight against breast cancer.

There are annual events that benefit breast cancer research all across the country, but if you don’t have time to take part in these events or the money to donate to the cause, you can still make a huge difference, and there’s an easy way to do it!

For every pink Save Lids To Save Lives Yoplait lid that is sent in (don’t forget to rinse them off!) by December 31, 2009, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, up to $1.5 million, with a guaranteed donation of $500,000. That is some serious breast cancer research cash!

Log onto, where you can print tools for your lid-collecting and you can also start your own lid collection team and inspire your friends, family, co-workers and anyone else you think would love to help Save Lids To Save Lives. You can also download a $1.00 off coupon for YoPlus or YoPlus Light with pink lids and jump start your collecting!

Peter Rabbit Organics: Healthy, 100% Organic Fruit Snack Pouches for Your Little Ones

Peter Rabbit Organics

Every parent is concerned about what is going into their child’s bellies and even more-so, the quality of what is going into their child’s bellies. That is precisely the reason why it has become the gospel to buy organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. But while you can be sure to purchase organic where it counts and provide your family with nutritious and healthy meals, when it comes to snacks, we very often disregard the health factor and go with the flow of convenience. Luckily, there are a few reputable companies making delicious snacks that your kids will fall in love with, even if they’re the type to run away from you screaming when you take a piece of fruit out of a lunch box for them to munch on.

Peter Rabbit Organics is a small, privately-owned company who were inspired by their own families to create a delicious and healthy snack that kids love. Already a hit with British children, Peter Rabbit Organics’ healthy fruit puree in a pouch has been introduced in the United States within the past year and from my experience, it is sure to come as a breath of fresh air to parents who can’t get their children to snack on fresh fruits, or even for your significant other who still turn their nose up at an apple.

The Peter Rabbit Organics pouches are super convenient for busy parents who want to give the kids something to snack on while riding in the car without having to clean up a huge mess that has been sloshing around for the last twenty miles, packs perfectly in lunch boxes, diaper bags, and purses, and provides a little fun with their snack as they squeeze, squish, and slurp from the pouch. It also has a no-choke cap, specifically designed for little ones who like to experiment with putting everything in their mouths just to see what happens.

Peter Rabbit Organics

The Peter Rabbit Organics pouches come in three different flavors–strawberry and banana, mango, banana, and orange, and apple and grape. What’s great about these is that the words on the front of the pouch are the true ingredients; there is no artificial flavoring or an extensive list of chemicals to get the puree the color or taste it is; it is simply and delightfully organic fruit that is completely healthy. There isn’t even water or fillers, making it more nutritious and ensuring that you are getting all of the nutrients your body needs from it.

We definitely enjoyed this snack in my house. My first thought when trying it for the first time was that it really was fruit I was tasting–the real fruit you would pick up and bite into, but in a puree that I could slurp and because I have a dental condition that makes it so that I cannot bite into or chew extremely hard or chewy foods, eating fresh fruits that are generally hard, such as apples, is out of the question, so this was a great way for me to enjoy my fruit and not aggravate my teeth. And yes, I’m a grown woman, so Peter Rabbit Organics are not just for the kiddos. In fact, I was only able to enjoy one of the fruit puree pouches because within three days my partner had went through the six pouches we had. While I had been excited to make a sorta-kinda Italian ice with a few of the pouches, an idea I completely stole from one of my favorite blogs, Momspective, I didn’t have the time to do so because they were gone before I realized ‘Oh yeah, I can make an Italian ice treat!’

Needless to say, these pouches were a huge hit and a phenomenal source of fruit for the entire family.

Your 4th of July Menu: Red, White & Blue Shortcake Stars

red white blue shortcake stars Another great addition to your 4th of July menu are desserts. I have quite the sweet tooth and I love shortcake almost as much as I love fresh strawberries and blueberries, so when I came across this great recipe for red, white, and blue shortcake I was thrilled to see two of my favorite foods combined. While strawberry shortcake is a widely-known and celebrated recipe, do not be afraid to mix it up and add other berries and fruits. You can usually get away with putting anything on shortcake so pick whatever is in season for the freshest, delicious shortcake.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 quarts strawberries, sliced (6 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 2/3 cups Original Bisquick mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 6 tbs granulated sugar
  • 6 tbs butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 2 tbs granulated or powdered sugar

1. Mix strawberries and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Let stand 1 hour.

2. Heat oven to 425F. Mix Bisquick mix, milk, cherries, 6 tbs sugar and the butter until soft dough forms.

3. Gently smooth dough into ball on surface sprinkled lightly with Bisquick mix. Knead 10 times. Roll dough 1/2 inch thick. Cut with floured 3-inch star-shaped or round cutter. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Stir blueberries into strawberries. Beat whipping cream and 2 tbs sugar in chilled medium bowl or electric mixer on high speed until stiff. Split shortcakes in half. Fill and top with berries and whipped cream.

Your 4th of July Menu: Red, White & Blueberry Salad

red white blueberry salad The 4th of July will be here in a matter of days and many families across the country celebrate Independence Day by having family cookouts. Cookouts are not only a time-honored tradition among American families, they are also a time to get the entire family together and spend some quality time with good food, good friends, and good times. Because cookouts are also a time for yard games, such as horseshoes, or if it’s a particular hot day, running in sprinklers or taking a dip in the pool. Because people tend to eat several times throughout the day, picking here and there whenever they want to munch on something, you cannot, ever, go wrong with having several salads on your picnic table for the 4th.

Try this delicious Red, White, and Blueberry Salad this year!

You will need:

  • 1 container (6 oz) Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free key lime pie yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 jicama, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 bag (10 oz) chopped or hearts of romaine lettuce (6 cups)
  • 2 1/2 cups cubes (3/4 inch) seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

1. In a small bowl, mix yogurt, honey, and salt; set aside. Cut jicama slices into star shapes using a small (1-inch) star-shaped canape cutter.

2. In large bowl, toss remaining ingredients. Pour dressing over salad mixture; toss until well coated. Sprinkle jicama stars over top. Serve immediately.

Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters Make a Healthy Snack for the Whole Family

Nature Valley Nature Valley has already become a staple in the homes of families seeking quality, healthy snacks; but with the newest addition to their roster of products, I know for sure that many more families will start to see the nutritional and yummy benefits of the brand.

Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters have been in high demand in my house ever since I was sent a package of the new product in each flavor from My Blog Spark. The day I received the product, my step kids came over to visit and by the end of that night, all four packages were gone and ever since then, I have been asked by my partner several times when we were going to the store to get more of them. As soon as the brightly-colored packages were discovered on the kitchen counter, one child took the Nut Lovers, the other took the Roasted Cashew, my partner devoured the Honey Roasted Peanut, and I absolutely loved the Roasted Almond. It worked out perfectly, really, because after everyone tried each of the flavors, everyone settled on their own package and there was no fighting over the fact that someone was eating out of someone else’s package because we all, very oddly, had a different favorite flavor; except for my partner, who loved all of them and ended up eating the entire bag of Honey Roasted Peanut, as well as my Roasted Almond, so to say the least, they did not last in my house for more than a few hours.

Nature Valley

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to try the new Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters because while it goes without saying, I absolutely love finding foods that everyone will enjoy snacking on; but the reason why I love having these for a snack food is because I can feel good about eating it. There’s no guilt, there’s no worry, and there’s no regret. I am all too familiar with snacking on very unhealthy snack foods and ending up feeling lethargic and bloated. I’m a person who cannot eat a lot at one time, so I do tend to snack quite a lot throughout the day and these are an ideal food to have around the house for just that reason.

But Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters are not merely snack foods; they can also be eaten with yogurt in the morning (tip: Nature Valley also makes yogurt!), on their own while you’re heading out the door to go to drop the kids off at school and/or go to work, and they can also be packed in school lunches. Whenever you eat them, you’re going to feel great about having a nutritious snack that makes you feel energized and good about the foods you’re eating.

Nature Valley currently has a coupon you can download for $1 off their Granola Nut Clusters, so you can also feel great about the price you’re paying!

Nature Valley

Waking Up with San Marco Coffee

San Marco Coffee For the past week or so, every day, I have woken up and have immediately made my way from my bedroom, downstairs to my kitchen to make coffee. Now, this is not very much unlike every other day of my adult (as well as my teenage) life, but the one big difference is that for the past week, as soon as I opened my eyes, instead of thinking “Oh my goodness, need coffee right now!” I have thought “Oh my goodness, need banana nut cream coffee right now!” I have tried a lot of coffee from a myriad of different brands and companies; I have tried medium and dark roasted coffee, the cheap stuff on sale as well as the premium coffees you spend an arm and a leg on, but this coffee is different. It is incredible quality with a taste that will blow your taste buds away; even better, it is inexpensive, especially considering the quality and the taste of the coffee you’re getting.

San Marco Coffee From the first moment I opened up the 1lb bag of banana nut cream coffee from San Marco Coffee, I was pretty amazed at the quality of their product. Even before I opened the bag, I could smell the sweet scent of bananas and the coffee grounds felt a lot softer than the grounds of coffee I usually drink. As soon as the coffee begins brewing, I immediately smelled bananas and through its process, the scent got stronger and I could smell it in my living room. It is a scent I look forward to every morning when I wake up–as well as in the afternoon; what can I say, I drink a lot of coffee. In fact, if there was a way to make a scratch-and-sniff embeddable sticker or something for this article, the scent of San Marco Coffee’s banana nut cream coffee would be the first scent I would share with you all.

The taste of this banana nut cream coffee, however, is even better than the smell; if you can believe it. My partner, who usually cannot stand to drink more than a very small cup of coffee because he hates the taste of coffee and would very much prefer it to taste like donuts instead, loved San Marco’s Coffee and even asked me when we were going to order more; especially when I mentioned that they have Snicker flavored coffee.

San Marco Coffee also has decaffeinated coffee for those of you who can’t handle caffeine and they also have international coffees, espresso, as well as international teas! I cannot recommend San Marco Coffee enough; I will definitely be getting my flavored coffees through them because they have the most extensive supply I have ever come across! And if you’re interested in coffee or tea, also be sure to follow San Marco Coffee on Twitter and hear about new additions to their stock and new flavored coffees to try out!

Free Betty Crocker Cookies, Bars & Cakes Magazine!

Betty Crocker Cookies Bars and Cakes So within the past few months, I have become a complete and utter Betty Crocker fanatic. You may have noticed this if you’ve been checking out our Recipes section, as I have shared the Betty Crocker email newsletter love with all of you a few times! Betty Crocker has some of the most innovative, out of the box, and just plain fun (not to mention easy!) recipes ever! Which is why I was so ecstatic when I received an email a few days ago with a link to the new Betty Crocker Cookies, Bars and Cakes Nxtbook!

What’s a Nxtbook? Super awesome technological magic that allows magazines to be seen as they were intended to be seen in print, just on your computer screen! Cool, right?

Betty Crocker’s entire Cookies, Bars and Cakes issue is out in Nxtbook. It is full of the most requested recipes (over 70 in all,) and within just a few minutes of browsing this issue of Betty Crocker, your mouth will be watering for these desserts! I already have over 10 picked out that I need to pick up the ingredients for so I can (attempt to) bake.

Check out Betty Crocker’s Cookies, Bars and Cakes issue!