Friday, July 2, 2010

Fab Find Friday: All American Picnic {Stonyfield GIVEAWAY- CLOSED}

Picnic season is under way and we are heading into the biggest picnic weekend of all, the Fourth of July! I love picnics and cookouts, who doesn't? Now we usually stick to typical burger and brat fare for the biggest picnic of the year. However I have one picky eater who won't eat hot dogs with black lines on them, or burgers and a recent tonsillectomy patient so I have been looking through recipes seeing how I can mix it up a bit this year. I want to offer some things that are a little bit healthier and little bit different, but still picnic. ( Now some of you that are new to me (especially new since February) might think this whole "food talk" is out of the ordinary around here, it's not, I used to blog about my picky eater  and new recipes quite regularly, hoping this will be the first of feting back into that!)

We have a few food rules we live by around here, you may have heard me rant  discuss them around here before. We try to keep it to wholesome food (would great great grandma have had that to eat?) that has no HFCS, organic when we can afford it, and no rBGH (Bovine Growth Hormone). HCFS and rBGH are on the top of the list, the two we bust our budget for the most. I focus on the diary they use the most, milk and yogurt and make sure they are always hormone free. When I meet Stonyfield at the SVMoms Brand Blogger event we were already fans, so I was thrilled to work with them on my All American Picnic post!

Now I mentioned budget, organic is more expensive, but as I learned from Stonyfield, the price difference is worth it. I used to think that as long as it said no rBGH used on our cows the milk was hormone free, but I learned from Stonyfield:
Non-organic milk can claim they have no RBST, many still inject their cows with a ton of other hormones, especially breeding hormones. This is where organic certification really makes a difference.
So I guess hubs is going to have to give up his beer budget again, because were going back to all organic diary! (To read more on the difference check out the Bloggers that were on the Stonyfield Barnstorming Tour - ValerieTina and Anne )

Both my kids had YoBaby yogurt as one of their early foods (now they have varieties that are meals). One of our favorite summer treats is to take the Yo Kids Squeezers and put them in the freezer. They make quick, and healthy, freezer pops that are just as much fun to eat as the brightly colored sugar water pops popular in the summer.

Let's get on to the picnic already!

One of the recipes I am going to try this weekend is these Grilled Chicken Wraps:  
Doesn't that look tasty? I got the veggies at the farmers market already and I think that the kids (who at least one loves tacos) will get a kick out of the dipping sauce!

If I was more adventurous (remember I am who they get the picky eater gene from! I would also mix up the burgers with this Greek burger recipe:
It looks like it would be an easier to make at home gyros substitute!

What picnic wouldn't be complete without some deviled eggs? I'm thinking of making the switch to these and not telling anyone it's not mayo (I have some mayo lovers here so I don't know if this will pass snuff!) 

We have already frozen our squeezers and we made these:

Healthy Rocket/Firecracker Pops
From Everyday Food  July/August 2010
Makes 10 Time: 10min + Freezing


  • 1/2 pound (1 1/2 cups) strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 pound (1 1/2  cups) blueberries
  • 1 1/4cup yogurt (they call for plain, we used French Vanilla
These are my version of the directions because they use less dishes, if you want Martha's version, it's on magazine stands now.

  1. In a food processor or blender (blender is easier and allows for pouring), puree strawberries with 1 tablespoon sugar. Pour into the bottom of your molds.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together yogurt and 2 tablespoons of sugar (I think next time I will omit the sugar in the yogurt, if you use a flavor I don't think it's needed). Pour into the middle of your molds
  3. In a food processor or blender puree blueberries with 1 tablespoon sugar. Pour into the tops of your molds. 
If you want them to look like rocket pops (see mine above) leave as is. to make them firecracker pop use a skewer to swirl the flavors together. Insert your sticks and freeze for 2.5-3 hours. Good for a week (I will be impressed if they last 3 days, as the one that was eaten yesterday was gone before a picture could be taken!)

I also made, totally not picnic food, my world famous (okay, Chicago Metro area famous- seriously it's a bake sale hit) Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana bread/muffins.

I substituted the sour cream for Stonyfield's French Vanilla yogurt and well, they might not make it to the weekend! Oh you want the recipe? Okay fine here you go Melissa's {Almost World Famous} Chocolate Banana Bread

Stonyfield wants to help make your picnic full of organic goodness!

They are giving one of my readers a Stonyfield reusable shopping bag filled with goodies for your picnic! You will receive:

- a Stonyfield tee (adult or child, you choose the size!)
- a Stonyfield hat  
- a Frisbee (made out of recycled plastics)
- product coupons for 2 coupons for YoKids, 2 coupons for 5.3 oz Oikos, 2 coupons for Regular Stonyfield (may I suggest the Chocolate Underground? mmmm dessert for breakfast!)

How to enter?
- Leave a comment here telling me either which of my recipes you would want to try or which recipe from the Stonyfield site 
- leave your comment with an e-mal address (if it's not linked to your blogger account) by midnight on Thursday July 15

Extra Entry?
- Tweet the following: @Stonyfield and @PBinmyHair are showing me the goodness of organic! Check it out
- come back here and leave a link to your tweet.

Good Luck and have a great holiday weekend!

* Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post and the opinions expressed are mine. I did receive a Stonyfield gift bag at the SVMom's event and all those items were given to friends with babies, products mentioned in this review were purchased with my own money.


Fadra said...

I'm a HUGE deviled egg fan so I'd love to try the StonyField recipe substituting yogurt for mayo. You can find me allthingsfadra{at}gmail{dot}com.

Big organic fan here already so I'm glad you are educating and promoting!

shirley said...

I want to try the Deviled egg-no mayo, we live on a farm so we have eggs year round, and I use alot of them.

Claire said...

Your chocolate chocolate chip banana bread sounds so good!

Jessica Cummins said...

Healthy Rocket pops FTW!! Also tweeted, follow me to see @jessjepp.

Michele P. said...

I definitely want to try out your chocolate banana bread recipe, it looks so good!

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Michele P. said...

just tweeted

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Lisa said...

The firecracker pops look great.

Andie said...

I'm a big smoothie person, especially when its this hot so I'd love to try the apple cranberry smoothie.

icefairy said...

I'd like to try your Healthy Rocket/Firecracker Pops recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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Rachel said...

I would like to try the strawberry rhubarb squares...looks so good

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shirley said...

I tweeted -COUNTRYNEST : @Stonyfield and @PBinmyHair are showing me the goodness of organic! Check it out

Rose said...

Rose, the popsicles! I might even share them with the kids. :0)

Ashley R said...

I would like to try your Healthy Rocket/Firecracker Pops! They look great!
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Ashley R said...

I tweeted!
reynoldsmommy at gmail dot com