Saturday, January 21, 2012

Stuffed Shells

I've been making stuffed shells for my family for a while now. It's not a real recipe... as in I don't have exact measurements, I just throw it together every time. But, I'll share it with you all the best that I can. My family just LOVES this meal! 

Here's what you'll need:

Ground beef or turkey (I used about 1 1/2 lbs)
Box of jumbo shells (I didn't use all of the box)
4 oz cream cheese
Seasonings; Garlic, Onion, Oregano, anything else you'd like (eyeball it... I don't measure)
2 cups of fresh spinach
Half an onion 
Can of tomato sauce or your favorite spaghetti sauce, in which case you don't need to season your sauce, just your meat.

Boil your shells until they are almost done, then let cool. Meanwhile, brown your hamburger and add your desired seasonings. Add your spinach and let it cook down. Then add your cream cheese, melt it in with the meat and spinach. Add about half a ladle or more of your tomato sauce into your meat mixture. Retain the rest.

Your meat mixture should look like this.

 Add a little sauce to the bottom of your baking dish and start stuffing those shells!

Line them all up pretty, like so...

Add the rest of your sauce over your shells, and your cheese!

 Now pop that bad boy in the oven! Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or so. I cover it with tin foil at first, so it'll heat all the way through without burning the cheese. Then uncover for the last 5-10 minutes. Again, I just wing it, so play around with it and find what you like best!


Emmelyn LOVES it! 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

DIY: Baby leggings!

This is the perfect project for me and if you are an instant gratification type of person, you should try this, too! Seriously, 5 minutes, and I had turned a pair of knee high socks into baby leggings!

So much easier than making a quilt! Want to know how I did it? 
Here's my tutorial:

First off, grab a pair of knee high socks. I got these at Target a few months back for about $2. Way cheaper than brand name, store bought baby leggings!

 Next up, cut your socks, like I did below. You'll want to cut the heal and toe off. You'll save the center sole part of the sock.

Take the sole and fold it inside of itself, like so....

Now, you will need to take the long part of the sock and put your little cuff over the raw edge. ( I hope that makes sense) You'll want all three raw edges next to each other.

Set your sewing machine to the #4 setting for length of stitch. You'll want the longest setting or a 4.  If possible, stretch the sock over the sewing machine base. and begin sewing, pushing the sock around the base. Make sure you have all three raw edge seams being stitched. Once you finish the whole seam, remove and there you have it! Simple, right?

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