Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sweet Italian Pasta Bake

I came across this new recipe on a child nutrition website. It was a big hit with my family. Very delicious and a new twist on a old favorite around here, (baked ziti).

1 pound of Barilla Rotini Pasta
3/4 pound of Sweet Italian Sausage (We used Johnsonville)
1 Sweet Red Peppers
1 Zucchini
1 Large Onion Diced
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 jar of marinara sauce
2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to directions on the box
While pasta is cooking slice sausage into 1/2 inch slices. Saute sausage in olive oil over medium heat. Slice peppers, onions, and zucchini. When the sausage is near done throw in your veggies. Cook for another ten minutes until sausage is crispy and veggies are tender.

When pasta is done, drain and return back to boiling pot. Add sausage/veggie mixture, jar of sauce, and a cup of cheese. Mix together.

Move mixture to a casserole dish. Spread remaining cheese over the dish and place in your oven. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

Enjoy with bread sticks. Feeds about 5 people with some leftovers.

This meal is great and takes about 30 minutes to complete. The original recipe called for only the peppers and onions but by throwing in the zucchini you add more I think.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bathroom Renovation

The shower curtain that I won on eBay finally arrived today (it took 3 weeks!) so I redecorated Madi's bathroom today.

I didn't want to put a lot of money into the project so I looked around my craft room for some items that I could use. I found some frames that I put Dora pics in and tied with a pink ribbon and I already had a faux plant in there that I really liked so I just added some fake pink and white gerber daisies to it. Also, I put a purple curtain over my built in shelving unit in there. It hides the clutter and stuff that guests don't really need to see.

Overall it was very low cost to do and the whole thing went pretty fast. I love the final result. When I showed it to Madi she gave me a high five and said cool, so I know it's a hit with her.