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CHEESY TORTELLINI VEGETABLE BAKE

Cheesy Tortellini Vegetable Bake

Most days of the week I have no idea what to make for dinner and just end up making tacos or something. Don’t get me wrong we eat a LOT of tacos around here, but there are times (it’s not often, but it does happen) where the last thing I want is another freaking tortilla. And since we haven’t been eating any meat at home besides some fish, it makes things even harder.

Corey is completely game for the vegetarian thing, as long as I keep it interesting which means no salads. “What am I? A freaking rabbit?” No, not the last time I checked. And now that Cooper has two (but I think soon to be 3) teeth, he’s starting to enjoy finger foods and so I’m trying to think of meals we can all eat instead of having to cook two different things. Let’s just hope he’s not as picky an eater as I was! (I literally only ate meat and cheese on my sandwiches until High School).

Anyways, here’s a quick recipe I found while browsing the time suck that is Pinterest the other night. I changed a few things based on what I already had in the cabinet and voila! A fancy new dinner that has quickly become one of our favorites. And you know its good if we ate the whole pan! Twice! We are not usually left over people, but there was not one bite of this left both times I made it. Cheesy Tortellini Vegetable BakeCheesy Tortellini Vegetable BakeOfficial Corey Tyler Thumbs Up Seal of ApprovalCheesy Tortellini Vegetable Bake

Ingredients
Refrigerated tortellini
Alfredo sauce
Mozzarella cheese
Veggies! (we used squash, zucchini, broccoli, and mushrooms but any combination would work)
1 can diced tomatoes – drained
Red pepper flakes (optional but recommended!)

Directions
CHOP, STIR, TOP WITH CHEESE, AND BAKE!

Seriously, you don’t even have to cook the tortellinis first. I deserve a drink for this one.

TAMING THE TO DO’S

I usually have at least 10 projects that I either just started, am half way finished with, have supplies for and haven’t started yet, or am thinking about at any given moment. I have so many ideas and things I want to do but nothing gets done when I only get to work in nap length periods at a time and Coop just learned this great new trick where he only naps for 30 minutes at a time and wakes up at 6:30am ready to P A R T Y. So yeah, there’s that.

Anyways, my kitchen table has been littered with an almost complete pinata, a thrifted birdcage destined for the flower bed, a hot glue gun, and fabric scraps, for longer than I’m ready to admit. I don’t have a lot of space around here so the kitchen table usually turns into craft town anytime I need to get something done. And lately nothing’s getting done! I’m a girl all about lists, so when I’m adding more to the to do’s then I’m actually doing I just feel off. I need to cross things off that damn list. It’s good for my soul. So when I found a little tin at the thrift store with birds and flowers and other old lady things that make my heart sing hiding behind too many mismatched coffee mugs, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. It was a project I could start and FINISH in the same day. That almost never happens anymore.

It was easy, it’s cute, it smells good, and most importantly… it’s done! Take that, list!

MONSTER BAG

Felt Monster Bag

Sometimes I get in a bit of funk if I haven’t done anything in a while (like NOW! Where did all my energy go? Oh right, it’s busy making a baby in mah bellay – still so crazy!) so a few weeks ago I whipped up this felt “monster” bag for Hailey. Don’t get too impressed, I didn’t make the actual tote bag (I bought that from Michaels) just the face on it. It was a quick little project with only straight lines to sew for the mouth and the rest was glued on.

Felt Monster bag

But the project just sort of sat around for a while because Hailey was in the slammer after coloring on the couch, the floor, and a three foot wide section of the wall. But, she did her time and was released on good behavior. When I asked if she wanted to color while I took her picture she said “awight” and hopped up on her toy chest.  The coloring didn’t last long though, because she was more occupied taking the crayons out and putting them back in the slits. Kids these days.

Felt Monster Bag

Felt Monster bag“cheeeeesssseeeeee”

VINTAGE TEACUP CANDLES

Betsy Crocker: Vintage Teacup Candles

I can’t believe Christmas is on Tuesday! Where did the month go? It’s crazy how fast time is flying by and I’m desperately trying to slow it down just.a.little.bit….. even if it means taking advantage of some prime snuggle time on the couch when I really should be working on other things. Those things can always wait. Snuggling is serious business! Especially when Home Alone is on TV and the only light on in the house is coming from the Christmas tree. It doesn’t get any better than that.

But those things that are waiting, they tend to pile up. This is a quick one though so you can get right back to your spot on the couch.

Materials
Soy wax flakes (I got 8 candles from 4lbs of wax)
Waxed wicks with metal bottom
Scent (optional)
Various teacups and saucers
Wooden skewers
Rubberbands
E6000 glue

I picked up most of my teacups and saucers from the thrift store from about $1 each and got a few from my mom. It worked out great because I got most of the cups I needed and she got a box out of her shed. Win-win all around. I just wonder how she’s going to feel about getting one back!

Betsy Crocker: Vintage Teacup Candles

I melted the wax in a glass measuring cup (you’ll want something with a spout) in the microwave at 30 second increments, stirring in between. They sell a special melting pot at the craft store but for saving $16 this worked just fine and I was able to get all the left over wax out.

Betsy Crocker: Vintage Teacup Candles

Add the fragrance to the fully melted wax, stir, and pour in cups. I used vanilla and kind of guessed at how much to use because I couldn’t find anything definitive online except that soy wax needs more than regular. I ended up using a 2oz bottle of fragrance for 4lbs of wax.

Betsy Crocker: Vintage Teacup Candles

Sandwich the wick between two wooden skewers and secure with a rubberband around each end and insert after the wax has set for 5-10 minutes. I tried putting the wicks in the cups before I poured the wax, like I’ve seen on a few other tutorials, but it just wouldn’t stay put at the bottom.

Let the wax dry until it is hard to the touch. Cut off the rubberbands and trim the wicks. To finish it off I glued the candle to a coordinating saucer with good old E6000 glue.

Tadaaaa!

Betsy Crocker: Vintage Teacup Candles

Now get back on the couch, the good part of the movie is about to come on.

Merry Christmas, you filthy animal.

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BOOK PAGE ORNAMENTS

Betsy Crocker: DIY Book Page Ornament

I have a confession to make: I murdered another book. I know it’s terrible but it was in the sake of crafts and look how cute it came out! This may be my favorite project, ever! To my defense the particular Twilight  I used was turned into the bookstore in unsellable condition so I decided to give it everlasting life, which is actually very fitting if you think about it seeing as Edward’s a vampire and all.

I made 2 and gave them away to my Twilight loving nieces as Christmas presents. I get that Christmas is technically 11 days away but I figured maybe they could enjoy them for a few more days, as much as any 10 and 15 years olds can enjoy an ornament. Maybe this is in fact the lamest present ever, but my cool points will be restored once they open their real ones.

Materials
Old book
Mod podge
Foam brush
Ornament
Polymer clay
Stamps

Betsy Crocker: DIY Book Page Ornament

Since I wanted these ornaments to be a little more personalized rather than just random pieces of the book, I went through and cut out some of the girls favorite quotes. The 10 year old walks around repeating (word for word) “About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him, and I didn’t know how potent that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him”  so I knew I had to include that on hers, and the other is a vegetarian so for hers I made sure to include the part about Edward’s “special diet”.

After I had the quotes cut out and set aside I cut a handful of other pages from the book in to small pieces. These pieces will become the background layer of the ornament.  It’s best to cut out a bunch of background pieces at once so you don’t have to stop once you start. The mod podge can get a little messy and once its on your fingers it can leave smudges on the book pages. I tried to keep mine as clean as possible by keeping a damp rag nearby the whole time.

Betsy Crocker: DIY Book Page Ornament

Take the top hook portion of your ornament off and set it aside. Cover a small section in mod podge and cover it with one of your precut background pieces. You may have to hold it down for a second to allow the glue to dry so it wont move around on you. Keep doing this until the entire ornament is covered.

Then you can start adding your special quotes on top. If the quote is too big to fit without getting wrinkled you may have to cut it and piece it together on the ornament. I had to do this with one and the cut was hardly noticeable at the end.

Betsy Crocker: DIY Book Page Ornament

Once all the quotes you want are stuck on, cover the entire thing with a coat of mod podge and allow to dry to at least an hour. Then repeat one more time. The extra coats of glue make the ornaments more sturdy and give it a bit of shine.

I also covered the hook top piece will gold glitter (it was actually nail polish) because, well, why not?

Betsy Crocker: DIY Book Page Ornament

I also made a polymer clay READ tag, but I didn’t get any pictures of this step because I kind of just winged it and wasn’t sure how it would come out. But I basically just rolled it out, cut out my tag shape (free hand), stamped the clay, and baked it per the package directions in my toaster oven.

These ornaments are something you can put together in an afternoon and make a great gift for book lovers of any age!