Determined to come up with something relatively healthy when my 2-year-old was having a particularly picky week, I came up with this recipe for Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese. Of course, it had to have the right orange color and the right shape pasta. The verdict… it was a hit! The adults had this as a side dish the same night and everyone liked it. The veggies I used all had a mild but slightly sweet flavor, so they blended right in and my daughter ate it, so it was a win.
I have been wanting to try glass etching for a while and I finally had the perfect motivation. I wanted to make some custom glasses for a gift, but I thought I would do a trial run with a Target martini glass first, just in case! It was really easy and I was happy with the results. I used the Martha Stewart Etching Cream that you can find in most craft stores.
Embarrassed that my daughter would run around the house with a dishtowel tucked into her shirt shouting “Super Amanda to the rescue!”, I decided to make her a cape. I created this pattern from one of her bibs. I wanted to keep it really simple. You can download the pattern here: Superhero Cape. If you want to make a similar logo applique, you can see how I made it here: Printable Fabric Appliques. This size worked for my daughter who is 2 years old and just under 3′ tall.
When we moved into our new house, I wanted to redo the fireplace. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but everyone looked at me like I was crazy. I figured if I didn’t do it while we were doing some other projects in the house it would never get done. I wasn’t a fan of the brick and didn’t have a real mantel to decorate. My goal was a nice clean fireplace that served as a blank canvas to decorate seasonally.
This has to be one of the easiest, yet most requested dishes I make. Whenever I serve it, I get asked for the recipe and people think I am leaving something out because it’s so simple. If you can use fresh pasta, it is even better. I am usually able to find chicken sausage without the casing. Sweet Italian or hot sausage work equally well.