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July 31st, 2015

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe Groovy Green Livin

Thanks to Stonyfield and YayLabs for making this post possible!

My three boys are finally back from overnight camp. Four weeks flies by, but it’s also an eternity. They had a fabulous time, as they do every year.  While fun was had by all they do seem happy to be home and sleeping in their own beds. I know I’m happy to have them back.

We’re spending our days readjusting to being together after 4 weeks apart. It’s been hot with temps in the 90’s over the past few days. We’re working hard to come up with a list of fun activities to keep everyone entertained and cool during the last few weeks of summer vacation.

When the Yay Labs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball was sent our way to test out we were all thrilled.  I initially thought we would use it once and that would be it, but it has provided hours of entertainment.

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe Groovy Green Livin

We opened the box together and it was fun to discover the bright orange ball inside. We spent a few minutes trying to figure out how this ball would somehow help us make frozen yogurt and ice cream. We picked out a recipe for vanilla frozen yogurt and then decided to add some much needed chocolate chips. The recipes were so simple. We had all of the ingredients so a trip to the store wasn’t needed, except for the rock salt . Rock salt is added to the outer chamber along with ice. After reading a few other reviews of the Yay Labs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball I was under the impression that getting the rock salt wouldn’t be a big deal. I was wrong. I went to 4 supermarkets and none of them had rock salt. I finally ended up ordering it from Amazon. Another reason I love Amazon Prime.

The rest of the frozen yogurt creation was simple. Here are the basics:

Frozen Yogurt

  • 1 pint of flavored or fruit (Stonyfield of course!) yogurt
  • Optional: Plain yogurt may be used, just add 1/3 cup of sugar or 1/2 cup of honey. Fruit may be added instead of sweetener.

Fruit Sorbet

  • 1 pint of Fresh Juice
  • Add Sugar to taste.

The chocolate chip frozen yogurt was delicious. We needed to add a bit of honey to help with the taste.


The instructions said to add the ingredients to the stainless steel insert, add the ice and rock salt to the exterior compartment and then roll the ball for about 10 minutes (no dropping kicking or throwing allowed!). We checked at the 10 minute mark and it wasn’t ready. It ended up taking us about 20 minutes in total. Simple and delicious.

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe Groovy Green Livin

Want to try your own Yay Labs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball? Order one HERE for $35.00.  Sign up for Stonyfield printable coupons HERE.


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December 19th, 2012

What Dogs Teach Us About Living in the Moment

Groovy green Livin Dog

This past week our family went from a 1 dog family to a 2 dog family. It’s only temporary. We are dog sitting for our dear friends labradoodle puppy for a few weeks while they are on vacation. Our 13 year old chocolate lab’s world has been rocked. If only I could explain to her that this lovable, playful, excitable dog will go back to her own home in a few weeks time.

Dogs are known (as well as many other animals) for bringing us so much joy. They are filled with unconditional love, not only when things are going well, but also when we feel pain and are suffering. This little labradoodle couldn’t have come at a better time for a visit. While all the tragedy and heartbreak is going on in the world around us, both dogs (as far as I can tell) know nothing of it and continue to live in the moment.

Here are a few things that I’ve learned from the dogs this week:

  • When someone is having a difficult day sit close by and let them know you’re there. No words needed.
  • Live in the moment. Work hard to be grateful for every moment and appreciate all that you have.
  • Don’t take anything for granted.
  • Greet everyone as though you haven’t seen them in years.
  • Make everyday exciting and new.
  • Be who you are.
  • Take the time to play.
  • Forgive and let go of grudges.

Dogs love ice cream as much as we do.

Groovy Green Livin Dogs and Ice Cream

 Just that look is enough to make you smile.

Groovy Green Livin Puppy Dog

 What a gift this puppy has been for all of us.

Groovy Green Livin Puppy Dog Yawn

 In what ways do your pets show you how to live in the moment?

In honor of  not-so Wordless Wednesday I’ve linked up with Better in Bulk, Dagmar’s MomsenseLive and Love Out LoudProject AliciaMama Dweeb and I Thought I Knew Mama.



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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us.

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