I spy with my little eye…

My days are pretty full of observations – at work, on the playground, on the soccer field – even on the road. This week was no different. Here are s ome of them along with some helpful advise for those I’ve come across:

1. When having a serious conversation with someone, keep your hands out of your pants. Buy clothes that fit you instead of tucking and adjusting every 5 minutes.

2. It’s really frustrating when the very reason you like and respect someone is the exact same reason that person drives you nuts and frustrates you. It makes some days very long and meetings even longer.

3. The phrase “Hey guys, I need a jar of that blow stuff.” should never be the first words out of your mouth when you enter a room – in any context.

4. Some people can do amazing things with metal and a blow torch. I pass this amazing studio and yard full of art every day.

steel dragon

5. The Daytime Emmy Awards used to be an event. Now it is a cheezy sad excuse for an awards show on a second rate channel I never heard of. And they should probably change the name to the Young and the Restless awards.

 

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Totino’s Pizzeria Line Review and Giveaway

I love appetizers. I can make a meal out of them. And sometimes, at work, we do. Everyone brings in appetizers and we have an instant catered lunch. I like to pick at different things rather than eat a huge plate of one thing. I’m adventurous like that. (anyone who knows my eating habits, clearly knows that I am not adventurous when it comes to food). Appetizers are also very important on a daily basis. With a picky eater, I often need a quick meal idea for Bruce if we’re eating something he won’t and since we entertain a lot I always like to have good finger foods on hand.

MBS_TotinosPizzeriaRollsPkgsOne staple frozen appetizer in our house are Totino’s pizza roles. I’ve tried other brands, including the store brands, and Bruce can always tell the difference. Now, Totino’s has more to offer than just your basic pizza roles. Totino’s has offered three new flavors of pizza snacks with their all-new Pizzeria line – Cheesy Garlic, Chicken Parmesan and Meatball Marinara. The cheesy garlic ones are my absolute favorite new finger food. They have the perfect blend of garlic and mozzarella cheese. They taste just like the cheesy garlic bread I get when we go to Italian restaurants. And they are a fraction of the cost.

I recently had a party and included these on my food table and they were a big hit. I raved about the cheesy garlic rolls for hours.

Totino’s and Blog Spark sent me the following items:

  • 3      VIP coupons, so you can try each of the 3 new flavors FREE
  • 1 tile wood-handle tray
  • 1 salt and pepper shaker set

One lucky reader will also be getting the same package. To enter this giveaway:

  • Leave a comment below that states which of the newTotinosPrizePackSmall flavors you most want to try.
  • Bonus entry for entering my other giveaway from Pillsbury

Deadline: The deadline for this giveaway is May 28, 2013 @ 11pm  EST, at which time a winner will be chosen using random.org.

The Fine Print:  Open to US residents only. Include a valid email in your comment form. The winner will be notified by email. Winner will then have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Prize fulfillment is completed by My Blog Spark and Pillsbury. Misplaced Jersey girl is not responsible for prize fulfillment in any way and is not liable should sponsoring companies change or discontinue the prize fulfillment at any time.

Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills and Totino’s through MyBlogSpark. No other compensation was received. The opinions expressed here are my own and were not influenced by anyone else.

 

And the winner is….

 

 

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Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust Review and Giveaway

Being from NJ means several things:

1. I tawk like this. In case you missed it, there was an accent there. It seems people from NJ sound different from the rest of the world. Maybe, but it sounds normal to me.

2. I know the quickest route to any mall because there is a Turnpike or Parkway exit every mile.

3. I know what pizza and bagels are supposed to taste like – usually the exact opposite of the way they taste in Florida – with the exception of those few places that actually ship the water in from up north.

My knowledge of good pizza pretty much makes me qualified to  review all things pizza. While I love real NY style pizza, it can get expensive. And if it isn’t authentic why pay those prices for a cheap imitation? Sometimes I prefer to make pizza in my own house. Besides, the little people like to help and love adding their own toppings. Pillsbury makes it easy to enjoy healthier pizza made in my own kitchen at a reasonable cost.

Pillsbury’s artisan crust has whole grain so it is nutritious while it tastes great. It has 16 grams of whole grain per serving. This dough is availablePB_FreshIngredients in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores and big box food retailers; here in Florida I got it at Publix. With fresh ingredients from the local farmers’ market or grocery store produce section, I can create gourmet pizza in minutes while spending quality time in the kitchen with the family. Spinach and mushrooms with lots of garlic are my absolute favorite! Bruce is easy and simple – just cheese and a little bit of sauce for him. Ryan prefers white pizza with fresh ricotta and mozzarella.

Pizza is one of the few things we can make together as a family. Bruce loves “make your own pizza” nights.  And anytime I can get help in the kitchen, I won’t pass up that chance. This also allows everyone to get the perfect pizza without spending $50 for 3 large pizzas no one can finish.

The artisan crust isn’t just for pizza night dinners. We often have appetizer palooza days at my office. This dough makes the perfect base for any appetizer. Pillsbury has lots of recipe ideas here.

Pillsbury and My Blog Spark sent me an entire kit to help me with family pizza night. I received the following items (retail value = $64):ArtisanFreshIgredients_PrizePack

  • a coupon for a free package Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with whole grain
  • 15/5″ Farberware pizza pan
  • food chopper with storage containers
  • silicon-grip oven mitt

One lucky reader will also be getting the same kit. To enter this giveaway simply leave a comment below that includes the name of your favorite pizza dough recipe or tell me what your favorite pizza toppings are.

Anyone who likes pineapple or fish on their pizza is automatically disqualified. Just kidding but I really don’t understand why anyone would do that to a pizza.

Deadline: The deadline for this giveaway is May 28, 2013 @ 11pm  EST, at which time a winner will be chosen using random.org.

PB_greekappThe Fine Print: Current subscribers/followers are eligible too.  Open to US residents only. Include a valid email in your comment form. The winner will be notified by email. Winner will then have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Prize fulfillment is completed by My Blog Spark and Pillsbury. Misplaced Jersey girl is not responsible for prize fulfillment in any way and is not liable should sponsoring companies change or discontinue the prize fulfillment at any time.

Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills and Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark. No other compensation was received. The opinions expressed here are my own and were not influenced by anyone else.

 

And the WInner is…

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Still Waiting In Line… The Unemployment Line

Unemployment is like  a natural disaster. It’s always something you read or hear about and think “I’m safe from that.” Nowadays you hear about it more than ever. Your heart goes out to those effected by it and you offer your help but then you go about your day and say “good thing I’m not in danger of that happening.”

But then one day, like a blizzard without warning  – BAM! You get told you’re parting ways. At first you don’t hear right – your first thought is “what? it sounds like I’m getting fired.” Laid off, budget cuts, economic downturn – doesn’t matter what you call it, I still have nowhere to go tomorrow. I still have no idea what I’m going to do every day after I drop the kids off.

At first you might even believe something better is out there. Something will come along pretty soon. You try to stay positive. You even start to believe yourself when you tell people you’re fine.

But, then 3 weeks later after all the contacts in your network have been contacted, follow-ups have led nowhere, return calls are few and far between, and you’ve applied for every job possible it gets easier to justify sitting back and catching up with the Abbotts or life in Salem.

It gets easier to lose hope. Hope that there is something better out there. Hope that you might finally catch that break you’ve been hoping for.

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Ignorance Is Not Always Bliss

When I first moved to Florida and people found out I was from NJ  they immediately went to the only frame of reference most people had of NJ back in the early 2000′s -

the Sopranos

People

  • would ask ignorant questions about my knowing Tony Soprano.
  • asked me if I knew all of those places in the show’s opening.
  • would realize my last name ended in a vowel and make certain assumptions. Aren’t all Italians from NJ part of the mob? Isn’t everyone in NJ Italian and part of the mob?
  • also asked me if I missed the pizza and bagels from up north too.

But mostly about the Sopranos.

People are ignorant.

I spent a lot of my time unnecessarily explaining to people that NJ was more than mob wives and long-standing family vendettas. Even after the show ended that perception lingered for a few years. Then it seemed to ease up….

just in time for Jersey Shore to become the next big tv reality show. That’s been fun (insert sarcastic voice here).

I found it more trouble than it’s worth to try to convince people here that what they see on tv is not an accurate depiction of what life in NJ is like. It’s very difficult to get Southerners to abandon the thoughts in their head. Once they have a certain idea in their head they are pretty much stuck there. It makes for both frustrating and interesting conversations. And contrary to the saying…

ignorance is not always bliss.

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