R.W. Knudsen Cider & Spice Float {and Giveaway}

Cider and Spice Float Recipe theecochic

Sponsored by R.W. Knudsen It's finally starting to feel like Fall in Florida, and by that I mean it's only in the 80's for a high and we can pretend that it is Fall and slip on our boots again. The mornings are cooler and a tease of what Fall would feel like anywhere else, but our ACs are still on by mid-day! Last weekend we went to a pumpkin patch and corn maze about an hour north of Tampa and I may have come home with a sunburn on my shoulders. The kids were hot and sweaty but they did get a taste for fall with the apple cider, kettle corn, and pumpkins! As we get ready for Halloween night festivities I decided to try a twist on apple cider for those of us in warmer climates, a cider and spice ice cream float! It was super simple to make and only required R.W. Knudsen Cider and Spice apple cider, ice cream, caramel syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. To make it a little more fun, chill the mug (or mason jar) so it's nice and frosted for your little ... [ Read More ]

Stonyfield Southwestern Taco Dip featuring Late July Tortilla Chips

Southwestern Taco Dip

Post sponsored by Stonyfield Yogurt as a part of their Stonyfield YoGetters Blogger Program. We usually have a house full of friends for the 4th of July holiday, but this year is going to be very quiet.  The hubs is working this year over the 4th and my daughter decided to go spend the weekend with my parents. That leaves my son and I to find our own excitement.  I have absolutely no idea what we're going to do yet.  We may invite a few friends over for an impromptu pool party before we head out to watch fireworks.  There are so many fabulous places to watch the fireworks in Pinellas County, but we may stay close to home and head up to Tarpon Springs and watch the fireworks at Sunset Beach. You can find a list of all the local fireworks by county or city at Bay News 9, Fourth of July Fireworks schedule. Before our friends stop by, I made up a tasty treat to kick off the celebrations. I'm a sucker for a good taco dip and there are a million different ways to make it.  I often ... [ Read More ]

Floridians add what to their coffee??

Seattles Best Orange Coffee

It doesn't matter how hot it gets in Florida, it's never too hot for coffee.  I didn't start drinking coffee until after my second child was born and now I don't usually miss a day.  There is something about the smell of that pot of coffee brewing in the morning to really kickstart my morning.  A few months ago I finally ditched my K-cups and fell in love with my french press.  If you aren't using a french press yet, you may enjoy this quick tutorial on how to get started (French Press 101).  All it takes is some boiling water and coffee.  Here in Florida though, we add a little bit of orange zest in the springtime to add a little sunshine to your coffee. Seattle's Best Orange Coffee Recipe 2 TBS Breakfast Blend Seattle's Best coffee 1/2 TBS Orange Zest 12oz filtered water Milk or half&half to taste Sugar or sweetener to taste If you're using a french press, add coffee grounds and orange zest directly to your press.  Add boiling water, cover, and sit for 4 ... [ Read More ]

Simple Fruit Leather Recipe

Homemade Fruit Leather @TheEcochic

What happens when you put GoGo Squeez applesauce in a food dehydrator?  You get a super easy and incredibly tasty fruit leather recipe! My husband just bought a food dehydrator and I've been having some fun playing with different fruits and veggies for the past 2 days.  Today I decided to have a little fun with fruit leather (aka: fruit roll ups).  When I searched online for different recipes, most of them used pureed fruit or applesauce.  That's when I heard "ding, ding, ding" in my head and this brilliant idea was formed.  Instead of making fresh applesauce (because really, who has time for that) or running to the store for a jar of applesauce, I pulled out 3 pouches of GoGo Squeez. Our dehydrator came with the handy plastic trays specifically for fruit leather.  All I did was pour out 3 pouches of GoGo Squeez applesauce (you can pick any flavor - or mix it up and have a LOT of fun) on the tray and spread evenly.  I could have easily added 2-3 more pouches if I wanted a thicker ... [ Read More ]

Avocado, Lime, Banana, Coconut Yogurt Push Pops

Avocado Lime Banana Push Pops

Last week while shopping we found these adorable push pop molds and for $1.99 I couldn't resist.  They sat hidden below the sink for a week until I decided what to put in them.  As I mentioned in my Avocado, Lime, Banana Smoothie recipe, I have a love affair with all things avocado! We decided to spike the recipe we used yesterday with some shredded coconut for a little texture.  While I bought a bag of shredded coconut for this recipe; my daughter actually convinced me to buy a real coconut for her.  Have you ever tried to crack a coconut?  It's not as easy as it looks but thanks to a video I found on YouTube I learned a trick.  After I attempted and only got a drop or two of coconut milk, my husband proceeded to crack it open using a hammer just like in the video.  (How to crack open a coconut video)  We had fun showing her what was inside, sipping the milk, and munching on the meat.  Well worth the $2.00 I spent to show her where stuff comes from. Back to the push pops! ... [ Read More ]

Avocado, Lime, Banana Yogurt Smoothies

Avocado Lime Banana Smoothie

What could say summer more than a refreshing tropical smoothie?  I've always been an avocado junkie (seriously, I could live off these things) but my love was revitalized last week when I saw a friend of mine post a recipe about Tropical Avocado Popsicles.  They just looked absolutely delicious.  Today on my trip to the grocery store I filled my shopping cart with a few ingredients that I was craving; avocados, limes, bananas, and some Smooth & Creamy Vanilla Stonyfield yogurt.  My intention was to make some avocado push pops using some new molds we found at the store last week.  My daughter has been DYING to use them. My little chef wanted to help in the kitchen too so I let her add all the ingredients to the blender and control the buttons!  I love that she enjoys being in the kitchen with me.  After we filled up our 4 push pops (recipe coming tomorrow) she begged me to drink the leftovers!  Instead, we added a few more ingredients and made the mixture a little thicker for a ... [ Read More ]

Peeps Bunny Trail Mix

Peeps Bunny Trail Mix #peepsonality

What do you do with a big box of Peeps (thank you Peeps and Co) if you don't want your kids to eat them all in one day?  Cook and make snacks of course!  I'm always looking for fun ways to include some sweet treats for the kids without going overboard on the sugar.  With Easter just around the corner, I know we'll all be trying to ration the sugar to the little ones. This recipe could be modified any way you like.  We used some of the cereals that we had in the pantry already and added a few snacks and sweets to make it fun and colorful. What you'll need: Your favorite Peeps 1 cup of 2-3 different types of small snack-able cereals.  We used Cheerio's and Corn Chex. 1 cup of Annie's Bunny Grahams 1 cup of mini-chocolate morsels, raisins, or other small sweet snack 1 cup of jelly beans or malted milk balls leftover from the Easter basket There really isn't much to do to prepare this snack.  Gently mix all the ingredients in a bowl and you're ready to nibble away on ... [ Read More ]

Peeps Waldorf Salad Recipe

Peeps Waldorf Salad Recipe

What do you do with all that Easter candy if you want to moderate how much candy your kids eat?  I decided to have some fun and add some peeps to my favorite Waldorf Salad recipe.  As much as I hated to cut the adorable little peeps into little pieces, it added a little dash of color to the recipe while replacing the mini-marshmallows I would normally use. I also have a confession, when I received the generous box of Peeps (thank you Peeps and Co) I had no idea what I was going to make with them.  This recipe was inspired by my husband!  We haven't made a Waldorf Salad in years and I didn't know if the kids would even eat it.  I made a few modifications to make the recipe a little healthier as well. I'm not a big mayo fan so I substituted with Stonyfield Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla - you choose how sweet you want it).  The apples were from the local farmers market and the rest of the ingredients from the grocery store. What you'll need: 1 cup of halved grapes ... [ Read More ]

Snow White Sour Apple GoGo-Rita Cocktail #disneyside

Snow White Sour Apple GoGo-Rita

We hosted a Disney themed party this weekend for some friends and since it was National Margarita Day on Saturday we spiced things up a bit with this fun cocktail recipe.  Since we hosted the party for both kids and adults we had an alcoholic version of this recipe and a mocktail version for the kids.  Just be sure to label the glasses so the kids don't sneak a sip of the "poison" apple! Snow White Sour Apple GoGo-Rita Cocktail #disneyside Recipe Type: Drinks Cuisine: American Author: Calley @TheEcoChic Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 4 Show off your #DisneySide with this fun Snow White themed cocktail or mocktail. Ingredients 1 Frozen Margarita Bacardi Mixers 1 Mixer Can full of Bacardi Big Apple Rum 2 pouches of GoGo Squeeze Applesauce Handful of ice Instructions Add all of the ingredients to your blender and mix well. Continue to add ice until you reach the consistency you desire. Serve immediately and garnish ... [ Read More ]

Frozen Cranberry Dessert Recipe (with Stonyfield Yogurt Substitution)

frozen cranberry dessert recipe

As we prepare for Thanksgiving later this week I'm looking forward to one of my favorite holiday dishes; my Grandmother's frozen cranberry dessert.  This year I decided to swap out the sour cream with some healthier Stonyfield Greek yogurt. Did you know that you can substitute Stonyfield yogurt for sour cream, butter, mayonnaise, heavy cream, oil, and buttermilk?  Stonyfield Greek yogurt is fat free, lower in calories, organic and GMO-free.  With all the other indulgences on Thanksgiving it's nice to know that I'll be replacing some of the higher fat ingredients a more nutritious yogurt.  You can refer to the Stonyfiled Yogurt Substitution Guide to see the recommended amount of yogurt to substitute for your favorite ingredients. Frozen Cranberry Dessert Ingredients: 1 can whole cranberry sauce 1 small can crushed pineapple 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 bag mini marshmallows 1 cup Stonyfield Greek yogurt (plain) Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well ... [ Read More ]