Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
There are some great websites I've found along the way that also have good tips for using your DSLR camera. I pin most of them to my Photography board on Pinterest and I'll be adding new ones as I come across them!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Easy, Cheesy, Ravioli Bake!
Iím betting youíve noticed I love to cook. More than that, I really enjoy making recipes my entire family can eat and enjoy. Iíve never been the mom who cooks two separate meals-one for the adults and one for the kids!
Finding recipes everyone can love is sometimes a challenge. One of my goals here is to share recipes my family truly enjoys-and recipes that are simple as well!
I have a new, SUPER EASY recipe for you. This honestly takes about 5 minutes to mix up, and then you bake it for 25 minutes. Serve it with a side of broccoli or some fruit, and you have a well rounded, easy, and FAST meal!
I took something I grew up loving to create my Easy, Cheese Ravioli bake.
As a kid, I loved Chef Boyardee, and I bet you did too! We still love the Chef Boyardee brand, and one of my favorite things about their products is that they are preservative free.
But have you ever thought of using Chef Boyardee as an ingredient in a fast, delicious meal? Thatís what Iíve done today!
2 cans of Chef Boyardee Cheese Ravioli in Meat Sauce
1 cup (divided) of shredded Monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
4 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine Chef Boyardee Cheese Ravioli with 3/4 cup shredded Monterey jack, ricotta cheese, basil and pepper.
Pour into a greased 8 x 8 baking dish.
Top with 1/4 cup shredded Monterey jack.
Top that with bread crumbs.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly, and the cheese is melted. Enjoy!
*Note - this recipe freezes well. Just combine ingredients, and pour into greased baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and tin foil. Write baking instructions on tin foil.
Itís also an easy dish to take to friends that have a new baby!
This is such a great recipe to make with your kids. And Chef Boyardee has so many other great recipes that you and your kids can enjoy making together too!
Visit their Facebook page for more great ideas.
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Be sure to visit the Chef Boyardee Roundup page on BlogHer.com to check out other bloggersí recipes!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Some of the kids playing the game!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Super cute cupcakes and toppers! There is a new bakery in my town and they did a great job providing some tasty cupcakes!
Tables, coloring tables, balloons! We also had a banner and gift table that I managed to not get a picture of. I also forgot to get pictures of the food but we ordered BBQ and I also made a double batch of this yummy dip.
I set up two activities for the kids. One was this coloring table with Angry Birds coloring sheets. I printed these off the internet for free! We covered the table in brown butcher paper in case they went off the page!
And the BEST activity - I made a real, live, Angry Birds game for the kids to play! It was a HUGE hit! Thanks to all my friends for saving diaper boxes for me! This is what I used them for!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
And more games. I don't have a picture but I set a new high score on the skeeball machine at Chuck E Cheese. And yes, I AM blogging that. What? I think it's an accomplishment! Hahaha!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Deep, Dark Chocolate Cookies
Source: Bon Appétit
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces), divided
3 large egg whites, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring twice, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly.
Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow creme. Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend. On low speed, beat dry ingredients into meringue. Stir in lukewarm chocolate and 1/2 cup chocolate chips (dough will become very stiff).
Place 1/2 cup sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Once cooked, add them to the chicken mixture.
I served mine along with some whole wheat garlic bread. Yum!