Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Easy Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Cookbook club in the house!!  We had some Bday MONTH ladies tonight, so glad I could celebrate with them a little!!  This was very easy to make - and it was pretty good!  VERY CHEESY :)  One suggestion was to put some Italian Sausage in there (and that didn't even come from ROSS)!!

12 oz package jumbo pasta shells
2 eggs, beaten
15 oz container low-fat ricotta cheese
16 oz low-fat cottage cheese
1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
8 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning (I would use parsley next time...)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
28 ounce jar pasta sauce
8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

In a large bowl, mix eggs, ricotta, cottage cheese, half the mozzarella, half the Parmesan, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper until well combined. Stuff cooked shells with ricotta mixture and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish.

In a medium bowl, stir together pasta sauce, mushrooms and reserved Parmesan. Pour over stuffed shells. Then sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top.

Bake in preheated oven 45 to 60 minutes, until edges are bubbly.    

Monday, August 27, 2012

Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta in Lemon-Cream Sauce

Ahhhh heaven!!  I came home from Blooma, and our house smelt awesome!!  Ross was nice enough to make this meal up - and it was sooooo good!!  Like I literally LICKED my entire plate good!!  Ross kept saying "this is awesome, right?!"  haha  It was just so good!!  I can't wait to eat this tomorrow all over again :)
Serves 6-8: OBB Cookbook

1 lb asparagus, tough ends snapped off
3-4 cups whole mushrooms, thickly sliced
5-6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/4 cup strained lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon Creole or coarse-grain mustard
8 ounces uncooked linguine
1 recipe of Guiltless Alfredo Sauce
Optional: Grilled chicken breast or sauteed shrimp

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine trimmed asparagus and sliced mushrooms. Zest the lemons (enough to get 1 tablespoon of zest) and set the zest aside.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and mustard.  Drizzle over the veggies and toss to combine. Spread the veggies out onto the prepared baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes or until the asparagus is tender but not mushy. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes.

While the veggies are roasting, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and, when the water is ready, cook pasta al dente. Prepare the Alfredo sauce. After you’ve added the cheese, add the reserved lemon zest to the sauce. When the asparagus and mushrooms are done roasting, you can either portion out the pasta, veggies, and sauce into individual servings or toss it all together.

Guiltless Alfredo Sauce

This sauce is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  The best part about it is you can have this with just plain noodles - OR I've made it with Asian BBQ Chicken PizzaFlatbread Pizza with Spinach, Caramelized Onions, and Feta, and Roasted Asparagus & Mushroom Pasta.  Oh it's just so good - you will find yourself licking the bowl!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Untidy Josephs

Who wants some sloppy joes!!!  My hubby is on fire this week - he made up this yummy feast, AND went out and bought my prego craving (cottage cheese, sunflower, chips - SO GOOD!).  Got this recipe from Dale-Doe...pretty dang good, and a twist on your typical sloppies!

Dale-Doe's recipe

1 ½ lb hamburger
Can chicken Gumbo soup
1 teaspoon mustard
2 tablespoons ketchup (or BBQ sauce)
Liquid smoke
Garlic Powder

Fry up 1-1/2 pound of hamburger with an onion chopped.

Add can of Chicken Gumbo soup, yellow mustard, Ketchup (or BBQ sauce).  Then simmer until thickens.

Add in other items to taste: Liquid Smoke, garlic powder, salt, pepper.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Caribbean Salad with Sweet Orange Vinaigrette

My hubby is back!!  He did the grocery shopping AND the prep work - ahhh so nice!!  PLUS, this salad was AMAZING!  It made me want to be in the Caribbean on vacation......"Toes in the water"......but anyways - make this, super awesome!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pork Chops in a Slow Cooker

Ross needs to come home, so I don't have leftovers for a whole week!!  This was really easy to throw together, but I probably wouldn't make it wasn't uber flavorful and I've had better.

4 to 6 pork chops without bone
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 small can of mushrooms, drained and chopped
1/4 cup Dijon mustard 
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon dried basil 
1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
4 potatoes, unpeeled, cut into cubes
1 onion

Combine soup, mushrooms, mustard, water, salt, basil, salt and pepper in your slow cooker.

Add potatoes and onion, stirring to coat.  Place pork chops on top of potato mixture.  Cover and cook on Low 8 to 10 hours or on High 4 to 5 hours. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bachelorette Feud

Have you ever watched Family Feud?!  Here is a GREAT idea for game night at your house!!  This game was PERFECT for the bachelorette party!!  (I apologize in advance for the inappropriate answers!)


Write out your questions - and then put scores that equal 100 points.  Then cover them with cardstock (with #s on the front).  Then make sure to put the answers (associated to what #) on the back for the person hosting.  Then play the game just like Family Feud!

Stache or Tiara

I'm sure you have seen the games that ask the bride / groom questions, but this is a cute way to get everyone involved!! Basically you ask the bride/groom questions beforehand - then have the guests hold up a stache or tiara depending on WHO they think answered the question.

Stache / Tiara (see template below) for each guest
Popsicle sticks
List of questions (see below)

Send the list of questions and have bride/groom answer them.  Then at the shower - read the question and 1 of their answers out loud.  The guests will then hold up a TIARA if they feel the answer came from the bride, or a STACHE if they feel the answer came from the groom.  Have fun and get to know your bride/groom :) 


What was the name of your fiancés first pet
When and where was your first date
Where was your first kiss
Where did you go on your first trip together
What is your favorite dinner that your fiancé cooks
What is your typical Friday night look like
What is the first movie you saw together
Describe your perfect date night
What quality do you love most about your fiancé
What is your fiancés best  physical feature
What is your fiancés most annoying habit
What is your fiancés biggest fear
What are your fiancés guilty pleasures
What song does your fiancé love, but doesn’t like to admit
How long does it take your fiancé to get ready in the am
What is your fiancés most prized possession
How does your fiancé like their eggs cooked
How many times does your fiancé hit the snooze button before getting up
How many times does your fiancé fart a day
If you could throw one thing away that your fiancé owns – what would it be
At what instant did you know your fiancé was “the one”
What will be your first new purchase as a married couple
How many kids do you want
If a fire broke out in the house, what would your fiancé save first
If you could choose one house chore to never have to do again, what would it be
Where do you think you guys will be in 10 years

Orange / Nylon Bachelorette Game

 Ahhh another fun bachelorette game.....easy prep too :)  Always good for a few laughs!!

4 nylons
6 oranges

Split the guests into two teams.  Have the front two people tie 1 nylon (with the orange in the bottom) around their waist.  Place the other orange in front of them - and then have them hit the orange with the one around their waist (no using hands!) down to the goal.  Once they reach it - they run back, and the next in line goes...etc.

Hotdog / Mousetrap Bachelorette Game

I'm always looking for bachelorette games, so thought I would share my finds :) I've played this game a couple different ways - so shared my advice and ideas below!  Let the bachelorette fun begin!!

Hotdogs (1 for each guest)
Mousetrap (1 for each guest OR 1 total - see game options below)

Go around to each of your guests with the string.  Just tell them to "cut the string however long or short they want".  Once everyone has cut their string - explain the game.
          -You are going to tie a raw hotdog on one side of the string - and then connect the other end of the string to yourself (jean loops are the easiest way...)

            Option #1: Get your hotdog to snap in the mousetrap FIRST and you win.  NO using hands at any point of the game.  (Use 1 mousetrap per person)
            Option #2: Get your hotdog to snap in the mousetrap, and have the LEAST amount cut off your hotdog to win. NO using hands at any point of the game.  (Use only 1 moustrap total, and go 1 person at a time)

Watch the interesting techniques and have fun :)

Unique Shower Guest Book

Need a fun shower / bachelorette party idea - try this out!  Instead of having a guest book - I thought this was fun!  Get a Jenga game, and then have the guests write either little messages/advice, OR capture all the funny moments from the special occasion.  Super fun idea - and then you can give it to them as a shower gift!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Bride and Groom Wine Glasses

Had these made for Perrine's Bachelorette party - how cute are these?!                                               If you are interested - let me know, and I can share the ladies name and #.  (Didn't want to post it on here without her knowing, but she would LOVE to spread her business!!)                     You could make them for any occasion.  How cute would it be to use these for your wedding day; & you can personalize them anyway you want!

Thong Cookies

Bachelorette party this weekend, so figured I would make up these cutie cookies!!  They were a hit :)  AND so easy to make!!  Super cutie - ahhh yummy butts!!

1 batch of Sugar Cookies (use heart shape cookie cutter - and cut the tip)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Roasted Veggie Panini with Creamy Chipotle-Lime Dressing

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Zucchini Ribbon Pasta

Rossy has left this girl for 2 weeks, but preggers still needs to eat :)  Don't be over-whelmed by the length of this recipe.  It literally took me 30 minutes from start to eating!  It was really good - AND I had it leftover the following day (so it tastes yummy hot or cold!)  I also got to use my new serving bowl I made at "Paint-Your-Plate"; didn't I do such a great job!!  hehe

Monday, August 6, 2012

Watermelon Salad

Had dinner with the rents tonight, and we had this yummy salad!!  Super quick and super easy - do it up!

8 cups lettuce
2 cups seedless watermelon chunks
3/4 quartered cucumber slices
1/3 cup thin small red onion slices
1/3 cup Light Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
1 tablespoon mayo

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.  Whisk dressing gradually into mayo - until well blended.  Add to salad - toss to coat!