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    Tuesday
    Mar042014

    Fuel Up & Get Movin' with Colts QB Andrew Luck and Quaker (Giveaway)

    Andrew Luck, Kendall Reyes, Mission Middle School
    Colts QB Andrew Luck and local NFL defensive end Kendall Reyes celebrate with Make Your Move grand-prize winners at Mission Middle School in San Diego Feb. 26, 2014.

    We've all heard the disheartening statistics on kids, physical fitness and eating habits. Things such as:

    • only one in four adolescents gets enough exercise
    • less than one percent of kids are getting the daily recommended amount of whole grains in their diets.

    As grandparents, we do what we can to get our grandkids moving and eating right... right? And on a grander scale, other folks are doing all they can to improve the dismal stats, as well.

    Specifically, Andrew Luck, quarterback of the Indiana Colts, and Quaker Oats are...

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    Friday
    Feb282014

    Fresh Pan pizza: Papa Murphy's makes it, Grandma Lisa bakes it

    I love pizza. I've mentioned that many times here on Grandma's Briefs — most recently here — so considering my love for the pie, I was delighted to be chosen to try out the all-new Papa Murphy's Fresh Pan pizza for free and share my thoughts on it here.

    Papa Murphy's, the "take 'n' bake" pizza place, recently began offering the Fresh Pan pizzas featuring fresh ingredients (just like all their pizzas). I invited my eldest daughter to join my husband and me in trying it out, and we ordered up a Papa's Favorite — minus the mushrooms, for my daughter's sake.

    I called the order in to Papa Murphy's then turned on the oven to 425 degrees. By the time my daughter and I got back from picking up the Fresh Pan pizza, the oven was ready.

    Papa Murphy's Fresh Pan Pizza

    In went the pizza, per the easy directions included with the pizza.

    Papa Murphy's Fresh Pan pizza

    Eighteen minutes later, out it came.

    Papa Murphy's Fresh Pan pizza

    The crust baked up buttery and golden, the inner portion hot and cheesy.

    Papa Murphy's Fresh Pan pizza

    Papa Murphy's Fresh Pan pizza

    My thoughts — along with those from my daughter and husband — on the Papa Murphy's Fresh Pan pizza:

    • The crust was perfect — golden and buttery but not too greasy, as pan pizzas often can be.
    • The ingredients were indeed fresh and tasty.
    • The baking instructions were simple and accurate.
    • The taste overall? Truly delicious.

    The Fresh Pan pizza from Papa Murphy's is $9 for a large one-topping pizza. It's offered only in the large size, which serves 2-3 people (which was the perfect size for our taste test, especially because we ordered some Cheesy Bread to go with). Our Papa's Favorite, which has pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, mixed onions, green peppers and black olives (and mushrooms if you don't request those taken off) was $14. Which seems a pretty good deal for a homemade meal.

    Bottom line: I'll be ordering the Papa Murphy's Fresh Pan pizza again. Great stuff, made by Papa Murphy's and baked by me.

    Visit Papa Murphy's to find a location near you. You can also follow Papa Murphy's on Facebook.

    Disclosure: As part of a campaign with Mom Select, I received free pizza as well as compensation for sharing my thoughts on it; anecdotes and opinions are 100 percent my own.

    Friday
    Feb212014

    Delicious dinner in no time, courtesy Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauces

    Like many midlife mothers, I cooked major meals for many years. I didn't mind cooking — I actually enjoy cooking, for the most part — but when the nest emptied I was ready for a break and now limit my time in the kitchen.

    Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauces

    That doesn't mean my husband and I don't still appreciate — and often crave — home-cooked meals, though. So when I started seeing the commercials on television for the Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauces, I was intrigued. The flavors sounded delicious and the idea that prep time for a home-cooked meal was just five minutes sounded perfect.

    Even more perfect? Though I'd not yet had a chance...

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    Thursday
    Feb202014

    Warm up with 'CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume Two'

    Considering all the snow and cold outside, it's a great time to warm up indoors with some curious critters. Specifically, the critters found in CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume Two, the latest captivating look at the best nature has to offer, courtesy David FitzSimmons and his masterful photography skills.

    Curious Critters Volume Two

    CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume Two has beautiful...

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    Wednesday
    Feb192014

    250 Best Meals in a Mug: THE cookbook for single-serving meals

    When my daughters lived at home and the nest was full, I used big pots and huge pans for meal preparation. Now that the nest is empty, I get a kick out of making meals on a far smaller scale, usually for my husband and myself. Sometimes even just for myself or just my husband if one or the other of us is out of town.

    I recently had the opportunity to review the absolute perfect cookbook for making meals for one — or two. 250 Best Meals in a Mug: Delicious Homemade Microwave Meals in Minutes by Camilla V. Saulsbury is chock-full of, just as the title says, delicious meals... that take mere minutes to make... in the microwave... in a mug.

    Courtesy 250 Best Meals in a Mug by Camilla V. Saulsbury © 2014 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.My oldest daughter, who lives alone, stopped by my house the day after I received my free review copy. She couldn't stop ogling...

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    Friday
    Feb072014

    Carol Burnett hangs with Curious George February 10 on PBS KIDS

    Grab your fave preschoolers on Monday, Feb. 10 and settle in together to watch as Carol Burnett guest stars as George's Great Aunt Sylvia on Curious George, PBS KIDS' popular program for youngsters.

    Carol Burnett on Curious George

    In Monday's "Toy Story" episode, Great Aunt Sylvia (Burnett) returns from the Galapagos with a special gift for George: a front loader. Unfortunately...

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