Sunday, August 31, 2014

Creamy Tortellini and Spinach Soup

I picked up a bag of fresh spinach from the grocery store and spent a little while trying to decide what to do with it. I thought about making a garden salad then I thought about creaming it and having it with some baked chicken. It's just that sometimes I get tired of making the same meals every week so I try to change it up a little. I remembered another recipe that I saw on Pinterest. The pinner said that this recipe tasted like it came straight from a high end restaurant and I couldn't agree with her more. It's another crock pot recipe so not only does it taste great, but it's super easy, too.

In a large bowl, I added two cans of Italian style diced tomatoes.  
Then I added one bag of frozen tortellini and 1 box of vegetable broth. 
To that, I added a block of cream cheese then stirred everything in the bowl. Then I poured it all in the crock pot. 
Dinner was ready in 5 1/2 hours.
I'm happy to say, everybody loved it and went for seconds... score! Hopefully, you'll love it, too.
1 bag of fresh spinach
1 bag of frozen tortellini
2 cans of Italian style diced tomatoes
1 box of vegetable broth
1 block of cream cheese
1. First, you'll need a large mixing bowl.
2. Then you'll need to put in the spinach, the Italian style diced tomatoes, the tortellini, the   vegetable broth and the cream cheese. Do not thoroughly mix this together - just mix them enough so that no parts will be without any of the ingredients.
3. Then empty the bowl into the crock pot.
4. Cook this mixture for 5 - 6 hours on low.  

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sara Bareilles - Gravity (Live)

Hello, I hope you're having a great weekend. My weekend is going pretty good so far. Not that I'm doing anything special. I rarely have anything big planned on the weekends. It's usually just a pretty laid back time with the hubby and sometimes my daughters when we get together. One thing I've been doing is trying to learn the above song on the piano. I think it's such a pretty song.

I play by ear, so it takes me a little while to catch every note, but I'm working on it. I used to be better at it when I was younger, but I guess my hearing just isn't quite the same. Anyway, I just practice a little every day. Although I don't play anywhere near as good as Sara, it's still fun to learn.
Excellent story. It was suspenseful and had an ending that knocked me out of my chair.
Then I finished reading a really good story and I couldn't wait to blog about it. If anyone out there is looking for the next good book to read... this is it. You won't be able to put it down and the ending will knock you right off your feet... trust me.

I also tried another recipe that I found on Pinterest. It's lemon blueberry yogurt cake

Okay, try not to notice that humongous pool of glaze beneath the cake. When I was drizzling the glaze over the sides of the cake, well... you can see what happened. The bottom picture is a little better. I'm glad I tried it because it was soooo good.

We rented Divergent from the Red box, too. We really enjoyed it. If you're into sci-fi, check it out.

That's about it. See, I told you. There's never a lot going on, just a laid back kind of day. I'm about to go to bed soon. I have to get up early and go to church in the morning. I wanted to leave you with a funny bumper sticker that is perfect for tailgaters. Take care and be blessed... :D

Perfect for tailgaters.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Room With A View

This morning I looked out my bedroom window like I do every morning. Even before I watch the weather, I wonder what kind of day it's going to be. Is it going to be cloudy or is the sky going to be clear? It wasn't until my husband asked me what I was staring at that I realized I must have been standing there daydreaming again. What's new, right? It's just that I don't have a great view from any of the windows in my apartment, although there are only windows in the front and the back. So either I'm looking at the apartments across the street or I'm looking at trees and grass. I guess if I'm thinking positive like Pollyanna, I could say that at least I'm not staring at a dumpster or a huge brick wall. I just can't help but imagine, though. What would it be like to wake up every morning to an amazing view?
Pepe Calderin Design- Tuba TANIK
*A view from the window
I love the view from here ~ Miss J.

View from my window...

Living Room with a View #home #sothebysliving

That view!!!

Writing Desk


view #window

So tell me, what do you see when you look out of your window?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pesto Ranch Chicken

gordon ramsay meme lamb is not cooked

Hello again. Okay, I'm not actually making lamb, but I just can't stop laughing at that. What I did make however, was chicken... Pesto Ranch Chicken to be exact. I found the recipe on Pinterest and since it was a crock pot meal, I was immediately on board. I love making meals in my crock pot and trust me, it just doesn't get any easier than this.

I had never tasted pesto before so I was really excited to give this a try. The good thing was that I only needed to buy two ingredients. I already had a pack of chicken in the freezer and there is usually a can of chicken broth standing by in the cabinet.


8 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
1 6 oz. jar of pesto sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 package Ranch dressing seasoning mix

The recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Like I said, I already had a pack of thighs, but they weren't boneless. I just removed the skin which worked just as good.

Add those chicken thighs right to the crock pot.

Since the 8 thighs were swimming in my larger crock pot, I ended up using my smaller one instead.

Pour in the jar of pesto sauce.

Sprinkle your ranch seasoning mix on the top.

Pour in the chicken broth.

Stir gently to combine all the ingredient and close the lid.

Turn crock pot to high setting and cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 6-8 hours.

Then add whatever sides you like. I made rice and peas with mine. Enjoy and have an awesome day!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Laundry Room Makeover

Today, I'm sharing some pictures of my finished laundry room. This is what the laundry room looked like when we first moved into our apartment and it continued to look the same way a full year later. For a long time, I just really didn't even know what to do with this room because to me, it was more like a laundry closet than a laundry room. I mean look at it. It's extremely small with very limited space. There isn't even additional space to fold clothes or iron. Not to mention, there aren't any windows or cabinets and since we're renting I can't have any installed. I also really hate that ugly wire shelf that extends from one end of the wall to the other and there is no floor space to place a hamper, stool or laundry cart.

It's also a very awkward layout. Notice how the washing machine is pushed out much further because of the hoses behind it. So, although the laundry room was fully functional, it wasn't pretty. I stored the vacuum cleaner, the broom, mop and bucket in there and called it a day. Now, over a year later, I'm tired of a room that's blah and I needed to do something to spruce it up a little.  
I knew it had to be a low budget project so I used some things I already had. For instance, I already had a rug that I bought on clearance while we were living in our last apartment. That red rug became the inspiration for the room. What better color would liven up such a dull space? 
This is the chalkboard that used to sit on my kitchen counter.
Once I purchased my juicer, there wasn't room for it there anymore, so it was shoved in a closet for a while. It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I figured painting it, would make it work in the laundry room. So, I started sanding all of the green paint off....
... Then I painted it red. 
  I think it works great on the shelf. 
Now, do you remember that little project that I was working on? Well, this is the room that I needed that red fabric for and once it was added, the space felt complete. So, this is what the laundry room looks like now.  
I even found a good place to store all of my grocery store bags.
And After...
 This is what you see when you look to the right...
... And the left.
I'm so happy with the results and I can finally cross this room off of my to do list. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my little laundry room. Well, I've gotta go. There's laundry to be washed... lol. Have a wonderful week... :)