Two Year Blog-a-versary Review and Giveaway!

I'm going to go ahead and pat myself on the back for sticking with something for two whole years. Something that I don't *have* to do. But it is a little something that I love to do. Taking photos after making dinner has become second nature. Plopping a bowl of soup down on my driveway and snapping away? Nope, nothing weird about that.

Let's go rehash some of my 2010-2011 favorites, shall we?

Easy Wheat Bagels

Enchilada Pizza

Honey-Cashew Granola

Soft Pretzels

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

1554 Black Ale Truffles with Abbey Ale Peanut Brittle

Cinnamon Buns

Gorgonzola Cream Sauce with Beef Tenderloin

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Tofu Tikka Masala


Fat Elvis Cupcakes

Hm. There is definitely a theme of "comforting" and "bad for you" in my favorites, isn't there? I am a carbaholic.

To celebrate my blog and its addiction to carbs, I'm giving one lucky reader delicious, carby treats! One of me and Hubster's favorite stands at the Urbana Farmer's Market is Pasta Alley
. They offer a wide variety of cheap, fresh, homemade pastas. By variety, I don't just mean shape--I mean flavors. We've tried Sweet Basil, Habanero (VERY spicy!), Garlic Pepper, Lemon Pepper, Oregano Herb, and Rosemary Champagne. This pasta is so delicious. It cooks up in 3-4 minutes and adds depth to whatever pasta sauce you're making.

What's even better about Pasta Alley? Well, allow me to quote from their website:

"'We employ developmentally disabled people that currently they were worried about not having jobs and that, and that's why we developed the business. They're able to do our packaging and labeling for us and it's a win, win situation for everybody,' said Rae Anne Maupin, Mother of Pasta Alley owner.
Pasta Alley employs up to 60 developmentally disabled adults, ranging in age from 21 to 78."

How great is that? I'm thrilled to know that my carbaholism is helping to support developmentally disabled people in my area!

SO. Here's the deal: I want to give you the chance to try some of this awesome pasta. I am giving away four bags of Pasta Alley pasta to one lucky winner. Four bags, people! You could eat like a king!

To enter my super-sweet Two Year Blog-a-versary Pasta Alley giveaway, you must do the following:
1) Be a resident of the U.S. No U.S. shipping address = no pasta for you. Sorry, beloved international readers!
2) Follow Pretty Peas via Google or Facebook or RSS feed (if you already do, you're good to go!).
3) Visit Pasta Alley's listing of products.
4) Leave me a comment letting me know a) How you're following my blog, and b) Which four pasta varieties you want if you win.

It's that simple!

The contest starts right now and ends at 5pm CST on Friday, October 7th. I will use a random number generator to pick the winner and will announce it ASAP. Good luck!


Kristin said...

I'm following your blog! I'd love to win the sun dried tomato, spinach, garlic and herb and sweet basil champagne varieties!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

I'm a follower :) There's SO many awesome choices of pasta, its hard to choose 4 but here we go! Chive and onion, curry spice, rosemary champange and sundried tomato OR soup egg noodles. YUM what a fantastic give away! Congrats on 2 yrs of blogging too!!

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Happy 2 year blogoversary!! Love all those dishes you shared, everything looks delicious! :)

mistressofmuses said...

I found you a year or so ago via the picturing food community on Livejournal. When I got my butt in gear and got a blogger account, I started following you from there. :)

And if I were to win your amazing giveaway, the Italian herb, sun-dried tomato, sweet basil herb, and spinach pastas sound especially fantastic!

cynnerth said...

Being your mother, I've been following you since before you were born. At the risk of making this contest look fixed, if I win...Chive & Onion, Curry Spice, Sweet Basil Herb, and Rosemary Champagne.

Tina said...

I am following via Google and I would love to try the Chive and Onion, Rosemary Champagne, Garlic pepper and sun dried tomato. This is an awesome give away-thanks Heather.

Pat R said...

I'd love to try the garlic and herb pasta.

Pat R said...

I follow you by email

Anonymous said...

Happy 2 year blogging anniversary! I don't comment much, but I've pretty much read everything and have tried and adopted into my regular repertoire many of your recipes :-) I follow via facebook!
If I could try 4 of Pasta Alley:
Hot Spicy Tomato Basil, Red Pepper, Spicy Cajun & Garlic Pepper

Clarion Mendes said...

I'm a fellow C-U food blogger, and I love, love, love Pasta Alley! Great idea for a give away!

Jen Cruz said...

I have been an avid follower on Facebook for years and get emails when you post new posts. And I was pleased to have partaken in the above mentioned Gorgonzola Cream Sauce with Beef Tenderloin. It was out of this world! When I win, I would like the following pastas: Spinach, Sun Dried Tomato, Garlic & Herb, and Rosemary Champagne. Here's to 2 great years of food and many more to come!!! :)

All Things Yummy said...

Congrats on 2 years, that's awesome! I'm a follower through google reader.
I'd love to try the spicy cajun pasta. yum!

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

I follow you on Google, and is it cheating to say 4 packages of chive and onion linguine? That sounds so good! Although that rosemary champagne sounds interesting too... Congratulations on your blogiversary!

Reeni said...

Happy Blogiversary! That's quite a list of mouth-watering goodies! I'm a follower and I like the garlic and herb whole wheat, the sweet basil whole wheat, zesty chili pepper and sun-dried tomato.

Jennifer said...

I follow you via Live bookmarks and I FB stalk you. I would love the spicy cajun, sun dried tomato, zesty chili pepper and the spinach pastas.

Not Spicoli said...

Hi Heather,

I've been following you since the beginning, watching from the shadows. I run a conpeting food blog and have been slowly biding my time to find the perfect time to strike at thee in such a crippling way as to knock you off the internet for good and collect ALL of your followers as spoils of my victory over you. Mwahahahahaaaa!

But... you're clever giveaway has afforded you an opportunity to avoid internet obliteration. All you have to do is award ME the prize (you can just tell everyone it was done fairly or however you want to word it). Once I've received these delightful pastas I will guarantee nothing horrible will come r
to your blog. You may grace me with the Spinach, Garlic Herb, Sun Dried Tomato, and Rosemary Champagne. I expect prompt delivery and will give you further mailing instructions upon announcement of my winning.

Not Spicoli

Jennifer Andersen said...

OOOPs too late to enter... but Congratulations on your anniversary Heather! All of those pastas looked delicious. I hope your winner posts back her after they eat!

Shaheen said...

Wishing you a happy blogiversary.

how to cook lamb said...

With all these benefits, it’s little wonder that pasta has been revered by generations of lean and healthy Italians. And with the popularity of the Mediterranean diet growing worldwide, perhaps pasta will regain the respect it deserves from American consumers too.

Aurana Books said...

Healthy diet is important because we evolved eating certain things, so our genes are turned on or off by what we eat. That is why there are so many people with chronic conditions now, because we are eating food so over processed and cooked that it is nothing like what our genes are used to working with.

Post a Comment