Monday, September 23, 2013

Three Cheers for Sweet Strawberry Pasta Salad...and giveaways!

You know how football food is all meaty, and spicy, and cheesy, and heavy?  Don't get me wrong...I've never met a Frito Chili Pie I didn't like, but what about adding something *sweet* to the mix?  How about Sweet Strawberry Pasta Salad?
pasta salad like you've never tasted...SWEET! ::: *sweet* strawberry pasta salad recipe + specialty pasta giveaway

How about making it with pasta in the shapes of your favorite sports team??!?
How FUN is that?!?  
specialty sports team, holiday, special occasion pastas (giveaway!)

OK...look.  I know, I know.  It's pumpkin season.  Believe me, I am all. about. the. pumpkin.  BUT.  It's still hot here.  And the strawberries?  They're still delicious.  I'll take them as long as I can get them.
{Someone is revoking my food blogger card as we speak.}

I'm so excited to share this recipe with you...and tell you about the company that makes this ADORABLE pasta:
specialty football team, holiday, special occasion pastas (giveaway!)
The Pasta Shoppe is a company out of Nashville, Tennessee and they make the cutest pastas ever.  (We're all about cute around here, right?)  Sports team pasta...that each come with a mix for a savory pasta salad, chicken soup kits with chicken shaped pasta (!!!), golf pasta, support our troops pasta, birthday pasta, holiday pasta.  If you can think of it, I bet they make it.

They also have a fundraising program.  Oh, what I wouldn't have given for kiddo to have sold this pasta instead of wrapping paper, magazines, and inedible pre-popped popcorn! Can you imagine how easy this would be to sell?  I think just about everyone loves pasta.  (They even offer gluten-free!)

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 If you went to OU like I did, are you squealing over that Sooner Schooner pasta right now?!?

{Scroll down past the recipe for more on the pasta giveaway.}

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Sweet pasta salad.  Maybe it sounds weird.  Trust me on this.  It is so incredibly yummy.  After I took the pictures, I stood in my kitchen eating it straight out of the big pasta bowl.  The dressing (cream, strawberries, vanilla, almond) tastes like strawberry ice cream.  You need to try it.  Promise.

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Sweet Strawberry Pasta Salad

1 (14 oz.) package pasta
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 TBSP powdered sugar
1 pint strawberries, sliced and divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut, toasted
1/3 cup blanched, sliced almonds, toasted

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Cook the pasta according the package directions.  Drain.  Rinse with cold water and set aside.

In a blender, process the cream, sugar, 1 cup of the strawberries, vanilla, and almond extract until smooth and thickened.
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{I was so tempted to just slurp this up with a straw.}

Place the pasta in a large bowl; toss with the coconut and remaining strawberries.  Drizzle the dressing over the top and sprinkle on the almonds.  If extra dressing remains, serve it alongside the pasta salad.
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*giveaway closed* 
 
For the giveaway:  The Pasta Shoppe is giving away THREE pasta goodie boxes including the collegiate pasta of your choice + a selection of everyday/seasonal favorites!  Yay...three winners!

To enter, visit The Pasta Shoppe's website and leave a comment telling me one of the pastas you love.
For an extra entry, visit their fundraising page and let me know in a separate comment that you did.

Entries accepted through 11:59pm CST, September 29th.  Good luck! :)


Congrats to Bianca, Kayla and Amanda!!! 
 
*find The Pasta Shoppe on Facebook here.*


This post was sponsored by The Pasta Shoppe. My opinions are my own. I take full responsibility for my love of strawberries during pumpkin season.

257 comments:

  1. I love the Michigan State Spartans pasta

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  2. I would love to give the hockey pasta to my nephew.
    skessler5@yahoo.com

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  3. Harvest noodle soup sounds amazing!

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  4. Oh goodness, which one do I love!? That is a tough decision! I love them all but my two faves have to be the OU pasta and the BYU pasta!

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  5. I checked out the fundraising page! 40-50% isn't too bad!

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  6. They are so cute! I especially like the fall harvest.

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  7. They are so cute! I especially like the fall harvest.

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  8. They are so cute! I especially like the fall harvest.

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  9. They are so cute! I especially like the fall harvest.

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  10. They are so cute! I especially like the fall harvest.

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  11. My sons' school has this fundraiser going on right now! I don't want to hijack the post with a link unless I get permission that I can. If anyone wants the link I can email it to you just reply to my comment. Right now we don't have any online sales as they are going through our paper order. I am a huge bake at 350 fan and am using the vanilla sugar cookie recipe for his halloween snack at school next month.

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  12. I also checked the fundraising page! You're right, this is better than magazines!

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  13. I checked out the fundraising page!

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  14. Loving this salad and I will take the strawberries as long as I can get them too! Was able to pick a few today!

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  15. Cats are always my pick. How fun!

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  17. I also checked out the fundraising website.

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  18. I would never in my life think of putting that pasta salad together. It looks amazing and intriguing! Have a wonderful week- xo Diana

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  19. Wow they are so adorable! I can't choose the best one. But probably Halloween or Harvest pasta.. or those with cats :)

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  20. And I also checked the fundraising page :)

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  21. I like the naughty or nice pasta.

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  23. Apple orchard and fall harvest is super cute!

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  24. Would love to try the Spinach Basil Garlic Angel Hair (yum!) and the Reindeer Noodle Soup would be so cute on Christmas Eve!

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  25. I "love" the "eat your heart out" pasta!

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  26. I love the USC pasta! And the zoo animals one is super cute too!

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  27. I also checked out the fundraising page, and you're right, that would be way more fun than wrapping paper and magazines! (:

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  28. Rock Chalk Jayhawk go KU! :) I'm all about the collegiate shapes for KU, those are too cute. I am going to have to keep this in mind when I need a good fundraising option.

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  29. I visited the fundraising page....thanks for the good idea!

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  30. I love the crab pasta-that would be so cute in a salad with some crab meat! What a great site, I know what I'm getting for Christmas gifts this year!

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  31. I just visited the fundraising website, and then e-mailed the link to our school's PTO president! We don't participate in many of our school's fundraisers because I have 3 kids to split sales between and a lot of the products are silly and too expensive. I could totally get behind this though!

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  32. I might have just found my Christmas presents!

    I love the University of Alabama pasta. Roll Tide!

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  33. Living in SC, I'd like to get the Gamecocks pasta and the Clemson pasta and mix them together to see what happens. The penguin party pasta is my favorite, though!

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  35. I would certainly take any of them but I love the "Dog Lovers Pasta"... I hope I win!

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  36. I also checked out the fundraising page! What a great idea!

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  37. Kitty pasta for this crazy kitty lady! <3

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  38. I love all of them. I'm dying to make an easter pasta salad with the bunnies and I need about 12 bags of the "chicken noodles" soup mix!

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  39. My little one isn't in school yet, but I looked at the fundraiser site and I have it bookmarked for in a couple of years when I get to start the "fun" that is fundraising.

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  40. I love the Ultimate Spartan pasta for Michigan State!

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  41. I visited the Fundraising Ideas page as well!

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  42. The vineyard pasta is too cute! I wish I'd had it for my best friend's bachelorette party :)

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  43. And I checked out the fundraising page – and will be passing it on to all the teachers I know!

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  44. I loved the seasonal pastas, the black cats and Halloween pastas would be perfect for our annual Halloween dinner. Also, the penguin pasta, which would have been perfect for my niece's penguin themed birthday party.

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  45. I checked out the fundraiser page. I wish I had been offered pasta as a fundraiser choice instead of candy bars or cookie dough when my kids were in school. I definitely would have bought some!

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  46. So hard to choose! Love both the hockey & the zoo animals

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  47. Also visited the fundraising page

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  48. My favorite is the snowman pasta!! so cute!!

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  49. I also just visited the fundraising page

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  50. SU! Syracuse University...the ultimate orange pasta!

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  51. I checked out the fundraising page...when my little guy is in school I am SO going to suggest this!!

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  52. I love the halloween pasta! My kids would love it too!

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  53. I've bought their Ohio State pasta before, and I love the Christmas one!

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  54. I love the apple orchard pasta! Super cute for fall.

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  55. I visited the fundraising page :)

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  56. the holiday pastas are adorable but we're Kansas Jayhawks fans around here :)

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  57. This recipe sounds so good! What a fun store. I love the black cat pasta!!

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  58. The penguin party pasta is adorable!

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  59. I went to the fundraising page - what a great idea!

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  60. It has to be the U Miami pasta in this house. What a fun site, love all the different pastas!

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  61. I also checked out their fundraising page and I think it is awesome! It is a great idea! :)

    Samantha C.

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  62. I looked at their fundraising brochure

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  63. It's pink so that alone would have me try it. You are too cute. I think they are the people who make the hockey pasta I once had! Speaking of which how is my convincing of hockey cookies coming?

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  64. Ah would definitely want the Michigan Wolverines Pasta Salad!! What a fun tailgating item! :)

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  65. Gig'em Aggies! It's the Texam A&M pasta for me!

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  66. I visited the fundraising site-what a clever idea!

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  67. All the pasta looks so fun, but I'm very tempted by the chicken soup with chicken noodles! What a fun idea!

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  68. I love the Hunter's "Buck 'n Bird" Chili Pasta. I will have to bookmark this! I love my pasta!

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  69. I visited The Pasta Shoppes fundraising page. And I will be using this for our American Legion Auxiliary fundraiser. I requested info.

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  70. Thanks for introducing me to The Pasta Shoppe, Bridget. I just ordered their Dog-Lovers Pasta for my daughter-in-law as a Christmas gift! The Strawberry Pasta Salad sounds weird, but I'll have to try it!

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  71. I visited the fundraising site - great idea!

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  72. I've used these pastas before and love them. I'd be most excited about the Halloween pasta.

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  73. I visited the fun raising page. That's a fun idea.

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  74. I visited fundraising site--great idea to try for schools

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  75. I have 2 favorites: Paws Pasta and the one with the beautiful colored leaves pasta

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  76. Love the Washington State Cougar pasta! Go Cougs!

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  77. I liked the gift sets, but I have to admit the college pastas were neat. I'm an OK State grad.

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  78. I like the basketball for the little one

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  79. I visited their Fundraising site. Great idea!

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  80. visited fundraising site.....my church has been looking for a fundraiser and this may be it!!!

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  81. I love the colorful pasta!!! My kinda party food - or great for lunches too!

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  82. Kim P - How cute is this! I would love some Texas Tech pasta!

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  83. WOW... How cool are they? I think the baseball pasta is my fave, hands down! Thanks for the opportunity to win some...

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  84. I went to the fundraiser page! How fun so much better than wrapping paper and cookie dough!

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  85. I went to the fundraiser page! How fun so much better than wrapping paper and cookie dough!

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  86. I like the Tri-Color Angel Hair Pasta Nests.
    kaysuet(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  87. Gah! Fun pasta....I've never seen anything so cute! My fave pasta is the Girlfriend pasta. I'm going to get this for my girlfriends for Christmas. Thanks for the idea! And BTW, the strawberry pasta salad looks DELISH! Nom and chomp!

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  88. I love the Snowmen pasta! Too cute.

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  89. I checked out the fundraiser page. What a neat idea - I'd totally buy this stuff!

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  90. I went to the fundraiser page, great idea! I love all the college mascots - GO Gophers! Hubby would say: "On Wisconsin"

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  91. I love the American Pride pasta because I'm always in charge of pasta salad on the 4th of July!

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  92. I also visited the fundraising site, I wish my daughter's school would participate!

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  93. I will definitely be ordering some Illini pasta!

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  94. I also visited the fundraising page.

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  95. What could be cuter than Bunny Hop pasta? Thanks for pointing me to this site! I love pasta - any shape, any time.

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  96. And I visited their fundraising site.

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  97. Love the vineyard and girlfriends pasta. So many that would appeal to my girls.

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  98. I love the zoo animals pasta!! They are all so fun!!

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  99. Love the My First Pasta. It would make a great dish (with your recipe) to bring to a baby shower!

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  100. Love the My First Pasta. It would make a great dish (with your recipe) to bring to a baby shower!

    Forgot my name on the first one. :)

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  101. would love to try the Christmas tree pasta!

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  102. I love the Iowa Hawkeye Pasta of course!

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  103. I visited the fundraising page:)

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  104. The soup mixes look good- we love any Chicken Noodle soup!

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  105. I was so excited to see the UNC Tarheel pasta! love that team!

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  106. I'll be passing the fundraising info on to our PTO! Also one of the districts in our town will not let the kids do any fundraising company that sells items that contain sugar, I will be passing this site on to my friends over there.

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  107. I also checked out their fundraising page. I would so buy this over magazines or popcorn any day!!

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  108. Ummm.... They make a Hawkeye pasta... 'Nuff said!
    I think I need to check this place out next month when I'm in Nashville! Looks amazing!!

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  109. I like the dog lovers pasta and the dance pasta!
    keshakeke(at)gmail(dot)com

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  110. I checked out their fundraising info! What a great idea!
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  111. Definitely the girlfriend pasta, so cute!
    Daniela
    daniela8598 at yahoo

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  112. I visited the fundraising page. What a great idea :)
    Daniela
    daniela8598 at yahoo

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  113. I love the Christmas Tree and Snowman pastas. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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    Love the idea of pasta nests! Perfect for one portion!

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  115. I would love the University of Utah Utes pasta salad! So fun. curtinfamily07@gmail.com

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  116. I thought the black cat pasta was so created i also visited the fundraising page also lakenyajacobs@gmail.com

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  117. I love the Naughty or Nice Pasta! So cute!

    shelly8806@hotmail.com

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  118. I checked out the fundraising page.

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  119. My grandson's would love the Halloween Pasta!

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  120. I love the In the Woods pasta. The heart pasta would be a great dinner for my husband too. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  121. What a fantastic fundraising page; I'll pass it on.

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  122. I loved the seasonal pasta! So cute!

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  123. I checked out the fundraising page. Wish our school would use this instead!

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  124. Loved knowing about this wedsite. I'm ordering some BYU pasta! Also thought the fundraising was terrific. I'm going to tell my school about it. Thank you!

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  125. I love the Illini pasta!! Might have to do this as a Christmas gift!

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  126. I checked out the fundraising page. If a kid came to my door selling this, I would so buy it!

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  127. also checked out the fundraising page.

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  128. I would much rather kids sell this than sugary sweets! Seriously... send your kiddos to my house selling pasta and I'll be throwing blank checks at him/her. I will definitely be ordering Black Cat, Bunny Hop, and Halloween. Thank you so much for not only offering such a wonderful giveaway, but also for introducing me to The Pasta Shoppe.

    Cindy Aiton
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  129. I also visited the fundraising page.

    Cindy Aiton
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  130. I also visited the fundraising page!

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  131. Oh my Gosh... it's just so hard to choose one !!! But I have to go with the Michigan Wolverines Pasta Salad, that is truly awesome.... Is it Christmas correct to put pasta in the kids stockings?

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  132. I also visited their fund-raising page.... cute ideas !!

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  133. What an awesome idea! I would live to support my alma mater by eating some much loved pasta...

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  134. Also checked out their fundraising page... I completely agree that it is much better option that what was available when I was in school!!

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  135. Sooo... I would have TOTALLY gone for SMU ones. I had hope when I saw lame-o TCU's (all in jest, of course ;) ).
    Since I'm now residing in Madison, WI, I'll go for the Badger ones along with Auburn ones for my Alabama family and LSU ones for my other side of the family. Funny mix. :)

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  136. There are soooo many cute ones! I love it. My faves are the Apple Orchard Pasta, Fall Harvest Pasta and Tennessee Big Orange Pasta Salad.

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  137. The penguin pasta party mix. My kids would love that and I could get them to eat it!!

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  138. I visited their fundraising page. That sounds like a great fundraising product. I have never seen pasta sold as a fundraiser!!

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  139. I would like to get the Halloween pasta! Your salad sounds so yummy and original!

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  140. I visited their fundraising page. There is something for everyone...so easy to sell...and buy:)

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  141. Oh my gosh! I LOVE their Alabama Roll Tide Pasta!!! That's amazing!

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  142. I also visited their Fundraising page!

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  143. Kids would love the penguin pasta! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  144. Love the cat pastas! Have to get the UT and Texas Tech pastas for my kids! LOVE them!!

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  145. Also visited the fundraising page and liked their facebook page!

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  146. I have to go with my alma mater--Michigan State. But the "in the woods" pasta is also very cute!

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  147. I also visited the fundraising page

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  148. There are so many fantastic pastas on the site! I would have to get the Longhorns pasta first. Yay Longhorns!

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  149. I'm thinkin the Halloween pasta would be perfect for the coming holiday! I love them all really though. [: Such a fun website! Thanks for sharing!

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  150. I also visited their fundraising website. Good to know!

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  151. How cute! Can think of so many themed meals to make with their products....

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  152. Visited the fundraising site, as well. I can think of a cheer team that might need to do this :)

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  153. So many choices, I love them all! My favorite is the OSU Cowboys!!!

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  155. I like the horsin around pasta.

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  156. I visited the fundraising site too. My kids are grown now, but sure wish we would have had this fundraiser. Would be so easy to sell. I'll be shopping on their website - great Christmas gifts!

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  157. I like the Oklahoma State pasta, but I love all the holiday pasta designs. And even this OSU grad has to admit that the Sooner Schooners are cute.

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  158. I would so love the Wisconsin Badgers pasta, our family is die hard Badger fans even though we have relocated down to Texas :-)

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  159. I visited the fundraising page and will pass the information on to my child's school. I think it would be an awesome fundraiser!

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  160. I love the seasonal pastas, Fall, Snowman, etc! My grandchildren would love them.

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  161. The fall harvest and apple orchard are adorable! I think combining them could be really sweet.

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  162. I also visited the fundraising page.

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  163. My daughter would love the dog lover's pasta. Anything to do with dogs!

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  164. I also visited the fundraising page. Cute idea!

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  165. LSU pasta for my Louisiana man who lives in California with me. Never misses an LSU game.

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  166. My 9 year old daughter picked the cat lovers pasta and I loved the seasonal pastas...so cute :)
    OrtegaFamilia@msn.com

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  167. I like the idea of fundraising and visited that page. We are always looking for fundraisers for our kids travel ball teams.
    OrtegaFamilia@msn.com

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  168. I would like the University of Oregon pasta!

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  169. The fun shaped pastas are always fun to serve, but I also like the SPINACH BASIL GARLIC ANGEL HAIR! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  170. The Crab Pasta is calling my name. I can already imagine the mac & cheese with Old Bay I'd create with it!

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  171. I visited their fundraising page just now and I agree - selling those at school would've been a huge hit!

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  172. South Carolina Gamecocks pasta salad. Go Gamecocks!

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  173. I visited their fundraising page. Definitely more fun that wrapping paper.

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  174. Love A&M so would have to go with that :-) l-parnell(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  175. The pastas on the fundraising site cracked me up with the dollar signs. Made me think of Richy Rich. l-parnell(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  176. Oh, I'd love to have the Badgers pasta. Only so I could serve it to two of my Illini alums friends. hehe
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  177. Really like the fund raising ideas. Wish we would have sold the cool pasta instead of pizzas or cheese and sausage when I was in school.

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  178. Loving the ABC 123 pasta. My daughter just started preschool a few weeks ago and she's learning her letters and numbers.

    mburak22@yahoo.com

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  179. Visited the fundraising site. What a great idea! I'd definitely buy this if someone was selling for school.

    mburak22@yahoo.com

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