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Monday, October 3, 2011

Smile!

How can you not smile?

This is one of the wonderful pieces we've purchased at Palms Up Pottery in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  This store is one of our annual stops, and I'm so grateful they're always there!  This piece was acquired on our most recent trip and I absolutely adore it.  It makes me smile every day and every time I look at it.  It's a sponge holder sitting right next to our sink.  I love it!  How can you not?!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Good Food with Chef Boyardee

I love the classics from my childhood~ chili (hotter and spicier than it was), goulash, scalloped potatoes and ham, and (yumilicious) roast beef with potatoes and carrots.  And I love to find new ways to dress up dinner time!

When the opportunity to host a Chef Boyardee House Party came along, I was on that application!  My youngest daughter, Katana, is having a Ravioli phase in her life, so if I could learn ways to make a family MEAL using some Chef Boyardee recipes, I was bound to be a hero in her eyes!

Of the five recipe cards I got with my House Party kit, I opted to try the Pepperoni Spaghetti Bake, Taco-roni and Ravioli Lasagna.  Each recipe was 6 servings, but because I was expecting a lot of people with hearty appetites, I doubled the recipes.


The Pepperoni Spaghetti Bake was the biggest hit!  I improvised (as I often do) and added extra cheese and pepperoni.  The result was a perfectly cheesy and pepperoni spaghetti with meatballs.  The recipe calls for baking mix spooned on the bottom of the pan before baking.  I used Bisquick and thought it gave the meal a nice balance.  Steve didn't like the texture the breading provided, but Ryan sure seemed to love it!
The Taco-roni had a unique Mexican Flavor with the corn and black beans added in.  We added cheese to the top and used it more as a nacho chip dip than a meal item.  The recipe said to use tomatoes, but I may have to try this one again with some of my homemade salsa!
I would consider the Ravioli Lasagna a cross between your standard meat lasagna and a vegetarian lasagna. I say that because the recipe required spinach, which isn't something I normally put in my meat lasagna but DO put in my vegetarian lasagna.  And it had that wonderful ravioli taste that Katana loves!  The recipe indicates using frozen spinach, but next time I'll use fresh spinach because that's my favorite kind of spinach.
A big thank you to Vicky for helping me prepare the dishes for the party!  Those of you who attended today's House Party and sampled the dishes, please take a few minutes to complete a survey by clicking here.