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5 random things I’d like to try

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1. MorningStar Farms original sausage patties – I love the MorningStar Farms corn dogs and can’t imagine why I wouldn’t like the sausage, too.

2. Kotex Ultra Thin with Wings pads – yes, you read that right, I want to try out this pad. I have always (like since I was 16) been an Always Ultra Thin Regular with wings girl but they don’t have the “cut-a-way” that the Kotex pad is advertising. It’s been something that has annoyed me for almost ten years. Maybe it’s time to switch things up? (If you’re not ready to switch things up, you can at least get a free sample of the Always Infinity pads here.)

3. A pair of cute earth shoes. A friend of the family has a few pair that she loves, but I hadn’t found a pair that I thought were age-appropriate until I visited their website and began searching. I would wear a pair of the Dharma shoes in bordeaux glossy leather, or a pair of the Solar shoes in black glossy leather. I can’t believe it took me so long to actually go to the site and pick out the shoes I would wear!

4. Something from the new Vickery & Clarke line. CVS has this line of natural beauty products that I have been dying to try. The Detox Face Mask, the Mega Rich Eye Cream and the Hand Creme with Shea Butter are all on my list. Too bad there are no CVS Pharmacies in my area!

5. Fuze – in some of the slenderize flavors. Tangerine Grapefruit and Pomegrantae Acai Berry sound like such intriguing flavors! Maybe I’ll splurge the next time I’m at the grocery store! “7 great flavors, 10 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 4 key ingredients and 1 resolution!”

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A dairy free life

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As of January 1st, I must begin living an absolutely dairy-free life. I am incredibly nervous about this, but since both my primary care physician and my rheumatologist have explained that dairy is obviously a trigger for my immune system, it needs to go.

I love cheese. I would marry cheese. No, really, I have NEVER met a cheese I didn’t like. The stinkiest, most aged, strongest cheese and I are close. Until January 1st.

Why 1/1? Well, I that gives me two weeks to digest the fact that I’m about to change my diet by 175 degrees. I’m bummed and need those two weeks.

Do you live a dairy-free life? If so, do you have any tips for me?

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Perfect Pasta Tips

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A break in the recipes today to share some Betty Crocker perfect pasta tips!

  • Use 2 ounces of dried pata or 3 ounces refrigerated pasta for each serving. Fresh pasta cooks in about 1/4 the time of dried pasta, but cooking times will cary according to the shape.
  • Measure 4 ounces of spaghetti (the perfect amount for two) easily by making a circle with your thumb and index finger the size of a quarter and filling it with pasta.
  • Choose a 3-quart saucepan or larger for cooking pasta for two so the pasta can move freely in the boiling water during cooking.
  • Begin with cold water andadd 1.5 teaspoons salt for every 2 quarts of water. Bring the water to a full boil befor eadding pasta. It should remain boiling during the entire cooking time.
  • Find the best sauce for the box of pasta that’s already in your pantry, follow this handy mix-and-match guide
    • Long thing or wide pasta (capellini, fettuccine, linguine, spaghetti, vermicelli) – choose smooth, thin sauces or thosewith very finely chopped ingredients. They will cling better to the large surface area of these pasta shapes.
    • Short, wide and sturdy pastas (mostaccioli, penne, rigatoni, rotelle, rotini, ziti) – select chunky or heavy sauces. These pasta shapes are strong enouch to hold up to larger pieces of ingredients.
    • Pastas with crevices and hollow areas (cavatappi, farfalle, fusilli, radiatore, gemelli, shells) – try sauces with small pieces of meat and vegetables that can be captured in the hollow areas of these pasta shapes.
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