When Being on the B-List is a Good Thing!

by spiceaholic on March 6, 2017

We’re always told to make straight As, be on the A-list, etc.  But what if I told you that in one situation in particular, it’s actually preferable to be on a B-list?

I recently learned that there is a growing group/community of businesses called certified B-Corps that are working together to redefine success in business. What does this mean? These companies are striving to meet the highest standards in social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.  Basically, these are companies with a conscience who are trying to be responsible to the global community as a whole and to the planet.

This is such a noble objective and in my opinion a refreshing change to the image of the big greedy corporation that we’re used to seeing. I hope that it’s a movement that continues to gain traction.

I’m especially proud that Stonyfield Organic has recently received its B-Corp certification and even prouder to be working with them as part of the Clean Plate Club – I already knew they were pretty awesome but this just adds an extra layer of awesomeness!

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To celebrate this achievement, Stonyfield Organic sent members of its Clean Plate Club a goodie box of treats from fellow B-Corp companies. I was happy to see several companies that were already familiar to me such as King Arthur Flour, Preserve, and Method. Companies new to me were Pukka, Purely Elizabeth, and Pete and Gerry’s.

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As always, I’m excited to try new products and I was happy to see Stonyfield’s own new Grassfed Greek yogurt as part of the goodies!

A big congratulations to Stonyfield Organic for this achievement! I hope to continue to see great things from them!

To learn more about B-Corporations, you can go here.

*Disclosure: Stonyfield Organic provided me with samples of their yogurt and compensated me for this post as part of their Clean Plate Club and provided me with samples from Pukka, King Arthur, Purely Elizabeth, Method, Preserve, and Pete and Gerry’s as part of this month’s campaign. All opinions are my own.

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*CLOSED* Krusteaz Holiday Cookie Party + Giveaway

by spiceaholic on December 12, 2016

How is it December already? Thanksgiving seemed to sneak up out of nowhere and here we are already on our way to closing out 2016.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We went to visit my parents and my sister was there as well so Baby N got thoroughly spoiled for a whole week. (He’s not technically a baby anymore, since he’s 15 months but until I come up with another alias for him, baby it is!)

While I was back home I took advantage of my time there to see my friends as much as I could and Mr. Spice and I finally got to go see a movie one night after Baby N went to sleep – it was some much-needed date time!

Prior to our trip I was contacted by Krusteaz to see if I’d be interested in having a cookie decorating party. I thought it’d be something fun to do with my friends and our kids and thankfully one of them was generous enough to host all of us!  For the party, Krusteaz sent me a huge package with a tote bag, 2 boxes each of 4 different cookie mixes (Triple Chocolate Chip, Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie, Snickerdoodle, and Shortbread), some cookie cutters, and icing pen, some food markers, and a gift card for anything else I might need.  All we had to do was have fun and for me to share the experience with you all.

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We let the older kids take charge and make the cookies while we supervised and “quality tested” batches.

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Then it was time to decorate! I think this was my favorite part.  Baby N was of course too young to decorate and I didn’t get much time since I was busy wrangling him, but I managed to get one done!

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I’m so glad we decided to do a cookie party! We’ve never really gotten together with our kids (rightfully so, there’s a lot of them to keep track of!) but this was a great way to keep them all busy.  The cookies were delicious! I loved how easy they were to make — all you need to do is add the cookie mix to some softened butter and eggs and you’re set!  My favorites were the snickerdoodles and the triple chocolate chip. But who am I kidding, they were all good and it’s a good thing there were kids around to eat the cookies!

Thanks again to the folks at Krusteaz for providing us with all the goodies to make it possible. They’ve also been generous enough to offer a similar cookie kit to one of you!  You’ll receive everything I did minus the gift card, so a tote bag, icing pen, cookie cutters, food markers, and 4 different types of cookie mix.

This will be a short giveaway, lasting only 3 days so don’t miss your chance!  All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which of the mixes you’d like to try and/or your favorite cookie decorating tip.

Giveaway is limited to U.S. residents age 18 and over. Giveaway runs from Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 through 10pm EST Thursday, December 15th, 2016. Once I’ve selected a winner, I will email you to get your contact info, so make sure you enter an email address when leaving a comment (it won’t show up in the comment). Winner has 48 hours to reply or else I will have to select another winner.

UPDATE:  Congrats, Tonya! You won the cookie prize pack!

*Disclosure: Krusteaz provided me with the items described above. I did not receive any compensation and am not obligated to post a positive review. Any opinions are my own. Krusteaz is providing the prize for the winner of the giveaway.

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Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Candy Cookies

October 29, 2016

I can’t stop eating these cookies! If you’re in the mood for cookies full of chocolate chunks, candy and butterscotch, you have to give these a try. Some fun facts about these cookies: They don’t have eggs in them – perfect for those with egg allergies and those of you who want to be able […]

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*CLOSED* Crusty Oven Fried Chicken Thighs + Say It With Krusteaz Giveaway

October 23, 2016

Fried chicken is easily one of my favorite foods. The crunchy fried crust is the best part in my opinion. All your fried chicken skins are belong to me. However, I am a huge scaredy-cat when it comes to frying stuff.  So we usually end up hitting the drive-thru or grocery store deli for ours, […]

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Salted Chocolate Caramel Bars – Bake a Difference with OXO for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and Dorie Greenspan

September 20, 2016

Say it with me: salted chocolate caramel bars. With a chocolate shortbread crust.  What is not to like about these? You guys know I am not a very confident baker, so why on earth did I decide to attempt to make chocolate shortbread and salted chocolate caramel?  Especially with a 13 month-old running around like […]

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Easy Chicken Badami

August 30, 2016

Yogurt and almond butter.  In a chicken dish.  Bet you didn’t see that one coming! But it totally works. This month’s challenge through the Stonyfield Organic Clean Plate Club was to use their yogurt and Justin’s Nut Butter in a recipe. I’ve tried some of their different nut butters before and enjoy them, but was […]

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Bengali-Style Chinese Noodles

July 11, 2016

This is a comfort food dish from my childhood that I love even to this day. It would make appearances on potluck dinner tables, a welcome reprieve to all the traditional Bengali dishes like pullao, korma, dal, vegetables, various beef/chicken/fish curries. I also remember eating it for lunch with my cousins when we’d go visit […]

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Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie

May 31, 2016

Ahhh, it’s been getting warmer and warmer lately, which means it’s smoothie season! They really are such an easy way to get in some much-needed fruits and veggies, that I should do them year-round. More importantly, with a newly-mobile 9 month-old who loves crawling everywhere and hates sitting still, I need a fast option for […]

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Easy Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Squares with Yogurt Berry Glaze

February 14, 2016

So let’s talk about these oatmeal squares. After I had Baby N last August, I was all about wanting to try making lactation cookies so that I could theoretically boost my milk supply. I tried a mix I bought of Amazon, and it was disgusting. I tried making some energy bites and they were meh. […]

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The Best Gift I’ve Ever Received

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Happy holidays to those of you who are still reading here! I know I’ve pretty much dropped off the radar this past year, but taking care of a baby does tend to take up all of my time!  And let’s be honest, the past couple years I wasn’t posting much anyway due to work. I […]

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