Monday, March 14, 2011
Poppy is a pot-bellied pig who has big dreams - big! With the love and support of her family and friends, she aspires to become a star, but finds that making it big is not as easy as she thinks. Poppy tries ballet, singing and runway modeling before discovering what she loves most: skating.
A timeless lesson in perseverance and following your heart, this is a lovely picture book for preschoolers and up. Written by skating great, Kristi Yamaguchi and illustrated by Tim Bowers.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This is a sponsored review by BlogHer and Newman's Own.
Because I never pass up an opportunity to get out of cooking dinner, I was more than happy to review Newman's Own Thin and Crispy pizza.
I will admit that I am more of a make-it-from-scratch kind of cook. I like to know exactly what is going into our meals. Pizza nights at our house usually involve me retrieving my old, but trusty (and dusty), bread maker from the basement. I make the crust (does using a bread maker really count as 'from scratch'?), stretch it out with my hands into a shape somewhat resembling a circle, and then add sauce, cheese, and whatever toppings I have on hand.
In other words, it is a time consuming ordeal. An ordeal of love, but, still, an ordeal.
One of the reasons I wanted to try the Newman's Own pizza, other than the picture of Paul Newman's dreamy blue eyes on the box, was because I knew the ingredients in the products are always all-natural. No modified food starch, no sodium nitrate, no modified corn starch. No artificial colors or flavors. It makes buying a frozen pizza guilt-free.
My family of four split the Margherita pizza
and the four cheese pizza
Here's the skinny...
Things we loved:
- The crust was perfectly light and crispy. Not too filling, and it held the toppings well.
- There were real, flavorful herbs and juicy tomatoes on the Margherita pizza. It definitely didn't have that 'frozen pizza' feel.
- The cooking time was short; only about 12 minutes.
- No leftovers!
Things we didn't love:
- The size. As with most frozen pizzas, these were smaller than what you would usually get from a pizza parlor. We plowed through two easily.
All in all, a good, natural convenient food option. I served ours with a summer board of veggies and fruit, making it a pretty healthy meal.
Do you know what else I like about Newman's own? ALL profits go to charity. Newman’s Own Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to donate all profits to charity. Over $300 million has been given to thousands of charities since 1982.
Now for the fun part. I get to give away a Newman’s Own Gift Basket valued at $75. To enter, leave a comment by October 31, 2010 telling me what your favorite pizza topping is.
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