Try This Shrimp Scampi Tortellini Kabobs Recipe for a Make-Ahead Easy Dinner #EasyPrepMeals #shop #cbias

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Make-Ahead Shrimp Scampi and Tortellini Kabobs Dinner #EasyPrepMeals #shop #cbias
You all know (probably because I complain about it often) that our household is a very busy one.  Two things that results from this hectic lifestyle are ordering takeout far more often than we should and serving the same easy dinners week after week.  Even though those meals are favorites around here, we are in desperate need of new dinner ideas to help us get out of this rut, especially for those weekdays when we don't get home until 7pm after being at Taekwondo classes for two hours.

Recipe creation is not my strong suit.  I usually need some inspiration from something I see on another blog, on Pinterest, or a new product that has caught my attention, like Campbell's Sauces.  These sauces come in several varieties both for skillet pan dinners and slow cooker dinners.  It's meal solutions such as this product that get my brain working on new ideas for quick dinners that my husband and I can prepare for our family.  Checkout our latest recipe for a meal you can mostly prepare ahead of time and have for dinner tonight with very little prep time . . .

Easy make-ahead shrimp dinner with the help of Campbell's Skillet Sauces #EasyPrepMeals #shop #cbias

Recipe:  Shrimp Scampi Tortellini Kabobs + Dipping Sauce

Campbell's Scampi Skillet Sauces (1 pouch for every 3 people)
2lbs large uncooked shrimp (shelled and deveined)
10oz whole Bella mushrooms (halved)
20oz package of fresh rainbow tortellini
1lb cherry tomatoes (washed and dried)
shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp butter
6" bamboo skewers
Campbell's Skillet Sauces and Slow Cooker Sauces at Stop and Shop Supermarkets #EasyPrepMeals #shop #cbias
Campbell's Skillet and Slow Cooker Sauces at Stop & Shop

Tip:  The tortellini, shrimp, and mushrooms can be prepared ahead of time.  If you choose to cook some or all of those ingredients in advance, store them in the refrigerator tightly covered on or off the skewers.  Then simply warm them in the microwave before serving.

Step 1.  Boil water and cook tortellini per package instructions.  (Do not overcook so that the tortellini will stay intact when skewered.)  Then drain and set aside.

Step 2.  Put 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp butter into a skillet over medium heat.  Add minced garlic.  Saute over medium heat until garlic is fragrant.  Add shrimp and saute for approximately 5 minutes or until shrimp becomes opaque.  (Do not overcook.)  Remove shrimp from heat and set aside.
How to prepare a make-ahead Shrimp Scampi Tortellini Kabobs dinner #EasyPrepMeals #shop #cbias

Step 3.  If you haven't already done so, wash the mushrooms and cut them in half.  Then in a separate skillet (or wash the one you used for the shrimp) melt 2 Tbsp of butter and saute the mushrooms for approximately 10 minutes over medium-high heat.  Remove from heat when mushrooms are tender and set aside.

Step 4.  Using your 6" skewers, create kabobs of shrimp, tortellini, mushrooms, and uncooked cherry tomatoes.  (You can customize your kabobs to each family member's preferences.  Our youngest son doesn't like mushrooms, so I made several kabobs without mushrooms.)
Shrimp Tortellini Mushroom Tomato Kabobs #EasyPrepMeals #shop #cbias

Step 5.  Pour the contents of you Campbell's Scampi Skillet Sauces pouch (or pouches) into a saucepan. Over low heat and while stirring, heat the sauce until warm and smooth.  Remove from heat and spoon into individual dipping bowls.  Allow sauce to cool for 5 minutes.  Then sprinkle shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese on top.

Step 6.  Briefly rewarm skewers in the microwave and serve immediately with the Scampi dipping sauce on the side.

This meal is great served with garlic bread or a salad.  The whole family enjoyed it (young picky eaters included).  The best thing is that you can make the skewers ahead of time, so all you'd need to do is heat the dipping sauce on the stove and warm the skewers in the microwave to get this delicious and quick dinner on the table on a busy night.  The garlic bread and salad are optional.  For those, we almost always opt for frozen garlic bread and Caesar salad in a bag.
Shrimp Scampi Dipping Sauce for Tortellini Shrimp Kabobs #EasyPrepMeals #shop #cbias

Of course, you can make your own variations of these Shrimp Scampi kabobs to fit your own family's tastes.  What else would you add to your kabobs?

If you like this dinner idea, be sure to Pin It for later . . . 
Easy make-ahead Shrimp Scampi Kabobs dinner #EasyPrepMeals #shop #cbias

If you are look for more dinner ideas, visit your local Stop & Shop or Giant Supermarket for an in-store demo on Saturday, May 3rd.  The demos will take place in select locations, so be sure to call your local store to check if there is a demo scheduled in advance.  Also be sure to checkout all the delicious-looking skillet pan ideas and slow cooker ideas from Campbell's Sauces on Facebook!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Overindulging with a Trio of Cakeballz Ready-to-Eat Cake Balls!

Cakeballz ready-to-eat cake balls
Thank you to Cakeballz for providing complimentary cake balls samples for us to base this review upon.  All opinions expressed are my own.

If you have a sweet tooth like I do, then you will love Cakeballz. These bite-sized treats come in three delicious flavors . . . Red Velvet, Chocolate, and Birthday Cake, that are sure to satisfy any sugar craving. These mini cakes are perfectly sized and come in a package of three so you get all the deliciousness of fresh cake without all the guilt. Cakeballz are moist balls of cake covered in hard chocolate and sprinkles; and they are yummy!

I expected the Cakeballz to be good, but I had no idea they would be as tasty as they are! They were really fresh and moist and all three flavors tasted awesome. The chocolate and birthday cake flavors were my personal favorites, but my husband loved the red velvet. I wasn’t disappointed in any of them at all. A package of three is perfect to satisfy my craving without making me feel like I'm overindulging, plus I really am satisfied, so I don’t go out searching for more sweets once I’ve finished. These are also very handy for taking on-the-go or in lunchboxes because they are small and not messy. My kids loved them and have already asked when we can go buy more.

We really enjoyed trying these and I will undoubtedly be buying them in the future to snack on. You can find Cakeballz at many Walgreens stores nationwide. Visit their website at to find a Walgreens that carries them near you.  You can also keep a lookout for Cakeballz coming to your local 7-Eleven stores in May!

Introduce Your Little Girl to the Fun & Music of The Beatrix Girls Pop-Stars Dolls! (Prize Pack Giveaway)

Thank you to The Beatrix Girls for providing a prize pack for our giveaway prize and for sending an additional prize pack to me as a thank you for sharing these fashion dolls and their new music CD with my readers.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Brayden, the purple-haired lead guitarist and songwriter of the pop-star girl band The Beatrix Girls has already been welcomed into our home.  Our 7 year old daughter saw her in the tween clothing store Justice and knew that this doll was what she wanted to spend her birthday money on.  Now she looks forward to adding the other three 12" fashion dolls to her collection.

Each of The Beatrix Girls (Lark, Ainsley, Brayden, and Chantal) has her own personality.  They are all empowered, goal-oriented girls who know what they like and know who they are.  A fun way to introduce your little girl to The Beatrix Girls is to watch the short Beatrix Girls webisodes available on their website,, like the one below . . .

In addition to Justice stores, you can find The Beatrix Girls dolls at Toys"R"Us, Walmart,, and other major toy retailers.  When you purchase a doll, be sure to look for the VIP pass on the packaging that has a code to join the Trixie Fan Club, which allows your little fan to download free MP3s from The Beatrix Girls and more.

Other fun ways to learn more about The Beatrix Girls . . . 

Enter to win a Beatrix Girls prize pack . . . 

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Our Neighborhood Radio Shack Store is Packed with Options to Bring Our DIY Tech Projects to Life #LetsDIT #shop #cbias

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Shopping at Radio Shack for DIY tech projects #LetsDIT #shop #cbias
It's no secret how much every member of our family embraces technology.  With my husband working in IT, we are pretty well-versed in where to shop for our various tech needs.  Those needs can range anywhere from shopping for a new mobile phone to building a custom charging station to accommodate multiple devices per person for five people.  This DIY tech project was just one of the reasons we headed to Radio Shack last week.  We also wanted to checkout the Boogie Board eWriters we recently heard about (to replace those old magnetic doodling boards we finally had to get rid of) and to find out what options there were for robotics components and kits for our 10 year old son.  The latter is not something I think a big box store would carry, but I knew that Radio Shack, who caters to DIYers and hobbyists, would.

Radio Shack fits so well with our tech-loving family's lifestyle #LetsDIT #shop #cbias

Our local Radio Shack store is not a big one, but it is conveniently located in the largest mall in New England.  You will be amazed when you walk in the store to see how organized the store looks, while still being packed full of product.  After the courteous associate showed us where the Boogie Boards were located and we made our color choices, we noticed that there were robotics kits for children on the shelves right above them.  Then we looked to our right and saw the colored SOL Republic headphone bands our son had been hinting about.  I can't think of any other store where I can see three things I would be interested purchasing without wandering through aisle after aisle.
Shopping for Boogie Board LCD eWriter tablets at Radio Shack #LetsDIT #shop #cbias

A small store definitely does not mean a small selection at Radio Shack.  I think their secret is that they display only a small handful of each item and replenish them as they sell out, rather than giving each sku multiple spots.  As a customer, this is fine with me.  I never need to purchase 20 of the same thing . . . just one or two.  I also appreciate being able to see everything available without needing to conduct an extensive search.
Vast selection of wireless accessories at Radio Shack #LetsDIT #shop #cbias

Ultimately, we purchased two Boogie Boards and an HDTV antenna.  My husband has missed watching some games on TV since we switched to strictly streaming video.  We did look at components for building a custom charging station, but decided we weren't ready to move forward with it just yet.  We still need to figure out a few other aspects of the charging station to make it look organized and user-friendly.  The associate suggested we look for more ideas on since their site offers free shipping to our local Radio Shack store or to our home on orders over $25.  We also checked out the robotics components where our son could build robots from scratch, but we decided against it for now since I'm not ready to trust our 10 year old with a soldering iron.  The great thing is that we can stop back for any of the items we didn't purchase that day the next time we're in the mall!
Fun with Boogie Board LCD eWriter tablets from Radio Shack #LetsDIT #shop #cbias

I remember shopping at Radio Shack with my dad when I was younger than my children are now.  It's almost like going to the corner hardware store . . . you can find everything you need for your latest project and get personalized and friendly service.

It is on my to-do list to return to Radio Shack to pick an associate's brain about getting our son started on DIY robotics projects before summer arrives.  I also need to check the trade-in values of all our old mobile phones, tablets, headphones, cameras, video games, and more online, so we can come back to take advantage of Radio Shack's Trade & Save Program (not available at franchise locations).  What better way to reduce our clutter and to pay for new gadgets on our family's wishlist?

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