Got Shrimp? Red Lobster sure does!


NEW Sriracha Shrimp at Red Lobster.

NEW Sriracha Shrimp at Red Lobster.

I love seafood – crab, lobster, shrimp, fish, calamari, clams… you name it, I love it!

I wish I knew how to cook fish. The only fish I know how to make is fish sticks and how to open up a can of tuna. :-)

In order for me to enjoy my beloved sea food I have to order it at a restaurant, like Red Lobster.

Currently Red Lobster has a special promotion going on called Endless Shrimp. If you are a shrimp lover this promotion is for you. You can enjoy shrimp cooked a variety of different ways and as much as you want. You can mix it up too and try a few different varieties.

My family and I recently went to Red Lobster and I was excited to order from the Endless Shrimp menu. I chose the two shrimp option from the menu and ordered Shrimp Linguine Alfredo and Parmesan Shrimp Scampi. My daughter is also a shrimp lover and she ordered Garlic Shrimp and also the Parmesan Shrimp Scampi.

Best biscuits ever!

Best biscuits ever!

We stared off our meal with Red Lobsters “to-die-for” biscuits. Have you ever had them before? They are out of this world delicious!

My family also shared an order of mozzarella sticks as an appetizer. We followed that with a yummy salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I suspect the vinaigrette was raspberry vinaigrette. It had a berry taste to it.

Red Lobster

To be honest with you I was getting full between the biscuits, mozzarella sticks and salad but I kept some room in my tummy for the shrimp.

I ordered French Fries with my meal. I don’t know why. I was in the mood for fries.

I didn’t know what to try first – the Parmesan Shrimp Scampi or the Shrimp Linguine Alfredo. They book looked so good.

The Shrimp Linguine Alfredo was so good. The rich, creamy, cheesy Alfredo sauce went beautifully with the juicy shrimp. I couldn’t get enough of it. In fact I had planned on ordering more as part of my Endless Shrimp meal but I was too full from all the great food I had eaten thus far.

The Parmesan Shrimp was equally as delicious. I love Parmesan cheese. I’ve never had it on shrimp before. Parmesan and shrimp taste great together.

I loved it so much that I ordered more Parmesan Shrimp. It’s part of the reason why I didn’t order more of the Shrimp Linguine Alfredo – because I was full from everything I had eaten. I was also planning on trying the Coconut Shrimp Bites, but I was too full.

Parmesan Shrimp Scampi (Left) and Shrimp Linguine Alfredo (Right)

Parmesan Shrimp Scampi (Left) and Shrimp Linguine Alfredo (Right)

The available shrimp options as part of the Endless Shrimp promotion include;

My second helping of Parmesan Shrimp Scampi.

My second helping of Parmesan Shrimp Scampi.

My dinner was very satisfying. In hindsight I should have skipped the mozzarella sticks and salad to make more room for the shrimp dishes.

The Endless Shrimp promotion at Red Lobster is going on right now until November 2, 2014. I am hoping to get back to Red Lobster before then because I really want to try the Coconut Shrimp Bites and more of the Shrimp Linguine Alfredo.

If you’d like to find a Red Lobster location near you visit www.RedLobster.com. You can also check them out on social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have a favorite shrimp dish from Red Lobster? Of all the Endless Shrimp options, which one do you think sounds the yummiest?

All done! It was YUMMY!

All done! It was YUMMY!


*I received free gift cards in order to try out the Endless Shrimp promotion. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Ciao Bella – Gourmet Gelato and Sorbetto (Sorbet) available at your local grocery store



I love going out to eat at very fancy restaurants. My husband and I don’t get to do it often, but when we do I relish each and every moment.

I love how gourmet restaurants present their meals in such a beautiful manner. Sometimes they look so nice that you don’t want to cut into them and mess it up.

After indulging in a gourmet meal it seems only fitting to enjoy a gourmet dessert. My husband almost always goes for any kind of cake that is available on the menu, most especially if it’s chocolate. As for me, I tend to go for the “lighter” desserts. After a scrumptious meal the last thing I want is a heavy dessert weighing it down. I tend to opt for something light like a bowl of gelato or sorbetto (sorbet). Gelato is an Italian ice cream that is not as airy as traditional ice cream and is typically served a bit thawed, not frozen. Sorbetto (sorbet) is flavored ice water that has an ice cream like consistency.

I tend to go for the sorbets because I find them easier on a full stomach.

I love desserts at fancy, gourmet restaurants because usually the restaurant has unique flavors that cannot be found elsewhere.

Imagine enjoying flavors such as Bourbon Caramel Chocolate, Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramel, White Peach Sangria, Mandarin Pineapple or Bartlett Pear Hibiscus. Mmm…. don’t they sound dreamy?

PHOTO SOURCE: Ciao Bella's Facebook Page

PHOTO SOURCE: Ciao Bella’s Facebook Page

Guess what? You don’t have to go spend a small fortune at a fancy restaurant to enjoy these mouth watering flavors. All you need to do is visit your local grocer’s freezer.

The flavors I mentioned are just a few of the available flavors from a company called Ciao Bella. “Ciao” in Italian means “Hello” and Bella in Italian means “Beautiful” so I can only assume the company is “Hello, Beautiful”. :-)

Ciao Bella was founded in the Little Italy section of New York City. The company puts much thought into each and every ingredient. They want your experience with Ciao Bella gelatos and sorbettos to be an adventure. They want consumers to enjoy each and every mouthful. That is why they use on the best ingredients in all of their products.

I’ve tried a few Ciao Bella gelatos and sorbettos. Currently my family and I are enjoying Blackberry Cabernet and Madagascar Vanilla. We’ve also tried Sicilian Limone and Caffe Macchiato.

Caffe Macchiato is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I love coffee so it’s only natural that I would love this flavor.

The Sicilian Limone will make your lips pucker up. It’s very sour – but in a good way. If you like sour candies like Lemonheads you’ll love this flavor.

Madagascar vanilla


I find the Madagascar Vanilla to be very rich and creamy. It’s pure vanilla. You can even see the little specs of vanilla pieces in each spoonful.

I would have to say I was most surprised by the Blackberry Cabernet. It tastes EXACTLY like freshly picked blackberries. It’s as someone picked them fresh and frozen them immediately. It’s so fresh tasting that it tastes like it could be homemade.

I was surprised that the Blackberry Cabernet almost tasted like frozen wine in a way. Even my daughter asked me if that is what wine tasted like. I told her “no” because I don’t want her to think she can start sampling wine (she’s only a teenager!). But honestly, it does have a wine-like taste to it.

Blackberry Cabernet


Ciao Bella is available at retail locations across the country. Chances are it’s available in your local grocer’s freezer. I know you can find Ciao Bella is health food stores. Not all flavors are available in all locations. Some flavors are harder to find then others.

Ciao Bella also has seasonal flavors.

If you would like more information about Ciao Bella or to find a location near you that sells this delicious brand of gelatos and sorbettos visit CiaoBellaGelato.com. You can also find the brand on social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Have you tried Ciao Bella before? What did you think about it? Do you have a favorite flavor? Feel free to share your thoughts.

PHOTO SOURCE: Ciao Bella's Facebook Page

PHOTO SOURCE: Ciao Bella’s Facebook Page


*I received free product coupons in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Experience the Pucker Power® of Lemonhead candies (giveaway ends 9/27/14)


Box of Lemonheads

Yesterday I wrote a post about the Candy Club monthly candy subscription service. The review package I was sent contained and assortment of sour candies.

I used to love sour candies when I was younger. I guess my taste buds have changed over the years because I find sour candies that I used to enjoy a bit too sour for me.

My husband and my kids on the other hand LOVE sour candies. Next to gum it’s my kid’s favorite type of candy (my husband would probably choose chocolate over a sour candy but sour candy would be his second choice).

My husband keeps a large bag of Lemonhead candy in his wardrobe. He usually has a small baggie full of Lemonheads in his lunch box. Aside from the fact that he loves Lemondheads he says sometimes he likes to have a hard candy to suck on and Lemonheads are his hard candy of choice.

My kids are always dipping their hands into his Lemonhead bag. They too love Lemonheads and like to take a few to school with them to suck on in class.

Lemonheads are made by Ferrara. Ferrara has been making candy for 100+ years (since 1908 to be exact). Even though so much time has past Ferrara still holds the same creativity and innovation at heart today as they did in the company’s early years.

Ferrara are also the #1 non-chocolate candy manufacturers in the United States.

There is some new news in the world of Lemonhead candy. The iconic sweet and sour candy has been tantalizing taste buds for over 50+ years (since 1962). The brad wants to bring this famous candy to a new generation.

This year Lemonhead has come out with new packaging and a new logo. Not only does it give the candy a fresher, updated look, the brand also introduced new products to their candy line.

New Lemonheads

Lemonhead candy still has it’s infamous Pucker Power®, but now they have introduced new flavors including Apple, Cherry, Grape, Orange and Lemon. There are also Chewy Lemonhead and Lemonhead Gummies.

Lemonhead sent my family an awesome package filled with classic Lemonhead candy as well as the new product line.

My favorite is the Chewy Lemonhead variety package that includes the new flavors (cherry, grape, apple, lemon…). I also really like the Lemonhead gummies which also come in a variety of flavors in each package.

My kids really like the Grapehead flavor candies. I think that was both of their favorite new flavor.

My husband’s eyes grew as big as saucers when he saw the assortment of Lemondhead candies we received, including his favorite classic Lemonhead.

I like that that brand is staying true to it’s roots but at the same time offering fans new and exciting products.

The new Lemonhead products are available at retailers nationwide.

You can visit the brand online at www.Lemonhead.com. Also check out the brand’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/Lemonhead) for more information. The brand is also on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (links are found on the brand’s website).


Lemonhead would love to give a lucky reader a nice assortment of Lemonhead products packaged in a Lemonhead branded drawstring tote bag (my daughter uses the bag for her gym class). Thank you Lemonhead!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize package and/or what new Lemonhead product you would like to try?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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A “sweet” service to satisfy your sweet tooth and special discount savings



Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you find yourself craving something sweet, sore or chocolaty from time to time? Do you enjoy trying out new things? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you should look into the Candy Club.

The Candy Club is a monthly subscription service that you can order month-to-month, six month or for a full year.

Each month you’ll receive 2-3 pounds of hand picked candies and treats from the companies enormous collection. You’ll never know what you’ll get so each month it will be a surprise.

You don’t just get a small sampling of candies – you get a fairly large amount which you can share with family and friends. In addition some of the candies come in an adorable clear plastic container with a removable lid that you can re-purpose. You can use them to store things in (buttons, paperclips…) or turn into a piggy bank.

I received a box from the Candy Club to review. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

The box the candy arrive in was big and surprisingly heavy. That is because there is 2-3 pounds of candy in every box.


Inside the box I found literature about the Candy Club and product information on the candies included in the box.

Underneath the literature I found three containers of candy, a small box of candy and surrounding everything was a couple of handfuls of taffy.


Inside the box I found the following candies.


Sweet’s Salt Water Taffy

The salt water taffy is the light blue candy pictured in front of the other candy containers.

I love salt water taffy, but the problem with it is that it often sticks to the wrapper and when you put it in your mouth it’s hard to chew. I often joked that its going to rip one of my fillings out if it get stuck on a tooth.

Sweet’s Salt Water Taffy is different. It DOESN’T stick to the wrapper and it’s not hard or sticky in your mouth. In fact it’s smooth and almost creamy.

I’m not sure what flavor I was sent. I think it might be a cotton candy flavor.

The candy is really enjoyable, especially if you like salt water taffy.


Sour Power Wild Cherry Belts

If I had to describe this candy in one would I would say SOUR! More like VERY sour – so sour that I thought my face would cave in. LOL!

My husband loves sour candies and he even though these were very sour. The funny thing is my teenagers (also fans of sour candies) didn’t think this candy was very sour at all. I even watched their faces when they tried the candy just to see the funny looks on their faces when the sour taste hit them but there was no facial reaction whatsoever.

It’s weird how me and my husband thought this candy was super sour and my kids didn’t.


Gimbal’s Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans

I love Jelly Beans, especially when I can get them in a variety of flavors because it changes the taste every time you put a random assortment in your mouth.

These are sour, but not overly sour. I’m not a big fan of sour candies and I liked these.

These are great to keep on your desk at work (or at home) and grab a few whenever you are craving something sweet (0r sour).

Unlike other brand assortments (like Jelly Bellys) I liked each of the individual flavors (I tried each flavor one by one too).


Haribo Gummi Techo Bears

I love Haribo gummies. They are my favorite gummy candies.For me, no other gummy bear comes close to a Haribo gummy bear.

These bears are done up in funky colors with a bit of a shimmery shine to them. They are pretty cool.

These gummies are also a bit sour, but not that bad. They are also very flavorful which is something I come to expect with Haribo gummies.


Butterfield’s Peach Buds

These are hard candies that have the most realistic peach flavor I have ever experienced in a candy. It tastes like a real peach! I was pleasantly surprised.

So far my family and I have been enjoying all the candies. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the empty containers yet but I plan on re-purposing them some how. I might just refill one of them with other candies to keep on my desk.

Honestly I wish I could afford this club. I think it’s fun to get surprises in the mail, especially when you don’t know what candies will be in the box. Plus I love trying out new things. I wish I could sign up for 6 months or a year. Plus I could share the candy with family and friends who come and visit, or give them a container as a token gift.

If you’d like to learn more about Candy Club visit CandyClub.com. The company can also be found on all the social media sites (the links are found at the top right of their home page).

If you are interested in trying out the club I have a special discount offer for readers, compliments of Candy Club.

You can get 35% off your first month’s payment using the code 35offjs2b21.

OR …

Receive 35% off a full, one time payment by following this link – http://ow.ly/Bg6XH. The total savings would be as follows…

  • $10.50 off 1 month plan (single box purchase)
  • $26.24 off the 3 month plan
  • $48.28 off the 6 month plan
  • $83.96 off the 12 month (one year) plan

What do you think about the Candy Club? Is it something you would want to try out for yourself or give as a gift?

What are your favorite candies?

Candy Club - LOGO


*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Do you skip your vegetables? Ask Celebrity Chef Gina Neely how to get more veggies in your family’s meals


PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Growing up my mom always made dinner, most of the time from scratch too. I did not grow up eating take out or ordering pizza. In fact, going to the pizza place or ordering a pizza was a special treat. Sadly for some families pizza and take out are a weekly occurrence.

Growing up dinner always consisted of a meat (protein), starch (such as potato, rice or pasta) and vegetables. We also had dessert after dinner which was usually canned fruit with a dollop of whip cream, Jell-O or pudding, and it was served in a tiny glass dish.

When I cook for my family I cook the same way my mom did, except not always from scratch. Times are different and many families are always on the go-go-go so cooking from scratch is not always an option.

Recently Green Giant put out he 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey** for consumers about dinner time and it resulted in some interesting findings.

When it comes to dinnertime, the majority of parents (78%) would rather spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying dinnertime with their kids. Other finding show that parents run into many challenges at dinnertime, including:

  • Never having enough time to cook dinner leaves more than two-in-three (63%) parents falling back on the same tried-and-true, go-to meals, which most often include spaghetti (60%), sandwiches (39%) or chicken tenders (37%).
  • When genuinely trying to incorporate veggies into meals, 70% identify challenges, including getting kids excited about eating them (42%), not having vegetables on hand (32%) or not knowing how to prepare them (20%).
  • Learning to cook new and different meals comes with its own set of challenges. Nearly half (44%) of parents are worried their families won’t like new recipes, 27% don’t want to spend the time or money trying to hunt down unfamiliar ingredients and 21% say there are so many recipe resources available that they just don’t know where to start.

To be honest with you these results don’t surprise me. Maybe the percentages are a bit higher then I would expect, but the challenges that families face at meal time seem to be common.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

I am grateful (oh so grateful) that my kids love vegetables. And not just a handful – they enjoy a large variety of vegetables including ones that most kids try to avoid like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. They snack on veggies (we go through A LOT of baby carrots each week) too. My daughter also prefers her vegetables raw (I always steam vegetables).

When I hear other parents talking about how their child won’t eat vegetables it makes me sad. Not only are they missing out on the nutrients that vegetables provide for our bodies, but they are also missing out on a lot of tasty foods.

Green Giants wants to help families get more vegetables into their diets. To help consumers they’ve created the Fresh Take on What to Make campaign.

“The ‘Fresh Takes’ survey highlights real dinnertime challenges facing parents today who are balancing a lot – work, kids’ school and after-school activities, house chores and pets’ needs, to name a few,” said John Stockman, Associate Marketing Director for Green Giant. “We want to help make dinnertime exciting again by showing families how to transform their go-to meals in simple ways that let the veggies shine and bring families together.”

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Green Giant has teamed up with Celebrity Chef Gina Neely to show families just how easy it can be to eat more vegetables.

As a mom, I know parents have the best of intentions and want to prepare exciting and nutritious dinners every night, but hectic schedules lead to falling back on those go-to meals – spaghetti, anyone?” says Gina Neely. “Easy steps, like preparing your grocery list and stocking up on simple ingredients like Green Giant Steamers, can make a big difference in the kitchen.”

This campaign aims to teach busy on the go families helpful tips and ideas to reinvent dinner time and to show consumers how simply and easy just adding something like Green Giant Steamers into your family’s favorite “go to” dishes can get vegetables into your diet.

I actually use Green Giant Steamers with my family. They offer 25 different (and delicious!) steam-in-the-bag varieties. Plus I love that I don’t have to break out my steamer, pots or pans to cook them. Simply pop the bag the microwave.

Some of the Green Giant Steamers are made with unique sauces, seasons and blends which add more “pizzazz” to your meal.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Green Giant Steamers offer families a convenient and simple way for families to enjoy their vegetables.

Gina came up with some delicious recipes using Green Giant Steamers that take about 20 minutes to make and use just five ingredients. Any family could easily whip these up, even on a busy weeknight.

If you would like more information, tips and delicious recipes please visit GreenGiant.com/EasyMeals.  You’ll even find money savings coupons on the site.

You can also connect with Gina Neely and Green Giant and ask questions during a Twitter Chat on September 16 at 8pm ET and during a Google+ Hangout on September 23 at 8pm ET.

Do you have any questions for Gian Neely and/or Green Giant that you’d like me to ask for you? I should be at the Google Hangout and I’d be happy to ask questions for you and post the replies. Simply leave your questions in the comments section of this post.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant


**The 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey presents the findings of an online survey conducted by ORC International from August 5-8, 2014 among a sample of 986 American parents of children under the age of 18, comprising 487 men and 499 women.

*I have partnered with Green Giant to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New Pillsbury Melts


Pillsbury Melts Cookies

Oh my goodness! Have you tried the new Pillsbury Melts yet? They are YUMMY!!!!

Have you ever had a Lava Cake before? Lave Cake is a small cake that is filled with hot chocolate syrup inside. When the cake is cut open with your fork (or spoon) the “lava” (hot chocolate sauce) oozes out all over the plate. You can dab the pieces of cake into the chocolate sauce bringing the dessert to a whole other level.

If you had (or seen) a Lava Cake before, imagine that in a smaller version – like a cookie.

The new Pillsbury Melts are pre-made cookies that are stuffed with sweet, delicious goodness. They are so easy to make too. Simply place them on a cookie sheet and bake. That’s it! That is all there is to it. Within minutes you’ll have fresh, hot, ooey, gooey cookies that your whole family will rave about.

The cookies come with a chocolate syrup packet that you can use to drizzle on top of the cookies too.

My daughter made the cookies the other night. She made both the S’more Sensation and Molten Fudge Cake cookies.

I’ll let her photos speak for themselves.





As you can imagine these cookies were heavenly. They are also very sweet and rich. Normally I could eat a few cookies fresh from the oven. I wasn’t able to do that with these cookies because they are very decadent and filling. That doesn’t mean they went to waste. NO WAY! My family gobbled them all up in a matter of a day.

We put them in the fridge to keep them fresh however they are much better when enjoyed straight from the oven. The insides (chocolate or marshmallow depending on the cookie) is more enjoyable when it oozes from the warm cookie.

These are more than just a cookie – these are more like mini desserts. :-)

For more information please visit Pillsbury.com. You can also check out the brand on social media.

Look for the new Pillsbury Melts at a grocery store near you.

Have you tried the cookies yet? If so, what did you think about them?

If you haven’t tried the cookies yet which flavor would you love to try first? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Pillsbury cookies


*I received free product coupons in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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