Thursday, December 14, 2017

Skillet Spiced Cranberry-Apples Crumble!

Our yummy recipe was first featured at Organic Authority!

Cranberries are holiday happiness and we just cannot get enough!  We are in full baking mode and spices, citrus, apples and cranberries just all play together so nicely! Add unbleached unbromated flours if gluten free is not an issue.  Spelt flour works nicely with this dish, as well. 
Fresh organic ingredients make the dish! 

Autumn is full of my favorite flavors - spices, apples and cranberries.  This quick and easy crumble is a favorite of ours for the entire autumn and winter season. 

We used a variety of apples, whatever was in our cupboard and fresh cranberries and premium spices for the strongest tastes.  

This super easy crisp (or crumble, as some call it) is so fragrant and makes the most delicious dish for the holidays.  Add some vanilla or creme fraiche on top and ohhhh my!  

The secret is to heat your iron skillet and saute the apples, cranberries, orange and spices before adding the oat and flour topping.  You might even want to skip the topping and just finish cooking the apples to top some homemade ice cream - seriously spectacular! 


Apples - 2 1/2 cups 
Cranberries - 1 cup fresh 
Grass Fed Butter - 8 oz (room temp)
Coconut Oil - Culinary 2 tablespoons
Vietnamese Cinnamon - 2 heaping teas
Cardamon - 1 teas
Ginger - 1/2 teas
1 cup of oat flour or buckwheat (both are gluten free)
2 cups of oats - I use veganic oats
3 oz of unbleached sugar 
Oranges - 2 for zesting and juice

Bake - 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Preheat skillet on stove top at medium low and melt in coconut oil.
Slice & peel apples and pour in skillet on top of melted coconut oil
Add in 2 teas of butter and 2 tablespoons of muscovado sugar
Pour cranberries on top of apples
Add in 1 teas of Vietnamese Cinnamon, 1/2 teas ginger, 1/2 teas of nutmeg & juice of half orange and 1 tablespoon of zest.
Stir together as the butter is melting.  
Being sure to cover the all the apples and cranberries with the liquid.
Let cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
Mix together the oats, flour, 6 oz of butter, 1 teas of cinnamon, 1 teas of cardamon, juice of 1/2 orange and 3 oz of sugar.
Pour the mix on top of the sautéed apples-cranberry mix.
Place in oven at 350 degrees.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until done.
Remove and enjoy warm with creme fraiche or vanilla ice cream

Always use organic oranges for zesting!
Spices and fresh organic oranges make all-the-difference! 

Sauté first then taste!  You may just decide to top your ice cream or Greek Yogurt with this fruit topping! 

My Notes - 

We always use organic apples regardless of variety.
Gorgeous Skillet is from Staub - we love all the colors!
Knife is Miyabi 

Happy Holidays, Lovelies and 
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This is not a sponsored post.  I am a Simply Organic Spice Ambassador though.  Opinions are always my own.  I purchase Simply Organic and Frontier Co-op Spices exclusively for my family! 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Brunch In The City - Eggnog French Toast!

This delicious post is in collaboration with Kenyon City Grills! 

We posted our Brunch In The City with Kenyon Grills  and now we have the most delicious Eggnog French Bread to share - all totally made on our Kenyon City Grill!  Grab some delicious organic eggnog and some real maple syrup and let's get cooking! Brunch rules the weekends at house when whether we're traveling or not.
Eggnog, maple syrup, pasture eggs, fresh oranges and Korintje Cinnamon Spice make for the perfect brunch for everyone! 
We used regular bread and then my daughter got out the raisin bread and ohhhh yum! 
A tiny bit of olive oil was all that was needed.  Not a stuck on piece of bread any where! 

Sturdy knob makes the temperature absolutely perfect!  
Close the lid and let cook! 

Ingredients - 

Pick a delicious sturdy bread.  We did some gluten free raison bread and rye bread - both delicious! 
 Korintje Cinnamon
Pasture Eggs - 2 
Grass Fed Whole Milk - 1/2 cup
Eggnog -  1/2 cup
Add a touch more of eggnog, if desired.
Olive oil for griddle

Mix the eggs, cinnamon, milk and eggnog.

Heat the griddle on medium.
Add about a teaspoon of olive oil.
When the griddle is ready - dip your bread in the mix and add onto the grill.
Heat for approximately 2 minutes then flip.
Heat the other side for approximately 2 minutes.

Top with - 

Spiced Cranberry Orange Compote
Grass fed butter and real maple syrup
Mini Chocolate Chips and a bit of syrup
Creme Fraiche
Homemade Whipped Cream
The Kenyon City Grill®, is designed with urban living in mind to exceed the requirements of city fire codes where open flame grilling is prohibited. Its sleek engineering makes it virtually smokeless and without flare ups; a perfect fit for indoors in your kitchen or outdoors on your balcony. Although we can’t cure the pains of 5 o’clock traffic, we can promise a quick, easy and delectable dinner with The City Grill when you get home. Only available on  - Kenyon Grills

Lazy Sunday Afternoon Brunches are the best! 

She's declared herself the Top Griller in the family! 
(my daughter...not the dog! ;)

Lola is being helpful! 

Made on the Kenyon City Grill entirely (the compote went through the blender first) - 

Eggnog French Toast topped with Spiced Cranberry-Orange Compote!  
Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds! 

Merry Merry Christmas to you!

Kenyon Grills wants you to have a Merry Christmas too and is offering Little Island Studios readers (that's you!)  $75.00 OFF any Kenyon City Grill! 
Use code - LittleIsland

We are extremely happy to partner with Kenyon Grills. Opinions are always my (and my family) own.  As you know, I do not recommend anything I do not or would not spend my own money on.  And as my husband says - "this grill is going with us from now on!"

Happy Grilling, Lovelies! 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Brunch In The City With Kenyon Grills!

This delicious post is in collaboration with Kenyon City Grills! 

We travel constantly and most of the time stay in the city.  One thing we have always had to leave at home is our flame grill.  It's huge and not allowed in any of the rentals and apartments we stay at anyway.  Kenyon City Grills has changed all that and I don't think we'll ever need our flame grill!  Kenyon City Grills are made in USA and are by far the most well-built grill (and the stand) we have ever seen or had the pleasure of using!  My husband is extremely impressed and he's not easily impressed. 

Everyone knows burgers are great on the grill and Kenyon City Grills are no exception to that.  Have you ever made breakfast entirely on your grill though?   We do!  If you follow us on Instagram you know we have been having the most fun making breakfast / brunch on our new grill and my teenager rules at grilling! 

The Kenyon City Grill is built like a boss and comes with two tops - 
grilling and a smooth griddle surface (shown above).  

There was zero smell when we first turned on.  None of that burning off the oil smell I find on other appliances.  

The stainless steel cart is premium, the grill itself extraordinary! 
The utensils come in a sturdy on-the-go handled case.

Our City Grill Stainless steel cart comes with ample room for all our fresh ingredients for egg toasties!

Absolute Perfection! 

The Kenyon City Grill®, is designed with urban living in mind to exceed the requirements of city fire codes where open flame grilling is prohibited. Its sleek engineering makes it virtually smokeless and without flare ups; a perfect fit for indoors in your kitchen or outdoors on your balcony. Although we can’t cure the pains of 5 o’clock traffic, we can promise a quick, easy and delectable dinner with The City Grill when you get home. Only available on  - Kenyon Grills

Merry Merry Christmas to you!

Kenyon Grills wants you to have a Merry Christmas too and is offering Little Island Studios readers (that's you!) 

 $75.00 OFF any Kenyon Grill! 
Use code - LittleIsland 
 This code does not expire.

We are extremely happy to partner with Kenyon Grills. Opinions are always my (and my family) own.  As you know, I do not recommend anything I do not or would not spend my own money on.  And as my husband says - "this grill is going with us from now on!"

Happy Christmas, Lovelies! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Juice Beauty Holiday Gift Set Giveaway!

We are teaming up with Juice Beauty for this post and giveaway!

Juice Beauty has the most incredible gift sets for the holidays - something for every woman on your list!  My teen absolutely loves the Liquid Lip Trio and all of Juice Beauty's lip wear.  They are truly vegan (she is allergic to bee products) and the colors look and wear amazing!  
Juice Beauty's Clean Ingredients makes them one of our go-to makeup and skin care brands! A brand we trust.  Do you know what is in your skin care?

Juice Beauty has -

Advanced, high potency ingredients
Vitamin C and fruit stem cells, vegetable hyaluronic acid, peptides, algae, grapeseed, and natural essentials oils.

Proprietary base of nutrient-rich certified organic botanical juices, instead of petroleum by products or water fillers.
Powerful Action Formulated Without:
Parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, gluten, artificial dyes, or synthetic fragrances.

Holiday Giveaway! 

We have both  Lip Trio Gift Set AND a  Stem Cellular Gift Set! Yay you! 

Prize is shipped to US resident only please. Prize is shipped by Juice Beauty.  We are not responsible for shipping or if you have to throw away all your other lip glosses and skin care and want everything Juice Beauty!  Just saying...that'll be all up to you. :D  

Happy Christmas, Lovelies! 

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This post is in collaboration with Juice Beauty.  Opinions are my own.  I support and buy Juice Beauty for myself, my daughter and also my mom and gift buying - sponsored or not!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Spicy Black Bean & Beef Chili!

Today's yummy post is in collaboration with Simply Organic Spices to inspire your family to Cook For A Change! 

As soon as the weather sets in, I get cooking comfort food and chili is one of my go-to one pot dishes.  My family does crave a variety of chilis though and each one seems to be better than the last.  This black bean and beef chili is so hearty and can be topped with chopped cilantro for extra nutrients!  Spices are everything in food and life.  We always add spice to every dish.  We use Simply Organic Spices and they make all-the-difference in our dishes! 

Cooking with family is more important than ever.  In a drive-thru & too busy society, our health and connection to our family and friends is clearly suffering.  It took a health crisis in my family to really awaken our awareness and need for real food and cooking.  Cooking for your family and getting in the kids in the kitchen, so they can also learn to cook and become educated about food is imperative to our own health and generations to come.  We cook and eat together almost every evening and we make food a top priority in our household.   I love to go to the market with my kids and talk to the farmers about their methods of growing organically.  

Food matters!

 Simply Organic Spices wants to inspire change and social good.  They encourage you and your family to cook and share your meals using #CookForAChange on social media to inspire others.  

Ingredients - 

Simply Organic Chili Powder 
Simply Organic Course Black Pepper 
Simply Organic Garlic Powder 
Grass Fed Beef - 1.5 lbs cubed small
Grass Fed Ground Beef - 1.5 lbs
Black Beans - 30 oz
Onion - 1 medium chopped
Crushed Tomatoes - 2 - 30oz cans
Diced Tomatoes -  30 oz
Tomato paste - small tin
Olive Oil - 2 tbs

Toppings - 

Chopped Cilantro
Grass Fed Cheddar
Chopped Raw Onion
Dollop of Plain Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream (though we love the Greek Yogurt)

Honestly if you add all of these toppings and you'll have a spectacular bowl of chili! 

Cook - 

Heat a large dutch oven pot to medium heat on stove top.  
Add-in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the cubed grass fed beef and 2 teas of sea salt and 1 teas of pepper.  
Cook for 3 minutes and add in the ground beef. 
Stir and add in a bit more pepper and 2 teas of chili powder and 1 teas of garlic powder.
Continue to cook and stir. 
Cook until done and then add-in chopped onion.
Stir and add-in another pinch of sea salt.

Add in tomatoes and a tablespoon of chili powder and 1 teas of garlic powder.
Allow chili to heat to medium heat and continue to cook for 20 minutes, stirring as needed.
The thing with spices is that everyone has their own taste.  How hot and spicy? Salty? 
At this point I usually add more of everything.  
Another tablespoon of chili powder, teas of garlic and dash of pepper and sea salt.
Stir and cook at medium heat for 20 more minutes, stirring as needed.
Turn heat down to medium low and allow to simmer.
Adjust any spices needed.

Simmer for 20 minutes and while the chili is simmering make cornbread and shred cheese, chop onion for toppings, get out Greek Yogurt and chop cilantro - all for desired toppings! 
Join Simply Organic Spices and #CookForAChange
Simply Organic will donate one meal to the Ceres Healing Meals Program.

This post and recipe is in collaboration with Simply Organic Spices to encourage you to Cook for a Change!  Opinions are my own.  I purchase Simply Organic Spices on a regular basis and highly recommend! 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Cheer Challenge & Holiday Gift Guide for DVDs! #DWAHolidayChallenge #spon

We are so pleased to collaborate with Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation for this holiday season!
We challenge you to a cheer challenge this holiday season! How can we make the holidays even more special for those around us? Let someone behind you get in front of you in line, smile at everyone you see, pay for the coffee of someone behind you in line, bring an elderly neighbor freshly baked cookies and a drawing from your kiddo, if you are handy - offer someone an hour of fix-it time for Christmas in stead of buying a gift! There are SO anyways we can show love, compassion and simple kindness. Give your time, skills and gifts without expecting anything at all in return.

The holiday season is full of baking, kindness, church programs, carol singing and gift giving. And a huge part of the holidays are holiday movies and shorts. We all remember those favorite shows we waited on when we were kids to come on TV. And today's families have it even better with their favorites available at home on DVD and Blu-Ray disks!  

Lola's Cheer Challenge! 

Some of my most favorites are Rudolph, Frosty and Santa Claus Holiday Classics! My children's favorites are Dragons Holiday: Gift of the Night Fury, Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Merry Madagascar, Shrek the Halls and absolutely everything Penguins!

If you haven't seen yet, Penguins: Special Delivery is hysterical and a must-see holiday DVD for family movie night!
We love this 4 pack of these holiday favorites!

This post and cheer challenge is in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation and Fox Home Entertainment Studios! Opinions are always my own. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Santa Shops Sustainable at prAna for the Holidays! #GiftedprAna

We are happily collaborating with prAna for this holiday season & don't miss the coupon code below! 

Gift giving is a wonderful part of the holiday season and I take my choosing of gifts seriously and see it as an important part of the season.  Giving gifts, in my opinion should always be done responsibly.  It is so much more than how much you give and how much you spend.

Always consider the recipient - their personality, likes and passions.
Shop for ethical fashion - is the item organic? Fair trade? Ethically made?  
Make it special - I would rather buy a small special gift than a larger cheaper gift.
How much use will it get - is it their style?  Will they like it or want to return it?

Some of our favorite go-to gifts from prAna

A scarf - Want the truth?  Growing up in the tropics I never owned a coat, much less a scarf.  When I moved to the north (thanks to my boyfriend, now husband) I still didn't see much use in one.   Or rather I think I saw them as "extras" or extravagant items that were never actually worn.  Then I saw the episode of Friends where Rachel receives an amazing green scarf from hunky Dermott Mulroney and I have been obsessed with scarves since that day.  I am still on the search for the perfect forrest green scarf.  But until then, these prAna scarves are my most favorites and I highly recommend them! 

This Zimmer Scarf in Grey or Navy 

The Pammy Scarf is on sale right now and almost fully made with recycled polyester & hemp.

I have this exact hat in Winter color and Grey (the Pammy hat) and get compliments every single time I wear one! 

Tawnie Beanie - the ultimate winter hat!

Herrington Beanie - because every girl should have a floppy colorful ball on top of their winter hat! Don't ski without it! 

I have season these organic pj pants in last year's print and I wear them almost everyday! 
And grab a pair for your guy!   

For the ultimate luxury gift, these blankets are incredibly dreamy and are the perfect gift for Christmas Eve exchange! 

Dear Santa, I would like this in Fiery Red please.  
I've not been very good, but I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a Fiery Red Vest today. ;P

I always love prAna's sweaters, clothes and workout gear.  However, these are my favorite feel-good gifts that I buy and want to receive. (*hint hint*)

Our coupon code is CMLS17 and is good for 15% off at prAna website.

Use your code and share your gift purchases using #giftedprAna on social media! 

Enjoy and Happiest of Holidays to you and your family! 

We have happily teamed up with prAna for this post.  We do not make a profit from anything you buy, so choose your favorites! Opinions are always my own.  I buy from prAna (often), sponsored or not.