Blogging & {a pasta giveaway!}

A little blogging update with a fun pasta giveaway! Read all about my latest blogging adventures and one of my new favorite pasta to cook with.

Pink cupcake on a polka dot plate

Recently the college I attended interviewed me for an article. I thought it was sweet, but also a little funny. In college I was the girl who baked way too much; I used to bring fresh homemade cookies and cupcakes to everyone. Once I even wore my “baking is sexy” t-shirt to a house party.

Totally screams date me, right?

S'more with raspberry jam

Wrong. I am a nerd. A nerd who thinks it’s fun to make smores with raspberry jam, peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate. And then take pictures of them and write about how delicious they were.

Did you know that it takes an incredible amount of time to run a food blog? Reading about blogging platforms, learning about photography, figuring out how to work WordPress plugins; it’s time consuming! Somedays I could pull my hair out. I’ll spend four hours on a photoshoot with a bunch of different recipes and end up not writing about any of them. (Figuring out who to pawn off food to gets tricky.) But you know what? I can’t get wrapped up in trying to make everything perfect. I’m just happy that I get to share some of the food I create with readers like you. It’s a little magical to me.

Kinda like this super magical vegan rainbow asian edamame salad. It totally makes me feel like a pot of gold.

Rainbow Asian edamame salad

Another great thing about blogging is being sent products to try. Companies often ask me to do product reviews and/or giveaways on my site. Over the past 6 months I had been traveling for work so much that doing giveaways was fairly difficult… but that’s about to change! From new products to my favorite color lipstick, I’m going to be doing to fun giveaways. I’m totally excited and you better be too cause we’re starting today!

I’d like to share the revolutionary whole wheat Mara’s Pasta.

Mara's Pasta logo

Mara’s pasta asked me to review their whole wheat pasta months ago and sent me samples. Recently I got around to using it in my healthy fresh veggie spring pasta with butternut squash sauce. I was completely impressed by the unique texture and flavor of the pasta. Some whole wheat pasta tend to taste like cardboard and be excessively grainy in texture, but not this pasta. Eating it was a great way to get more whole grains in my diet. In fact, Mara’s pasta is higher in protein and fiber than most other whole grain pasta, so it made a great meal after one of my workouts.

You won’t be able to find Mara’s pasta in most retail stores since they are a fairly new product, but you can certainly order it online (ummm yes, they ship for free!). Learn more about Mara’s Pasta on their website. You can also keep up to date through Facebook page and Twitter.

You know you want to sample these delicious pastas for yourself and you can! Mara’s pasta has kindly agreed to sponsor a giveaway where you will recieve a gift box full of Mara’s pasta. All you have to do is head over and like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter, then simply tell me (by leaving a post on my wall or tweeting me) what your favorite pasta dish is. Winner will be chosen randomly next week.

I hope you all enjoyed your Mother’s Day weekend!

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