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COCOZIA Coconut Water Smoothie

I was excited to be offered an opportunity to review COCOZIA Organic Coconut Water...especially once I heard that they wanted to send me the chocolate version. The chocolate flavour did not disappoint! It had a true chocolate taste, without seeming artificial or too sweet. The texture was smooth and very easy to drink. It's organic, kosher, gluten-free, and vegan...but still delicious for those of us without dietary restrictions.  I liked the chocolate coconut water on its own, but my kids (who are accustomed to chocolate dairy milk as a treat at their grandparents' house) didn't find it creamy enough. I decided to blend some up in this smoothie to see if they preferred it that way. Did they ever! Simon and Ruthie slurped these up in a flash!

4 ice cubes
1 ripe banana
1 Tblsp peanut butter
1 C COCOZIA Organic Chocolate Coconut Water 

Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. (This recipe perfectly fits the Magic Bullet Single Shot.)

*This is a sponsored posts. I have received free product and/or compensation for this post. The opinions featured here are always honest and my own.*

Popcorn Indiana Review and Giveaway

Peanut Butter. Chocolate. Sweet. Salty. 
If you are anything like me, you don't need to hear any more than than that. But for anyone who needs a little bit more information, let me tell you about this great new product I had the chance to sample... 

This indulgent popcorn is the ultimate choice for those who, like me, love a sweet and salty combination. The large puffy popcorn pieces are generously drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate, and are unbelievably delicious. Having a child with a peanut allergy means that my husband and I had to devour the whole bag in one evening while the kids were sleeping...It was the only responsible thing to do, right?! Or maybe we couldn't stop ourselves!

Unlike many popcorn products, it uses Non-GMO corn. And unlike so many of the most popular treats, it contains no artificial flavours, no artificial preservatives, no artificial colours, no high-fructose corn syrup, and zero grams of trans fats. I challenge to to show you me another decadent, affordable goodie that can compare! You know what else? This treat is kosher and gluten-free!  

I would love to give you the chance to try it too! Enter below to win 6 bags of Popcorn Indiana's Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzlecorn. How popular would you be if you brought it to a holiday party?!

*This is a sponsored posts. I have received free product and/or compensation for this post. The opinions featured here are always honest and my own.*

Caprese Breakfast Bake

This post is part of the and Kraft Cheesefest #KraftComfortCheese sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors. 

My brother in law is a great cook. No one ever expects the handsome mechanic to show up to a dinner party with a cheesecake he made for the host, or to steal the show at a potluck with something he whipped up....but I love watching people's surprise when it happens!

This easy dish is my take on one of my brother-in-law's standards, which makes an appearance on Christmas morning and lazy long weekends. You really can't go wrong with a dish of comfort food that uses three cheeses. And a leisurely pyjama-clad family breakfast on a lazy holiday morning? Can't beat it! What's your comfort cheese? Find some great recipes and inspiration at the Kraft Cheesefest Comfort Zone!

6 eggs
1/2 C flour
1 C milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 C cottage cheese
2 C Kraft Creamy Mozza Shredded Cheese with a Touch-of-Philadelphia
3 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese, cubed
1/2 C sliced grape tomatoes
1/4 C julienned basil

Combine eggs, milk, baking powder, and cottage cheese. Beat very well. Stir in Kraft Creamy Mozza Shredded Cheese with a Touch-of-Philadelphia. Pour mixture into greased 9X13 pan. Drop cubed cream cheese, grape tomatoes, and basil on top. Bake at 350` for 45 minutes or until set and lightly golden around the edges.

**If you have kids who will turn up their noses at tomato and basil, omit them for a simple Cheesy Egg Bake that pleases anyone.

If you love cheese, join us for the @KraftCanada #KraftComfortCheese Twitter Party on September 29th where we’ll be giving away ten $50 President’s Choice gift cards! Get all the details here.

Then you can use your gift card to get the ingredients needed to create the mouth-watering, cheese-inspired dishes at Kraft Comfort Zone. It’s a page filled with ooey gooey goodness.  

Frosted Coffee Squares

Monday September 29th is International Coffee Day. For a coffee lover like me, that sounds like a great excuse to pour an extra cup! Are you a coffee lover too? Do you like free stuff? (Who doesn't love free stuff?!) Staples Canada is hosting "Pick Me Up Hours" throughout the day, and will be giving away different coffee kits. Just follow @StaplesCanada and #CoffeeBuzz to get in on the action!

What better recipe to post on International Coffee Day than one containing coffee that also pairs well with coffee! Look no further than this adaptation of my Nan's coffee squares. This light cake cuts very cleanly and offers a sweet coffee flavour, but the icing...oh the icing! This icing is like coffee ice cream that doesn't melt. It's sweet, smooth, creamy, and just the perfect coffee flavour!

1/2 C strong coffee, cooled
1/2 C butter, melted
1 C white sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 Tblsp melted butter
1 1/2 C icing sugar
1 Tblsp (+/-) hot coffee

Combine coffee, melted, butter, and sugars until smooth. Add eggs and mix until well incorporated. Combine dry ingredients, and add to wet. Beat until smooth. Pour into greased or parchment-lined 8X8 pan. Bake at 350' for about 20-30 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

To make icing, beat butter and icing sugar until butter is distributed in coarse crumbs. Add coffee gradually and beat until smooth. Add more or less coffee to reach your desired consistency. Frost cake and allow to set before slicing. (I prefer 1 Tblsp to yield a thick icing that sets nicely on the cake and cuts cleanly). 

Don't forget to check out @StaplesCanada and #CoffeeBuzz 
to get in on the "Pick Me Up Hours" Giveaways!

*This is a sponsored post. I have received free products and/or compensation for this post. The opinions featured here are always honest and my own*

Cafe Santo Domingo - Review and Giveaway

I was delighted to receive this lovely package of goodies from Cafe Santo Domingo, a Dominican coffee company whose products are now available in Atlantic Canada.

As soon as I opened my first bag, the aroma hit me and I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. This coffee is bold, but so smooth and with a subtle sweetness that I haven't found in other coffees. The absolute perfect crema forms on top of each cup, which makes it seem like I am really indulging in something special when I pour my early morning cup!

Guess what? Cafe Santo Domingo wants to share with you! Enter below to win this awesome prize pack!

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Giveaway: Organic Matcha from Kiss Me Organics

Matcha is a fine-ground, powdered, high-quality green tea which boasts all sorts of benefits; from increased energy and metabolism, to improved skin health, to increased memory. Kiss me Organic's Matcha is 100% organic, culinary grade, and tested for purity, and it contains more than 137 times the antioxidants found in a cup of brewed tea. It is available exclusively on with free shipping. (You know I love free shipping!)

I was delighted to receive this product to try for myself, and to provide as a giveaway to one lucky reader! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me how you would use the matcha. In a smoothie or latte? In some baked goods? Simply mixed with water? Let me know and your name will be entered. Get a bonus entry by commenting on the giveaway post on my facebook page(Draw to take place Monday July 21st)

If you aren't sure how you would choose to use Matcha, all new Kiss Me Organic customers receive a recipe guide, which is a great place to get started! I am looking forward to trying their recipe for an Iced Ginger Matcha!

*This is a sponsored post. I have received free products and/or compensation for this post. The opinions featured here are always honest and my own*

Easy Turkey Stew

There is nothing like sitting down with a steaming hot dinner on a cold day. And for some reason, it always seems better when that dinner is in a bowl. Why is that? Soup, stew, always seems more cozy when a meal is served in a bowl.

Lots of stews are made with stock and thickened with flour. This stew is seasoned and thickened with Club House Gluten-Free Gravy Mix For Turkey. Club House has recently come out with a line of certified gluten-free products that are sure to satisfy even the harshest critics, which includes gravy mixes, potato starch, rice flour, and minute tapioca. With Club House Gluten-Free Gravy Mix for Turkey and water in place of stock, flour, and additional seasonings, this stew is gluten-free, simple to prepare, and full of flavour. (For all those who use Checkout51, there is a $0.75 rebate for Club House mixes this week!)

This turkey stew is incredibly versatile, very hearty, and can be on the table in about 15 minutes. And you bet it gives you the "cozy bowl" feeling I described above! You can easily change this recipe by swapping out the vegetables. Use potato, sweet potato, green beans, or anything else you have on hand. Try a few things and make it your own. You pretty much can't go wrong!

1 Tblsp butter
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
3 C chopped cooked turkey
2 pkg Club House Gluten-Free Gravy Mix for Turkey
4 C water
1 C frozen peas
1 C frozen corn

In a large pot, melt butter and saute onions and celery until softened. Add carrots, turkey, and gravy mix. Stir to coat. Add water. Bring to a boil. Add frozen peas and corn. Reduce heat, and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes.

*This is a sponsored post. I have received free products and/or compensation for this post. The opinions featured here are always honest and my own*

All But Gluten - Rosemary Focaccia with Maple Balsamic Onions and Wilted Greens

As promised, I am back with a great new recipe featuring All But Gluten products! You can find out more about All But Gluten on their website, on Facebookon Pinterest, or on Twitter.

I am pleased to share this recipe with you, adapted from Saveur, which combines some wonderful savoury ingredients with All But Gluten Rosemary Focaccia. This focaccia made a delicious side dish, but it is hearty enough to be served as an appetizer. Add some protein to the mix, and it would make a fantastic main dish too!

1 All But Gluten Rosemary Focaccia
1 Tblsp olive oil
2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
2-3 handfuls of mixed greens (I used spinach, kale, and swiss chard)

Saute onions in olive oil until soft, darkening, and beginning to carmelize. Add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup, and stir to coat. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add greens and cook until wilted, about 1-2 minutes.

Cut focaccia in half. Brush cut sides very lightly with olive oil. Lay both halves on a baking sheet, and top with onion/green mixture. Bake at 375` for 10-15 minutes until bread is toasted. Serve warm.

Explore the world of All But Gluten ™ and rekindle your love of baked goods.
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This sponsorship is brought to you by The Gluten Free Agency who we have partnered with for this promotion.

*This is a sponsored posts. I have received free product and/or compensation for this post. The opinions featured here are always honest and my own.*

All But Gluten

All But Gluten is a great new brand of bakery products. This exciting new line of products is from non other than longstanding Weston Bakeries Limited, and can be found in the fresh bakery section of the grocery store...not frozen, as so many health-foods so often are sold.

I have been reading fantastic reviews for All But Gluten products, including this one from Woman In Real Life who writes: "it's actually good. Not just 'good for gluten-free,' but good." That is just what I like to hear! When I cook for friends and family with dietary restrictions, I don't want it to be "good for vegan" or "good for peanut-free"...I just want it to be good food!

So often, products that are "free" from something are often lacking in other areas of nutrition. Safety, taste and nutrition are the three pillars of the All But Gluten™ brand. The breads, focaccias, pizza shells and muffins are a source of fibre, and are enriched with vitamins and minerals. This is an important feature of All But Gluten™ because many gluten-free products on the market are not enriched and often lower in iron, B vitamins and fibre.

The line includes Whole Grain Loaf, Cinnamon Raisin Loaf, Sliced White Loaf, Roasted Onion Focaccia, Rosemary Focaccia, Plain Pizza Shells, Carrot Raisin Morning Muffins, Mini Brownies and Coconut Macaroons.

I am excited to be working on some great new recipes to share with you, featuring All But Gluten products. Look forward to seeing some yummy and easy ways to use these products! In the meantime, you can find out more about All But Gluten on their website, on Facebook, on Pinterest, or on Twitter

This sponsorship is brought to you by The Gluten Free Agency who we have partnered with for this promotion.

*This is a sponsored posts. I have received free product and/or compensation for this post. The opinions featured here are always honest and my own.*