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Marie Callender's Pot Pies: great winter comfort food #review

source: Mariecallendersmeals.comIt's starting to feel a lot like winter here in New Hampshire.  Despite the foot of snow on Halloween, I'm starting to think we're not going to have a white Christmas this year. 

Not that I mind.  You see,

Me + snow + cold = :(

That's new math, in case you were wondering.  Why, yes, I AM as smart as my 4th grader...ehem

Where was I?

Ah, yes.  Winter.  Cold.

I don't know about you, but I crave warm comfort food in the winter.  Could be why my jeans are fitting a little snug these days.  You think?  

So when TheMotherhood asked if I would like to review Marie Callender's Pot Pies, it was a no brainer.  Chicken Pot Pie is truly one of my favorite winter meals and with a retail price of just $2.10-$2.99, these are definitely worth trying out.

The pies are a bit on the small size; the box says it contains a mere 2 servings, but one was filling for my family, along with some yummy bread and cranberry sauce.  The pot pie gravy was creamy.  The white meat chicken was, well, real chicken.  The veggies weren't over cooked and the crust came out nice and flaky.  I like that there were zero preservatives added.

This is definitely something I will keep on hand for an easy winter meal.  It does take about an hour to cook in the oven, but required zero prep and was ready to serve.  Very low maintenance.  The downfall is the calories.  This is not, i repeat, NOT a low fat meal.

Definitely a stick-to-your-ribs comfort meal though.  It's all about making informed choices, right?  Know what you're getting into.

If Chicken is not your thing, Marie Callender's Pot Pies come in other varieties, such as:

  • Turkey Pot Pie
  • Beef Pot Pie
  • Creamy Mushroom Chicken Pot Pie
  • Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie
  • Honey Roasted Chicken Pot Pie
  • Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie

Have you tried these yet?  What is your favorite winter comfort meal?


Free coupons were provided by TheMotherhood and Marie Callender's in order to facilitate this review.  Thoughts are my own.


Learn how to make festive Rice Krispie treats today on TheMotherhood

I am putting on myimage source: Producer hat again today.  Not really a hat... looks more like a set of earphones - fashionable. will have guest host Amanda Formaro of the blog Amanda's Cookin' via live video feed.  She will demonstrate her designs for Rice Krispies gingerbread men and a recipe for these cool Rice Krispies Tree Trimmer Treats.  I'll be the geeky bug in their ears changing cameras, titles and graphics.

That is, if this crazy wind in New Hampshire doesn't knock out my power.  I have a backup plan in place - as long as it doesn't go out just before going live.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, ok?

Details on the chat:

What: Ring in the Holidays with Seasonal Treats

Where: on

When: 1pm EST today (December 8, 2011)


Boston Parent Bloggers unite to create #Lawrys inspired meal {giveaway}

Updated on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 03:02PM by Registered CommenterMommycosm

One of my favorite things about working within social media has been meeting and collaborating with local bloggers.  There really are other people out there who do what I do.  This past year, many wonderful women have been stepping out of my computer screen and into my close circle of friends.  So when TheMotherhood asked if a group of us would like to get together, create Lawry's inspired recipes and then share them over lunch... well, it was easy to respond YES.  In fact, I said yes before I really knew it was going to be a recipe contest.

Friends.  Cooking.  Competition.

Bring it on.

Our Lawry's challenge: Create a summer grilling meal suitable for large groups made up of 3 complimentary recipes, all using Lawry's marinades and/or spices. 

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DIY Summer Painting Projects with Eric Stromer on TheMotherhood


image: TheMotherhood.comWanted to let you know I am producing a cool live video chat for TheMotherhood tomorrow.  It's a conversation about DIY summer painting projects hosted by Olympic Paint and celebrity DIY expert Eric Stromer.  You may recognize him from noneotherthan HGTV.

So, yeah... wow!

He's also a father of three.  His advice will include "ways to save time and money, the importance of good equipment, and how to avoid common DIY mistakes."

Cool chat, huh?

Check it out at 1pm (EDT) 8/10/2011 on TheMotherhood.


Sharing great chips & dip at Frito-lay #perfectpairing party (sponsored)

As difficult as the past couple of weeks have been, there have been a few moments when I have paused to count my blessings and fully appreciate time shared with good friends.  If this past year has taught me anything, it is to live in the moment and enjoy good times while in them... because you never know.

Case in point: Last week I was given the opportunity to spend a night sharing recipes, dip and Frito-Lay chips with fellow Boston Parent Bloggers Sarah,  ChristyCharlene, and Jodi via TheMotherhood.  We were missing Melanie.  In fact, I had just left the rehab center and cried the first hour while driving to the party because I hated leaving her there SO much.  But it felt really great to come together with these ladies while munching on great chips & dip.  It was better than therapy;)

So, the party.  We were each given coupons and a stipend to purchase chips and items to make a dip of our choosing.  I wasn't feeling all that creative, so I decided to make my famous black bean dip.  No really.  It's famous in these parts.  I get in trouble if we have a party and forget to include it on the menu.

I figured it was appropriate for this challenge because it really goes best with Frito's Scoops.  Doesn't it look delicious?

Here's the recipe:

Vickers Black Bean Dip

1 can black beans

1 can kidney beans

2 tomatoes, diced

1 cup diced onion

1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped

1 small bottle of your favorite Italian dressing

1-2 tablespoons of chili paste to taste (usually found in the Asian section) 

Throw all the ingredients in a bowl, mix together and let sit in the fridge for 3-4 hours before serving.

For the record, the original recipe came from my late uncle.  I've tweaked it a bit over the years.

Easy, peasy.  Right?

I think next time I might cut up a mango and throw it in there, too.

Do you have a favorite summer dip?  Which chip do you pair it with?


This is a sponsored post.  Frito-Lay and TheMotherhood provided me with chips and ingredients to make this recipe and I was compensated for my time.  Thoughts are my own.