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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Creamy White Lasagna

Lasagna is a favorite in our family but I was kind of getting sick of plain old meat and tomato sauce lasagna so I thought I'd spice things up a bit... This creamy white lasagna hit the spot! It's super rich, cheesy and delicious, and it's a great way to sneak in some extra veggies!

Creamy White Lasagna

9 Lasagna Noodles
1/2 cup butter
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 1/2 cups milk
4 cups Mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon Basil
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
large handful of baby spinach (chopped)
1 1/2 cups broccoli (broken into smaller florlets and steamed covered in microwave for two minutes)
Sundried Tomatoes (optional)
1 handful of chopped fresh parsley

I used oven-ready lasagna noodles but I still set them to soak in water as I prepared everything else (if you don't let them soak they will absorb more of your sauce). 

In a large sauce pan melt the butter while you chop your onions/garlic.  Brown the onions and garlic in the butter, and then add the flour to form a roux. Stir until mixed well (will be thick).  Add a teaspoon of salt.  While continuing to stir over medium high heat, slowly add in your chicken broth and milk.  Pour slowly so that the mixture does not get lumpy, and continue to stir until the mixture thickens again.  Add in about half of the Mozzarella cheese (I just eyeball things like cheese...I put in a couple handfuls) and half a cup of the grated Parmesan (save the rest for later).  Once the cheese has melted and the mixture is consistent, season with basil, oregano, and pepper.

Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with a thin layer of the sauce, and then layer three lasagna noodles. Mix the chicken and the Ricotta cheese together.  I prepared my chicken following my Chicken Tacos recipe to give it some flavor, but you could probably just use chunk chicken from a can if you wanted to make it super easy.  Spread ALL of the chicken/Ricotta mixture over the noodles and then spread a big spoonful of the sauce over it.  Sprinkle with some cheese.  My husband isn't a huge fan of cheese and found this recipe to be too cheesy (he mainly didn't care for the Ricotta--which could have been omitted if you just slathered a little extra of the cheese sauce over the chicken)-follow your own cheese instincts here. Top with three lasagna noodles.  Spread your spinach and broccoli. I wish I would have had Sun-dried Tomatoes because it would have been super yummy to throw some of those in there too.  Cover with half of the remaining sauce.  Add final three noodles, cover with the rest of the sauce, and sprinkle with mozzarella/Parmesan as you please.

Bake covered at 350 for 35-40 minutes.  Soooo yummy! Even my baby loved this lasagna :-)

Creamy White Lasagna

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mother’s Day Sayings Bottle Label "Shining Star"

To the woman who bathed you in 
the kitchen sink, 
let's clean up her kitchen and 
raise her a drink!

Mother's day saying "shining star" bottle labels are a cute way to jazz up the table for Mother's Day! You can download and print these by just clicking on the link below! Happy Mother's Day!

Mother’s Day Sayings

Bottle Label "Shining Star"

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mothers Day Sayings Party Blower Tag "Shining Star"

Why not really celebrate mom this Mother's Day by going all out and commemorating Mother's Day like it's a party! Imagine your mother's thrill and surprise when she's greeted with these fun party blowers to make her day extra fun and special! You can download Mother's Day Sayings Party Blower Tag "Shining Star" just by clicking on the link below!

Mother's Day Sayings Party Blower Tag "Shining Star"

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mother's Day Poems "Reisens"

You're pretty
You're smart
I think you're funny
You're thoughtful
You make soup
when my nose is runny
You're silly
You're kind
You're oh so brave
You know when to spend
and when to save
This isn't a fraction of all that you do
It's just ten little "Reisens" why I love you

We're getting close! Don't let your mom go unnoticed this Mother's Day, download this adorable Mother's Day poem (the download actually includes two different choices of Mother's Day poems!) by clicking on the link below.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Anthony's Ribs


Anthony made ribs for dinner last night and they were sooooo good! Ok, so the picture may not be a winner, but this recipe sure is! They were so tasty and they had a yummy little kick to them :-)

Easy Rib Recipe:

1 rack ribs
1 liter Coke
5 garlic cloves (mashed)
1 teaspoon habanejero sauce
1 half onion (chopped into large chunks)
1 bottle BBQ sauce (we used Sweet Baby Ray's which I would recommend)
Place ribs in a large stockpot and cover with Coke.  Add the garlic, habanjero sauce, onion and bring to a boil (or you could bake this in your oven or crock pot if you have more time)--cook until ribs are tender.  Once ribs are tender, drain out the liquid and cover with BBQ sauce.  Bake at 350 for about thirty minutes and you're ready to go! Soooo tasty, we hope you enjoy!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Printable Tag Labels "Bumblebee"

Have you HEARD the buzz? These printable tag labels "bumblebee" are the cutest little party favors out there! Don't let your party go without--download these printable tag labels simply by clicking on the link below! You will have the option to print labels for candy bags or for bottles!

Printable Tag Labels "Bumblebee"

You can put your candy in a bag and attach the candy label at the top.  You can also staple the label to a giant candy bar  with no bag. Or attach the tag to a baby present. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mother's Day Saying Candy Bar Wrapper "Shining Star"

This candy bar is obviously the crux of the Mother's Day saying "shining star" theme...and you can print it by clicking on the link below! It fits large size candy bars like this Symphony bar! 

Mother's Day Saying Candy Bar Wrapper "Shining Star"

Friday, April 19, 2013

Mothers Day Cupcake Sayings "Shining Star"

How adorable are these cupcakes?! I just love cupcakes right now, so I thought that I would make some printable cupcake tags for Mother's Day.  These printable cupcake tags go with my "shining star" theme, so each cupcake tag says " you are my shining star." You can print these cupcake saying off simply by clicking on the link below!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mother's Day Saying Shining Star

You have been my shining star
you deserve much more than this chocolate bar!

Want to show appreciation for you mom this mother's day? Mother's Day saying "Shining Star" has a whole theme of matching Mother's Day party items--complete with a candy bar cover so that you can surprise your mom with her favorite treat! Just click the link below to download. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Printable Napkin Rings "Bumblebee"

If you're throwing our bumblebee themed baby shower, then these napkin rings are a must have! You can print them in either pink or blue so that they match the rest of your themed shower! To print off printable napkin rings "bumblebee," just click on the link below! To get more bumblebee inspiration, click on the "baby bumblebee" tab to the right!

Printable Napkin Rings "Bumblebee"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mother's Day Poem "Lullaby" Cookie Pocket

Looking for a gift to give your mom?
Can't write poetry or sing a song?
If you don't want to give her a trinket or locket
then perhaps you should make her this cookie pocket!

Download Mother's day poem "lullaby" cookie pocket for free by clicking on the link below!

"Lullaby" Cookie Pocket

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mother's Day Poems "Lullaby" Gift Bag

Mother's day is all about mom, and because every mom is different we've designed these adorable gift bags that you can fill with whatever YOUR mom loves--candy, jewelry, fun little surprise--you can't go wrong! You can print these mother's day downloads simply by clicking on the link below! You have the option to print the bag off saying "Happy Mother's Day," or you can print it off with an adorable poem just for your mom!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mother's Day Poems "Lullaby" Bottle Label

Mother's day's coming so it's time to think!
What would be good to serve to drink?
It doesn't matter what's on the table
if it has this adorable bottle label!

Download mother's day poems "lullaby" bottle label for by clicking below!

Mother's Day Poems "Lullaby" Bottle Label

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mother's Day Poems "Lullaby" Cupcake Liner


Mother's Day is coming soon, it's in MAY, it's not in June! 
Surprise your mama, make her smile
These cupcakes will be well worth your while!

Click the link below to download and print these cupcake liners.