Friday, December 28, 2012

Crock Pot Lasagna

It's that time of year!  Family and friends in and out, Christmas is over, but you still have to go to work!  How about a nice easy meal that is delicious (and nutritious) and easy to make?  Dig out that crock pot, because here it is!

Easy Crock Pot Lasagna

Here's the recipe:

lb.  ground beef

jar  (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce

cup  water

container  (15 oz.) POLLY-O Original Ricotta Cheese

pkg.  (7 oz.) KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided

cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided


Tbsp.  chopped fresh parsley

 lasagna noodles, uncooked

meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water. Mix ricotta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, egg and parsley.
SPOON 1 cup meat sauce into slow cooker; top with layers of half each of the noodles (broken to fit) and cheese mixture. Cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles (broken to fit), cheese mixture and meat sauce. Cover with lid.
COOK on LOW 4 to 6 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted

I have made this recipe a few times and it is a huge hit.  Add a salad and you have a fantastic dinner for your family.  

The inspiration for this dinner comes from Kraft.  

Here's wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!  May the New Year bring us all Peace, Health, and Happiness!

Be sure to stop by Pins To Creations for more Pinterest-Inspired Ideas!  You can also follow me on Pinterest.  I'm always pinning something new!

Thanks for stopping by - hope to see you again soon!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

So, the Moral of the Story Is...

... Do Not Go Out for Dinner Right Before Christmas!!!

Sounds a little crazy right?  Well, for those of you who know me...there's a story.

Sunday night, my girlfriend and I got together.  We hadn't seen each other in a while and we needed to "catch up".  We went to a place where we usually go and I ordered what I usually order - French Onion Soup and an Asian Chopped Salad.  I've been eating this dinner there for YEARS!!!!.  We did a little shopping after dinner and had a great time.  After I went home, I realized that dinner seemed to be "sitting a little heavy" in my stomach, but I ignored it and went to bed around 11:30. 

At 2:00 in the morning dinner was no longer "sitting", if you know what I mean.  I was sooo violently ill, I couldn't even lay in bed.  I went downstairs so I wouldn't disturb my husband and prayed for this to be over.  Let's skip ahead to that afternoon (you really don't need the gory details of the morning).  I was finally able to drink liquids.  Gatorade (mixed with water) was my friend.  I proceeded to eat 2 crackers and a few spoonfuls of chicken broth. Not what I had planned for Christmas Eve Dinner.  

This was the first Christmas Eve EVER that I didn't make my traditional dinner.  My poor family.  

Fortunately, on Christmas Day I was feeling better.  I was dehydrated and had a headache, but I was able to have the kids over and celebrate the holiday.  My wonderful husband did the cooking and we had a great day.  

Yesterday, I was exhausted, so I just spent the day on the sofa with my laptop.  Today, I almost feel like a real person! 

Now, there is a positive side to this story:  I lost 2 pounds!  How many people can say THAT at Christmas Time?????? 

So, Merry Christmas, Everyone!  I hope you had a fabulous day.  Wishing you all peace and love this holiday season and in the new year!

Thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Animals in the Snow

It's time for just one one more challenge before Christmas.  This one, from My Time To Craft is Animals in the Snow, and once again, I have to apologize for the photo.  I had to take this in artificial light and I just could not get a good shot!  I think it's a bit better when you click on the photo for a close-up.

Everything is Close To My Heart®  The trees were cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and the birds are from  Perfect Fit - Holidays B1412.  All of which are available  by clicking on the Shop tab at the top of my blog.

Be sure to stop by My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the Design Team has created for you!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Easiest Ornament Ever!

You know those photos that you have, where the people look great or are doing something great, but they're very small?  Well, I have a great way to use those images!

I to apologize for this photo!  No matter what I did, I ended up with a reflection, due to the curved surface.  I'm sorry.

The subject is my son's teddy bear.  They are both 19 years old now, so it was time to create an ornament in honor of "Bear".  Yes, his name really is "Bear".

I purchased an unbreakable ornament from the local craft store and added some chunky glitter.  I trimmed the photo of bear and attached it to a slightly larger piece of scrapbook paper.  Then, all I had to do was roll it up until I could fit it in the opening of the ornament.  I used a wooden skewer to straighten it a bit, and added a red bow.  Done!  See, I told you it was easy! 

My inspiration came from here:

You can click the picture to take you to the site.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  I'd love your feedback.  If this is your first time visiting my blog, Welcome!  I hope you stop back again soon!

Be sure to head over to Pins To Creations to see posts from our other Design Team members!

Saturday, December 15, 2012


It is with a heavy heart that I write this post.  In my opinion, the tragic events in Newtown Connecticut have brought this country to it's knees.  Please see my previous post, if you are unaware of this news.  

My prayers go out to the community of Newtown.  My heart breaks for you.

The Challenge this week at My Time To Craft is:  Santa.  

I created this using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge® available by clicking the Shop button at the top of my blog.
Since I decorated this hat with flowers, it may be more appropriate for Mrs. Claus.  After all, behind every great man is........a woman!

Be sure to stop by My Time To Craft to see the rest of the Design Team's work!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tragedy in Newtown

I'm sure you will all agree.  There is nothing more tragic than a shooting in an elementary school.  I cried when I heard the news of the shooting in Connecticut.

I hope every parent hugged their  children tonight.  I know I wanted to hug every one of them at my school today.

Saying  prayers for the community of Newtown.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Blog Hop Winner

The Winner Is.....


Congratulations, Gail!  Please contact me within the next 7 days to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who joined me on this hop!  I appreciate all of your kind comments!  I hope you'll continue to visit (and comment)!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Wreath: in Non-Traditional Colors

Welcome to the Pins To Creations Winter/Christmas/Hanukkah Blog Hop!  There are certainly some AMAZING projects!  If you just arrived from Ashley's blog, you are in the right place.  Be sure to read my entire post, there is a give-away that I don't want you to miss!

I seem to be on a "Non-Traditional Colors" Kick.  Tell me what you think of this:
Remember, you can click on the pics for a better view!
This wreath was so easy to make!  I used a wire coat hanger and shaped it into a circle:

Then I opened the hanger near the hook, attached a binder clip (just in case any of the ornaments wanted to slide off), and started stringing the (unbreakable) ornaments:

When I was done, I filled in any gaps with extra ornaments, attached with hot glue.  The blogger who inspired this wreath recommended gluing the caps to the ornaments so they didn't pop off.  I did not do this, and, yes, I did lose a few.  Fortunately, I was able to reattach them to their caps or reattach them with glue. If this happens to you, remember, the glue gun is your friend! 

After that, I made a bow and attached it with some wire.

Here is the best part about this project:  I spent $24 on ornaments and had enough to make 2 wreaths!  How fabulous is that?  $12 per wreath - plus the ribbon for the bow.  I know your next question is:  How many ornaments did you buy, Ann?  176.  Here's the proof:
And I even had a few leftover.

I must thank my inspiration for this wreath:  Eddie Ross - you're the best!  Here is Eddie's wreath:

Now for the Give-away!  
Because it's the holiday season and I absolutely LOVE this time of the year, I would love to give someone this "Life is Tweet" stamps set:

This is a beautiful set with a value of $17.95.
Here's what you need to do to be entered into the drawing:
1.  Become a follower of my blog.
2.  Grab my Blog Button and share it on your blog.
3.  Tell all of your friends about my give-away.
4.  Leave me a comment on this post.

The winner will be announced on Thursday, December 13th.  Since it's the holiday season, I will include a little surprise along with the stamp set.  Don't you love surprises?

Thank you so much for stopping by.  From here you can stop back at Pins To Creations.
Here is the complete Blog Hop line-up:

Mandee(Scrappin Madge) -

I wouldn't want you to miss anything!

Have a great week!

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Yes, I know, "Christmas" - no surprise there!  But there's a twist.  It's Christmas with non-traditional colors.  I love a challenge that makes me step outside of the box! Be sure to click on the pic for a closer look. 

This card was made with Close To My Heart® products.  The colors are Pear and Cotton Candy.  The stamp set is B1412 Perfect Fit-Holidays.  You can get one of your very own by clicking here or the Shop button at the top of my blog.

Now, don't delay!  Head over to My Time To Craft to see the beautiful creations from the rest of the Design Team.  Of course, we hope you'll get crafty and share one of your creations with us!

Have a great weekend and be sure to stop by tomorrow for the Pins to Creations Blog Hop.  You won't want to miss all of the Holiday Creations!

Saturday, December 1, 2012


It's that wonderful time of the year when our thoughts turn to Christmas.  At least it is for me!  This week, we at My Time To Craft are inspired by Snowmen.  I couldn't resist creating two projects for this challenge.  Let's get started!

This fellow started out as a tealight.  I colored the "flame" orange to create his nose, added eyes and a mouth with a marker, ribbon for a scarf, a hat and two circles (sponged with light blue ink) for the body.  You can also see two branches peeking out for arms.  I was inspired by Pinterest.  Click here to see the original.  Thank you Lorraine!

A couple of years ago, I made a pencil from a roll of Rolos®.  You can click here to see it. Well, it's the time of year for a snowman, so, here's what I came up with:
Just a little cardstock, markers, ribbon, and the finger off an old glove (for the hat), and you have a snowman.  I think they'll make great stocking stuffers. Don't you?

As you can tell, I'm in Holiday Crafting Mode!  Be sure to keep stopping by to see more goodies! 
 In the meantime, stop over at My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the Design Team has created.