Keeping it Simple: December 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tasty Thursday: Manicotti

I thought that it would be fun to have Tasty Thursday in addition to my Scrapbook Thursday. I am not an awesome cook, I really don't enjoy it. But like most things I do, I like to keep it simple and easy. Most of all with food, it has to be good. My recipes are mostly a quick dinner recipes because we all can use a new recipe for dinner! Most of my dinners take 20 to 30 minutes to make (unless you have to bake it, then a little longer).

Here is one of our favorites:

I usually double the recipe and freeze 2 or 3 batches of it!

This is what you need:
1 box of jumbo shells
1 large container of cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese, when I double it, I use both)
2 cups of mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1/2 tbs parsley
1/2 tbs oregano
1/2 tbs basil
1/2 tbs Italian seasoning
1/4 tbs salt
dash of pepper
1 cup of mozzarella cheese for topping
Your favorite spaghetti sauce

1)Boil shells according to directions on the box
2) Mix all the ingredients (not sauce) in a large bowl
3)Pour some sauce onto the bottom of a 9x13 dish, just enough to cover the bottom
4) Fill shells with mixture and place face down into dish
5) Cover the shells with sauce and cheese
6) Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees

I love having this in the freezer just in case of a crazy day or if I need to take a dinner to someone in need.

Offers that end this week

I just wanted to remind everyone of some offers that end this week.

First off, the FREE 8x10 photo canvas or $55 off any size ends on Dec 31st (that's tomorrow!!) from Canvas People.

Here's mine, I love it!!

Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool
Silhouette is having a couple of promotions going on this week and end at the end of the week.
As of right now, if you use the code "SIMPLE" you can get 10% off vinyl! Their vinyl is a great price, $7.99 for 9"x 10ft!!
Going on right now until January 1st, you can buy the Silhouette cutting machine for only $175 if you get a $9.99 a month 12 month subscription to their online store!! What a great deal, it is normally $299.99! Just enter the code "SIMPLE" when you checkout.

The Silhouette is a cutting machine (kinda like the Cricut) but it hooks up directly to your computer, so you can use all of your fonts that you already have! And then instead of cartridges, they have downloadable images that you can get from their online store.
Silhouette SD

Want to see what their online store has to offer, go here for details.

The Basic subscription for $9.99 a month gives you $25 to use to download images. So instead of $.99 an image, it only costs $.40! There are thousands of images! They have all kinds for holidays, boys, girls, sayings and much more!

So go check out Silhouette!!

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Scrapbook Thursday

I love to weave paper in scrapbook layouts! It's just a fun and easy way to do a side bar. Well this one, I decided to use three strips of paper instead of my usually two. I love how it looks! I then just cut all the pictures to 4"x4".

Here's the fun weave!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Whatever Wednesday: Top Ten in 2010

The new year is approaching fast! I'm still getting used to writing 2010 when I write the date.... :)

Here is the top ten posts from this past year based off of comments:










And the #1 post of 2010 is (drum roll please)..................

What a great year that it has been!! Here is to another great year of crafting!!

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Whatever Wednesday: Place mat bags

For Christmas, my mom made all of my kids these super cute bags. She took a place mat, folded them in half and sewed the sides together. Then she added ribbon for the handles and cute embellishments in the front. My boys love them!! They carry them around with them and put their toys in them. So fun!
All three boys got the same design, with different ribbon. So I thought it would be cute to put their names on them. So using my Silhouette and black heat transfer paper, I put their names on them.

I love how they turned out!!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Sponsor

I'm so excited to tell you about my new sponsor!
Beaded Watches

It's called Chunky Bling and it specializing in so fun and funky jewelry!

They are have a ton of fun stuff! I have already spent a couple hours just drooling over what they have there!!

You can build your own watch to fit your style:

You choose the band:

And the face:
Whimsical Purple - Watch Face

To make an awesome watch!!
Beaded Watches
They also have other jewelry like necklaces, bracelets and rings!

Gloriously Green Cluster - Charm

Sassy Molassy - Bead Bracelet

Swarovski Pearl - Blue - Bead Ring

Fun huh?? Well go check Chunky Bling now!!

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Easy Christmas and Winter Decoration: 2x4 Wood Greeting Snowmen

This post contains affiliate links.

I have a thing for snowmen. I just love decorating with them. I think that I like them because you can use them for Christmas but you can also use them for all of winter. So when I saw this idea, I knew that I wanted to make it!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Motivate Me Monday #50

How was everyone's Christmas??? I hope that you all had a wonderful day filled with family, presents, candy and good times!! We sure had a wonderful day!!

It's been awhile since I have been able to look through all the links. It was nice to sit down and look at them all! Wow, I have been missing a lot of good stuff!! I feel so far behind in crafting right now.

Keeping It Simple

Here are a few of my favorites:

Erin from Crafts and Sutch made this adorable sweater snowman, love it!

Megan from Brassy Apple made this awesome magnetic snowman, so fun!

Lucy from Craftberry Bush made these amazing ice tiles, so cool!

Stacy from Not JUST a Housewife made this great lamp from scrap wood!!
Rachael from Lovely Crafty Home made this wreath out of paper, amazing!!

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Now onto your latest crafts!

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