S’mores Bash in a Bucket:Hershey’s Camp Bondfire

It’s been blazing hot in Arizona; if we aren’t at the pool we are indoors with the air conditioning at full blast!  Hershey’s has a terrific campaign going on right now to celebrate family, friends, memorable moments and summer,  called Camp Bondfire.  On their facebook page, they are giving away a fire pit and s’mores skewer set to fans who sign up to be campers.  How fun is THAT?

With Tucson’s triple degree temperatures, I decided to take my s’mores party indoors. While I love sitting around a fire, the weather just doesn’t support it.  I almost think our little party worked out better this way, though.  I had the kids help me line graham crackers on a pan with a Hershey’s square on each cracker and a marshmallow on top.  I put them in the oven for a few minutes and then let the kids put the s’mores together.  They were a big hit.  HUGE!

The only issue we had was Paige having a complete meltdown once she realized she could not eat ALL the s’mores herself.  I sent all the kids home was some s’mores in their buckets and told them to share the bash in their buckets with family members at home.

Look at this sad face, as she tries to stuff as many s’mores into her mouth as possible!

If you need some inspiration, and you’re looking to create memorable moments with your family head on over to Hershey’s facebook page, where you’ll find an interactive application.  A terrific group of bloggers from The Motherhood will serve as camp counselors,  share their own special memories and ideas on how to create new ones with your own families.

Disclosure: This post is part of my participation in the Hershey’s Camp Bondfire campaign, but all opinions expressed are 100%  my own.

Lasagna in Less than 20 Minutes!

I’ve made homemade lasagna ONCE in my life.  It was actually pretty good, but expensive, and it took me forever!  It wasn’t your traditional dish though, this was healthy lasagna;  using half soy crumbles, half turkey.  You could definitely taste the difference.

My family is currently in Georgia right now, with my parents, and my dad is going through chemo and radiation for throat cancer.  We are constantly looking for foods that are full of flavor, but aren’t too spicy, as they hurt my dad’s throat.  I knew my Southern parents would not be fans of my “soy-lasagna”, so I was thrilled when I was asked to review Marie Callender’s Three Meat & Four Cheese Lasagna.

Marie Callender's Lasagna reviewMy mom, dad, and husband all doubted that it would be any good because their only experiences with frozen lasagna had not been favorable.  Burnt edges, lacking in flavor, not enough cheese.  I, however, remained optimistic.  After all, Marie Callender’s must know it has a pretty decent product if it’s willing to put a money back guarantee right on the box.  I love that!  Nothing is worse than spending your hard earned money on a product and not being satisfied with it. Just sayin’.

Marie Callender’s Three Meat and Four Cheese Lasagna comes in a special baking tray designed to prevent the edges from burning or the center from staying frozen – even in the microwave!  Generally speaking, I think food tastes better when prepared in the oven, but I wanted to test this “no-burn” claim and it was 6:30 and my 19 mos. old was getting hungry!  The lasagna can go from freezer to family dinner table in less than 20 minutes by zapping it in the microwave, so that’s exactly what we did.

The lasagna includes three Italian-style meats (sausage, ground beef and pepperoni), layered with four different cheeses (Ricotta, Mozzarella, Parmesan and Romano), in a hearty marinara sauce. Everyone loved it, even the baby.  Score!  Now, if only I can figure out a way to transfer it to a baking dish after it has been cooked–without it falling apart– I might just try to pass it off as my own…

Baby eating lasagnaHave you ever tried frozen lasagna?  What has your experience been?

Disclosure:  Marie Callender’s and TheMotherhood provided me with a coupon in order to facilitate this review and I was compensated for my time. Thoughts are my own and my family’s.

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