Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's up Wednesday--red and white pasta

I found this recipe over here a few months ago, and I freely admit we have had this recipe at least 5 times since I found it.  I have made it for company twice and the other 3 times just for my pasta loving family.  It is super easy, and way yummy!

Red and White Pasta

I box (16 oz) ziti, or penne or similar pasta cooked and put into 9x13 pan.  You can see the steam coming off these noodles.  Hot and ready to go. 
Make the white sauce:

4 Tablespoons butter
1 cup whipping cream, half and half, or milk (I usually use skim milk)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

In a large pan melt butter, add in cream/milk, cream cheese, garlic, and Parmesan.  Whisk together 1-2 minutes until smooth and thickens a bit, then pour over noodles in pan and mix in.

Make the red sauce:

1 lb mild sausage
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large bottle spaghetti sauce or about 5 cups

Cook sausage with onions and garlic. Drain.  then add spaghetti sauce.  Mix well then pour over noodles with white sauce.

Top with 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese.  Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes or until warmed through.  Put a cookie sheet underneath in oven to catch spills if it starts to boil over.

You can make this way ahead of time and put in the fridge, you will jut have to bake it closer to an hour.  

Goes perfect with salad and garlic bread.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 29, 2014

2014 Blue Jeans Week 39

A crazy, insane volleyball week--3 games and one all-day Saturday tournament, but now they are done.  A cross country meet, a symphony concert, and a talent show concert.  It was a busy week!  School campaign still going strong.  5 more weeks, and we are going to win this!!! Take a look at our week. . .
Volleyball game #1 of the week. . . Miss E in the middle ready to receive the ball.

Got away with some great girlfriends for lunch and plant shopping!  So fun!  Thank heavens for good friends!!!! 

Cross country meet for the week.  Miss A going strong.  She got a medal and did great!!!!

Miss O also ran varsity, got a medal and did great!!!  Sure proud of these two!  

I think this was volleyball game #3 of the week. . .

Got to go hear the symphony which was absolutely amazing!!!!!  

All-day volleyball tournament and her crazy, fun team!  They played their hearts out and had a good season.  Even if it wasn't full of wins, it was full of hard work and lots of fun which is what middle school sports should be about.

Saturday night they had a community talent show.  The high school band started it off, and they were awesome!!!  Miss A and Miss O are in there with their mellophones.  Please note the sparkly blue and gold sashes--2 other lades and I made them.  Looks pretty smart!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday thoughts

 My random Friday thoughts. . .

Love this one.  No one is perfect.  Especially not me.  We all make mistakes.  We need to be patient and conscious of others.  It reminds me of Marjory Hinckley's awesome quote, "Be kind.  Everyone you know is fighting a hard battle."  So true.  We all have our different trials and circumstances that cause us to act a certain way--to sin a certain way or make mistakes.  Don't judge.  Important words of wisdom I need right now.

Am currently reading this and loving it!!!!  Would highly, highly recommend it.  Miss A got it from my mom for Christmas last year, and all my girls have read it and loved it.  I picked it up this week and am so enjoying it!!!  

And finally, wanted to share this.  Loved it.  Could so relate the past couple of weeks. . . you never know. . .

Have a great weekend!  See you Monday!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What's up Wednesday--pumpkin waffles

 We have had some cooler days.  Days where I have turned off the A/C and opened up the windows.  So nice.  Can't wait for fall!  So on one of those cooler days I got into a breakfast cooking mode.  I love pumpkin in anything, and I felt like I needed to invite fall all the way in by making pumpkin recipes.  I did my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and my pumpkin pancakes along with these pumpkin waffles.  One large 29 oz of pumpkin allows me to do a double recipe of the muffins and pancakes plus enough to make these waffles.  I put them all in the freezer to we are set for breakfast for at least a week :)  My mom sent me this recipe when I was a freshman in college.
Pumpkin Waffles

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
3 beaten eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
3/4 cup mashed pumpkin
1/2 cup cooking oil

In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and sugar.

In another bowl mix the eggs, milk, pumpkin, and cooking oil.

Combine the egg mixture with the flour mixture and mix well.  It is okay to leave a few lumps.

Cook in a waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.

Serve with butter and syrup.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

2014 Blue Jeans Week 38

 Behind is still the word here.  Crazy.  Had 4 volleyball games, but the cross country meet for the week was canceled due to bad weather.  Only one more week of volleyball, but that includes 3 games and a tournament.  Crazy.  Things are coming together with the school campaign, but just busy, busy, busy.  I am looking forward to November 5th :) (voting is Nov 4th)  Here is a look at our week. . .

Had some family time and played the game Pictionary.  We haven't played that in a while.  The kids thought it was really fun.  

Volleyball game #1 of the week.  Miss E has such an awesome and positive attitude no matter how her team does.  I admire her.  She is a hard worker!

Miss E got to make some cookies for math class this week.  Lucky math class, huh?

Volleyball games 2, 3, and 4.  Had a tournament today.  They played really well!!!

In all her crazy busy schedule, Miss A is good about getting in her piano practice.  I love to hear her play.  She is so very good!
What my kitchen counter looks like on a typical school morning--lunch boxes, ice trays, water bottles, peanut butter. . .morning rush chaos.

Ben had some time to read to the kids this weekend.  Always a good thing!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday thoughts

My random Friday thoughts. . .
This is one my girls found to put in their lockers.  I wish more adults would remember it.  Lately I have been dealing with a lot with this school bond issue.  I have seen an side of some people that isn't very pretty.  We encourage our children to be kind, considerate, respectful, never rude, but some adults sure aren't that way.  What does that teach our kids?  We demand it from them in school, home, but then they see adults do the exact opposite on social media.  I was talking to my kids about being kind no matter where you are or what you are doing and how you can do that.   Miss E said that you need to remember to not say anything online (via texting, facebook, or whatever social media) that you would not say to someone in person.  Man, I wish adults would remember that too.  If you would never say it to them in person then you should definitely not say it in social media.  We are still accountable for our actions and words be they in public or on screen.  And people need to be respectful of others' beliefs and views.  If you don't agree with me on the school bond issue, that is fine, as long as you are informed and understand the issues and numbers.  If you don't take time to become educated about an issue then you shouldn't be making comments about it because those comments are usually incorrect.  I am not going to comment on the governor's race because I am not yet educated on most of candidates and their platforms, but once I do my homework, then I can intelligently express my opinions.  But if someone really takes the time to study the issue, look at the numbers and get their information from reliable sources, and they disagree with me.  That is fine.  We can agree to disagree and move on.  I am not going to argue with anyone especially someone who is not educated on the issue.  I will discuss in a calm, respectful way, ask questions, and listen, what are their concerns?  Why do they feel this way? and then I can walk away with my head held high because I kept myself positive, kind, respectful and considerate of others.  Walking away, with your head held high is dignity.     

Have a great weekend and keep your head held high.   See you Monday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What's up Wednesday--banana bread pancakes

We love bananas at our house.  Miss O especially loves them.  When I found this banana bread pancake recipe they were all really excited.  The dough is very thick.  I have made it a few times and always add more buttermilk at the end to thin it out a little.  Enjoy!
Banana Bread Pancakes

2 cups flour (I have used all white, all wheat or a mix, all work well)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup buttermilk plus more to thin if needed
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2-3 large ripe bananas, mashed
2 Tablespoons butter, melted

In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon.  Whisk until all combined.  Add buttermilk and vanilla and mix in a with a spatula or wooden spoon.  Add in mashed bananas and butter.  Mix until smooth.  Add more buttermilk to thin batter if too thick.  You want the batter thick, but not super thick.  Cook on hot griddle using a 1/3 cup for each pancake.  turn when pancake starts to bubble about 2 minutes, then turn and cook until done about 2 minutes more.  Times are adjustable.  Enjoy!