Friday, May 23, 2014

Easy recipe for leftovers

I was lucky and got Saturday night off with the family, so I made a big dinner.  Chicken and eggplant parm, with meat sauce and spaghetti.  Well, we had lots left over.  I don't mix the sauce with the pasta because when my daughter turned two she decided to not like sauce on it anymore.  So, I can only butter her pasta.  Anywho, I decided to make something from those left overs so they don't go to waste. 


It was sooooo good!  

Look at that melted cheesy goodness!!!!

I used up most of my left over pasta, all of my meat sauce and added some ricotta cheese.  I love me some ricotta cheese!  You can use cottage cheese if you prefer that, but I am not a fan of cottage cheese. I can eat ricotta out of the tub, its so yummy.  You know what else is good with ricotta?  If you mix fruit with it (like you would do with cottage cheese)  It was a ww snack I would have.  

Recipe for Spaghetti pie:

left over pasta (I did not measure mine, I just eyeballed how much would fit in a pie pan)
tomato sauce, about 1-1 1/2 cups
1 c. ricotta
1/2 c. parm cheese
2 eggs (beat before adding to the pasta, lesson learned)
salt and pepper
2 T. mayo
1-1 1/2 c. italian blend cheese (or shredded mozz)

1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.

2.Mix your leftover spaghetti with the two eggs, parm cheese, mayo and salt and pepper.  Pour into a greased pie plate.  

3. Top spaghetti with your ricotta.  Then top with sauce.  

4.  Now you can either top with your cheese and bake, or bake and then add your cheese and put back in the oven for 10 minutes.  I added my cheese then baked it.  (I was hungry!)

5. Pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes.  Keep an eye on it so the cheese doesn't get burnt.  Let sit before cutting into it.  

6. Lastly, ENJOY!

This really was yummy, I just had some for breakfast........


Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

It was the hubbies birthday last week and we had a feast at home, including a "homemade" cake.  His request for his birthday......strawberry cake with cream cheese icing.  Usually it is chocolate, (which I am NOT a fan of) so of course I jumped at the chance of making this cake for him.  It was super easy and oh, so yummy!

I found the recipe over here at southern plate.

I highly recommend this cake, if you are looking for something different, then this is the one you want to make! 

Don't mind my horrible hand writing on that cake! I bought the squeezable icing and it did not work well at all!

I hope you all enjoy the cake!!! 


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is teacher appreciation week.  Which means your child should give their teacher something to show how much they "appreciate" them.  Or, its another excuse for mom to get crafty, and also to say thank you for teaching my child.  I've talked to my teacher friends and they say its nice when they receive something, but they don't expect anything.  At least nothing extravagant, because lets face it, times are hard right now.  Lots of families live paycheck to paycheck with very little extra to get their child's teacher something expensive.  I for one cant afford a lot.  So I came up with something this time that was inexpensive but still fun.  The ideas are endless when choosing what to give their teachers.  

My daughter has two teachers, yes two.  I did gift baskets for Christmas.  Gourmet pasta, a jar of pasta sauce and a oil and seasonings packet for bread (which came with a nifty container to hold it).  I got it all from Aldi and it cost me like $10 a basket.  

This week I bought two cold ups from the dollar store, stuffed it with some tissue paper, threw in some jolly ranchers, a packet each of iced coffee and $5 gift card each to Starbucks.  Over all, each cup cost me under $7.  I already had the iced coffee in my pantry that I just bought.  There were three packets in the box so I threw one in each cup.  I searched online for cute sayings to put on top to say thanks and found: Thanks a "latte".  Cute, right!?! (I also had Zoe draw each teacher a pretty picture)

Final Product:

Super easy, and doesn't break the bank.

There are many ideas you can find on Pinterest for teacher gift ideas, plus sayings, and printable's!

Below are some cute ideas.

O-M-G this is so stinkin cute!  I cant wait until Zoe gets a little older, so I can do this for her teacher! 

This is another cute one!  I would probably put mine in a cute tea cup.  I'm always on the lookout for a nice vintage tea cups. 

one more.......

Who doesn't like smelly soups and lotions?!

Like I said the ideas are endless!


I found all these images and links on Pinterest (original source can be found thru the link below the picture) and edited my photos on

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