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Tortellini Bake

Spaghetti sauce and Alfredo sauce typically yield two very different dishes. When combined, however, they are nothing short of fabulous. So fabulous that my anti-anything-green daughter did not even balk at the delicious spinach mixed into this dish. Perhaps I should try adding more of that next time…

Aside from the awesome ability to hide spinach, this dish was great for leftovers. Being a family of three we had dinner for about two additional nights (and some lunches for me!). This cheesy dish does well reheated and doesn’t loose it’s flavor. Can you believe? No complaining from the kids? Yes, we will keep this around for quite awhile.




This dish will take approximately 30 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight, and you’re probably looking at leftovers for the next day.

 

Tortellini Bake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Tortellini Bake

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions (usually around 12-15 minutes).
  2. While cooking tortellini, mix spaghetti sauce, Alfredo sauce, and spinach in a medium saucepan. Simmer.
  3. Mix cooked tortellini into the sauce. Transfer to 8x8 baking dish.
  4. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Broil for 2-3 minutes.
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Turkey Pot Pie

The thing about roasting a turkey is that you have a significant amount of turkey meat on your hands. This calls for an arsenal of go-to turkey recipes and a little bit of patience from your kids with the single meat option for the week. Fortunately, there are a plethora of options for turkey. I decided to start with the tastiest first. Pot pie! I have not had pot pie since I was around nine years old. Around that time, they were declared unhealthy by my mother and no longer offered on the dinner menu. I admit, they aren’t the healthiest meal, but how often do you get to eat your dinner wrapped in pie crust? Sometimes you just need to live a little. (more…)

Turkey Salad

There are three really great things about this recipe. One, it was so easy to make with very little prep time. Two, you can put it on several different things: crackers, bread, veggies, etc. Three, it is one of those fabulous meals that combines meat and vegetables. We as mothers know, there is no easier way to get a child to eat vegetables than to hide it in a yummy dish. (more…)

Yogurt Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Riley and Story are both strong members of the Yogurt Raisin fan club. We made these cookies for our Leprechaun Trap Making Party and they were a big hit! A yummy variation of the Oatmeal Cookie. Want to make them festive? Add a little green food coloring for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat!

Yogurt Raisin Oatmeal Cookies (2)

1 cup margarine or butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 cups Oats

1-1 1/2 cup yogurt raisins


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2) Combine butter, sugar, and brown butter in bowl and cream until smooth.

3) Mix in eggs and vanilla.

4) Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and stir until thoroughly mixed.

5) Add oats and desired amount of yogurt raisins.

6) Drop even spoonfuls of dough on baking sheet and bake for approx. 12 minutes.

7) Enjoy!

A Day of Service

This year, our company gave each employee a day of service, which means that we can each use one work day to volunteer with a local organization. I enjoy volunteer work and in my later life plan to do a good deal of it, but in the present, between work and squeezing time in with the girls, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. So, I was excited to have the opportunity, and when a friend approached me about a luncheon that was being held by Girls Inc., the day was planned. (more…)