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Tortellini Soup

Last week, when I was searching some of my favorite cooking blogs for inspiration for my weekly menu plan, I came across this recipe for Tortellini Soup @ Annie’s Eats. I’ve been lacking energy for a while now and the doctor told me to eat more green leafy veggies. So I knew that I had to try this recipe since it has spinach in it.


Mine ended up being borderline pasta sauce/soup. When I was gathering the ingredients to make this, I grabbed the can of crushed tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes. I ended up adding various seasonings to try to lessen the overwhelming tomato taste.


Look at the yummy fresh spinach with those tomatoes. The colors were just beautiful!


I served it was garlic bread. I sliced up a half a loaf of French Bread, spread butter on the slices and sprinkled garlic powder on them and baked until they were golden.


Such a great meal for a cold snowy day like we had on Friday that made for my 3.5 snow days this month!


Italian Cheese & Herb Spaghetti

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DSCN3809 I had planned to make Spaghetti for dinner one night with a red sauce. Then I remembered I had this new Philadelphia Cooking Cream that I needed to use. I thought I would us it as the sauce instead of a red sauce. DSCN3805  I shredded a chicken breast. Boiled the Spaghetti and added what I had left of some Broccoli and Cauliflower. After draining everything, I added it back to the pot, added the chicken. Then I mixed in the whole container (1 cup) of Philadelphia Cooking Cream: Italian Cheese & Herb flavor. I let it heat through for just a few minutes. DSCN3807 I served it with a salad (still trying to add more green leafy veggies) and croissants. DSCN3808It was so easy to make and was very yummy! I’m excited to take the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

I’m linking up to Simple Homemaking Tuesday @ Our Simple Country Life.


**I was not compensated in any way, shape or form for this post. I tried this product on my own free will with the use of a coupon I had. **

Chili & Popcorn


The first time I made Chili for my husband he was hooked on it. He even told me it was better than his grandmothers. I had some hamburger and tomato sauce in the fridge from earlier in the week and decided to make chili for dinner last night.


Start by browning hamburger (mine was already precooked so I just added it to the pan).


Add a can of tomato sauce. I had some left from pizza this week that I put in a baggie in the fridge.


Add a can of kidney beans or chili beans, and diced and or crushed tomatoes.


Add salt, pepper and chili powder to taste. If it gets to spicy, add a little bit of sugar to even out the flavors.


Next add diced onions. If you don’t have a mini food processor, I recommend getting one. They are amazing. I stock up on them on Black Friday for wedding gifts for just a few dollars.


Let the chili simmer on the stove for 20-30 minutes. You could also make this in the crock pot.

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I purchased some after Valentine’s Day M&M’s on sale Friday to go with some yummy buttery popcorn for a great snack. If you haven’t tried this, I recommend it. My sister got me hooked on this when I was younger. The salty and sweet taste is just great!

Simply Homemaking Link up buttonDon’t forget to stop by Esther’s blog @ Our Simple Country Life to check out other great link ups to Simply Homemaking Tuesdays. And don’t forget to check out her amazing chore blocks she did this week.


Happy Valentine’s Day

Yesterday, I did a lot of baking and cooking so that I had less to do during the week and would be able to spend more time after working doing other things.

DSCN3755The first thing I made was Banana Bread Muffins to use up some banana’s I had that were going bad. At first I was sad that I wasn’t going to be able to use these cute muffin cups that I found at Wal Mart for cupcakes since I didn’t have the stuff to make cupcakes. Then I decided to use them for the muffins.

DSCN3756I also made mini-muffins and put them in snack baggies. I’m going to have to do this more often. They are great for lunches throughout the week and are healthier than those muffin snack packs that you have no idea what’s really in them. 

DSCN3757Something I knew I wanted to make for Valentine’s Day was a cookie pizza. My like step-father used to make these for me all the time and decorate them with frosting. They were always the best. I didn’t have any frosting to decorate it and didn’t feel like making my own, so I used Hershey’s Kisses to make a heart and then outline the pizza.

DSCN3758 I can’t wait to try this!  I used a recipe for peanut butter cookies and cut the recipe in half. You could also do this with Chocolate Chip cookie recipe. I pressed the dough out into a greased pizza pan and dusted it with sugar and baked at 350 degrees until the edges were brown. I forgot to see how long this took.

DSCN3759I also decided to make my wonderful hubby a Valentine’s Day card rather than buy one. I folded a peice of cardstock in half and used my basic Cricut Cartridge to cut out the hearts in various sizes and colors.

DSCN3760I used the same cartridge to cut out the I {heart} You and used the hearts from the middle of the saying (I had two different sizes since the first one I cut was too small) and glued them to the other side. I also used a different cartridge to cut out a bubble and wrote a message on it. Much better than those over price Hallmark cards.


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!


Hillbilly Casserole

I first discovered this recipe during my first internship in college, a lady brought leftovers in for lunch one day. It may not look the prettiest, but it’s yummy and a great way to clean out your cabinets. Just remember to use what you have on hand. 

DSCN3735The main ingredients that you need are 1 pound hamburger, 2 cans cream of mushroom soup and shredded cheese.  This night I used green beans and mushrooms (I know I have peas pictured too but ended up not using them). Normally I would have used a can of corn or cream corn too. You can also cook up some diced potatoes or used canned. Remember to use what you have. DSCN3736 Brown the hamburger (you could use grounded turkey too), drain and pour into a baking dish. Add veggies and cream of mushroom soup. DSCN3737Top with shredded cheese and bake at 350 degrees until warmed through and the cheese is melted. DSCN3738Be sure to pay better attention to it than I did. The cheese was a little crispy.

Enjoy! This is a quick meal that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes or prepared the night before. Leftovers are just as good! Expect when they are crispy!


Easy Chocolate Chip Bars


I love love love these Chocolate Chip Bars and they are so easy to make!


You’ll need flour, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and chocolate chips (pecans if you’re into that type of thing).


Pour sugar, butter, vanilla and salt into a bowl.


Mix it together until well blended.


In another bowl stir together flour and salt.


Add to the butter/sugar/vanilla mixture and stir together until well blended.


Add chocolate chips and/or pecans and stir together.


Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet and bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.


The recipe says that it makes 40 bars. I got 35 out of mine and I cut them small. But that doesn’t really matter since they won’t last long anyways because they are that good!

Easy Chocolate Chips Bars

1 Cup (2 sticks) Butter, softened

1 Cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 Cups flour

1/8 tsp. salt

As many Chocolate Chips as you want.

Preheat over to 350*. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla with mixer on medium speed until well blended.

Mix flour and salt in separate bowl. Add to butter mixture; mix well. Stir in Chocolate and/or Pecans. Press mixture into an ungreased 15x10x1 inch baking pan.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes. Cut into 40 bars while still warm.

Makes 40 bar or 20 servings, 2 bars each.

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Buffalo BBQ Chicken Casserole

Last weekend while catching up on my recorded shows, I saw this recipe on Rachael Ray’s new show on the Cooking Channel,  A Week in a Day. It’s a Buffalo BBQ Chicken Casserole. Oh my goodness is it good!


You need Chicken, Brown Sugar, Celery, Carrots, Onion, Garlic, Green Onions, Salt, Pepper, Thyme, Cider Vinegar, Worchester Sauce, Blue Cheese, Chicken Stock, Corn Bread Mix (and egg & milk if using Jiffy).


Sauté the celery, onions, carrots and seasonings together. And deglaze the pan with chicken stock or a lager beer.


Mix together tomato sauce, hot sauce, Worchester sauce, cider vinegar and brown sugar. Add to pan. I had to use cornstarch to thicken mine. I don’t think I let the stock reduce enough. Add diced/shredded chicken and stir.


Mix together corn bread mix as directed on the package. Add blue cheese and green onions.


Transfer the mixture to a baking dish if your pan isn’t oven safe. Top with cornbread mixture and bake just until the corn bread is done.

This was so good that I forgot to take an after picture.



Random Lazy Sunday


It was a lazy Sunday, even for the dogs. Then again, every day is a lazy day for them. I’m pretty sure Daisy stayed curled in a ball on the couch for at least five hours yesterday without moving.  I piddled around the house, caught up on all the DIY/Rachel Ray/ Oprah/ Til Debt Do Us Part shows on the DVR and skimmed through some gossip magazines.


I made the Pioneer Woman’s Sour Cream Enchilada’s for dinner. They were very yummy! My husband thinks he’s going to turn into Pablo since we’ve had Mexican for dinner two nights in a row and Chili is on the menu for this week. 

DSCN3627  I also decided to make French Breakfast Puffs also by Ree.

DSCN3629  They too were yummy, then again I didn’t expect anything less from my new cooking idol. I did think the nutmeg was too much, or could be that I should buy a new bottle since the bottle I have is from Hy-Vee and do you know that last time I went grocery shopping at Hy-Vee was? Although, I probably swiped the bottle from my never-does-any-baking-mom. I’m pretty excited that Ree is doing a book signing in Columbus next month! I’m so there!

I also made her Pig Cake yesterday. It was divine. I didn’t have the ingredients for the frosting, so I improvised, but I’m sure her frosting makes it to die for!


I’ve been seeing these lovely bib necklaces all over the blog world lately and have been dying to make my own. So I did just that yesterday.

I have so much that I need to get done, but my back has been killing me and I can’t stand to do too much at once. I really need to start working out since I’ve stopped a medication and now I feel like my appetite is bigger than it has ever been, ugh!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I hate that they go to fast.