February 28, 2014
I found this recipe on Pinterest and we have made it a couple of times so far. It was originally posted at The Girl Who Ate Everything.
Yield: 16 shells
1 pound ground turkey
1 package low-sodium taco seasoning or homemade taco seasoning
4 ounces cream cheese
16 jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterrey jack cheese
3 green onions
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a pan brown the ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Stir together and mix well. Set aside and cool completely.
While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to package directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board or baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.
Pour salsa on bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Stuff each shell with 1-2 tablespoons of the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Evenly cover shells with taco sauce. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes with the foil removed. Top with green onions or olives if desired. Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa.
February 8, 2014
Another recipe from Pinterest that we love is Million Dollar Spaghetti.
Originally pinned from someone who didn’t have a link-They just posted a picture of the typed recipe.
1lb ground beef (We use ground turkey.)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
8oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2lb cottage cheese
1 stick butter
1lb spaghetti (or rotini, elbows, etc)
Grated cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350*.
Boil pasta noodles until cooked.
Drain noodles and set aside for later.
Combine cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese until well blended, easiest to do in your stand mixer.
Brown ground beef, drain well.
Add spaghetti sauce to ground beef.
Now to assemble the dish:
Put some slices of butter in a 13×9 pan.
Pour half your pasta noodles on top.
Pour cream cheese mixture on top of pasta and spread evenly.
Pour remaining pasta on top of cream cheese mixture.
Add more sides of butter on top of pasta.
Pour meat and spaghetti sauce on top of pasta.
Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, add grated cheddar cheese on top and return to the oven for 15 minutes.
This is a great dish to have with company. You can assemble it before hand and then just cook when needed. It’s very yummy!!
February 7, 2014
I know I know…..I haven’t written in a LONG time. But I was thinking….I’ve got all these things pinned on Pinterest. What if something happens to Pinterest or if the blog I ‘pinned’ disappears? So I thought I would start posting some items here so I can always come back and find them.
I made this recipe for dinner tonight. (We’ve had it before too.) It’s yummy.
I pinned this recipe from Committed to Getting Fit.
• 1/4 cup / 60 ml best-quality olive oil
• 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
• 1 tsp / 5 ml paprika
• 1 tsp / 5 ml ginger
• 1 tsp / 5 ml fresh ground black pepper
• 1 tsp / 5 ml dried mustard
• 1 tsp / 5 ml oregano
• 1 tsp / 5 ml chili powder
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper
• 4 tilapia filets, thawed
Preheat your oven to 400ºF/ 205ºC. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium sized bowl combine olive oil, garlic and seasonings.
Dip each filet into the seasoning and place it on the baking sheet.
Pour any remaining seasoning over the filets on the sheet and place the baking sheet in the oven.
Bake for 10 minutes.
August 23, 2012
We thought it would be a nice gesture to start the school year off with a gift for the teacher. Unfortunately, I started thinking about what it would be a little too late, so I didn’t do what I really wanted to. We did buy a bottle of hand sanitizer and decided to add the teacher’s initial and Little Monkey picked out a flower to add to it. A little bit of cutting on the Cricut and the gift was done. Nice and quick and we know it will get used! The teacher was grateful for the gift and surprised at the personal touch.
Personalized bottle of hand sanitizer
August 21, 2012
This week, Little Monkey headed back to school for his first day of first grade. He was very excited to go to his new class. We discovered that he doesn’t have any friends from his last class in his class this year but he says he will make new friends.
Standard pictures for back to school. Little Monkette had to check up on her big brother!
After getting Little Monkey to his class, Little Monkette didn’t want to leave him! She’s been begging all summer for him to go back to school but then wouldn’t leave him there. She wanted to color a picture like all the other kids were doing. Once I got her back home, she was okay with him being at school until we were at the gym. He was only gone three hours and she was ready to have him back home again! She does love her brother!
When we were back at the house, I thought it would be fun to do a line up of the first day of school for the past three years. It is amazing to see how much he has grown!
3 years of First Days of School
I am excited to line up 13 years of first days for him! So far he likes first grade but says they eat lunch really late. He is glad that they get to have a snack in class.
August 13, 2012
Back in May, we started going to a gym and did the Advocare 24 day Challenge. It was hard work but it has been worth it. During the 24 days of the challenge I only lost 3.5 pounds but I gained 6 pounds of muscle! I was hoping for a bigger loss on the scale but building of muscle is great. Since the 24 day Challenge, I’ve been keeping up at the gym (except for the month of July) and have lost a total of 12 pounds since starting in May! I took pictures of my journey along the way, because I wanted to SEE that there was a difference. I wasn’t planning to post my pictures online but it has inspired some of my Facebook friends so I figure why not!
Results you can SEE!
It has been tough at the gym but so worth it! I’ve gotten much stronger and thinner in the process! In the beginning, I was lucky if I could do a push up or two. In fact, I often got called out, “This is not yoga class! That is a downward dog NOT a push up!” I would laugh and just keep trying. Now, I can do many more push ups! When I started working out, it was tough but now I actually feel good, sometimes even great, after working out. I’m not counting every calorie but I am watching what I eat. Thankfully working out allows me to indulge sometimes when I want to! It is so nice to fit into clothes that haven’t fit in a really long time!
I’m hoping to be able to post another picture in a few more months with even more pounds lost and more muscle gained!!!
August 11, 2012
My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business
It has been a while since I actually read this book, but I did read it! I got a bit behind on posting my book reviews (and any other kind of post!).
But I did read Dick Van Dyke’s book, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business and it was great. In fact, after reading it, I put many of his DVDs on hold at the library so I could watch his show. The way the show was written made the dialogue funny no matter what year it was. There aren’t references to things happening in the world, it is just comedy that works any year that you watch it in. I’d say that is pretty good writing!
Enough about the show though, the book was a pretty quick read and it was cool to see how Van Dyke made his way through his career in entertainment.
I wish I could recall more details from the book but it has been about five months and another five or six books since I read this one! If you like biographies, funny stories or Dick Van Dyke, I’d recommend the book to you. I own it, so if you want to borrow it, I’ll put you on the list! (Right now it is loaned out!)