Friday Favorites – Week 191 – Featuring 5 Chili Recipes

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Happy November! Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites!  I’m very excited to have kicked off the holiday season here this week.  You can join the fun by entering our Holiday Day Gift Guide Giveaway! The giveaway features a computer and about 50 other great prizes!

I also want to announce that next week I’ll be kicking off my Six Weeks of Christmas Treats Event.  During the event I’ll be posting several great holiday recipes, and we’ll have guest contributors sharing their recipes here.  And there will also be a round up post here on Monday with a linky included.  The linky will be open throughout the holiday season for you to add your recipes. Hope you check it out and share something with us!

Now check out this week’s featured posts: 5 Chili Recipes!

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Friday Favorites – Week 187 – Featuring Soups

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Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites!  Hope you are all having a lovely October so far!  While you’re here today, don’t forget to enter my Harvest Halloween Giveaway. Also, this week I launched a great giveaway from Arm & Hammer in which you could win a prize pack featuring 2 to 3 of their products AND a $100 Visa Card!

Easy Red Lentil Soup

Easy Red Lentil Soup from Gluten Free A-Z Blog

Chicken Chili

Chicken Chili from Saving 4 Six

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup from A Mother’s Shadow

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Friday Favorites – Week 150

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Happy Friday Everyone!  And welcome to Week 150 of Friday Favorites!  Wow! That’s a lot of parties.  Thanks to everyone so much for attending each week and supporting my blog.  To say thanks and celebrate this milestone, I will be having a giveaway in the near future. So stay tuned!  In the mean time, check out my first giveaway of the year in the sidebar.  And of course check out our features and link up! [Read more…]

Bertolli Soups & Risottos – Review & Giveaway

With the coming of the cool fall weather (not to mention, the cold winter ahead),  I love to make warm hearty meals like soups!  Bertolli has a fantastic line of Meal Soups, Risottos, and Meals that go from the freezer to the stove top, to your table in minutes!

I love Bertolli!  Their products smell and taste so fresh!  And they are just as good as food from a fine restaurant or something made from scratch!

Earlier this year I tried their Roasted Chicken & Rotini Pasta Soup, and I really enjoyed it, so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to try some new products from Bertolli! [Read more…]

Bertolli Meal Soup: A Special (And Easy!) Weeknight Meal


This week my husband and I had a very special (and super quick and easy to make) weeknight meal from Bertolli. Bertolli Frozen Meal Soups are hearty and fresh-tasting soups made with vegetables, meats, pasta and herbs individually flash frozen at the peak of freshness.
They are available in four varieties: Chicken Minestrone, Roasted Chicken & Rotini Pasta, Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken, and Tuscan-Style Beef with Vegetables.

We decided to try the Roasted Chicken & Rotini Pasta. This soup features roasted white meat chicken, pasta, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and celery in a savory chicken broth.

I was very amazed by the taste and quality of the soup.  As soon as I opened the package and poured the contents into the pot, I could smell the ingredients (even though the soup was frozen).  It was also amazingly fast and convenient.  Just add one cup of water, and then boil and simmer for five minutes.  That’s right! Just 5 minutes!

And once cooked, the soup smelled and tasted just as fresh as something you would make from scratch or get at a restaurant.  In fact, my husband liked it so much, he inquired about taking it for his lunch!

I served it up with a simple grilled ham and cheese sandwich and crackers.  On a cool winter’s day, it made for a deliciously comforting meal!


6 More Tips to Help Make Your Week Night Meals Special:

1. Table Decor – Set the mood with candles, place cards, or just a simple table cloth.

2. Talk & Share – Go around the table and have everyone share something that happened to them that day.

3. Conversation Jar – On slips of paper, write different conversation topics. Then place the slips of paper in a jar and and draw them out of the jar at meal time for fun and meaningful conversations at the table.

4. Restaurant Quality Meals at Home – With convenient entrees like Bertolli Meal Soups, serve a basic salad and a sandwich or bread. Place on the table at the same time or serve in courses.

5. The “Good Kid” Plate – When one of your kids has been exceptionally good or accomplished something great in school, sports, or the like, bring out the “good kid” plate.  This could simply be a plate that’s different from everyone else’s at the table.  Or perhaps it might include a special surprise.  You could also serve that child’s favorite meal that evening.

6. Don’t forget the dessert!


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Disclosure: I was compensated by Bertolli to participate in the Weeknight Meal Special Challenge. 

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