Thursday, May 8, 2014

Teacher Appreciation 2014 A Cute and Simple Gift

Once again I had to walk through the store to figure this one out.  People probably thought I was crazy as I wondered up and down the aisle trying to figure something out..and then all at once this is what I came up with!
We found this cute cup at Marshalls for $4. It even has the cute reusable ice cubes in the bottom.
My daughter layered the Starbursts by color.
We personalized it with a black Sharpie. Tied on the tag and it is ready to go!!
A huge thanks to all those that teach!! 


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ryan's Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

My brother made us this amazing soup awhile ago and I had been craving it.  Don't he other day when I was needing a Mexican dish for a pot luck at work I finally got the recipe from him. It is delicious and was a huge hit!
Ryan's Crock pot Tortilla Soup
1 pound shredded, cooked chicken
1 (15 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
2(10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chili peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
(10 ounce) package frozen corn
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained.
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro 
lime juice, to taste. 
Mix ingredients in your crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Garnish with chips, sour cream, cheese, lime juice and avocado.
*I used frozen chicken tenders and shredded them once they were cooked and put them back in the soup.
 Yum!!



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mom's Manicotti

Years ago my Mom and I decided to try out making manicotti.  It was delicious.  Sad thing is we never wrote down the recipe.  So after a few tries and taste testers, I think I've finally got it pretty close.  This is a good one to make ahead of time and will freeze well.
Mom's Manicotti
1 (16 oz) carton Cottage Cheese
1 cup+ 1/2 cup shredded  Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese.
1 teaspoon parsley
1 egg
1/2 pound cooked ground beef (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 slice of bread, broken into tiny pieces
8-10 Manicotti noodles
1 jar spaghetti or marinara sauce (My family's favorite in this dish is one with sausage.)

Cook noodles according to the package directions.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together except the 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese and 1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
Stuff the cooked noodles with the mixture.
Pour a little of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a lightly greased  9x13 in pan. Just so it lightly covers the bottom.  Lay the stuffed shells in the dish.  Pour spaghetti sauce over top of them.  Sprinkle the remaining 1 Tablespoon of Parmesan over top and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Remover the foil and bake for 10 minutes more or until hot,bubbly and the cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

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