Thursday, October 25

FlatOut Bread + gift card giveaway!

Remember how much fun we had with the FlatOut pizza bread?

Now YOU can get in on the pizza-making action, too!


I'm giving away the very same awesome prize pack our family received, PLUS a $50 Wal-Mart gift card!


Let me tell you how great those spreaders are for smoothing out pizza sauce AND for digging the last tablespoon of peanut butter out of the jar. So great. 

So. 
Check out www.FlatOutBread.com (they have LOTS of great recipes), find them on the facebook, and tell me this: 

What is your favorite kind of pizza? 
And don't say pepperoni. 
You can do better than that.  

I'll notify the winner as soon as the giveaway closes! 




**I was not compensated for this post. I'm just excited about being able to give cool stuff away, and I love the folks at www.TheMotherhood.com, who facilitated this giveaway.**

Friday, October 12

Family Movie Night with FlatOut Pizza Bread

Nights at our hive can be chaotic at best, and an all-out wild rumpus at worst. Since I work a few nights a week, we all relish in the nights when all five of us are together for dinner and bedtime.

This week, we had an extra special dinner time, thanks to FlatOut Bread and The Motherhood.

"It's a good day when UPS delivers carbs to my door

FlatOut & The Motherhood sent us a box of fun goodies and three Thin Crust Artisan Pizza Flatbreads to try: Rustic White, Spicy Italian, and Heritage Wheat. 
We had only three instructions: make it fun, make it ours, make it a family movie night!



We went to The WalMart Store and stocked up on pizza toppings, drinks, and ingredients for a TOP SECRET DELICIOUS DESSERT, and found a heckuva bargain in the entertainment section. The Dr. Dolittle 4-Pack of movies was $9.99. Ten dollars for four kid-friendly movies! (WalMart online has it listed as $32. Do not pay $32.) I certainly did not also buy a five-dollar "4 Movie Marathon" for myself. 

I forgot to take pictures of the actual pizza assemblage, but let me say, it was easier than I'd anticipated with all three Bees buzzing around the kitchen. 


This is how it went: 
pre-bake pizza for a few minutes
top flatbreads with whatever your li'l heart desires
ignore the pitiful pan
bake for a few more minutes
remove from oven, refrain from nomnomnoming right then
let cool, wrangle your children
use awesome pizza cutting tool
plate, and enjoy while watching Eddie Murphy's wacky animal shenanigans. 

I swear, she really did love it.


In fact, we've had pizza several nights this week. They were that easy and delicious. 
Flatout has TONS of recipes on their website, but these are some of the ones we came up with:

Traditional:
Rustic White flatbread
Pizza sauce
Shredded mozzarella 
Pepperonis

Make-do:
Rustic White flatbread
Leftover spaghetti meat sauce
Shredded cheddar cheese

Steak Night:
Heritage Wheat flatbread
No sauce
Shredded mozzarella
Fajita beef strips

Cheese Lover's:
Heritage Wheat flatbread
Alfredo sauce
Shredded mozzarella
Grated Parmesan 

Momma's Fave:
Rustic White flatbread
Alfredo sauce
Shredded mozzarella
Leftover grilled chicken strips



And then. THEN.
I made the super awesome secret dessert pizza.

Two sticks unsalted butter + one cup light brown sugar



Cover white flatbread


...then I stopped taking pictures because I got too excited.

Basically:

When the caramel sauce looks delicious and not-yet-boily, take it out of the oven, sprinkle chocolate chips over it, wait 5 minutes, smoosh chocolate all around, wait some more incredibly loooooong minutes while it cools, break into pieces. EAT. EAT. EAT.

Also, don't tell anybody that I made matzo candy with flatbread. Mmmkay?


We loved the FlatOut bread, and loved coming up with new toppings. The kids loved "helping" with supper, and I loved that they actually ate it all.








*old-hat-by-now disclaimer*
FlatOut sent me their bread and some other small fun things. The Motherhood included a WalMart giftcard to purchase food and Movie Night treats. Everything I wrote is my own opinion and is true. Except the RomCom movie pack. I totally bought that. 

Wednesday, October 3

Healthy Obsession: Baby Alpacas and Heifer International


On the morning of September 8, 2012, my life was forever changed. It was the day I discovered... alpacas. 

SavannahB I just had a serious Kristen-Bell-baby-sloth-meltdown moment over a baby alpaca. IT'S THE CUTEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN I WANT ONE I AM DYING. 
pstrack @SavannahB You do know that alpacas spit, don't you?  

SavannahB @pstrack Alpacas are too cute to spit.
Alpacas became my favorite thing. 
I went a little alpaca crazy. 
I might have told my beloved son that alpacas are cuter than his is.  
I'm not ashamed. 

Look at this face, y'all!
How do you not fall in love with that?

 SavannahB I've narrowed my big birthday gift options down to three: 1) new tattoo, 2) new iPhone, 3) new BABY ALPACA.3:51 AM Sep 10th  

SavannahB ALPACAS! "@Heifer: Fun Fact: Alpacas' exceptionally soft wool provides families w/ fine material to make blankets, ponchos and hats."1:26 AM Sep 14th 


My friends even tolerated my crazy got in on the fun:


 AdenaJ @SavannahB Happy, happy birthday! Did you see the baby alpaca I left in your backyard? 
 kellimarks I just got an order for a llama cake. That could sort of look like an alpaca, right @SavannahB 
KamosMom "And to put it simply: Alpacas are pleasant looking and Llamas look like they’re constantly judging http://t.co/2BncfQX  
  
That's a baby alpaca! In a coat!

And then, a famous, funny, and fabulous author inadvertently got in on the action: 

SavannahB You guys! I'm not alone!! “@altgeldshrugged: Someday I will own an alpaca... I just wanted to put it out there to the universe.”4:05 AM Oct 2nd






I mean, seriously. It's a little out of control. Luckily, there have been some ways I've lessened my insane need for BABY ALPACAS IN MY BACKYARD OMG. 

First, was this: 
YOU GUYS. My momma mailed me a baby alpaca for my birthday!! on Twitpic
My mother mailed me a baby alpaca for my birthday.


Then, there's this:

@Heifer: Read how Heifer alpaca projects address nutrition and climate change vulnerability in Peru: 
Look how cute and helpful!

Heifer, my all-time-number-one-super-favorite non-profit, was tweeting about alpacas. And! That article was written by Little Rocker and all-around awesome gal, Brooke Edwards.

Because, sadly, I can't have a baby alpaca in my backyard, I have to settle for gifting one to someone else- someone who will actually benefit from alpaca ownership, someone who won't (or, maybe they will), squeal whenever they see their alpaca.

   
Heifer's Knitter's Gift Basket!The Knitter's Basket includes four of our fuzzy friends that are keeping Heifer partner families warm all around the world. Your gift represents a llama, an alpaca, a sheep and an angora rabbit – four animals that provide families with ample wool and endless opportunities to build a better life.


Every Christmas, I give my kids some honeybees, because, well, duh. This year, I think I'll add some alpaca action to the gift. I can't buy an entire Knitter's Gift Basket ($480), but I can buy a share ($48).


Come back here tomorrow, because I'm giving away some chicks (how often do bloggers get to say that?),and you'll also get a look at a very cool new interactive gift-giving option from Heifer.