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Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!
Today there is a twist to the Friday Foodie Feature which I think you will like. It’s a party – that’s right a P * A * R * T * Y and you are cordially invited to attend the first Weekend Wind-Down Party!
You can link up now or wait until this evening when you get home from work. The party is casual so you can kick off your shoes, turn on the Crock Pot, relax and then share… share… share!
The house rules are simple, you can link any post and it will be featured on 8 different blogs. We will each choose several features from the link up each week to highlight the following week! We will also be pinning features to Pinterest as well as social media shout-outs! So link up, visit others and have fun!
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Now let the party begin with today’s Friday Foodie Feature
Slow Cooked Spinach Ziti
I had been thinking about making this dish for quite sometime and hubby kept asking if I wanted him to make it (baked) in the oven. I said, “nope, I want to slow cook it.” He didn’t think the uncooked noodles wouldn’t get done in the Crock Pot but they did and he loved it.
1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey/chicken/beef
2 jars of Spaghetti Sauce
medium onion – diced
2 cloves of garlic – diced
1 package of frozen spinach
1 package of Mozzarella and Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Brown the ground turkey and dice the onions and garlic. Remember to turn on stove’s blower while cutting onions for no tears.
Add the two jars of spaghetti sauce, diced onions and garlic then stir to mix ingredients thoroughly.
Spray the Crock Pot with cooking spray for easier clean up.
Cover the bottom of the Crock Pot with the meat sauce, then begin layering the pasta, spinach, and Ricotta cheese, repeating until you’ve reached the top of the Crock Pot but you can use less if you want.
Add a few dollops of Ricotta Cheese
Sprinkle with Mozzarella Cheese
Sprinkle the final layer with Parmesan Cheese, cover and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-10 hours, or until pasta noodles are soft.
Stir to thoroughly mix all ingredients and to ensure noodles are soft. Sprinkle with more Parmesan Cheese, cover and let sit for an additional 5 mins before serving.
We definitely had more than enough for two meals, I even froze half to be used next month.
Invite your family and friends to the first
Weekend Wind-Down Party!
Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday!
2014 is the year that I will be celebrating my 53rd birthday, and for that I am thankful. I am also thankful for my family, my friends, my faith and my health. Thankful that I don’t have any major medical issues but I do have a few concerns which I will address this year.
My number one concern is the lack of drinking water…not the lack of having fresh tap or bottled water like in some countries, but the lack of me actually drinking it.
I am smart enough to know that my body needs water, but am not smart enough to drink more than just one 16.9 oz bottle a day!
I’m dehydrated and have begun to get the sharp pains, it’s like my kidneys are kicking me in the back and saying, “hey stupid, put down that wine and drink more water!”
According to the For Dummies website, “You must have water in your diet. It is brimming with minerals and electrolytes, and you can’t live without it. Water is a solvent. It dissolves other substances and carries nutrients and other material (such as blood cells) around the body, making it possible for every organ to do its job.”
The #1 reason I don’t drink more water is because I’ve always had an overactive bladder which doesn’t bode well with a long commute, I would however, make a good spokesperson for Depends. In order to prevent me from having to stop at a restroom on the way home, I’ll only drink 1 bottle with lunch.
Once home I conveniently forget to drink more and instead will have a few glasses of Red Wine which may be good for the heart but it makes my kidneys quite jealous.
This year I have made the wise decision to drink more water and to make sure I won’t forget, I’ll put it in a wine glass and add a few lemon slices. This should be a good motivator, what do you think?
Do you have any other suggestions that will help me drink more water?
How about you, do you drink the recommended daily amounts of water?
BTW – did you notice my new blog design? I want to thank Katherine @ Katherine’s Corner who created it for me.
Come over and meet her then join in today’s link up!
Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in the New Year
Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday!
This week I want to thank all of my beautifully blessed bloggy friends for just being you and making me feel special with all your kind words and comments….now move in close so I can give you all a great big hug!!!
I would also like to thank Missy Homemaker for nominating me for a Versatile Blogger Award and to apologize for the delay in accepting.
Blogging is a wonderful thing but it can also be overwhelming, however, the recognition for doing so is always rewarding.
In accepting this nomination I am completing the following tasks:
Acknowledge the blogger that presented the award – Missy Homemaker
- Name 15 deserving bloggers
- Let them know they have been nominated
- List 7 interesting facts about yourself
I am nominating the following bloggers in no particular order:
- So What To Twenty
- Coily Locks
- Manhattan Image and Style
- It’s Sew Anny
- Mama’s High Strung
- Eye Spy Fashion
- Oh To Be A Muse
- Whitney J décor
- Mama Doesn’t Need New Shoes
- Transatlantic Blonde
- Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter
- Kirsten Womack
- Divas with a Purpose
7 interesting facts about myself:
- I am a night owl, I get more done after the sun goes down
- Enjoy handwriting letters and cards and love getting them in the “snail mail”
- Hate wearing my glasses – you won’t see a pic of me in them either!
- Am a homebody – prefer to be home with my family then out and about with others
- Definitely need to drink more water – need to stay fully hydrated as I age
- Read Devotionals or Bible Verses at my desk before I start my work day
- Hate being late or waiting for someone who is late
Okay, now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?
Have a blessed day and don’t forget to share it – Smooches!
Hello Friends and Happy Friday Eve!
On Sunday hubby and I celebrated our 23rd Wedding Anniversary and had dinner at our favorite restaurant, Chesapeake Inn and Marina. This lovely restaurant is located in Chesapeake City, Maryland on the waterfront and overlooks the C&D Canal. We have enjoyed having our Anniversary dinner here for years not only because of it’s location which is only 10 mins from the house, but because it has the best seafood and the atmosphere is enjoyable.
Before leaving for the evening our son took a few pictures of us on the back deck.
When I think back on our courtship, relationship and marriage I can only say – God is Good!
Settled in for our Anniversary Dinner
Overlooking the C&D Canal
Partying on the lower deck
Here’s to another 23!
Linking up today for Thursday Favorite Thing at Katherine’s Corner.
Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!
Hello Friends, I hope you are winding down from a very productive day. Tonight’s easy breezy crockpot meal was Chicken Cacciatore and it was perfect because I was tired and hungry when I got home at 7:30. I went to the Exton Mall at lunch looking for a pair of red shoes which I found at The Shoe Dept, but wanted to check other stores after work. I stopped at Marshall’s, Rainbow Shops and Ross but didn’t find any, disappointed I finally went home to a fully cooked meal!
Chicken breasts, fresh or can/jar mushrooms, salsa, and seasoning, I added 2 fresh tomatoes that were in the freezer. Instead of throwing away soft tomatoes I put them in the freezer to be used later in the crock pot or added to spaghetti sauce/gravy.
Spray crockpot with cooking oil or use crockpot liner. Rinse, pat dry and season chicken breasts or you can use thighs or legs.
Put chicken in crockpot and cover with mushrooms, if fresh, wash thoroughly, then add the jar of salsa
Add a jar of water, cover and set to low for 8 hours
Before serving you can add a cup of Instant Rice and continue cooking for 15 mins, otherwise, just dish out and enjoy.
Have a fantabulous night – Smooches!
Hello Friends, I hope you are winding down from a very productive day. Tonight’s dinner was an easy breezy crockpot meal – beef stew.
Beef (any cut); carrots; potatoes; onion; McCormick Slow Cooker seasoning, water, cooking spray
Spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray or use a crockpot liner; place in beef, you can cube cut it but it becomes so tender it falls apart
Cut carrots, potatoes and onions then place on top of beef
Mix seasoning into 1 1/3 cup of warm water and pour over veggies and beef
I set my crockpot to low, allowing 8 hours of cooking time, placed cover on crockpot and went to work
Returned home to a fully cooked meal and clean up was a breeze (my men did it)!
Have a fantabulous night – Smooches