Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Giveaway Winner---Cascade Complete

There were a total of 93 entries in this giveaway, and thanks to Proctor & Gamble and MyBlogSpot, 5 winners!

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

53 20 59 14 15
Timestamp: 2011-07-27 21:23:22 UTC

And these correspond to:

Terri L.
Michelle H.
Sandy M.
Kendra G.

Each of these winners will be notified by email, and your prize will be mailed to as soon as I receive your mailing information. Each winner who emails me back a quick review after they try the product will be eligble to win an additional $15 Walmart gift card.

Thanks to everyone who entered, I will have another giveaway within a couple of weeks, please be sure to come back!

Until next time, good cooking, good eating, and good cleaning up afterwards!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Penne Rigota with Sausage and Marinara Sauce

Just in case you haven't noticed, I've been AWOL around here lately. I've been really busy with a new ministry position, I've had computer and internet issues, it;'s hard to cook for just one or two people, and besides, it's just been too hot to cook lately, anyway. They are, alas, just excuses. I sure manage to wrangle up something to eat, I just haven't done anything inspired lately.

So, I thought I'd share one of those quick, I'm the only one home for dinner, it's too hot to turn on the oven, I don't have much in the house anyway, but I gotta have something to eat, semi-homemade kind of meals.

Step one, put some pasta on to cook. Any kind will do. I used penne rigata.

Step two, find some meat of some kind, hopefully one that won't take that long to cook. I chose sausage, because it was what I had on hand and thawed. Slice it up and sort of fry it out or (my first choice) cover it with a little water and par-boil for a couple of minutes. It heats everything up and cooks out the excess grease. Drain the excess water and/or grease.

Step three. Pour on a jar of sauce. In this case, spaghetti sauce, and bring to a simmer. Cover and let cook for a few minutes. Add additional seasoning to taste.

Drain the pasta, pour on the sauce, add some cheese, and voila! Pasta supper for one, with enough leftovers to eat tomorrow.


I love to use frozen chicken fajita strips with Alfredo sauce to make a quick chicken Alfredo.

This works with pretty much any kind of pasta, including leftover!

Do you have a basic semi-homemade go-to meal for those "I don't wanta cook but I'm hungry" times?

Until next time, good (semi-) cooking, and good eating!

Giveaway-Cascade Complete All in 1 ActionPacks

Giveaway is now closed!

One of my favorite kitchen tools of the "not absolutely necessary but it sure is nice to have one" sort is a dishwasher. Over the course of my adult life I've lived in a number of different places with a wide variety of kitchens--sometimes with a dishwasher, sometimes without--and while a dishwasher is not an absolute necessity for a kitchen, I definitely prefer a kitchen with rather without one.

But because I have a small family, I have to admit that there times, when I had a kitchen with a dishwasher, that I didn't always take advantage of the luxury. Sometimes it seemed like too much trouble when we didn't have that many dishes--since I was rinsing them anyway, it seemed to be just as quick to go ahead and wash them by hand. And the absolute worst is pulling out a dish that the dishwasher didn't get quite clean, only to find the residue practically baked on by the heat-dry cycle.

Enter in a new product in the Cascade line of dishwasher products--the new Cascade Complete All-in-1 packs. I love the convenience of using the packs--no pouring (or spilling) messy powders or gels, just pop one in the soap dispenser and run the cycle as usual--but get this--no pre-rinsing is necessary, these packs have the correct amount of Cascade dishwashing detergent, along with a grease cutter and a rinse agent so that every particle is broken down and powered away, and best of all--no spots or residue left behind!

These packs work even on dried on food, so if you have a small family, as I do, you can safely load your dishwasher and wait until the next day, if need be, to run a full load!

As a member of MyBlogSpark, Proctor and Gamble has provided me with 5 trial sized packs of their new Cascade Complete All-in-1 ActionPacks to give away. Then for those five who win the giveaway, each one who emails me a review of the product, will be eligible to win an additional prize of a $15 Wal-Mart Gift Card!

To enter, all you have to do is leave your name and email contact in the form provided, along with a comment telling me which meal you think leaves you with the most dishwashing challenges. This giveaway will run from today, July 17, through July 27 at 3:00 p.m. CST. Winners will be drawn at random.

Giveway is now closed! Thanks to all who entered, winners will be announced shortly!

(The prizes for this giveaway were furnished to me by Proctor and Gamble through MyBlogSpark; however, the opinion stated is that of my own.)