Stouffer’s Grandma’s Chicken & Vegetable Rice Bake


When I was growing up, my mother frequently prepared casserole dishes for family meals.   Stouffer’s Grandma’s Chicken & Vegetable Rice Bake reminds me of those meals, and I suppose that’s why I think of it as an example of “comfort food”.

Preparation is pretty simple.  Heat it up and then eat it up is the 2 steps.  I add a little black pepper to mine for taste.  I find the chicken used to be pretty good and the meat to starch ratio isn’t too skimpy.

I recommend this product for anyone who might be tired of other foods and is looking for something more homemade style in a frozen food selection.

Propper Men’s STL II Pant – review

I saw a pair of these Propper Men’s STL II pants in my size on sale and bought them at the end of last year.  I’ve had a chance to wear them a couple of times and thought I’d share my thoughts about them.

Ordering and delivery via Amazon Prime was no issue.  The size is pretty true to what I ordered and they looked just like the illustration.

I like the wide belt loops and additional pockets on the legs.  I did find that the two front pockets aren’t as deep as I would like to hold my cellphone, but my cellphone is a Nexus 6 and is phablet sized.  A 5″ cellphone would fit just fine.  There’s always an option of using the pocket farther down on the leg.

I bought these pants as an alternative to wearing jeans.  I think for the sale price of less than $20 they were a good choice, but I don’t think I would pay full price for them.  If you shop on Amazon you may wish to check your size in various colors to see if you can find a pair at discount.

Tennessee Pride Jumbo Sausage and Buttermilk Biscuits review

Tennessee Pride Jumbo Sausage Biscuits
Tennessee Pride Jumbo Sausage Biscuits

Breakfast in about 3 minutes.  That’s about how long it takes for me to start a cup of coffee brewing in my Keurig K Cup machine, and then grab one of these Tennessee Pride Jumbo Sausage and Buttermilk Biscuits and pop it into the microwave for 90 seconds.

The coffee machine finishes with it’s spitting, wheezing sound and fills my kitchen with the aroma of fresh made coffee.  The microwave heats the biscuit and the plastic bag it’s wrapped in makes a satisfying pop sound from the expanding steam.  Beep beep!  I wait a minute so as to not burn my fingers as I add a squirt of yellow mustard to my biscuit.

It’s not the best breakfast I could make, but it’s fast and the portion size is just right for me.  One of these large biscuits is enough by itself to hold me over until lunch time.  Tennessee Pride also sells some smaller biscuits by I have to eat multiple ones, and I feel like the bread to meat ratio isn’t as good as the jumbo sized product.

If you like sausage biscuits and aren’t against microwaving something frozen for breakfast, I’d suggest you look for these at your grocer and give them a try.

Best Damn Root Beer taste test

Best Damn Root Beer
Best Damn Root Beer

When I was a kid, I’d walk along roads looking for discarded soda bottles that I could collect and return for deposits.  Typically by the time I reached the local drug store, which also had a lunch counter inside, I had enough to fund a lunch that would include a root beer.  I recall that root beer tasted delicious.

This root beer isn’t meant for kids at all.  It has alcohol in it.  It also tastes pretty decent to me.  It’s made by Anheuser-Busch and you’re most likely to find it in the Budweiser section of your local retailer.  I drank the one I sampled out of the bottle, and not a frosty chilled mug.  The smell seemed right on target, and the taste was better than I expected.  I was surprised and pleased.  I’m going to save some bottles from the 6 pack I bought at my local Publix for comparison with future purchases of other adult root beers.  This is the first one I have tried, so I can’t really offer an opinion on how it compares to the others at this time.

I noticed this was one of the Buy One Get One specials, and was able to also get a 6 pack of their Best Damn Cherry Cola at the same time.  I’ll post a review of that in a few days.  I see that they make a Best Damn Apple Ale on their web site but I did not see that in my grocer’s cooler.  For now I’m going to say that if you like root beer and alcohol, that this is a good deal at BOGO prices.