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Monday, January 30, 2017

Healthy Smoky Veggie Chili






It's really amazing how many kinds of chili recipes you can find nowadays. I usually make mine with ground beef because that's always been the way my family liked it the best. Once in awhile I would make it with chicken, and that was always yummy too.

But I have been looking for ways to eat healthier, and get out of the habit of eating meat on an almost daily basis. I'm sure you know what a struggle it is to change your eating habits, especially when you are trying to lose weight. And I have to admit that since I've moved to Nevada this last summer, I have put on quite a bit of weight. I don't even feel healthy at this weight, and my clothes have become way too tight. Time to do something about it, and so eating healthier is a big goal for me this year.

I picked up this amazing magazine from Better Homes and Gardens called Eat Well Lose Weight. I love it because it's filled with amazing low calorie recipes and information about healthy eating. There's so many recipes I want to make from it, starting with this great tasting veggie chili.

It passed the taste test with my son-in-law who is a real chili lover. In fact, he ate three bowls of it and said it was delicious. I love it too, and am going to make another pot and divide it into small freezer bags to have for lunch on the days I work as a nanny.

I did change a couple things in the recipe, I substituted black beans for the Great Northern Beans, and added a small can of tomato paste. I always try to add tomato paste to a recipe if I can because it's such an added health benefit. I think it made this chili even better, but the chili is just as wonderful if you make it according to the original recipe.

Recipe for Smoky Veggie Chili

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup chopped green sweet pepper
1/2 cup chopped white onion
1 15-oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can Great Northern beans (or black beans), rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 15-oz can tomato sauce
1 14.5-oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened dark cocoa powder
sour cream/shredded cheese optional

Directions:

In a large sauce pan (or Dutch oven) heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add sweet pepper and white onion; cook 4-5 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add beans and chili powder; cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in next 4 ingredients (through cocoa powder).

Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with toppings of choice, sour cream, cheese, green onion, or additional chili powder.

Makes 4 servings (1 1/2 cups each).

-Post by Patricia

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blackberry Yogurt Muffins







I haven't made the usual New Year's resolution this year to lose weight because it hasn't ever worked for me. After the first few days, and usually a whole bunch of salad, my resolution would fall by the wayside and I would be back to my old habits again.

Of course I now know that losing weight starts with a decision, a decision to change your life for the better in the long run, not just for a few days in the beginning of a new year. And so my decision has started with finding and making new recipes that are healthier and lower calorie, but still taste great. Because let's face it, if it doesn't taste good, we aren't going to eat it.

Which brings me to this recipe for Blackberry Yogurt Muffins, which are delicious and packed with good-for-you ingredients. These muffins include fruit, yogurt, oats, whole wheat flour and a few other simple ingredients. You can whip them up in the morning in a flash, and enjoy them all week long for breakfast, in your lunch, or as a snack.

You can also use different kinds of fruit in them, too. I have made them with blueberries and pears and they were all equally delicious. This recipe makes 12 muffins. When I made them with blueberries, I made a double batch and froze the second batch in the freezer for convenience. They defrost beautifully and are especially good if you pop them in the microwave for a few seconds afterwards.

These muffins are just plain yummy, and having one that is good for me and lower in calories really lets me fight the urge to indulge in those high calorie desserts that I love so very much. Every day the decision is mine to make, what I will or won't eat. And every day I'll keep trying my best.


Recipe for Blackberry Yogurt Muffins

Ingredient:

1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup blackberries, chopped

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, yogurt, oil, and egg. Beat well with an electric mixer until combined, let stand 5 minutes.
Sift in flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir to blend. Fold in fruit. Fill paper muffin cups in muffin pan 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins.


-Post by Patricia



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Roasted Cauliflower Soup






I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. It's nice to be back here on the blog, I must say. I didn't mean to be gone so long, but my family and I were busy with guests visiting, the usual Christmas madness, and then just taking some time to relax a bit.

Since this is our first year of living in Nevada, we didn't really know what to expect as far as how cold the weather would be in the wintertime. My son and his wife have lived here for five years, and they kept telling us to expect a very cold and windy season. But when you move here in July and it's 110 degrees, it's kind of hard to believe.

It turns out they were definitely right, it's cold here in the dessert. I've been wearing my heavy jackets and boots and scarves most of the time. And it's soup weather for sure, so I've been busy in the kitchen making big batches of our favorite soups to enjoy.

I just recently made this Roasted Cauliflower Soup for the first time, and it's now one of my favorites. The recipe is very easy to make, and I really like the flavor of the cauliflower after it's been roasted in the oven with olive oil and salt and pepper. The cream gives it a rich and velvety texture, and if you are a fan of cream soups like I am, I hope you'll give this recipe a try.

I started making my own croutons with cookie cutters, and the stars are some of my favorite shapes. My grandchildren love them, and it makes them want to try new soups just so they can top them with stars, hearts, and flowers. Just use your favorite bread and cut out the shapes with small cookie cutters. Then put them on a cookie sheet and place in a 400 degree oven for 8 minutes, turning once at 4 minutes.

Recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 head of cauliflower, cut into small chunks
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
additional olive oil for drizzling
bread slices for making croutons (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cauliflower pieces on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in oven until edges are brown, turning once, about 18-20 minutes.

In a large Dutch oven, heat remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add roasted cauliflower to onions, then add chicken stock.

Bring to boil. Let boil 8 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat, add heavy cream and stir.

Puree soup with immersion blender ( or regular blender). Drizzle lightly with addition olive oil, sprinkle with pepper, and top with croutons, if desired.


*Recipe adapted from Sweet Paul Magazine.


-Post by Patricia



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Friday, December 23, 2016

Butterscotch Spice Cookies







I spent today making the last of the Christmas cookies to be boxed up to give to family and friends. I'm surprised that Christmas has gotten here so soon, it seems like just yesterday I was putting away the extra turkey and fixings from Thanksgiving.

These Butterscotch Spice Cookies are a cinch to make and smell and taste yummy. My granddaughter loved helping me make them because it's kind of like playing with play dough. You roll the dough into a ball and then roll it in powdered sugar. What 5 year doesn't love that?

Recipe for Butterscotch Spice Cookies 

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 11-oz. package butterscotch chips
powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl beat butter and brown sugar with a mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Beat in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until combined. Stir in butterscotch chips.
Roll scoops of dough to make a ball, then roll in powdered sugar. Place dough 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheets, Remove and let finish on wire racks.

Makes about 36 cookies.


-Post by Patricia


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Handmade Jewelry from Around the World: Novica Review and Giveaway #handmade4life

*I was provided complimentary items to review for this post. The opinions expressed are my own.


I have enjoyed Novica products for a few years now and I always love to support their artist with my purchases. I like that Novica is a company that brings together artist from all over the world to be able to sell their products online. I have many great products from Novica that are from Mexico including jewelry and kitchenware. This time shopping I wanted to try a different region of the world for my jewelry. I found an artist in Thailand that had beautiful jewelry, great reviews and sterling silver. I have sensitive skin and have to purchase silver or gold jewelry. Her pieces are affordable and light weight. I wear jewelry to work everyday and I am constantly needing new pieces to wear.


I had a hard time selecting which pieces to select for my review since Aoy has many beautiful items. I wear my hair down often at work so I decided on a pair of dangle earrings, Handcrafted Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings with Spirals Whirl. I love the movement of the silver balls and the whimsy of the spiral. They are very lightweight, somewhat delicate making them easy to wear for a full work day. They are very cheerful to wear and I enjoying sharing that I found them on Novica.


I have learned over the years necklaces for me have to be versatile. I have a few necklaces I have only wore a few times because they are so very specific in their style and I knew this time I needed to make a more practical choice. I wanted to have another piece of jewelry from Aoy in Thailand so I selected the Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Filigree Moon. I have received many compliments from my customers at work on the filigree motifs in my crescent moon necklace. I like that the pendant feels sturdy and well made, the ball chain is a bit fragile but I have other chains I can put the moon on if I need to.



My jewelry was handmade by a woman from Thailand who is lovingly called Aoy. Here is some information on the artist:


"At our workshop, we still work with our hands to craft our jewelry collections, because we believe it is our duty to preserve this ancient art form."
"Sawasdee ka! My name is Rudklow Patanaanunwong, but everyone calls me Aoy. I come from a warm family environment from Bangkok, though I am an only child. I hold Bachelor and Master Degrees in Economy from Northeastern University."

"My intention after graduation was to work for the Bank of Thailand, but I changed my mind when I met my husband. We got married and I moved to Chiang Mai, where my husband has a silversmith workshop. I began to work there to help him."




I am happy to share that we are hosting a giveaway for a $35 Gift Code to Novica.com for one lucky reader. There are so many great items at Novica, more than jewelry there are gifts, housewares, clothing, bags, art and more.

Giveaway:

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Tart





Do you adore chocolate like I do? Maybe that's a silly question because it seems like everyone is in love with chocolate. Whether it's cake, or brownies, or candy, it seems like a real favorite with all my friends and family. Especially this time of year.

We've had quite a few people over for dinner lately, which is fun for me, because I love cooking and baking. And planning menus actually gets me excited! I'm no Martha Stewart for sure, but I do enjoy entertaining and everything it entails.

I needed a dessert last week for after dinner, and I really wanted something chocolaty. I had had this recipe for Flourless Chocolate Espresso Tart that a friend had written down for me, but I hadn't tried it yet. It's surprisingly simple and only requires six ingredients.

Well let me tell you, it turned out delicious. So rich and chocolaty, with the flavor of espresso coming through perfectly. Yum, is all I can say. Do use top quality ingredients if you can, because it really does make a difference.

If you want to impress guests or just indulge in your love of chocolate, I highly recommend you make this tart. I'm going to make it again on Christmas Eve to go with a couple of other desserts for when we have family and friends coming over. Oh, and if you like, you can add a little whipped cream on top to make it extra special.

Recipe for Flourless Chocolate Espresso Tart

Ingredients:

4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 tablespoon instant espresso
whipped cream if desired

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8-inch round cake pan.

In the top pan of a double broiler, melt the chocolate over (but not touching) simmering water. Scrape the melted chocolate into a large bowl, add the sugar and melted butter, and stir to mix well. Add the eggs and mix well. Sift in the cocoa powder and espresso and stir until the batter is smooth and well blended.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake until the top begins to form a fudge-like crust, 20-25 minutes.

Remove the cake from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate. Dust tart with cocoa powder, and top with whipped cream if desired. Cut into wedges and serve.

Makes 6 servings.

-Post by Patricia



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Friday, December 16, 2016

National Geographic Kids The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines Review and Giveaway #natgeokids #momsmeet

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.


National Geographic Kids The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines have been wonderful additions to our home library. Being a homeschool family these are a valuable resource to us for facts and info that can lead to more learning. I am big on book learning first then using the internet to further explore on ideas. Books in hand make a difference for me and my family. I grew up in a house full of books and am grateful for it.


The Book of Heroes has been my son's favorite. My son loves to read about the men who have shaped the world and imagine himself as his own version of a hero. They even have a section on courageous kids to inspire little ones. This book has sparked his interest in learning more about people making a difference right now and in the past who have made the world better. I love reading this with him. We did not read the book cover to cover but instead have been skipping around chapters letting him pick what we discuss. The books include people from history and others that are also very relevant with current events. The layout of the book and colorful images really help keep kids interested.


My son had a few favorite parts of The Book of Heroes including Chapter 3: Game Changers. It is about men in sports, he loved this chapter. The inspiring stories of athletes such as Jessie Owens, Jim Abbott, Michael Jordan and Tony Hawk were fun to read. Inspiring Minds, Chapter 7, has been my son's top favorite chapter. He loves science and space. The list of 5 great geeks included his favorite game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who created Mario. Heroes of mythology, legends like Robin Hood and King Arthur, heroes in movies like Harry Potter and Star Wars, the book is full of so many diverse categories and people.


Topics on political heroes, human rights leaders, so many interesting facts and other people I had not heard of like the story of Chiune Sugihara a worker at the Japanese consulate in Lithuania during World War 2 who made thousands of visas for refugees to flee from Europe. I am a huge history lover and I loved reading the short stories of everyday people being heroes.

I liked how The Book on Heroes mentions notable women heroines in history as did The Book of Heroines mention men in the book too. A good blend of historical facts from men and women. Even heroic animal stories are shared in both of the books. My son loved the animal stories so much!


The Book of Heroines was fabulous to me, I wish I would have owned a book like this as a little girl. To see how influential and world changing some women can be is inspiring. My son was not as interested in the "girl book" as he put it, but at 7 years old I would expect him to be in his girls are silly stage. He did however enjoy me sharing some of the cool stories and pictures with him from the ones I selected to read.

He recognized Wonder Woman, Hermione Granger aka Emma Watson, Mulan, Oprah and a few other women and their stories but after reading the book I know there are so many other stories to share with him. Since he likes sports he thought Chapter 2 Gritty Girls was cool. He recognized the Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky from the Rio games we watched over the summer.

Heroes for Hire and Heroines on the Job were both chapters on heroes in the work force and were perfect chapters to read for our Social Studies work for the week. We have been learning about workers in the community and the difference of services and goods. It was great to have outside source book that was fun and on topic from what we were leaning that week. I have a few others chapters planned to use as an aid to our school learning.


National Geographic Kids The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines are for sale at Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and at National Geographic Store. They would make a perfect Christmas present for the kids in your life. My son loves them and so do I. The facts and stories shared are fascinating and a part of all of our history. In our family a hero is someone who stands up for what is right and makes decisions based on love My son looks up to my husband as his first hero and I could not be more happy about that!

According to the book the world has many meanings and many people can be called heroes in real life or fiction, in these books, heroes tend to share:

7 stupendous qualities:

• Heroes are courageous

• Heroes do the right thing

• Heroes have compassion

• Heroes are competent

• Heroes are inspiring

• Heroes never quit

• Heroes leap to action


National Geographic Kids is a great source of knowledge for your family. You can visit their website for games, videos, fun facts and more.

You can win a copy of both the National Geographic Kids The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines here on our website in the Rafflecopter form below.


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Monday, December 12, 2016

Happy Birthday Chocolate Cupcakes








This weekend we celebrated my granddaughter Ashley's fifth birthday. We had a wonderful time that was shared by family and friends, and she got way too many presents. But isn't that half the fun of a birthday party when you're a child, to open birthday gifts from people who love you.

Days like this make me count my blessings. There are so many things I'm striving and hoping for, but when I realize how blessed I am by such a loving family, I'm truly humbled. I hope Ashley grows up to feel that she is blessed too. It's not a small thing in this big, hard world, to know that there are people out there that love you and wish the best for you always.

Okay, so on to these fabulous and delicious cupcakes that the birthday girl herself helped me bake and decorate. She has been baking with me for a couple of years now, and is now more interested in the actual baking instead of just licking the mixing beaters.

This is a Martha Stewart recipe for the cupcakes and the frosting. It's actually pretty simple to make the cupcakes, and the frosting is ready in no time. I doubled the recipe to make 24 cupcakes, and tinted the frosting pink. So, so good!!

Recipe for Martha Stewart's Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.         

Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.
   
Pour batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
     
Cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe for Easy White Icing

Ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 pound (3 2/3 cups) confectioners' sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk (optional)

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth.
  
Gradually add confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. If too thick to spread, beat in 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.

Frost cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles if desired.

Makes 12 cupcakes.


-Post by Patricia 
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Fall Outdoor Play Hiking to Hidden Falls #YearRoundPlay

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.



Growing up in Southern California for most of my childhood I was lucky enough to have many warm to cool Fall days that would allow for us to play outside all of the Fall season. I have fond memories of jumping in leaf piles, walks up and down bumpy sidewalks of Pasadena and trips to the park. My Mom was always making sure we spent plenty of time outside having fun.

For my own son growing up in Northern California we deal with more rainy to cold days than I did as a kid but we always find time to get in outdoor play even on cloudy days. We enjoy going on hikes as a family to get in our outdoor fun and exercise. We are a busy family like most people so we try to sneak in having dinner or lunch at the end of our hike to be able to enjoy sitting together with no distractions out in nature. 



Living in Placer County California I am surrounded by mountains, trees, rivers, steams and many other amazing natural features. I consider myself blessed to have a beautiful area to go on hikes, visit local parks and even go camping in. We often search the internet and ask friends for new places to discover. Many people and reviews mentioned Hidden Falls Regional Park in Auburn as a great place to hike. We packed our dinner into a back pack, grabbed our coats and drove up to Auburn for a few hours of outdoor fun.



We explore our surroundings by looking at plants, rocks and other clues to what is around us. My son loves running around and exploring new things outside. I like that he can be free to jump, run, be loud and just be a boy when we are outside. 



I feel it is very important to allow for outside time for our children and for ourselves. We spend so much time inside and on our devices we sometimes can neglect getting outside together as a family. A local trip to a park or open space area can always be fun to explore with your kids and keep them playing all year long.




How do you enjoy Fall Outdoor Play? 
You can go to IPEMA's Voice of Play website to learn more ways to encourage Outdoor Play with your family.



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Monday, December 5, 2016

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Holiday Dinner

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScrubSeason #CollectiveBias


One of my favorite things about the holidays is cooking for friends and family. We love getting together all through the season, usually for a dinner on the weekend, when we are relaxed and have plenty of time to visit.

I recently made this Pumpkin Mac and Cheese and it was a big hit. Everyone loved it, and I'll definitely make it again soon. But as much as I love cooking, I always dread the cleaning up afterwards.

When I was at Walmart recently, I bought some Scotch-Brite™ Brand Sponges. I've used them for years and they always do a great job. With all the holiday cooking and baking I'll be doing, I bought plenty to help with cleaning up.

The green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge is great for cleaning tough, baked on messes in your pots and pans. It also cleans oven racks, grill racks, sinks, and even tires.  Use this heavy duty sponge in your kitchen, garage, and outdoors.

To clean this more delicate baking dish that I made my Pumpkin Mac and Cheese in, I used the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge. I want to protect my white bake ware from abrasions and scratches, so using these non-scratch sponges lets me do that. They also clean non-stick cookware, counter tops, dishes, windows, and more.


My family and I are big pumpkin fans, so I am always on the look-out for great tasting recipes that include it. This dish calls for fresh sage, but if you only have dried, that's okay too. But I do think that putting on some fresh sage leaves looks pretty and adds a bit of festivity to the dish.





Recipe for Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

2 cups dried elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1 15-oz. can pumpkin (1 3/4 cups)
1 1/2 cups finely grated mixed white Vermont cheddar and mild cheddar, divided
1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage, or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large saucepan, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Return to pan, cover and keep warm.
Meanwhile, to make sauce, in a large saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Gradually stir in cream and milk. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in pumpkin, 1 cup cheese, and sage.
Remove from heat and stir in macaroni until mixed. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish.
For topping, in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup cheese, bread crumbs, walnuts and olive oil. Sprinkle evenly over macaroni mixture. Bake 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
If desired, top with additional fresh sage leaves.

Makes 6 servings.


I use the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge for all of my stainless-steel pots and pans. It does a great job of cleaning them, and removes tough, baked-on messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges.


You can find Scotch-Brite™ Brand Sponges in different size packages, the 3-Pack: $2.96, 6-Pack: $5.48, and 9-Pack: $7.97.

And Save $1 on any two Scotch-Brite Products (Scrub Sponges, Lint Rollers and Scrubbing Dish Cloths) by going here.


If you want help making your home cleaner and brighter for the holidays, look for Scotch-Brite™ Brand products in the cleaning aisle at your local Walmart. If you use the right tools for each surface, cleaning your home will be easier and faster.

Be sure to visit this site to see what other bloggers have done with their Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponges.

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe that leaves your pots or pans needing some extra clean-up?

Leave me a comment below, I'm always looking for yummy new recipes and I'd love to hear about yours!


-Post by Patricia
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