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Totino’s Pizzeria Line Review and Giveaway

I love appetizers. I can make a meal out of them. And sometimes, at work, we do. Everyone brings in appetizers and we have an instant catered lunch. I like to pick at different things rather than eat a huge plate of one thing. I’m adventurous like that. (anyone who knows my eating habits, clearly knows that I am not adventurous when it comes to food). Appetizers are also very important on a daily basis. With a picky eater, I often need a quick meal idea for Bruce if we’re eating something he won’t and since we entertain a lot I always like to have good finger foods on hand.

MBS_TotinosPizzeriaRollsPkgsOne staple frozen appetizer in our house are Totino’s pizza roles. I’ve tried other brands, including the store brands, and Bruce can always tell the difference. Now, Totino’s has more to offer than just your basic pizza roles. Totino’s has offered three new flavors of pizza snacks with their all-new Pizzeria line – Cheesy Garlic, Chicken Parmesan and Meatball Marinara. The cheesy garlic ones are my absolute favorite new finger food. They have the perfect blend of garlic and mozzarella cheese. They taste just like the cheesy garlic bread I get when we go to Italian restaurants. And they are a fraction of the cost.

I recently had a party and included these on my food table and they were a big hit. I raved about the cheesy garlic rolls for hours.

Totino’s and Blog Spark sent me the following items:

  • 3      VIP coupons, so you can try each of the 3 new flavors FREE
  • 1 tile wood-handle tray
  • 1 salt and pepper shaker set

One lucky reader will also be getting the same package. To enter this giveaway:

  • Leave a comment below that states which of the newTotinosPrizePackSmall flavors you most want to try.
  • Bonus entry for entering my other giveaway from Pillsbury

Deadline: The deadline for this giveaway is May 28, 2013 @ 11pm  EST, at which time a winner will be chosen using random.org.

The Fine Print:  Open to US residents only. Include a valid email in your comment form. The winner will be notified by email. Winner will then have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Prize fulfillment is completed by My Blog Spark and Pillsbury. Misplaced Jersey girl is not responsible for prize fulfillment in any way and is not liable should sponsoring companies change or discontinue the prize fulfillment at any time.

Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills and Totino’s through MyBlogSpark. No other compensation was received. The opinions expressed here are my own and were not influenced by anyone else.

 

And the winner is….

 

 

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My Secret Family Recipe – Exposed

One of my readers asked for my family recipe for Strufoli so with my aunt’s permission, I’m posting it here for anyone with time on their hands to make these.

For those not familiar, strufolis are an Italian dessert usually made during the holidays. They are also called ”honey balls”.  They are really fried dough but much harder than a donut and are addictive. Once you start eating them you just can’t stop.

Let me just warn you – this is very tedious and time-consuming but well worth it. Of course, that is coming from someone who waits for someone else to make them each year and wouldn’t dream of attempting this process on my own.

Enjoy and please let me know how they come out if you make them.

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1. In a large bowl mix the following:
-2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (DO NOT use Biscuit flour)                                           
-1/4 teaspoon salt

2. In the center of the flour make a well and add the following:
-3 large eggs
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3. Mix all of it well to make soft dough.

4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and knead.

5. Divide dough in half.

6. Cut pieces and roll to make pencil-thick strips.

7. Cut into 1/4 inch pieces and roll into small balls.

8. Fry balls in oil till they are light brown. Turn occasionally.

9. When removing balls from oil drain on absorbent paper.

10. Warm honey and drizzle over cooled strufoli balls. Mix in colored sprinkles and almonds.

 

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Real Moms Love To Eat – Chapter 1 (hint: Eat Chocolate)

i just received my advanced copy of Beth Aldrich’s new book, REAL MOMS LOVE TO EAT and I’m already hooked. Any nutrition expert that requires me to eat Dark Chocolate every day in an effort to lose weight has my immediate attention and devotion.

Like Beth, I too love food. And I don’t do well with having to give up food that I love and replace it with cardboard tasting alternatives. To me, loosing weight is just not worth dreading mealtimes.

The entire first chapter is pretty much dedicated to the concept of having a love affair with food and enjoying every aspect of food – from the sound of a sizzling cheeseburger to the smell of a ripe melon. We are encouraged required to eat only what we desire.

So, I am giving you an assignment – actually this is Beth’s directive in chapter 1. What kind of reviewer would I be if I didn’t pass along the first assignment in her book to help us all drop some pounds?

This Week, Do Five Things:

1. Start each day with a green smoothie.

The magic of the smoothie is its ability to hide nourishing ingredients that you might not normally eat . . . and it can still taste like fruit or chocolate!  The green in a smoothie comes from healthy raw greens, whether you buy them in powder form or throw a handful of fresh greens into the blender. You can gradually increase the amount of greens until your body and taste buds adjust.

2. Eat one ounce of dark chocolate every day. It’s an assignment!

In case this one requires more convincing – The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation. The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may raise good cholesterol. Women who eat chocolate live a year longer, on average, than those who don’t. Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites (maybe we should all just move to Mexico). Recent studies all over the news say that a small amount of dark chocolate every day may actually reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

3. Drink four glasses of fresh, pure water every day.

Water keeps all our systems running, and it is also a key to clear thinking, great skin, and de-bloating.

4. For dinner every night, make sure your meal contains two naturally green things, one naturally red thing, and one naturally yellow thing. (No, a bag of Skittles doesn’t count.)

If you add a salad to your meal every day, you can check this off your to-do list easily. Beth recommends that you top your salad with tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, red onions, green beans, peas, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, green onions, or maybe even a tablespoon of corn.

5. Each day, eat one portion of something you really, really desire, no matter what it is.

I’m pretty sure I’ll skip #1 but the others I can at least try to accomplish.

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Real Moms Love to Eat – Upcoming Book Release

After Baby P is born I’ll be on a mission to drop the extra baby weight and be able to put my own shoes on without breathing heavy and having to twist myself into a pretzel. There’s just one problem – I don’t do diets. And, as you know – I love food. Mostly food that is probably not on anyone’s Healthy Eats list. And old school Italian ladies don’t understand the concept of portion control when they are cooking for you and filling your plate.

So what is a girl to do? Well, I’m hoping Beth Aldrich can help me out with this. Beth will be releasing a book on January 2, 2012 – Real Moms Love to Eat - How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight and Feel Fabulous.

I’m excited to be reviewing this book in January and I’m currently waiting patiently for my pre-release digital copy. Real Moms Love to Eat is broken down in three sections, which include a fun and easy-to-follow 10-part plan; allowing you to make gradual, life-long changes in your approach to food and 21 days of meal suggestions,tips, recipes and lifestyle changes. Beth’s approach to healthy eating is simple and realistic for busy people. You’ll learn a lot about the food you eat and how it impacts your body.

It sounds like it is intended for real people who don’t sit at home next to a food scale all day. I’m also hoping it has some yummy and practical recipes and food choices for those of us who might be a little more picky as well as some healthy alternatives for kids.  

If there are any bloggers out there who just can’t wait until January to check out this book, then you might want to sign up for Beth’s Food Affairiate program. All those who write a review will receive a digital copy of the book now and then a final paper copy when they come out on January 3rd, a goodie bag filled with swag from the book tour sponsors AND be entered to win prizes.

About Author Beth Aldrich:

Beth Aldrich is a Certified Health Counselor, Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition Expert, engaging speaker, media personality and author. She delivers health, nutrition and balanced living fundamentals through keynote addresses, presentations, lectures and as a media spokesperson. As a health and nutrition columnist for Diet.com, SocialMoms.com, HotMomsClub.com and RealMomsLovetoEat.com, Beth shares her wisdom, experience and knowledge about health and nutrition topics.

Beth is also the founder of Restoring Essence Nutrition, LLC and a Certified Holistic Health and Nutritional Counselor through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Beth received her education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Beth Aldrich – Real Moms Love to Eat blogging program, for a chance to get 3,000 My SocialMoms Rewards points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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Cheesecake.com Review and Giveaway

There are a lot of things we get deprived of down here in the South. Dessert is one of the more important ones. There are not many bakeries down here other than the bakery department of the nearest grocery store. Not exactly the same thing as the 3rd generation Italian lady at the neighborhood bakery.  

Growing up in a big Italian family, baked goods are a priority. And when the baked goods are in limited supply the troops go through withdrawals. So, imagine my excitement when a box of cheesecake showed up on my doorstep from Cheesecake.com. It arrived well packed, within 48 hours of processing my order, in an insulated cooler and the cake itself was in a nice sturdy box – no smushed sides.

They sent the 3lb gourmet cheesecake sampler. The sampler has 3 slices each of Mocha Chocolate, Turtle Cheesecake, original, and very strawberry. All baked in a Honey Graham Pecan Crust.

Ryan Reynolds and I dove right in and it was delicious. I tried the original and I like how creamy and light it was. It wasn’t like a hard lump of cream cheese that has been sitting in the freezer. It tasted as fresh as it could for not being made in my own kitchen. I liked the crust too. It wasn’t overly dry and it had that nice light pecan flavor.

Ryan really enjoyed it too and he is VERY picky about his cheesecake.

The next time you need to get someone something sweet for their birthday, anniversary or if you forgot to send someone special a Valentine’s day gift, send them a cheesecake. It’s perfect for those who love sweets and are hard to shop for. Who wouldn’t love you for sending them a Ghirardelli® Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake? You can even add some flowers to your order. That’s one-stop shopping at it’s best!

Cheesecakes.com has gluten-free and low sugar options as well. Their chocolate covered oreos and chocolate covered strawberries are so cute and look tastey!

I’m also proud to be an affiliate of Cheesecake.com so if you do ever place an order, please consider placing it from the banner in my right sidebar. I don’t receive any of your information. Cheesecake.com just knows you were referred from my site.

Be sure to use the February promo code(SAVE15) to save 15% off your order for the entire month of February.

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The people at Cheesecake.com want to make your February a little sweeter too by sending you (or someone you love) the same 3lb gourmet cheesecake sampler that we’ve been enjoying at my house.

How to Enter:  Mandatory entry must be completed before extra entries. Leave a separate comment for each entry.

Mandatory Entry: Click the banner on my right sidebar to visit cheesecake.com. Tell me which of their items sounds most delicious to you.

Extra Entries:

  • Leave a relevant comment on any non-giveaway post here or on a post (not a status) on my Facebook fan page. Only comments left after the date of this giveaway post are valid.
  • Enter any other active giveaway on my blog.
  • Follow my blog via e-mail.
  • Vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs – see banner in right sidebar.
  • Like Musings of A Misplaced Jersey Girl on Facebook.
  • Follow me AND Cheesecake.com on twitter AND tweet the giveaway only ONCE.  Tweet must include @mpjerseygirl and a link to this post. Leave link to tweet.
  • Blog about this giveaway in a separate blog post (not a linky) with a link to this post.  (3 entries – post 3 comments here with a link to your blog post)

 

Deadline: The deadline for this giveaway is March 7, 2011 @ 11pm  EST. A winner will be chosen using random.org.

The Fine Print: Open to US residents. Current subscribers/followers are eligible too.  Make sure you include a valid email in your comment form. The winner will be notified by email. Winner will then have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Cheesecake.com will forward the prize to the confirmed winner. Misplaced Jersey Girl is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclaimer:Cheesecake.com provided me with a 3lb gourmet cheesecake sampler and giveaway item. I am not required to give anything back to Cheesecake.com. No other compensation was received. I am an official affiliate of Cheesecake.com and receive commissions for click-thru purchases only. The opinions expressed here are 100% mine and were not influenced in any way.

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