29 August 2014

Pizza Night! DiGiorno Design A Pizza Kit Review

DiGiorno's pizza creations kit allows for you to customize the pizza your way. The packaging is bright and eye appealing, allowing you to see what you should expect from the product.

The directions, turning your oven on to preheat at 400°, gives you time to do the easy prep work and create a masterpiece that is drool worthy to your specifications. I chose the red onion, tomato, spinach and pepperoni product. The portions are perfect, from the size of the pizza to the different toppings, and even the herb mixture to be sprinkled on top. An added bonus, it came with extra cheese! I had to placate the kiddos, and hide the vegetables, so I added a little bacon and some store brand cheddar cheese. 

A quick turnaround is important in this day and age, a whopping 20 minutes on my timer, and I was smelling pizza in the air. Cutting it up was a breeze, then came time for the taste test. Did DiGiorno soar over the chain pizza places and the boxes of others next to it in the freezer section? That was the question of the hour.

It by far surpassed the likes of Tombstone and Red Barron. The flavors blended well together. The sauce was zesty, the onion and tomato were perfect for crunch, the spinach didn't seem to have that soggy out of the freezer taste and texture. The cheese (and extra) melted smoothly. The biggest worry for me was the crust. Too many times the crust is like cardboard or its still a little doughy under the sauce and toppings. This wasn't. The bottom was crispy, offering a small amount of crunch, and there was still a bit of chewiness to it too! It wasn't tough and felt like you were chewing rubber. It had cooked perfectly in 20 minutes. It was a satisfying product for a reasonable price. Especially against the competition and big pizza chains.

An overall review I would give it nine stars out of ten. The product itself was wonderful, but my only hang up was the ease of opening the toppings. While it is a pull apart plastic, it is tough to actually pull apart, and risks the toppings being flung around the kitchen.

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26 August 2014

What I Learned From The Emmys

English: Logo from the television program The ...
English: Logo from the television program The Big Bang Theory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This may be the shortest post ever. I watched and enjoyed the Emmys last night. What I discovered is most every show that is popular, I've never watched. Watching Modern television requires staying awake. Most of my television viewing happens on Netflix, watching shows that have been on for a decade or so. My friends talk about new shows and I just stare. I was recently told I love under a rock. Anyway, I'm apparently really behind on what the "it" shows are.

Top Five Shows I Don't Watch

  1. The Big Bang Theory - I've never seen a single episode, pretty much everyone I know loves it. 
  2. Game of Thrones - See note from above. 
  3. Orange Is The New Black - Ditto on this one too. 
  4. Sherlock
  5. Dr. Who
Yeah, I get a lot of grief over this. 

What I Do Watch
  1. Pretty much anything on Investigation Discovery
  2. Sons of Anarchy
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. Glee
  5. Grey's Anatomy 
The last four are my idea of must see television. I just thing tv programming has changed a lot over the last say 20 years. I like reruns of sitcoms I grew up with. To give you an idea what we watch around here, my kids knew Robin Williams as Mork. New doesn't always mean better.

What are your must watch shows? 

25 August 2014

It's A New Era

High school students
High school students (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My baby is starting high school. The man child is a junior. How did that happen? They were both babies just yesterday it seems like. People always tell you they will grow up before you know it, but I never really believed it. It's so true! Blink and they are nearly grown. I think I'm having some sort of they are nearly gone crisis. Eek! So, I'm going to go drown myself in a Nutella smoothie. Yes, I'll share the recipe later.

To my amazing Tristen and Ashley, I am incredibly proud of you and love you very much. This school year is going to be awesome for you!

11 August 2014

I wish to blow the negativity away!

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Dandelion clock Fran├žais : Fleur de pissenlit en gros plan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lately I realize I hang on to grudges more than I ever would have believed. I am going to blame my Capricorn stubbornness for this. I think it's genetic too, but that's a whole other post. What I'm learning about grudges and my in general poor attitude about certain things is it's really difficult to be happy and peaceful when you are pissy about something. And no, this is not a post about being hacked off at someone, don't go all crazy on my Facebook. This post is a result of a LOT of not so great events crammed into a tiny window of time which left me feeling way more growly and out of sorts than I prefer. That's it. 

This means one thing. Let. It. Go. Three simple little words. If only it was simple to put into practice. Why can't I just let go instead of stewing on stuff until it drives me bonkers? I don't know, but I wish I was one of those people that could just toss away negative thoughts, breathe in, and move on. You people who can do that rock!  I can journal about it, talk about it, pray about it, but very rarely does it go away life I want it to. The end result is far from peaceful, it's more a constant state of gut churning and forced smiles. It drains my happy and makes my brain malfunction.

Instead of letting it go I have to analyze why, how, what could have been done differently, and beat it to death. I even have a friend I generally beat things to death with, especially lately. She and I are masters are pretending everything is fine. We are fine. We both pretend too hard sometimes. We are both Capricorns. Anyway, what we end up with is a lot of pretended to be fine when inside we go from fine to a wreck in .06 seconds, which could make anyone near us think we have perpetual PMS. Now there's a pleasant thought. 

Now that I've spent entirely too much time going on about how I spend entirely too much time beating things to death, what now? Well, my goal for the week is to actually LET IT GO. It can be done, I just have to remember a few things.
  • It's okay to feel it. Sadness, anger, bitterness, whatever the emotion, it's okay to fully feel it. 
  • It's okay to vent about it to, just not forever. Rant, rage, scream, or whatever, it's cool and can make you feel better. But, doing this for all eternity isn't the best plan.
  • So, once I'm done throwing a fit and feeling and possibly wallowing it's time to put the negativity in it's place. This is the let it go part. I've read all sorts of stuff from imagining throwing a ball away to scream to the heavens that you forsake the negativity. I'm leaning toward putting all my negative thoughts into a letter then torching it. Wait, maybe I shouldn't set things aflame. Anyway, still leaning toward writing it all out. 
  • Most importantly I need to remember that negativity is poison. Whether we are talking general negative thoughts and bad moods or all out bitterness toward another person, it's not doing us any favors. Anger hurts us, not the person or situation we are angry about. Giving it the shaft is truly a gift to ourselves. With it comes peace. 
How do y'all deal with negative thoughts and emotions? Are you one of the lucky ones who can just dropkick those things or are you like me and cling for no reason? I'm curious about this. 

01 August 2014

I want to eat, eat, eat!

Steaks on a grill
Steaks on a grill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Apples and bananas! Sorry, I had an overwhelming urge to keep singing this song. I sing it a lot at work during mealtimes. That and a rocking version of Single Ladies revamped to say single babies. Ah, nanny life. Anyway, since my teeth have all decided to crumble and the first round of extractions has been done, I keep thinking of all the things I wish I could eat. It's a long list. It's funny how you crave things you cannot have. Since food is big time on the brain, I bring you the current stars of my food dreams.

  1. Steak. A big, rare juice one. This is my biggest wish so far. Perfect pan seared steak? Yes. Please. 
  2. Kentucky Hot Brown Bake. I truthfully don't even really know what this is, but a friend of mine made one and shared the recipe the other day, and I've wanted to stuff my face with it ever since. It looks delicious! 
  3. Fried chicken. Crispy, juicy comfort food. If I thought there was any way in the world I could chew it, I'd make this perfect fried chicken immediately. It makes me drool. 
  4. Salad. I want a huge salad full of fresh veggies, all crispy and beautiful. This is something that's been difficult for me to eat for months. I miss it so. The salad I would love to have is a chef salad from The Pizza Company in Brownwood, TX. It's honestly one of my favorite foods EVER. I have no clue why it's so good, but it is. Since I'm nowhere close to Brownwood and am not sure this place is even open anymore, I guess I'll have to find a new salad to love. I would love to try this avocado bacon chef salad
  5. Tacos! I want Taco Bell tacos, fish tacos, pork tacos, shrimp tacos! I also really want to try these baked tacos
I have no clue what the point of this post was. Maybe to make your mouth water like mine has been. I am so ready for this dental nightmare to be over so I can eat again. Until then it's liquids and a soft diet. At least I'm losing a few pounds. 

If you had no teeth, what foods do you think you'd crave most?