Ok ya'll so as you may have been able to tell, the mamas LOVE our pasta. And better then plain pasta is LASAGNA!! The only downside to lasagna is the fact that it can be expensive and time consuming, so one night out of desperation for a quick meal that was still packed with flavor, I came up with Lazy Mama Lasagna. With just 4 Simple ingredients, and about 35 minutes you can have a meal your family will ask for again and again. And the best part, it's a one pan dish! So super quick clean up!
1 Bag Square Beef Ravioli
1 Bag Square Cheese Ravioli
1 Jar Your Favorite Pasta Sauce
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Layer all ingredients, except for cheese.
Top with Mozzarella and bake at 395* for 25 Minutes.
YES, IT'S THAT EASY!!!
Ok..So you forgot to make your menu plan. You don't want to dirty every pot in the house preparing dinner. You want something somewhat quick. Well have I got a meal for you! And your family will beg you to make it again and again! And it is soooo easy! And you may even have a lot of the ingredients on hand so here we go...
1 lb of your favorite pasta..Rotini, shells, penne your choice.
1 lb ground beef
1 onion chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 cans Campbell's Tomato Soup
1/2 cup water
1 cup Colby shredded cheese
1 cup Mozzerella shredded cheese
First step is to cook your pasta till it's just about done..(You'll know this by eating at least 8 pieces or more (J/K) Drain your water and pour it into a greased 9 X 15 baking dish..
While your waiting for your pasta to cook:
Our family is sick! Like the whole family, moms, dads, kids, everyone, Mama Dawn had some asthma complications and spent a few days in the hospital. Oddly enough mama carol has stayed well, So this evening she set out to make her family famous Pot of healing chicken noodle soup. It's funny because I could use the same ingredients to make a pot of soup for myself and it just doesn't taste the same.
I fully believe it's because Love has a flavor, though I use the same ingredients, I just don't make it with the love that she puts into it (this is also evident in her pancakes,and grilled cheese.) There is something about the heat, and the steam rising up to meet your face that helps to clear your mind, body, & soul. There is a healing that comes with moms pot of soup, I don't doubt that she puts some prayer in there as well, which contributes to the healing.
There is no real "recipe" but here is what Mama Carol usually puts in her Chicken Noodle Soup:
Chicken Breast (or she will boil chicken pieces and then strip it from the bones)
1 Carton Chicken Stock
1 Can Tomato Soup
1 Can Corn
1 Bag Wide Egg Noodles (cooked)
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
5 Stalks of Diced Celery
1 Large Onion
5 Sliced Carrots
8 Eggs (My sis & I's favorite part!)
Cook pasta and set aside
Combine other ingredients and allow veggies to cook through
Crack eggs into bowl and mix with for or whisk
Pour eggs by spoonful into boiling soup
UPDATE: Mama April & her son are doing much better today :) ( we have no doubt it was the soup.)
As I work on getting my coupons and shopping list together for Tuesday, I have to keep lunch and snacks in mind. For some reason we always have things for breakfast and always have things for dinner, but run low on lunch and snack supplies. This month we are going to try having hubby bring lunch to work, so I've got to work that into the plan. I also want to continue doing my own graze box style snack container. I prep it for about 3 days instead of one day at a time for both my son and I, so I simply reuse a cheese & apple tray we got from walmart a while back. It's got about 6 different compartments and a place for dip, so it works well for us. I just set it out on the table after breakfast and we graze through the day.
Hello Mason Jar Family!! Sorry I haven't been around much lately, I have been trying to get a new business venture off the ground and I didn't realize how much work is involved. Anywho Halloween parties and get togethers are upon us so here is a quick mix you can put together in a jiffy! Stop by your local scrapbook aisle and pick up a few pieces of Halloween paper, get a spool of organza ribbon and if your really feeling adventurous you can get a spider die cut at Joann's or Michael's with a 40% off coupon. Remember if you have a cell phone you can bring the coupon up on that. I got the app so now I always have my coupons..Got to love cell phones for that!
So here is the recipe and some pictures for you to check out..Enjoy your weekend! I made the mason jar lids from some scrapbook paper I had here. I just traced around the lid and cut them out. Added some orange organza ribbon a few spiders and voila! a beautiful gift! This is the ingredients I used:
5 cups of Rice Chex
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 box of 1 oz Craisins ( They usually come 6 to a pack)
2 boxes of 1 oz raisins (they usually come 6 to a pack as well)
2 cups of candy corn
1 1/2 cups of m&m's
1 cup white chocolate chips
Of course feel free to add your own ideas. Coconut, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, ect.. The
recipe above made 2 quarts and 2 pint jars.
It's national dessert day and this little bite of peanutbuttery deliciousness had been on my mind for over a week now. It's a bit warm and rainy here today, and just not the kinda weather you want to go outside in, my 2 1/2 year old was getting restless, whats a mom to do?!? Make a snack! Mike & Sully had to help too.
1. In large mixer bowl combine peanut butter and butter. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer until well mixed. Add crushed KELLOGG’S JIF-Peanut Butter Cereal and powdered sugar. Beat until well mixed.
2. Place sprinkles in shallow dish. Shape peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll in sprinkles. Place on wax-paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
Recipe taken from: Kelloggs Cereal Recipes
Last night was the season premiere of The Walking Dead. Here at Mama Aprils House we dig Zombies, so this was a big night for us. While dinner was cooking I prepped some Zombie Brain Popcorn, which is a wonderfully tasty candied popcorn that is easy and can be made in a variety of colors and flavors. But we had to eat dinner first. I was in the mood for some fall comfort flavors dancing on my tongue, so with a little bit of this, and a dash of that, I put together something delicious (so delicious in fact, that it's my lunch today!)
Cranberry Orange Chicken Bake
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1/2 Can Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
1 Box Corn Bread Stuffing
1/4 C Dried Cranberries
1/2 Orange (Juice & Zest Only)
Prepare stuffing according to package directions mix in dried cranberries and layer on the bottom place chicken on top and pierce chicken with fork to create a few small holes squeeze orange on top of chicken. Cover chicken with cranberry sauce and zest orange on top, cover with foil and bake at 375 for about an hour. (Chicken cook times will vary according to size and thickness of chicken breast.) During last 20 minutes remove foil and let stuffing brown. Serve with maple brown sugar carrots.
Zombie Brain Candied Popcorn
1. In a saucepan, stir to combine the butter and corn syrup over medium heat. Once the butter is completely melted, add in the Jell-o powder and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir well to combine.
2. Turn the heat up slightly and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Immediately pour the jello syrup over the popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Stir to coat the popcorn.
4. Turn the popcorn onto a cookie sheet cover in parchment paper. With your stirring spoon, smooth into a single layer or popcorn.
5. Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 10 minutes.
6. Allow the popcorn to cool until it reaches room temperature.
7. Break into bite size pieces and enjoy!
Recipe taken from: Cute As A Fox
Being on a limited budget makes the end of the month tight financially. Rent & Utilities are due and it leaves us with very little to work with, and the pantry and fridge start getting more and more empty. Oddly enough this is the time when I come up with meals I wouldn't have thought of before, simply because I had other things that were easier or were already planned on my monthly meal planning menu and no matter how hard I try or what I plan I always seem to run out of lunch stuff!
Yesterday was one of those days. I didn't want any more leftover Mac & Cheese, and I was looking for something a bit lower in calories as well. I had some leftover Crazy Dough that I had taken out of the freezer the day before and since I had no cheese or other pizza toppings I made a focaccia with Red Pepper, Rose Mary, & Romano Cheese and a pot of Almost Italian Wedding Soup- I say almost because instead of the traditional small pasta such as orzo or pastini (which I didn't have) I used some pearled barley instead. The great thing about this was It was made with almost all leftovers or pre-prepped items and it made enough for me to have lunch for about 3-4 days and share a bit with mom.
1.5lb Crazy Dough (clink the link for the Crazy Dough Recipe from Nostalgia Kitchen)
1tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1.5tsp Dried Rosemary
1/4C Grated Romano Cheese
1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Almost Italian Wedding Soup:
32oz Low Sodium Chicken Broth
16oz Cold Water
1lb Ground Turkey
1/4C Bread Crumbs
2C Cooked Pearled Barley
1tsp Dried Rosemary
1C Frozen Spinach
You can add any number of seasonings you wish or even use more broth in place of water. I prefer a lighter broth, which is why I used water instead of more broth.
Happy Sunday Family! Well fall is coming quickly upon us. And it is during the fall and winter we start looking for those comfort foods. Well this recipe will certainly be a comfort. I think as growing up we all have that favorite Aunt. I had 3. I would have had more but since a few lived further away I didn't see them often. Let me tell you about my Aunt Joan though.
Her temperament was always cool, calm and collected..I hardly ever heard her raise her voice and laughter always filled her house. And when you went there on Christmas she would wrap the presents while you waited..Now that was about as laid back as you were going to get. Her home was a mecca for all the neighborhood kids and something was always cooking. When Aunt Joan made spaghetti you could feed the neighborhood! I'm telling you I think she made at least 5 pounds with 10 pounds of meat in it! Ok so maybe a slight exaggeration. But there was a lot and always a lot left over that you could not eat after 2 days because it would have made you sick according to her anyway..lol
Butter was always on the table along with a pack of saltines, she made these drippy egg sandwiches, and a plethora of other goodies. Are you seeing a pattern here? She was always cooking. Well that was a little about my Aunt Joan. I think now I need to see if I can get my Uncle Lou's Pumpkin Bread recipe in a can? So here we go.
3 pkg 10 ct biscuits (Your choice)
3 lbs ground beef
8 oz package of cream cheese
16 oz sour cream
16 oz package mozzarella cheese
16 oz cheddar cheese
This recipe feeds at least 10 or more..My Aunt Joan used spaghetti sauce in the mix as well and put the sour cream on the side. Thus that's why I said reinvented. You can change it up anyway you wish :)
Brown 3 pounds of ground beef and one onion
Spray an 11 x 15 pan with pan spray. Makes clean up easier later :) Layer with biscuits I bought 3 can of 10. You will only use half of these for the bottom layer.
I then smeared about 3/4 of a package of cream cheese on the bottoms..Guess your getting this isn't exactly low calorie..
Mix a 16 oz container of sour cream with the cooked meat and onion.
Put the meat/sour cream mixture on top of the biscuits on top of that add 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and a cup of cheddar cheese. And then start layering the other biscuits on top.
After all the tops are on add a cup of cheddar on top. Bake at 375 degrees until tops of biscuits are browned. Approx 30 minutes or so.
Happy Monday Family!! Well it seems as it's been ages since I wrote anything..I've had family come down, and I have changed the vision for my business so I've been working on that plus working on a few other things so my life these past few weeks have been busy! This week it's menu planning, cleaning out a few things, freezer meals and filling my store so Busy! Busy! Busy! That's why this recipe is so good. Only 3 ingredients! A can of crescent rolls, a can of apple pie filling and a tsp of cinnamon.
Voila! That's it! Here we go...
I used an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Sprayed it with Pam cooking spray..(I spray everything makes it easier for clean up) Get your package of crescent rolls open and don't unfold it but cut them into 12 pieces then lay them flat and cut in half so now you have 24 pieces. Roll them into balls and place in the dish. Now add the entire can of apples. I believe it was 21 oz. Now add your tsp of cinnamon. Mix..Put in oven for 30 minutes on 350..Serve with your favorite ice cream..Mine just happened to be Breyers Homemade Vanilla..5 minutes to put together and pure yuminess! Enjoy!