Fresh & Easy Marinara Sauce

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Fresh & Easy Marinara Sauce

Fresh & Easy Marinara Sauce

This weekend, after a frustrating week at home with the kids, I needed an escape. A friend asked if I would like to spend an evening with her and another mutual friend. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance! After much discussion, the three of us decided to go out for dinner at a local Italian restaurant. As we waited to place our orders, the three of us talked about how we were all picky eaters. We learned, though, how we were each picky in different ways. One person didn’t like sauces, and another didn’t like certain vegetables. Me,

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Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Pesto Penne (With No Pine Nuts)

Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Pesto Penne (With No Pine Nuts)

The concept of Meatless Monday amuses me. I’m Catholic. Why have meatless Monday when every Friday is supposed to be meatless? While, technically, Catholics are supposed to eat meatless on Fridays all year, most only give up meat during the Fridays of Lent. And, honestly, I’m one of them. (That said, my family does still have pancake Fridays in our house year round.) When my husband and I look at the calendar and realize that Ash Wednesday is approaching, we start to prepare our menu for the next several weeks.  Lucky for us, there are lots of great meatless pasta

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Classic Italian Lasagna

Disclaimer: I work for Pampered Chef to help support my dream of owning a DSL camera. There are some links at the bottom of the post for Pampered Chef products I sell. If you buy the products, I receive a commission on the sale.  When it comes to food, my family has always known one thing to be true. Denise does not like lasagna. At the tender age of seven, I proved my distaste for this dish by throwing a plateful of lasagna off a balcony. (Unfortunately, it landed on our car so I was found out.) This fact held true

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Mexican Stuffed Shells

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Well, a way to this woman’s heart is through my stomach. I’ve always been impressed by a man who can cook (and enjoys it). In fact, I find men who like to cook sexy. It means I won’t always be responsible for making dinner.  My husband and I had an unusual courtship, with most of it being long-distance. By the time we had our first “official” date, I knew I loved him. We met at Forest Park in St. Louis and had a picnic

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Baked Ravioli

I’ve probably said it before, but I will say it again. My girls absolutely love pasta! Any type of pasta and practically any type of sauce. It makes feeding them, most days, quite easy. We usually make pasta or even rice, another favorite, as a side dish since it guarantees they will eat something for dinner. Lucky for us, we adore pasta too. Win, win!  When I saw this recipe for Baked Ravioli, I knew it would be a huge hit and it was! It is simple to make and the flavor of the sauce is amazing. As my oven preheated to

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Pizza Casserole

It is a well-established fact that I love pizza, particularly pepperoni pizza. However, this was not always true of me. Growing up, I couldn’t stand pepperoni. I loved cheese or sausage pizza the best. It wasn’t until high school that my disdain for pepperoni became an issue. At almost every sleep over or party, the pizza of choice was pepperoni. While I wasn’t thrilled, I made do and eventually discovered a love for the spicy meat.  When I saw this recipe for Pizza Casserole a couple of years ago on Pinterest, I knew my family needed to try it. We

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New Family Favorite: Beefy Sour Cream Noodle Casserole

To me, there is nothing quite like a casserole! I especially loved them as a singleton because it meant I had a meal every night for a week. It doesn’t work like that now with my family, but a good casserole is always a treat. So, when I saw this recipe for Beefy Sour Cream Noodle Casserole, I had to pin it for later.  It wasn’t until later that I realized that I had already pinned it, sort of. You see, this is a variation on a Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) recipe for Sour Cream Noodle Bake, I guess I’ll

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Baked Caprese Pasta

I’ve mentioned this before, but it needs to be said again. I love pasta! Heck, my family loves pasta, especially my toddler. Whenever I hear about people going on any form of carb-free diets, I gasp in horror. How in the world can they give up pasta? So wrong, so wrong. When I see a pasta recipe that looks delicious, I can’t help but Pin it onto my pasta board on Pinterest. I found this recipe for Baked Caprese Pasta by Heather Likes Food when I was making another one of her recipes that I found on Pinterest.   (You might want to swing by

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Ginny enjoying her pasta! My toddler, Ginny, loves pasta! It is one food we can almost guarantee she will eat, no matter how it is prepared.  Needless to say, we eat a lot of pasta at my house. Luckily, one of my DH’s and my favorite foods is Italian. So, this means that her preference for pasta works for us. Our other favorite is Mexican. Ginny has already learned to love quesadillas, enchiladas, and Mexican rice. So, yay, us!   When I ran across the following recipe on Pinterest, I was thrilled. It is a combination of Mexican and pasta,

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