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Rich and Hearty Fettuccine Pasta and Meatballs Slow Cooker Recipe ~ Crockpot Pasta recipe

Rich and Hearty Fettuccine Pasta and Meatballs Slow Cooker Recipe

Cooking time 4-5 hours in a slow cooker or crockpot

Start with the meatballs:

1/2 lb ground beef 97% lean
1/2 lb Italian sausage
1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic minced
salt and pepper (pinch)
1/2 cup diced onionRich and Hearty Fettuccine Pasta and Meatballs Slow Cooker Recipe ~ Crockpot Pasta recipe

In a mixing bowl mix together ground beef, sausage, seasoning and garlic.  Form into one inch balls, and place in the bottom of your crock pot. I like to form my balls with a small scoop makes them all the same size and quick and easy.  Once you have all the balls on the bottom of the slowcooker, sprinkle diced onions on top.  Cover with a lid and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours.  They will be cooked through at this point and hold their shape till the end of the cooking process. Next step is to add the pasta and sauce.Rich and Hearty Fettuccine Pasta and Meatballs Slow Cooker Recipe ~ Crockpot Pasta recipe

On top of the cooked meatballs add, 1 16 oz box of dry fettuccine pasta.  You can leave the pasta long but I break mine up so it fits easier.  Pour in 4 cups hot water,  and 1 24oz jar of spaghetti sauce.  Make sure all the noodles are under the liquid. Place lid back on top of crock pot and cook for 1 – 2  hours.  It depends on how well you like your pasta done.   The longer it cooks the less sauce there will be and the softer the noodles.  Check it every half hour or so, give it a little stir and watch the magic of crock pot pasta happen.  It is so good your family will be asking for seconds.  Top with Italian cheese and enjoy.Rich and Hearty Fettuccine Pasta and Meatballs Slow Cooker Recipe ~ Crockpot Pasta recipe

TIP ~ If you were to use a thinner pasta like spaghetti or angle hair your cooking time would be MUCH shorter, like 30- hour instead.

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Groundhog Day Pudding Cup Snacks

Groundhog day is February 2nd, which will be here before you know it!  I don’t know about you, but I am really hoping we don’t end up with that extra six weeks of winter he always predicts this year!   Groundhog day falls on a Sunday this year, so wouldn’t these cute little pudding cups be perfect for a Sunday night dessert?

What you will need:

Instant chocolate pudding

Milk (to mix the pudding)

plastic cups (the ones I used were 20 oz)

Nutter butter cookies

Mini chocolate chips

Chocolate graham crackers

Icing (to stick on the chocolate chips)

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Begin by preparing your pudding so it can set.  I used a large box and got 5 cups 2/3 full out of it.  Let that set in the fridge.

Crush some chocolate graham crackers in a baggie so they are finely crushed.  Set aside.

With your icing (I bought a tiny tube of white for this but somehow it didn’t make it home with me so I had to use what I had on hand which was red.) put 2 small dots on top of the nutter butter for the ears and 2 on the front for the eyes.  Place a mini chocolate chip on each of those spots.

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Now your pudding should be set up.  Scoop it into your clear cups.  Leave room at the top for the “dirt” (or graham cracker crumbs).  If you drip any or get it on the side, just wipe it up with a napkin to make it look nice.  Now sprinkle with a good helping of crackers for your dirt.

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Its time to place your groundhog in the ground.  Push him down so just his head is peeking up above the ground.

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That’s it!  So, did he see his shadow?  I don’t think he had time to at our house before the poor little guy got eaten up!  This was a great dessert for the kids to help make also and was a fun project for all of us!

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chicken pillow recipe

I have posted this recipe before… but thought I would post it again since I am making it for dinner tonight. Thought you might want a simple dinner idea. This recipe is one that my whole family loves, it is quick and easy to make and comes out delicious every time. IMG_2462 I thought I would pass along one of my favorite ways to use cressent rolls.

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 8oz cream cheese
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, pepper, garlic powder

You will need one package of crescent rolls,

Mix the items listed above in bowl, and spoon 2 TBS into each crescent roll.

IMG_2453IMG_2456IMG_2457IMG_2455IMG_2458Bake at 350 degrees for 13-16 minutes till golden brown.
If you find the triangle  hard to work with you can make larger ones buy using two rolls, in a rectangle shape folded in half.  Just add twice the amount of filling since you are using two rolls.

IMG_2459We eat them with chicken gravy on top.  ( Can of Cream of Chicken soup, thinned down with a little bit of milk)

Hope you enjoy!

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How to make baked Wonton Cups, Quick and Easy, Baked Wonton Cups, fill them with all sorts of things

Finger FOOD …. oh the possibilities when you serve it in a cute little Baked Wonton Cup. You can put everything from salads, Asian food, taco salad, chili bites, shrimp….  so many yummy things to fill these up with.  These are great for a party that you want finger foods quick and easy to make and eat. They bake up nice and crispy like a tortilla chip.

All you need is a package of mini Wanton Wrappers.  You can find them in the produce section at your local grocery store.  They are normally by the fresh herbs.  If you can’t find them just ask your produce guy.  Next spray or use a brush to oil the mini muffin tins  place the wanton wrappers in each tin then spray or brush with oil.

Bake at 400 degrees for 5-7 mins till the edges start to brown.  Take out of the oven and fill with your favorite dip, salad, or
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I am sure you are like me in that making food for my family to eat has become the chore of my world!
The hard part is the decision for something delicious and appealing to the multiple senses.
I know I am not alone in this daily struggle.
Here are a collection of ideas for us all

Breakfast

Squash pancakes

Main Dish/Entree/Dinner

Turkey Meatloaf , baked potato and streamed broccoli

Heart shaped carrots with brown sugar glaze

Homemade Rosemary Pecorino Romano Crackers, Homemade Cracker Recipe, Kid Friendly Recipes, Money Saving RecipesHomemade Rosemary Pecorino crackers with Soup and Salad

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta bake

7 tips to cooking the PERFECT steak everytime, #Grilling, #BBQ, #TIPS, #Steak, #HowToCookSteak, #BeefMake the perfect steak ~ 7 tips to make it easy, baked potato with fresh salad

Beef and cabbage soup with biscuits

Crock pot Baked potato bar

Desserts

Orange Jell-O salad

Waistline cookies

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Fun, creative ideas for your fall and kids.
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Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Finger Food for parties, Football Party Recipes, Game Day Food ideas for Super Bowl, Chicken Recipe, SlidersBuffalo Chicken Sliders ~ finger food idea great for gameday

Stuffed Mushrooms Recipes, Finger food for Gameday or Football Party, Super Bowl party food ideasStuffed Mushrooms

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