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Have you ever tried the Stonyfield cream-top yogurts?

If you have and you love them, you’ll love these.

If not, and you just like yogurt…you’ll love these, too.

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Stonyfield, based off of feedback from their consumers, has now stirred in the cream to create an even smoother, silkier texture and delicious taste.

If you’re a cream top-yogurt fan, you will be happy to know that the cream you’ve always loved is still there, it’s just stirred in. 

Their whole milk yogurt is the creamiest yogurt I’ve ever had!

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As always, all of their yogurts are organic and sweetened only with naturally milled cane sugar. They’re made without artificial colors or flavors, and are made from organic milk produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, or artificial growth hormones (rBST).

Kristina from Stonyfield sent me a package of their new whole milk yogurts with the cream stirred in to sample (yes, the samples were free, but my opinions are my own).

Honestly, I had never had whole milk yogurt before these arrived on my doorstep. I actually can’t get them around here, so I was happy to be able to try these flavors!

In the sample pack, I got:

  • Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
  • French Vanilla
  • White Chocolate Raspberry
  • Strawberries ’n’ Cream
  • Chocolate Underground

I’ve tried their Chocolate Underground yogurt, but only in the fat free version.

And, after trying these yogurts, I can see why people love the whole milk varieties. They are insanely creamy and are not nearly as tart than other yogurts.

In fact, their Strawberries ’n’ Cream yogurt tasted more like strawberry ice cream than yogurt. Delicious!

And while I loved the Chocolate Underground, I think my favorite was a tie between the Strawberries ’n’ Cream and the White Chocolate Raspberry.

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The White Chocolate Raspberry yogurt reminded me of the raspberry pudding pops I used to have during the summers growing up. Do you remember those?

 

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If you haven’t tried their new Whole Milk yogurts (or if you’ve never tried ANY of their Whole Milk Yogurts), here’s your chance!

The prize: 4 Stonyfield coupons (for both quart and 6 oz. size), plus a reusable Stonyfield bag.

To Enter:

  • Leave me a comment with your all time favorite yogurt flavor

 

Good luck! I’ll be picking a winner on Thursday!

Afternoon Tea

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It’s Monday. It’s cold outside.

That means I’m having some hot afternoon tea – are you?

Today, I’m enjoying some Celestial Seasonings Blackberry Pomegranate. It’s such a beautiful color!

Too bad I don’t have a scone to enjoy with my tea. That would be even better ; )

 

And one of you will be enjoying this tea soon, too!

The winner of the tea package above is:

Gloria

My favorite tea is candy cane lane from celestial seasonings! Chamomile citrus from mighty leaf is great too :)

Congrats Gloria!

Please email me your information to branappetit [at] gmail and your package will be on its way.

 

What are you having for your afternoon snack or pick me up?

Best Week Ever, 2.6.11

A little late with this, but this week was too good to miss!

Two different times with two different cans and on two different nights this past week, I ended up with either tomato juice or canned bean juice sprayed into my face while trying to open the cans to use in our dinners. Twice. Both cans had places that the can opener got stuck, so when I tried coming from the other way, they flew open, spraying me in the eyes.

On Thursday morning we had an adventure with Maggie. Nick took her out to go to the bathroom thinking that she had on her shock collar, but she didn’t.

She, of course, took advantage of that fact and ran off. When Nick couldn’t find her, he came inside to tell me and get in the shower. I went out, found her by the tree, and she finally came back inside. But something was off.

She was acting weird, shaking, and whining.

We know she likes to eat stuff that she isn’t supposed to (like dead fish and deer poop) and that’s pretty much what she did. Judging by the amount that came out of her during the day, we’re pretty sure she had to have eaten a full 5 lbs of cat food – her belly was huge and bloated.

And Thursday afternoon was the first time I had ever seen Maggie have explosive vomit. That was fun to clean up. A FedEx guy had come to the door to leave a package and she got so excited barking and growling that it knocked the rest of that food right of her in the kitchen floor.

Style Revolution is still going!

But don’t ask to see me on the days I work from home ; ) That’s another story.

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Tuesday: Fake tweed pants, Old Navy; Black Ruffle Tank, Christmas Gift; Red Leopard Cardigan, Ny & Co. a few years back. Black Pumps, Belk (can’t remember the brand off the top of my head).

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Wednesday:

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Black jeans, JCP; Black tee, H&M. Floral Cardigan, Christmas Gift. Necklace, gift from sis-in-law a few years back. Shoes, Hand me downs from my older sister from a long time ago!

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Friday:

 

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Skinny jeans, JCP. Black tank, Belk. Red sweater, I have no idea where it’s from! Leopard Flats, Belk (Red Camel).

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Growing bangs out is the worst. Now I know why the last time I did this was in 5th grade.

My weekend was fabulous, but it went by so fast. We had a great time with the family visiting – had lazy mornings with lots of coffee, went antiquing, and did not turn on the television ONCE the entire time they were here. It was nice.

 

What happened to you this week?

Anything fun, crazy, embarrassing, ridiculous? Spill it!

*I’ll be picking the tea giveaway winner at lunch – you still have time to enter!

I have no list of Superbowl snacks to share. No compilation of dips and chips and fried stuff with cheese.

Truth be told, as much as I LOVE college football, I’ve never been as interested in the NFL. It’s just not as much fun as college ball!

That being said, we do usually watch the Superbowl.

And you definitely need good food during the game.

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My family got here last night to spend the weekend visiting. But since they’ll be heading back Sunday afternoon, we won’t get to watch the game with them.

So a good Friday night dinner was necessary!

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Thanks to Foodbuzz and the Tastemaker program, I received some Pace Picante salsa to use to make a dish good enough to serve during the big game.

Everyone loved it!

And the best part is that it’s pretty healthy – so if you have this for your main meal on Superbowl Sunday, you’ll still have some room for your favorite game time snacks and treats.

 

Pace Yourself Enchilada Casserole

  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1.5 cups red lentils
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked (or regular) paprika
  • 28 oz. green enchilada sauce
  • 1 jar (8 oz) Pace Picante sauce
  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup queso fresco

 

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In large skillet, saute scallions until tender and add lentils and broth.

Bring to a boil and let cook 10 minutes.

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Chop kale into bite size pieces.

Add kale, 1 cup of enchilada sauce, spices, and Pace Picante to the lentil mixture.

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Let lentil mixture cook 10-15 minutes more until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the lentils and kale are tender.

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Preheat oven to 375 and cut tortillas into 4ths.

Pour 1/2 cup of Enchilada Sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish and top with a third of the tortillas.

Put 1/2 of lentil mixture on top of tortillas and repeat (tortillas, lentils).

Once the last of the lentil mixture is layered, top with the last third of the tortillas and pour on 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce.

Top with cheese and bake 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are bubbling.

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Cut into 8 pieces and serve.

We actually had ours with a fried egg on TOP – and it. was. incredible. But I ate it too fast to get a picture with the egg ; )

Whatever you’re making for the big game, enjoy it!

I know I’ll be enjoying these leftovers.

Friday Freebies!

Happy, happy Friday !!!

I am SO ready for the weekend – my family is coming up to visit and it’s going to be fun! We have plans for floatinis, movie watching, froyo eating, and having lots of laughs.

And to start your weekend off right, I’ve got a couple of giveaways for you!

First –

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A few weeks ago, I received these new teas from Celestial Seasonings to sample (the samples were sent to me free, but my opinions are my own).

I was sent three new Antioxidant Max Green Teas to try and their new Sleepytime Decaf Lemon Jasmine Green Tea.

Antioxidant Max Green Teas

Combining the health benefits and smooth taste of Celestial Seasonings green tea with delicious, nutrient-rich superfruits, these new wellness blends contain 35% more free radical-fighting flavonoid antioxidants than other leading flavored green teas and provide 20% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C with each serving. Available in three flavors:

• Blackberry Pomegranate

• Blood Orange Star Fruit

• Dragon Fruit Melon

Sleepytime Decaf Lemon Jasmine Green

The newest variety in the lineup of delicious, health-supporting green teas features the well-known blend of chamomile, spearmint and lemongrass featured in the bestselling specialty tea of all time, Sleepytime herbal tea, but adds healthful decaf green tea and a refreshing, calming lemon jasmine

These came at the perfect time, too. I don’t drink hot tea much in the summer, but in the winter, that’s all I want during the day.

I already love their regular Sleepytime Tea, but the new Lemon Jasmine Green is delicious! I think it will be my new bedtime tea.

Out of all the new teas, I liked the the Blackberry Pomegranate and the Sleepytime Lemon Jasmine the best! But I definitely enjoyed them all.

Also – and this is something I love – Celestial Seasonings’ tea boxes use 100% recycled paperboard, including 35% post-consumer waste, and can be recycled again when empty. AND their natural fiber tea bags are manufactured through a totally chlorine-free (TCF) process, meaning that no dioxin is released into the environment. Plus, they never contain starch or gluten, and they’re completely biodegradable and compostable – making them better for you and for our planet. Best of all, because our unique pillow-style tea bag doesn’t need a string, tag, staple or individual wrapper, we save 3.5 million pounds of waste from entering landfills every year! Pretty cool, right?

Want to win these teas to try for yourself?

One lucky winner will get the package pictured above, which includes one box of each of their new flavors.

To Enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me YOUR favorite tea

For additional entries:

  • Follow @SleepytimeBear on Twitter and leave a comment
  • “Like” him on Facebook and leave a comment
  • Tell me what flavor tea you would make if you could create your own – it can be anything!

I’ll pick the winner on Monday morning, February 7th.

And remember the Chobani Holiday Recipe Challenge I participated in?

Well, all of the recipes have been posted on their Facebook page and if you vote, YOU have a chance of winning an entire year of yogurt! Yup – a whole year of free yogurt. Can you imagine?

Enter here for you own chance at an oven mitt, a tote bag, and most importantly, an entire year’s worth of Chobani!

Happy Friday!

Fashion for this week coming soon…

Guest Room Update

Other title option? Pleather is the New Pillow.

Remember this room?

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That bedding was from the old house and obviously didn’t match anything.

And while this wallpaper isn’t what Nick and I would have chosen, it’s actually really pretty in person – very busy, but very pretty.

Since we have quite a few projects we’d like to tackle before worrying about this wallpaper, I wanted to keep the rest of the items in this room simple so nothing would clash with the pattern on the walls.

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You also saw this room last weekend while it was still in disarray. Nick had to adjust a few things in the frame to make it fit the mattress we had, but after that was done and thanks to a fun house shopping trip this past weekend with Nick’s mom, the bedding is done!

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And I love it.

 

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The best part is that everything was either free or cheap!

We got the quilt and shams from Nick’s parents because it was an old set they weren’t using any longer.

The blanket is from Big Lots. Super soft and cozy.

The beige sheets are from Kohls, I think? They were bought right after the holidays on super sale.

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These awesome brown pleather pillows were in a set of 2 from TJMaxx this weekend and only $20!

And the mauve microfiber pillow was $6 or $8, also from Big Lots.

SO much better, right?

I like that the pleather gives it a more rustic look and keeps the room from looking too fancy schmancy with that wallpaper.

Now if we can just get the rest of the house caught up ; ) It’s a work in progress! But we do have a new living room rug on the way, and I can’t wait to see that.

Are you doing any redecorating right now?

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Our next big project is that kitchen – the fruit wallpaper will be coming down!

Guest Post: Healthy Snacks

Kathryn Steed is a writer and editor for the health and beauty website Fit&Fab Living and the Fit&Fab Living blog, Running With Mascara.

During the winter, you may find yourself snacking more than usual.  Remember that snacking is actually good for you, as long as you choose the right kinds of treats to fill those gaps between meals.  Pick snacks that are high in fiber. Fiber is not only important beneficial to your diet and digestion, but it also keeps you full for longer and releases energy slowly throughout the day.  Here are our top picks for high-fiber snacks that will keep you full and energized!

The Mayo Clinic recommends that women under the age of 50 consume approximately 25 grams of fiber per day, while women 51 or older should consume 21 grams daily.  Here are some snacks that will get you well on your way!

Fresh Fruit
While fruit may be high in sugar, natural sugars are always better for you than refined sugars.  Fruits are also surprisingly full of fiber.  Some of the best fruits to snack on are raspberries, which contain about 8 grams of fiber in each cup.  Dried fruits can also fill you up, with raisins and figs ranking at the top of the list. Hate fruit? Try topping it with a dollop of Greek yogurt, which makes a flavorful and low-calorie dip.

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Nuts
Nuts are chock full of both protein and fiber.  Almonds top the charts with almost 4 grams of fiber in a single ounce!  Walnuts come in at second place, with about just over 3 grams per ounce.  Choose unsalted nuts to avoid unneeded sodium and you have a great snack! 

Bean Dip
Beans are a fabulous source of fiber and they’re low in fat and calories.  Try making or purchasing a healthy bean dip and getting creative.  Try dipping whole-wheat crackers, veggies, or pita bread.  One cup of black beans equals 15 grams of fiber, more than half of your recommended daily allowance!  Hummus will also do the trick, as it’s made from garbanzo beans.

Cereal
Not just any cereal will do when it comes to getting your fiber; choose a bran-based cereal for best results and you will find yourself getting about 5 grams of fiber per cup.  There are also many brands of cereal on the market specifically made to help you get your daily dose of fiber, so read labels and grab a bowl!  If you prefer warm cereal, oatmeal is another great alternative.

Looking for more healthy foods?  Check out our high-fiber recipes by clicking here!

After the holidays are over, I’m always looking for new healthy snack ideas – they keep me away from super sugary office treats (most days, anyway). : )

 

So what about you?

What are your favorite healthy snacks, right now? Any new ones you’ve tried lately and want to share?

Delicious Disasters

Remember that german chocolate cupcake recipe I posted the other day?

The one I was so proud of and said could fool anyone into thinking that it was just a regular, decadent cupcake when it’s actually pretty healthy?

It seems that karma had other ideas for me.

I had grand ideas of making up a new brownie recipe and just had a feeling it would turn out incredible.

Turns out I was completely wrong.

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Somehow, I ended up with a pan of “brownie batter”.

This had baked for 45 minutes. And it was still runny.

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Luckily, the recipe was vegan, so I ate a few forkfuls of the soupy brownies before tossing the rest.

The flavor? Amazing.

The texture? Way, way off. Obviously.

But these mistakes are the ones I like. I don’t mind failures in the kitchen because cooking anything is fun for me.

I’d rather do this all day than anything else, even if I ended up with uncooked brownies.

So spill it! What’s your best delicious disaster in the kitchen?

Stovetop Granola

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In a quest to save time in my kitchen last week, I tried making some basic granola on the stovetop.

I love homemade granola, but hate the long baking time and the need to stir it every 15 to 20 minutes. I don’t always have the time to do that…or rather, I often forget to stir it and end up with not-so-good granola.

And guess what? It worked beautifully, was super easy, and took me 15 minutes, max.

Basic Stovetop Granola

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 Tbsp light oil, Earth Balance, or butter (could use canola, safflower, coconut, etc)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt

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Heat skillet over medium/high heat and toss in oats.

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Toast oats, 5-7 minutes, until they turn a slight golden color and smell, well, “toasty”.

Remove oats from pan and add oil/butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.

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Stir together and let cook 1 minute or until fragrant.

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Toss in the oats, stir to coat, and let cook together 2-3 minutes.

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Once oats are completely covered with the syrup mixture, pour into bowl or onto baking sheet to let cool.

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I made mine very basic (oats only), but that’s only because I always change my mind for mix-ins. This lets me add whatever I want right then! Nuts, dried fruit, seeds, chocolate chips – there’s no limit to the combinations you could make.

So far, I’ve used this in Stonyfield Whole Milk yogurt as a snack at work and just as bowls of “cereal” with some nuts, almond milk, and sliced banana.

The possibilities are endless!

I can’t wait to make more.

Oh, Monday.

I am not your fan today. I have too much to do, too little time, and am still exhausted from this weekend.

But I did have a great breakfast, and I’ve got some good coffee. I guess I’m good to go.

This weekend, Nick’s parents came up to help us get some projects done in our old house. Thankfully, we had great weather and we got everything done.

However – Maggie made things a bit more difficult.

On Saturday, we left the dogs gated downstairs while we ran to get a quick lunch. When we got back from lunch, we found Maggie UPstairs and little white paw prints all over the dining room from where she had run through some paint.  Thankfully, we got all the paint cleaned up off the floors.

Then on Sunday, Nick and I went back to the house to get the last of the stuff out and clean up, and Maggie decided to throw up a few times in the house. Maybe she just wanted to do that one more time in the old house? I don’t know. I don’t understand her sometimes.

I wore one kind of cute outfit last week that I actually documented!

 

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Top: GAP Outlet. Sweater: GAP Outlet. Jeans: Kohls? IMG_1275

Boots: Tractor Supply Smile They’re my cowgirl boots.

I had plans to wear this same top + sweater with my dark skinny jeans and flats (which would have looked SO much cuter since the tops were baggier) but, it was freezing cold and snowing on Friday. So, boots it was!

 

The winners of the Angell Bars!

Comment #115:

Lauren

I would love to try the dark angel.

AND to Comment #101:

Jenny

my all time favorite chocolate treat = reeses PB cups. Go figure ;)

 

Congrats girls! Email me at branappetit [at] gmail and your bars will be on their way.

 

And for another fun Monday surprise, I haven’t heard from my CSN $100 Giftcard winner from last week, so I’m picking a new one!

New Winner!

jc

i absolutely need a new food processor! hoping for a bigger size

 

Congrats! Please email me at branappetit [at] gmail and I’ll send you the CSN giftcode.

 

 

How was your weekend?