Archive for November, 2008

Where Are All the Crafts?


Last week I posted that we had taken a week off and that’s why I didn’t have any crafts to share.  And I said I’d be back this week with more crafty posts.  So, where are they?

Well, part of last week we were out of town at my parents house.  Then Hailey was really sick.  Hailey loves to do crafts but she has been way too sick to do them.  She is finally starting to feel better today tbut we didn’t do any crafts again last week.

Now that she is starting to feel better we may do a few Thanksgiving crafts this week.  If we do I’ll share them as we do them.  But I’ll get back to my regular posting- letter of the week, numbers, shapes, colors and theme related crafts shortly.

Baked Corn Pudding


Since I didn’t have any crafts to post last week I’ve decided to share a recipe.  This would be a perfect addition for your Thanksgiving meal- it’s yummy!!

Baked Corn Pudding Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • Baked Corn Pudding RecipeDirections: In a large bowl, combine sugar and flour. Whisk in the eggs, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Stir in the corn and cream-style corn. Pour into a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 10 servings.

    (Picture taken from Taste of Home.)

    Taking a Crafty Break


    Last week Hailey and I took a little break from doing crafts.  We usually do at least one craft everyday but it was time for a little break.  Lately when we do anything involving paint or glue the only thing Hailey wants to do is eat the paint and glue.  She has always wanted to taste it now and then, but lately she doesn’t even want to do the projects because she wants to just eat our supplies.  So, we took last week off- and since my posting is one week behind our projects that means I don’t have any crafts to post about this week.  We are going to do a few things this week and see how it goes, so I should be back to posting my crafts next week.  In the mean time if anyone has any advice on how to stop toddlers from eating paint and glue- please share!

    Four Foods on Friday


    Val at Fun, Crafts and Recipes hosts Four Foods on Friday every week.  Here are the questions she gave us this week:

    #1. Name a food you like that uses a red sauce or anything red in it.
    I love pizza- and since I guess pizza sauce is kind of red, I’ll go with pizza.

    #2. Name a food you like with whipped cream in it or on it.
    I love to have whipped cream on my hot chocolate.

    #3. Name a food you like with blueberry in it.
    My mom makes this amazing blueberry salad that I love.

    #4. Share a recipe for pasta or dessert or a beverage.
    I’m going to use this as a chance to post about my recipe that is a part of the Velveeta Casserole Challenge.  It’s called Meat Lovers Pizza Casserole (there are ziti noodles in it, so I think it qualifies as pasta, right?)

    Meat Lovers Pizza Casserole

    The ingredients

    Cook about 10 oz of the Ziti noodles

    Chop up 1 cup of green pepper

    Chop up 1 small onion.

    Cook 1/2 pound of ground beef, green pepper and onion until meat is no longer pink. Drain it and then set it aside in a medium bowl (which will be called the “meat bowl” for the rest of this post).

    Brown 1/2 pound of sausage and add it to the “meat bowl.”

    Cook 8oz of bacon, drain and add to the “meat bowl.”

    Cut up 1 cup of fully cooked ham- and you guessed it- add it to the “meat bowl.” Stir everything in the “meat bowl” until it is well mixed.

    Add 12 oz of Spaghetti sauce to the meat mixture and mix well.

    By now your Ziti noodles should be done cooking so you will need to drain them.

    Cut 4 oz of Velveeta Cheese into little cubes and mix it with the ziti noodles. Be sure to do this while the noodles are nice and warm and the cheese will melt very easily.

    Now add the other 12 oz of Spaghetti sauce to the noodles and cheese. Spread that mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Then spread the meat mixture on top of that.

    Then grate 8 oz of Velveeta cheese (I didn’t know you could grate Velveeta cheese, but I tried it and it actually grated pretty easily). Sprinkle that on top of your casserole.

    Then add pepperoni to the top of your casserole. Add as much or as little as you like. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

    Yummy Meat Lovers Pizza Casserole.

    And again from a different angle.

    And now in case you just want the recipe in regular format:

    Meat Lovers Pizza Casserole

    ½ pound ground beef
    ½ pound sausage
    8 oz bacon
    1 cup fully cooked ham
    Sliced pepperoni (use as much or as little as you prefer)
    10 oz Ziti noodles, cooked and drained
    1 (24 ounce) jar Spaghetti sauce, divided
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 cup chopped green pepper
    12 oz Velveeta Cheese, divided


    In a skillet cook ground beef, onion and green pepper until meat is no longer pink, drain and set aside in a medium sized bowl.
    In a skillet cook sausage until meat is no longer pink, drain and add to bowl with beef in it.
    In a skillet cook bacon, drain and add to bowl with other meats.
    Add 1 cup of fully cooked ham cut into bite size pieces to the other meats and stir everything until well mixed. Then add half of the jar of Spaghetti sauce to the meat mixture, mix well.
    After you have cooked and drained your ziti noodles- add 4 oz of Velveeta cheese that has been cut into small cubes. Be sure to add the Velveeta cheese while the noodles are warm so that the cheese will melt. Then add the other half of the jar of Spaghetti sauce to the noodles and cheese. Spread the noodles into a greased 9×13 inch dish.
    Add the meat mixture on top of the noodles. Cover with 8oz of grated Velveeta Cheese and top with pepperoni slices.
    Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

    If that looks yummy to you (and I PROMISE, it is YUMMY!) then please stop by and vote for me at the Velveeta Casserole Challenge.  I’m the one all the way on the right- Livin’ With Me and Meat Lovers Pizza Casserole.

    You can also check out some fun giveaways I have going on at my Livin’ With Me blog- if you vote for me you can have a chance to win some great prizes.

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