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Simple Stuffed Shells Bake

There are some days that I am just not into thinking about making dinner. I make decisions all day long and what to eat can feel overwhelming at times. Silly, I know, but true.

Anyway, A few nights back I took a chance and threw some things in a pan, baked it, and the results were AWESOME! So here it is.

From my dysfunctional kitchen to yours….

Stuffed Shell Bake

What you need:

  • Package of frozen stuffed shells
  • Family size jar of Alfredo sauce. I used Ragu because I had a coupon for it and got it for $1.50!
  • Fresh vegetables, I used asparagus, carrots and celery. If I had an onion, that would have gone in there too. I wouldn’t recommend frozen vegetables if you want them to be a little crisp when you eat
  • Seasoning of your choice. I went with some dried parsley and a cracked pepper blend with garlic powder and celery powder
  • Mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

What to do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Spread your frozen stuffed shells out in a shallow baking pan. I used a 9×13
  • Wash and dice your vegetables, then lay them out evenly in the pan with the stuffed shells
  • Sprinkle with your seasonings
  • Pour the sauce over everything in the pan and stir it up good so it is all coated evenly
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees
  • Uncover and if you want sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top. Bake for another 5 minutes
  • Serve and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese

*Adjust accordingly if you are making a double size of the recipe. I would suggest a second jar of sauce if using two bags of frozen stuffed shells.

Please come back and share if you decided to try this out. It was a hit in our house and the leftovers were even better.

Until next time,

One Cool Nerd Mommy

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One Cool Nerd Mommy

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Crayon Recycling

We recently made recycled multi colored “Elsa” snowflake crayons. To make your own new crayons just follow these easy steps and get to coloring!

Take all of your broken and beat up crayons (even the little pieces) and peel all of the paper off.

Either make little cups out of foil or use oven safe cups like a ramekin. Have enough cups for as many colors as you want to make. You can also put several colors in one cups, just don’t mix them up together.

Place the crayon pieces in the cups in the color pairings you want or alone – please make sure it’s oven safe. The foil makes for easy clean up too.

Melt the crayons in the cups in the oven. I was baking prior to making these, so I just left the oven at 350 degrees.

Keep an eye on the crayons and when they are melted remove from the oven.

For the next step you will need a silicone baking tray. I used this Wilton snowflake shaped tray that I got on clearance from Kohl’s.

Pour the melted crayons into the compartments of the tray. You can layer colors or pour different colors at the same time.

Let cool and then pop out and get to coloring with your kiddos – or by yourself, I have had a lot of fun with these too!

Enjoy!

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Family Tree of Thanks

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am trying to teach my little kiddos all about thanks. Why we celebrate thanks, what feeling blessed means, the ins and outs of appreciating all that we have and what the important things in life are.

After dinner one night we made a Family Tree of Thanks that simply hangs on our dining room wall among the wedding photos and artwork. It’s simple, but effective and the kids had fun doing it. All you need to make yours is:

  • Construction paper: we used two sheets of brown for the tree and one sheet of red, orange, green, and yellow for the leaves 🍁
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Marker or pen

Cut out the shape of a tree. I used one piece of paper for the branches and one for the trunk and taped them together (the leaves will cover and lines from where it’s pieces together). Adjust the size of your tree if needed to accommodate more or less family members. Tape or glue your tree together.

Cut out leaves. 🍁 You can either draw them or freehand cut. If your kids are old enough to cut them out, get them involved in the process! ✂️

Go around your table and one at a time say what you are thankful for. We wrote all of the answers down. Everything from our house to chips. The silly answers are just fun and the more serious ones are quite humbling to hear. As the parent, you can also guide the blessings along by providing examples in your answers.

Have your kids help you tape or glue the leaves on and then hang your tree for all to see. Go back and discuss your tree and blessings now through Thanksgiving.

This could also be a great project to do on Thanksgiving with extended family!

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Easy Stick Puppets

If you are anything like me, you probably try to keep things as simplified as possible. I am always looking for ways to have fun with my kids, but not spend a fortune.

I was breaking down the box from a recent purchase of GoodNites underwear when I got the idea to use the Tinkerbell picture as a puppet.

The steps are easy:

  • Cut out the character (there are several to choose from in both the girls and boys packaging)
  • Smooth out any rough edges with the scissors ✂️
  • Flip the cutout over and tape or glue sticks, straws, etc (something to use as the handle – we used two straws taped together)
  • That’s it! Put on a puppet show, dress your character up with paper hats, Pom Poms, anything you can think of. Let the imagination take flight and watch your little ones have fun!

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Greek Salad – A Summer Favorite!

I love fresh vegetables and summer where we are has so many delicious choices right at hand. This Greek Salad is chocked full of good tasting, good for you, goodness. Eat it as a side or as your meal, either way it is delicious and filling.

I'm not one for all of the filler fluff in recipes, so we are going to get right to it.

What you Need:

Cucumber (I used one large cuke) 🥒

Peppers (I used two) 🌶

Onion – yellow, sweet, red, your choice (I used one medium size yellow onion)

1 can of chickpeas drained and rinsed

1 container of feta cheese

1 can of black olives drained (I used the pre-sliced ones)

One pack of cherry tomatoes sliced 🍅

Olive oil – I used Palermo olive oil

Garlic powder

Salt and Pepper

Dried Oregano 🌿

What to Do:

Wash and peel the cucumber, dice it and place in a large bowl

Wash and dice your peppers

Peel and dice the onion

Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas

Add the feta cheese

Add the drained black olives

Add the sliced cherry tomatoes

Add Palermo olive oil (or other brand) to coat everything, mix in garlic powder, salt/pepper, and dried oregano to taste. A spritz of lemon would also taste great and compliment the flavors well.

Mix, chill and serve

Enjoy and as always, feedback is much appreciated along with complimentary ideas.

Until next time,
One Cool Nerd Mommy

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