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21 Thoughts From Christmas Day

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas day.  We did!  It was a great day filled with faith, family, fun, and food.  Throughout the day I had lots of thoughts.  Some of which I’ll share with you here.

21 Thoughts From Christmas Day

  1. I think I’m as excited as the kids… maybe more.
  2. I wish I could’ve slept better last night. I think I was up every 2 hours.
  3. There is a definite difference between an 11 and a 14 year old. The younger is up before the sun.  The older will sleep until you wake her up… even on Christmas morning.
  4. Making the youngest wait to go downstairs to see what Santa brought until she’s bouncing off the walls is entertaining and entirely too much fun.
  5. I love family traditions!
  6. Santa was very generous.
  7. I’m so glad I prepped all the food on Christmas Eve.  This is the quickest and easiest I’ve thrown together every meal.
  8. The best gifts are the unexpected ones. This sriracha t-shirt is awesome. Sriracha t-shirt
  9. I hate installing screen protectors.
  10. There are how many pieces in this Lego set?
  11. This screen protector was easier to install than the last one.
  12. This Lego set is not going to be done today.
  13. There is such a thing as a bad Christmas movie.
  14. If you can’t laugh watching Christmas Vacation we probably can’t be friends.
  15. Pete’s Christmas (a movie on Netflix) is the Christmas equivalent of Groundhog Day.
  16. Our annual Christmas Picnic is one of my favorite meals of the year! I love shrimp cocktail and bread and butter pickles.Christmas Picnic dinner plate
  17. A little sriracha makes shrimp cocktail sauce even better
  18. There need to be more days as family centered and as lazy as Christmas Day.
  19. Today was a great day.
  20. I am blessed.  Truly blessed.
  21. Thank you, God! For the gift of your Son… and the gift of this day!
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Memory Monday – Totino’s Party Pizza

This past Saturday I was working on our meal plan for the week like I always do.  As I flipped through the grocery ads there was a particular item and price that caught my eye.

Fareway had Totino’s Party Pizzas on sale for 77 cents!  I knew the rest of my family wouldn’t appreciate it if I served these up for supper but I wanted to get one for the walk down memory lane.

When I was a kid Saturday night was frozen pizza night.  It was always my favorite meal of the week for several reasons.  The first would be Pepsi.

We didn’t get pop throughout the week but come Saturday night my brother and I each had our puppy dog mugs filled with Pepsi and topped with the cowboy hat lids.  I wish I still had my mug or at least a picture of it to show you but I can see it clearly in my mind.

Another reason I liked Saturday night suppers was for the chips and dip.  We usually had Anderson Erickson French Onion or Toasted Onion dip.  I was a big fan of those dips back then and still am today.

Saturday nights also meant that we didn’t eat at the table.  Instead we ate picnic style in the living room on a table cloth.  Again, the image of the table cloth we used most is burned in my mind.  It was white and yellow with some sort of floral border.

The entertainment for the night was what I’d now call some television classics.  The Lawrence Welk Show, Star Search, The Muppets, and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters are some of the shows I remember watching.  By the way, Irlene was my favorite Mandrell.

The only frozen pizzas I remember having were Totino’s Party Pizzas. I loved these as a kid!  The crispy crust and diced pepperoni were my favorites.

By the time I hit up our local Fareway they were out of pepperoni but I grabbed a sausage pizza.  I needed to see if it tasted as good as I remembered.

These days whenever our family makes frozen pizza we’ll add some extra cheese on the top.  I opted to not do that to this Totino’s Party Pizza because I wanted to make it the way we did when I was younger.

The smell of the pizza baking and the way it looked when pulled from the oven seemed to be just like I remembered.

Totino's Sausage Party Pizza cooked

The taste was very familiar as well but I don’t recall the hint of oregano that I tasted in this pizza.  It probably was there but as a kid I didn’t know what oregano was or tasted like.

Not much changed with the crust.  It was still crispy as ever!

Are Totino’s Party Pizzas the best frozen pizzas ever?  Not really, but I’ll keep an eye on the specials.  For less than a buck it’s worth it… especially for the memories!

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Sriracha’s Newest Fan

Hello. My name is Tony and I’m a sriracha addict. It’s been less than a week since I had my first taste of this slightly sweet and peppery sauce.  Now I’m hooked and enjoying it on everything.

It started innocently enough. I had heard about sriracha before. How there were chips flavored with it. Even a chain restaurant with sriracha on their sandwiches. Those never caught my attention.

What did was when one of or morning DJ’s created a namesake burger for a local cafe.  One ingredient on it was a special sriracha mayonnaise. Hearing the commercial on the radio several times got me intrigued.

Hearing how good it was from my coworker sealed the deal. I wanted to try sriracha for myself. So on Black Friday, while the kids were spending time at their grandma’s and my wife was at work I decided to pick up a bottle.


The first thing I tried it on was Casey’s bacon breakfast pizza. Let me first say this pizza is awesome as is but the sriracha took it to a whole new level.

The next night my wife and I ordered tenderloins for carryout from Goldie’s, the local ice cream and sandwich shop. Again, let me say these tenderloins are great as is. A few years back they were even voted best pork tenderloin in Iowa by the Iowa Pork Producers.

For my tenderloin I made a concoction of mayonnaise, ketchup, and sriracha. It made that tenderloin the best I’ve ever had… and I’ve had a lot of them. It tasted great on the fries we got too.

Since then I’ve tried sriracha on eggs, pizza, sandwiches, and tacos. They all were fantastic.

Now I’m thinking about how I can incorporate it into many of my other favorite dishes. I’ll probably have to add it after the fact, though, as the rest of my family isn’t a fan of spicy foods.

I didn’t get paid to write this. I’m now just a sriracha fan who wishes I would have realized it sooner. If you like slightly sweet and spicy things I’d hate for you to be missing out like I was.

Are you a sriracha fan? What are your favorite things to eat it on? Got any good recipes that call for it?  Leave a comment and help a sriracha newbie out

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