Monday, August 3, 2015

Nova Lox with Everything & Open-Faced English Muffins!

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You are in for a treat if you have never had cold smoked salmon!  These open-faced English muffins are completely amazing, you'll add them to your favorite weekend recipes!


We are traveling and we ordered a lox everything bagel with everything and it was amazing, but not organic.  I wanted to add some healthier condiments and sprouts to it.  Feel free to tweak according to your family's likes and what's available.

Ingredients:

Choose one:

Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayo (just the perfect amount of spice)  OR
Cream Cheese (organic)

Add All or Pick and Choose - (we added all)

Sea Salt
Red Onion - sliced thinly
Pepper
Heirloom Tomatoes
Cucumbers - thinly sliced 
Sprouted Greens
Capers (optional - mix in with cream cheese)
Avocado is amazing, if you have one ripe

Spelt Organic English Muffins - one package

Nova Lox Salmon (cold smoked) - 10 oz (or more, knock yourself out!)

Toast your English muffins in the toaster.  
Place a cookie sheet.
Add the cream cheese OR the Sir Kensington Chipotle Mayo
Top the English Muffins with veggies and spices and lox (salmon)

You can warm in the oven on low or just eat as is - cold.
We prefer to eat them as soon as the last ingredient is added and I've taken pictures.

Now, the family does not like to wait for the pictures…things like "can I eat the ugly muffin" can be heard by the hugriest family member. (usually the teen)

Enjoy and this is such a great party food for summer and back to school weekend fun!

Happy Summer, Lovelies!

As always, I use organic and Verified Non-GMO foods.  I shop at my local farmer's market as often as possible and I buy from farmer's I have developed relationships with.

Simply Organic Spices and Organic Valley Cream Cheese are what I bought for this recipe.


This is not a sponsored post.  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Target's Made To Matter - Moving Toward Sustainable & Organic Living! #MadeToMatter #spon

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We are so very pleased to partner with Target and Stonyfield, introducing Made To Matter!

As if you needed more reasons to love Target - we have more!  Target Stores are working toward getting toxic foods and products out and bring in more organic, non-GMO and sustainable companies!  

Target Simply Rocks.  


Stonyfield Organics is part of Target's Made To Matter and Stonyfield's Super Grains and Super Seeds Yogurts can be found in the cooler at your local Target!

Some Made To Matter companies that can now be found at Target-

Target's Simply Balanced Organic Line
Justin's Nut Butters
Seventh Generation Paper, Cleaners and Baby Products
Happy Family Baby Foods
Suja Juice (have you had these? Get one!)
Annie's Homegrown Foods
Babyganics
Ben & Jerry's (Non-GMO!)
Casacadian Farm Organics
Ella's Kitchen Baby Foods
Hyland's 
Method Cleaners
Plum Organics
Yes To (soaps and beauty line)
Soma Water Filters 
Zarbee's Naturals
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day
Senda Athletics (I have not bought this brand yet)
Freshpet
EcoScraps

Some healthy brands that we also love that are available at Target are
Dr. Bronners
Acure Organics
Honest Co - baby and cleaning products
Natures Path and Enviro Kids Cereals

Moms Matter.  Kids Matter.

Health Matters.

Thank you, Target!  

This is a sponsored post with Target and Stonyfield. Opinions are my own.  I am a huge fan of Target for moving toward these healthier options for moms!  Go Target and Yay Stonyfield!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Orange, Raspberry & Coconut Water Ice Pops!

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These gorgeous ice pops are nothing more than a result of a simple desperation to make a healthy treat, whilst staying at a rental apartment (of which I did not bring my kitchen props / gadgets)!  I've been going a bit mad not having brought any of my kitchen with me on my recent travels.  So a trip to Williams Sonoma's Friend's and Family discount day (can you think of any one that is more a friend to Williams Sonoma? :) inspired me to make these super easy and healthy treats for little one's breakfast!  What could be better to start a hot summer weekend off?!   


Ingredients - 

Coconut Water (no additives)
Fresh Organic Raspberries
Orange Juice  - 
I choose Uncle Matt's Organic orange juice -
 just oranges, no flavor packets here!)

Optional:  Fresh Mint Leaves - chopped finely

Fill your ice pop molds with organic juice and or coconut water.  We do a mixture of each or choose one or the other.  They're all delicious and don't forget to drop your fresh organic raspberries in the juice!  Pop your sticks in and place in freezer.

I make these at night and they are ready in the morning for little one!  I have different molds I use (they're at home) whatever molds we use are always a treat!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Fun On Netflix! #StreamTeam #spon

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We are so happy for this post to be part of the Netflix Stream Team!  Opinions and movies picks are ours!

How is your summer going?  These movies are some of our favorites right now on Netflix for "it's too hot outside and I need a break" days!  Enjoy!

Penguins of Madascar The Movie is now on Netflix!  Our whole family enjoys and laughs out loud at the humor and story line! Seriously, make this one your next family fun movie night!

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is SO much fun and honestly, we like it better than the first movie! Don't miss it!~





National Treasure is one of our favorite summer movies!


The Endless Summer is a surfing classic and the search of surfing year-round! 
Sounds dreamy to me!



Do you like classic movies?  State Fair and On Golden Pond (unforgettable) are on Netflix streaming!  Jane Fonda is one of my favorite women and Katharine Hepburn is amazing and completely inspirational for every age!


Little Island Studios is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Netflix Stream Team! Opinions and movie picks are our own!

Roasted Lemon-Lime Chicken!

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Summertime or anytime is absolutely perfect for a roasted chicken and making it lemon-lime makes it the perfect refreshing home-cooked meal (as all meals should be)! 


Ingredients - As always, use unsprayed and organic foods.

Free Range Organic Chicken (we love Vital Farms chickens or from our local organic farm)
Fresh Dill - a handful
Lemons - 2
Lime - 2
Sea Salt - to taste (we like loads!)
Pepper - freshly ground
Citrus A'peel (from Simply Organic Spices/super easy and delish)
Olive Oil

Rinse and place your chicken in a dutch oven cookware and top with a glob of olive oil.  Zest both the lemon and the lime,  then squeeze both, the lemon and lime all over the chicken and place the rinds in the bottom of the pan.  
Sprinkle zest over the top.    
Slice the other lemon and lime and place all over the top and sides of the chicken.  
Dice your dill and sprinkle over top.  Grind your spices liberally over the top of the chicken and place lid on the top.  Cook at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. 
 Remove lid and cook until chicken is cooked through.


Serve with strawberry-lime lemonade (use very low sugar) and we just love a side of BBQ sauce with this chicken!  It needs nothing but BBQ is just summer fun!


Lemon-Lime Roasted Chicken is super easy and absolutely delicious! 
Seriously. Cook.


Strawberry ice cream, freshly chopped strawberries on top with unrefined coconut shreds are the perfect end to this amazing dinner!  

Happy Summer, lovelies!  Follow on Instagram for food and fun! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-Ray Giveaway! #ScoobyDoo #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by the new movie coming to blu-ray - Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery!


Everyone’s favorite crime fighting kids are back with their biggest mystery ever in Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! To help them solve the case the Scooby gang teams up with Rock and Roll legends KISS for an all new Mystery Inc. adventure!

 




Enter to win  a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD with UltraViolet copy of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery to award one lucky reader!

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This contest is US only.  Prize is shipped via movie company, we are not responsible for shipping, use or product.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Strawberry Summer Quinoa Salad!

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One of my favorite things about summer is eating outside - doesn't everything taste better outside?  We are loving this light and completely delicious quinoa summer salad with fresh strawberries and cilantro!


Ingredients:
Quinoa - 8oz cooked
Olive Oil - to taste
Sea Salt - Pink Himalayan
Pepper
Cilantro - handful
Cucumber - 1 large
Heirloom Tomatoes - 3 of different colors
Strawberries - 2 large handfuls 

Cook your quinoa according to the instructions.  When cooked, add a dash of olive oil and place quinoa in fridge to cool.  Allow to cool for an hour.  Dice all of your ingredients.  
Take out of fridge and add in your diced tomatoes, onion, cilantro, more olive oil, sea salt and top with fresh strawberries.

Taste and tweak ingredients and / or spices as desired.  I like loads of spices and olive oil!

Keep this Strawberry Summer Quinoa Salad in the fridge until you're ready to eat!



This also makes a fabulous go-to dish in the fridge for betting snacking!

My Notes:

You do not have to follow me long to know,  we eat organic and non-GMO foods.
I use Simply Organic and Frontier Co-op spices - non-irradiated and delicious!
The bowls in the pics are from Anthropologie (I'm always asked!)

This is not a sponsored post.  However, if you own a quinoa company, please email me…as I need all-the-quinoa!



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Super Simple Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad!

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Happy summer, lovelies!  We made this Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad and it is summer perfect!  And quite possibly the easiest summer salad I've ever made!  

Ingredients:

Greek Yogurt - 1 1/2 cup
Pasta of your shape preference - 10 oz (and gluten free pasta works fabulously) 
Kale - handful & chopped
basil - 2 tbs
sea salt
pepper
heirloom tomato 
red onion
red pepper - small bit (according to taste)


Make your pasta according to directions and add all of your chopped ingredients, add the Greek yogurt and mix just until well blended.   Tweak to taste and enjoy!

I use Stonyfield organic plain Greek Yogurt.  
All of my ingredients are non-gmo and/or organic.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teen Beach 2 Movie Now On DVD! #Disney

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Yay! Disney Channel has launched Teen Beach 2 and we absolutely love the songs, story and dance numbers and the movie, in our opinion, is better than the first! (we do love them both, though)  Did you see it this weekend on Disney Channel?  Whether your kids missed it or simply have to watch it again, not to mention the singing and dancing - it is now on DVD! 



    Dive in and rock out with the hottest surf sequel under the sun! Now that summer ‘s over and school has begun, Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack’s (Maia Mitchell) relationship seems headed for a wipeout – until Lela, Tanner and the “Wet Side Story” kids show up! Dazzled by the novelty and variety of the modern world, Lela wants to stay, but the real world and the “reel” world just don’t mix. Can Mack and Brady find the magic to get the kids home and get their own romance back on track before it’s too late? Packed with spectacular song & dance numbers and hilarious fish-out-of-water wackiness, Teen Beach 2 is “wow-abunga” fun for everyone.


The Teen Beach 2 Movie is now on DVD and we think it's better than the first!


This is a sponsored post from Disney Channel.  Opinions are my own.  Yes, Teen Beach Movies rock! (literally!)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Netflix Throwbacks & New Picks For Summer Fun! #StreamTeam #spon

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We are so happy to be part of Netflix's Stream Team!



Family Ties - Mallory, Alex P. Keaton & family  are classic family fun! 






What's New!

Curious George 3 - Back To The Jungle is on Netflix!





Absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Netflix Stream Team! Opinions and movie picks are my own.