Category Archives: Pasta

Zippy Ziti

It is finally getting a little cooler in Pensacola, for a couple of days at least.  We are always pretty much at the end of our rope with the heat and humidity at this point and treasure a few ‘cooler’ October days.  We are very aware that the heat is always lurking around the corner ready to pounce!  We spent the weekend outside enjoying the ‘no humidity’ for a few hours.  I definitely didn’t want to spend my time inside cooking.  I had no plans for meals this weekend which is rare for me.  I have meals planned for weeks in advance.  I went to my pantry to see what I could pull together.  My pantry pulled through with a winner…Easy Ziti…Quick and Easy Ziti…Ziti in a Flash…Minute Ziti…ZIPPY ZITI!

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Crockpot Lasagne

These past few weeks have been hit or miss on preparing meals in our home.  I was spending virtually every waking moment with Viv.  When I did get home to prepare a meal, it had to quick and easy or get the crockpot going first thing in the morning.  If you have never tried Crockpot Lasagne, get you crock pot out now!

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Chicken, Broccoli and Red Pepper Pasta

I love pasta, it is my downfall for sure.  I can never say no to a plate of pasta.  My favorite pasta is penne.  There is just something about those little tubes of carbs that make me do cartwheels!  I have noticed lately that when I do a cartwheel I now see ‘stars’!  I need to make a mental note to find another move to do when I get excited.  Wait, I better write that down because I don’t remember my mental notes anymore.  Wait, where is my pen???  Shoot, what I was I going to write down?!  Help!!!!!!

This dish combines chicken, pasta, broccoli, red pepper, onion, garlic, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and feta cheese.  Yea, yea, you love me, I know.

Isn’t it beautiful?!

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Dinner on the Ground…..Literally

Remember Dinner on the Ground that the country churches held on the last Sunday of the month?  Boy, I do!  Great food, fellowship and all you could eat!  Well, Sir Streusel and I had our own little Dinner on the Ground this past weekend….by accident.  I prepared a meal straight off of Betty Crocker’s website.  It sounded so good, mouth watering delicious.  I pulled the baking dish out of Edna, my beloved oven, and set it on my little table by the window to take pictures to share with you.  I’ll just let this next picture speak for itself…….

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Spinach Lasagne

I want to thank you for all the wonderful words of encouragement during my Mother-in-Law’s journey into Memory Care.  So many of us have walked this path or we are in the process of walking the journey.  It helps to share what we have learned with others.  I read every response, text, comment, and email.  Thank you from my heart.

Today I am sharing with you my Spinach Lasagne.  So good.  I mean, really, so good!  It has a secret weapon baked in…..black beans!  Oh baby those black beans make it mouth watering good.

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Chicken Spaghetti and “I Told You So”

This past week was all about bad weather, Valentine baking, and Chicken Spaghetti. 

This spaghetti was so good.  We thoroughly made pigs out of ourselves….in the privacy of our home!  

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Tortellini Soup

Baby it’s been cold outside!  It has been a breath of fresh air and we were given the gift of no humidity for a few days.  Oh my life is GOOD!  Cold weather means coats and gloves, blankets and fuzzy socks, sweat pants and sweat shirts, but most importantly it means soup!!  Cold weather and soup go hand in hand.  This Tortellini soup is one of our favorites.

I mean come on!!!!!

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Alfredo Lasagne Roll-Ups

Happy 2017!  Edna, my beloved oven, and I want to thank all of our followers for a great year!  You made 2016 so much fun.  These are the top nine posts you made the most popular in 2016.  I must say, you picked our favorites!

Edna and I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and share new food with you for 2016!

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Baked Ziti and Kindness

I saw wonderful examples of humanity and kindness during the Olympics.  Many times I witnessed a veteran athlete consoling a rookie athlete when the grasp of an Olympic medal was no longer in reach.  But my favorite moment of simple humanity and kindness  was during the Women’s 5000 meter race.  USA’S Abbey DiAgostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin collided and fell on the track with both athlete’s suffering injuries .  When Nikki stopped and helped Abbey up, I knew from that one single act of kindness the heart of Nikki Hamblin.  I could see the pain on Nikki’s face from her own injuries as she helped her opponent to her feet.  It refreshed my heart to watch that moment.  There is so much ugly right now everywhere around us.   It is out of control ugly.  I want to see more kindness.  I want to see more respect.  I want to see more Nikki Hamblin’s rise up and show character, respect and kindness.  I am so thankful I witnessed that moment live, as it happened.  It brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face

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Skillet Chicken and Bacon

I have had so much fun watching the Olympics this past week.  If you know me at all, you know I live for the Olympic Women’s Gymnastic Competitions.  I don’t talk, I don’t accept phone calls, I don’t cook, I just breathe the Women’s Gymnastics.  Well, I have had a ball!!

We have a team of BEASTS…..

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They dominated by EIGHT points!  That is unheard of.  These tiny BEASTS brought home the Gold.

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I am not ashamed to say that I cried when they won, I cried during the National Anthem, I cried watching them wave to their fans and family, I was a mess.  It was a great day for Team USA!

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