Celebrate Spring with Tuttorosso Tomatoes and enter their Facebook promotion to win great prizes



Alas, it’s FINALLY Spring time – although the chilly weather suggests otherwise. It’s been way too cold for too long. I cannot wait for the temperatures to reach the 60’s – and stay that way for more than just a day or two.

I know plenty of people who are already making plans for the season, especially when it comes to their plants and gardens.

I WISH we had a yard. I’ve always dreamed of having my own vegetable garden as well as grow some fruits (berries). Sadly my yard is a 6′ x 12′ rickety old wooden balcony on the top floor.

I’ve tried to grow vegetables on my balcony but it never pans out.


I would love to grow corn, string beans, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers and lettuce – to name a few. I would grow some tomatoes too. We’re not fans of tomatoes but we do love pasta sauce and freshly made salsa. I would grow tomatoes to make my own sauce and salsa.

My mother in law used to make the best homemade pasta sauce. She didn’t use fresh tomatoes but rather canned tomato products.

One such brand is Tuttorosso Tomatoes. I’m not 100% positive but it’s possible I have seen my mother in law use this brand before. The label looks very familiar. Even my husband thinks she used this brand too.

Tuttorosso has A LOT of amazing sounding recipes on their website, www.TuttorossoTomatoes.com. Their recipes not only look very easy to make, but they also look like authentic Italian recipes, just like my mother in law used to make.

Check out this small sampling of recipes found on the Tuttorosso site.


Mmmm… they are certainly “drool worthy.”

The brand has teamed up with Ali Maffucci from Inspiralized (www.Inspiralized.com) to host a special Spring time Facebook promotion.

Ali Maffucci’s site, Inspiralized, is devoted to all things spiralizing: nutritious recipes, tips and tricks, and new ideas for home cooks. By “spiralizing” I mean using a special kitchen device, a spiralizer, to produces spiral cuts, shoestrings and vegetable “noodles” for adding new texture to pasta dishes, stir-fries and salads. For example, you can make “ribbons” out of zucchini and cook them up as if they were regular pasta. The zucchini is much more healthier for you than pasta, plus it’s lower in fat and calories.

Check out just a small sampling of the amazing recipes found on the Inspiralize website.

Recipes spiralize

The Facebook promotion will run from tomorrow (March 25, 2015) through April 15, 2015. Fans have the opportunity to win weekly prizes. The prizes include;

  • Spiralizers (20 per week)
  • Inspiralized Book (5 per week)
  • Aprons (250 per week)

In addition there is also a grand prize which consists of a Spiralizer, Inspiralized Book, Apron, Picnic Basket and Kitchen Gadgets.

The Spiralizer looks like the product (below).


For more information, or to enter, visit the Tuttorosso Tomato Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/TuttorossoTomato. Remember, the promotion doesn’t officially start until March 25th.

I have a small hand held “spiralizer” like device. I’ve been inspired to try making some zucchini “pasta” and top it off with some Tuttorosso Tomato Sauce that Tuttorosso sent me.

Tuttorosso sent me some pasta sauce, tomato paste and crushed tomatoes. I can’t wait to try them all out with upcoming recipes I plan on making.

Have you ever used Tuttorosso products? Do you have a favorite?

Have you ever spiralized vegetables? Do you have a favorite recipe?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received a free sample pack in exchange for posting about the promotion. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced for. 

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It’s Easter Time! You know what that means – PEEPS®



It’s Easter time. It’s evident when you walk into most stores because it’s impossible to avoid the aisles of candy, baskets, toys and plush animals. Most stores where I live have had Easter products on the shelves around the beginning of February (Easter is not until April 5th this year).

Growing up Easter was always one of my favorite holidays, right behind Christmas and Halloween.

One year the Easter Bunny brought me basket made out of solid chocolate. In addition it was filled with chocolate and other types of candies. It was truly chocolate heaven – or chocolate overload depending on how you looked at it.

The Easter Bunny would leave our baskets by our front door. I spent most of the time downstairs in the playroom so I wanted to take my beautiful chocolate basket downstairs. On my way down I tripped and the basket went flying. When it hit the ground it shattered into a lot of chocolate pieces. Since we had dogs and cats, and people walked all over the carpet, there was no way the “5 second rule” would apply here so we had to throw it all away. The only thing that was left were some wrapped chocolate candies and a package of marshmallow PEEPS®.

Back then there were only the yellow PEEPS® chicks available. I think the bunnies were too but the Easter Bunny only brought me the chicks.

PEEPS® have always been a part of every Easter. Even when I became a mom I made sure that there were at least one package of PEEPS® in every Easter basket I made for them.

PEEPS® have come a long way since I was a kid. Now PEEPS® are available in a wide variety of colors, shape and flavors. They are also available year round. Other holidays are also enjoying PEEPS® including Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Halloween. There are even Fourth of July PEEPS®.

Box of Peeps

Did you know…?

  • Yellow is America’s best-selling color of PEEPS® Chicks and Bunnies, followed by pink and then blue.
  • Just Born produces enough PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies in one year to circle the earth three times.
  • Chicks rule! 4 out of every 5 PEEPS® purchased are Chicks – either flavored, dipped in chocolate, covered in chocolate or in the original un-flavored marshmallow form.

There are so many PEEPS® fans in the world that the creators, Just Born, have PEEPS® plush, apparel, and other goodies available on their website, PeepsandCompany.com. There you can find PEEPS® dog rope toys, PEEPS® cat nip toys, giant stuffed PEEPS®, PEEPS® jewelry and even a PEEPS® shaped Yankee Candle (plus much, much more!).

Peeps Products

PEEPS® are always introducing new flavors and products. This Easter is no exception. Check out what’s new with PEEPS® this holiday.

Flavored Peeps

Flavors 1

Decorated Eggs 2

Decorated Eggs 1

OC 2

OC 1


Mystery 1

Some of the new products are sold exclusively at specific stores. Mystery PEEPS® are only available at Walmart. The Orange Cream PEEPS® are only sold at CVS and the flavored PEEPS® (Lime, Lemon and Orange Delight) are sold only at Target. All other PEEPS® are sold at many other retail locations.

There are also Blue Raspberry PEEPS® which are very sour. My kids love them.

I LOVE the Chocolate Mousse dipped in Dark Chocolate PEEPS®. They are SO GOOD! They come in a 3 pack so there is enough to share – or enjoy them all for yourself.

The Peepsters are also a huge hit with not only my family but also my neighbors. They are individually wrapped chocolate covered marshmallows.


PEEPS® are great “as is,” but did you know that you can do so much more with them? There is a site dedicated to great recipes and things you can make with PEEPS®. It’s easy enough to remember – MarshmallowPeeps.com. What I love about the ideas you find on that site is that a lot of them are submitted by people like you and I.

You should really check out the site for a lot of fun and easy (not to mention yummy) ideas for having fun with your marshmallow PEEPS®.

I found two ideas on Pinterest (another great source for ideas) that I wanted to try with my family. One was making “nests” out of crunchy Chinese noodles, marshmallows, candy that looks like “eggs” and of course PEEPS®. The other was making bird houses with graham crackers, coconut, candy that looks like “eggs”, green food coloring and PEEPS®.

I’m not THAT bad when it comes to creating things. I did make these yummy cupcakes a few years ago with roasted coconut.


Sadly my PEEPS® creations didn’t turn out that well.

For the “nest” recipe I used the following.

  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 cups chow mein noodles
  • Assorted “egg” looking candies
  • PEEPS® Chicks

I sprayed the inside of a large glass bowl with non-stick spray and put 1/2 of the marshmallows in it then popped it in the microwave. I microwaved them for several seconds until I saw them start to swell up. I then carefully removed them from the microwave and with a wooden spoon (also sprayed with non-stick spray) I poured in 1/2 of the chow mein noodles and stirred them together. That didn’t work out so well for me. Everything started to stick. So I sprayed a little non-stick spray on my hands and tried to mold the noodles and marshmallow mixture into next shapes but everything kept sticking to my hands. My kids found it very amusing. I had marshmallow everywhere. LOL!


I tried. I even added some green colored sugar to add a bit of color to the nest but it didn’t work out so well.

I’ve seen this recipe on the Internet and Pinterest so there must be an easier and better way to make them. I’ll try a different recipe next time.

For the bird houses, that was equally as messy. But we had fun none the less.

For this recipe we needed…

  • 1 cup of mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut tinted green with green food coloring
  • candies that looked like “eggs”
  • PEEPS® chicks
  • Graham crackers (at least 3 whole crackers per house)

We pre-tinted the shredded coconut ahead of time by pouring the coconut in a bowl and adding a couple of drops of green food coloring and mixing it well. We set it aside for when we were done making our houses.

I melted the mini-marshmallows in the microwave for a few seconds in a microwave safe bowl until they started to swell. I then carefully removed it from the microwave.

Using a butter knife we used the melted marshmallow as “glue” to attach the pieces of crackers together to make a bird house. We used one square for the two sides and back, and then one square each (at an angle) for the roof.

It sounded easy enough but the marshmallow would firm up too quickly and I had to keep microwaving it. The marshmallow also got a bit messy and some of the graham crackers would stick together OK and others didn’t.

The results might not have turned out all that wonderful but my kids and I had a grand time trying to make this work. We had A LOT of laughs with this one, including dropping a butter knife covered with melted marshmallow on the floor and having it stick to the floor (we had a hard time pulling it off – LOL).


OK. So they are not Pinterest worthy and Martha Stewart would probably cringe at the sight of them, but that is OK with me. My family and I had a great time trying to make them (and eating our “mistakes”). After all, the holidays are about making memories that last a lifetime, not about making something “perfect.”

I’m sure you can find different recipes for the bird houses too, ones that are less messy.

Do you make anything fun with PEEPS®? Do you have a favorite shape or flavor PEEPS®? What do you think about the new flavors?

Don’t forget to check out both websites (linked above) as well as PEEPS® on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Their official hashtag is #PEEPSONALITY.



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

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BUSH’S Valentine’s Day Recipes



Are you planning on preparing a romantic meal for your special someone for Valentine’s Day this year? If you are you’ll need to include a sweet treat for dessert. No gourmet meal is complete without dessert. Sometimes it’s the best part of the meal.

Would you ever consider using black beans in your dessert? It sounds like an odd ingredient choice but the truth is that black beans can be used in baked goods and other desserts. Not only do they add bulk to the recipe, black beans also have health benefits.

Black beans and chocolate might not sound like they would go well together but they do!

Check out these two delightful recipes that use BUSH’S® Black Beans as one of the main ingredients. Both recipes would be ideal to make and share on Valentine’s Day and any time of the year.

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BUSH’S® Brownie Truffle Bites 

Servings: 3 dozen

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes 


Cooking spray

¼ cup water

1 can (15 ounces) BUSH’S® Black Beans, drained and rinsed

1 box (15.25 ounces) brownie mix

2 large eggs

⅔ cup applesauce

½ can (8 ounces) dark chocolate frosting

1 package (12 ounces) dark or white chocolate candy making and dipping wafers


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 13”x 9” cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place water and beans in blender and puree.
  3. Mix brownie mix, eggs, applesauce and bean puree in large bowl at low speed using hand mixer until all ingredients are moistened. Put mixture in greased cake pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove with oven mitts.
  5. Cool brownies completely.
  6. Crumble prepared brownies into large bowl. Add ½ can of frosting and mix thoroughly with spatula.
  7. Hand roll mixture into 1 inch balls.  If too sticky, chill brownie mixture 30-45 minutes in refrigerator first. Place on wax paper lined baking sheet and set aside.
  8. Place chocolate wafers in microwave-safe container. Microwave at half power or defrost setting for 30 seconds. Carefully remove from microwave and stir thoroughly. If wafers are not completely melted, continue to microwave at 15 second intervals, stirring intermittently until chocolate is smooth. Be careful to not overheat wafers, as they will burn.
  9. Using small spoon, dip brownie balls into melted chocolate.  Spoon chocolate over brownie balls until fully coated.  Place brownie bites on wax paper to set. (Tip: If you wish to decorate your brownie bites, sprinkle with decorative sprinkles before coating sets.)

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BUSH’S® Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Servings: 4 dozen

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 35 minutes (8 minutes per batch of 12) 


1 can (15 ounces) BUSH’S® Black Beans, drained and rinsed

¼ cup water

⅓  cup oil

1 box (15.25 ounces) chocolate fudge cake mix

2 large eggs

1 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Puree beans, water and oil in blender.
  2. With spatula, mix cake mix in large bowl with eggs and pureed ingredients until smooth.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Using teaspoon or cookie scoop, portion batter on cookie sheet. Place cookies 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 8 minutes at 350 degrees F. Remove with oven mitts.
  6. Let cookies cool 10 minutes on cookie sheet.

I’m going to try both of these when I have the opportunity.

If you try either (or both) of these recipes I would love to hear about them. Feel free to share your experience and thoughts about these recipes.

If you have used black beans in other baked goods or treats I’d love to hear about them too.

BUSH’S® Black Beans


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted these recipes with permission for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe – Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Topping


Valentines Day

Are you planning on preparing a romantic dinner at home for your special someone? If so, and you are looking for an incredibly easy and totally delicious looking dessert, check out this recipe from Lite House for a Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake “topping” for ice cream.

I bet this would be equally as delicious with French vanilla or chocolate ice cream. It would probably be very good “as is.”


Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Topping 

Serves: 6-8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: –

Finished in: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Surprise your sweetie this Valentine’s Day with Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Greek Yogurt Ice Cream topping! 


2.5 cups Strawberry flavored Greek Yogurt

2 cups of sliced strawberries

½ cup Creamy Cheesecake Opadipity by Litehouse Sweet Greek Yogurt Dip

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Place a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet.
  2. Spread the strawberry Greek yogurt on the baking mat.
  3. Top with sliced strawberries.
  4. Drizzle the Creamy Cheesecake Opadipity Sweet Greek Yogurt dip over the strawberries.
  5. Melt the chocolate chips on a saucepan over medium-low heat until melted. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the strawberries.
  6. Freeze for at least four hours.
  7. Cut into pieces and put on ice cream for a delicious topping!

Dessert Recipe


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this with permission for the enjoyment of my readers.

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Quick, Easy and YUMMY Queso Dip – Perfect for your next party

This post brought to you by RO*TEL & VELVEETA . The content and opinions expressed below are that of She Scribes.

Chips and Dip

The winners of the NFL Championship game are heading off to the Super Bowl in just a few weeks. That means one thing – Super Bowl Parties!

We’re still talking about if we are going to someone else’s party or have a party at home and invite people over. In any event food is a vital part to any Super Bowl party, whether you are bringing something to a friend’s house or hosting the affair at your place.

Some things are essential for any Super Bowl party – chips, dip, beverages (beer, soda) and finger foods (like wings, hot dogs and chicken nuggets).

I have a super quick, easy and oh-so-good Queso recipe you should try at a Super Bowl party or any party you plan on hosting or attending.

Queso Dip

This recipe requires just two ingredients that are easily found at your local grocery store – VELVEETA (16 ounces) and RO*TEL (one can).

Do you want to know how easy this Queso dip is to make? It’s so simple kids could help make this dip.

First you need to chop the VELVEETA into small cubes (it makes it easy for them to melt).



Put the cut up VELVEETA and one can of RO*TEL in a microwave safe dish (I put a cover on it loosely in case anything splattered) and pop it in the oven for five minutes. I stopped the microwave half way through to mix it all up then I put it back in the microwave for the remainder of the time.

Once the time was up I carefully removed the dish from the microwave using pot holders. Then I took a spoon and mixed it all up.

Ta da! That’s it! That is all you need to do. In five minutes you have a warm, creamy and oh-so-good Queso dip you and your guests are going to love.


The RO*TEL does have a mild spicy kick to it, but it’s not bad at all. I don’t like things that are too spicy and this didn’t bother me one bit. In fact I couldn’t get enough of the Queso dip.

My entire family enjoyed this dip and they all requested that I made it again. Thankfully I have half of the block of VELVEETA left (I had a 32 ounce block and I only needed 16 ounces to make this recipe) and another can of RO*TEL.

What I love about this Queso dip (aside from how yummy it is) is that it’s served warm. Not too many dips are served warm. I think that adds to the over all appeal to this dip. Plus if you find that it’s starting to chill a bit you can always pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to heat it back up again. Although seeing as how quickly my family gobbled it all up I have a feeling you won’t need to keep it warm – it won’t last that long! LOL!

This dip is totally delicious and I plan on making it again for the Super Bowl party (if we visit someone else I’ll bring the ingredients with me to make at their place) and beyond.

Look for RO*TEL and VELEETA at a grocer’s store near you.

Don’t forget to check out Velveeta Facebook and Ro*Tel Facebook plus their main websites (RO-TEL.com and VELVEETA on the Kraft website) for more recipes. You can also visit Queso For All.

Have you ever made this Queso dip before? If so, what did you think about it?



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It’s “streaming” cats and dogs!


Our Pets

Are you an animal lover? I sure am. I think our five cats, dog and Goldfish sort of hint to that fact. Plus I would LOVE to have my own working farm, or even an animal sanctuary if we had the money. Sadly, living in a condo is not the most ideal place for cows and chickens. LOL!

I know there are plenty of animals lovers. Most people I know have at least one pet. Even my boss has a cat and she’s allergic to cats. She deals with her allergies because she loves her funny little kitten.

I work with little children and one of the questions I always ask them is if they have any pets, and if so, what kind. I feel like it’s a great way to “break the ice.” Most kids I talk to are happy to talk about their pets. It’s a nice way to get a child comfortable talking with you.

Netflix has a new series that I think would be of great interest to many children and adults. It’s Puss, as in Puss in Boots from the Shrek movie franchise. Of course Puss in Books is a classic story  that dates back hundreds of years. I remember reading the story of Puss in Boots when I was a child, back in the Stone Age. Of course the current “Shrek version” is probably the most popular Puss in Boots characters. After all, how can you not fall in love with his sweet little face?

Puss in Boots sad eyes

The swashbuckling adventure-comedy series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, comes to Netflix on January 16, 2015.  I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet (since it’s not available until tomorrow) but I plan on watching it. Puss cracks me up in all the Shrek movies and holiday specials.

If you are looking for other movies and shows the feature our furry – and not so furry – friends, here are a few additional suggestions from Netflix.

Little Kids

1. Pet Party
2. Clifford’s Puppy Days
3. Littlest Pet Shop
4. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (love this movie!)
5. Snow Buddies (all of the Buddies films are adorable)
6. Sabrina, The Animated Series

Big Kids

1. The Adventures of Puss in Boots
2. Annie
3. Step Dogs
4. Jumanji
5. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (this is a sad movie)
6. Air Bud (all the Bud/Buddies movies are cute)
7. Monkey Trouble


1. Anchorman 2
2. Frasier
3. Family Guy
4. Friends
5. Red Dog
6. Wilfred

I have a few other suggestions that are not listed here of out pet themed movies. Pets are not ONLY dogs and cats.

Black Beauty (classic!)

Wiener Dog Nationals (funny, I reviewed it)

Poppy Cat (super cute children’s show)

Charlotte’s Web (classic!)

If you are planning on having a pet/animal themed family movie night, or you are looking for something fun to do inside to stay out of the freezing cold weather, check out this adorable craft idea.

Puss in Boots Bank

Guard your treasures from sticky paws or save up for your first pet with this DIY kitty bank. Click here to learn how to make your own.

I love that it’s supposed to be Puss in Boots. That is a cute idea. I also think that you can use this basic idea and make other creature “piggy banks” – maybe even an actual pig!

While you are enjoying a fun, family movie or series why not indulge in some yummy hot chocolate topped of with a marsh-meow.

cat marshmallows

Channel your inner milk connoisseur with this homemade hot chocolate recipe featuring cat-shaped marshmallows — the purr-fect winter treat! Click here to learn how to make your own.

You can use any shaped cookie cutter you might have too. You could even make a whole zoo!

Do you have pets? What kind of pets do you have? Feel free to tell me about them. I LOVE animals.



*I am a member of the Netflix Steamteam. I received a free membership and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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