Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Velveeta Cheesy Potatoes A Product Review

I enjoy scalloped potatoes.  I enjoy Velveeta cheese.  I enjoy bacon.

When I was grocery shopping recnetly I looked for some scalloped potatoes, and was amazed to see a box I had never seen before.

Velveeta Cheesy Bacon Scalloped  Potatoes by Kraft.  Not only was it Scalloped potatoes, it was scalloped potatoes made with Velveeta cheese.  And it had bacon in it!

I died and went to  boxed potato product heaven.  Even though it was a little more pricey than the store brand one I usually get, it was on sale, so I decided to splurge on it.

Since I've long been a fan of other Kraft cheese products I had no doubt that it would be worth the few cents extra.



 INGREDIENTS AND EXTRAS

The Bacon Scalloped Velveeta Cheesy Potatoes by Kraft comes with almost everything you need to make the dish.

Inside the box is a bag of seasoned  dehydrated potato slices.  A squeeze pack of Velveeta cheese.  And a small packet of REAL bacon bits (with added smokey flavor)

At home you will only need 2 cups of (boiling) water and half a cup of milk.

COOKING DIRECTIONS

You can either cook Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Potatoes on the stovetop or in the oven.

I chose to cook mine in the oven, because it seemed the best choice since I didn't have to stir it occasionally like I would have on the stovetop.  That left my hands free to take care of my 5 month old son.

You have to preheat the oven to 450.  My oven takes forever to preheat.  So I set it to preheat, put 2 cups of water on to boil, then swept the entire house until my oven beeped.

You mix your seasoned potatoes and your water and milk in a (1.5 qt) baking dish.  You DO NOT add the bacon or the Velveety cheese at this time.

Then you place the dish in an oven to bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and the potatoes are soft.

After you take the scalloped potatoes out of the oven is when they become Velveeta Cheesy Bacon Scalloped potatoes.  This is the part where you add the cheese and bacon bits.

Stir them in, then let it sit for about 5 minutes, as the sauce thickens.


NUTRITION

This box makes 5 servings of 1/2 a cup.

They clock in at 200 calories a serving with 7 grams of fat and 24 grams of carbs.

Thats a Weight Watchers Winning Points Value of 4
or
A Weight Watchers Points Plus Value of 5

MY THOUGHTS

As far as dehydrated boxed potato products go, it was really good.

Like I said, I like Velveeta, so having the extra creamy cheese pack of Velveeta cheese was sure to make this dish taste amazing.

The bacon, however, was underwhelming.  Once mixed into the potatoes and sauce I could SEE the bacon bits but I couldn't really taste them. 

I would buy this product again if I caught it on sale again, because overall the taste is much better than the store brand of Scalloped potatoes I've been eating.

I would reccomend this dish to anyone who likes Cheesy potatoes, and especially if you like Velveeta products such as their Mac n Cheese.

I would not recommend this to a bacon lover because it leaves you going, "Where's the Bacon?"

If you're not a big fan of Scalloped potaotes, Kraft Velveeta has other flavors too!

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes.
Cheesy Aug Gratin Potatoes.
Cheesy Hash Browns.
Cheesy Southwest Diced Potatoes.  


**DISCLAIMER** This product review is 100% my own.  I purchased the product and was not provided a sample by any company.  I'm not being paid by Kraft or Velveeta.  I just like cheesy taters! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tired of Constant Bickering

It is creeping up on midnight, and I'm avoiding sleep again.  I had another crazy day at work and I'm all stressed out and stressed out and, did I mention I was stressed out.

Fighting with the husband a little again too.  It exhausting to constantly be in a state of duress.  Its getting silly and petty but its non-ending.

Like tonight he got angry because I didn't wash the dishes.  It was 10pm and he was ready to go to bed.  I had LITERALLY just gotten the baby to sleep and was going in there to do them but he was slamming things around the kitchen.  I told him if he would put away last nights dishes then I would wash them, but he snapped, "No.  I'LL wash them."

I started trying to put away last nights dishes (which I washed) but he started piling tonights on top of those.

He had been watching tv since I got home from work.  First he watched the Big Bang Theory, then he watched a movie.  This was all while I was trying to take care of the baby and play with Parker.  Then I had to get Parker to bed, and feed Spencer his last bottle and get him to sleep.  Also after having worked a full 8 hour day without a break AND on top of still being sick.

I told him if he wanted me to wash dishes every single night, then he was going to have to wait for the kids to go to bed because unless he has some way of cloning me I can't do everything with them at night and wash dishes too.

When I went in the kitchen to get a drink I realize he had put away all of the dishes he washed tonight, but left all the ones from last night.

He does the same thing with clothes.  He will wash HIS, but not mine.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Whole Lot of Nothing

Today was pretty craptastic.  Like most of my days.  I seem to not be capable of having a day that doesn't reek in one way or another.

Today I spend a few good hours making myself up for my husband, thinking I might actually get a bit of quality grown up time.  Nope.  What I got was totally ignored by my husband.

After that somehow the rest of the day went by without me doing a single thing on my to-do list.  Being shunned by the person you married has a tendency to make you mopey.  I mean, I could have stayed single and been ignored by the opposite sex.

So I moped around.  I drank a lot of coffee.  I ate some ice cream.  I played with my babies, but I didn't write anything, or clean anything.

I did eventually do a load of laudry so I'd have clothes to wear to work tomorrow.  That was it.

Now I'm procrastinating on the whole going to bed thing.  I have to work a closing shift tomorrow, and it Tuesday, and I'm trying to not think about it....and I sure don't want to make it hurry up and come.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Share a Link Sunday - 3-30-14

Good Sunday again my friends.  I hope you had a fabulous week full of great things and much productivity.

I am still failing at the productivity myself.  Every time I sit down to write I find myself on facebook.  I'm not cyber stalking my friends as much, but I've gotten hooked on a game called "The Tribez and Castlez"

I did pull myself away from the game long enough to write up a post on Daily Two Cents, and to finish one of my WIP lenses on Squidoo.

I also hit my one year annivesary on Bubblews, and I'm just short of $10 away from being able to redeem for $50 there.

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FEATURED LINK
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Last week we had an adorble visitor to the linky.

Lianne has a bundle of joy who has just turned 7 months old.  She shared a wonderful photo post, following him from O months, up to his current age, and he's stayed the same amount of cute the whole time!

If you missed her link last week, then you should TOTALLY check it out now!


LUCKY NUMBER 7 




Monday, March 24, 2014

Woman Vs. Bed

This week has been one crazy stressful week for sure!  I'm finally off tomorrow (Monday) but there won't really be any rest for me then either.  

Seriously, kids, this whole "growing up, getting a job, raising a family" thing isn't all its cracked up to be.  Stay a kid as long as you can.  Milk it.  Milk it good.

Meanwhile.....

I'm sitting here blogging right now, thinking I should go to bed but also thinking that I should get some articles and blogs pre-written since I don't have to be at work in the morning.  Sure I'll still have to be UP, but I don't have to be up and peppy so tonights the best chance I'll have.

But my bed is RIGHT THERE.  And it is SOOO tempting.

 Actually, I think...the bed might win.

ALL THE LITTLE THINGS
(that made me smile today)


1.  A reminder that beautiful, funny, quirky people out there "glittery heart" me!
2.  Spencer drooling on my face when I held him up over my head.
3.  Parker greeting me with "You've been gone ALL DAY!"  when I got home from work.
4.  Misti mooing at me because I called her a heifer.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Share a Link Sunday - 3-23-14

Happy Sunday again to all my friends.  I hope you had an excellent and super productive week!

Mine wasn't as productive as I hope for it to be.  While I did get a couple of things written at Bubblews and Daily Two Cents, I didn't get anything done on Squidoo at all.  I have 7 WIP lenses that I need to get finished!  And that's not counting the ones where I need to go back and edit because I haven't touched them in a year.

I'm only  $15 away from a payout in bubblews, so I think I need to focus more on posting there and GET there.

FEATURED LINK

I had 2 links to choose from last week, and they were both good ones for sure!  I chose to feature this one though:


Marsha is a busy lady, no doubt.  But she always takes time to share her day and all her activities with us.
Find out what unexpected call she got at 8am.  See pictures of an awesome yo-yo quilt, a homesick pooch, and the cutest little almost 3 year old you've seen this week!

Don't stick to this one post though.  Feel free to read through all of Marsha's Ramblin!



Monday, March 17, 2014

End of the Day: 3/16/14

Its raining outside.  That doesn't really surprise me.  Where else is it going to rain but outside?

Seriously though, it is supposed to continue raining through tomorrow.  It makes me mad because I'm off work tomorrow and had plans (as usual) to take my boys to the park.  I should probably just stop planning that, because it always rains on my day off.

Its creeping up on midnight, and I don't really have anything of depth to blog about, I just felt like writing.

I can hear Spencer breathing through the baby monitor.  Somtimes his breath comes quicker and I think that he is dreaming.

I wonder what babies dream about?

It is Sunday night, so it was Walking Dead night.  Tonight's episode went back to Carol and Tyreese and the girls.  It was a very, very, VERY emotional episode.  I'm pretty sure I'll need therapy before this season ends.