Wednesday, September 30, 2015

About a month ago, I told you all about my fall menu plans for 2015. In the post, I talked about how I hoped to get to do some cooking sometime in the near future. Well, last night, I finally got to do just that! 

Now, I must confess... I didn't do it all by myself. I know that might sound a little lame to some, but it's been a while, and I'm still kind of a rookie. It is something I am very interested in, and I am determined to learn and become a better cook by the end of this year!

My mom and I have been spending a lot of time with each other lately, and we are really getting along great these days. It was so much fun getting to hang out, and do some cooking together. 

We decided to start with her classic Stuffed Shells recipe. It's one of our old time favorites, and it's one we hadn't had in a long time. 

Even though she did help, I did most of it myself. She just mostly observed, 
and directed me.

So... here is the recipe for Mom's Classic Stuffed Shells!



1 Box of Jumbo Shells -we used Great Value Jumbo Shells from Walmart-

1 8oz Rocotta Cheese -Galbani is a good choice-

1/2 a bag of Mozzarella Cheese -Sargento is one we really enjoy-

2 tsps Italian Seasoning -we just use Kroger brand-

1 Jar of Spaghetti sauce, or you can do what we did and use my mom's left over homemade spaghetti sauce. 

First thing you need to do is boil water in a large pot like ours. You need 4 quarts of water for each 12 ounces of dry jumbo shells, and add a little salt. Next add the shells to the boiling water -separate the shells before adding them-. Keep the water to a pretty good boil. Once they have been added, start stirring the shells around. Stir often so the shells don't stick to the bottom. Cook the shells for 8 minutes.


Once you have cooked the shells, you will need to drain them. DO NOT RINSE! Make sure to get all of the water out, they need to be well drained. Once you have drained the shells, let them cool off for a minute or so.

Next, you will need an oven proof baking pan, and you will need to spray 
the pan with vegetable oil, cooking spray.  Once your shells are drained, lay them out on some paper towel, or you could use a plate. Pre-heat the oven at 350.



Next... mix the Rocotta and the mozzarella together in a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle it with Italian Seasoning -use about 2 tsps-.  Spread the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the pan. Then start stuffing the shells. 



Stuff each shell, and then put them into the baking dish on top of the sauce. Spread the rest of the spaghetti sauce on top of the shells, and then sprinkle more mozzarella on top of that.

Put the dish into the oven and bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes.

Here is how it turned out! 

It didn't photograph very well. Sorry about that, but it turned
out great!

We also had some yummy garlic bread with it.  

We ate our dinner, and watched one of my all time favorite shows... the Facts of Life! It doesn't get any better than that! 

The great thing about this dish is it is even better the next day. You can heat it up for lunch, or have it again for dinner the next evening.

The only negative thing, I had some heartburn, and didn't get a lot of sleep. So make sure you have some tums for your tummy! It's pretty saucy!

Other than the heartburn, it was a lot of fun! I really love getting to spend all this time with my momma. I'm not nearly as good of a cook as she is, but considering I hadn't done it in a long time, and I'm still somewhat of a newb, I think I did a decent job. It did help having her there to guide me through it. 

I am looking forward to doing it again soon! Maybe next time I'll do pasta, and I'll share my moms awesome pasta sauce with you. Then you can use the leftover 
sauce for the stuffed shells!

If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it turns out! 

Do you cook? What is one of your favorite recipes?

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Monday, September 28, 2015

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Friday, September 25, 2015

It has been such an awesome day! First of all, I just have to say, I have the best mom! We have always been so close. I am so grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful mother. I love her so much! I don't know what I would do without her. And yes! I still live with her. It's kind of a long, complicated story. I am not embarrassed, and I do have plans to eventually leave the nest. For now, I am just going to enjoy the time I have with her, because there will come a day when I will be out on my own, and I know we will miss each other!

Since we live together, and are so super close, one would think that we would be hanging out 24:7. Especially, now that she is retired. We do see each other a lot, but we try to give each other space. When two women live together for as long as we have, you will have your moments. That doesn't mean we don't love each other, we just need some time to ourselves.

For the past couple of months, we have been spending a little more time together. We have been going to the gym, or have at least been trying to. We were slacking there for a bit, but we just started going back this week. Other than our work outs, we really haven't spent a lot of quality time together. So, it was nice to get to do that today... doing what we both love to do, which is shop. We had such a blast, and we both felt so great after our work out!

We hit up Target first, and got some great stuff at the $1 spot. I'll be showing you those things soon! One thing I'm really stoked about... I got these 2 bottles of Mod Podge for just 2 bucks!

Now, I am ready to start on some projects! I have no idea what I'm going to be doing, but I'm sure whatever it is, will be fun!

After Target, we went to our new favorite place to shop, Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market! I love that place! We don't do the organic thing, but thankfully not everything there is organic. We do love all the fresh fruits and veggies. We've gotten other things there as well. We've tried some of their wines, and cheeses, and we've been very pleased with our purchases.

We have been trying to try out new things, whenever we get the chance. I picked out this Muenster Cheese by Spring Haven Farms.

It is so good!!! It might be organic, I'm not really sure. It is good

I love Muenster cheese! I've loved it since I was a kid. Some people might wonder how you would tell the difference. Muenster cheese is Muenster cheese, right? Well... not really! When it comes to cheese, regardless of what kind it is, I can always tell the difference! And... I've had some bad Muenster cheese before, but this stuff is delicious! I also love to put it on a turkey sandwich. Ever tried that? If not, you should! You are really missing out!

We also got some Gala apples, for the apple crisp we are going to be making this weekend! I cannot wait for that! I've really been in an apple mood lately. I'm not really into the pumpkin thing. In fact, I am not a pumpkin person at all! I love pumpkin carving and pumpkin decorating, but all of this pumpkin in everything, kinda makes me ill. But... I do love me some apples! 

I will be sure to let you know all about the apple crisp! I haven't had that in so long. It just sounds so good to me right now!

It really has been a wonderful day! I loved getting to spend it with my favorite lady! I wanted to get some pictures of us together, but that didn't work out, unfortunately. We were just having so much fun, we didn't even really think about it. 

I'll be showing you what I got from Target in an upcoming post, and 
I'm also going to be doing a giveaway! So be sure to watch
out for that!

So, are you all ready for the weekend? What are your plans?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It's been a year since I started my 31 business... it has been such an incredible, life changing experience! It is not just 31 that has changed me. I never realized how big the direct sales world was until I ventured into it. There were so many companies I had never heard of. Other than, Avon, Mary Kay, and a few other well known companies, most of them, including my own, were new to me.

There are a lot of misconceptions about this business, and also about DS reps. People often think that the products these companies sell aren't good. Well, that's just not true! You can find a lot of great products! I've been very impressed with the ones I've tried so far. Some of the products might be a bit pricey, but they are so worth it!

One of the things I love most about this whole experience is the new friendships that have come from it. I have met some truly, remarkable women! A lot of people don't know how tough this business is. Some people don't consider what we do as a "real job". There are some individuals who get into Direct Sales just for fun. For many of us, it is more than just a hobby, and we are working our butts off towards our goals. It might not happen overnight, but we are very determined to succeed!

This holiday season, I am planning to do most of my Christmas shopping with direct sales reps. I support these women, and I want to help them reach their goals. I've been dedicating a lot of my posts to them, and their businesses. If you get a chance, I hope that you will take a few minutes to check them out, and if you can maybe do some shopping with one of them.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

.....{part 3}.....

{Ghost Chair via the Hunted Interior}

{Lucite and gold bench by Jonathan
Adler via Neiman Marcus}

{Dining chair by Nuevo via

{Clear scape side chair by
Steel/Lark via

{The Protagonist Chair via

{Bubble chair by Adelta
via Connox}

{via Architonic}

{Acrylic "Daffodil' chair by
Erwin and Estelle Laverne
via Knibb}

{via Decoist}

{via Popsugar}

{Illusion side table by Essey
via Horne}

{Peekaboo Nesting Tables 
via CB2}

{Acrylic desk accessories via

{Cabinet knobs via

{Table lamps by Safavieh Odessa
via Target}

{Acrylic box via MUJI Online}

{Small clear box by Anu
Penttinen via

{Marquis by Waterford Treviso

{Lucite clipboard by Russell &
Hazel via Anthropologie}

{via Pinterest}

{Lucite Tape Dispenser by
Russell & Hazel via

{Inflatable lawn tent via BuzzFeed}

This is so neat! However, I don't think I could do it! I'm a bit
claustrophobic. I'm having a difficult time breathing just
looking at it!

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