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Pinteresting Sunny Finds

12 Apr

The warm weather is here and it’s my favorite time of year! <3 I’m a sunshine type of girl so as you can probably guess – I’m all about finding fun things to do in the sunshine. Check out my latest finds on Pinterest for those warm weather days :)

 

Over sized bags for keeping all the necessities in ;) Towel, water, book, sunscreen, sunglasses, wallet, snacks, you name it – I’ve got it in my bag!

A change up in recipes! No more weigh me down food and more light and fun food!

A warm weather reading list! I love basking in the sun with a good book!

Fun flirty dresses! Now I’m not stuck in layers of clothing anymore – I can breath!!

Yummy sangria! Nothing like a refreshing glass to keep you cool on a nice warm day :)

Exploring new places! Getting outside and having an adventure!

Flippy Floppies!!!!!!!!!!!! I love sandals and flip flops!

Frozen Treats – Especially the home made ones!

Warm weather arts & crafts! Not to mention all the DIY projects that we’ve been waiting to do ;)

and don’t forget the seriously awesome amount of sunglasses to choose from!

What are you favorite things about warm weather?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Mushroom Ravioli with Salmon Tomato-Cream Sauce

When I went out to eat at an amazing Italian restaurant in town, I tried a cheese ravioli in a lovely tomato-cream sauce with chunks of delicious salmon in it.  I finished my last bite after about a half an hour of creamy silence, losing myself in the taste.  When I realized it was all gone, I realized I HAD to learn how to make more.  Guess what guys?  I did!  And I am going to share the richness with you.

I found a tomato-cream sauce on a website with a pretty hefty recipe for hand-made lobster ravioli.   I decided to make things a bit easier and chose to buy the Buitoni pre-made mushroom ravioli.  Yay for easy!  I knew I was far too hungry to spend that many hours in the kitchen and I knew I wanted to adapt the recipe for salmon as opposed to lobster.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 of one yellow medium onion, chopped finely

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/4 shredded cup parmesan cheese

oregano, basil, salt, and pepper to taste

Some slices of havarti (I added this on the fly for some extra cheesy goodness)

As much salmon as you want in the sauce!

1 pkg. Buitoni Ravioli or pasta of your choice

Instructions:

Saute your salmon in a pan in some olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of salt and cook to your desired wellness. Mine only took about 8-10 minutes on medium heat.

Nice and fresh…

Getting golden…

All ready!

Melt the butter and olive oil in a new sauce pan set to medium then add the onions and let them sauté until they become soft and begin to caramelize.  Then add your minced garlic and sauté for about a minute.

Now you will add your tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, adding salt, pepper, oregano, parsley and basil.  Get the water boiling in another pot to get your pasta going.  Allow the tomato sauce to simmer on the stove for about 10 minutes, then turn the heat to low for 5 minutes to cool down. Then add your heavy cream, salmon, havarti and parmesan cheese.

Tomatoes and spices added…

Boil that pasta!  Ravioli dancing in the pot soooo yummy!

Salmon added…

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Cream and cheese added and yum!  A lovely sauce results.

After draining your pasta, give yourself a giant million spoonfuls of sauce and dig in.  I promise, even if you don’t use a fancy ravioli and just have spaghetti in the cabinet, this is still going to be irresistible!

My sister, her roommate, Nadia, and I had a fantastic dinner and there was sauce to spare for leftovers :)

I hope you enjoyed this adaptation!

Leslie

It’s detoxing time in our house. We are FINALLY packing up the Easter eggs and getting rid of all the candy in the house. There comes a time after every holiday where I can’t take the sugar rushes or the temporary holiday decor and it gladly disappears! Here are some cute Easter things I found that I might have a harder time letting go if they were at my place ;)

 

Are you ready to get rid of your Easter things or you are you hanging on to something you aren’t ready to let go of yet?

 

 

Love Always,

Jennifer

A nice way to spice up your soup life ;)

This is a meal I always have on hand CONSTANTLY. This has been a traditional in our family since my Freshman year of highschool. My parent’s friends made a recipe that was similar to this and of course we edited to our liking. I have only met two people in my life that have tried this and didn’t like it.

Ingredients:

One Pound of 

One can of 

Two cans of Petite Cut Diced Tomatoes

One can of 

One can of 

One packet of Ranch Salad Dressing 

Two packets of Taco Seasoning

Directions:

In a large pot pour in Rotel, Tomatoes, Chili Beans, and Corn with the juices and everything and cook on low heat stirring occasionally. In a medium-sized skillet, ground one pound of hamburger until cooked thoroughly and then strain. Add hamburger meat to the large pot and stir. Add the two packets of taco seasonings and one packet of ranch salad dressing seasoning. Stir until mixed completely and turn to medium heat for about 6-8 minutes.

AND VOILA! It’s done!

Extra Ingredients if you so choose:

We use Scoops to put the soup into and eat like a taco!!

Other things that are fun to add, shredded lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and anything else your little heart desires!

This is perfect for cold weather and so easy to make its ridiculous but I also eat it year round :) It is also awesome leftovers. If you are lazy like me a small-medium size bowl takes about two minutes in the microwave and it’s back to warm goodness!! Or if you are like my mother it takes a couple of minutes on the stove.

Enjoy!

Love Always,

Jennifer

All Natural Easter Eggs

26 Mar

All Natural Easter Eggs

I’m sure many of you looked forward to Easter as children: easter egg hunts, candy, picnics, and especially dyeing easter eggs!  When I was growing up, we did the usual food-color with vinegar dye.  I was trying to figure out some ways to make some more grown-up Easter eggs that my mom might like, and I came across some suggestions using tea leaves, beets, spices, and even yellow onion peels for dyes.  I just loved the brown, natural looking eggs I found on pinterest that suggested the use of dark yellow onion peels in the water for boiling and an idea to cover the eggs with leaves and other flora from around the yard.  I have plenty of foliage outside, but I had none of these other ingredients that were suggested for coloring the eggs.  Then I thought, of course!  We always have coffee in the house, and decided to try out boiling the eggs in coffee.

Materials you will need:

4 Cups of DARK coffee

some small sprigs of clover, leaves or flowers

some panty hose you don’t mind destroying

some rubber bands or small hair elastics

1 tsp vinegar (to help keep the eggs from cracking)

Instructions

1. Make some undrinkably strong coffee, put in a pot, and let cool

2.  cut up your panty hose so that each section is big enough to cover an egg

3. cover your eggs in your chosen greenery and cover with a section of panty hose, pulling tightly and fastening with an elastic

3. Add the vinegar to the pot

4. Add your eggs to the pot and bring to a rolling boil

5. Cover the pot, remove from the stove, and allow to cool for 12 minutes

6. Place the eggs in a bowl of cold water to keep them from cooking further

7.  Remove your eggs and unwrap from their stocking casings

The end result are some beautiful and classy, grown up Easter eggs you can eat!  Obviously, mine need a little tweaking so I will be working on making them perfect :)

Happy Egg Hunting!

Leslie

A Rotel Wrap!

20 Mar

This is for that moment when you are sick of the usual foods you are eating, just a plain chicken wrap is driving you insane, and you don’t mind a little bit of kick. And by kick I mean, you don’t mind a little green pepper bite!

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Marinate Time (if preferred): about 3-4 hours

Makes: Two – Three Wraps

Ingredients:

1 large piece of boneless chicken breast

Tortilla Shells

2-3 cups of Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing (Kraft)

1/2 of a small can of Rotel (I used diced tomatoes with green peppers but there’s a ton of choices!)

Chopped Lettuce

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Ranch Dressing

Instructions:

To Marinate -

Put chicken in a zip lock bag with the vinaigrette dressing, seal, and lay in the refrigerator to marinate for 3-4 hours or longer.

Cooking -

Defrost chicken if not thawed completely.

Put a skillet on medium heat and spray Pam or dab a little oil in the skillet.

Dice chicken into cube size pieces.

Throw the chicken in the pan and let it cook for about ten minutes making sure it’s cooked all the way through.

Turn the skillet down to low or warm and add 1/2 small can of Rotel in the skillet.

While it’s simmering chop lettuce and put in a small container with a lid.

Add shredded cheese to the container.

Add Ranch dressing to the container (your preference on how much).

Close the container and shake it up really good so it’s all mixed up and there is a little ranch on every piece!

Pull out your tortilla shell, add chicken & tomatoes, add lettuce mixture, wrap it up & eat!!

If you are anything like me this is what you’re wrap will look like in seconds! <3 I love a nice change of pace when it comes to food!

This is the kind of meal I always look forward to during lunch. I’ll marinate the chicken in the morning and know it won’t take that long to make – which when you have a toddler is a must! It’s also fantastic for when you are really hungry but don’t want something that heavy to eat. If you aren’t a green pepper fan, you can always do just diced tomatoes or any of the other rotel’s if you are feeling brave!

Hope you enjoy!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Pinteresting Recipes!

8 Mar

Check out these great finds I found on Pinterest! My food interest are right in the middle of summer and winter foods – so I decided to mix it up with a little of both!

I’ve grown up in a house where sausage gravy is a weekend ritual! Pairing that with a cheese & egg roll sounds pretty interesting to me!

Now that the weather is getting warmer (after that huge snowstorm we had to finale winter) All I can think about is some summer pasta – this one looks delicious!

Mmmmm. A new way to celebrate the banana split by turning it into a pie! YES PLEASE!

A margarita to finish off the day? Sounds good to me!

Anything you’d like to try?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Pinteresting Recipes!

22 Feb

Some Pinteresting Recipes I found – going to see if I can try one out and post it for you soon ;)

 

Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip – we eat apples in this house like most people eat chips. I LOVE finding new dips :)

 

Eggplant Panini with Pesto – eggplant has become a new favorite in this house and I loooooove panini’s!

 

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Loaf – whoever was the brilliant person who put lemon and blueberry together deserves an award. YUM!

 

Dirty Shirley: cherry vodka, grenadine, sprite – now I am not a big drinker. In fact one of these tiny glasses would get me drunk – but this drink is delicious :D

 

Which recipe should I try?! Do you have a great recipe to share with us?

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Love Always,

Jennifer

♥ Pinterest Ideas for the Perfect Valentines Day ♥

14 Feb

The Perfect Valentine’s Day

Everyone knows the only way to have the perfect Valentines Day is to have the perfect man (or girl friends)!

But here are some ideas to make your night more romantic, fun, and flirty.

V-Day Fashions

This is great for a night out in the city!  Going out to a movie or concert, this is great for a rock & roll V-Day!

This is a little more traditional, with a little bit of the clean-cut 50′s vibe.  Perfect for a super romantic, traditional date out at a nice restaurant.

This outfit is a bit more my style.  Casual and sweet, with a little bit of bling and a jacket with heals for some sophistication.

This is perfect for anything from dinner and a movie to a romantic night at home in front of the fire with the man!

I love this color of champagne pink, and it is sure to make his heart melt.  Just a reminder that if you want to stay within the typical valentine’s day color palette, you still have LOTS of color options.

And here are some couture pieces to spark your v-day fashion imagination!  Couldn’t Resist ;)

Flirty Hairstyles

I love going half-up/half-down for a date!

Just click on the pic for a youtube tutorial!

This is a great way to look like you have an up-do even if your hair is very short.

 A good french twist is wonderful for any occasion.

This is another, more casual up-do for you ladies with a shorter style.  I suggest adding some flower or heart pins for a little more decoration!

This is a flirty, casual style for your V-day date!  I’m a huge fan of the sideways pony, and this takes it up a notch!

Another lovely, yet simple hairstyle for short or long hair.  Just some messy curls can make a woman look both sexy and ready for an adventure at the same time.

Makeup

Natural

More natural pinks can make your make-up job look effortless!

Bold & Beautiful

I am always a fan of the classic red lipstick and bold eyeliner!  I think sporting this look is a great way to really feel like a powerful and beautiful woman on valentines day!

Pretty in Pink

Here is a video to make you feel like a sweet candy heart!  The pink isn’t too much to scare off your man, but just enough color for some femininity. Just click on the pic for a youtube tutorial

Smokin’ V-day Eyes

The smokey eye is a great tool to use for a smoldering, sexy night on the town!

Love Your Lips!

I love this glittery idea!  The great thing is, you can use any color you want :)

Romantic Refreshments

Ravioli Love

This is a lovely artichoke, mushroom, and pine nut ravioli!  The presentation is too romantic to pass by <3.

Salad Love

Not up for the task of homemade pasta? This is a great way to take a simple salad and turn it into a Valentine’s Day dish!

Just use a heart cookie-cutter when chopping your salad veggies for some romantic romaine on the table.

Sweet Hearts

These are some cute little tarts made from strawberries, sugar, cream cheese, and pie dough!

I thought of waling up to a table with these arranged on a plate with rose petals and whole strawberries all around.  Just dreamy!

St. Valentine’s Cocktail

This beautiful drink will make for a fun night!

It is made with vodka, strawberries, celery leaf,  and splash of lime juice.  Simple, easy, completely romantic <3

That is it for my Valentines Day Pinterest ideas!  Now go get lovey with your man and have a wonderfully romantic evening!

Roses and Kisses,

Leslie

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

11 Feb

Chicken Cacciatore is a staple in this house because we have probably once every two weeks and all the ingredients are constantly in the house so I don’t have to wonder if we are missing anything ;)

Ingredients:

Chicken (I buy pre-cooked frozen grilled chicken)

Two cans of tomato sauce

One can of tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Two cups of Rice

Two cups of Water

Makes enough for four people!

My mother used to make this meal all the time and I remember thinking it was weird when I was growing up but now I understand why she made it, and love eating it as much as she does too!!

Directions:

Heat up a pan and throw in the chicken, let it cook for 3-5 minutes.

I take the chicken out and cut it into bite size pieces, this is completely optional it just makes my life and Emma’s life easier so we can eat faster ;)

I throw it back in the pot to let it warm up while I open up the cans of tomato sauce and paste

Add two cans of tomato sauce and one can of tomato paste and mix it well!

Add the garlic and pepper. I gave you measurements above but I tend to not measure. I shake the pepper and garlic around in a circle once or twice! Stir it all up and let it cook on low.

Then put two cups of water in a pot and let it sit until it starts boiling.

Once the water is boiling add two cups of rice and mix well. Immediately take it off the stove!

Put a cover on the top and let it sit for about 10 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the rice is almost completely dry!

Then it’s ready to serve! This meal has a little bit of a bite but it’s delicious!! If you’d like it with a little less or more bite just adjust the pepper and garlic more or less until you are satisfied!

I hope you enjoy! Does your have a family meal that’s always in the house and easy to make?

Love Always,

Jennifer


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