Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lasagna Recipe

Happy Saturday peeps! I wanted to share a recipe I found on line. It was easy to make and my kids loved it!


1 Tbs olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes in thick puree

2 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

2 Tbs grated parmesan cheese

12 oz mafalde pasta (mini lasagna) - cooked and drained
**(I couldn't find mafalde pasta so I used bow ties)

1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for 3 to 4 minutes, until softened.

Add the tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and stir in the parmesan cheese.

To assemble, spoon the pasta into serving bowls. Top each serving with about 3/4 cup tomato sauce, 1/4 cup ricotta cheese and 1 1/2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese. Serve immediately.

I am submitting this recipe to Presto Pasta Nights hosted this week by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Flu Bug Is Here . . .

I have the flu and have not done anything for the past 3 days. I really wanted to finish my kitchen painting this week but that didn't happen. I have done nothing. Zilch. Zero. No painting, no crafting no decorating. Nothing!

I did watch a bunch of The Nate Berkus Shows that I had DVR'd. So now I'm caught up with all my TV watching but my house looks like a tornado came through it! Sick mom = Dirty house.

Hello! How cute is he! Do you all watch him?

I even have his book!

I'm starting to feel better already! Ha!

I really hope to get something done and have some photo's to share with you all soon!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Buckeye Bloggers

I recently met a group of bloggers that live here in the Buckeye State. They had planned an outing to Columbus for the Pioneer Woman book signing at Barnes & Noble and invited me along. We started the day shopping at the Scott Antique Market on the fairgrounds. I found some fun items that I'll be sharing with you all soon. After shopping we had lunch at Champps and then headed over to Barnes & Noble for the book signing. Cindy and I ended up leaving before getting our books signed but Sue and La stayed and met Ree - aka Pioneer Woman.

Now, you are probably wondering where the pictures are of this fun outing.  Well, I forgot my camera. I don't have an excuse except to say that I'm a bad, bad blogger! You can head over to La's blog A Musing Potpourri to see some photos of our fun day.

Thanks girls for welcoming me into your group! I had such a great time!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What's For Dinner? (week of February 21 - 27)

Here is my meal plan for the upcoming week.

Monday - Chicken Noodle Soup and Turkey Sandwiches

Tuesday - Crock Pot Chicken Burritos, Chips & Salsa

Wednesday - Ladle It On Lasagna and French Bread

Thursday - Breakfast For Dinner

Friday - Meatloaf (Recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cookbook), Mashed Potatoes

Saturday - Leftovers or Eat Out

Sunday - Spaghetti & Meatballs, Salad

Have a great week!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ugly Stuff . . .

I went shopping today and found some great stuff on clearance at TJ Maxx. Check out my ugly finds!

What a beauty for $5 bucks! She'll be getting a few coats of spray paint and a pretty candle on top.

I also found this little metal pot for $3.99.

Sorry about the blurry photo! I'll be spray painting this too and adding some greenery I found at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. A new Hob Lob store just opened about a mile from my house - woo hoo!!

How cute are those!! And I paid $4.27 for both!! Love you Hobby Lobby!!

Have a great day! I'm still painting . . . .

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Recipe Binder Part 2 . . .

Hello everyone! I've had several questions about my recipe binder so I thought I'd answer them all here.

I didn't buy anything because I'm way too cheap thrifty. I just raided the stash of school supplies from my kids and used what I could find. I used tabbed dividers and made labels on my label machine. Then I used a 3-hole punch for all my recipes. Most of my recipes were printed off the internet or from websites so this worked out great. I do have a few recipes written on cards so I put those in a plastic zippered pouch inside the binder.

I got a great suggestion from Kristal for those of you who have a lot of recipe cards. There are binder inserts that are the size of recipe cards and you can see both sides of the card. I might have to go get a few of those! Thanks for the great idea Kristal!

Nan wanted to see the inside of my binder so here are some photo's:

I hope that helps! If you have any other questions, please ask away! At some point I'd like to jazz the binder up a little bit with some of my scrapbook supplies but for now this will work. I need to focus on getting my kitchen done!

Just for fun, I'm going to share my most prized recipe. It is a page that my mom cut out of Family Circle Magazine dated May 1976!!

It has been folded and doesn't look very pretty but I absolutely cherish it! I use the recipe too! If you've never had a pistachio cake then you're missing out! It's fun to make for St. Patrick's Day because the cake and frosting are all green!

Have a great day! I'm off to paint . . .

Monday, February 14, 2011

Recipe Binder . . .

While going through my recipes and making a weekly meal plan, I realized how unorganized I am! I was inspired to get all my recipes organized and make a recipe binder by Toni at A Bowl Full Of Lemons. If you've never been to her blog you are missing out! She is the organization queen!

To make my recipe binder here is what I used:

3-ring notebook
tabbed dividers
3-hole punch
label machine - you could also write these out or print them on your computer

Here are the tabs I made for my binder:

Crock Pot

This is what I started with:

I would just stuff all the recipes I printed or cut out of magazines in this folder. When I needed a recipe I had to sort through the whole pile and of course the recipe I needed was on the bottom!

Now I have all my recipes organized in a cute binder:

I needed a break from painting and this was a great project to work on. I didn't even spend any money! I stole used an extra binder and tabs from my daughter and the paper came from my scrapbook supplies. My kinda project - free and super duper easy!!

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

What's For Dinner?

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I got a lot of painting done but still have a looong way to go!

I haven't been doing my weekly meal plan lately. I know, I'm a bad thrifty mom! Today I went through my recipes and came up with a plan.

Weekly Menu Plan

Monday:  Beef Stroganoff w/noodles (new recipe - I hope it's good!)

Tuesday:  Chicken Stir Fry, Eggrolls

Wednesday:  Pork Tenderloin

Thursday:  Chicken with Bacon and Penne

Friday:  Ravioli, French Bread

Saturday:  Chicken Fajitas, Taco Rice

Sunday:  Eat Out or Leftovers

Have a great week!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

I'm Done!

Well, not exactly. I'm done with this:

Too bad I have the whole other side of my kitchen to finish! Ha! My plan is to get A LOT of painting done this weekend. You all know how plans go - something comes up or happens and stuff doesn't get done. We'll see what happens . . .

Here is another photo - doesn't it look purdy?

Check out what I did to the inside of the cabinets -

Yes that is cork and I hot glued it right to the inside of the cabinet. Now I don't have to tape things to the doors. Much better.

Here is what I started with . . .

. . .and here is what it looks like today -

Have a great weekend! You know what I'll be doing - lots and lots of painting!    : )

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Domestically Speaking


2 Awards . . .

Wow! I've been nominated for 2 awards! I am honored to accept these awards from Stephanie at Create Order and Laurie at Little Blue Chairs.

It still amazes me that you all like and follow my blog. Thank you so much Stephanie and Laurie!

Please go check out their blogs and give them some blog love!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Progress . . .

Hello everyone! I have been painting away for the past few days and I wanted to share some photos with you.

I have 2 drawers and 4 doors painted! Woo hoo! What do you think? I absolutely love it! We have white trim and white 6-panel doors throughout our house and the cabinets look so nice next to them.

The top doors are still drying so they'll probably go up later tonight or tomorrow. Just for fun, here is a before picture:

I am so loving the white! It's amazing what a little a lot of paint can do!

Check out my dining room turned painting room:

Isn't that lovely? I wish it was warmer and I could set everything up in the garage but it's going to be 5 degrees tonight so I'm painting inside. We just set up our folding table next to the dining room table and covered everything with old sheets. So far it's working out great.

I'll be back with more updates and pics soon!  : )

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine Mailbox . . .

My daughter, Hannah, needed to decorate a box for the Valentine's Day party at her school. Usually we cover a shoe box with paper and decorate it. I was at JoAnn's the other day and found the cutest metal mailbox for $5.00. I used my 50% off coupon so I ended up getting it for only $2.50!! I have seen the small mailboxes in the Target Dollar Spot but this one is much larger.

I love that the little flag raises up! Hannah decorated her mailbox with stickers and gems. It turned out really cute!

I also made a cute little gift for her teacher. She has a male teacher so it's hard to come up with gift ideas. I filled a tin from the Target Dollar Spot with chocolates and candy hearts. Then I took 2 foam hearts and glued them to a craft stick. Very easy and very thrifty!!

I'm still painting away in my kitchen. This is going to be a loooong project!

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

There's No Turning Back Now . . .

I finally started the project that I have wanted to do for so long. Here's a hint:

Any guesses?

Here's another hint:

Yeah baby! I'm painting those ugly orangey-stained cabinets that I hate!! I started at the desk in my kitchen and got everything primed. Well, not everything. I still need to prime all the doors but at least I got something primed!  Here is the lovely mess that is my kitchen now:

I love it already and that's only the primer!  The backsplash tile looks so different against the white! I can't wait to put on the first coat of paint tomorrow!

I have no idea why that picture is so wonky. It looks like my whole kitchen is leaning!   : )

Hope you are all having a nice weekend. We had rain, sleet and snow here today. A good day to stay home and paint!  I'll be back soon with more pictures and an update.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I'm A Copy Cat . . .

I admit it. I copied an idea from another blog. I know, I know. No shame.

I can't help it! If you've ever visited Maillardville Manor then you know what I'm talking about.

Just look at the library nook that she created!

I love absolutely everything about this room!! She even used the same tablecloth from Target for her window panels. I like mine but hers are fabulous!!

Okay, on to what I copied from this room. See that cute little white stool with the fern? Well, I just so happened to have a stool in my basement that I really wasn't using. I painted it white and here's my version:

I needed something to put next to the chair in my family room and this is perfect!

I really like how this corner of my family room looks now. What do you think?

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