Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Salads with Stonyfield and Taylor Farms: Creamy Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing

Disclosure: I created this post in partnership with Stonyfield. Thanks to Stonyfield and Taylor Farms Organic for providing the products featured in this post.

I love salads. In my family, I'm known for making hearty, healthy salads. One of my favorite restaurants in the world is Insalata Ricca, a salad-centered bistro in Rome. Most days, I eat a big, bountiful salad for lunch. And I'm always keeping my eyes open for new recipes for salad combos and dressings.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Are you a bookworm? Need some summer travel inspiration? Check out: The New York Times: Footsteps

Are you a bookworm? Need some summer travel inspiration?

Head to your local library or independent book store and check out...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: Vibrant India

One of my favorite escapes within the city of Chicago is a trip to Devon Avenue's Desi Corridor. I stock up on tea and cardamom - I make fresh, homemade chai tea every morning and the spices and bulk orange pekoe tea at Patel Brothers on Devon are fresh and affordable. I tuck into one of many restaurants for Bhelpuri, one of my favorite Indian treats, and I window shop and just enjoy the sights and sounds. It's like traveling to a different country and yet it's only about a fifteen minute drive from my home!

Here's a new book that promises to bring the flavors of India into your home:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: The Book of Greens

I love my greens! Give me a big bowl filled with turnip greens sautéed in garlic or a pizza stuffed with broccoli rabe or a bowl of dandelion greens dressed with lemon and olive oil and I'm in heaven!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Home Movie Nights with G.H. Cretors #GHCretorsMovieNight

Disclosure: Special thanks to G.H. Cretors  for sponsoring this post. 

Nothing beats a Friday night cuddled on the sofa with my kids watching a great movie...especially after a hectic work week. A bowl filled to the brim with G.H. Cretors gourmet popcorn is an added (and necessary!) bonus!

This past Sunday night, the kids and I cuddled up on the sofa with a big bowl of G.H. Cretors The Mix (!!!) to watch Arrival.

Have you tried G.H. Cretors? G.H. Cretors is a Chicago original, with a history dating back to 1893 with Charles Cretors, confectioner and inventor, who unveiled the first popcorn machine at the Chicago World’s Fair. Great-great granddaughter, Claire Cretors, popped the first batch of “obsessively delicious” flavors four decades later, to what we know today as G.H. Cretors Popped Corn. G.H. Cretors artisanal popcorn is made in small batches using only the highest quality ingredients and is popped just outside Chicago in Waukegan, Illinois. G.H. Cretors uses non-GMO ingredients and popcorn and is 100% gluten-free. It's almost impossible to choose between the many savory or sweet flavors which include...

o The Mix (cheddar cheese and caramel)
o Organic Chile Jalapeño White Cheddar o Organic Dill Pickle
o JusttheCheese
o JusttheCaramel
o Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
o NEW Organic White Cheddar
o NEW Organic Honey Butter Kettlecorn o NEW Organic Salted Butter

Our family loves "The Mix", which combines savory cheddar with sweet caramel. I appreciate the top quality taste and unbeatable freshness of G.H. Cretors. I do have to warn you, however, that once you start eating it you might not be able to stop. Wear a pair of stretchy pants to your movie night date in front of the home television just in case.

Want to host your own #GHCretorsMovieNight? G.H. Cretors can be found nationwide in Walgreens, Target, Rite Aid, BJs and more. Invite your family, invite your friends, or make it a #GHCretorsMovieNight for one - you!


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Can a dairy cow save a penguin?

Disclosure: Special thanks to Stonyfield for sponsoring this post. 

If you're local to the Chicagoland area, you can't miss a visit to Cosley Zoo. This AZA-accredited zoo, located in Wheaton, Illinois, promises plenty of up close and personal encounters with our animal friends. Cosley Zoo is more of a farm-style zoo, and this spring, Cosley is welcoming so many sweet baby animals. This beautiful baby lamb was born just a couple of days ago!

If you love animals, here's a question for you to consider: Can a dairy cow save a penguin?

That’s the question Stonyfield YoKids is asking today, April 25, World Penguin Day. 

Stonyfield YoKids, one of our family's favorite brands, is sponsoring the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program; together on a mission to help save endangered species. As part of a year-long effort, Stonyfield will not only be contributing funds to field work but aiming to drive kids and their families to see animals and conservation projects first hand at zoos, aquariums, and on the ground where the research is happening!

Now through the end of August, families who buy two YoKids yogurt packs will receive a free kid’s admission to their local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium! Take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy your YoKids yogurt with your favorite animals at Cosley Zoo! (Admission to Cosley Zoo is always free for kids!).

As the country’s leading organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield has long been focused on conservation and sustainability. Each year they keep over 185,000 pounds of toxic pesticides out of the environment, helping to safeguard species and their eco-systems. Stonyfield YoKids’ sponsorship of AZA SAFE will support conservation efforts for 10 endangered species, including the African Penguin.

Stonyfield believes the wonderful optimism and imagination of kids can inspire us all to believe that a cow can indeed save a penguin. Stonyfield kicks off the year of adventure and learning with a Facebook Live from Mystic Aquarium TODAY, National Penguin Day, 4/25 at 12 PM ET! During the broadcast a penguin trainer will provide insight into the care, behavior and conservation of African penguins, and viewers will also have the opportunity to see real African penguins firsthand as well as ask the trainer questions in real time. Tune into the @Stonyfield Facebook page at 12:00 PM today to catch the broadcast!

You can learn more about AZA/SAFE by following on social media! Facebook: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Instagram:@zoos_aquariums Twitter: @zoos_aquariums