Saturday, March 23, 2019

Spinach, Tomato and Garlic Pasta

I am always looking for new ways to prepare pasta, so while blog-hopping I found this recipe at Cakes Cottage.  It was easy and quick to prepare!



Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ lb. penne pasta (I used rigatoni)
  • 9 ounces fresh spinach (I used frozen)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 15 oz. diced tomatoes
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Fill your pasta pot with water, add salt and let it reach a boil.
  2. Add pasta, cook and stir occasionally until tender (7 to 10 minutes). Drain pasta.
  3. Dice the onion and mince the garlic.
  4. While pasta is cooking, place a large sauce pan over medium heat with olive oil.
  5. When hot, add onions and garlic to sauce pan.
  6. Stir occasionally and cook for about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), oregano, red pepper flakes, basil, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper to the skillet with the onions and garlic. Stir to combine.
  8. Add tomato paste and a ½ cup pf water and stir again until the tomato paste is dissolved into the sauce.
  9. Reduce to medium-low heat.
  10. Add cream cheese and stir until evenly combined.
  11. Add Parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
  12. Add the fresh spinach and gently stir it into the sauce until it has wilted (3-5 minutes).
  13. Add pasta and stir well.
  14. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed.
  15. Serve warm.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pizza night in front of the TV...

I found a recipe online for pizza...


...and sadly I can't remember where I found it....but it looked so easy to make...


...that I decided to try it for dinner...


...I was intrigued that the dough was not made with yeast and I had everything in the cupboard/fridge to prepare it...


...so I set the "coffee table" in front of out TV for a "Pizza and Salad" dinner.


I used paper placemats and napkin rings, "pizza plates" (that I have had for over 25 years) and MacKenzie Childs cups for salad.


This is the recipe I used:


The "NO yeast" dough is so easy to stir together...


...and you just pour it into a pan....


 I followed the directions to a "T"....


...and was pleasantly surprised!  I prefer a thin crust pizza!


I will be making this again, rather than buying a frozen pizza!


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Top o' the Mornin' to Ya.....






Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A tray well loved....

I am clearing out .... it has nothing to do with Marie Kondo, but rather it's time to start purging items I rarely use anymore!


This tray was made years ago....


....by applying a Mackenzie-Childs paper napkin under the acrylic shield.


I have used the tray for many occasions....


...it is sturdy, versatile and easy to store....


...however I have too, too many trays and it's time to part with this one.


I am purging dishware, clothes, craft supplies and it feels....


...so good to clear out items rarely used!


I would call this "Spring Cleaning" however we are still covered in snow!!

Back to purging....

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Ten on the Tenth....BBQ RUB

Our Ten on the Tenth challenge this month was to Think Spring for under $10.



With "Barbecue Season" right around the corner, I thought I would share my recipe for a "BBQ RUB".  This is perfect on all grilled meats, especially hamburgers.


All of these spices were in my cupboard!

I usually make up a few batches of this so I have it on hand.   When I am invited to a BBQ at a friend's house it is perfect for a little hostess gift,  especially when wrapped like this:


I printed the recipe onto card stock paper and rolled it into a tube (You can also use a toilet paper tube):



I wrapped the 1 cup of the BBQ Rub in a small zip bag... 


...and placed inside of the paper tube  and then stitched it on each end, opposite ways:



I can be tucked it into a bouquet of flowers for the hostess:



The rub costs only a few dollars to make a cup (with plenty of spices left over)  and the packaging is basically free!

For other seasoning recipes and packaging, go HERE , HERE and HERE

Please visit these other bloggers to see how they spent their $10 to welcome spring:


Barb at French Ethereal

Benita at Chasing Quaintness

Carol at BlueskyatHome

Cindy at CountyRoad407

Eilis at My Heart Lives Here 



Laura at Decor to Adore 

Susan at Homeroad 

Tammy at Patina and Paint 

Patti at Pandora’s Box  You are Here!

Also visit us on Instagram:  #tenonthe10th



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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

SPRING - I am anxious for your arrival.....

It often takes a while for Spring to arrive in Central NY, BUT when it arrives, it is beautiful and I can't wait to get outdoors.

That's when my childhood memories come back and I remember my Mom screaming:

"If you fall out of that tree I will NOT call an ambulance"


and then the punishments:

"I am doing this for your own good"

and there was this one:

"Don't go out of the house with wet hair or you'll catch a cold."

Do you remember your mom's MOMILIES?



And how many time have you said them to your children?

I am sure my girls will have a few to remember, but these are some famous ones that I am sure we all heard back in the day!



  • “You’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’!
  • “Use the bathroom whether you need to or not!”
  • “This is going to hurt me a lot more than it’s going to hurt you!”
  • “Close the door, we’re not trying to heat the neighborhood.”
  • “I hope you grow up and have a kid that does to you what you did to me.”
  • “So if your best friend said ‘I’m going to drive off a cliff,’ you’re going to drive off a cliff?”
  • “Be sure to have clean underwear on because you never know when you’re going to be in an accident.”
  • If somebody else's mother let him jump off the Empire State Building, would you want me to let you do it, too?
  • When you fall, get back up.
  • Nothing worthwhile happens after midnight.
  • Everybody else may be doing it, but you're not going to.
  • If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything.
  • If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.
  • Don't take rides or candy from strangers
  • Girls, why would a farmer buy a cow when he can get the milk for free?
  • Say, "I'm sorry."
  • "Wish on your eyelash and blow it away."
  • Cheaters never win and winners never cheat.
  • Silence is golden.
  • Put a dime in your shoe
  • A lady doesn't keep people waiting
  • "The more you scratch it, the more it's going to itch."
  • "Lift up your legs when you go over a railroad track and make a wish."
  • "Wash behind your ears or you'll have a potato field growing back there."
  • "Put some color in your cheeks."


What is the one you remember the most?



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Monday, March 4, 2019

Butterscotch Brownies....



These are so easy to make, and if you cut them in small pieces, you can have more than one!!!



BUTTERSCOTCH BROWNIES:

Preheat oven to 350' and grease and flour 13"x9" baking pan
6 oz Nestle's Butterscotch morsels
1/4 c butter, 
1 c light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 T vanilla
1 c flour
1 t baking powder
3/4 t salt
Directions: Melt butterscotch morsels and butter, slowly over low heat.  Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Cool. Blend in eggs and vanilla.  Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and stir in. Spread into baking pan and bake for 25 minutes.  When cool, cut with a plastic knife and dust with Confectioners Sugar!


And if you hide them under a solid lid, you aren't as tempted to keep eating them because they are not so visible.......


...well that is not scientifically proven, but it works sometimes!!


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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Did you know? Little useful tidbits….





  1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.. I didn't know that!
  2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
  3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
  4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking. 
     
  5. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic,  and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.
  6. Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up.  Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg.  Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
  7. Expanding Frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size.  You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.  
  8. Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water.Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
  9. Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.
  10. Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
  11. Need to cut some corn off the cob. Use your bundt pan. Place the ear on the opening in the center of the pan, and as you slide the knife down the ear, all the kernels will collect in the main part of the pan



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