Marvelous Manicotti

This manicotti is delicious!  You are going to love it!  I slightly adapted my recipe from Recipe Girl's "Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Manicotti".  The best part about making it is you don't have to boil the noodles! Recipe Girl gives this great tip: use a piping bag to fill the noodles.  It's still messy but way more manageable than filling them with a spoon! My variation is I add more veggies- steamed cauliflower.  I've made it once without the cauliflower, but Curt and I both agreed it was better with it.
This is a good one to double up on if you need to take a meal to a neighbor or friend.
If your kids (or you!) are picky you can omit the spinach.  But it doesn't overpower the mix, you hardly notice it actually.

Yummy!  Cheesy goodness!
Head over to for the original recipe, tips, and great pictures. Thanks, RecipeGirl, you made manicotti easier and tastier!

Chicken Pot Pie

Semi-homemade Chicken Pot Pie.  Curt's mom makes this and got us hooked.  It's perfect for using leftover chicken and gravy.  And it's easy to change to your liking.
Ingredients 1 box pie crusts (2 crusts) Chopped or shredded chicken White gravy Potatoes, chopped and boiled Frozen peas and carrots Directions Boil potatoes. Meanwhile press one pie crust into the bottom of your baking dish.  If you use a rectangle dish like me, just manipulate the crust the best you can.  Preheat oven to 350.  Get gravy, chicken and veg ready. (I microwave my gravy quickly just to make it easier to pour and mix with the other ingredients.) If you don't have leftover gravy, just whip some up while potatoes are boiling.  When potatoes are finished throw the frozen veg into the boiling water, then turn off and let sit 1 min.  Strain the potatoes, then pour back into the warm pot with the other ingredients.  Stir, then pour over pie crust.  Top with second pie crust.  Bake about 45 min (or lo…

Homemade Orange Rolls

I love the frozen Rhodes Orange Rolls, orange is a favorite flavor of mine.  When I read this blog post on Simply So Good I knew I had to give homemade orange rolls a try.  She has tons of pictures and step by step instructions.
I tweaked the original recipe a bit to fit my needs- she baked hers in muffin tins, I baked mine like cinnamon rolls.  They were delicious!  Curt's bro-in-law said they have true orange flavor, unlike the frozen kind. :)
  Here's mine before they were baked. Orange Rolls
¼ cup warm water 1 tablespoon yeast 3 eggs ½ cup butter ¾ cup milk ½ cup sugar ¾ teaspoon salt 4 ½ - 5 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water, set aside for 5 minutes.  In bowl of mixer mix together eggs, sugar, and salt.  Set aside.  
In a small saucepan, melt butter then add milk.  Slowly pour into egg mixture mixing all the time.  Add yeast mixture and 2 cups flour.  Mix until dough is smooth.  Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time.  Only use needed amount of flour to form a smooth yet sticky …

Getting cooking oil out of clothes

We've splashed or spilled oil on our clothes several times.  On pinterest I found a way to get oil out of cotton clothes- even after they've been washed and dried.  NorthernBelleDiaries gives step by step instructions with great pictures.

Here's my experience:
Curt spilled something on his shirt.  It was sauce or dressing (oil based).  I read somewhere to "reactivate" the stain by adding more oil then following more steps.  I tried this and it was a huge failure.  Now I just had a gigantic oil stain.

I decided to give Northern Belle's method a try.  I wasn't diligent on one step though- the dishwashing soap- and the oil didn't come all the way out.  You can see where I squirted it in a zig zag.

Third time's the charm!  I followed each step exactly and it worked great!

Items needed:
scrap of cardboard
Baking soda
old toothbrush
Dawn (I used a cheap brand)

Here's a condensed version of the directions:
Put cardboard inside shirt.  Spray with…

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

These are yummy!  They were a contest winner at LDS Living magazine.  Lauren Brennan.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 whole egg
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp soda
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment, set aside.  In a large bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla, egg, zest and juice, mix again.  Add dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated.  Pour powdered sugar on a plate.  Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into sugar and place on baking sheet.  (I used my pampered chef scoop, and pressed them down a tiny bit with my palm.)  Bake for 9-11 minutes.  Bottoms should be barely starting to brown.  Let cool for 3-4 minutes before transferring.

Make some soon, you'll enjoy them!

Brown sugar coconut oil cookies

These may be my new favorite cookie!  They're delicious!!

Click HERE for the original recipe from  She has pretty pictures of these cookies.
1/2 cup coconut oil, softened (soft butter consistency)  [I used refined oil, it didn't give the cookies a coconut flavor]
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed [I only had light brown sugar so I used that]
1 large egg
2 Tbs vanilla (yes, tablespoons)
1 Tbs molasses (I think mine is unsulphered medium)
1 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp corn starch
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Combine coconut oil, egg, and sugar.  Beat on medium high to cream until light and fluffy, 4-5 min.  Add vanilla and molasses, and beat for 1-2 min.  Add the flour, corn starch, baking soda, and salt, mix until combined, about 1 min.  Form mounds that are 2 heaping tablespoons in size [I used my pampered chef scoop here]  Place mounds on a large plate and slightly flatten.  *Important to get the shape you want before chilling because …

Copycat Queso Dip

This is a copycat of Chili's Queso Dip.  Truthfully, we've never had the Chili's queso dip, but we think this version is pretty tasty!

16 oz velveeta
1 can (15 oz) no bean chili
1 cup milk
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp paprika
1 Tbs lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin

Stir all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until cheese is melted.  Reduce to low, simmer for 15-20 min.