Red Gold Skinny Lasagna {Giveaway} #LaurasLeanBeef

Nothing could be better to me than spending time with my family and eating a great meal together. Some of my best memories are when my family was together around a table enjoying each others company and my Grandmother's great food.

My family is super busy and breakfast is a swoop in and out and at lunch everyone is scattered to the four winds. We have varying schedules, but I like to have the family together to eat dinner as much as our schedules will allow. This is our time to reconnect and recharge after busy days. It's our chance to celebrate together, to help each other, to laugh together, to listen to each others day, and basically to just sit and BE part of a family.

Two amazing companies that fosters celebrating family are Red Gold and Laura's Lean Beef. Red Gold has been around since the 1940s and is focused on growing local in the Midwest, where the true seasons positively impact the flavor of tomatoes. Laura's Lean Beef is a Kentucky-based company that produces lean, natural beef from cattle that are humanely raised without hormones and fed a natural diet of grass and grain.

I happen to be a huge fan of Laura's Lean Beef. As a former farmer's granddaughter, who happened to eat farm-raised beef her entire childhood, I love all the qualities of this family run company.

Red Gold Simple Gourmet Lasagna Party

Currently, Red Gold and Laura's Lean Beef are hosting a promotion, Red Gold Simple Gourmet Lasagna Party, starting Jan 13 (TODAY), 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. Simply visit Red Gold on facebook to enter on or after Jan 13th!

Red Gold Skinny Lasagna {Giveaway} #LaurasLeanBeef

Red Gold's Skinny Lasagna recipe is a great-tasting lasagna that is layered together in just minutes with Red Gold tomatoes and three cheeses. Of course, you can add all kinds of ingredients to make it your own - meat, veggies etc. The recipe is below.

Red Gold Skinny Lasagna Recipe #LaurasLeanBeef

RED GOLD SKINNY LASAGNA RECIPE

Red Gold Skinny Lasagna {Giveaway} #LaurasLeanBeef
  • 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. 

Now, I would be remiss if I did not include my favorite family lasagna recipe as well. My favorite lasagna recipe is a bit different that Red Gold's, but I still use Red Gold Tomatoes. I just leave out the cottage cheese and use a simple besciamella sauce instead - so delicious if you have not tried this one yet!

Tiaras & Tantrums Lasagna Recipe

Besciamella:

  • 10 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ½ cup Flour
  • 6 cup Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Freshly grated Nutmeg

Bolognese:

  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped)
  • 4 ribs celery
  • carrots (finely chopped)
  • cloves garlic (sliced)
  • lbs ground beef
  • lb ground pork
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup Whole Milk

1 (16 ounce) box lasagna noodles, uncooked

Besciamella: In a medium saucepan, heat the butter until melted. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes. In a separate pan, heat the milk until just about to boil. Add the milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth, and bring to a boil. Cook 30 seconds longer and remove from the heat. Season with nutmeg.

Bolognese: In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are translucent. Add the beef and pork and brown the meat, stirring frequently. Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, milk and bring just to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Season the bolognese with salt and pepper, remove from the heat, and let cool.

To assemble the Lasagna: Preheat the oven to 375F.

Assemble the pasta in a large pan. Spread a scant layer of bolognese over the bottom and top with a layer of pasta, a layer of besciamella, another layer of bolognese, a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese and , and pasta. Repeat so that the final layer is pasta, topped with besciamella and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

Cook pasta in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 20 mins before serving.

Red Gold Skinny Lasagna Prize Pack

Red Gold Skinny Lasagna {Giveaway} #LaurasLeanBeef

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As family-run Red Gold  and Laura's Lean Beef are celebrating the comfort of lasagna this winter and are encouraging folks to make their own homemade gourmet skinny lasagna. The have given me a kit to giveaway! The Lasagna kit is a gift pack of tomatoes, lasagna noodles, Laura's ground meat, a Red Gold reusable tote, apron, coupons and recipes.

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Book of Life on DVD January 27th | Digital Download | FREE Activity Pages | {Giveaway} #BOLInsiders

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH THE ULTIMATE FAMILY ADVENTURE

Bring home the magic and excitement with “The Book of Life” on Blu-ray and DVD January 27!!

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About the film

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you and your family to join Manola, Maria and Chuy as they embark on a magical journey that takes them on an adventure of a lifetime in THE BOOK OF LIFE available on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™ and DVD January 27. Written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the characters venture to the Land of the Remembered and embrace the rich culture and family history brought to life by the all-star voice cast of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, Christina Applegate and Ice Cube.

THE BOOK OF LIFE

THE BOOK OF LIFE is a breathtaking animated comedy with a dazzling visual style unlike anything you’ve seen before. Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest that spans three spectacular worlds in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. Not your ordinary fairy tale, THE BOOK OF LIFE is a wondrous fantasy-adventure filled with magic, music and fun!

Book of Life on DVD January 27th {Giveaway} #BOLInsiders

THE BOOK OF LIFE Blu-ray™ brings culture and comedy into your home with unforgettable special features for parents and kids alike. Continue the fun with an all-new bonus short “The Adventures of Chuy”, highlighting the film’s lovable scene-stealing pet pig. Additionally, relive the musical hits from the film with the “Music Machine” featuring Latin-inspired versions of popular songs by Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart and more!

Book of Life on DVD January 27th {Giveaway} #BOLInsiders

I have some wonderful FREE downloadable activity sheets to celebrate the new year and the DVD release of THE BOOK OF LIFE!

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6 Favorite MGM Family Classics {Giveaway} #MGMInsiders

MGM Celebrates their 90th Anniversary this year!

As a child I recall viewing that magnificent lion head with the menacing roar on so many of my favorites movies. I have so many favorites in my queue of movies that were made by MGM--Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and this year marks their 90th anniversary! MGM has released some of the world's best motion pictures ever made.

MGM Top 6 Classics for Kids #MGMInsiders

I happen to love the classics! I could sit in my chair all day and stream MGM classics and never get up! My little brother and I used to do this during the winter breaks for years; each selecting a couple of movies for the day.

I've decided I want to introduce some of MGM's amazing classics to my children. I don't want my children to only be exposed to today's entertainment; they certainly need to see some classic films.  It is so hard to choose because there are so many wonderful classics for children to view. So, MGM has helped me out.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang #MGMInsiders

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-1968
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls — start your engines. You’re about to take an
incredible ride with one of the most wonderful family films of all time! With its clever
tunes, marvelous cast and enchanting storyline, this delightful romp is lots of fun and simply “toot sweet” to pass up! Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives — but also flies
and floats — as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless adventure.

All Dogs go to Heaven #MGMInsiders

All Dogs go to Heaven-1989
Set in 1939 New Orleans, this colorful, song-filled story centers on Charles B. Barkin, a
roguish German Shepherd with the charm of a con man and the heart of a
marshmallow. Out for revenge against his double-crossing former partner, a
cigar-chomping pit bull known as Carface, Charlie finds himself guardian to a lonely
little orphan named Anne-Marie. Her astounding ability to talk to animals leads this
unlikely pair on an adventure packed with thrills, laughs, tears and true love.

The Princess Bride #MGMINsiders

The Princess Bride-1987
When the beautiful maiden Buttercup (Robin Wright) hears that her true love
Westley (Cary Elwes) is dead, she reluctantly agrees to marry the loathsome Prince
Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). After Westley returns to rescue Buttercup, the two
begin an epic adventure filled with fencing, fighting, giants, monsters, miracles, true
love and hilarity! Featuring an all-star cast, including Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal
and Christopher Guest, The Princess Bride is an almost inconceivable delight from
Oscar® Nominee Rob Reiner and Oscar®-Winning screenwriter William Goldman.

Winter break is upon us and what better interest is there than MGM Classics! There are plenty of classics to keep you buys, but the few ThinkJam &  MGM selected will get anyone started.  Introduce your children to these classic s and they can begin their own search of over 25,000 classic films and discover their own favorite soon enough.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang #MGMInsiders
All Dogs go to Heaven #MGMInsiders
The Princess Bride #MGMClassics

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The Happy's Plush Interactive Plush Pet Toy {Review}

I am participating as part of a promotional program with Cepia LLC and MomSelect and received a toy for review purposes only. All opinions are mine alone. #TheHappy's

I am so thrilled to introduce toymaker Cepia’s newest toys, The Happy’s, from the creators of ZhuZhu Pets! The Happy's are an amazing line of interactive plush animals. These adorable plush pets will make perfect stocking stuffers this year for Christmas.

The_Happy's #TheHappy's

The Happy’s are an adorable line of motorized plush pet toys that spin, pounce, follow, chase, race, play and perform tricks. Each plush pet includes an interactive happy treat that allows the child to engage with their pet.

We received Lulu and her happy treat and the Chase and Play Ball. Lulu is an adorable little pink poodle that comes with a pink dog treat, named Wiggle. The dog treat, Wiggle, does exactly what it states.

The Happy's #TheHappy's

The Happy's Plush Pet Lulu

We were able to almost instantaneously use Lulu and the Chase and Play Ball out of the box. We simply installed two AAA batteries in Lulu and three AAA batteries in the Chase and Play Ball. There is a button on the back of Lulu clearly details with an embroidered LH that will need to be pushed in order to activate Lulu. Next, push the button on the Wiggle treat until the light activates and point the treat at the eyeballs of Lulu. Lulu responds to the IR beam/signal from the dog treat and is off and running and playing. 

The Happy's Lulu #TheHappy's

Our dog treat details what specific trick Lulu will perform and that is "Wiggle". Once Lulu is in the range of the dog treat, simply direct the beam at her eyes and she will perform her wiggle trick. It is adorable! Each of The Happy's comes with a dog treat that unlocks a specific trick to be performed. If you have more than one Happy's pet, they will interact with each of the pet's treats. We can't wait to see what other tricks Lulu can perform.

The Chase & Play Ball

The Happy's Chase and Play Ball #TheHappy's

The Chase and Play Ball also immediately works as soon as you turn it on. Simply place the Chase and Play Ball on a smooth surface flooring with your Happy's pet and watch the two toys interact together and make your children extremely excited. Lulu chased the ball all over our hardwood flooring and would even pounce on the ball and they would dance a bit together.

The Happy's Lulu #TheHappy's

Lulu's light sensors are in her eyes. When my girls aimed the Wiggle dog treat at Lulu's eyes, she would follow them at about five feet or so. When they girls were finished playing with Lulu, they simply had to press the embroidered letters on Lulu's back again and she would go into sleep mode.

The Happy's  Chase and Play Ball #The Happy's

We have hard wood flooring throughout our first floor in our home and I would say this was the best flooring for Lulu and the Chase and Play Ball to interact and be fully mobile. The Happy's toymaker does recommend a hard floor surface such as wood, tile or laminate. Lulu does move around quite quickly, so I would not place her on our kitchen counters as I can see her quickly taking a dive off of them.

The Happy's Lulu Plush Pet #TheHappy's

The Happy’s Plush Pet Toy

The Happy’s plush pets include Lulu, Chance, Bentley, Thunder, Lady, Mittens, Piper and Sport. Lulu is a Pink Poodle, Chance is a Beagle, Bentley is a Golden Retriever, Thunder is a Blue Dog, Lady is a Pink Kitten and Mittens is a white Kitten, Piper is a snow white pup and Sport is a Golden Doodle.

The Happy's Lulu Chase & Play Ball #TheHappy's

There are other the Happy's accessories available to purchase as well. Besides the Chase & Play Ball there is Speedy Sports Car, Clubhouse, Pet Carriers, Skateboard, Rockin' Playground, Bed & Blanket and also available to purchase are the individual Happy's treats.

The Happy's Plush Pets are the most magical pet to give your children this holiday season!

The Happy’s Plush Pets and accessories are available at Target, Toys 'R Us, Walmart, Radio Shack and Justice.  The Happy’s Plush Pets and their accessories are recommended for children 4+ and have retail prices of $5.99 – $24.99.

JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 DVD {GIVEAWAY} #JingleInsiders

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND WWE STUDIOS® PRESENT THE HILARIOUS FOLLOW-UP TO THE HOLIDAY HIT STARRING LARRY THE CABLE GUY AND WWE® SUPERSTAR SANTINO MARELLA

Git-R-Done This Holiday Season as Jingle All The Way 2 Arrives on Blu-rayCombo, DVD and Digital HD™ December 2 JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!!

Jingle All the Way 2 DVD

Fill your stocking with a new holiday classic that will have the whole family laughing when Jingle All The Way 2 arrives on Blu-ray Combo, DVD and Digital HD December 2 from WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Comedy superstar Larry the Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella bring laughs and holiday spirit to this second installment of the successful film franchise.

Two desperate dads compete in a no-holds-barred battle to be the best father and make this the best Christmas ever! Fun-loving, laid-back dad Larry (Larry the Cable Guy; Cars, Tooth Fairy 2) is having a bear of a time finding the perfect Christmas gift for his eight-year-old daughter, Noel. The season’s hottest toy, The Harrison Bear, is all sold out, and Noel’s new stepfather wants to keep it that way — so he can be the one to make her holiday wish come true. When Larry learns all Noel wants for Christmas is the bear, he’ll stop at nothing to make his little girl happy and get her the toy of her dreams…Co-starring WWE Superstar Santino Marella, Jingle All The Way 2 is heartwarming and hilarious fun for the whole family!

Jingle All The Way 2 is directed by Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, The Tooth Fairy 2) and produced by Michael Luisi (Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, Christmas Bounty, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown) and Vicki Sotheran (The Sandlot 2, The Sandlot: Heading Home).

Be sure to download these amazing Jingle All The Way 2 Activity Sheets! #JingleInsiders

The holiday cheer continues in the Blu-ray Combo and DVD bonus features including deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a mock Public Service Announcement from Larry and Santino advising how you can stay safe while shopping this holiday plus a special Harrison the Bear TV commercial and an exclusive interview with the hottest toy of the season.

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