1 Recipe + 2 Craft Ideas…Kind of…

I’m on a recipe kick lately I guess because I have another one for you today!  It’s my favorite kind of meal: crock pot!  And on top of that, it’s pasta…which is even better!

The thing I love about crock pot/slow cooker meals is that you throw everything together, turn it on and forget about it until dinner time.  Super easy, fairly “mess less” and perfect for any night.  This particular recipe is one that both the hubby and I agreed is probably one of the yummiest crock pot meals out there!

Creamy Tomato Tortellini (in the crock pot!)

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What you’ll need:

1 bag (20 oz) frozen cheese tortellini

1 cup fresh spinach

1 can Italian style diced tomatoes, drained

3/4 block of cream cheese, softened and chunked up

1/2 lb. meatballs or sausage, cooked

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth, add an additional cup if needed

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Seasonings: garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning blend

What you’ll do:

Combine all the ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours.  That’s it!!! MMMM!

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Changing gears a bit to craft time!  Have you even had a Pinterest fail?  That’s what happened with our craft a couple weeks ago.  Hence the “kind of” part of 2 crafts…since one didn’t really turn out so well.  I’ve seen examples of “apple stamping” all over.  Ya know, where you cut up an apple, dip it in paint and stamp it on paper?  So it seemed like a seasonally appropriate craft for M to try.  The problem?  No matter how many times I tried I apparently couldn’t cut a straight edge on my apple…therefore her artwork didn’t reveal very many “apple like” stamps.  Does anyone have any suggestions for me??  Oh well!  She still had fun!

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Last week we made these cute little scarecrows out of popsicle sticks!  I happened to already have colored sticks, so we didn’t even have to mess with that part!  But if you don’t, all you have to do is have your kiddos paint or color the sticks before you start gluing them together.  The craft is pretty self explanatory using googly eyes, pipe cleaners for hair, construction paper for the nose and a little pom pom decoration for the hat.  Just a little tip: if you glue the popsicle sticks to a piece of sturdy paper it assembles much easier! 🙂

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Check back tomorrow for this week’s craft!  It’ll be a fun one!

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Happy Fall {+ a Weekly Craft!}

Well, it’s October so that means it’s officially Fall, right?  This means pumpkin patches, bonfires, hayrack rides, apple orchards and pumpkin flavored everything.  Here in the Midwest where we’re blessed to have seasons, Fall also signifies a change.  The leaves on our trees go from green to deep shades of red, purple, yellow and orange, eventually they fall to the ground leaving bare branches, the weather is changing as well, we’re met with cool, sunny days and crisp, chilly nights.  We feel this sense of urgency to take advantage of the nice days we have spending as much time outside as we can before the weather really makes a change as winter sets in in the days ahead.  Even the smell in the air changes, a mix of burning leaves, fields being harvested and cooler air.

In this season of change, where the holidays are right around the corner, what better time to reflect on the blessings in your life.  Perhaps in doing so you’ll come up with some things you’d like to change about yourself, about your surroundings, about your life.  And during this season of change it seems appropriate, don’t you think?

 

In honor of Fall, my favorite season of the year, I thought it would be fun to post weekly Fall-related crafts!  M LOVES arts and crafts so I’m always looking for cute little projects for us to do together: this week we made handprint leaves!

It was super easy and turned out so cute!  All you do is paint your kiddos palms with craft paint, have them stamp their handprints and when the paint’s dry, draw on the veins and stems of the leaves with a brown Sharpie.  Happy crafting!! 🙂  And check back next week for another fun Fall craft!

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