Friday, October 17, 2008

Ode to Convenience

Sometimes yours truly is a traditionalist when it comes to doing certain things. For example, I believe in making your own marinara sauce and cooking it low and slow. If I ever want my husband to do anything, I make sauce. Most of my friends know that it's the #1 trick I have up my sleeve for getting shit done around here. But let's be honest, sometimes you just don't have the time, patience or gumption to cook a homemade meal from scratch every daggum night. Hence this post. I have been trying a few convenience items here and there, and for the most part, I have liked them. I don't even have very much room to talk when it comes to stress, kids, and the like... it's just my hubs and I so for the most part, I have it pretty easy. For those of you out there who've been teetering on the brink of insanity trying to balance it all, give a few of these pups a try.

#1. Kraft Easy Mac
Comes in a bazillion different flavors, pre-portioned so you won't accidentally down a bucket of mac & cheese. The triple cheese is my favorite so far. Since I'm not originally from the South, I grew up on the stuff in the blue box and I'm not ashamed to say that I still like some Kraft every once in awhile, which basically means 4-5 times per week. 3 and a half minutes in the microwave and this baby is ready to go. Perfect for lunch at work at only 220 calories for the whole thing. Gets the job done.
#2. Ore Ida Steam & Mash Potatoes
Usually I am a total purist when it comes to any and all things potato. But, due to a coupon I had, I decided to try these out. I bought the plain russet variety and Christ on a bicycle, these were good! 10 minutes in the microwave and these little nuggets of starchy joy are steamed up and ready to smash into velvety goodness. Mix in anything you want for added flavor, or you also have the option of buying the roasted garlic, three cheese or some other varieties I can't remember right now. I kept it simple and did a little milk, butter, salt and pepper. They have a great earthy flavor and could easily win a spot on anyone's Thanksgiving table. 80 calories per 3/4 cup, and about 7 servings in each bag. Or three servings if you are me.
#3. Google Chrome
The bomb diggity when it comes to internet browsers. I don't know how all the 1's and 0's work, but it's faster than IE, Safari, or Firefox combined. I highly recommend downloading it if you're not working on some locked down work laptop. You will like. Still a few bugs here and there as it is in Beta..... and by bugs I am referring to freaking Blogger right now as I am trying to edit this damn thing and I can't resize my pictures.... but I'm sure they'll figure them out.
#4. World Market Red Wine Sale. Because let's face it people, 12 bottles of wine for a mere $82 is a steal, even in this economy! About a hundred brands are on sale.  Gitcha ass over there.

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Heidi said...

Great post! I saw a commercial for the Steam and Mash potatoes and I was intrigued!
And the wine...my ass is there tomorrow!

monicakbyrne@yahoo.com said...

I know what you mean about the wine sale....I love this place in general!!! I could spend hours in there looking at all the different food products as well as wine!! Another type of potato product you should try if they have it in the south is Bob Evans, found in the cold case by the lunch meats and bacon. I'm like you in the fact I'm a purist when it comes to most things, but these were a suggestion by my brother and they weren't half bad!!

Heidi said...

I just bought some Steam and mash today. Just know...I was thinking about you in the frozen food section!
Miss ya girl!

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