Tuesday, August 7, 2012
August 1st was my husbands 30th birthday. I wanted to throw him a big party but I was 38 weeks pregnant and wanted to keep our house clean before the baby arrives. So, in order to make it a special birthday for him I decided to give him a present a day for 30 days leading up to his birthday. I started shopping months ago for gifts. Each morning (as long as I was awake) I gave him a gift with a note attached to it. Each note started with "I love you because...". I plan on making all the love notes into a book for him. We ended the month of celebrations with a night out with his friends. I think hubs enjoyed his birthday month and all of his gifts. But, I know his best present of all is going to be arriving this Friday, 10 days late.
Happy 30th Love!
The gifts were small and big.
gift certificates (car wash, coffee, movies, i tunes)
USF football gear
coffee cups & coffee (we'll have a newborn soon)
favorites (candy, gum, snacks, beer)
⋅ Labels: gifts
Monday, August 6, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
I've made many ziti recipes over the years and I have to say this is my favorite by far. I'm pretty sure it's because of the chicken stock added to the dish. The pasta is so moist and full of flavor. Enjoy!
Classic Baked Ziti
Recipe Courtesy of Budget Savvy Diva
1 lb lean ground beef
1 cup onion , chopped
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of pepper
2 garlic cloves , minced
1 (32 ounce) jar meatless sauce
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 (16 ounce) package ziti pasta , cooked and drained
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese1 cup grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven at 350
In a large skillet – heat oil and cook onions for 8 minutes than add garlic and cook for one minute. Add beef and cook till no longer pink ( drain excess fat). Stir in sauce, chicken broth, pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano. Heat through.
Stir 1 cup of sauce into the “cooked” ziti pasta.
Place 1/2 of the ziti into a 13×9 baking dish.
Place 1 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
Top with rest of sauce.
Top with rest of pasta.
Cover and bake for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Cook till cheese is golden brown
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Thanks again to Pinterest, for another delicious recipe. What I loved about this one is how quick it was. Usually while making fajitas, I'm spending all of my time over the stove while the meat and veggies cook. With this one, you just throw it in a casserole dish and then into the over. I was pleasantly surprised when all the veggies and chicken came out cooked to perfection. The leftovers were just as good. Overall, a great meal that we will make again.
Oven Baked Fajitas
Courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen