Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Limeade Pie

I have been craving some Key Lime Pie lately.  I remembered last week that I had a quick and easy recipe from a cookbook Santa brought me in high school.  I have made it several times over the years.  I didn't get around to make it last week so I got in the kitchen tonight and made it.


Limeade Pie

1 (6 oz) can frozen limeade
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz) container whipped topping
1 9 inch graham cracker pie shell


Thaw limeade concentrate.  Combine limeade concentrate and condensed milk in bowl; stir until smooth and well blended.



Fold in about 2/3 of the whipped topping.  



Pour into pie shell; smooth top.


Refrigerate until serving time.  Garnish with lime twists and dollops of remaining whipped topping.


Serves 6 to 8.


I used the fat free sweetened condensed milk and whipped topping when I made mine.  I also used the graham cracker crust from Kroger and I think the shells have been shrunk because it barely held the filling and I only used an 8 oz container of whipped topping.  

I can't wait to enjoy this pie all week.








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Decorating Decisions


One night last week I went to cut off the lamp on my night stand.  And broke the pull chain.  



I am so sad that I broke this cute little guy.  I tried to see if I could figure out how to fix it but I am not that handy.  

I hit up Target for a new one.  As that is the place I seem to find any lamps that I do like.  But when I got to the aisle I couldn't make a decision between these two bases.



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While thinking about what I want to have I had a craft idea pop into my head for the shade.  So I do know I want this




I am not sure how well my idea is going to work so I am going to try it out on the shade from the broken lamp and not ruin the new one.



Which one do y'all like the most?




All images from Target

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Football Fever

After the Red and Blue game over the weekend my football fever has really kicked in.  We are a little more than four months away from the NFL preseason kick-off and five months away from my beloved Rebels kicking off our first season with Coach Freeze.















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Friday, April 20, 2012

Fashion Friday - Accessories

I am linking up with Kori over at Blonde Episodes for her Fashion Friday series.








Money has been tight a bit lately.  And as most of my clothes are classic or basic pieces I have been thinking of different accessories to jazz up my closet a bit.





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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Little This and A Little That

**I love short weeks.  And I am sure earning mine this week.  

**I am thinking of painting the hall bathroom this weekend. But first must decide what color.


The one on the right is the color I painted the guest room and an accent wall in my bedroom.  


**I found these cute cups at Wal-Mart. They were listed as party favors. I think I know a couple little boys will enjoy using these when they visit me.







Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Smiles

It is easy to have a smile this Monday.  I am only working 4 days this week.









Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sausage Kabobs

When I went through the freezer last weekend I found a package of chicken andouille sausage.    I am not sure why I bought them or when at this point but they didn't have freezer burn so I spent the week trying to figure out what to use them for.  It is perfect grilling weather so I decided to pull together some kabobs.


Sausage Kabobs

1 (12 oz) package sausage
red potatoes
bell pepper
olive oil
Tony's Chachere's Creole Seasoning

I boiled the red potatoes for 10 minutes before chopping them up.  Along with one bell pepper and the sausage.


I always have fun threading the kabobs and love that they never look identical.


Before putting the kabobs on the grill I brushed the potatoes and peppers with a mixture of olive oil and Tony's.


I put the kabobs on the grill for 20 minutes and turned them once halfway through.



They turned out great.  




Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Egg Hunting


Saturday S I took her two cutie pies to an Easter Egg Hunt.


H playing around while S was in line to get their tickets to hunt.


G carrying his basket around.  


G hunting eggs.  



H helping G after getting his limit of eggs.


Another friend met us out there and we got a shot of the three of them together.  This is the best shot I got.


Then it was to Mrs. P & Mr. M's house to dye eggs.  


G had fun dropping the eggs into the dye.


I got the pack that could make them into monsters.  I helped H create them after dinner.

During dinner the question got asked what is for dessert.  Mrs. P said birdseed cake.  There were raised eyebrows on that answer.  But this is what we had.



Monday, April 9, 2012

Excitement

I spent an exciting Friday night.  Cleaning out my pantry (sorry no before shot).




I was beginning to not be able to tell what I had in there.  


This is what I kept.


And this is the stuff that had expired and I threw out.  I also went through the fridge in freezer and threw out two garbage bags of items.


So much better.  I can see what is in there now.  

Now I can save a bit of money by planning meals around what I have on hand.  








Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sausage Stuffed Pasta Shells

I bought some ricotta cheese a couple weeks ago and didn't use it and this weekend couldn't remember why I bought it.  So I went in search of a recipe to use it before it expired.  I found this one on the Betty Crocker site.


Sausage Stuffed Pasta Shells

18 jumbo past shells (16 oz pkg)
1 lb. bulk Italian Sausage
1 container (15 oz) whole milk ricotta cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 can (28 oz) tomato sauce
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder 
2 c. shredded Italian cheese blend


Heat oven to 350°. cook and drain pasta as directed on package.  Rinse with cool water; drain.
Meanwhile, in a 10 inch nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain.



 Stir ricotta cheese and egg into sausage.


In a medium bowl, mix tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
In a 13x9 inch (3 quart) glass baking dish, spoon 1 c. tomato sauce mixture over bottom.


Spoon about 2 tbsp. sausage mixture into each pasta shell.  Arrange shells on sauce in baking dish.


Spoon remaining sauce over stuffed shells.  
Bake uncovered 30 minutes.  Sprinkle with cheese.



Bake uncovered about 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.



If you noticed I used manicotti shells.  My Kroger doesn't carry jumbo shells. I don't know what is up with that so I grabbed the manicotti shells instead.  I was worried that I would not have enough of the sausage mixture to stuff the whole package and it turns out I had extra.  Yeah I am not sure if that was because I was worried with the first few I stuffed that I didn't put enough in them or because it was the different pasta.  I couldn't waste that extra sausage mixture so I put it on top of the manicotti with the rest of the cheese for the last 10 minutes.  

It turned out really great.  And I am glad to finally have gotten over the fear of how hard stuffing pasta.