Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Randomness #98 : Spanish Rice 3X in a package

 Knorr brand Spanish Rice 5.6 oz (158g) package (per serving: 1 g fat, 6g protein, 3g sugar, 690mg sodium  2.5 servings/pkg)  Add water and vegetable oil.  Okay tasting but on the bland side.  Mix of rice and pasta with spices.  Price November 2017 in SLC, UT: $1.00

 Rice-a-Roni Spanish Rice 6.8 oz (192g) package  (per serving: .5g fat, 5g protein, 2g sugar, 890mg sodium  3.5 servings/pkg)  Add water, butter, and a can of diced tomatoes.  Good but unquestionably on the salty side.  Mix of rice and pasta with spices.  Price November 2017 in SLC, UT: $1.00 

Zatarain's Spanish Rice 6.9 oz (195g) package (per serving: .5g fat, 4g protein, less than 1g sugar, 400 mg sodium  4.5 servings/pkg)  Add water, butter, and a can of diced tomatoes.  Mix of rice (no pasta) with spices.  Definitely the heartiest of the three but maybe was edged out by the chewy texture of the rice.  Price November 2017 in SLC, UT: $1.49  

Disclaimer-I bought all three packages at regular price and we tried all three on the same night just out of curiosity.  We've also made homemade Spanish Rice with just rice, water, and salsa.  Homemade is still definitely better but for everyday we like the Rice-a-Roni best as both a side and a topping for homemade burritos, tacos, and the like.  We liked the Zatarain's best when paired with a salad for nights when we're copying restuarant salads like Costa Vida or Cafe Rio.  I was not compensated in any way from any company or individual.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Author #170: Develop map reading skills as Dillemuth explains maps in Mapping My Day

Julie Dillemuth wrote Mapping My Day with illustrations by Laura Wood.  Mapping My Day is another good book to start teaching about maps and directions.  In a world obsessed with GPS and online mapping services, there is still a place for knowing how to read a map whether it be online or hard copy.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Author #169: Hughes helps the world in her book What Matters

What Matters is written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Holly Hatam.  A young boy picks up an abandoned soda pop can and puts it in the recycling bin.  It's a small thing but "what matters" is the impact his action has on the surroundings.  He influences many things from an ant to two baby birds to some flowers to the ocean with many creatures and things in between.  This is one of the best books I've ever read about the impact of cleaning up our garbage on the environment.  I still can hardly believe we only have one copy of this book in our local library system.  I loved Holly Hatam's delicate illustrations.  See more of her work at her website:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Randomness #160: Seven Virtues and Portland Central Library

We visited the Portland Central Library this last summer and I took a few pictures.
 One of the many pieces of art around the library.

 A row of music folios.

 More and more rows of music folios with sheet music for practically any instrument in a traditional orchestra (including voice) and some non-traditional instruments.

 The library has three floors.

 The pillars are painted wood, not real stone.

 Iron gates and wood doors at the front entrance.

 The stairs had etched designs including a treble clef sign.

 And a rolling pin!

 Mica and Daisy by the tree sculpture in the children's area.

 Seven Virtues is a coffee shop near one of our stops.

We got hot chocolate (with the cream heart design), whipped milk infused with lavender, and a berry crumble that was both gluten-free and vegan.  It was the best berry crumble I've ever tried.  We bought some extra to take with us.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Author #168 : Fantastic art on fantastic flowers! Stockdale is spectacular!

Susan Stockdale takes photos of real flowers and paints beautiful versions of them with acrylic paint. Fantastic Flowers is a gorgeous example of an artists' interpretation of the real world. You can visit Susan at her website: 

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Author #167 Mary Holland introduces Otis the Owl

This cute little guy is featured in Mary Holland's book, Otis The Owl.  He's a barred owl which is just one species of owl found in Oregon.  To learn more about Mary and her other animal books you can read this interview done by Deborah Kalb at that she posted in April 2017.