Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage and Heirloom Tomatoes

I always try to make a nice Sunday night dinner.  Lately I have been making pasta on Sunday night.


8 ounces of angel hair pasta

1 pound of Italian sausage, cut into 1/4" slices

1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup minced fresh basil

2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, cut in half

2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Put 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet and sauté the sausage slices for 5 minutes.

I bought the sausage at Trader Joe's.

After the sausage has cooked for five minutes, add the garlic, basil, tomato slices and salt and pepper to taste.

Add the parmesan to the tomato mixture.

Drain the pasta and add to the tomato skillet. Drizzle some olive oil and toss the pasta with the tomato and sausage mixture.

This is such a quick meal! I usually serve with a green salad and breadsticks.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Indianapolis 500 Party Favor for Meals on Wheels

I made some Indianapolis 500 party favors for Meals on Wheels.

I found these bright colored bubbles at Party City.

I found the checkerboard  duct tape at Hobby Lobby. But I know that they also sell it at Michaels. 

I wrapped the checkered tape around the bubbles.  Such an easy craft.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Preparing to Substitute Teach 4th Grade Religion Class

May is the the month of Mary. Sometimes the teacher doesn't leave me enough worksheet/reading to teach the class. So I bring a lot of my own worksheets and coloring sheets.

And I usually decide on a theme like "Our Holy Mother Mary" to teach the class.

I downloaded  a bunch of pictures of Mary.

And found some Rosary's for the children in my Religion box.

I found all the prayers of the Rosary and the mysteries on one sheet of paper.

And this awesome Rosary worksheet.

I made some Rosary cookies for a middle of the class snack.

I made some pretty beaded crosses to glue onto Hershey bars for a take home treat.

I found the wooden crosses at Hobby Lobby. And hot glued beads from my craft cabinet.

The beads are often on sale at Michael's and JoAnne's.

When I was gathering all of my supplies this Beatles song was on my mind - "When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom - Let it be."

Simply wrap the Hershey bar with a heavy card stock and glue the cross onto the front of the candy bar.

These candy bars would also make cute party favors for a baptism or first communion.

Also while I was starting to write this post I was watching "Sister Act" - it is one of my favorite movies.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Confetti Orzo

I made some confetti orzo today. I just call this recipe Confetti Orzo because I chop all of the vegetables into teeny tiny pieces.


8 ounces orzo

1 orange bell pepper, finely diced

1 yellow bell pepper, finely diced

1 red bell pepper, finely diced

2 tablespoons capers

1/2 cup olives, pitted and finely diced

1/2 cup cucumber, finely diced

1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled


1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Boil the orzo according to the package directions.

Add the bell peppers, capers, olives and cucumber to a large bowl.

Add the drained pasta to the veggie bowl.

After the orzo has cooled a little add the feta cheese.

Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle into the pasta salad and toss to combine. Refrigerate for a few hours for the flavors to blend.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May The Force Be With You

I made some light sabers for Meals on Wheels - they are actually stackable crayons that I bought at Target.

They are a May 4th treat for the Meals on Wheels recipients. I simply packaged them in pretzel bags.

The pretzel bags can be purchased in the candy making section of  most craft stores.

I made some labels and added them to the pretzel bags. I also tied the top of the pretzel bag with a little black ribbon.

One of my favorite television shows is the Big Bang Theory! I never would have known about May 4th with out Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tennis Ball Sachets for a Charity Tennis Tournament

I made some tennis ball sachets - they are party favors for a charity tennis event.

Supply List:

lid from can of tennis balls

white pen

yellow felt


black embroidery thread

white embroidery thread

yellow embroidery thread

embroidery needle

sachet filler


Trace the lid of a tennis ball can with a white pen onto the yellow felt and carefully cut out the circles.

On the front of the tennis ball - sew a white looped line in white and Penn in black thread.

Sew the front piece onto a yellow plain piece with yellow thread. Before sewing the tennis ball closed add some sachet filler. Then sew the tennis ball closed and tie off with a small knot.

I bought the sachet filler at Micheals. 

These tennis balls make great party favors. They can be kept in a tennis bag or a lingree drawer.

I placed them in cellophane bags and tied off with a black ribbon.

You could also make these sachets into baseballs with white felt and red thread or basketballs with orange felt and black thread. 

Tennis Anyone?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day Bracelets

In honor of Earth Day - I made some bracelets. Only using items that I had in my craft cabinet.

I made some recycle bracelets.

To make these bracelets - I found some ABC beads and used them to spell out environmental messages. I also found some Earth beads that I probably bought last year. I simply strung the beads and letters on beading elastic.

Every day should be Earth day! Recycle, reuse, repurpose. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teaching 1st Grade Religion Class

Today  I substitute taught  first grade Religion class - they were so well behaved, such good readers and a lot of fun. I wanted to take them all home with me!

We were still learning about the Easter story. 

 I printed out a lot of coloring and worksheets.

We also learned about John 3;16 - with this coloring sheet.

I also made them some John 3;16 candy bars.

I simply took some Hershey bars.

And I wrapped the candy bars in heavy white card stock.

Then I taped the John 3;16 patch onto the candy bar. I made the patch on another log post.

At the end of class we played Holy Hangman and the kids loved it!