American Icons, here’s to the Red, White & Blue!

Do you have a favorite American Icon? Who comes to mind? John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe? Or maybe it’s not a person at all, maybe it’s a food. To me, nothing is more American than Apple Pie! The Everywhere Society invited me to Macy’s for their big American Icon celebration. SONY DSC First up was a cooking demo in the Macy’s Cellar, with KitchenAid culinary expert, Debbie Slater. SONY DSC Being a foodie, this was right up my alley. I don’t have a KitchenAid Mixer, so you know I was drooling over her blue one! SONY DSCSONY DSC Right before our eyes, Debbie made Mini Macaroni Pasta! Right there, on the spot, while we watched! I couldn’t believe how easy it was, she added the Pasta Press attachment to the front of the mixer, added her dough and the mixer did the rest. It was a thing of beauty!SONY DSC Here’s the pasta, right after it came out of the machine: SONY DSC I wanna make my own pasta, how about you?! I gotta get that KitchenAid Mixer!!! She then went on to make a beautiful pasta salad, the Red, White & Blue Pasta Salad:SONY DSC That’s blueberries in there, with grape tomatoes & blue cheese- it was so good! Debbie didn’t stop there, oh no! She used that KitchenAid Mixer to pump out two more patriotic delights. Here’s the Red, White & Blue Coleslaw: SONY DSC and the Red, White & Blue Vanilla Wafer Cheesecake Tartlets: SONY DSC Yes, those are vanilla wafers as the base, great for a party or get-together… bite size! Before the demo was over, Debbie told us about the gorgeous, hand-painted, red, white & blue Artisan KitchenAid Mixer that is going to be given away. She reminded us to enter the giveaway and you know I was first in line filling out that entry form! Look at this: SONY DSC If I win, I’ll let you know! Next stop on the Macy’s Celebration was upstairs for the Timex Launch Party, to see what the latest trends in watches are. SONY DSC If you’re like me, you know Timex takes a licking & keeps on ticking, right? Well, they have come a long way & have so many stylish options available, I was very impressed. This crisp white one, below, is going to be very popular this summer, trust me! SONY DSC  Style & fashion editors from San Francisco’s 7X7 Magazine, were on hand to share a few fashion tips with the crowd. Here’s a little snippet for you:

Wouldn’t be an American Icon Celebration without a fashion show, right? These lovely models showcased great looks by Calvin Klein, Levi’s & Tommy Hilfiger. SONY DSCSONY DSC  Macy’s puts on the best events, if you haven’t been to one yet, you are definitely missing out. These events are always open to the public, so check with your local Macy’s to see what events they have planned.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society, and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post. All thoughts & opinions are my own, thank you!

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Golden Grain Hidden Veggie Pasta GIVEAWAY!

**Disclosure: I was provided with Golden Grain Hidden Veggie Pasta to facilitate this review and giveaway.** products-hidden-vegetable                  I don’t know about your kids, but mine really don’t like to eat veggies…especially the little one. He’ll eat fruit all day & night, but trying to get him to eat vegetables is another matter. That’s why I was so excited to try Golden Grain Hidden Veggie Pasta! There’s 1 serving of veggies per 4oz of pasta.

The pasta comes in four different varieties: Spaghetti, Thin Spaghetti, Small Penne & Twisted Elbows. Golden Grain’s Hidden Veggie line of pasta has the same great taste, texture and color that you’ve come to trust from Golden Grain. The pasta contains Carrots, Corn & Squash… Shhh, don’t tell the kids! I decided to use the Spaghetti noodles in my Chicken Noodle Soup, I was curious to see what the family would say. (I must add, that when I serve Chicken Noodle Soup to my little one, I only put chicken, noodles & broth in his bowl- no veggies! The Pic below is of my own personal bowl of soup, with veggies in it!) SONY DSC Guess what? Mister “I don’t like veggies” ate the soup… noodles and all! Victory! Woo-Hoo! He had no idea his noodles contained veggies. I was grinning from ear to ear as he finished his meal. I will be buying Golden Grain Hidden Veggie Pasta from now on-hopefully one day he will like eating vegetables; but for now, I am thankful I found this pasta!

My “This Mama Can Cook!” FB page recently hit the 1,000 Likes mark, and I am pleased to say I have partnered with Golden Grain for a Giveaway… and it’s a good one! The winner will win a year’s Supply of Golden Grain Veggie Pasta… how awesome is that?! The Year supply of pasta consists of 24 coupons for 1 free package of Golden Grain Hidden Veggie up to $1.99 maximum retail value. Giveaway for U.S. only, 18 and above please.

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**Disclosure: I was provided with Golden Grain Hidden Veggie Pasta to facilitate this review and giveaway.**