Foodie Friday ~ Delicious Vegetable Lasagna

lasagna

1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles

1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

3/4 cup chopped onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 (26 ounce) jars pasta sauce

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 (15 ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese

4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

2 eggs

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes, or until al dente. Rinse with cold water, and drain.

In a large saucepan, cook and stir mushrooms, green peppers, onion, and garlic in oil. Stir in pasta sauce and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.

Mix together ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, and eggs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1 cup tomato sauce into the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer 1/2 each, lasagna noodles, ricotta mix, sauce, and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layering, and top with remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese.

Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Merry Christmas Eve!

christmas eve

 

Here is an easy and delicious hot cocoa recipe! Our family’s favorite. <3

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups (1 qt.) milk

1/3 cup hot water

Dash salt

1/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa

Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional)

1/2 cup sugar

Directions

1. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.

2. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired. Five 8-oz. servings.

Monday Moments ~ The Polar Express

Polar Express

 

This has been a favorite Christmas book of mine since I was a child. It is tradition in our household to read it every Christmas Eve.

The movie is also a love of mine. Everything about this story is magical!

Do you have a favorite holiday book to read with your children? Share with us!

Foodie Friday ~ Eggnog Quick Bread

EggnogBread

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup eggnog

2 teaspoons rum flavored extract

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or three 3×5-inch loaf pans.

Blend together the eggs, eggnog, rum extract, sugar, vanilla and butter.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add to eggnog mixture and stir just enough to moisten; pour into prepared pan or pans.

Bake large loaf for 40 to 60 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Breads baked in the smaller pans require 35 to 40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, and remove from pan. Cool completely, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or foil, and store in refrigerator.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Tissue Paper Candle Holder

candleholder

Colored tissue paper

Pressed flowers or leaves (optional)

White school glue

Small plastic bowl or disposable container

Paintbrush

Glass jar

Markers

What You Do:

Give your child a few sheets of tissue paper and ask them to rip it into small pieces (2-3 inches).

In the small bowl or container, mix ½ cup of white glue with 1 ¼ cups of water. It should form a thin white solution. Give your child the paintbrush and have them cover a section of the jar with a thin coat of glue solution. Repeat, overlapping the tissue paper pieces, until the entire jar is covered. When the entire jar is covered, overlay a few pressed leaves or flowers (if you’re using them), and cover each with a thin coat of glue solution.

Place a battery powered votive candle inside your new hurricane and wrap it up! When the candle glows, it will illuminate the tissue paper and designs, allowing light to shine through them.

Homemade Holiday ~ Peppermint Sugar Scrub

sugarscrub

Mix 3 parts white sugar and 1 part olive oil or sweet almond oil, and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract or essential oil.

Now spoon them into individual airtight containers, dress them up with a ribbon and a sweet holiday note. Perfect little gift for those that you love!

Foodie Friday ~ Gingerbread Men Cookies

gingerbreadmen

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest

2 tablespoons dark corn syrup

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Cream the butter and the sugar together. Add the egg and mix well. Mix in the orange peel and dark corn syrup. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and salt, mixing until well combined. Chill dough for at least 2 hours, I like to chill overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are firm and lightly toasted on the edges.