CROCK POT RAVIOLI

Potlucks, church suppers, parties.....this Betty Crocker recipe is the way to go!
I made this fast and easy dish for the last three family reunions and they scraped the crock pot clean! the little ones liked it too. I don't know why they call it Crock pot Ravioli when the recipe calls for bowtie pasta, but I know you'll love it!

ingredients:
1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1-15oz. can tomato sauce
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt and pepper

10 oz. frozen spinach (I used fresh)
16 oz. bowtie pasta
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1-1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded (divided)

Directions:
Brown ground beef with onions and garlic. Put in crock pot and add sauce, tomatoes and seasonings.
Cook for 6-7 hours on LOW.

Add the LAST 4 INGREDIENTS during the last 30 minutes of cooking and turn crock pot to HIGH. Add the spinach, pasta, parmesan cheese and 1 cup of the mozzarella and mix up really well.
Add the last 1/2 cup of mozzarella to melt on top just before serving.

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Cheap diy Artwork

If you're like me, you get bored with the same bathroom decor...just a change of shower curtain and towels can freshen everything up a bit. I decided to switch to blue before Christmas so that I could use some new snowman towels I had purchased. Once the holidays were over and the decorations were put away, I needed something blue for the wall.


I often pick up frames for a couple dollars at the thrift store:

 1 wood frame from the Salvation Army  - $1.00 (discard the glass)

 blue paint that I already had.

 1 sheet of  pattern scrapbook paper - $.50

I had a beige mat from another frame and I painted it white using water base craft paint. - $.50

3 die cut flowers using my bigshot for card making, but you could purchase flowers at your local craft store...


and  some easy - peasy assembling = cheap diy artwork!

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Cajun Stuffed Chicken

We eat a lot of chicken in our house so I'm always looking for tasty, easy to fix recipes.This one is a winner! It looks like a fancy dish but really takes only a few minutes to whip it up!....and oh so good!


Cajun Chicken Stuffed With Pepper Jack Cheese And Spinach - Serves:4

lb chicken breast, boneless and skinless
4 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded (you can use up to 6 oz)
1 cup frozen spinach thawed and drained (you can also use fresh cooked spinach)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
* optional: you can add half slices of pepperoni as I did in the photo below!

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Make 4 or 5 slots into each chicken breast, being careful to not cut completely through.
In a medium bowl, combine the pepper jack cheese, spinach, salt and pepper. Combine the Cajun seasoning and breadcrumbs together in a small bowl. Brush each chicken breast with the vegetable oil. Fill the slots that you've cut into the breasts with the spinach - cheese mixture.. Sprinkle any remaining spinach and cheese on top of chicken (optional).
Place the chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet (for easy cleanup). Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
Enjoy!!
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BLUE, BLUE AND MORE BLUE...

For years I had the color blue throughout my house...and loved it!

Blue in the flowerbeds...

blue wallpaper and accessories,

Every gift anyone gave me was some shade of blue!

But there came a point when I felt like I was on blue overload
 and it's taken a few years to bring other colors into my decor.

This plate belonged to my maternal grandmother.
 She was born in 1877, so I'm sure this plate is at least 100 years old!
I proudly display it and just love the humor in the verse. 



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