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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!

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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…

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‘Tis the season for good will, great food, and even better recipes.

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I’m so happy to be a part of this holiday recipe challenge with Chobani and I can’t wait to share my recipe.

When I received the invitation from Emily at Chobani last week, I immediately said yes –sign me up!

No other time of the year honors the nothing-but-good spirit like the holidays! That’s why we’d like to take the opportunity to spread it through our most valued fans- our fabulous friends in the blogging community.

With the blessing from our own kitchen magician, Mustafa, we invite you to step into your kitchen and create a recipe of your choosing using Chobani. Add an extra dash of spice, a dollop of passion, a sprinkle of love- make it your very own!

The challenge?

Create a recipe using Chobani yogurt, sign this oven mitt and pass it along to another blogger to continue the recipe challenge. Sounds fun, huh?

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Even better?

My recipe is super easy and quick to prepare – a must have during the busy holiday season.

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Pumpkin Party Dip

  • 4 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 6 oz. plain Chobani yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  1. Beat cream cheese and yogurt until smooth.
  2. Add in pumpkin, sugar, and cinnamon and mix until all is combined.
  3. Serve with sliced apples, gingersnaps, or pita chips.

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My favorite way to enjoy this dip? Definitely with gingersnaps.

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I’m so happy to be sharing this recipe with you and I hope it ends up on your holiday table this season. Having healthier options during the holidays shouldn’t have to be boring – and using Chobani yogurt in this recipe adds such great nutritional punch to the dip that you don’t have to feel bad about indulging a little.

This dip is nothing but good.

As for the next blogger on this oven mitt train, I’ve chosen Holly, my favorite Everythingtarian, fellow yogurt lover, and my fundraising partner in crime. Make sure to check in with her this week to see what she cooks up with Chobani yogurt!

And make sure to check in with Chobani after the New Year – you’ll get to see all the recipes and visit each blog stop to explore even more delicious creations and healthy inspirations. One lucky fan will even win a special Chobani Kitchen prize pack of their very own, including an inspiring blogger oven mitt.

 

Here’s to happy, healthy holiday eating ; )

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We’ve been having some strange weather lately: highs in the 70s, strong winds, warm evenings.

But this morning looked like a creepy, foggy fall morning even though it was still in the 50s.

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In fact, the weather has been so mild that I’ve been wanting overnight oats again. Cold breakfasts do not go well with cool mornings, but the past few days gave me a reason to have a few more bowls of overnight oatmeal before the weather truly turns.

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This is definitely “fall in a glass”.

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While working on a few recipes Monday, I cooked up a quick cranberry sauce:

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Bring 1 cup fresh cranberries to a boil with 2 Tbsp maple syrup, 1-2 tsp fresh orange zest, and 1 diced orange. Cook/simmer until most of berries burst, take off heat, and let cool.

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I used this cranberry sauce in another dish but knew I wanted to fit it in with something pumpkin, too.

Introducing, Overnight Pumpkin Cranberry Oats!

Oat base (mix up the night before and let sit in the fridge)

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • ginger
  • nutmeg
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup yogurt

In the morning, layer:

  • overnight oat mixture
  • cranberry orange sauce
  • wheatberries
  • chopped pecans
  • maple syrup

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I added some wheatberries since I had some extras on hand that were cooked and needed to be used, but you definitely don’t need them!

I loved the crunch of pecans in this, though. It went great with the tart cranberries, the fall spices, and the little drizzle of maple syrup.

Do you use fresh cranberries? What’s your favorite way to have them?

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The Darkness

I love fall, but I am not excited about the dark mornings again.

I didn’t see daylight until almost 8 am today! It didn’t help that it’s also cloudy, but still – I miss the early light already.

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My orange breakfast made up for it – tons of fall flavors!

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Oatmeal pancake:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Topped with some pumpkin yogurt: greek yogurt mixed with pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and a spoonful of pear butter I got from a friend. It was the perfect topping! Sweet, tart, and spicy.

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Nick and I split an orange on the side, and there’s definitely some coffee in my morning plans Winking smile

 

A great way to start a very busy Monday. I’ve got a long to-do list, but it’s all self-inflicted and mostly fun items. Better get to it!

 

What did you do this weekend?

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*Don’t forget – you can Vote here to get me into the Barnstorming Tour!

You might also recognize some other bloggers, especially Rose, Heather, Tina, and Anne!

I figured since I’m a finalist in a contest put on by Stonyfield, I should at least eat and share my favorite ways to use their yogurt, so today is day #1.

I still have a ton of yogurt in the fridge so this will also be a great way to make sure I use it all. Plus, after a fun talk with a friend yesterday, all I could think about was a big bowl of yogurt!

Today’s dish?

It’s a little hot. A little cold. A little reminder of Janetha (who is a total sweetheart AND a genius for coming up with this idea).

Yoatgurt!

The oatmeal is a very basic mix:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon

No fruit in the oatmeal because I wanted it on top!

Oatmeal, Oikos, Banana, Almond butter. One of my favorite combinations.

You can mix it together or keep the sides separate and enjoy hot bites and cold ones. Meals like this are fun to eat 🙂

What’s your favorite way to have yogurt with breakfast?

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Back to Blah

Guff….my tummy is all gurgly again. I don’t know if this Honduran stuff kicking in again or something that is just not agreeing with me.

I’m not really feeling as bad as I did the first few days we were back, but I’m not feeling very good. Nick said I’m normally weird when it comes to my stomach, and that’s probably right. But I want to be normally normal! Maybe I need an allergy test or something.

My yogurt snack today was tasty, thanks to 2 things.

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Fresh, local raspberries (ridiculously good) and dark chocolate covered dried raspberries (holy yum).

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I got these raspberries today from The Chocolate Spike and they are delicious! Why can’t I find dried raspberries more often? They’re so good.

I had a fun snack break with some coworkers, finished up work for today and headed home. I was hoping to get in a run today (finally), but that was a no go. One, I started getting these weird stomach cramp-type things in my side, like in my ribs? but now they’re just everywhere in my poor belly.  Then it started raining when we got home. I’m hoping Nick and I are both feeling up to a run this weekend so we can get back to it. I miss it! but I don’t want to start when I already don’t feel great.

Dinner was good, again! These zucchini from the farmer’s market are just too good. I need more!

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We heated up the leftover couscous, mustard chicken and veggies tonight – thank goodness I had something easy in the fridge because I did not feel like cooking tonight.

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Lovely local veggies  🙂

Alright guys, I’m off to lay in my pjs, read, and hope that my tummy starts feeling better soon.

What was the best part of your day today?

Mine was eating lunch outside with Nick and buying those awesome chocolates  🙂

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Beautiful Mess

What a way to start the day: good food, good company, good music.

I made myself a note yesterday afternoon to mix up some muesli for this morning and I actually did it!

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Everything in this was good, but the peaches + raspberries from the market were definitely the highlights.

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The base I made last night had:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup skim
  • Honduran vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • a tiny squeeze of local honey

Then this morning, I stirred in:

  • about 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 peach, chopped
  • handful raspberries + strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp of our new favorite trail mix: cranberries, almonds, dark chocolate

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I love bowls of muesli because they’re not supposed to be pretty all the time, yet they still are even when they’re a mess. A beautiful mess of good ingredients.

I made Nick some last night too, so we’re sitting here eating our muesli together and listening to an Avett Brothers cd.

Off to another day of work!

What’s something you think is beautiful that normally wouldn’t be?

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Easy Morning

Good: I got up on time today! Thank goodness I didn’t have to rush around again this morning.

Bad: Blech….I still don’t feel great. I do feel better than last night, but not normal yet.

While I was packing my lunch last night, I also remembered to prep a breakfast for Nick and me today. It makes it so easy to just finish the dish and eat in the morning! The trick is making sure you remember to do the stuff the night before  🙂

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Last night, I made one muesli base for me and one for Nick. Mine had:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • cinnamon
  • Honduran vanilla
  • pinch salt

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Then for toppings, I cut up 2 nectarines (one for each of us), washed some raspberries and added some sliced almonds and ff plain yogurt to mine.

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Mm, mm. I really liked this with the almond milk in the mix! It was my first time trying almond milk in muesli like this.

Of course, I don’t eat it when it’s all pretty and posed like that – I mix it up into a yogurty mess.

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I like having half of my breakfast ready and waiting in the fridge – I just have to write myself notes to remember to mix it up  🙂

I’m off to work and will be having either some coffee or hot tea to warm me back up! Love the muesli, don’t love the cold.

Do you have to leave notes/reminders for yourself?

I do all the time. I make myself notes and lists all day long of things that I want to remember to do once I get home or the next morning, etc.

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Okay, well I have a feeling I’m going to look like this soon – maybe with some pb or ab instead of hunny though  🙂

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Both Nick and I are having crazy tummy stuff again! I was feeling fine today until around 4 pm, and then it was like my body just wanted to blow up like a balloon, get rumbly and crampy and strange, and make me feel like Pooh.

I had plans of posting my lunch pics at lunchtime, but I left my cord at home! I’ve already put it in my purse for tomorrow – no worries.

I packed a veggie burger on an arnold thin with some ketchup and mustard – pretty plain, but it was good. I meant to pack a slice of cheese and didn’t realize that I forgot it until I was putting this together at lunch.

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Some bean salad I made yesterday, which totally made me think of Rose 🙂 Did you see her double bean creation today? I loved it.

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I took a mixed can of beans (kidney, pinto, black) and added some corn, diced red onion, leftover grilled peppers from this weekend, salt, and garlic powder. Easy! And filling.

Plus some broccoli.

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This afternoon was good and busy. Lots of letters to send and trying to find out more about teleworking in the future, which was exciting. We’ll see what happens!

I was really excited for my snack today. I finally found this yogurt at Martin’s near Nick’s parents and brought it home with me to try.

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Stonyfield, you’re a genius  🙂

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Since I usually eat plain greek yogurt, this did have much more sugar than I’m used to having in yogurt, but it was totally worth it.

When you open it up, it just looks like vanilla or plain yogurt –

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But then, if you just dig down a little, you get to this chocolately layer on the bottom that is amazing!

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I mixed most of it together, but left a little chocolate at the bottom  🙂  This was probably one of the best flavored yogurts I’ve ever had, and that’s good considering I normally don’t like vanilla yogurt at all. I loved the combination of the vanilla + chocolate, and it was the perfect balance of sweet + tart. I hope they start carrying this flavor here!! I already want it again.

I also had a small handful of cherries with my yogurt

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I did make a good dinner, even though my stomach was flip floppin’ all around.

We had those leftover grilled turkey sausages from this weekend, so I chopped those up along with some portobello mushrooms and made a sauce for some pasta. The sauce is a weird color – Nick cooked down a bunch of our tomatoes the other day to use for this sauce + fresh salsa and since our tomatoes are red/yellow/green, the sauce isn’t the normal “pasta sauce” color. But it was tasty!

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We had the sauce over some whole wheat pasta and roasted asparagus.

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The meal was good, but my tummy is soooooo not normal or good right now.

I took some pepto so I’m hoping it will kick in soon.

Plans for tonight = pajamas, taking my contacts out and switching to glasses, and reading

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Do you like flavored yogurts? What’s your favorite?

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