Packages & Pasta

February 6, 2009

I had such a great afternoon – I blame the clean house! I got a ton done on my list, including preparing for 2 of my 3 exams next week and memorizing the 20 amino acid abbreviations. made the latter a piece of cake. Can I also add that Pandora’s Teen Pop station is awesome!? I’m not really a big pop music person – I don’t own any Brittany CD’s – but this really hit the spot today :mrgreen:

The mail came around 4:00 and was a wonderful distraction because I received three exciting packages:

The first was my Power Snack Contest honorable mention prize from Angela @ Oh She Glows: an Honest-Foods Country Square – all the way from Canada!

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Then came a cookbook from Country Bob’s!

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And finally, my Blogger Secret Ingredient prize pack from Sarah @ Tales of Expansion:

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Including these darling little Earl Gray Biscotti.

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I had 2 of them with a cup of tea and WOW. I was so impressed! I love shortbreads and these were fabulous. I went back for 2 more!!

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Karen joined us for dinner tonight for some Fresh Homemade Pasta. She had a coupon for a free pasta with the purchase of fresh sauce at a local Italian shop, Pasta & Provisions. It is made fresh daily, sold by the pound and cut to the shape of your choice. Cool!

We tried the Spinach Pasta!

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and the Meatball Sauce.

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Karen brought over this wine too. It was one of the best whites I’ve had in ages. I stuck to one 4-5 oz glass. I’m through with multiple pours. Just makes me pour too much!

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We served the pasta + meatballs over a bed of spinach as an alternative to having a side salad. Loved it!

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The husband had two pieces of sourdough – I had a big bite

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The pasta was good, but not anything more amazing than regular dried. I loved the meatballs though. Haven’t had them in ages!

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I finished my wine and sipped some Perrier too –

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Dessert. More biscottis. Um, I couldn’t stop at 2, so I had 4. SO GOOD!! These are questionably as good as Quackers!

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I have been unusually freezing all afternoon/evening and have been counting down to take a bath. I’m going to heat a pot of water on the stove to ensure I have plenty of hot water (sometimes there’s not enough after doing dishes and it’s tortorous to have to sit in lukewarm water). Then maybe some TV time with my other half.


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1 zestycook February 6, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Kath! YUM! Looks like you had a great afternoon!! Food looks amazing. Yay for all the packages.


2 Katelyn February 6, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Your packages look so fun! And your pasta, mmmm, my mouth is watering!


3 Meg February 6, 2009 at 9:35 pm

What a delicious dinner! How exciting to receive all those packages!


4 Biz319 February 6, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Great loot! Sarah did a good job with her biscottis!


5 VeggieGirl February 6, 2009 at 9:56 pm



6 Candice February 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm

YAY for packages!! And shortbread is ALWAYS good :)

Delicious eats too! I love putting all my food into one giant bowl… that way, I don’t have to worry about which part of the meal I want to eat first 😉


7 Sharon February 6, 2009 at 10:09 pm

What an awesome night! Delightful packages and delicious eats!


8 Katie S February 6, 2009 at 10:09 pm

That seems like such a good idea mixing the pasta and the salad! I would never have thought of it!! Oh and thanks for that flash cards site!!! I definitely will need it to help memorize those AA’s this semester too!!


9 Fancy February 6, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I LOVE Britney Spears! I’m going to her concert in April and I couldn’t be more excited (Yes, I’m 31 years old but it’s cool). Her and I even have the same birthday! :) Kath, you need to download some of her songs! I can help you choose…just ask:)


10 Nate February 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Kath, you can borrow my Britney CDs anytime. And NSYNC, and NKOTB. Do the kids still listen to CDs? Can’t help you out with the Jonas Brothers. I don’t get them. Sorry.


11 Lori February 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Those biscotti look divine!


12 Diana February 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I love P&P – they are one of my fave shops. Their spinach pasta is awesome! Dinner looks yummy! :)


13 brandi February 6, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Pasta and lots of mail in one day? that’s a good Friday :)

those biscotti look great!


14 Maggie February 6, 2009 at 10:52 pm

i love biscotti :)


15 Molly February 6, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Wow, fresh pasta sounds so good right now!

That must really suck to have a lukewarm bath! I, for one, must have steaming hot water coming out of my shower :).


16 Victoria February 6, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Love the packages! Those biscotti look great. Enjoy your weekend!


17 Missy (Missy Maintains) February 6, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Dinner looks great!! Especially the biscotti! Such fun packages too!


18 theoddbod February 6, 2009 at 11:44 pm

those are some mighty meatballs!


19 Lynette February 6, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Hey Kath~
I got my tote today. Thanks – I love it!


20 Amanda February 7, 2009 at 12:08 am

Just wanted to say how nice it isto see you and Matt get together with your MIL so frequently! It sounds like you have a great relationship :)


21 bobbi February 7, 2009 at 12:11 am

oooo i hope to get some packages this weekend I know I am sending some off!!! Love the meatballs, and I miss wine!!!!


22 Ashley H February 7, 2009 at 12:45 am

I love that you have a online helper for all of your needs! I think its so funny everytime I see a new one pop up.


23 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) February 7, 2009 at 1:11 am

yayyy for fun mail! i’m glad the biscotti bites are such a hit. good thing they are TEENY and healthy, right? :-) and thanks for not showing the burned side in the pics, haha.

that meatball dinner is yet another perfect winter night meal. i haven’t had meatballs in ages!


24 Marianne February 7, 2009 at 1:19 am

The spinach pasta is very vibrant – looks tasty 😀


25 sue February 7, 2009 at 1:55 am

sounds like a great friday!


26 Anna February 7, 2009 at 1:58 am

Pandora is awesome! Great study music.


27 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 7, 2009 at 2:42 am

Ugh, our tub is like that with the hot water too. What is this, like 1910? Come on!!!


28 Julie February 7, 2009 at 7:07 am

If it comes time to replace your water tank, you might want to look into a tankless hot water system. This was already in the house we moved in to and it is the BEST! Hot water on demand, never runs out. Supposedly it is more environmentally friendly though I’ve never researched that. All I know is it is great!


29 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday February 7, 2009 at 7:24 am

Cool packages and awesome dinner!


30 9stepstofinancialfreedom February 7, 2009 at 7:53 am

omg, it looks so delicious


31 Lauren February 7, 2009 at 7:54 am

I’m surprised the freshly made spinach pasta wasn’t better than dried… but it sounds like you did enjoy it :) I have an old-school manual pasta machine, but haven’t worked up the courage or energy to use it yet – this post reminded me of it, so maybe I’ll give it a whirl!

I’ve GOT to find the Honest Foods Bars. The search continues…


32 JENNA February 7, 2009 at 8:55 am

that short bread looks sooo good!!


33 K February 7, 2009 at 9:26 am

FUN packages! Anything involving food and mail is always great :)


34 Shelby February 7, 2009 at 10:23 am

Everything sounds so lovely.


35 Diana February 7, 2009 at 11:02 am

How exciting to recieve all of those packages! I’m excited to get my prize from Angela too!! How did you get your first? I’m in Canada! haha! Oh well!


36 laura February 7, 2009 at 11:26 am

hey kath – any way we can get that biscotti recipe??


37 laura February 7, 2009 at 11:27 am

nevermind – i found it :-)


38 Kath February 7, 2009 at 11:58 am

Fancy ,
I like Womanizer :) Don’t want to spend $$ on music though!

Nate ,
I’m assuming those are Gilbert’s CDs?

Lynette ,
Glad it arrived safely!

Julie ,
Let’s hope our hot water heater lasts a century, but should we ever need a new one, you bet we’ll look into tankless 😉



39 Alison February 7, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I followed your link to OhSheGlows and checked out your winning entry…. the Afternoon Cobbler looks really good and interesting too! But I can’t find a recipe for it here on the site? Can you share with it us? 😀


40 Alison February 7, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Whoops never mind! I found it on Angela’s site! 😉


41 EatingRD February 9, 2009 at 1:40 am

looks good! I love fresh pasta, I always think it tastes more spongy than dried and so much better!


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