Hey hey! Couple quick things before we get going with this post…
- I still have yet to hear from the winner of the Stella and Dot giveaway! If you haven’t already, head over to the original post to see if it was you. If I don’t hear from the winner within 24 hours, I’ll choose a different winner.
- My Stella and Dot online trunk show will be available until December 2nd, so if you’re still interested in purchasing (and getting entered to win the “Mystery Hostess” giveaway, be sure to check out the trunk show!
- The winner for the Personalized Signature Tree Print giveaway will be chosen this Wednesday, so you’ve still got time to enter if you haven’t already.
- I have yet another giveaway to share with you all today. Crazy, right? I know.
Man. I have long underestimated the idea of a sweet potato for lunch.
I don’t know why, because I looooove me some sweet potatoes, but for whatever reason, I hardly ever think to make them at lunch. Maybe it’s because I think they’ll take too long (which is hardly the case – this thing was done in less than 15 minutes), or maybe it’s because I usually just think of them for dinner? But whatever the reason, that’s gonna change. Quickly.
I cooked today’s sweet potato in the microwave for about 5 minutes before sprinkling it with a little S&P and popping it in the toaster oven for about 10 minutes (to make the skin nice and crispy!). I switched up the toppings and wound up pairing it with a wedge of The Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese spread, and all I’ll say is WOW. Try this.
I also finished up some roasted asparagus that we had leftover from the weekend, which I cooked the same way as the last time I made it. Super filling, super good.
Speaking of weekend dinners…the asparagus actually came from a Saturday night’s dinner, but I just have to share last night’s dinner deliciousness.
In my book, you can never go wrong with a bowl of pasta, grilled chicken, sautéed peppers and onions, lots of marinara sauce, and parmesan cheese. Really. It just doesn’t get much better.
This bowl of pasta was actually made up of some new-to-me pasta, which I have a feeling you guys are also going to be interested in.
I was immediately intrigued by the veggie pasta so I decided to give that one a shot for dinner, and while I didn’t notice a huge difference in the flavor (maybe the fact that it was loaded with other stuff had something to do with it?) it was definitely a hit in this house.
As a celebration of their new packaging and products, Barilla has also launched a new gaming application for iPhone and Droid, “Capture the Pasta,” that offers some pretty awesome prizes (you can check it out here).
The game is a virtual scavenger hunt that encourages users to “capture” the virtual pasta shapes near their location for a chance to win one of more than 1,000 instant prizes; amongst the prizes are weekly chances to win Italian-inspired trips in the US and the grand prize of a trip to Italy. Ohhhh, how I would love to visit Italy some day…
To help celebrate the newly launched products and gaming application, Barilla is offering up a sweet little giveaway for all of you STSL readers!
One lucky reader will receive a $25.00 Visa gift card + coupons to purchase your own Barilla products.
To Enter: Leave a comment on this post saying anything nice and positive that you’d like to share. Positive comments always help brighten anyone’s day, don’t they?
**The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been chosen. Thank you to all who entered!**
I’ll choose a random winner tomorrow, Tuesday November 20th. Good Luck!!