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Slow cooker lasagna, a must share! 

I found this recipe at kraft foods and thought it sounded a little bit iffy, but I gave it a shot and it was GOOOOD!  It actually turned out better than my usual lasagna, which is sad.  And it only took 10 minutes (or less….) to prepare!  Definitely a keeper in our house!1 lb. lean ground beef (could be substituted for italian sausage)1 jar spaghetti sauce1 c. water1 15 oz. container of ricotta cheese (we used skim ricotta to save some unneccesary fat haha)1 pkg. Kraft Italian Cheese (approx. 2 cups)1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese1 egg2 tbsp. parsley6 lasagna noodles, uncookedBrown meat in large skillet; drain.  Stir in spaghetti sauce and water.  Mix ricotta, 1-1/2 cup mozzarella, 2 Tbsp. parmesan, egg and parsley.Spoon 1 cup meat sauce into slow cooker; top with layers of half each of the noodles (3 noodles broken up per layer), broken to fit; and cheese mixture.  Cover with 2 cups meat sauce.  Top with remaining noodles, broken to fit; cheese mixture and meat sauce.  Cover with lid. Cook on low 4-6 hours or until liquid is absorbed.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted.
Recipe from: Six sister’s stuff

Slow cooker lasagna, a must share! 

I found this recipe at kraft foods and thought it sounded a little bit iffy, but I gave it a shot and it was GOOOOD!  It actually turned out better than my usual lasagna, which is sad.  And it only took 10 minutes (or less….) to prepare!  Definitely a keeper in our house!

1 lb. lean ground beef (could be substituted for italian sausage)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 c. water
1 15 oz. container of ricotta cheese (we used skim ricotta to save some unneccesary fat haha)
1 pkg. Kraft Italian Cheese (approx. 2 cups)
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
1 egg
2 tbsp. parsley
6 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Brown meat in large skillet; drain.  Stir in spaghetti sauce and water.  Mix ricotta, 1-1/2 cup mozzarella, 2 Tbsp. parmesan, egg and parsley.

Spoon 1 cup meat sauce into slow cooker; top with layers of half each of the noodles (3 noodles broken up per layer), broken to fit; and cheese mixture.  Cover with 2 cups meat sauce.  Top with remaining noodles, broken to fit; cheese mixture and meat sauce.  Cover with lid. 

Cook on low 4-6 hours or until liquid is absorbed.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted.

Recipe from: Six sister’s stuff

TIPHANY’S HOMEMADE DISH-SOAP

I have had so many people send me different recipes for dish-soap and I have Googled and Pinterested it to death. Until I finally found a simple one that I tried and loved. I tried a bunch of different small batches just to see how they would work and I finally found one that worked that I enjoy using and making. I have tried adding lemon oil, orange oil, tea-tree oil. All great ideas, however I didn’t notice any difference and wasn’t really in love with the smell.  I am obsessed with lavender. I cannot get enough of the smell. Some people love it and some hate it, I’m a lover so I chose Lavender castile soap. You can however choose whatever kind of castile soap you like. I have read most people buy the the baby (Dr.Bronners) kind or just non-scented and add their own scents, that’s probably the best idea. Because if you enjoy making you’r own smelly soaps and laundry detergents etc. You will want to do it more, and in the long run enjoy saving money. I am of course going to give you my step by step pictured directions but I also want to give you the recipe I followed. I had a SUPER hard time getting the Arm&Hammer’s Super Washing Soda to dissolve I’m not sure why it’s like that but it always is I end up having my daughter or husband help me stir because I get so impatient ;)~  You can use any kind of storage container, I chose to reuse my old dish-soap container because it already said lavender scented. I have seen however how people use mason jars, they cut a hole in the lid and hot glue gun a pump to it, I love that idea and when I have an extra pump I am so going to make one!! I will do a tutorial on that one for you too :) With this old bottle I used though I was able to make double the recipe below, just depends on the size of you’r bottle. I hope you enjoy making and using this as much as I do.   

Dish soap recipe 

-1 ½ cup of hot water
-½ cup castile soap 
-1 tablespoon of white vinegar
-1 tablespoon of Arm&Hammer’s Super Washing Soda (used to thicken the soap)
-1/8 teaspoon of tea tree oil (optional)


A couple of days ago I posted “How to make a dolls hair look new” I hadn’t tried it yet and was really excited to. So last night I got my daughters Rapunzel doll and went to town, just to see if it would work. It really did! I was amazed! It’s so simple, it only takes two ingredients (Water, fabric softener) and I also used a brush, in the original directions she said to use a wig brush because it doesn’t have the balls that regular brushes have on the ends. I however just used one of my daughters and it worked fine. I also used a miniature spray bottle I got for 10 cents at the dollar store. I listened to her warning first, she said don’t use to much because it will make the dolls hair oily, so I used just a little at a time and the process went great!! Look threw my pictures for the captions of step by step directions, and an all around good time :) Also I have learned (from the original post) that braiding you’s child’s dolls hair at night during bed will save you a bunch of “hair fixing” time. 

TIPHANY’S DRYER SHEETS

Here is a cool way to ditch the waste producing disposable dryer sheets and save some major money in the process: Take your favorite liquid fabric softener and soak an old hand towel or flour cloth completely with it. Do not wring it out! let it dry completely, then throw it in with your next load. This mega-fabric softener sheet should be good for at least 10- 40 loads of laundry, Depending on the thickness of the cloth and you’r water to softener ratio. Stretching out softener use and lessening waste. I personally didn’t use any water. Why? Because I want my sheets to last for a long time. I have found that when I  use water the sheets don’t last as long and don’t smell as great. The fabric softer I buy is $3.00 a bottle. It smells great! You can use whatever you want though. I make ten clothes at a time and get 40 uses per sheet. That’s 400 loads, out of three cap fulls of softener, can you say amazing!! If you do use water the recipe is 2 tablespoons softener 2 tablespoons water, soak one to two rags and hang to dry (Or lay flat) use in the next cycle. Go threw my pics for step by step directions. You don’t have to lay you’r rags on foil, it was just all I had at the time to lay mine on. You could put them in a large flat bucket or on any kind of covered surface, whatever works best for you. 

The perfect Ice coffee, also by the Pioneer Woman, Man I love her!! Full directions?? Click here and she will give them to you. I am SO doing this, this week!! I will save hundreds by not having to go to Starbucks for this anymore :) 

The perfect Ice coffee, also by the Pioneer Woman, Man I love her!! Full directions?? Click here and she will give them to you. I am SO doing this, this week!! I will save hundreds by not having to go to Starbucks for this anymore :) 

Perfect Potatoes au Gratin
This is the easiest recipe for Au Gratin potatoes I got it from The Pioneer woman she is an amazing woman, blogger and cook I love to watch on TV (Food network) and follow her blog. She makes everything so simple and effortless and with her life style you know why!! Here’s the recipe but go look at it on her page for step by step directions. You will not regret it!! click here to go to her blog. 
Ingredients
4 whole Russet Potatoes, Scrubbed Clean
2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
1-1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Whole Milk
2 Tablespoons Flour
4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
1 teaspoon Salt
 Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Freshly Grated
Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Smear softened butter all over the bottom of a baking dish.
Slice potatoes, then cut slices into fourths.
In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, milk, flour, minced garlic, salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.
Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes.
Repeat this two more times, ending with the cream mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and really bubbling. Add grated cheese to the top of the potatoes and bake for 3 to 5 more minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Allow to stand for a few minutes before serving by the spoonful. Delicious!

Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

This is the easiest recipe for Au Gratin potatoes I got it from The Pioneer woman she is an amazing woman, blogger and cook I love to watch on TV (Food network) and follow her blog. She makes everything so simple and effortless and with her life style you know why!! Here’s the recipe but go look at it on her page for step by step directions. You will not regret it!! click here to go to her blog. 

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Russet Potatoes, Scrubbed Clean
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1-1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  •  Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Freshly Grated

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Smear softened butter all over the bottom of a baking dish.

Slice potatoes, then cut slices into fourths.

In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, milk, flour, minced garlic, salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes.

Repeat this two more times, ending with the cream mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and really bubbling. Add grated cheese to the top of the potatoes and bake for 3 to 5 more minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Allow to stand for a few minutes before serving by the spoonful. Delicious!

POPCORN CAKE OMG!! Ok so for those of you that know me or rather my daughter Cambria you know she is OBSESSED with popcorn and her birthday is just around the corner in May. So I was thinking of making this popcorn cake for her. Most mom’s want to buy their kids cakes with their favorite cartoons on them or whatever but Cambria doesn’t even like cake. She gags every time I try to give her a bite. I made her 100 cupcakes for her birthday last year and she took one bite, spit it out and then proceeded to eat half a pizza lol so I figure why not make her what she wants? Popcorn! and in cake form? Thank you very much! I think she will love this!! Give me feedback please :) You can get the whole recipe from Cookie&Cups.com by the way that website has some, Amaaaaazing recipes, I get so much yummy, easy stuff from there.

POPCORN CAKE OMG!! Ok so for those of you that know me or rather my daughter Cambria you know she is OBSESSED with popcorn and her birthday is just around the corner in May. So I was thinking of making this popcorn cake for her. Most mom’s want to buy their kids cakes with their favorite cartoons on them or whatever but Cambria doesn’t even like cake. She gags every time I try to give her a bite. I made her 100 cupcakes for her birthday last year and she took one bite, spit it out and then proceeded to eat half a pizza lol so I figure why not make her what she wants? Popcorn! and in cake form? Thank you very much! I think she will love this!! Give me feedback please :) You can get the whole recipe from Cookie&Cups.com by the way that website has some, Amaaaaazing recipes, I get so much yummy, easy stuff from there.

WOW super easy bath salts, these would make great gifts in like a dyed mason jars with a cute bow. You could easily cover every girl on you’r side of the family during the holidays for $20 or less!! found this easy recipe on intimate weddings go check it out and if you try to make them send me a picture i’m curious to see how they turn out.  

WOW super easy bath salts, these would make great gifts in like a dyed mason jars with a cute bow. You could easily cover every girl on you’r side of the family during the holidays for $20 or less!! found this easy recipe on intimate weddings go check it out and if you try to make them send me a picture i’m curious to see how they turn out.  

Get your kids to drink milk with magic straws! As parents, we’re torn between wanting to give our geeklings things that are Good and things that are Good For Them. (Heck, we haven’t even mastered that for ourselves!) Since the survey says that growing bones need calcium from milk products but not the added sugar and fat of flavored milk products, we knew there had to be a solution to have your candied milk and drink healthy, too.
Milk Straws are a fun and mess-free way to enjoy a cold glass of milk. Simply choose from one of eight delicious flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies& Cream, Vanilla Milkshake, Strawberry Banana, Wild Berry, Orange Cream, or Banana. Pop it in your milk and slurp away. The special flavor pods inside the straw will magically transform plain ol’ milk into something delicious, without adding any fat and very little sugar. No refrigeration is required, so you can pack a Milk Straw in your kiddo’s backpack so they can be the envy of the cafeteria at lunchtime.from thinkgeek.com

Get your kids to drink milk with magic straws! As parents, we’re torn between wanting to give our geeklings things that are Good and things that are Good For Them. (Heck, we haven’t even mastered that for ourselves!) Since the survey says that growing bones need calcium from milk products but not the added sugar and fat of flavored milk products, we knew there had to be a solution to have your candied milk and drink healthy, too.

Milk Straws are a fun and mess-free way to enjoy a cold glass of milk. Simply choose from one of eight delicious flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies& Cream, Vanilla Milkshake, Strawberry Banana, Wild Berry, Orange Cream, or Banana. Pop it in your milk and slurp away. The special flavor pods inside the straw will magically transform plain ol’ milk into something delicious, without adding any fat and very little sugar. No refrigeration is required, so you can pack a Milk Straw in your kiddo’s backpack so they can be the envy of the cafeteria at lunchtime.from thinkgeek.com

Mom’s with smart phones need this for their kids, what a great idea!! It’s only $19.99 and you can get it threw Thinkgeek.com they have smart stuff for the masses :) 

Mom’s with smart phones need this for their kids, what a great idea!! It’s only $19.99 and you can get it threw Thinkgeek.com they have smart stuff for the masses :)