Archive | August, 2011

Crockpot Spaghetti Casserole

29 Aug

This dish is not rocket science. It uses pre-cooked, store bought ingredients which makes it perfect for all of those busy moms out there struggling with time issues. Not that I am one of those moms. Ever. We are always on time, and I always make extravagant suppers with all organic, farm-fresh, ingredients. *Cough* What?? 🙂

I actually made homemade pizzas the other day, and used about 1/4 C. of Alfredo for one pizza, and 1/4 C. of spaghetti sauce for another, so I had these in my fridge and they needed to be used…because I am not one to waste food. *Cough* What??? 🙂

Here is what I used: Pre-cooked meatballs, 1 jar of spaghetti sauce, 1 jar of Alfredo sauce, and 1/2-pkg (about 8oz.) of spaghetti noodles. And you will notice I DID use whole wheat noodles, so you can curb your judgements a little..because now this is healthy. *Cough* What???



Step 1: Spray your crockpot with cooking spray.

Step 2: Add 1/2 of your spaghetti sauce, 1/2 your meatballs, and your noodles.

Step 3: Sprinkle with cheese.

Step 4: Add your Alfredo sauce

Step 5: Add remaining meatballs and spaghetti sauce

(Make sure you cover ALL of the noodles with sauce. I have a couple sticking up, and they were not soft)

Step 6: Top with remaining cheese.

Step 7: Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.

Voila!

Crockpot Spaghetti Casserole

PRINTABLE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

•1/2 package of pre-cooked frozen meatballs

•1 jar of spaghetti sauce

•1 jar of Alfredo sauce

•3 C. of cheese

•8 oz. of spaghetti noodles, broken into pieces

DIRECTIONS:

1.Spray your crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.

2.Pour 1/2 of spaghetti sauce and 1/2 of your meatballs in the crockpot.

3.Add all of broken spaghetti noodles.

4.Top with cheese.

5.Add jar of Alfredo next.

6.Add remaining meatballs and spaghetti sauce, making sure to completely cover the raw noodles.

7.Top with cheese.

8.Cook on LOW heat for 4 hours

–Amber

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Cookies, Cakes, and Birthday Parties!

29 Aug

My girls just turned 4 & 2! Oh my goodness time flies, and I am so thankful that God put me in charge of two of his precious gifts: Addison and Macyn!

I can’t be like normal people and just order a birthday party set off of the Internet and be done with it. I have to try to make things as difficult as possible, and make everything myself..so this is my homemade Pirate/Mermaid Party. I am already telling my husband to remind me to just ORDER next year so I can de-stress my life a little. He is going to have to probably print this out for me to re-read next year. It is fun to be crafty, but sometimes, it’s just a LOT of work.

Bethany (my niece), Addison, Macyn


Here is the Happy Birthday Banner I made with my CriCut!

And see.. there in the middle are the pirate maps and pirate tattoos! I had to do something less girly for my nephews!

My nephew Seth

My nephew Devin

We let all of the kids..and Mamaw…play with play-doh and cookie cutters while we worked on baking the cakes and cookies.

Here is my sweet sister, Heather, who helps me with all of my projects, and who my kids and I adore.

Macyn is telling me she is 1..and technically this is true, if only for just a few more days.

Mamaw and Addison

Beth and Addison

Goodie Bucket: Goldfish, mermaid toy, coloring book, colors.

Here is another Goodie Box for all of the Mermaids out there, filled with tattoos and jewelry.

AND HERE ARE THE COOKIES!!! I just want you all to know, that I practiced and practiced making cookies for this party! 🙂 I had never made cookies with royal icing before, so my friend Jo Slye taught me how. I am totally addicted to cookie making now! I know they aren’t the finest cookies in the world, but I am still proud of them!

Glitter fish cookies

Beach Balls

Addison’s birthday cake. I actually had a “disaster” the morning of the party. I thought it would be a great idea to go ahead and make the cake and add the suckers, then cover with saran wrap, that way the suckers kept the saran wrap from touching the icing. WRONG! It made the suckers sweat, and drip colored candy goo all over the top of the cakes. I had to go to the store and pick up more ingredients to remake the icing and try to cover up the colored goo. Lesson learned the hard way!

Macyn’s Birthday Cake

And here is a pic of another batch of cookies I made for my Aunt Jane, who coordinated our trip to Women of Faith this year.

So as you can see, I am loving these sugar cookies with royal icing! I am having so much fun with it. I am trying to figure out the next occasion that I can bring cookies to! 🙂

Mocha Frappe

29 Aug

Just so you know, I am under the impression that you cannot have too many coffee recipes to try. I have been playing around with different ingredients trying to make yummy coffee drinks to replace the expensive ones at the coffee shop. (Even though I will STILL buy them from the coffee shop, but only for a special treat vs. everyday.) I am a stay-at-home mom/home medical transcriptionist. I want to save my hard earned money for more important things other than coffee…like make-up. Haha 🙂

Mocha Frappe

PRINTABLE RECIPE

  • 1/2 C. strongly brewed coffee, chilled (I use the Pioneer Woman’s Iced Coffee recipe and always have some on hand in my fridge.)
  • 1/2 C. milk
  • 1 TBSP. instant vanilla pudding (You can use chocolate if you prefer.)
  • 1 TBSP. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 C. ice cubes
  • 1 TBSP. chocolate syrup

    Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth!

    This is a starter recipe and is good on it’s own, but you can always add whatever you like in your coffee. (For example: Coconut, banana, raspberry, almond flavoring, cinnamon, etc.)

    Enjoy!

    —Amber

Coconut Mocha Frappe

23 Aug



The other day I went to the coffee shop with a friend of mine, and she ordered a “Cocomocho Frappe”. She let me try it and it was SO delicious! I went back the next day and bought one…and the next day…and at $5 a drink I figured I would be broke before the end of the week at this rate! The only solution was to come up with a recipe to make it at home. (And yes, another option would have been to quit drinking them, but who wants to do that??? Which reminds me that this would be a great time to pick up my Made to Crave book again and reread it…right after I finish this frappe.)

I actually started with the Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Iced Coffee recipe. It really is perfect iced coffee. NOW, I do realize that you need to do this ahead of time, about 8 hours in advance, and some of you are about to stop reading right here. However, if you just trust me on this, you won’t be sorry! I actually half PW’s recipe and keep about a gallon of iced coffee to keep in my fridge which allows me to make an iced coffee anytime I want!

If you are too lazy to do this, just brew some strong coffee the night before and put it in your fridge. You do NOT want to add hot coffee to ice, in my opinion, because everything will just taste watery.

Once you have your PW coffee ready, just follow this recipe and blend, blend, blend! This has actual coconut and chocolate chips in it, so don’t be scared to blend for a LONG time, long enough to where you don’t have chunks..ewww. 🙂

Hope you guys enjoy, and hope you can save your hard earned money and make your coffee at home once in a while!

(I did try to do some “swap -outs” by using sugar free syrup and coconut milk, which has only 80 calories per serving. I’m not giving up my sweetened condensed milk though, so just deal with it! You can always substitute that with whatever sweetener you prefer, but that is jus a big ol’ fat mistake in my book! Sweetened condensed milk rocks!)

Coconut Mocha Frappe

Printable Recipe



INGREDIENTS:

•1/2 C. shredded coconut, toasted

•3/4 C. strong coffee, chilled

•1 C. Silk PureCoconut Milk

•1/4 C. chocolate syrup (I used Torani Sugar-Free chocolate syrup, but if you don’t have this, Hershey’s will do the trick.)

•2 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk

•2 Tbsp. milk chocolate chips

•1 tsp. coconut extract

•3 C. ice

DIRECTIONS:

1. Toast your coconut in a skillet on medium heat for a few minutes. Allow this to cool completely before adding to the blender.

2. Add all ingredients into the blender and blend well.

3. Pour into a glass and garnish with whipped cream or any other topping you prefer.

This makes 2 servings, so you can share with your hubby, if you are feeling generous.

-Amber

Smackdown! mark. vs. M.A.C.

19 Aug

Here are a affordable few duplicates for some of the more expensive beauty products!


mark. Eyeshadows Review and Swatches

2 Aug

I have gotten a TON of questions regarding mark. products since I started sell them, so here are a couple of videos to answer some of those questions!
Are you wondering what the mark. eyeshadows really look like on your skin? It’s hard to tell online or in the magalogs.

These are my opinions on the mark. products based on my use. Hope this helps!