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Sep 02

Healthier Nacho Cheese Dip for Game Day Noshing


This isn’t your ordinary Nacho Cheese Dip.  It tastes the same, but it’s much healthier.  It’s that time of year when weekends produce a permanent bum imprint on the couch watching football.  All of those games, snacks and calories can lead to unhealthy weekend eating habits.  I’m not saying you should give up Nacho Cheese Dip.  Trust me, I could eat my weight in it.  But there are healthier options.

 

Healthier Nacho Cheese Dip for Game Day Noshing by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #recipe #football #chobani

 

 

Before we begin, I need to fulfill my FTC requirements.  Chobani sent me a care package of complimentary yogurt in the mail.  The recipe is my own.  The opinions are my own.  I was not paid for this post, nor do I receive any kind of commissions or compensation from Chobani.  I get to have fun making a new healthy recipe and sharing it with you.

 

Moving on.  Nacho Cheese Dip and a bag of tortilla chips are game day staples.

 

Healthier Nacho Cheese Dip for Game Day Noshing by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #recipe #football #chobani

 

This Nacho Cheese dip was made with Chobani Plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt.  I used a bag of shredded Mexican cheese to save time.  I would recommend using a mild or medium salsa.  Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips complete this perfect game day snack.

 

Properly melting cheese is a science that is beyond my pay grade.  I will tell you this – lower fat and older cheeses will release fewer oils.  I used a bag of shredded cheese to save time.  It still melts and is delicious and saves a ton of time in shredding, but it’s not going to be as smooth as an aged block of cheese that you shred yourself.  You will want to gradually add the milk to make the cheese creamier, but watch it so that it does not get too oily or runny.

 

Healthier Nacho Cheese Dip for Game Day Noshing by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #recipe #football #chobani

 

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Healthier Nacho Cheese Dip for Game Day Noshing by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #recipe #football #chobani

 

My boys tested it and they could not tell the difference in taste.  They loved it!

 

Healthier Nacho Cheese Dip for Game Day Noshing by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #recipe #football #chobani

 

 

Love, hugs, and hands off – it’s not chur cheese!

 

Holly

 

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Sep 01

An Upcycled Book Caddy is an Author’s Best Friend


This upcycled caddy was a long time coming.  What started as a piece of junk that I found at a yard sale became a customized and upcycled caddy for me to carry and display my books at signings and appearances.  Follow it’s remarkable journey…

 

Upcycled Book Caddy by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Humble Beginnings

This McCoy tool box caddy was certainly well-built.  It was also unloved and covered in dirt and cobwebs.  The best kind of yard sale find.  The best, I tell you!

 

Question for all of you junkers… Is this the same McCoy as the pottery?  Remember how my parents upcycled this vintage McCoy mixing bowl?  I tried to do some research but couldn’t figure out if it is the same company or not.  If you know, please dish in the comments!

 

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The Upcycle Project

 

After I cleaned it off, I spray painted it with four coats of white paint.  In hindsight, it could have used another one or two more.  Oh well!

 

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I never was a fan of chevron, but it’s growing on me.  I found this adorable hot pink chevron fabric, cut it to fit, and glued it to the inside with spray glue. (With a little help from Spider Man LOL!)

 

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Next, I wanted to paint some stripes.  You know that look of vintage ticking stripes with the little stripe, bigger stripe, and little stripe?  That is what I was going for.  But I taped it opposite of what I wanted.  Rather than starting over, I just went with it.  It still looked fine, even though it wasn’t the EXACT look I wanted.  Did you ever have one of those projects that refused to cooperate?  Yeah.

 

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Next, I spray painted some wooden letters with white paint.  It took a few coats as well.  Then, I mixed them up to ensure that my designs would be random.  I used pink and white acrylic paint to draw stripes and polka dots and flowers and chevrons and all kinds of fun designs on each letter.

Upcycled Book Caddy by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

When I spelled out PINK FORTITUDE, there were a couple letters beside each other that were a little too similar so I did a quick update and used some wood glue and we are ready to go!  I will be doing some book signings at these upcoming events, and needed a cute fabric to drape over the table.  I didn’t want to go with the overused pink ribbon, so I picked this colorful and happy pink and lime green paisley design.

 

Upcycled Book Caddy by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

The Big Reveal

 

This caddy will now be a part of my display at any of the upcoming events that I attend.  The caddy holds my book, Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide, some Pink Fortitude pens, and the “Selfie” breast cancer public service announcement cards.

 

Upcycled Book Caddy by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Gracie at Kitchen Table Art recently posted about how to stage a festival booth, right as I was putting the finishing touches on this project.  Even though I will have a much smaller and simpler display, I got a lot of ideas from her, and when I commented, she commented back and suggested that I find some cute book ends for my display.  Brilliant!  I’m on the lookout and will be hitting up the fall yard sales and fleas to hopefully find a great score.

 

Upcycled Book Caddy by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Pink sharpie pens, pink ball point pens, and my business cards will complete the display for now.

 

Upcycled Book Caddy by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 Shameless Self Promotion

These are the books and cards that will be for sale and on display.  Click on the picture to purchase online.

 

Holly Bertone breast cancer book by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

Children's Book "My Mommy Has Cancer" by Holly J. Bertone available for purchase on blurb.com

 

Breast Cancer Awareness "Selfie" Public Service Announcement by Pink Fortitude, LLC and coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #pinkfortitude

 

 Connect and Share

What about you?  What do you think of the caddy?  Any thoughts or suggestions on the display?  And finally – any thoughts on the McCoy question I asked earlier?

 

Love, hugs, and getting ready to help inspire others.

 

Holly

 

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Aug 29

How to Make Apple Crisp Better Than Betty


An apple is great this time of year, but apple crisp is better.  There is something about that first bite into an in-season apple.  Today’s recipe was adapted from Betty Crocker.  It’s Betty only better.  Or at least in my opinion it is.

 

Apple Crisp Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #caramel

 

I use less sugar and flour to make it a tiny bit healthier…. because… I have to top it with vanilla ice cream and caramel.  I mean… it’s not apple crisp unless it has something really decadent on top of it right?

 

Apple Crisp Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #caramel

 

It’s still hot outside, and our kids don’t go back to school until after Labor Day, but fresh, crisp apples are in season.  And boy, are they good.

 

Apple Crisp Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #caramel

 

Can you taste the apple and cinnamon and caramel and vanilla ice cream?  I love how the warm apple crisp and cold ice cream melt in your mouth.

 

Apple Crisp Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #caramel

 

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Apple Crisp Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #caramel

 

Love, hugs, and an apple crisp a day…

 

Holly

 

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Aug 28

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Kiss Drop Cookies


Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Kiss Drop Cookies.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  And yes, they are as good as they sound!  My muse was a bag of Hershey Kisses that were pumpkin spice flavor.  I was a little skeptical when tried them, and then had to practice restraint.  This recipe is semi-homemade.  I love baking cookies from scratch.  I also love baking cookies with a little mom-cheat.

 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Hershey Kiss Drop Cookie Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #autumn

 

I wondered if I could make some kind of pumpkin spice cookie instead of the traditional Peanut Butter Blossoms or Kiss Drop Cookies that we are all familiar with that uses the traditional chocolate Hershey Kisses.  And then I thought about combining pumpkin together with a snickerdoodle cookie.  Surly it has been done before.  And it has been.  Homemade.  Meh.  I’m in a semi-homemade mood today – I don’t want to bake cookies from scratch.  Hummmm…..

 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Hershey Kiss Drop Cookie Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #autumn

 

I used a bag of Betty Crocker’s Sugar Cookie mix.  You don’t even need the Snickerdoodle Cookie mix for this one.  I added only about 3/4 of the can of pumpkin puree.  You don’t want the entire can.  And then you need to add the flour little by little until it’s not sticky.  Depending on the quantity of pumpkin puree you add, you may need more or less than the 1 1/2 cups.  I used a little more.  Don’t be afraid to add more, just do it one tablespoon at a time.  It will be a thick and doughy consistency.  When the dough goes from sticking to your hands to being able to roll it into a small ball, you have reached the right consistency.

 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Hershey Kiss Drop Cookie Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #autumn

 

By adding pumpkin spice to the cinnamon sugar, it gives it that seasonal flair.  We had a house full of boys here on the day that I made them, and one of the Littles stayed in the kitchen and helped me roll the dough balls in the sugar.  Just like when you make Kiss Drop cookies, you want to add the kisses when the cookies come right out of the oven and gently press down.

 

Because of all of the flour, the cookies are fluffy and have more of a cake-like consistency to them.  Depending on how big you make the cookies, this recipe should yield around 4 dozen or so.

 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Hershey Kiss Drop Cookie Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #autumn

 

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Hershey Kiss Drop Cookie Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #autumn

 

The boys loved these cookies, and I’m sure you will too.  I’m a huge fan of pumpkin so get emotionally prepared for a few more recipes coming your way soon!

 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Hershey Kiss Drop Cookie Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fall #autumn

 

If you are in the mood for another fall treat, you should check out these Adorable Acorn Treats!

 

Acorn Treat by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Try these at home! #hersheykiss #vanillawafer #fall #autumn

 

Love, hugs, and eating just one more.  Just one more.  Just one more.

 

Holly

 

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Aug 27

Adorable Acorn Treats To Make This Fall


Hershey Kisses make these adorable acorn treats a special snack for the entire family.  I saw this in a promotional flyer for Hershey Kisses at the commissary and knew I had to share these with you!  I lived and worked in Hershey, PA for many years, so I love to make anything with Hershey Kisses.  And yes, the town’s street lights were really shaped like Hershey Kisses!

 

Acorn Treat by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Try these at home! #hersheykiss #vanillawafer #fall #autumn

 

What you need:

  • Hershey Kisses
  • Mini Vanilla Wafers
  • Butterscotch Morsels
  • Frosting or Icing

 

Use the frosting as glue to attach the Hershey Kiss to the mini Vanilla Wafer.  Then attach the butterscotch morsel on top.

 

Acorn Treat by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Try these at home! #hersheykiss #vanillawafer #fall #autumn

 

And there you have it – adorable acorn treats that are a fun fall treat for the family!

 

Acorn Treat by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Try these at home! #hersheykiss #vanillawafer #fall #autumn

 

Wouldn’t these be fun for you to make at home?

 

Acorn Treat by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Try these at home! #hersheykiss #vanillawafer #fall #autumn

 

Love, hugs, and enjoying a-corny treat!

 

Holly

 

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Aug 26

3 Stylish Ways to Wear Camo and Still Be Feminine


As we transition into fall, camo print is always a wardrobe staple.  Here are three stylish ways to wear camo or military inspired clothing, and to transition your look from summer to fall.

 

Style #1 – Basic Training

This look hosts all of your wardrobe basics.  Camo print skinny jeans or leggings are paired with a long sleeve white t-shirt, denim vest, and wedge pumps.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

 Style #2 – Jungle Operations

This look will take you into the jungle by pairing your military style jacket with a cheetah print infinity scarf.  I love these combat boots – they are so fun and fashionable.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

 Style #3 – The Army-Navy Game

Can you pair camo with stripes?  But of course!  This casual weekend look combines a camo print muscle t-shirt with a blue and white nautical stripe infinity scarf, along with boyfriend jeans, and a gray cardigan and Sketchers.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

 

Shop the Look

All three of these outfits are stylish and affordable.  You can find every item shown at either Kohls or Target.

 

My Style

The only camo that I own is a pair of shorts I wear to do yard work.  But I still love to rock the military look in a feminine way.  Here’s some of my favorite outfits to transition from summer to fall.

 

The first style pairs olive green cropped pants with a breezy eyelet tank, one of Hubby’s Army hats, and wedge sandals.  A vintage 70′s necklace add the right touch of femininity.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

 

As the temperature drops a bit, or for those late summer evenings, a military style jacket is the perfect completer piece.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

And finally, as we transition to the cooler autumn days, a floral scarf keeps me warm and fashionable.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

 

Make a Statement

Last week, we all mourned the loss of comedic great Robin Williams.  This was not only one of my favorite bits from the movie Good Morning Vietnam, but also very appropriate for today’s post.  And PS – the clip is in English, despite the subtitles shown.

Connect and Share

What about you?  Do you like to wear camo print?  How do you wear it?

 

Love, hugs, and I can’t see you!

 

Holly

 

 

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Aug 25

Craft Closet Reveal


This is more than a reveal of my craft closet.  Much, much more.  When we swapped Hubby’s office and Stepson’s Tween Hangout Room, I was left without any kind of space for my craft and DIY stuff.   I needed to be creative.  I pinned a million and one ideas, and I also cut out a bunch of pictures from magazines for inspiration.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

For two months, my stuff was in two big piles – one in the bedroom, and one in the dining room.  I wanted to get my boys’ rooms complete first.  I will go through that process in another post.  Today is to show off Phase One of the Craft Closet.  To make this how I want it to look would have taken much longer, so I opted for a half day project.  My goal was to reuse as much as I could with minimal purchases.  Total cost was $140.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

In the picture above, I used a paper towel holder that is designed to go over the door to an under sink cabinet.  I have no clue where it came from, it was one of those items randomly hiding in the closet.  It fit perfectly over the notch and I used it to hold Duck Tape.  The cord is hanging from an existing hook, and belongs to my hot glue gun.  In the picture below, the storage cubbie came from Michael’s, and the small plastic container on top was picked up for free at a yard sale.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

In the picture below, is the second cubbie I purchased and put together.  It holds scrapbook paper, cork board, cutting board, and other miscellaneous items.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

I don’t craft like most people, as my DIY skills are negligible at best.  But I do love to find random items and upcycle them.  My paint stash is my prize and joy.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

 

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

In the center of the closet is an umbrella stand used to hold wrapping paper, and magazine holders used for both present bags and tissue paper.  Over to the left is a cubbie that I use to hold my workout gear (weights, kettle ball, boxing gloves, etc).  To the right is an old night stand used to hold large fabric.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

Let me remind you that I tried to reuse as much as I could.  On the bottom was an item I picked up for free at a yard sale which now holds scraps of ribbon.  A large boot box on top holds all of the spray paint.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

A multi-trouser hanger is used to hold smaller pieces of fabric.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

Continuing on to the center back wall, I used a peg board and hangers to keep ribbon and washi tape organized.  I also used an S-hook to hold pink plaid scissors (yes, Target!) and a ruler for my cutting board.  And mason jars to organize paint brushes and glue sticks.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

 

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

So here is the big picture again.  I used wallpaper from Target to glam it up a bit.  Yes, Target has wallpaper – did you know that?  It’s more like contact paper on steroids, so it’s relatively easy to apply.  The top shelf of the closet (not shown) holds mason jars and miscellaneous items that are on my DIY to-do list.  There are still a bunch of touch ups that I want to do to the new craft closet.  The places that didn’t get wallpaper still need to be repainted, and some other little fix-ups.  But not today.  Today everything is off the floor and neatly organized.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

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Love, hugs, and all ready to make something.

 

Holly

 

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Aug 22

I’m Four Years Old

There comes a point in life when you still want to celebrate having a birthday, but not necessarily the getting older part.  Ironically, I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my birthday, four years ago, so from that point on, I stopped celebrating getting older, and began celebrating my years as a survivor.

 

four year cancer survivorversary by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Since I have written ad-nauseam about my diagnosis and story via BOOK, and via BLOG POST, I wanted to take a different spin today.  As I was approaching my fourth birthday, I kept thinking back to the Bill Cosby comedy sketch from back in the 80′s when he talks about little Jeffrey on the plane, “I’m four years old.”

 

Of course I will share the video with you later on in the post, because it is hilarious and it is Bill Cosby.  Even if you have never seen the sketch or don’t want to watch it, the basic premise is something most of us can relate to - the annoying child on the airplane – little Jeffrey.

 

A cancer diagnosis is “in your face,” much like little Jeffrey.  You can’t tune it out.  You can’t turn it off.  You can’t ask it to leave.  You can’t sleep when it’s around.  You can’t have a conversation with another person without it interrupting you.  It consumes your life, and everyone’s lives around you.

 

Now, before all of the haters are up in arms saying that I just compared a toddler to cancer… please… don’t even.

 

As parents and adults, a big part of our job is to protect our children.  But what happens when you are diagnosed with cancer?  As much as we want to protect our children from all things bad, there is no hiding cancer.  My family was no different when I was diagnosed.

 

Cancer will transform you.  I knew that it was God’s gift to bless me with breast cancer so that I would help others.  Four years later… four years after diagnosis… four years after hearing those horrific four words, “you have breast cancer,” I finally completed a project that was more near and dear to me than anything I have accomplished to date.

 

With help from Blurb, I published a children’s book, My Mommy Has Cancer, to help children understand cancer, and to help parents explain it to them.  The book was illustrated by my Stepson, and my friend Mindie‘s son; both boys are children of Mommy’s who are cancer survivors.

 

Children's Book "My Mommy Has Cancer" by Holly J. Bertone

 

Here is the Bill Cosby comedy sketch.

 

 

As much as those passengers on the plane could not escape little Jeffrey, and as much as I could not escape the cancer diagnosis, survivorship is inescapable as well.  And I’m good with that.

 

I have no idea where the next years will take me.  I’m excited for the journey and what lies ahead.  But for now, I’m going to celebrate with a slice of pink cake.  And a great celebration with my boys.

 

four year cancer survivorversary by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Love, hugs, and blowing out four candles.

Holly

 

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Aug 21

Oreo Cookie Dough Truffles


Have you seen the limited edition Oreo Cookie Dough cookies?  Wowza.  Even my uber-healthy never eats sweets Hubby can’t stop eating them.  I thought the Reese’s limited edition were good, but these are better.  Time for more truffles!  I know… twist the arm.  So I guess these truffles are officially called the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffles.  Or delicious.  That works too.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffle Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

Just like the Reese’s Oreo cookie pops that I made awhile back, I used the same recipe to make these truffles.  Easy peezy.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffle Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

You can make them with or without a chocolate coating.  I was running low on time so I made these without the coating.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffle Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Click on the recipe card to open a new page for a printable version of the recipe.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffle Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I wonder what Limited Edition Oreo will make next?  Maybe something pumpkin for Fall/Halloween?

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffle Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

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Love, hugs, and not dunking these truffles into milk!

 

Holly

 

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Aug 20

$200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

 

Welcome to the $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

 

$200 Amazon.com Gift Card Giveaway by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

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A personal note and completely my own opinion:  My goal is to co-host a give-away about once a month.  Not too much to overwhelm you, my dear readers, but to give you a chance to win some money and meet some other great bloggers along the way.  I love working with Bridget at Giveaway Promote.  When I first saw bloggers participating in giveaways, I thought they were some kind of scam, but quickly learned what an awesome win-win opportunity they are.  I can’t speak to anyone else, but I love working with Giveaway Promote and I would only promote them with my stamp of approval.  Many of my followers have contacted me offline to thank me for the last giveaway.  You never know what financial situation people are in, but I do know that these kinds of cash awards do help greatly when you are in need.

 

Love, hugs, and I hope you win!

 

Holly

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