As expected, the rest of the afternoon included a sugar cookie adventure!
We started it off by making a big mess
Then cut out some fun shapes & baked ‘em up
And got to decoratin’! Yes, we are outta control
It was actually much more entertaining than I initially anticipated :) Plus I used my mom’s trick for icing to make some pastel colors (I’m such a girl haha) — confectioner’s sugar, water + food coloring and ta-da!
Check out the day’s spread… phew what-a-day!
Whoa crazy lights?!?!?
And we haven’t even gotten to dinner yet *gasp*!!! So what is it you ask?
Baked Ziti w/ Pumpkin & Chicken Sausage!
I found this recipe on the Libby’s site and was really exited to try it, of course I made a few changes based on our tastes (gahhhh alwayssss haha)
- 1 package whole wheat penne
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can pumpkin
- 2 tblps flour
- red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp EVOO
- 1 can fat free evaporated milk
- Al Fresco Italian chicken sausages
- Mozzarella cheese
- Grated Parm
First up I sauteed the garlic in some EVOO (what is it about garlic/EVOO that smells soooo gooood?!?!)
Then added the pumpkin, red pepper flakes, nutmeg and salt/pepper to taste.
Then it was time to gradually add the FF evaporated milk, stirring to mix through.
While the pasta was cooking away (per directions) I sliced up the chicken sausages, added these to the sauce plus about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
Then it was time to combine the drained, cooked pasta and sauce
Transfer to a baking dish (cooking spray) and bake for about 15 minutes at 400F covered with foil. Top with mozzarella and parm cheese, bake another 5 minutes uncovered and voila!
Serve with some broccoli & cauliflower topped with a lil’ more cheese, since if you noticed I omitted the spinach from the original recipe ;) (The Man hates spinach – Popeye hater what?!)
Whose is whose?!?! :P (grammar class for me ha!)
All served up
I really liked this recipe! I was also a bit worried that The Man may not love it – WRONG :) He loved too! Plus he raved about the frozen veggies… with the “different cheese” that I added to the mix ;) Winner winner pumpkin sneak attack dinner!
Alright, movie time for us and time for me to get outta the kitchen! Well except grabbing some cookies for dessert ehh hmmmm….
Have a wonderful night friends and see you tomorrow — hopefully there will be some car purchasin’ in this girl’s near future (aka tomorrow since if not then I am technically “car-less”!)