Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Old El Paso Frozen Entrees - No Way That's Frozen!


Look at what you can find in the freezer section of your grocery store.
Old El Paso Dinners.

You can get authentic Mexican right at home.
We decided to try the Enchiladas and Quesadillas.  They were so easy and quick to prepare, just a few minutes in the microwave.
It was perfect on a night where the kids had soccer practice, and I was very limited on time to prepare dinner.
Look at these yummy Quesadillas. The steak ones were my favorite.  I like that they are packaged separately, that way you can take a couple for lunch at work.
In less than 15 minutes, I had a Mexican dinner on the table.  The steak Enchiladas were a little spicy for the kids, so next time we'll stick with chicken. 

And after dinner, it's time for mom and dad to have a cocktail! 
Well, in our case it was smoothies, but whatever works for you.
Next time, I want to try their Fajitas!
Look for them at your local grocery store.
Disclosure: Platefull co-op provided me with samples of the product in order to write this review.  All opinions are 100% mine. #PlatefullcoOp

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookie Bars #BakeOff #Pillsbury

Every year I read about the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, and I'm always so impressed with the recipes people come up with.
This year, Pillsbury sent me some products to celebrate the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, and I decided to challenge myself to come up with an original recipe. 

I looked through last year's winning recipes, and got inspired to make my own cookie bars using the new gluten free cookie dough.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookie Bars
  • 1 package of Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough (softened)
  • 1 11oz package of butterscotch Chips
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • Caramel flavored sundae syrup (optional)
  • Place cookie dough on pan, roll out evenly.  Bake 13 minutes as directed on package.  Remove from oven; let cool 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat sweetened condensed milk in saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring constantly until milk is hot and thin.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup butterscotch chips. Stir remaining butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips in hot mixture.  Stir constantly until blended.
  • Pour over cookie dough, sprinkle remaining butterscotch chips. Place in refrigerator 1 1/2 hours.
  • Optional: Drizzle with caramel syrup.

While I was making this recipe, dinner was in the crockpot using the Reynolds slow cooker liners.  The best part is knowing I will not have to scrub the crockpot!
You can still enter the Bake Off Contest!
 Original recipes may be submitted online at now through May 8, 2014. The Bake-Off® Kitchens will evaluate all eligible entries and choose the top 100 recipes to compete at the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest Finals at the Omni Nashville Hotel on November 3, 2014.

For more information and official rules, please visit!
Disclosure: Platefull co-op provided me with the supplies above in order to write this post.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Purex No Sort Detergent Review, Giveaway & Sweepstakes

Can you believe that Purex has finally invented a No Sort Laundry Detergent just for me?
Well, maybe not just for me, but it feels like it.
I have been guilty, forever, of not sorting my laundry. 
I either don't have time, or the patience, probably a bit of both.  But, now I don't have to feel guilty, because the New Purex No Sort Detergent is made for people who don't like sorting laundry.
The New Purex No Sort for Colors detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology that traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents in your mixed color loads leaving your clothes bright and clean.
Purex does encourage you to wash strongly colored fabrics or jeans at least 5 times before doing a mixed color load with the New Purex No Sort.
Personally, I used the New Purex with all my color loads, and I have been very pleased with it.  The colors on my clothes look as good as new, and of course they come out smelling great as always.
The Rules Have Changed with NEW Purex® No Sort™ for Colors Detergent Sweepstakes
NEW Anti-Color-Transfer Technology™ helps keep dyes from transferring onto other fabrics in the wash.
Enter for your chance to WIN $1,000 & a year’s supply of this game-changing NEW detergent, so you can avoid extra laundry loads.
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Disclosure: The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex No Sort for colors detergent in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Lemon Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Thanks to Platefull co-op, I was recently introduced to the New Liberté Méditerranée Yogurts. 
Let me tell you, I'd seen them at the store, but never tried them before.  After trying them, I was sorry I hadn't tried them sooner.  They were delicious!  So creamy, such a treat!
My favorite was definitely the coconut flavor, however, I have yet to find a flavor I didn't like.  I even went back to the store to get more, after I ate the first four.
I wanted to take these tasty yogurts a step further, and incorporate them into one of my popular recipes.  Well, popular with my kids at least.
So I came up with a Lemon Yogurt Zucchini Bread recipe using Liberté Méditerranée Yogurts.
Lemon Yogurt Zucchini Bread:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • One 6 oz Lemon flavor Liberté Yogurt
  • 1 cup coarsely grated zucchini
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9- by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar with the eggs, vegetable oil, and yogurt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients along with the grated zucchini and stir until the batter is evenly moistened.
  3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, until the loaf is risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the loaf cool on a rack for 30 minutes before unmolding and serving.

It come out very creamy, and definitely kid friendly.
Find the New Liberté Méditerranée Yogurts at your local grocery store. 
Keep an eye out for their new Lime and Orange-Mango Flavors, and their Greek variety.
Disclosure: Platefull co-op provided me with coupons to try the product above, as well as a gift card to purchase ingredients.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Mom's Night Out from Purex Giveaway

Being a mom is the hardest job of all, but sometimes moms need a break too! That’s why Purex is celebrating Mother’s Day and the release of Sony’s new motion picture, Moms’ Night Out, by giving away a night out for you and up to five friends.

I got the chance to see the movie early, and it was so much fun, and very entertaining to watch as a mom.

What would be your ideal night out with friends?

I just love to go out to dinner, and enjoy uninterrupted conversations!

Check out an exclusive clip of the movie:

And don't forget to enter to WIN HERE.

Disclosure: Purex provided me with the information above.  I will be entered for a chance to win a prize as well.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Minecraft Birthday Party

Welcome to my latest themed party!  

This time we planned a surprise Minecraft Birthday Party.

What I loved about planning this party was that it can be prepared quickly and it can be kept very affordable.  Make a trip to the Dollar Tree, and buy everything green that you can find, you can turn it all into a Minecraft theme.

The door is simply a table cloth with black construction paper, and black duct tape. Really you could omit the construction paper, and make it all in duct tape.

These were used as decorations, but they can also be used as favor bags.  Just buy green paper bags, and glue black construction paper on them.

Above are some different decorations we had around the house.
  • Top left is a poster board with different color construction paper.
  • Top right are some decorations above the food table.
  • Bottom left is a plastic box found at Dollar Tree with construction paper on each sides, perfect to hold silver wear. 
  • Finally, bottom right is a Minecraft "tree", green chocolate covered marshmallows on a stick.

Hang Minecraft balloons around the house.  
I used black duct tape on the balloons.

Some Minecraft themed snacks.

The coal is made of rice krispie treats with black food coloring.

This was made by my brother's girlfriend.  
The top is a Minecraft cake and bottom layer is a Mario inspired.

Finally, the kiddos had to match the theme too!
Green shirts and duct tape!

Are you ready for your Minecraft party?

This party was inspired by ideas on Pinterest and other sites.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Ultimate Easter Basket from VTech & Giveaway

Easter is right around the corner, do you have your baskets ready?

How about some VTech toys instead of the usual chocolates and candies?

Look at this colorful and fun Easter basket.  

Any kid would absolutely jump up and down if their basket looked like that.

My kids still love their InnoTab, and they are so excited about these two new games.  It's educational without them even noticing.

Here's some info about the toys:

InnoTab® Disney Planes software cartridge (Ages 4-7 years; MSRP: $24.99)
-          Eight interactive training games on this InnoTab software teach children counting, memory, directions, logic and more. Move the tablet to tilt Dusty's wings to select the higher number to learn math!
-          Children can also read the Planes e-book, look through the story dictionary and get creative with a fun photo activity. (Camera games compatible with all InnoTab systems with a camera.)

InnoTab  Bubble Guppies software cartridge (Ages 3-6 years; MSRP: $24.99)
-          Includes "Bubble Puppy" e-book with story dictionary, seven games, a photo activity, free play and collection mode! Join the Bubble Guppies as they take care of Bubble Puppy on this pet learning game!
-          Teaches creativity, color matching, counting, reading, life science, vocabulary and more. It's pet-care discovery with the Bubble Guppies!

Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Vehicles (Ages 1-5 years; MSRP: $7.99)
-          These electronic play vehicles are perfectly sized for little hands and entertain children with a light-up button that activates music and sounds.
-          Little ones will also learn about different letters and vehicle names through pretend play. 

Switch and Go Dinos® Turbo Assortment (Ages 3-8 years; MSRP: $9.99)
-          Kids can rev up the action with flywheels that let the dinos race and roar across the floor. Each dino also emits realistic vehicle and dinosaur sounds and phrases that teach fun facts about each dino.
-          The range features six new dinos, including Dart the Triceratops, Zipp the T-Rex, Spur the Stegosaurus, Fray the Ankylosaurus, Cruz the Spinosaurus and Spinner the Stygimoloch.

That's a happy Child!

Bubble Guppies is one of her favorite shows to watch, and the InnoTab game has kept her busy.  She's been enjoying it a lot.

This little guys hasn't let go of the Switch and Go Dino! 
How genius to combine a car and a dinosaur!

Want your kids to get these awesome toys too?

GIVEAWAY:  One very lucky Kids and Deals reader will win a all four toys featured in this post!  (enter through the rafflecopter form below)

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Disclosure: The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Justice League Comics in Cereal Boxes

Breakfast has become even more exciting for your little ones! 
You can now find a Justice League Comic book in each box of cereal.  This definitely made my boys excited!  I think it's fun for kids to get a gift, but I'm even more excited that the gift is a book.  It encourages reading, and it's not a little plastic thing that will end up in the trash in two days.

You can also find some fun cutouts on the back of the box. 
Make sure to look for these fun boxes at Target!

Participating Big G cereals include:
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ (12.2 oz. and 21.25 oz.)
  • Lucky Charms™ (20.5 oz.)
  • Honey Nut Cheerios™ (12.25 oz. and 21.6 oz.)
  • Trix™ (10.7 oz.)
  • Cookie Crisp™ (11.25 oz.)
  • Reese’s® Puffs® (13 oz.).
Visit to get more information and view exclusive General Mills and DC Comics content.

Disclosure: I received the information and free cereal from General Mills through Platefull Co-Op. I did not receive any other form of compensation, all opinions are 100% mine.