Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk : Easy Iced Coffee for More Summer Fun

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Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

I am a firm believer that everything about summer should be carefree, enjoyable and easy. No rushing. No pressure. No homework to help with (Can I get an “Amen”?!). I am also a firm believer in good coffee. During the school year right after morning drop off, I often stop to pick up a steaming cup of java and chat with a friend at a local coffee shop.

(Note: “Often” as used above can also be substituted for Every. Single. Day….. truth. We are an honest blog.)

The thing is our summer schedule looks a lot different from the way it does during the school year. We’ve designed it that way. The kids sleep in. I let them. No packing lunches or prepping for the school week. We stay up later and swim at all hours of the day and evening. We go on vacations in the middle of the week and I drink my coffee in the middle of afternoon. Afternoon coffee is best served cold. Iced, in fact. I have recently discovered an iced coffee that is perfect for summer!

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk has made more time in my schedule for summer fun.

Gevalia Iced Coffee with almond milk 3 flavors

First off , it is available in three flavors: Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel. I loved the flavors on these none of them had an aftertaste or were overly sweet. Just perfect for pouring straight into an ice filled glass on a warm summer day.

Cool Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk has nine grams of protein per single serve carton. Combined with creamy almond milk and just enough sweetness, it is a delicious iced coffee I can feel good about.

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The other thing I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvee about is this packaging. Remember how I said we are at the pool swimming all hours of the day & night?? Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk is so easy to grab from the fridge, throw in the pool bag and we are out the door! I can recycle the single serve container before we leave. No dishes to wash…. See, this is the way summer was meant to be lived!

My husband loves to grab one of these on his way to the office too! No judging, somebody’s gotta work, right?! Whether you are poolside or at the office, EVERYONE deserves great coffee!

Happy Summer Y’all!!

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What flavor of Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk are you most excited to try? 

Turning our Kitchen into a Smart Kitchen with The Countertop

The Mr. and I are all things techie. It’s something that bonds us, I guess. An internal quest we both have to find a better way. Recently, we discovered The Countertop , an amazing device to make our kitchen a little smarter. We are super excited to experience it our home soon and sponsoring our post so we can share all the awesome details of how it works with you!

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We have both always drooled over the Smart Home models we’ve seen and tried to figure out how to incorporate those into our own dream home one day. Right now, we are leasing a home in a neighborhood so we are limited to what we can do without major renovations or investments. We recently were introduced to The Countertop. It is a new connected kitchen tool from the Orange Chef that can make recommendations for meals that are delicious, healthy and easy to make. Here’s a little about how it works:

I love that it syncs with appliances we already own like our Vitamix and Crockpot by using a simple adapter. Making our home smarter by utilizing what we already have is brilliant.

Countertop-Adapter

It will even sync with your fitness trackers and suggest the the perfect meal designed for your life. The device will also take into account your activity level, personal palate, and nutrition goals and walks you through meals step by step. The Countertop learns your preferences the more you use it.

While it won’t officially be released until the fall, you can be cool kids like us and pre-order now. Receive 50% off when you use this link to place your order.

 

Have you ever wanted a smart home? What’s the coolest appliance in your kitchen right now?

Peepshi = Peeps + Sushi

Peepshi

Don’t let the kids have all the fun this Easter. Grown ups need a little marshmallow-sugar- encrusted fun too. The solution to this dilemma : Peepshi. and it will leave you with the most sophisticated sugar high yet.

I was introduced to the Peepshi craze by my neighbor, Jenn , who was whipping up a batch of these adorable and delicious treats earlier this week. Both the ingredient list and process are fairly simple. I advise 2 things before beginging: 1) have a scrap bowl ready otherwise you will find yourself devouring little bits of peep that lead to a BIG sugar high before the end is near. 2) Invite a friend because everything is more fun with a friend!

peepshi ingredients

To get started all you will need:

  • a Pizza Cuter
  • Fruit by the Foot
  • Peeps, in bunny or chicks form (or both! )
  • a sheet of Pre-made Rice Krispies. Its much easier to make once the marshmallow has set up a little at room temperature.

Start out by laying a length of Fruit by the Foot onto the Sheet of Rice Krispies

Cutting peepshi

Cut into length to form a roll around your choice of Peep

formin peepshi

Wrap Fruit by the Foot around the Peep roll you just formed

rolling peepshi

Ta-Da – You just made Peepshi! We got a little creative and made several varieties. Have fun with it and don’t forget to add chopsticks and a small dish of chocolate for a soy sauce effect.

lots of peeps

 

Have you ever made Peepshi? What are your favorite non-traditional Peep recipes?

Honey Chipolte Green Chile Chicken Dinner with 505 Southwestern Sauces

Some nights every night,  I just need dinner to be delicious, packed with flavor, easy, and quick! I also have a few “criteria” that I look for in feeding my family. Natural ingredients, gluten free, and something I can feel good about serving. That’s not too much to ask for right?!  Enter 505 Southwestern Sauces.505 Southwestern Sauces

 What Makes 505 Southwestern Sauces & Salsas Unique?

What Makes 505 Southwestern Sauces & Salsas Unique?
EXTRA FRESH – Our chiles are picked, flame-roasted & fresh frozen during harvest.
ALL NATURAL – We use only natural ingredients to preserve the just-picked flavor.
GLUTEN FREE – We use a rice flour as a binder where necessary, not wheat.
ZERO TRANS FAT – Only natural vegetables, spices, herbs and fruits are used.
NEW MEXICO – All our chiles come from the Hatch Valley in New Mexico, the
“CHILE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!”

505 Southwestern Sauces are All Natural, Gluten Free and made with 100% green chile peppers grown in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico, also known as the “Chile Capital of The World.” They come full of amazing flavors like Diced Flame Roasted Green Chile, Red Chile Enchilada & Tamale Sauce, Green Chile Sauce and Honey Chipotle Green Chile Salsa. 505 Southwestern dinner

Honey Chipolte Green Chile Chicken Dinner

I typically make up a batch of shredded chicken roll ups for the kids to heat up after school or a snack. These basically just consist of shredded chicken rolled up in an organic corn tortilla or wrap. I love these because I can make them in big batches and they will freeze well too. One night last week, I needed to throw a quick dinner together and had a brilliant idea.  My family loves the 505 Southwestern sauces so, I took several of the shredded chicken roll-ups, placed them in a baking dish and poured the Honey Chipotle Green Chile Salsa on top.  I also topped it with a little cheese but you could omit that if you like.

Then I baked it at 375 degrees for about 15-17 minutes, until it was heated through and the cheese was melted. We also had some sweet peppers I quickly sliced up to make it fancy ( ha!). So simple for me to throw together and my family loved it! It was just what I need on a busy weeknight.  The 505 Southwestern Honey Chipotle Green Chile Salsa was the perfect sauce to use in this dish too. It was smokey yet sweet and the green chile gave it a kick without being too spicy for our younger ones.  I am excited to try the other varieties of 505 Southwestern Sauces in some of our other favorite meals. 505 Southwestern meal

Living in Texas means we get to try a LOT of salsa. Finding one that really stands out and makes an impression is a rarity. 505 Southwestern sauces has done that for us in a big way! 505 Southwestern Sauces are now available at H-E-B Markets and Safeway Stores. You can learn more on their website www.505chile.com &  Be sure to follow 505 Southwestern Sauces on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for more great ideas and recipes. 

*I was provided product for the purposes of  this review. As always, all opinions are my own and 100% honest.