Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My New Go-To Snack and Ingredient: Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt

I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Clever Girls on behalf of Dannon. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program but my opinions are my own.

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I’ll be honest, when I was offered the chance to try Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt I was a bit hesitant. I’ve tried Greek yogurt before and I thought it tasted like sweetened sour cream. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this yogurt. I started with the Honey on the Bottom nonfat yogurt. The first thing I noticed was the texture. It was rich and creamy-thick. Dannon Oikos is creaked through an authentic Greek straining process which gives it this great texture. Because it is so creamy it is perfect for dipping. I served some to my kids with a side of animal crackers and it was a big hit. 

I love giving them treats that I know are healthy and high in protein.

Next, I gave the Dannon Oikos nonfat plain yogurt a try. I’ve used plain yogurt as a substitute for sour cream in the past, so I decided to do the same with the Oikos yogurt. I put a dollop on my chicken soft taco at dinner and it really amped up the flavor! After my substitution success I looked in to other ways to use Greek yogurt. Here are just a few:
*Salad dressing
*On top of a baked potato or in mashed potatoes
*As a meat marinade
*As a mayonnaise substitute in potato or egg salad. 
I’m a big egg salad fan, so I tried Dannon Oikos in my egg salad and it was so good I decided to share the recipe with you:
For a double serving I hard boiled 2 eggs and  mashed them up with with a tablespoon of Dannon Oikos plain yogurt. I added some diced cucumber and tomato, a little garlic pepper and some sea salt. Oh. My. Yumminess.

I intended to put the egg salad on a piece of wholegrain toast, but it didn’t get that far. 

To try Dannon Oikos for free—that’s right, I said FREE—go to www.facebook.com/oikos for a free coupon.

I'm so happy to have a new go-to ingredient to cook with. How are you going to eat your Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt?

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Hodge Podge of Awesomeness: Tuesday Confessional Features

It is time once again for Tuesday Confessional Link Party! I really hope your week was better than mine. My poor little girl got her first case of Strep Throat and it landed her in the hospital. Strep is eeeeeeeeevil! I just barely sat down to look at the last week's link-ups and they were all so great. Here are some that I especially loved:

Wooden Crayon Peg Board from Lines Across My Face

Embellished Clip Boards by Fancy Frugal Life

Cleaning Routine Freebie from Sunla Designs

Owl Zipper Purse from Sew Much 2 Luv

Painted Doormat from Condo Blues

Chopstick Sunburst Mirror from Sort Of Creative

Button Art from Crafty Soccer Mom

Tequila Sunrise Popsicles from Lazy Budget Chef

Mountain Dew Cupcakes from Ani's Favorite Things

Tortilla Lasagna from Creating a Family Home

I love the diversity of projects that are submitted every week. I can't wait to see what you link up to this week's Tuesday Confessional starting tonight.
As always, if you were featured grab yourself a button and get your brag on!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Snugglies for Storm Kids--IMPORTANT!

Good morning everyone. I hope all of you on the East Coast are safe and as comfortable as you can be. I sat on my couch watching CNN this morning and I felt helpless. My first thought was that I wanted to go down there to help, but I have 3 kids and one who is still nursing, so that didn't seem possible. I plan to donate to the Red Cross, but it doesn't feel like enough. Then it hit me--I can use my craftiness to help! Luckily, I have amazing and talented readers to call out to. So here it is: Let's make toys for the littlest victims of Irene. I am going to be making sock monkeys to send to the kids who may have lost their toys in the storm. You don't have to make sock monkeys. Whatever you are good at making will be fine. I will be calling the Red Cross tomorrow to get more information on where to send the toys, but in the mean time let's just start making them.
This isn't very organized right now. It just hit me this morning, but I promise I will get it together soon.
Thank you to everyone who can help, and good luck to all those on the East Coast.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My First Sock Monkey

My little monkey's first birthday is coming up soon and I have been wanting to make him his own little sock monkey. I was intimidated by the idea until I came across a fabulous tutorial over at Craftbits. I won't give any instructions here because I couldn't do any better than they already did.
I made a test monkey for my daughter and I'm going to make one more test monkey in green for my oldest son before I make Philly's birthday monkey.

Here is our little friend before stuffing and sewing.

Here she is after! We named her Measles, which later got changed to Belle. 

What a happy little monkey!

I love that the heel of the sock gives the monkey a bubble butt. Teeheehee.

Samantha with her new friend just in time to keep her company while she is sick.

And here is Belle with her new brother!

I found these cute socks in the impulse bin at Michael's for $.50. If you're lucky maybe they will be at your store, too.

Happy crafting!

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