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Tasty Tuesday: Gruesome Halloween Snacks

This year, I had a lot of fun with our inaugural (note how I DIDN’T say first annual) Halloween kickoff party. If you remember, I did some bad ass disgusting bathroom decor for my guests to appreciate…but I also made some sweet (and not so sweet) snacks. And you know how I looooove snacks.

Of course, we’re not the only Halloweenies in our group of friends, and our old roommates had quite the food display, as well. With their permission, I’ve included some of the gruesome Halloween treats they created. Without further ado…

When Halloween rolls around, I like to be the hostess with the mostest and show off my creative mad-scientist skills in the cauldron and make seriously creepy party food.

Cow Guts: Beef Chili

Make your own homemade chili or buy it prepackaged. Toss it in a crock pot and you’ve got an EASY and tasty treat for your guests. This was actually a huge hit!

Chicken Guts: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Mix shredded chicken (I buy a couple of rotisserie chickens from Sam’s Club because they taste better than canned chicken), Frank’s Red Hot, cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles, and ranch dressing for a really delicious treat on crackers.

Gruesome Halloween Snacks

Delicious and gruesome Halloween snack packs. You’ll note that I labeled everything so my guests could see how twisted I am. I didn’t take a picture of the two large crock pots, which are cow guts and chicken guts (beef chili and buffalo chicken dip, respectively).

Mold: Cheese

Duh. Mold is cheese. Cheese is mold. And Cheese is DELICIOUS.

Mold, Brains and more

Mold: What’s a Chrissy party without cheese?

Worms in Dirt: Brownies with Gummy Worms

A kid-friendly favorite. I had to have one. This one isn’t so gruesome as it is delicious.

Worms in Dirt

Worms in dirt anyone? Garbarge brownies with triple chocolate, caramel, butterscotch chips, white chips and dark chips. And nuts. And worms.

Brains: Jello Mold

I just used raspberry Jello in a brain-shaped Jello mold, and then added a bunch of random crap around it to add to the creepy/nasty factor. It was actually quite delicious.

Brains

Brains: A simple JELL-O mold with raspberry JELL-O, whipped cream, chocolate and strawberry sauce and sprinkles. Because everyone likes sprinkles.

Dead Man’s Toes: BBQ weenies

I used Lil Smokies and a sweet Michigan cherry BBQ sauce, because it has little baby cherries which added more creepy texture. These were easy to cook in my medium-size slow cooker.

Dead mans toes

Dead Man’s Toes: BBQ weenies. In Michigan cherry BBQ sauce. Because that’s how I roll.

Leatherface: Ham and Prosciutto

Use a Styrofoam head to add meat and olives to create a creepy looking Leatherface. Our old roommates wrapped the foam head in plastic first for easy cleanup and reusability.

Leatherface

Leatherface: Our old roommates’ creation. Ham and prosciutto with olives wrapped around a head mold. Surprisingly, I’m the only one who ate some of this guy. This girl doesn’t turn down prosciutto.

Bloody Shots: Cherry Vodka

Not much else for explanation here. Inject your mouth with vampire blood (cherry vodka). You just need to buy the plastic shot syringes. I think I’m going to try these at our next party but with something better than cherry vodka…maybe like…whiskey or something.

Shots of blood

Shots of blood: Another of the old roommates’ collection. I didn’t try this, with my aversion to fake cherry…but they used UV cherry vodka in these really cool 1.5 oz FAKE syringes.

Witches Brew: Lime Punch

This is a fan favorite. It tastes like happiness, but looks wicked. I’ve also made it in a witch’s cauldron and used a plastic glove and blue food coloring to make a blue hand of ice.

Witches Brew

Witch’s Brew: 2Liter of Diet 7up, 1/5 (that’s the entire contents of a normal size bottle) Captain Morgan Lime Bite, 1 can frozen limeade concentrate, and 1 carton of lime sherbet. You’re welcome. Also great for St. Patrick’s Day. Or any party. Because this shit is delicious.

Bashed Skull: Cream Cheese and Pepper & Onion Relish

I just used a simple, inexpensive mask that I got at Michael’s. I painted it with cream cheese and covered it with pepper and onion relish (I like the one from Harry and David the best – code20 will get you 20% off). Serve in a glass pie plate with crackers and garnish with plastic scorpions. I also use slate labels to let my guests know what they’re eating…sort of.

Bashed Skull

Bashed Skull. I don’t know why, but no one wanted to eat this one.


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What scary treats do you make for Halloween? Would you eat any of these delicacies if you showed up at my party?

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Steampunk Sunday: Steampunkins Anyone?

This post is part of a sponsored post series about the steampunk lifestyle. This campaign is sponsored by Steampunk Goggles. All opinions are totally my own. 

Note: Only two pumpkin carving tools, two pumpkins and one finger were harmed in the making of this post. There may have been a thumb accident pertaining to the seeds of said pumpkins. That is all.

With lots of promises to bloggers, companies and myself this month, I thought it would be a good idea to put it all into one giant megapost. You know…like one post to rule them all. (Please for the love of all things, tell me you got that reference.)

So I promised April over at First Time Mom and Dad some sweet pumpkin carving (thanks to the free carving materials I won from her giveaway!) And I’m still working with the wonderful team over at Steampunk Goggles to promote their FANTASTIC line of goggles, which you can read about in my Steampunk Halloween post from last week. And I promised them an AWESOME video of, well, steampunk awesome.

Obviously, combining the two with the clever nickname dubbed by Katie of Words for Worms (Steampunkins) was the way to go.

I went out and bought two pumpkins after work one night. I placed them in the car and one of them smashed my finger, so obviously I yelled out, “Ow!” And obviously Brian paid no attention. Because I say “ow” more often than, well, anything…

So, as we were carrying the pumpkins upstairs, I told Brian, “You can carry that one. Because that’s the one that bit me.”

“It bit you. And it doesn’t even have teeth yet. What do you think it’s going to do when you give it teeth?”

“Well, maybe I just won’t GIVE it teeth. How do you like that, evil pumpkin?”

And then Brian laughed. Because he ALWAYS laughs at my funny commentary…and not at me. Obviously.

So here’s what I did to that nasty pumpkin:

You’ll see that I screwed Jack’s mouth shut with wiring. And then I wrapped him in chains. And made him a complete cyborg. Because he was a baaaaaad steampunkin. Then I made Jackie. And she hates Jack. Not only because his name is a lot like hers, but also because he bit me. She’s TOTALLY on my side. She got a pretty lace hat, a metal flower in her hair, and real eyes. And a real mouth. And actually, I shaped that real mouth to look like she was exasperated with Jack. Because he’s TOTALLY exasperating.

Steampunkin 2

Evil Jack

Steampunkin

Sweet Jackie

What types of pumpkins are you carving this season, Blog Friends? I’ve got 3 days of Halloween posts ahead, so get excited!

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Um Girl Scout Cookie Flavored Creamer? WHAT?!

Last week, Brian and I bought several boxes of candy from our Girl Scout connection. I got to thinking about Girl Scouts and my own experiences…

I was a girl scout. And a boy scout (but that’s a tale for another time). And pretty much…I was awesome, apparently. I remember being in first grade, and joining up with Brownie Troop 182. I also remember when my mom became a troop leader, and got us into all sorts of crafts and fun things. So in honor of the new Girl Scout flavored creamers from Coffee Mate and their adorable new representative, Abby from River Falls, Wisconsin (the best cheese state on the planet,) I’m going to go ahead and tell you all of the great things I learned from being a Girl Scout.

  • Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner. I’m not even joking you guys, I never would have remembered this if it weren’t for some flag ceremony we did in 1st grade in which I remember my one line of, “It was written by Francis Scott Key.”
  • How to make a pizza. My mom knew the manager of Domino’s Pizza, so we got to go over there and make our own pizzas! It was super fun.
  • Life long friendships? Totally possible. I know this because I’m still friends with my very best friend from grade school/the old neighborhood/ballet/Brownies/cheerleading. Even when you add new people to your world, you can always have the friends you started with.
  • How to identify animal tracks in the snow. We went out into some wildlife preserves and followed tracks. Mom’s kinda nature-lady…
  • How to sell like a boss. I’m not in sales, but let me tell you. If I was…LOOK OUT, world. I could sell sand in a dessert. Or Girl Scout flavored Coffee-Mate Creamer on a blog…not that I’m trying or anything. *wink wink* Seriously, though…unlike a lot of kids today, my parents didn’t sell the cookies for me. Even though they owned a bar, I had to march in there by myself and walk up to every. Single. Person. And ask them if they wanted to buy some girl scout cookies. I was persistent. And always sold a ton.

So about those creamers…

Girl Scout Coffee Mate Creamer

Omigod. SO good. We’ve got some SERIOUS coffee fiends in my office (Thank God for free coffee.) On my team, we drink a lot of coffee. And we were definitely tired of powdered creamer…so when these delightful add-ins arrived..thrilled doesn’t begin to cover it. We have Caramel Delight (caramel coconut) and Thin Mint in the office right now, and my entire team is consuming it super-fast (because I’m nice, and when I receive delicious free products in the mail delivered to my office from Coffee-Mate…I share them.) They’re definitely a hit with everyone! My one co-worker wants to pour the creamer over ice cream. I’m not going to lie…That’s in my plan of things to try in the near future.

When I was a kid, I would use my allowance to buy my own boxes of Caramel Delights. And then hide them so my boy babysitter didn’t eat them all in one sitting (like he did that one time…) This creamer brings me RIGHT BACK to that joy. That delicious cookie joy.

By the way, did you catch the commercial for Thin Mint Coffee-Mate? Because it’s HILARIOUS. Ambitious Girl Scout, Abby, rocked with her snarky ‘tude directed at corporate office guy. You can see the video on the Coffee-Mate website. Trust me. TOTALLY worth it. I like to think I was that sassy when I was 10.

For the record? Just because Coffee-Mate hooked me up with some tasties, doesn’t mean that these opinions weren’t all me.

Blog Friends, were you Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire Boys/Girls, Indian Princesses or the like? What did you learn?

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A Conversation with Katie

Me: My boyfriend was up until 5 am.
Katie: Doing what?!
Me: Playing video games.
Katie: And what time will you wake him up?
Me: Maybe 3.
Katie: That’s very generous of you.
Me: I know.
(Pause)
Me:We’re supposed to go to his Dad’s after the Bears game.
Katie: oh.

And then Brian woke up all on his own…at like 1.

How late do you like to sleep, Blog Friends? Do you stay up late?

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Steampunk Sunday: Change it up with a Steampunk Halloween

This post is part of a sponsored post series about the steampunk lifestyle. This campaign is sponsored by Steampunk Goggles. All opinions are totally my own. 

Do you know what Steampunk is? Thanks to my partnership with SteampunkGoggles.com, you’re going to be treated to a series of delicious posts this month about Steampunk. And if I have my way…a guest post from my boyfriend. (No promises, there, kiddos. I don’t always get my way. This isn’t Burger King.)

So I’ll ask again. Do you know what Steampunk is?

I didn’t. Well…until I met my boyfriend.

Steampunk Renaissance FaireSo, I’ve always had an obsession with the Victorian era. And apparently, so has Brian. What made the two of us slightly different was that while I was reading Jane Austen and dreaming of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Brian was rocking with cool Steampunk goggles, gear and dreaming of vintage sci-fi magic. Brian was down with Steampunk. And so I learned a bit about it. And we see it in some of our annual adventures. Steampunk costumes show up during cosplay at Gen Con and Comic Cons. We even went to Steampunk Day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire! As you can see, I’ve taken it to heart.

The short form of Steampunk is this: Victorian science fiction. Or technology as imagined during the Victorian age. But the beauty of Steampunk is that unlike most genres, there isn’t a set “This. Is. Steampunk.” You’ll find thousands of variations and twists and spins. You can look to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells for inspiration, as they were front-runners in Turn of the Century science fiction.

So you’ve probably noticed that this is something of a geeky nerd culture. But it’s totally geek chic. Obviously. If I’m involved.

Kaylee Frye CostumeThe thing I love about Steampunk is the DIY/anything can be Steampunk aspect. Take my Kaylee Frye Halloween costume (Check out that Teddy Bear patch that I MADE BY. MYSELF. I’ll write about how easy that was on another day.) While Firefly isn’t truly in the realm of Steampunk, it definitely falls into the unique category (for those of you who don’t know, it’s basically Space Cowboys. Old West Meets Sci Fi.) I could quite easily make this costume unique by adding a few accessories and accents.

  • I’d start by adding some boots with buckles and other embellishments, tucking my pants into the tops of the boots to show them off. KayLee Frye and Malcolm Reynolds Costumes
  • Then, I’d need a necklace. As Kaylee is a Firefly mechanic, adding gears and other doodads wouldn’t be completely out of the question. I might even make a gear patch to add to the patches on her coveralls (which I found relatively cheap on eBay).
  • Kaylee’s a real sweetheart, so I don’t think I’d want to give her a gun, but her costume counterpart in our universe is Malcolm Reynolds, and I’d DEFINITELY give him a gun. He’s already got a sweet holster. You can find lots of DIY Steampunk guns on Pinterest.
  • Steampunk goggles would be a perfect add on for this costume, to really pull the Steampunk genre into the mix and complete the ensemble.
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Original art by the very talented John Garret of hypertransitory.com

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Steampunk Goggles is hosting a Pinterest contest to win a sweet pair of your very own goggles! Three lucky winners  will get a pair of awesome goggles, so go enter this Pinteresting Goggles Contest!

Blog Friends, are you into Steampunk? Is this all news to you? What do you think of it? Are you down with a bit of Steampunk Sunday every now and then?

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Friday Five: Awesome Things About Yesterday

My pal Lauren over at Filing Jointly does this little Five Things Friday sometimes. I really hope she doesn’t mind if I borrow it today. Because I couldn’t decide what to share with you. And I had things to share!

1.

Firefly: The Board Game

I FINALLY Got Firefly the Board Game. I pre-ordered it on August 25. And have been waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

2. I discovered that there is a solo campaign for my new board game. So I don’t have to play with the dog Brian won’t let me have.

3.This textversationwith Brian.
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4. Sweater weather. I LOVE sweater weather. You know why? Because it’s actually hoodie weather in disguise. And I wear hoodies a lot. Okay. Now I’m just making shit up to hit five. Should I stop here or keep going?

5. I’ve never been one to beat a dead horse, but…maybe I can muster one more interesting thing in my life…oh! My train conductor. My train conductor is freakin hilarious. And awesome. And yesterday, as I was digging through my laptop bag, searching for my wallet with coffe and cell phone in one hand, he was all, “Hey! What are you doing? Need help?.” Proud Chrissy replied, “Nah. Just checking for my wallet.” “Oh. Ok. You know if you ever need to borrow cash, you just let me know.” He often throws in social commentary on the world and other awesome random comments. Best. Conductor. Ever.

Today’s going to be a great day! It’s my last on a team of 2 writers and a manager, as we triple the number of copywriters in Monday!!

Happy Friday, blog friends! What’s going to make your day fabulous?

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You Don’t Kill Prince Charming. You Just Don’t.

Colin Firth

The majority of my adult life has been spent divided between living each day to tell a story the next, searching for the Mark Darcy to my Bridget Jones, and imagining all of the glorious things that happen once Bridget and Mark live happily ever after. Especially once I finally did meet my Mark Darcy AKA Mr. Darcy AKA Prince Charming (Brian). And started imagining our happily ever after…(Shhh don’t tell Brian!)

Oh stop judging me. You have a romantic hero too. (If it’s Bella Swan, we can’t be friends…OK, maybe. But you know what I mean.)

Mark Darcy is Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy is essentially…Prince Charming.

He’s the dream hero. He’s the romantic idol. He’s what every girl imagines her future love to be.

You want a guy to look at you the way Mark looked at Bridget. You want a guy to tell you that he likes you. Just as you are.

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Lucky for me, I found that guy. Sure, he looks at me all funny like when I start hyperventilating over that fact that an author killed my novelized dream man, but most of the time, he looks at me with affection. And love.

But you know what? We’ve got a life ahead of us. And Bridget and Mark? They had a life, too. And Helen Fielding was too fucking lazy to write it. Instead, she took the easy way out. She wrote what she knew. Left broken-hearted with her own two children by her baby daddy in 2009, she started penning a book in which Bridge was a single mother of two.

We never got to see her happy ending, but we imagined it. We ALL did. Every last Bridget advocate. Bridget and Mark with one pair of folded underpants at the foot of the bed and the other pair swinging from the ceiling fan. The lovable disaster and the brilliant, full-of-heart, perfect opposite love of her life.

So I’m angry. And I KNOW I’m not the only one.

Because what Helen Fielding did was wrong.

She killed Prince Charming. She fucking. Killed. Prince. Charming.

Before his story was even written!

Did we see a wedding? No. Did we see the marriage? No. Did we see them become parents? Nope. Because Helen Fielding apparently doesn’t know how to write happy.

Will I read this abomination? Fuck no. Because it’s wrong. It’s like…LITERARY BLASPHEMY.

And BTW. While I’m on the angry subject. KATIE…we’re fighting. I can’t believe you couldn’t tell me this. You’re a BOOK BLOGGER! You HAD to know about this! And I had to read it on the internet. We named our scheffleras Bridget and Shazzer together! OK. Fine. I still love you. But I’m broken. Because of Helen Fielding.

Blog Friends, are you ex-Bridget fans too? Do you hate on Helen Fielding for her cruel and unusual punishment? I’ve created the hash tag: #YouDONTKillPrinceCharming if you’d like to sound off about this too. I’m ANGRY. And I’m LOUD.

If you’re not into the Bridget thing, have you ever been truly bothered by the outcome of a series?

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Brian’s Weirder Than Me

So the other night, Brian and I were in the grocery store and chatting about something ridiculous. And he set down the shopping basket to make these huge hand gestures and get REALLY excited about the nerdiness of our conversation. And people stared.

Then he walked away to get hot dog buns.

As he was disappearing down another aisle, I yelled out to him, “You know what I love?”

“Cheese?”

“Well, that. And the fact that no matter how weird I am, you’re JUST as weird.”

“Nope. I’m definitely weirder.”

And then he disappeared. And people stared some more.

What makes your person your match? Are you as weird as us?

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Halloween Decorations Tour

Happy Monday, Blog Friends!

I hope you had a spectacular weekend. I also hope that you, like my boyfriend, are enjoying a day off of work for Columbus Day, while I am sitting in my little cubicle staring at a computer for 9 hours. No, really. I do. I’m not bitter. Not at all.

And really, Columbus Day probably shouldn’t be a holiday…You know…considering the slaughters and overall not-coolness of the guy. Nope. Definitely not bitter.

So I’m going to take you on a tour, today! A photo tour of our Halloween decked out apartment! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to put up our orange Halloween tree this year…but next year, we will hopefully have a house with lots of space for Halloween trees. And Christmas trees. Because…well…have you met me? (Hmmm…I guess not. But whatever. You know enough to know that I get a little crazy during the holidays.)

I started getting prepped in September. Not just because we had a Halloween Kickoff party, but also because 1. Our apartment was a complete disaster and 2. I like to enjoy the decorations for as long as possible.

We go a little creepy and a little autumn-y so that the decor can last until it’s time for Christmas music. I mean decorations. The foggy cover is because I took these pictures while the fog machine was rolling (you know, for effect.) I told you, guys…I don’t mess around.

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Chatchky ShelvesDeck the Games

What do you do to make Halloween special, Blog Friends?

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Tasty Tuesday: October is National Pasta Month!

So I’ve been cooking up a storm lately, and I thought it was high time I share some more delicious recipes with you! In fact, I’ll bet you didn’t even know that October is National Pasta Month. Lucky for you, there’s me. And lucky for me, the fine people at The Pasta Shoppe were kind enough to send me some amazing pasta samples to try out. So that YOU can see some really delish ideas from my culinary mind, and then go to your kitchen and make them too.

Now, as you may know, I work a full time job in the city and live in suburbia, which means about 2+ hours of commute time when I add the morning and the evening together. So Brian and I don’t get home until almost 7. At which point, I’m RAVENOUS. And if you remember from the rules of owning a Chrissy, feeding me regularly is more than a necessity. It’s survivalism. So I need to make dinners quickly. The pasta that I received is fast. Easy. AND TASTY.

Basil Garlic Angel hair pasta nests

Basil Chicken Nests with Marinara Sauce and Cheese

  • 6 pasta nests
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 6 small slices of cheese
  • Fresh basil chiffonade

Last week, I used the Pasta Shoppe Basil & Garlic Pasta Nests, which cooked rapidly on my stovetop while I pan-fried a sliced chicken breast. I sprayed my toaster oven size baking pan with PAM, delicately placed the nests, filled them with the sliced chicken, and topped them with my homemade sauce (which I made over the weekend) and Thai basil Jack cheese.

Basil Garlic Angel hair pasta nests

I baked them in the toaster oven for about 15 minutes, and was left with a deliciously tasty meal for two. Then I garnished mine with a basil chiffonade (Brian hates added herbs) and voila! Brian was thoroughly impressed. (He’s always impressed when I actually put sauce on pasta, instead of just olive oil and cheese…which tends to be my MO.)

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Basil Garlic Angel hair pasta nests

Basil Garlic Angel hair pasta nests

In addition to the fancy-pants pasta nests, I also received a slew of other goodies, most notably Snowman Pasta, Halloween Pasta and Under the Sea Mac and Cheese. Yes, my friends. DOLPHINS. AND CHEESE. IN ONE MEAL. (No dolphins were hurt in the making of this pasta.)

Dolphins and Cheese!

Halloween PastaHalloweenie Chili Mac

  • 2 cups Halloween pasta
  • 2 cups chili
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • Nacho jalapenos

I was planning on making the Halloween pasta for our little Halloween party, but I quickly realized that with the number of people we’d be having, it probably wouldn’t have been enough. So instead, last night, I used leftover chili to make some chili mac. I love to make chili in the fall, even when death bugs are trying to poison it…Of course, every time I make chili, it’s totally different, but you can find one of my recipes here: Turkey Chili.

Halloween PastaThis time I used less veggies and real ground beef, so it was the perfect chili mac chili. I cooked the pasta (only 6 minutes!), reheated the chili and then layered a bowl with pasta, chili, jalapenos and cheese. I microwaved the bowls for about a minute each until the cheese was melty and then we dined. It was. AMAZING. I didn’t even know how much I loved chili mac until last night. Plus, spiderwebs, ghosts and pumpkins just sort of made this super fantastic.

Halloween Chili MacPasta from the Pasta ShoppeSo you want to know more about The Pasta Shoppe? They make small batch pastas with fun shapes and delicious flavors. Some come with added seasoning for pasta salad, mac and cheese, chicken noodle soup and so much more. When I checked out their websites, I was totally impressed. And SUPER excited.

In addition to being awesome, they run the Fun Pasta Fundraising company, so you or your kiddos can raise money by, wait for it, selling pasta! But not just any pasta…the delicious, fun-shaped, small-batch pasta from The Pasta Shoppe.

I’m saving the mac and cheese for a special occasion, but I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out!

Want to create your own delicious pasta recipes with fun pasta? You can win a $30 prize package from The Pasta Shoppe! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below.  Make sure to leave a comment telling me which pasta you would most like to try and what you would do with it? The recipe that sounds the tastiest may just be featured on another Tasty Tuesday!

 

Good luck! The giveaway will run for one week!

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