Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Spaghetti Pie

I wasn't planning on sharing this recipe today but after sharing a few sneak peeks on my instagram story yesterday it became pretty apparent that LOTS of people wanted to know more ASAP ;)  So here we are!


What you'll need...
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 1 lb ground beef or sausage
- yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup ricotta
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 3 eggs
- parsley
- salt and pepper


Step 1 - Boil your pasta a couple minutes less than the package directions al dente. They'll cook more when you bake it so no worries ;)


Step 2 - Brown your meat with your chopped onion
(note - mine looks like a TON of meat because I was browning double to make two pies.  I did a pound of sausage and a pound of ground beef with almost a whole onion)



Step 3 - In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups marinara sauce, 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 3 eggs, some chopped parsley, salt and pepper.  





Step 4 - Mix in your pasta, meat and onion and toss to coat.



Step 5 - Spray a 9" springform pan with cooking spray
(I have this pan and can't say enough great things about it!)



Step 6 - Pour the pasta mixture into the pan and top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella and then finish with the additional 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan.



This is a great part to employ a little helper ;)




Step 7 - Bake at 350 for 25-30 mins (I did 25) or until the cheese is melted and starting to get the delicious crispy parts on top.  Let it rest for 5 minutes and then pop that springform open!  (Make sure your kids are around because it's really cool to watch!)


TA-DA!!!  So cool, right?!?!


You can cut it just like a regular pie (I used a big serated knife) and it's a cute little presentation.



It was DELICIOUS, a comfort food and WAY easier than the presentation makes it look.  


Happy Tuesday, friends!!!  If you make this I'd love to hear what you think!

PS - This post contained an affiliate link.  Thanks!!!  Original recipe can be found HERE.




What you'll need...
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 1 lb ground beef or sausage
- yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup ricotta
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 3 eggs
- parsley
- salt and pepper


What you'll do...

Step 1 - Boil your pasta a couple minutes less than the package directions al dente. 

Step 2 - Brown your meat with your chopped onion

Step 3 - In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups marinara sauce, 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 3 eggs, some chopped parsley, salt and pepper.  

Step 4 - Mix in your pasta, meat and onion and toss to coat.

Step 5 - Spray a 9" springform pan with cooking spray

Step 6 - Pour the pasta mixture into the pan and top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella and then finish with the additional 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan.

Step 7 - Bake at 350 for 25-30 mins (I did 25) or until the cheese is melted and starting to get the delicious crispy parts on top.  Let it rest for 5 minutes and then pop that springform open!  

Step 8 - Cut into slices and enjoy!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekend Recap - REEEEALLY Low Key Edition

Putting together this post I realized how little we actually did this weekend - which was just what we needed!  Friday night Mason went to a birthday party and it was just me with Griffin and Luke at home for a quiet evening.  Griffin played almost the whole night with her baby puppy and kitty - putting them in the pockets of her dress :) 



Yes... my new years banner is still up ;) 


I've been on a mission to organize and purge ALL THE THINGS and I got started bright and early Saturday morning.  Dave took Griffin to dance class and after lunch we headed to Luke's basketball game.  It was cold and rainy, but this girl brought a little bit of sunshine...


And she also brought her favorite baby...






Cheering on her big brother and feeding her baby #multitasker ;)


Sunday our little alarm clocks didn't wake up as early as normal and as a result we slept through church (it was a parenting win and fail all at the same time!) so we spent the rest of the day playing, cleaning and doing more organizing (see a theme here???).

Amidst the cleaning/organizing/purging this girl found her octopus costume :)



And despite the rain we HAD to get out for a bit so a walk it was!

 LOVE this little motley crew ;)





We spent the rest of Sunday drawing...


... performing concerts...


... and watching the Cowboys.

Told y'all it was low key! :)  But sometimes those are the best ones, right?

We ALL have the day off today and are so flipping excited to have another day to hang out as a family.  We have big plans to rake and clean the pool after last night's storm :)  #soexciting

I hope your weekend was restful and low key (if that's how you like it. hahaha).

Happy Monday!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites - Low key edition

Happy Friday, Friends!!!  

Erika, Narci and I are sharing our FAVORITES today and we so hope you'll join in.  Grab our graphic, link back to one (or all!) of us and share your favorites from the week.

First up on my list is one of Mason's FAVORITES - arm toots. Yes, I just typed that... and I'm kind of mortified... but he's obsessed.  Obviously he knows that he can't make the noise at school so he saves them up all day and then goes to town when he gets home :)  #crazytown


 The next picture is a couple of FAVORITES - Griffin picking out her own clothes and accessories (I'm pretty sure she's worn that Sofia necklace every day this week) and the oars for the boat being delivered ;) 


And earlier that day with her baby :)


I snapped this pic while out with Dave earlier this week and the sunset was INCREDIBLE!!!  An amazing sunset is a FAVORITE for sure!


Pretty incredible, right?!?!


I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket and decided to get something that I normally wouldn't buy for myself - can you spy my new FAVORITE addition to my arm party? ;)


I've only been wearing it for a few days but am loving it way more than I thought I would.  I like that I can still wear my other bracelets and it has stayed charged for several days without having to be plugged in.  I definitely find myself trying to take more steps than I would otherwise and I'll keep y'all updated on how I like it in the coming weeks. 

On my way to lunch yesterday and I saw two of my FAVORITE guys (and a whole lot of wind. hahaha). :)


Anthropologie is still running their tag sale where all clearance items are an extra 40% off!  Here are a few of my FAVORITES!



I get a lot of questions about the big lantern on our console table...



and I got mine from Homegoods but was FINALLY able to find one that looks really similar



Believe it or not the dentist is one of my kids FAVORITE places.  Everyone had cleanings this week and this little smirk/smile pretty much sums it up :)


This weekend we have big plans to hang out in our pajamas :)  We're may try to head to the lake, but other than that we our pretty free and clear and are sooooo looking forward to it!

HAPPIEST Friday to you, friends!!! :)

PS - This post contained affiliate links.  As always THANK YOU for supporting me and the blog! 



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Three Things Right Now

I do these "Three Things" posts every so often and thought it was only fitting to have one to kick off 2017.  So here we go...


- ONE -
Luke is playing basketball for the first time and he's LOVING it!  We're having the best time watching him play and it is so fun to see his personality come out on the court.  Luke is analytical and he thinks through how everything works and you can see him thinking through things as he plays.  He had a great assist last weekend and we are so proud of him!

- TWO -
We were at the dentist this week and Luke was SO EXCITED to see his adult teeth on the x-ray :)  He's lost 3 bottom teeth but is on pins and needles for those top suckers to come out.  He's crossing his fingers they come out soon and I'm crossing my fingers that losing them doesn't undo all the speech work he's been putting in. (but really!!! Speech people... is it going to be rough???)

- THREE -
Luke's backpack weighs a million pounds.  I picked it up to hang it the other day and y'all... it was nuts.  He has like 5 novels in there, a set of Snap Circuits, a water bottle and about a dozen other random things.  Dave pointed out that he just might inherit his tendency to have a bag of random stuff from his mama.  ;)  Before we know it that bag will be weighed down with textbooks so I'm loving that it's packed with fun little boy stuff right now.




- ONE -
We're working our way through his sight words and while it's still a PAIN IN THE BUTT a lot of days he's been making wonderful progress and slowly but surely gaining confidence and finding success.  He was doing great with being active while working on them (jumping on them, throwing things at them, etc.) - but when we pulled out the flash cards he would shut down. This wouldn't be a big deal EXCEPT that flashcards are how he's evaluated at school... so, despite his resistance, we typically will work through them in a tactile way and then sit down with the flashcard stack.  

- TWO -
Mason has been busy planning his birthday party... for April :)  He is already SOOOO excited and it's absolutely precious.  He wants to do art and golf and make pizza and decorate cupcakes AND have a bounce house annnnnd about 15 other things.  He hasn't settled on an exact plan yet, but he obviously has lots of fun ideas.

- THREE -
Mason's love affair with blueberries is going strong.  If I want to make his day all I have to do pick up a fresh pint of blueberries just for him.  He will sit down and eat the whole container if I let him and I often catch him sneaking them from the fridge.  I guess if he's going to sneak a "treat" from the fridge I should be thankful it's blueberries :)




- ONE -
Griffin LOOOOVES Beauty and the Beast which makes my heart so happy!!!  Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid were my two go-to's growing up and I love having an excuse to snuggle up and watch it with her.  I mean - Belle is the best Disney Princess hands down!

- TWO -
Griffin's favorite food right now (who are we kidding - it's been her favorite for months!) is macaroni.  She calls it "rongi" and would eat it for every single meal if we let her.  We can go out for Mexican food and she asks for "rongi".  

- THREE - 
Griffin spends a lot of her day "in character".  She is BIG on imaginative play and if she's not Dr. GG then she's a mommy, or an artist, or Princess Elena,  or a firefighter rescuing kitties :)  I adore her imagination and creative spirit.


- ONE - 
I just finished Gilmore Girls.  Again.  When the new episodes came out on Black Friday I immediately watched them all and then went back and started from the beginning again and it just doesn't get old.  #lukeandloraleiforever

- TWO -
I'm getting a new classroom next year (adios, Math Trailer!) and have already started plotting/planning.  I have plans to ditch pretty much everything in my current room and start fresh.  It actually makes the thought of having to pack and move during the first month or so of school (AAAAH!!!) not as awful :)

- THREE -
I'm officially addicted to sheet masks.  I got a bunch in my stocking and have to make myself not use one every night.  

Happy Thursday, Friends!!!  What three things are going on with you right now?