New Adventures

Don’t you just love trying new things? Going rock climbing, or parachuting out of an airplane sounds exciting! Well I have decided on something a lot less dramatic. I am now an affiliate with Amazon. Why Amazon, you’re probably wondering? Well, for starters they are like a giant warehouse that has thousands of products to try. And, if you are a prime member you get even better deals.

Save 30.0% on select products from Dogswell with promo code 30SOFT, through 3/31 while supplies last.

The link above is for a product for dog treats by a company called Dogswell. Ok now you’re wondering why on Earth is he talking about dog treats, right? Well, because my family and I have decided to adopt a dog and I have been looking at different products that I thought would be good for her. This product seemed to be to be one of the top products out there. And their are designed with no gluten for petesake!

So if you are in the market for some treats for your dog that have some good benefits like helping with their skin and coat, or for older dogs their hips and joints, click on the link above for a limited time offer and save 30%! But you better hurry because with treats this good and deals this great, these products are flying off the shelves!!!

One more thing. I haven’t tried these myself yet because I don’t have a dog at the time I am posting this. However I did do some research on it and found this website, Consumer Affairs, that has reviews of people that have tried it. Now as with all products, there are good reviews and not so good ones so you will have to check them out and make the final decision yourself on if you want to try Dogwells’ treats. Check out the link and see some of the reviews. I do plan on using them once we do get our dog!!

Mostaccioli: Baked goodness for sure, and it won’t break the bank!!

This is a picture from the online recipe…the one I made is below..

Years ago, I used to live in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. On occasion I would walk around the neighborhood checking out the many different restaurants and trying a few items on the menu from time to time. One of those walks took me down along W. 7th St., and I came across a restaurant called Cossetta’s Italian Market and Pizzeria. I have often since returned to this establishment because they serve some of the best Italian inspired dishes in Minnesota. I loved their Mostaccioli, that they served as a side dish to their entrées.

Recently, as in this past weekend, I was in the mood for some Italian food. I had thought of taking the family on a day trip to Duluth to have some spaghetti and meatballs at Grandma’s Saloon & Grill, but with it being Winter and all, I decided it would be best to keep it local. However, as I thought about what I wanted I realized that often times when I want something I can usually find a good recipe online and make it myself at home. I have pretty much mastered the Zuppa Toscana from Olive Garden, which my son loves. So, I did just that. I went online and found a pretty easy recipe at . There were only 7 ingredients, and I had most of them already in my pantry. I did change out the mild or hot Italian sausage for sweet Italian sausage though, because my son hasn’t yet developed a pallet for spicy foods. Otherwise, I just followed the recipe and, well, it was awesome! My son loved it as did my wife, both of which are my favorite food critics!! It didn’t take long for the prep work and after it was all put together I baked it for about 25 minutes to get the cheese all good and melted. 

So, the morrow of this story is, when you are itching for a good meal and want to keep the costs down as much as possible, just make it yourself! You will be surprised how easy it is, and the cost is much more affordable than taking a family of say 3 or more out to a restaurant. 

This is my finished classic…

Delicious Chicken Tetrazzini

While chatting with some co-workers about nothing in particular, I had suddenly got the idea that I wanted to have some Chicken Tetrazzini. Not just have it, but I wanted to make it as it’s something that I had never done. I brought it up in our conversation and was given several ideas about what pasta to use, and different sites I could find a recipe. So, I got on my computer and Googled “Chicken Tetrazzini” and of the many websites that came up, I chose this one. There was no rhyme or reason to my decision, but it was just the first one that I clicked on. 

So, I perused the recipe and mapped out what ingredients that I needed to grab from the store on the way home. I stopped by my local Hy-Vee on the way and grabbed the items I needed and headed home to cook. Just so you know, I love those bags of Tyson Chicken pieces, I keep several bags of it in my freezer. I just thaw them out and they are ready to go, as they are already cooked. I found some Linguini noodles in my cabinet and used them for my pasta and followed the recipe along with the video that Natasha has on her site and cooked up this dish. When I try new dishes, I judge the success of the dish by how my son and wife react. And by their reactions, my son cleaned his plate without me having to say a word to him, I knew it was a success! My wife loved it as well, ok not the mushrooms as much, but she said it was really tasteful and delicious. 

Here is the link to Natasha’s Kitchen and her recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini. Try it and you too will be to amaze your family!

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