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Monday, September 29, 2014

Individual Manicotti


I love to make Manicotti in individual baking dishes!  It's always special when everyone has their own little "pan" of cheesy goodness!! 
 It's also perfect for a very romantic dinner!


Manicotti

1 pint of ricotta cheese
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 jar (23 oz) of spaghetti sauce
1 package (8oz) of manicotti pasta
1 whole carrot (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook manicotti shells according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water.   In a large mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley and salt and pepper. 
 Heat spaghetti sauce in a small saucepan.  I always cook it for about 30 minutes with a whole carrot to remove some of the acidity of the spaghetti  sauce.
Meanwhile spoon plenty (about 3+ tablespoons) of the cheese mixture into the manicotti shells. (OK, I confess, I use my fingers, they work better)  
Spoon enough of the spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom of each  individual baking dish, lay 2-3 filled manicotti shells on top of the sauce and cover with additional sauce.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes uncovered.  






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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #47


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 


This party is a Rules Free Party and Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes, Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we will be sharing loads of your awesome recipes, projects and posts this week on our social media sites!! 



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Cinnamon Roll Bites @ The Recipe Rebel ***Most Viewed*** 
Kids Fall Thumbprint Leaves Craft @ You Brew My  Tea
Frankenstein Twinkles Pops @ This Silly Girl's Life
Magic Potion Punch @ Bitz & Giggles
DIY Fall Leaf Bowl @ Luv a Bargain
Eyeball Halloween Cheesecake @ Some of This and Some of That
Fall Tree Cookies Bag @ Hoopla Palooza


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Libre Tea Glass Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a Libre Tea Glass for review but all opinions are 100% my own
With the weather cooling down, I am craving my hot tea.  I love coffee but hot tea is so soothing.   And even though we are retired, we are always on the go.   I love driving around the ranch checking on everything and sipping a cup of freshly brewed hot tea!   It's rough country on the Ranch and I can't balance a cup of tea without loosing half of it and it cooling off very quickly.  Here is my solution:
The Libre Tea Glass!
These Libre Tea Glasses are a great way to enjoy the benefits of loose leaf tea on the go! They are thermal and have a glass interior and a durable poly exterior, very break resistance, easy to clean and are 100% BPA Free.  They have a removable tea filter and are great for hot or cold beverages.  
There are two different ways to brew your tea in a Libre Tea Glass and this video explains it simply and easily:
Click here for the short video: 

There are so many advantages of using loose leaf tea such as:
Loose leaf teas have a smaller environmental footprint than teabags, no paper for boxes or individual bags.  Loose leaf teas can be re-steeped multiple times, and green teas can be steeped 2-3 times stretching your dollars.  Loose leaf teas contains more flavor and holds the flavor longer as the leaves are not crushed. 
So from now on, I am enjoying my loose leaf tea in my Libre Tea Glass.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti



Baked pastas are just the bomb!!  Easy to throw together ahead of time and then pop them in the oven for an quick dinner!!    This Alfredo sauce has an amazing flavor, and well worth making it from scratch.



Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

16 ounces of ziti
2 1/2 cups of grilled chicken, cut into bite size pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
12 cloves of garlic, chopped very fine
7 tablespoons of flour
3 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of milk
2 cups of parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
chopped fresh parsley for garnish


While making the Alfredo Sauce, cook the ziti according to package directions.  Drain the pasta and return to stockpot to keep warm. 

Alfredo Sauce:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add the garlic and saute one minute, stirring occasionally. 
Sprinkle with the flour and stir to combine, continue to stir and cook for 2 minutes to cook the flour.   Add the chicken broth and whisk until mixture starts to thicken, add milk and continue to cook and whisk until thickened. Stir in parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and add chicken.  Pour mixture over the ziti and gently stir to combine.  
Pour half of the mixture into a greased 9 X 13 baking dish.  Sprinkle evenly with half of the mozzarella cheese,  layer the remaining pasta mixture evenly on top and add the remaining cheese evenly over the top of the pasta.  
Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes until cheese is melted and the top just starts to turn a golden brown.  
Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve!









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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #46


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 

And A New Co-HOST!!!
We are so excited to welcome our buddy 
Linda at With A Blast as another co-host!!



Linda has been a dear friend to Jamie and I since we all first started blogging and we are so excited to be working with her again.  

More Hosts, More Features and More Shares on our social media sites!!  
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 Welcome Linda!!   

This party is a Rules Free Party and Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes, Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we will be sharing loads of your awesome recipes, projects and posts this week on our social media sites!! 


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Barb's Apple Dumplings @ Bunny's Warm Oven
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Ultimate Cookie Collection



We love cookies!!
So if you have a great cookie recipe link it up!!  Link up all your cookie recipes, no limits:))
(cookies only please)
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Pumpkin Roll Cake With Cream Cheese Filling


I am not a huge fan of pumpkin, I love pumpkin bread but would choose pecan pie over pumpkin pie any day!   
 Now this fun rolled cake with both pumpkin and pecans really rocks my world!!  Yep one of the best cakes, I have ever made!    Just try it and then let me know what you think.


Pumpkin Roll Cake With Cream Cheese Filling

3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
6 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat bottom and sides of a 15 X10 inch jelly roll pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. 
Beat eggs for about 5 minutes until thick and lemon colored, gradually add sugar, beating until well combined.  In a separate bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder,ginger, nutmeg and salt.  Add to egg mixture and beat well.   Combine pumpkin, pecans and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and gradually add to mixture, beating well.  Spread into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  
While the cake is still hot, run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen.  
Sprinkle 1/2 cup of powdered sugar on a 15 X 10 inch area of a kitchen towel.  Turn cake over onto the towel, and peel off parchment paper.  Starting at the narrow end, roll up cake and the towel.  (leaving the towel in the cake until it completely cools).   Place seam side down on wire rack to cool completely.
For Filling:
Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy, gradually add 1 cup of powdered sugar.  Stir in vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

Carefully unroll cooled cake and remove towel.  Spread cream cheese mixture over the top of the cake, re-roll cake and place seam side down on a serving platter, cover and chill for at least 3 hours before serving. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar if desired.










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Friday, September 12, 2014

Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party #2

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Welcome, Welcome all to 
"Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party!"
We are so very glad you could join us!

Please meet our hosts:
Evelyn from My Turn for Us
Kim, Cassie,Amber and Jessica 
from Lou Lou Girls



This is the board I will be using to pin your pins, please follow and you can also repin from this board:)

1.Follow each of your 
hosts on Pinterest:
Gina's Craft Corner Denise Designed
3 Little Greenwoods View from the Fridge
Lou Lou Girls Eat, Drink & Be Mary
Our Rosey Life My Turn for Us

2. Link up 3 of your Pins:
**Each pin will be re-pinned by our hosts.

**They must link back to your Pinterest pin, NOT your blog**
**They must be your original creation**



3. Re-pin the 3 pins before you,
 or more if you can.

Pins that are not linked back to your 
Pinterest pin will be deleted.
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