Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
There is only one thing that could shake me from my depressed stupor of fruitlessness--Butter Checkers. These are only my favorite snack in the whole world. And I haven't had them for 4 years. Why have I refrained from my favorite snack for such a period? Because they disappeared. Gone. Without a trace from the grocery shelves. I have been writing desperate letters to Frito-Lay and filling out grocery request cards continuously for 4 years trying to get these back in the store. And yesterday...the heavens opened and there they were. I should have bought the store out, but I saved some for you to try. If you like pretzels at all, these will make you very happy. They are so buttery, yet so light. So salty, yet so refreshing. Please, go try them, start your own addiction and help me keep them from disappearing ever again.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
In my downstairs bathroom, I have a very old, troubled toilet. It's seen better days. It's terribly slow at flushing, so it gets major hard water stains and just generally looks dingy. It's always been so hard to clean. But then I met Lysol Complete Clean and everything changed. I just squirt it around the bowl, leave it for a little bit, and then come back and do a quick swipe with the toilet brush. Looks like new. Nothing else I have tried has worked this well. The only minus is if you spill some on the seat, and you don't wipe it up right away, it will stain the seat blue. I did this about a month ago and I can still see the blue. But it's shows I cleaned, so I'm proud of it. No relationship is perfect. I'm still in love, the lasting kind.
Friday, January 21, 2011
I want to tell you about my favorite thing, Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake. I am pretty sure this is what actual and authentic Mayans ate, because it is delicious. Kashi makes an excellent frozen entree. The Mayan Harvest Bake is a revelation. It's all natural, it's VEGAN (which I also am, for select meals), it's got 18g of whole grains, 8g of fiber, 9g of protein and a million g of flavor. I feel so healthy and eco-friendly when I am eating this. The stigma of eating a microwave dinner, all alone, in front of the TV, in your underwear, totally dissolves for Kashi's treasures. Instead of appearing to be a socially-impaired slob, I look like an enlightened yogi while consuming these. They are great for my image. But most importantly, it is delicious. It is made with plantains, black beans, sweet potato, kale, 7grain pilaf, amaranth, polenta, and spicy ancho sauce, all sprinkled with roasted pumpkin seeds. It's sweet and spicy and satisfying and makes me love Oregon. It makes me want to go hug a tree for dessert. They are so good, I would TOTALLY pay $7.99 to have this in a restaurant (of course, then I would also expect a side salad with house dressing, a refillable bread basket, and cloth napkins, but the fact remains).
I think you should try this, but if it doesn't sound like your thang, honorable mention goes to Lemon Grass Coconut Chicken and Tuscan Veggie Bake. Kashi makes a bunch of these things and I have been impressed with all the ones I have tried.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Mini Popsicles, Car's Chicken Noodle Soup (Campbell's) and a plastic Christmas Jell-O mold--The perfect trio of heroes to battle a toddler's stomach flu. I didn't know this until my friend Sarah came to our rescue, but I'll never forget it. The soup and the Jell-O mold are self-explanatory, so I'd like to tell you about these awesome little Popsicles. First of all, they are small, surprisingly small, but they don't come with a mini price tag. They cost the same as a regular-size Popsicle, which may bug you a bit, until you finally see a look of recognition on your listless child for the first time in 9 hours as you waive the box in front of their despondent face. And the size is just right for a sick toddler who can only tolerate the tiniest amount of substance before it's all over the floor again. They also have just the right proportion of stick to Popsicle, so that a chubby little fist can hold it without freezing it's fingers and causing another sick toddler melt-down (no pun intended). The other thing I love about them is that they are slow melting, due to the added gelatin. This means a glassy-eyed little one can go into a hypnotic trance while watching Howard's End in your lap at 3:30 a.m., and the vomit all over your Pj's won't be contaminated with a single drop of melting Popsicle. For me, they are the new staple for taking care of my ailing little ones.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
BetterOats has appealing-looking boxes. This is the first reason I tried this product. I also like that they contain individually packed servings. They are microwavable. The pouch doubles as a measuring cup for your water. They come in interesting flavors. And they actually don't taste that bad. They are made of some good stuff, for example, the Chai spiced Oatmeal contains organic oats, flaxseed, quinoa, barley, rye, wheat, and "natural flavor" (whatever that means). That's a whole lot of old people ingredients, so you know it's good for you. It's also a good source of Omega-3, and I hear I need to start worrying about Omega-3 at my advanced age. But here's the good news: They make a Dark Chocolate flavor. And it's made with REAL chocolate, not carob, not that fake chocolate flavored WAX that those other cereals are touting as food. It's got chocolate chips, cocoa, and cocoa butter (and as I read the label--chocolate liquor!! Who knew breakfast could be this good?), so you know it's going to have some legitimate flavor. That sounds great, right? Well, it's certainly not bad for oatmeal. You should try it. At your age, you can't afford not to.