Year: 2013

Family Favorite: Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Actually this is Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, e Peperoncino — that is, Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil and Chili Pepper.

In honor of launching my self-hosted blog today, I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite staple recipes. Don’t judge a book by its cover. This may not look like much, but this meal packs a punch of yum — I mean, flavor! (more…)


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Review: Annie’s Homegrown Rice Pasta & Cheddar Gluten Free

Annie's Homegrown Mac&CheeseI’ve heard of Annie’s Homegrown macaroni and cheese products for some time and have been wanting to try them, so I was excited to see a single-serving container in my #MamaVoxBox from Influenster. I was even more excited that I got to try their gluten-free option — the Rice Pasta & Cheddar Gluten Free Microwavable Mac and Cheese Cup.

All in all, my family was impressed by their natural ingredients, no artificial flavors, synthetic colors, synthetic preservatives, GMOs, growth hormones, or persistent pesticides.

My husband and I shared some with our toddler, and all of us enjoyed the true cheddar flavor.

However, we’re not big salt people, so we were a little disappointed by the sodium content in one small single-serving container — 470 mg. The ingredients list shows salt in both the cheese and as a standalone ingredient. We prefer to add salt if we find it’s needed, and in this case the salt contained in the cheese would have likely been enough for us, flavorwise. got it from influenster However, many Americans prefer a lot of salt, so that’s par for the course, and it could be much worse.

I would like to try more flavors from Annie’s Homegrown, and I am thankful for the opportunity that we had to try this product.

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary through Influenster.

Not the time or place…

As if my husband and I weren’t dissatisfied enough with Capital One — this morning I saw their new commercial that made me even more glad we switched banks recently. Granted, this commercial is for their Quicksilver credit card — we go by Dave Ramsey’s debt-free Financial Peace plan, so we rarely use credit cards.

The commercial features Samuel L. Jackson, and ends with the following statement:

“Unlimited 1.5% cash-back on every purchase, everywhere, every damn day.”

I know “damn” isn’t considered a majorly terrible swear word, but my toddler and I were catching the weather this morning via “Good Morning America” and this commercial aired.

I’m not a prude — there’s a time and place, and the early morning time slot is not that place. Sure, we hear words stronger than that sprinkled throughout prime time television, but again, that’s prime time, not early morning. Plus, it just feels too contrived in a commercial like this — not very professional.

At least I know who to blame if my toddler comes out with the phrase “every damn day.” Thanks a lot, Capital One.

Save a commercial like this for after the kiddos have gone to bed. (more…)