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30.1.15

Skinny Lasagna With @RedGoldTomatoes Friday Feast #3 #Linky

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Hope you have stopped by to link up this week with me.  There are a few tasty sounding recipes on here, so I hope you try at least a couple of them.  I would love to have you link up a recipe of your choice, remember, it doesn't have to be a new one, just share! 
I have worked with Red Gold in the past, so I thought now was a great time to share another with you!  I really want to try the lasagna recipe, but am honestly quite scared!  (I have been told lasagna is a very hard dish to make, so I have been intimidated!)
 
 
Image - Red Gold
 
 

SKINNY LASAGNA 

MAKES 12 SERVINGS

PREPARATION TIME: 20 MINUTES  u  COOKING TIME:  1 HOUR
 
½  cup water
1  (28 ounce) can RED GOLD® CRUSHED TOMATOES or 2 (15 ounce) cans RED GOLD® CRUSHED TOMATOES
2 (14.5 ounce) cans RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES with BASIL, GARLIC & OREGANO
Ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Round, or ground turkey, cooked and drained
1 (16 ounce) box traditional whole wheat lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 (15 ounce) carton low fat cottage cheese
2 cups shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated low sodium Parmesan cheese
 
· Preheat oven to 350o F. In large mixing bowl combine water, RED GOLD® CRUSHED TOMATOES and RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES with BASIL, GARLIC & OREGANO, black pepper, Italian seasoning and ground round, stir to combine ingredients in the sauce.
 
· Cover the bottom of a 9x13x2 inch baking pan with 1½ cups of sauce mixture.  Arrange 1/3 of noodles on top of sauce, slightly overlapped.  Top with ½ of cottage cheese, ½ of mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of sauce.  Repeat layers and top with last 1/3 of noodles and the remaining sauce.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 
 
· Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 to 1½ hours; until noodles are cooked. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

 
 



Looking for a Probiotic? Check out GoodBelly Products

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I hear plenty of things about Probiotics, and this particular product sounds like a great one for me to try at some point.  I had a hard time locating it, since I did not think about using the store locator.  FYI - it is sold at Kroger near me. 
From their site:
GoodBelly is a delicious beverage that contains live and active probiotic cultures. The exclusive probiotic in GoodBelly, called Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V®), is good for all kinds of reasons. It helps improve digestive health in your gut. (Did you know that’s where 70% of your immune system lives?) It’s just right for those of us who experience occasional digestive upset. It’s particularly good during and after a course of antibiotics. It can even help keep you regular (and who doesn’t like that?).* Plus, it does its job without dairy — which is great news for lots of people.
 
 
GoodBelly in multi-serving cartons is safe and effective for naturally steadying the digestive ebbs and flows of grownups and tikes alike.* And it tastes great while it’s doing good. Here’s to happy, healthy digestion for all.
Flavors available include Mango, Blueberry Acai, Pomegrante Blackberry, Tropical Green, Cranberry Watermelon, Tropical Orange and Coconut Water.  
 
Organic PlusShot is packed with billions of belly-balancing probiotics PLUS essential vitamins and calcium. It’s a deliciously fruity, dairy-free shot — the perfect daily dose of the good stuff you need to maintain a healthy, balanced system.* Just a few sips and you’re set for the day.
PlusShot comes in Strawberry, Blueberry Acai, Mango and Pomegranate Berry.
SuperShot is a non sugar added version, but they also have vanilla chamomile and lemon ginger. 
 
Have you tried GoodBelly Products before?

29.1.15

Recipes from @RedGoldTomatoes for the Big Game

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With the BIG GAME this weekend, I wanted to share a couple tasty (EASY)  recipes with you!  Do you do anything special for the Big Game or is it just another night?
 

Image Credit - Red Gold
 

Ingredients1 (10 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1 pound (16 ounce) box pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed

Directions

Microwave MethodIn microwave safe bowl combine tomatoes and cheese.  Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted; stir after 2 minutes; remove from oven and stir to combine. Serving Suggestion: Serve with hot bread sticks, tortilla chips or assorted fresh vegetables.  Add 1/2 pound browned ground beef for a variation.
Conventional MethodIn large saucepan combine tomatoes and cheese. Stir over low heat until cheese melts. 
 
Hint: For a milder flavored Queso Dip replace the Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies with a (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice & Cilantro,that has been drained.
 

Image Credit - Red Gold

Ingredients
2 avocados, pitted and peeled
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 (10 ounce) cans Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies , or 1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, drained
Salt and black pepper to taste 
        
Directions

  • In a medium bowl mash the avocados with a fork until chunky.  Stir in remaining ingredients until well blended.  Serve at room temperature.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro
Remember that Red Gold is for more than just tasty recipes for The Big Game...   This is perfect for Lasagna ( make sure to come back tomorrow to see a lasagna recipe I am sharing from them!)
Head on over to their facebook page to enter a great contest going on now so that you can make your own Lasagna dish!  ( Red Gold will also be hosting a promotion ... where twice a week, they will give away a Le Creuset Lasagna Pan, a Simple Gourmet Lasagna Kit, Red Gold spatula, Garfield Toy, coupons and an apron. Contest ends February 3rd) 

Before I Go - Debut book by Colleen Oakely

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It is weird how I find books.  I used to go to book stores and would look at all the new releases and would leave with a huge bag of books, but since book stores are so hard to find these days (just like Blockbuster - are there even any of them around now?)  I have to go about finding them differently now.  I was listening to the radio one morning and the local radio guy was talking about a new book that was from a debut author, she was from Atlanta, so I guess that was why it was on his radar, not really sure.  Anyways, he said the book was called before I go and it was a book about a lady who has cancer and has decided that she wants to find a new wife for her husband before she passes.  He was curious as to if she just lined up prospects and voted on them and how one would go about doing so, if that was what you wanted to do.  It got me thinking that this might be the book for me to read, since she was a debut author, I could fall in love with her in the beginning and follow her through many other books (sort of how I did when I read The Notebook years and years ago!)  I decided I was going to see if it was at the local library and of course, it wasn't... Hello!  It is a BRAND NEW BOOK!   I got home and either that day, or a day or two later, a friend of mine commented on the book, as she knew the author.  I took that as a sign that I really needed to read it, more than just a suggestion from the radio! 
I saw that I had worked with her publishing company before, so I contacted them to see if I could work in a review for you!  A few days later, the book was here and I was excited to start reading! 
Just so you know, I only read in carpool.  Any other time the books being read are for him, so I knew this was a great book to leave in the car to pass the time each day.  The only problem I had was that I wanted carpool to last longer so I could read more pages.  Then, the weekend had to show up and totally messed it all up! 
I fell in love with the writings of Colleen Oakley.  The way she introduced us to the characters made you want to know more about them and you were eager to see how the whole book was going to play out.  I really enjoyed the book and was quite surprised with the ease of her writing.  Although you don't think about reading about a lady with cancer while you're poolside or at the beach, it was an easy read that allows you the time to escape, no matter how long or short the time is.  I thought it was going to be a big tear jerker that would leave me having the ugly cry while picking my son up from school, but the way she added humor at just the right moment, it kept the emotions in check!  Another bonus for me?  She based the book in Athens, Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and it was pretty neat to read a book about an area I am a bit familiar with. 
I will make one note, although I loved the book and the story, it isn't one that I could recommend to some friends and family, due to the profanity.  Yes, I know I use words that aren't the best at times, but I try to watch my mouth and in this case, I would feel uncomfortable passing it along to some avid book readers.  If you can overlook the language, I know you will enjoy it as well, but I did want to point it out, so that you were not caught off guard. 
 
Synopsis of before I go:
Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?
On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.
With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?
 
I really hope to read more from Colleen and lucky me, she is already working on book number 2!  Have you heard talk about this book yet?

28.1.15

Wonder Years Season 2

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Most shows today are not really family friendly (I hate admitting that, but I feel that way most of the time).  I feel like most shows are showing things that are inappropriate or the language is questionable...  But, there is a timeless classic that is sure to make everyone laugh and is perfect for the whole family! 
I told you before that Marc was a huge fan of the Wonder Years and I enjoy watching them as well (although I will say that I was not a die hard fan like Marc, but that might be an age thing too.)  If you are looking for a show to show what your childhood was like to your kids (sneak in a bit of childhood history) or you are just looking for a great show to watch, remember that the Wonder Years has FINALLY been released. You can purchase the whole season (or if you are not ready to drop that much money at once, you can purchase the seasons individually, as season 2 has just been released!)
 
 

For six seasons, The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late "60's, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage).  Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight.
In Season 2, Kevin confronts the day-to-day pressures of junior high school life.  Kids don't know what they want, and the girls are just as confused as the boys.  On the home front, older brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) continues his bullying ways, but Kevin fights back and grows some back-bone.  His inner strength is tested when he participates in a class walkout to protest the Vietnam War, and joins his pas Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) to stop developers from destroying Harper's Woods, the site of many happy childhood memories.  Re-pave paradise and put up a... mall?
 
 
Were you a fan of the Wonder Years? 

27.1.15

Need a Good Nights Sleep? @Breathe_Right #Giveaway

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Looking for a better nights sleep?  Why not look at trying Breathe Right Nasal Strips?
To be honest with you, I always associated them with people that snore, but even if you "think" you don't snore, you might want to try these out!  Read the article about snoring solutions if you are a snorer, or sleep next to one! 
We were sent samples of the Lavender Scented Strips to check out and let me tell you, it is a bit weird (to me) how it works!     It is this little strip, sort of like a bandage, but hard and not really "flexible" like bandages are.  You lightly scratch the top, like a scratch and sniff sticker, and you are greeted with a lavender aroma.  I did not think it was strong enough to be bothersome, but you do smell it, as that is the point of the scent! 
I had a hard time getting it to fit on my nose.  I will admit that I do have a smaller nose and most friends joke about it... so I was thinking that the children's size might actually be a better fit for me. Marc was excited to see them when they showed up in the mail and immediately put one on that night before he went to sleep.  He woke up saying that he liked the way the felt and that the scent was a relaxing one.   Since I did try it out ( I wanted to see how it worked) I will try and explain to you how it felt.  The easiest way to explain it was to say that it felt as though the nasal strip pulled the nasal passage open (remember I said it was a stiff material.)  It was not an uncomfortable feel, but it does take a minute to get used to it being on your face.  In the morning, it was easy to just peel it off, like a bandage normally is. 
 
Feel free to click on over to the FAQ to learn even more about Breathe Right Nasal Strips.
If you are interested in checking the lavender strips out, make sure to enter the form below!
 
I received the Breathe Right products/images mentioned in my post from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. I recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 

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Looking for a different Valentines Gift? Love them with @Lottie_dolls

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Growing up, I loved playing with dolls and I loved a certain movie about a fun little girl that was the daughter of a pirate.  She was red headed ( Just like me) I love that this doll isn't like other dolls that have make up and non-realistic body proportions...   This is a great doll for open imagination play and the different themes of the dolls are sure to make kids excited to open this up! 
I think that this would be a great Valentines (or birthday) gift for a kid you know!!!
 

There is a pirate themed raft race at this year’s Branksea Regatta which starts at the pier and ends with a treasure hunt on Smugglers Cove beach. Lottie reads the tale of Grace O’ Malley, a real life pirate who lived many years ago in Ireland, and decides that Grace is going to be the inspiration for her crew. Grace’s father was a clan chieftain who taught her to sail and she eventually came to be in charge of hundreds of men and many ships and became a very powerful woman; a ‘Pirate Queen’.
Includes:
  • Brown corduroy shorts
  • Green sash
  • Orange and white striped long sleeve top with removable skull and crossbones patch
  • Pale blue waistcoat with black felt and button contrast detail
  • Cream tights
  • Pirate boots with buckle
  • Black Pirate Hat
  • A cutlass sword
  • Grace O’ Malley collector cards
Launched in August 2012, Lottie™ is a new, innovative doll for children aged 3- 9. Since her debut, Lottie has won 19 awards in the USA, Canada and UK, including 5 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards, generated international press coverage and been the beneficiary of positive parent and blogger reviews. Lottie is now on sale in 30 countries.
Lottie is fun and educational; an affordable, aspirational ‘pro girl’ doll.

Lottie's Key Features

  1. Child-Like Body

    Lottie’s body is based on the average proportions of a 9 year old girl, developed alongside academics in the areas of child psychology and nutrition. Lottie represents a healthy view on body image, and is a positive role model.
  2. Age Appropriate

    Lottie is all about doing many of the activities a real child her age would do, and is not concerned with growing up too quickly. Lottie doesn’t wear make-up, high-heels or jewellery.
  3. Ethnically Diverse

    Lottie dolls come in a range of diverse eye, hair and skin colours.
  4. Relatable #justlikeme

    Lottie wears the kind of clothes that kids wear in real-life, whether that is pretty party dresses, hard-wearing clothes and boots to get muddy outdoors, sportswear or fun dress-up costumes! Lottie is doing all the activities that ‘real’ kids do; be they ‘girly’ activities like ballet, or imaginary tea parties, getting muddy outdoors, being sporty and active, as well as robot- building projects, to stargazing and fossil-hunting. Imaginative dress-up play too, whether as a Queen or a pirate or superhero. Lottie represents all the positive, different facets of childhood, without limitation.
  5. Tactile Fabric and Hair

    Lottie’s hair is made from premium quality Saran, which has a wax component and a silky texture which means it does not tangle or knot. Lottie’s clothing is composed of tactile fabric, with great attention to detail, and has Velcro fastenings, easy to dress and undress.
  6. Bendable Knees

    Lottie encourages children to be active and outdoorsy, she has bendable knees, and ball socket hips and arms. Lottie’s head can move from side to side, and Lottie can do the splits, all of which help for gymnastics, karate and playing with friends.
  7. She’s 18cm tall, and can stand on her own two feet

    (always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small!)
  8. Awards

    Lottie has won 19 International awards, including 5 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards.
 
 
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