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Welcome to the new Little Miss Foodie Two Shoes!  I started the Little Miss Foodie Two Shoes blog quite a while ago, but unfortunately I neglected it.  I became so backed up on my entries that I didn’t think I would ever get it up to date.  Since I figured I would be spending a lot of time getting caught up, I decided to just do a whole blog overhaul while I was at it.  Thanks to my husband, Greg, I now have a new blog and I plan on taking much better care of it!

As you will see from the dates of my posts, I did a lot of catchup over the past month or so.  Quite a few dates aren’t going to coincide with when the recipes were first made.  That will explain why my Christmas Cookie post has a date of February, lol.  I promise I was not making Christmas cookies this past week.  :o)  Hopefully now that I am caught up, I can stay on top of it better from here on out.

You will notice there is a tab named “my favorites.”  I plan to start adding some of my favorite cookbooks, wines, gadgets, etc.  So stay tuned for that.

I hope you enjoy!  I know I am very thankful for so many of the food blogs out there because they inspire me to do so much more in the kitchen.  I am glad I can continue to share my ideas and food finds with all of you as well.  Happy Cooking!

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Low-Cal. Chocolate Goodness

Who isn’t looking for a decadent dessert they don’t have to feel guilty about eating?? With the sweet tooth I posses along with being a chocoholic, this is a mission in life for me. :o) Especially since I gain weight just looking at food!

I was so happy to find a chocolate cookie that would feed my sweet tooth, but not leave me avoiding the scale afterwards. Did I mention that this cookie tastes great too?! It is actually more decadent than most full-fat cookies I have eaten. Think cookie meets brownie. Honestly, I really don’t think any further explanation is needed. One bite and you will be sold, I promise!

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Cocoa Fudge Cookies

courtesy of cookinglight.com
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
5 tbs. butter
7 tbs. unsweetened cocoa
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt (I used vanilla)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa powder and sugars (mixture will resemble course sand). Add yogurt and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture, stirring until moist. Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until almost set. Cool on pans 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

Yields about 2 dozen cookies.

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NYC = Yummy Eats

Back in November Greg and I made a trip to NYC. Although I spent a lot of time in upstate NY, since that is where my mom is from, I had never been to the city. I was so excited to say the least!

The reason we were there was for Greg’s best childhood friend’s wedding. The rehearsal dinner was hosted at Friend of a Farmer, which was delicious. The wedding took place at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, weren’t we lucky?! They had a HUGE cocktail hour (which I think was more like 1 1/2 hours). I think they had every food imaginable just during that time; we were full before we even went into the reception. Needless to say, the dinner course was amazing as well. I wish I had pictures but I forgot to bring the camera while rushing to the wedding. Greg had to be at the venue in the afternoon for pictures and such. No, unfortunately we did not stay at the Ritz with a nightly rate starting at around $600. This meant I had to get myself to the venue on my own. I have to admit that I was quite impressed with myself after hailing a cab by myself (in a cocktail dress) and getting to the venue on time. Anyway, the wedding was amazing as you can probably imagine.

We decided to make a vacation out of our stay there since I had never been and Greg hadn’t been since a child. We also wanted to visit friends in Long Island while we were there so we didn’t get to see quite as much of the city as we hoped to, but we did manage a visit to Chelsea Market of course. There were some great little shops, an incredible fish market, cute restaurants and a few adorable bakeries. We definitely want to make another trip back so we can experience more of the city, especially the culinary treats!

Here are a few pictures:

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Adorable treats at one of the bakeries.

Adorable treats at one of the bakeries.

Super cute cupcakes at another bakery in Chelsea Market.

Super cute cupcakes at another bakery in Chelsea Market.

I am pretty sure this is Emeril and Rachael Ray.

I am pretty sure this is Emeril and Rachael Ray.

Central Park

Central Park

View of city from Central Park & Trump's skating rink.

View of city from Central Park & Trump's skating rink.

Skyline from the Top of the Rock.

Skyline from the Top of the Rock.

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Tasty Tools: Bakeware – Low Fat Pumpkin Muffins

This month’s Tasty Tools hosted by Joelen’s Culinary Adventures, is bakeware. Since everyone seems to be catching the Fall bug I decided to use my muffin pans and make Pumpkin Muffins. This is my first time participating in the event (actually any event that has been advertised on the WC board) so I am very excited!

Okay so let’s get to the muffins. I have been trying to cut calories lately so these muffins are actually low fat and were inspired by a Weight Watchers friendly recipe that a friend told me about a few years ago. The original recipe was good and extremely easy but I just wasn’t crazy about the texture; they were very dense and the tops were always gooey. I decided to do a little research and attempt to make the recipe a little more pleasing without making it unhealthy.

I was very pleased with the outcome. The muffins have more of a cake like texture and do a better job of resembling a full-fat muffin. Pumpkin muffins that you don’t feel guilty about eating, what more could you ask for??

Well, you could visit Joelen’s Culinary Adventures to see a ton of other delicious recipes in the Tasty Tools September Round-Up!

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In they go! I have to give the Tasty Tools a spotlight too.

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A hill of pumpkin yumminess.

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Low Fat Pumpkin Muffins

1 box of spice cake mix
1/2 cup instant oats
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin
1 to 2 egg whites
3/4 cup water (or milk)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix and instant oats. Add pumpkin, egg whites, water (or milk) and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
Line your muffin pans with paper liners (I suggest spraying the liners with a little cooking spray since the recipe has no oil in it). Fill the liners 3/4 of the way up. Place in oven and bake 20-25 minutes. Recipe should make 24 muffins.

It doesn’t get much easier than that!

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Let’s try this again..

Okay, so as you can see from the date of my first post, I started this blog a while ago and it hasn’t made it very far since. All of the WC ladies have such great blogs; I kind of became a bit intimidated and thought that maybe I wasn’t cut out for this whole blog thing since I had absolutely no clue how it all worked. I have decided that I am going to get over the fear and do it anyway, lol. I want to be able to share my recipes too. I feel kind of selfish always seeing everyone’s wonderful recipes and ideas without sharing my own. So, over the next couple of days I will be adding the recipes and photos I have been accumulating over the past couple of months. My poor husband has been such a trooper in helping me photograph my dishes (with my stinky camera). I think he is probably wondering how long I am going to continue taking pictures of my food without having a blog, lol.
So without further adieu…….My blog! :o)

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My First Post!

I am so excited to start my food blog. I have acquired such a passion for cooking and learning new things over the past few years. My husband was the first to spark my enthusiasm in cooking and then The Food Network took it to a whole new level. I never thought that a cooking network would supply me with countless hours of entertainment. It is one of the only channels I watch anymore. You can imagine my excitement to register for all new kitchen stuff when my husband and I got married this past November. Now if I only had room in our small kitchen to store it all….I can’t WAIT to buy a home and have a big kitchen again!

I am a first timer at this whole blog thing so bare with me as I learn. I think this will be a great tool for keeping all of my recipes archived and a place of inspiration when my hubby and I are having one of those nights where we don’t know what to cook for dinner. We are both very indecisive so you can imagine what a task that can be at times.

Well, I hope you enjoy….I am looking forward to sharing mine and my husbands recipes and learning many more from others.

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