Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!  tumblr_mguu0yUdV11qbih6so1_500That basically sums up my day! Hah! I did receive two Valentines Day cards today…from my Mom and Grandma but hey a card is a card.

Sorry for the sporadic blogging the past couple days, I’ve been out of my mind crazy busy! So busy I haven’t worked out in 3 days. And you know what, I’m seriously missing the gym!  We’ve got a bunch to cover including a tasty pasta recipe so lets get right to it!

 

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Turkey Pasta Fake Bake

I had some ground turkey that was about to go bad in the refrigerator and I thought tonight would be a perfect opportunity to make a pasta dish out of!  I started off by browning the pound of ground turkey and seasoning it. (I like my meat flavorful in pasta sauces.)  I seasoned it with salt, pepper, cayenne powder, garlic salt, and some season all salt. Yum.  After browning the meat I dumped a jar of marinara and some mushrooms into the pan with the meat.  On the side I boiled some rigatoni.  After the pasta and sauce were done I combined both topped with cheese and popped it under the broiler for about 10 minutes.  Quick and easy!  After spooning myself some I topped with more cheese because well, who doesn’t love cheese?

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To make:

  • 1 box rigatoni pasta
  • 1 pound ground turkey (beef would work too)
  • 1 jar of your favorite past sauce
  • 1 cup mushrooms (or any veggie you prefer)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.

In skillet brown ground turkey and season to desired taste.  Add sauce and mushrooms once the meat is brown.  In another pot boil water and cook pasta.  Once the pasta is al dente and the sauce is heated throw combine the sauce and noodles in the skillet.  Top with mozzarella cheese. Place under the preheated broiler for approximately 10 minutes.  Serve with more cheese if desired.

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(SPOILER ALERT!!)

And in Bachelor news…Tierra is outa here! I was so glad that Sean finally saw what all of us have been seeing and sent that girl packing!  His sister is right…if a girl can not get along with other girls there is something wrong!  After AshLee’s one-on-one with Sean I was really warming up to her! I was sooo surprised when he gave Lindsay the rose on the group date, I feel like we saw no interaction between them and the Desi should have gotten the rose.  It’s also hard to believe Lindsay is the homegirl who rocked the wedding dress on the first night! I’m still rooting for Lesley!  And also starting to really like Catherine.  We’re in the final stretch, bring on the hometowns!

 

Reader Questions:

  • How did you spend Valentines Day?
  • If you watch The Bachelor, what did you think of this weeks episode?
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Smoothie Time!

It might be January but it sure felt like summer today! And summer calls for one thing, I mean besides the beach and frozen cocktails…SMOOTHIES. Just like you won’t find me drinkin’ a hot mocha during the summer, I’m not one to drink smoothies in the cold of winter.  Thank you to the gorgeous So Cal weather for allowing me to enjoy my smoothie mid-winter.  Lunch was a fabulous smoothie, love the strawberry banana combo.  photo 3(6)

Strawberry Banana Summer Smoothie
  • scoop of yogurt (vanilla and strawberry combo for this girl.)
  • handful of frozen strawberries.
  • one banana broken in half.
  • splash of almond milk.

Blend everything in a blender till you achieve your desired consistency 🙂

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Sooo…who’s excited for the Super Bowl?! This girl over here is!  Granted the Ravens and the 49-ers are not my favorite teams but I’m excited for this game. Ray Lewis gets a shot at his very last Super Bowl in his very last season. Colin Kapaernick took over mid-season as the 49ers QB and is leading them to a Super Bowl and last but not least, the Harbaugh brothers are facing off in the biggest game. It’s going to be a good game and I’m excited.  Besides you know the actual game the second best part of game day is the food and drinks! I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite game day eats!

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Buffalo Chicken Nachos

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6bbe9aeff0e99816f580a4db6c282645JARGARITAS!

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The links under the photo’s are direct links to the recipe’s and their sources!  I think I’ll be making the nachos and whoopie pies and maybe enjoy a margarita or two 😉 T-MINUS 2 DAYS!

Reader Questions: How will you be celebrating the Super Bowl?  Any special recipes you’re going to use for game day?

I’ll be celebrating the Super Bowl at a family friends house.  I’ll be guaranteed a good game, good food, good drinks, and great company!

*Side Note: Is anyone else who’s blog is hosted by wordpress having problems?  I’m getting emails about comments that aren’t on my blog but on someone elses.  Anyone else experiencing difficulties?

S’mores Cookie Bars!

Holy cookie do I have an amazing recipe for you! If ya’ll haven’t noticed baking is my jam!

S’mores Cookie Bars

recipe adapted from myrecipe.com

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Whatchya’ll need:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour.
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 2 sticks un salted butter, softened.
  • 1 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar.
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 2 cups Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2 bars Hershey’s Chocolate.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9×13 inch pan with foil leaving a 2 inch overhang on the short sides.  Grease the foil and set it aside.  In medium bowl combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt.  In large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed beat butter and sugar until creamy.  Beat in eggs until well combined.  Slowly beat flour mixture into butter mixture.  Divide the dough in half.  Press half the dough into pan until dough is flat and pan is covered. Spread marshmallow fluff over the layer of dough.  Spread broken chocolate pieces over the fluff.  Scatter remaining dough over in clumps.  Bake until golden brown. 30-35 minutes.  Once cool, remove from pan, peel off foil and cut into bars.

Enjoy!