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Saturday, December 11, 2010

What a Week!!

Well, crazy holiday time is officially upon us!! I have been baking and cooking up a storm this week!! Tonight I'm going to share 2 easy dinner recipes, and then some pics of the 2 cookie orders I did this week.
Between baking and shopping and wrapping and packing and working on the new house, I needed a couple quick and easy dinners. So this week, I made two of our old favorites: stuffed shells and tortilla pie.
Let's start with the stuffed shells!!
Here's the ingredients:
large pasta shells
15oz ricotta cheese
2 cups grated or shredded mozzerella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp parsley
2 eggs
1 jar pasta sauce

Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add 16  shells, and boil for about 10 minutes. Drain shells in a colander, and run cold water over them to stop them from cooking any more.
In a large bowl, mix together all the rest of the ingredients except for the sauce.
Pour about 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Stuff shells with about 3tbsp of the filling and place side by side in the pan. Pour the remaining sauce over the top and bake in a 350 oven for about 25 minutes.
Yum!! Just add some good garlic bread on the side, and you're ready to go!!

Now for the tortilla pie!
1 package of 9 inch flour tortillas
1 lb ground meat (we use turkey, but you can use beef if you prefer)
1 jar of salsa con queso
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
assorted toppings of your choice: sour cream, tomatoes, green onions, salsa, etc

Start by browning your meat in a skillet. When fully browned, add entire jar of salsa con queso;mix well and heat for an additional 2 or 3 minutes.
Place a tortilla in a 9 inch pyrex dish and spoon some of the meat and cheese mixture onto the tortilla. Place another tortilla on top, then more meat, then one last tortilla, last bit of the meat, then sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Bake in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.
Good stuff! Then just add any toppings of your choice!!

Now, on to the really fun stuff!!
I had two sugar cookie orders this week.
The first was for zebra print cookies. Here's a couple of my fav pics!

And then I had an order for Christmas Cookies. I took a lot of pics, but here are a few favs! (If you wanna see the rest, visit me on facebook-if you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you will find a "like us on facebook" box!)

Tomorrow's adventure - a whole lot of cake balls!!!
Have a great night!!


  1. Those are some gorgeous cookies. I keep seeing stuffed shells everywhere, and I may have to make some! Everything looks delicious.

  2. Your cookies are really pretty, you do a great job! Look forward to tomorrow's cake balls.

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  4. These cookies look so perfect. I wish I could make such beauties myself.

  5. Thanks for your kind comments everyone!! I really appreciate it!