CLOSED @kraftfoods Macaroni & Cheese Homestyle Dinner Giveaway

I am excited to be sharing a food review today with you all! For some reason I am all of a sudden fascinated with food choices and fast meal ideas, maybe it is because I have one in soccer, a preschool aged child and a toddler. This Mama is getting busier by the minute! When KRAFT asked if I was interested in tasting their new Macaroni & Cheese Homestyle Dinner in three different flavors I was totally game!

KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Homestyle Dinner

I was able to taste test the Hearty Four Cheese Sauce and the Classic Cheddar Cheese Sauce dinners. I plan to cook the Old World Italian with Parmesan and Romano Cheese Sauce sometime over the weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started cooking these other than I noticed that the cheese packages were an almost liquid type of cheese versus the powder cheese you add to most macaroni and cheese products. I knew this was going to be a cheesy meal but what I wasn’t expecting was to have a dinner like this taste like home made baked macaroni and cheese!

Homestyle Hearty Four Cheese

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to actually place the final product in the oven to bake it for a while to increase the home made taste, but I could get that flavor when eating it without placing the meal in the oven. I need a casserole dish and thought I had one but was wrong. If you want a more home made baked macaroni and cheese flavor then you can place this in the oven for a while. Instructions are included on the package. We had this with broccoli to finish off the wonderful meal.

KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Homestyle Dinner 3The kids loved it and so did I. I would highly recommend this to all the macaroni and cheese lovers out there! Simply delicious!

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Corn Refiners Blog Tour: What’s In Your Pantry?

I took part in a pantry hunt to see what is in there and to make my family aware of our sugar intake .. certainly the three heaping spoonfuls I place in my coffee every morning can’t be good for me?!  Anyways our family is obviously pretty big on sugar without even knowing it. During my pantry hunt I was to find at least five items I commonly use in meals or eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner and list what types of sugar are in each. Here is my picture of the five things I found in our cupboard that is considered “our pantry” area …

Corn Refiners Blog TourI read the labels and this is what I found was in each of these for sugars, mind you I am new to this so it’s quite possible I missed something in the ingredients but I was shocked to find what type of things actually have various forms of sugar in them:

  1. Knorr Rice Sides: Chicken Flavor – Corn Syrup & Sugar.
  2. Great Value Chicken Flavored Stuffing Mix – High fructose corn syrup, Dextrose & Sugar.
  3. Great Value Honey Grahams – Sugar, Honey, High Fructose Corn Syrup.
  4. Sunshine Cheese-It Baked Snack Crackers – found no sugars in this.
  5. Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup – found no sugars in this.

Interesting enough, don’t you say? When someone asks me what sugars I intake I automatically think candy bars, soda and the sugar I place in my coffee each morning, rarely do I think that the stuffing mix I had with dinner was going to count towards my daily sugar intake. Want to know what sugar looks like in images? Sugar Stacks website shows you what various levels of sugar looks like, wow is all I can say. This blog tour has educated me very much so and I am happy to have taken part in it.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of the Corn Refiners Association. I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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A Switch Goes off at Age Two

My youngest has me wondering, is there a switch that goes off within moments of turning two that makes a little one start acting out? I would like to say no, because my daughter never went through any curious, defiant type of twos. My daughter waited until she was about six to start with the defiant type attitude I got from AJ at about age two and now Baby K at age two.

Curious TwosThe cute face, the big bright eyes, the handsome smile, it’s all too much to bear really. How can one get upset with a face like that? Baby K is like a little man in a little boys body, many say he appears to be older than he is, almost like a Benjamin Button, by the way I have yet to finish that movie but this weekend I plan to finish it. The enthusiasm behind this boys actions and the words he says is amazing, it’s like he was a born actor.

Whoa HorseyA facial expression for every occasion but watch out because sometimes behind that cute expression you can look deeper to see a bit of “I am going to do something bad next” in that look. Usually it involves his older brother, AJ who is now four years old. It’s like Baby K has decided to get AJ back for all those times AJ was beating on him when AJ was having the curious twos.

Brotherly LoveBaby K now climbs out of his crib at night and refuses to stay in his crib most nights. Two nights in a row this Mama was trying to get some reviews written up, some holiday pitches typed and client work done, however, Baby K decided to climb out of his crib over and over again. The cutest thing ever was sitting on my computer, typing away when out of the corner of my eyes I see a shadow, I look over to the right and there it is; a little two year old boy with a BIG smile on his face peeking out around the corner at me! I had to smile back and laugh, I mean what else can you do, a smile gets a smile in return. Probably not the best decision because then I had a Baby K up and happily building me some lego block towers as well as racing cars all over my desk!

Terrible TwosBaby K is also part monkey, I am totally convinced. If  someone says Monkey in his presence it is followed by him hanging from whatever is close and yes he has even attempted to hang from the kitchen chairs which is quite dangerous if there is no weight on them. Luckily for Baby K I am a quick Mama, the moment he is in the kitchen & one of his siblings decides to call him a monkey my hand automatically goes to the chair to hold it. I love these twos, it’s an age of curiosity about their world, an age to test their limits, an age to see what they are capable of. I survived ages 2 – 4 with AJ and if I could survive that with a child who is easily angered, then I can survive the curious twos with Baby K who is a happier by nature child.

What is your two up to these days? Did they change almost instantly on their second birthday?

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You Are Amazing

Raising girls is so hard, they are always questioning if they are good enough, look just right and for my daughter it’s always why is that girl smaller than me Mama? It’s all about teaching through actions people! Watch this video and leave me some feedback please! Looking forward to helping our daughters with self esteem and who knows maybe it will help you in the end too!

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