Posts Tagged: The Motherhood

New Marie Callender’s Multi-Serve Bakes

When Michael and I were newlyweds, I hate to admit it, I didn’t cook.  He did all the cooking because, quite honestly, I was known to burn a pot of water that was boiling for pasta; I was THAT bad.    In 2003, though, I started to learn.  I added many dishes to my repertoire, and became confident enough to even cook meat.   Meat was my nemesis.  I can still remember that first chicken breast I cooked—or didn’t cook—being cut into on our dinner plates.  Pink.

Now-a-days, I love to cook and try new things in the kitchen.   I’ve learned to follow recipes (who knew it was that easy?), and I even enjoy putting ingredients together.  It’s the cleaning up that I really could do without, but I digress.

Last year I was spoiled and didn’t have to take the kids to any soccer practices, as all their extra curricular activities were earlier in the day.    This year?  No such luck.  This year, Olivia sings with a local youth chorale.  Her practices run from 5pm-7pm, which makes for a busy night.   And, it’s virtually impossible to juggle dropping her off, coming back, cooking something, picking her up, and the coming back to eat.   These nights have easily become our easy-meal night.

Enter Marie Callender’s frozen dinner entrees—

I chose to make two different entrees, because I like to live on the edge that way.  Actually, some of us love lasagna layered with chicken, crimini mushrooms, spinach, and rich ricotta cheese, while others do not.  The ones who do not are more than happy with chicken and bow tie pasta tossed in a creamy Alfredo sauce, tossed with broccoli, carrots, and sun-dried tomatoes.   Then there are some of us (cough*cough*Michael) who are more than happy to eat both.

The first thing that really made me happy was that I could actually read the ingredients of these dinners.  Of course, there has to be some kind of preservative, but there isn’t a whole whacked out list on the box like other frozen entrees I’ve seen at the store.

The other thing that really made these great were the taste.   They tasted so yummy that I wanted more than my portion.   But, I stayed strong!

Don’t you love how I tricked everyone by putting them in semi-fancy-shmancy serving dishes?

The servings size was just enough, and went along  well with a quick Caesar salad (which didn’t make it into the pictures above because when I put the plates in front of Mikey and Davey, they tore into it too fast!)  Three kids (2 boys and 1 girl) loved what they ate.  One boy ate oatmeal, however, because anything that starts with a “v” and ends with a “-table” is definitely not something he loves.

The entrees were under $5.00 at my local grocery store.  I thought that was pretty good, considering two pizzas for our family costs us about $15.00.

All-in-all, I was very pleased with switching it up on our busiest night of the week!     I’m so happy to share these meals with two of my readers.  Just leave me a comment telling me what you do for dinner on your busy nights.  Two commenters will be randomly chosen to receive their very own coupon.  Plus you can receive a hand written card from yours truly!    I will email the coupon recipients a week from today, on Saturday, November 27th.

[Disclosure:  I was asked to review these Marie Callender’s Multi-serve Bakes by The Motherhood.  They provided me with coupons for myself and two readers.  They also paid me a stipend for my involvement.  My feelings expressed in this post are purely my own.]

Picture It Postage Stamps

I recently had the opportunity to create personalized PictureItPostage Stamps™ with my Mishelle Lane Photography logo.   Oh My!  I just love them.   I’m going to use the bulk of  them on the Christmas cards that I send out to the clients that I had the pleasure of working with this year.  I love them so much I will probably order more personalized stamps for the other cards that are going out this Christmas.

Each set of twenty stamps costs $18.95.  However, Picture It Postage is offering a $4.00 discount just for you, my readers. By entering MOTHERHOOD, during checkout, you can claim your discount.  The coupon code expires January 31, 2011, so you have plenty of time to create and stock up one these signature stamps that can be made with your favorite family photo, cool abstract art, or your business’ logo.   It’s that personal touch that will make the recipient of your card or letter feel that much closer to you.

{Keep Reading for a Great Contest from PictureItPostage and find out how you can be entered to win $500 just for ordering and and using the MOTHERHOOD discount code to order your very own personalized stamps.}

Picture It Postage Giveaway with


1. PictureItPostage by DYMO Endicia™ is conducting a $500 prize giveaway. All PictureItPostage customers who enter code “MOTHERHOOD” upon checkout for purchases made on from November 17, 2010 through December 15, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time will be entered to win one (1) $500 cash prize giveaway.

2. One (1) winner will be selected at random on December 20, 2010 by PictureItPostage by DYMO Endicia, or DYMO Endicia’s designee. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. Winner need not be present at drawing to win. Winner will be notified by phone or mail no later than December 31, 2010. Entry into contest constitutes entrant’s permission for Endicia to contact entrant for sales and marketing purposes.

3. The prize package consists of one (1) $500 cash prize.

4. Contest is open only to PictureItPostage by DYMO Endicia customers who are legal U.S. residents 21 years of age or older except employees of DYMO Endicia, its affiliates, subsidiaries, sales representatives, distributors, or advertising and promotion agencies and the immediate families and household members of each of the above. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law.

5. No prize substitutions allowed except that DYMO Endicia reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if an advertised prize becomes unavailable. All taxes on prizes are winner’s responsibility. Sponsor: PictureItPostage by DYMO Endicia, a Newell Rubbermaid company, Palo Alto, CA

[Disclosure: I was contacted by The Motherhood to order and review PictureItPostage Stamps™.  They provided me with the stamps as well as paid me for my time and participation in a chat that took place today.  All opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.]

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