Summer Spinach Pasta Salad

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Great side for those upcoming summer potlucks and BBQ’s! It comes together quickly and it’s something different that no one else will be bringing. 4 main ingredients and then a simple dressing that will make everything pop!

  • 5 oz Baby Spinach
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup bite sized mozzarella pieces
    (*I cut up the mozzarella string cheese I had on hand)
  • 8 oz cooked Penne Pasta

Dressing:

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 3 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Put baby spinach into large container
  2. Add grape tomatoes and mozzarella pieces
  3. Put cooked pasta in
  4. Whisk together the dressing and pour over everything
  5. Mix to coat everything with the dressing
  6. Enjoy! Can be served right away or put in the fridge for later.

November Craft Kit

November’s Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up came with LOTS of stuff!

They give you some suggestions for how to make some cute fall cards like this:

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With it being just a few days away from Thanksgiving, I decided to make place cards with them for our bible study dinner.

With so many different papers, stamps, and embellishments I decided to make each one a little different. On the inside I wrote that I was thankful for their friendship and then something about them I was thankful for.

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If you enjoy doing some crafty stuff, but don’t always have craft supplies on hand, these boxes are perfect! They supply you with everything you need, and the papers are already cut out for you. The only thing you need is glue. I use a glue pen like this one:

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You can find these at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or even order it off Amazon.

 

To learn more about Stampin’ Up you can go to my Aunt’s page @

http://www.stampwithjoy.stampinup.net/

 

 

Chicken and Noodles (Crockpot)

The weather is getting colder, to my dismay. Right around this time I start wondering why I don’t live in Florida.palmtrees

But, I do enjoy curling up in my comfy clothes under a blanket with a plate of something warm and delicious. So here is something warm and delicious 🙂 Chicken and noodles with tender carrots and celery.

I cooked a couple of chicken breasts in the crock pot the day before, then shredded and stuck it in the fridge for this recipe the next day. Super simple.

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Shredded using my stand mixer

You could also pick up a rotisserie chicken. Better yet, Costco sells rotisserie chicken already picked off the bones and packaged for you.

So I cut up my carrots and celery firstIMG_1996

Then I put 3 Tablespoons of dried minced onion. Next time I will cut up a fresh onion. I didn’t really taste onion at all with the dried. I added my pre-cooked shredded chicken and organic chicken stock.

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And for the noodles I used Grandma’s Noodles found in the frozen section. You’ll want them to be thawed enough that you can pull the noodles apart when adding them in. I just sprinkled salt and pepper but next time I’ll kick it up a notch and add in some more spices. Rosemary, thyme, garlic, whatever suits your fancy 🙂

Cook that on low for about 5 hours (different crock pots vary of course). And by dinnertime you’ll be happily warming up with some chicken and noodles.

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Chicken & Noodles

 Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded (or in bite sized pieces)
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut
  • 5 celery stocks, chopped up
  • 32-40 oz chicken stock/broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package Grandma’s Noodles (11 oz)
  • Spices (salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Put it all in the crock pot and let cook on low for approximately 5 hours. Yields 5-6 servings.

Paper Pumpkin Craft Kit

I love the look and care that goes into homemade crafts and gifts. But sometimes what you thought was going to be a pretty simple craft, turns out to be not so simple. The nice thing about craft kits is that most or all of the materials are provided for you. There’s ideas and instructions too. My aunt is a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and their craft kit is called “Paper Pumpkin”. I was pretty excited when it came in the mail, wrapped all pretty in tissue paper 🙂

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Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up

 I opened it up to find out what the month’s craft entailed

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Halloween Treat Bags!

There were both paper instructions and a YouTube link to a how-to video. Both were very helpful! All I had to add was some candy.

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Reese’s Pieces in a bag with string

It was very easy to put together and a cute way to give out Halloween treats. Also, how cool is that straw?! Ta-Da! The finished product:

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Treat Bag with “You’re So Sweet” tag

My fringe didn’t turn out as curly as in the picture. But I still think its cute 😉

Things I loved about this Paper Pumpkin Craft Kit:

  • It came with 15 different stamps to choose from!
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  • Ink pad was included
  • The tags were pre-cut and had holes punched in them so I just had to glue and string it through
  • There was a video! Written instructions is all fine and dandy but I really do need a step by step visual
  • There was a thick piece of pre-cut card stock to fit in the bottom of the bag. This made the bag stand up well and was easier to work with

I will be getting another one this month that I will also share with you! Here is a link to my aunt’s Stampin Up page if you’d like to learn more about them and other projects you can do:

http://www.stampwithjoy.stampinup.net/

Addictive Avocado Feta Dip

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Avocado Feta Dip

Simple, delicious, and yes addictive. I can easily polish off the whole thing myself. Avocados, tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and some spices all mixed together for a party in your mouth. Scoop it with tortilla chips and enjoy! It’s my go to party dish. You start with the avocado

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Then chop up your onion and tomatoes, crumble the feta

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Toss that together lightly. Then you add in a little bit of olive oil, vinegar, oregano, parsley, and garlic salt.

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Toss lightly again. Viola! It’s ready for some serious dipping.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 ripe avocados, sliced and diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced without the runny seed part
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 1 Tbl olive oil
  • 1 Tbl vinegar
  • 1 Tbl oregano
  • 1 Tbl parsley
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt

Directions:

  1. Put the avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and feta in a bowl and lightly mix.
  2. Add in the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, parsley, and garlic salt.
  3. Lightly mix in.
  4. Dip your tortilla chips and enjoy!

Make Your Own Pantry

My husband and I bought a house last year and are so happy to be home owners! It has many great things about it, but one thing I was very disappointed about was there was no pantry. And we definitely needed one. I found a blog where a woman made her own stand alone pantry, and I loved that idea! So, I set out to do the same. I found this wooden armoire piece on Craigslist for $125. He was asking more but I got it for less. Yay! I brought my husband with me to pick it up. You gotta be safe with this stuff! Make sure you never go alone.

Here is the outside:

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My husband added a shelf, a divider, and some spice racks to the inside door for me:

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Here it is filled up with food

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The two drawers underneath hold dish towels and all my things like saran wrap, foil, zip lock bags, etc.

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And then the very bottom holds 2 shelves

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The top has mason jars, pot lids, and cans. The bottom has potatoes and then some of my party things (napkins, paper plates, cupcake tier, straws, etc). It goes back pretty deep so you can’t see all of the items. It holds a lot of things and has turned out to be more useful than I even thought! I would like to paint it in the future. But for now, the natural wood color is good.

This is a great alternative if you don’t have a built in pantry in your home.