Go Green Tip of the Week

Take a shorter shower. In doing so you will save water and the energy it takes to heat it which in turn reduces carbon dioxide emissions.

Tortellini Casserole

Yet another quick and easy, very delicious recipe sure to please everyone around you!

Let's make some tortellini casserole!

First grab the following ingredients:

2 (10 oz) containers refrigerated alfredo sauce (of your choice, I use Buitoni)
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 (20 oz) pkg refrigerated green and white mixed cheese tortellini (again, use whatever you prefer, but I use Buitoni)
1 (10 oz) pkg frozen chopped broccoli, thawed, drained
1/2 C. Garlic and Herb bread crumbs
1 TBSP olive oil1.

Now I realize some people out there may feel the need for some MEAT with their meal. I've used crumbled bacon myself for this casserole, and I have a friend who adds cut up chicken to hers. Whatever floats your boat people.

I've also been known to add grated Parmesan cheese and wheat germ to the bread crumb/olive oil topping. Shh, don't tell my kids!

Heat Oven to 375.
In med. sized bowl stir together alfredo sauce, 2 cups water and pepper.
Pour 1 cup sauce mixture into bottom of 2 1/2 quart shallow casserole dish.
Arrange half of tortellini (uncooked) in single layerover sauce, sprinkle with broccoli.
Pour 1 1/2 cups sauce over top.
Repeat layering.
Cover with foil.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven, heat broiler.
In small bowl stir breadcrumbs and oil together. Sprinkle on topof casserole.
Place under broiler until crumbs are golden (1 to 2 minutes)

Are you Sirius??

Now normally I'm a big fan of Sirius radio, especially since it came pre-installed in my car and my dear hubby pays the monthly bill! But this week it's really pissing me off! I usually listen to either the Spectrum or the Grateful Dead channel, but for some reason, the Spectrum is all R.E.M! Why I don't know but it's really grating on my nerves. I apologize in advance to any fans, but I can't stand R.E.M and want my Spectrum back damn it!

"Dooey Bug" or "Go-cart Sunday"

One of our friends bought a go-cart for $100 and brought it to the bay this past weekend. The kids were all excited to take their turns with one of the adults present driving. My bubby kept calling it the "dooey bug" instead of Doone Buggy! Even though it's still fairly cold outside, it didn't stop us from driving the go-cart around for hours! It was so much fun.

Apple Dumplings

As requested by "Shirley" from work!

I made these one day while I was off of work for Spring Break. I sent a few in to work with a couple of colleagues, just to try them out. They got rave reviews! But, I'm telling you, eat them with some ice cream, because they are SWEET.

Warning: These are addictive!! (And may induce sugar shock).

The Stars of the Show:
2 Granny Smith apples
2 cans crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 small can Mountain Dew

Peel and core apples. Cut apples into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.

Recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman

The Blogosphere

I've been spending WAY too much time online lately. In this latest attempt at blogging, I've been discovering the 'blogosphere'. A vast online community of sorts I never was really aware of.

I've discovered a handful of blogs that I really like. Today as I was reading one of my new finds,, I came across this quote.

"why aim for perfection when approximation is so much easier?"

I love it. So fits my life right now.

I also found this amazing artist, through another blog, and the craziest thing? She's Swedish! Small world I tell ya!

You can read her bio and look at her artwork here: Camilla Engman