Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce and Chicken

Oh wow this was amazing…I’ve never made a tomato cream sauce, though I’ve only heard heavenly things about it. So I made The Pioneer Woman’s recipe, with a few tweaks (there always has to be tweaks ;) )

Instead of canned tomato sauce, I used Prego Parmesan Garlic sauce, and I don’t regret that at all. Also, although shrimp would have been simply divine, I had none, so chicken was the substitute! Since I didn’t have dry white wine, I just used chicken broth. I also–of course, thanks to my mama–added some cheese at the end. It turned out beautifully and I will definitely make it again!

Start with the chicken and, of course, Grub Rub.

And boil the noodles. Bowtie is my favorite :D

Then set chicken aside and start cooking butter and veggie oil.

One of the most important parts, GARLIC. Yes.

Prego time!

And then comes the creamy beautiful heavenly deliciousness.

Oh my goodness. It’s beautiful.

Finally, add the noodles and chicken. Dad. Gum. Amazing.

This is definitely a remake in the future!!!

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Spaghetti Bake

So a few days ago I got a new camera, in which I have been wanting for a while now! (Nikon D3100) I was so pumped and have loved shooting some photos lately. Anyway, I have really wanted to start posting some recipes on here because I myself love reading cooking blogs. It’s weird because I LOVE cooking now. It’s like when I got married and had to step up my game with that aspect I realized how much I enjoy it. So here is my first one…

Now bear with me, I’m by no means experienced on shooting photos of food and cooking it at the same time haha, but hopefully I will get better!

This is one of the many recipes I make that my mom made for us all the time. That amazing woman can turn anything traditional into deliciousness. This is one of those. This is not your normal Spaghetti people.

(You like the recipe card? haha i didn’t even notice the bottom until I uploaded it!)

This recipe isn’t one you have to follow verbatim. It’s easy and flexible! Here’s what you’ll need to gather:

As well as a pound of ground beef. Oh yes, I almost forgot (HA), and shredded cheese…and lots of it… :D Mozzarella, cheddar, and of course Parmesan, are the best!

I love using cream of chicken AND mushroom because so many great meals call for a can of each–for four people. So this can be perfect for the two of us!

Now simply brown the meat with some yummy garlic salt…and/or possibly the greatest flavor invention ever.

Grub Rub. People in Texas if you don’t have this in your kitchen get up and go get it. Seriously the best flavor to ANY meat and shrimp. It’s all you need. It’s perfect. You’ll never go back.

Since we got married we tried ground turkey–it’s healthier, but that’s ironic making this recipe haha–and we haven’t gone back to ground beef since! It’s quite tasty and there’s not much of a taste difference between that and beef.

Also at this time start cooking your noodles. You can go ahead and preheat the oven to 350 at this point.

After draining the meat, add in the spaghetti sauce.

And the cream of chkn+shroom.

And the most important part, a little parmesan cheese!

About this time your noodles should be done. Add those babies into your bubbly sauce.

Add this beautiful concoction into a 13″x9″ dish, layering with cheese.

Put in the oven for about 25 minutes. Now, pour yourself some sweet iced tea and wait.

Like my cute oven? Me too :)

Yay! It’s done!

Now dig in. Mmmm. Don’t forget a napkin.

So glad I can share this with you. If you have any questions, comment and let me know! Also, if you make this recipe, let me know how it was or what flair you added to it! Happy cooking, “from my kitchen to yours” in the words of Paula Dean :)

Casey

Pancakes, Bamboo, and Vlogging

First off, if you viewed my last post, you know my husband and I have started a vlog! (Our vlog address is www.theartistandthesailor.wordpress.com :) ) I’m super pumped about that…

Secondly, I recently purchased a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch tablet. I think it’s going to be a great tool and expand my techniques and tools as a designer/artist, so I’m really looking forward to using it a lot.

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Thirdly, today I made homemade pancakes!!! Ahhh they were delicious…

For the recipe, click HERE!

That’s basically the news for now. Don’t forget to tune in to our vlog!!! :)

Happy Birthday!

A few days ago (June 28th actually) it was Nick’s birthday and since he worked that meant I was home alone all day. This resulted in a homemade cookie cake and making an awesome card :D Yay!

So I made the cake from this recipe and ended up not having a big enough pan for it so I had to put it into two haha… I put my own touch to it :)

How did it taste you ask? Eh… could have been better haha. But I had a lot of fun! And I think he felt special ;)

I made this card for him (It’s kind of an inside joke!)

I can’t wait to spend many more birthdays with him :)