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Summer Evenings Outdoors With Tasty Eats

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx

I’ve never looked forward to a summer as much as I did this year, and every day that we are enjoying the beautiful weather, unwinding outdoors in the summer sun, is a great day. The boys have new bikes, we embarked on a new, relax-in-the-grass-every-day reading challenge, and our favorite meals are our backyard barbecues. It just feels different this summer, probably because my oldest son is now starting middle school, and time seems to be speeding by faster than ever. It feels like every day is precious, and I want to make the most of our time together during my favorite season.

We have some favorite new products to share for our outdoor summer eats, and are sharing them with you today! Check out these gorgeous BOWLZ ice cream bowls that ensure ice cream doesn’t melt away, versatile Pure Farmland plant-based foods for meatless meals, juicy Tuttorosso® Petite Diced Tomatoes in BPA-free cans, and yummy SMASHCRISPY rice treats that are a sort of combo of our favorites: rice treats and s’mores ♥︎

The Best Ice Cream Bowl Ever from BOWLZ

Dessert is always amazing, and we love our ice cream. We discovered BOWLZ, possibly the coolest, best ice cream bowls ever! They do something amazing to make sure we enjoy every last bite of our ice cream. Wait until you see this:

Ice Cream BOWLZ from Penelope Guzman on Vimeo.

The ice cream doesn’t fall out! The ice cream does not fall out. When you have kids who knock everything over, this was a mind explosion. We don’t have to worry about messy, runny, hurry-up-and-eat-it ice cream bowls because our BOWLZ, with its double walled, vacuum sealed, stainless steel construction, makes sure cold stays cold, and we can enjoy every refreshing cool bite of ice cream on languid summer evenings. The ForeverBond® thermal coating created an amazing insulated bowl for ice cream and other cold treats, like frozen yogurt, sorbet, vegan ice, etc. BOWLZ look good and are stackable, are BPA free, and have zero taste or odor (electro polished top grade 304 SS). Our boys have BOWLZ in Minty Mint and Glacier White (even though their favorite ice creams are chocolatey chocolate and cookie doughy chocolate chip).

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Plant-Based Protein from Pure Farmland

We started a Meatless Mondays meal plan a few years ago, and ever since have been moving more and more toward plant-based alternatives for all our favorite recipes. It’s kinder and healthier, and I recently picked up some Pure Farmland products for our outdoor summer eats. Pure Farmland has a variety of great choices for plant-based foods such as Homestyle Plant-Based Meatballs, Maple Plant-Based Breakfast Patties, and Plant-Based Burger Patties with Dairy-Free Cheddar Alternative. We picked up some Simply Seasoned Plant-Based Burger Patties to make tasty burgers while we relaxed outside, made sidewalk chalk drawings, biked, and drank iced tea.

Pure Farmland Plant-Based foods are tasty alternatives to typical meat for those of us who are cutting back or cutting out protein from animal sources, or who just love the taste of it. In many recipes, the texture is so similar that I can’t tell a difference. Pure Farmland are gluten and dairy free, made in the USA with complete soy protein which provides levels of all the essential amino acids we need.

Pure Farmland is proud to to share their Pure Growth Project initiative, a grant program that supports community gardens in neighborhoods throughout the country and preserves the essential farmland where America’s food is grown. Grants are awarded to eligible community farms, gardens, and nonprofit organizations through an open application process, and Pure Farmland provides $100,000 in financial support via multiple grants that range from $1,000 to $20,000. Pure Farmland also donates the cost of protecting one square foot of farmland for every product purchased through its ongoing partnership with American Farmland Trust.

By the way, we enjoyed our Pure Farmland Simply Seasoned Plant-Based Burger Patties on lightly toasted spelt buns and topped with romaine lettuce, guacamole, and red onions, and it was amazing. If they look super juicy, that’s because they are, and what is better than a juicy burger?

Tuttorosso® Petite Diced Tomatoes

Tuttorosso® Petite Diced Tomatoes are probably the best canned tomatoes I’ve found, and because I need diced tomatoes for my many recipes that require them- bean salads, pico de gallo, chili, and pasta dishes – busy parents like me need quality canned tomatoes to rely on that are non-GMO and available in BPA-free cans (very important for my family’s health). BPA lining in cans is the reason I stopped buying canned anything for a long time, and since I use diced tomatoes a lot, this resulted in spending a lot of time dicing whole tomatoes, and then more time cleaning up the mess. Not fun, so very grateful for delicious, vine-ripened diced Tuttorosso Tomatoes to enjoy this summer for our outdoor summer eats!

There are no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors in Tuttorosso® Petite Diced Tomatoes, and they are the #1 best-selling Italian-inspired canned tomato brand in the US. They taste fresh! We enjoy them over pasta with bolognese sauce, and I love some diced tomatoes mixed in with other veggies like my grilled brussel sprouts to add some juiciness and flavor- so good! The company is family-owned and the tomatoes are sustainably grown, picked, diced, and canned at the peak of freshness, without any preservatives. They are also Non-GMO Project Verified, kosher, vegan and gluten-free (of course), and if you are as concerned about BPA in cans as we are, then look for Tuttorosso® Petite Diced Tomatoes to be sure your family is enjoying diced tomatoes from BPA-free cans.


Marshmallow rice treats are an all-the-time treat, and my sons probably crave these more than anything. We try to make s’mores (which can be messy and I always burn my marshmallows), and I’ve tried making rice treats as well (harder than I expected to get it just right), so having delicious SMASHCRISPY DIPPED rice treats ready-made and waiting are perfect. No mess, no time wasted, no burned marshmallows. If you have any allergy concerns for your kiddos, SMASHCRISPY DIPPED are also peanut-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO.

SMASHCRISPY DIPPED are crunchy and yummy and chocolatey and marshmallowy and chewy (and sometimes even cinnamon-y!). These rice treats are made with real ingredients like crisp rice and organic cane sugar, then dipped in chocolate. We love them both in vanilla flavor (Dipped Homemade Vanilla) and cinnamon (Dipped Cinnamon Churro); they are perfect for snacks, lunch boxes, and while sitting outside around a fire pit. SMASHCRISPY DIPPED is available this month in select Kroger banner stores nationwide, so be sure to pick them up to enjoy for summer treats, and visit smashmallow.com/Kroger to get more details.