; Life is like champagne......: 2009-11-29

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Cake

My daughter wanted a Derek Jeter party for her 3rd birthday so I had to be creative with the cake. I while back when I was working, I had gotten a stadium cake mold. Several years later socked away, I pulled it out and managed to make a Yankee stadium out of it. I was worried that I would not have enough cake for 18 people, so I baked a chocolate sheet cake to maybe do a Yankee jersey. Well that was not meant to be, my dog the bight before proceeded to eat half the sheet cake off of the table, alone for one minute and she took complete advantage! I had to make another sheet cake and did it later that night. Turns out I did not need it and used part of the sheet cake for the base of the stadium to raise it up. Made swiss buttercream frosting and managed to make it look a little ornate along with green grass on the field. This cake was being frosted an hour prior to the party so it was as good as I could get!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta

The holidays......starting off with Thanksgiving and ending with the New Year, we are in a constant cooking, baking and eating mode. The feasting begins with the Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and what ever other traditional side you have. Mine is the green jello mold! Then you bake and bake and bake from pies to cookies to what every you get signed up for on the party train. I find myself getting out of the healthy food pattern during this season and feel a need to rope us bake in. Ronzoni has developed a pasta, Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta that benefits the whole family with lower calories and fat than traditional white pasta, and no sodium, preservatives or cholesterol.

Pasta is a staple in my house, using fresh and healthy ingredients such as tomatoes, shrimp, pea pods and broccoli. Taste and texture is important and there is nothing worse than having a pasta taste like cardboard or be brittle when it is cooked. I found the Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta tasted good, no different from the white pasta I have used and the texture was also comparable, it did not break apart or become grain like. But the true test is my daughter, she LOVES pasta.....and she had no problem enjoying this one! I also felt good knowing she was getting calcium and fiber from a meal she enjoyed.
I sauteed some garlic in olive oil, added shrimp, sun dried tomatoes and pea pods with a little white wine. Cooked the Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta according to the directions, added the pasta to the shrimp mixture and sprinkled some Parmesan cheese over it. Served it with a salad and now I felt I was back to healthy eating again!
I am certainly no Supermom, but Ronzoni has developed a spoof video featuring the Smart Taste Supermom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr_pTWuBDds. Check it out for yourself.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Ronzoni Pasta and received a sample of Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta to facilitate my review and a $20 thank-you gift certificate."

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sportsman of the Year...no surprise!

Check out the video interview on Fox & Friends with Derek Jeter. As my 3 year old daughter says "Derek Jeter is a great guy!". I could not have said it better myself.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My gift to her

A picture blanket representing the Yankee games she has gone to starting from when she was 6 months old to this past season. She loved it! Just in case you wanted to know, Walmart does the photo blanket and my mother-in-law trimmed the sides and back with the NY Yankee fleece material.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Do you know this man?

My daughter certainly does! So much so that she had to have her 3rd Birthday party theme of Derek Jeter this past weekend. My daughter also shares the same birthday as Mariano Rivera, who turned 40 this past Sunday. So needless to say I was busy for the past week between Thanksgiving and her Birthday. The posts in the next couple of days will be a glimpse of her party......which was memorable in many ways!

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