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Izea

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Getting back to blogging

I can't believe I haven't posted since November.  Life can be so busy.

I've been thinking about updating for a few weeks... but I'm afraid I dont have anything new and amazing to share.

We've been living off winter comfort foods. Good old standbys. 

I guess I need to get back to blog hopping and pinterest for some new inspiration.

Speaking of blog hops, I'd love to start up the linky and drinky party again.  Except it might move to the weekend.

Hope to post again soon.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holiday Break

I decided out of the blue to take a blogging break over the holiday's.  Just thought I'd mention it quick... but I will be back after the first of the year.   Happy Holiday's!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ravioli Linky Party #10

I fell in love with this.  It's so simple.  I got both of these recipes at cooking class taught by LeAnn Poloni Whitesides.

Homemade Ravioli
1 package frozen beef ravioli  (the recipe called for 2, but I felt like one was enough for our family)
1-2 jars spaghetti sauce or you can make your own simple sauce (see below)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
grated Parmesan or asiago cheese

Heat oven to 350*  Spray bottom and sides of 9 x 13" dish with cooking spray.

Put a thin layer of sauce on bottom of dish.  Arrange half of the frozen ravioli in a single layer over the sauce; top with half of the remaining pasta sauce and 1 cup of the mozzarella.  Repeat layers.
Pour 1/4 cup of water along the sides of the dish.  Cover with foil and bake 60 minutes.  Remove foil and sprinkle Parmesan cheese and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

You could do the same thing with tortellini and Alfredo sauce for a different version. 


Simple Sauce
2 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
2 cans whole tomatoes   (use scissors and cut up in can)
2 tsp chicken base or bouillon cubes/  or you could use a slash of wine.
1 tsp basil or taste
parsley
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasonings
1 T tomato paste
1/2 tsp sugar
could add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally until softened.  Add at the very end.  Crush the tomatoes and other ingredients.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sauce is thick and reduced (about 1/2 an hour).  Set aside.  Adjust seasonings.
Note: If sauce tastes a little bitter add 1/2 tsp baking soda

For the "drinky" this week try a nice glass of wine.  Feel free to comment on your favorites below!

Last weeks linky winner is Whole Food Mom on a Budget's pumpkin-almond-flour-waffles
Thanks for linking up!
I'm really sorry I still haven't created a brag button for winning.  I just started a new job last week and so life has been a little hectic for me.



Monday, November 4, 2013

Linky #9

I learned a new way to "cook" mushrooms.  It's quick and easy too.

I had never heard of peeling mushrooms, but after thinking, it seems like a good idea considering that your not supposed to wash them... at least not drench them.

All you need for this is a small bottle of zesty Italian or vidial onion dressing and about a pound of mushrooms.

Bring your dressing to a gentle boil in a sauce pan and add your mushrooms for 1 minute.
Pour them out in a bowl and serve.

In all honesty they basically taste like salad dressing on a mushroom, but they're not bad!
Hope you enjoy this quick & easy idea!

For the drinky this week try cherry slush! Its one of my grandmas good old recipes. 
4pkg cherry koolaide
1 cup OJ concentrate
4-5 cups sugar
Freeze, then pour 7-up over to serve.

Last week's linky winner was made from pinterest DIY cupcake holder
Thanks for linking up!  I love the cute turkey on top.  It brings back a lot of childhood memories for me.

101 after school snacks

I personally hate it when I click on some link titled "101..." and it's only like 20.  So I counted these and there really are 101 ideas.  It took me a long time to come up with this, and it's not the greatest list- but it gets you thinking anyway...  Enjoy!

carrots
mini carmle apple pie
quesodillia
egg rolls
mini pizzas
cereal
toast with jam
scrambled eggs
apple
banana
10
cucumber
celery and peanut butter or cheese whiz
saltine crackers
grapes
nachos
olives
ramen noodles
mac n cheese
granola bar
cookie
20
muffin
string cheese
yogurt
orange
chicken nuggets
PB&J
grilled cheese
sunflower seeds
strawberries
gold fish crackers
30
pickles
fruit snacks
mini marshmallows
rice krispy treats
peaches
hard boiled eggs
rolled up lunch meat
graham crackers
popcorn
ham & cheese salad
40
broccoli
blueberries
watermelon
cantaloupe
honey dew
jello
pudding
ice cream
fresh peas
bagel
50
check mix
chocolate chips
pretzel
left overs
cereal bar
chocolate milk
oreos
chips and salsa
hot dog
pepperonis
60
jerky
bread
pineapple
cottage cheese
marshmallow- brown sugar popcorn
     1/2 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 9-10 marshmallows 12 c. popcorn.
Microwave brown sugar and butter for 2 minutes. Add marshmallows.
Microwave until melted, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Pour over popcorn.
nutella
peanuts
fresh sliced tomatoes with salt & pepper
avocados
oyster crackers
70
Cheetos
applesauce
pumpkin seeds
cashews
genius cakes
raspberries
licorice
bite size candy bars
pepper strips in dip
cherries
80
smoothies
Cheese and crackers packs
cinnamon toast
Egg salad sandwich
chicken salad sandwich
almonds
kiwi
Bacon
corn dogs or pig in a blanket
pancakes
90
pizza rolls
pears
BLT
can of soup
spaghettio's
raisins
fish sticks
pickle bunny bites
cherry tomatoes
100
red neck dessert

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Linky Party #8

I love this quick easy cake.  It always vanishes quickly in our home.

lemon poppy seed cake
1 yellow cake mix
1 small box lemon pudding
2 tea spoons poppy seeds
3 tbs flour
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs

Bake at 350* for 40 minutes in a bunt pan or 9x13
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Its really starting to get COLD in the mornings, in the shade, when there's a breeze and at night... so pretty much all the time.  I thought I'd share a drinky linky for Almond Hot Chocolate over at Adorned From Above.  Go check it out and tell them I sent you.
Almond Hot Chocolate


Last week was pretty slow on the blog.  My husband and I were celebrating our ten year wedding anniversary at a nice bed and breakfast.  It was a much need (and deserved- if I may say so) break.  Our real anniversary is actually this weekend, but it was better timing to celebrate last weekend.  So that's my excuse for not inviting more to join the linky last week.

I'm starting my new job on Monday... so that will probably slow me down on the blog a bit too.  I will do the best I can to keep up with.  Wish me luck I guess, I will need it.

Thanks for linking up!
Linked To:
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/
Fluster Buster

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Linky and Drinky #7 APPETIZERS FOR HOLIDAY PARTIES

Bruschetta
28 oz canned tomatoes*
1 1/2 tbs Olive Oil
6 tbs water
1/2 Italian Seasonings
1-2 cloves Garlic
1/4 tsp Garlic Pepper
1 tbs cider vinegar
Fresh Basil
Parmesan or Asiago cheese

Let simmer and reduce for about 1/2 an hour.

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* I think I may have had a light bulb turned on here.  If you don't believe me, try it out yourself.  Normally when a recipe calls for diced tomatoes I just buy them that way.  But after attending this cooking class I have changed my mind.  Try buying canned whole tomatoes and then either cut them up with scissors inside the can or squish them with your hands if you want to.  Either way, the whole tomatoes taste so much better than the diced ones.  I used to buy the store brand, but I've also been convinced that Hunts brand is the best.

Serve on CROSTINI
1 baguette sliced into 1/4" pieces
olive oil
good salt
 Brush both sides of bread and season lightly.  Bake about 10-12 minutes.

Drinky~ Apple Juice and Sprite (aka zombie juice)

Please come linky with me!  Add anything family friendly you'd like to share.  Link back to me in your original post and be sure to visit other linkers  :)  Feel free to share or invite others to link up too.  I would especially love for you to link up APPETIZERS FOR HOLIDAY PARTIES if possible, but anything goes. 

Last weeks winner was spiked-monster-halloween-cocktail
Thanks for linking up Liz!




Linked To:
Fluster Buster

Monday, October 21, 2013

Pumpkin Dinner

Our friends started this tradition with us several years ago and our kids love it.  You bake your dinner in a pumpkin!  We usually do the homemade root beer with it too.

Choose a pumpkin that will fit in your dinner, but that will be big enough to fill with dinner.
Draw a face on your pumpkin with magic marker.
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Scrape out your pumpkin and stab several holes in it to vent.
Coat the inside with butter and bake for one hour at 350*.

1-2 lbs browned ground beef (depending on how many you're feeding)
rice (depending on how many you're feeding)
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs brown sugar
2 cans sliced water chestnuts
1-2 cans cream of chicken soup
salt and pepper
onions

Mix together and put it inside the pumpkin to bake for an additional hour.

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Zombie Juice
3 quarts apple juice
2 cans Sprite
1 latex glove filled with water and food coloring- frozen

Linked To:
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/
- See more at: http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/10/co-hosting-tasty-tuesdays_22.html#sthash.0dYFYanl.dpuf

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Linky#6 Spooky Spiderweb Pizza

This actually happened by accident, but it turned out cute and I had to share.  I was making pizza and was ready to finish up with the cheese when I realized all we had in the fridge was string cheese!  So I improvised and used the string cheese...  and I got thinking, this looks like a spider web.  So then I sliced up some olives and made them into little spiders.

Note: after you bake it and the cheese melts closer together, so remember that when you're laying out the cheese and be sure to leave space.

Hope everyone is having a great Fall so far with lots of fun Halloween adventures.  If you have Halloween or Fall things to share on the link up that would be great, but anything family friendly goes.

Our linky winner last week was grilled-chicken-brusketta at Chaos With A Curve be sure to check it out!
Thanks for linking up.


For our drinky this week I wanted to feature this great IDEA.  I tried it this Summer and thought it was pretty awesome.  Although this time of year, I think I'd keep it warm/hot...
cass-eats.blogspot.com
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Liked To:
http://whatscookinglove.com/2013/10/showcase-your-talent-thursday-82/
http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/2013/10/full-plate-thursday-10-17-13.htm

Fluster Buster

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Winner of the Linky & Drinky #4

Holy brain fart.
Do you ever have those day's when you really start to wonder about yourself?
Is my blonde hair really shining through?  It's possible.

Did I smoke a bunch of pot in high school and forget about it?
No, but you would think so for as dumb as I've been today.

Did having 3 kids kill all my brain cells?!  Most likely.

So far today I've tried to get in someone else's van thinking it was mine.

Walked into the men's restroom.   Thank the Lord nobody was in there!!!

Posted my linky party late- and then I realized I didn't announce the winner from last week.  I'm super sorry about my case of Ditz.

It's a good thing I've got another desk job lined up, I really suck at this blogging stuff.  Apparently all the reading I've been catching up on isn't giving me any brain power.

On a positive note:  Last week's link up was the best one yet.  So maybe I should cut myself a little slack.

The link with the most views last week was ALMOND MILK ICE CREAM
from Making Our Sustainable Life  Thanks for linking up and congratulations!


Izea