Why does my page look like this?

Is it just me or does my page look giant? Yes, it’s giant like jitterbug and I don’t know how to fix it. Ahhh! I’ve tried different themes and changing the header size and the paragraph size yet everything remains big. So I have a big blog. Nice. Not.

Next subject, please. The weather is gorgeous. It’s time to get the boys outside and take some pictures. We are heading to the Arboredum today. They have the most beautiful landscape for pictures. My oldest is obsessed with pumpkins. It should be a fun day.

 

 

 

Frozen

Last night, I heated up the pan of frozen stuffed shells in our freezer. What a fast and easy meal. I’m so glad that the recipe makes enough for two pans of food. One for eating right away and the other to be stored away in the freezer for a later date. Stuffed shells, toasty garlic bread and red wine made for a quick and easy week night dinner.

Stuffed Shells and Pumpkin

This recipe is great. It makes 2 9×13 pans of food. That means one for baking and one for freezing. I didn’t portion my filling out properly so I ended up with uneven amounts in each dish. The recipe is from Simply Recipes. You can find it here:
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/sausage_spinach_ricotta_stuffed_pasta_shells/
I love dishes that provide enough food for left overs. I hardly have the time to cook each night of the week. We served these shells with a big loaf of crusty bread and red wine.
For dessert we had pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. This was a make up and see what happens kind of recipe. I was going to make banana cake, but instead of bananas I added one 15 oz. can of pumpkin. I added a variety of spices as well. The pumpkin is very dense and required more cooking time than the banana cake. The final product was a super moist cake with just the right amount of Fall spice. Look forward to the recipe in the next month or two. I’d like to test it one more time before posting. You could try the same thing with your go to banana cake/bread recipe. Simply replace the bananas, add spices and additional baking time or stare at it in the oven like I did.
Here is a recipe from Sweet Revelations. It looks almost identical to the one I made. She used a brown sugar cream cheese frosting. I used powdered sugar (aka confectioners sugar), butter, vanilla, cream cheese, a dash of Kosher salt and bigger cake pans (9 inch rounds).
http://sweetrevelations.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/brown-butter-pumpkin-layer-cake/

Baked Mini Penne

1 lb. mini penne, cooked according to pkg direcetions
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cups whole milk ricotta
1 cup Fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/3 to 1/2 cup Half and Half
1 lb. Italian sausage (I use a half and half mix of mild and spicy)
1 (32 oz) jar of your favorite marinara/spaghetti sauce (I prefer Prego Traditional)
3 oz. tomato paste
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup white wine
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1 small onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp Italian Seasonings
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste
a pinch of red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking and set aside.
In a large pan, cook the sausage, onion, bell pepper and garlic over medium high heat until browned and cooked through. Drain excess grease. Return to cooking surface.
To the sausage mixture, add seasonings, tomato paste, marinara sauce and white wine. Simmer for 6 – 8 minutes. Stir in Half and Half.
Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish Add 1 cup of the sauce to the bottom of the dish. Top with a generous amount of ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella.
Combine pasta with remaining sauce. Spread half of the pasta mixture over the ricotta mixture. Top pasta with another generous dose of ricotta, 1/4 cup Parmesan and 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella. Add remaining pasta to the dish and pour 1/2 cup of milk evenly over the top. Top with remaining Parmesan and ricotta. Finish with fresh sliced Mozzarella.
Bake covered in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes until top is bubbling.
I usually make this dish in the morning and keep in the fridge until I am ready to bake it in the oven that evening. In that case, I wait to add the milk before baking. Also, you will want to add 15-20 minutes to the covered baking time. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.

Thomas Ross “Tom”

Tom surprised us all by arriving 11 days early on July 13th. Like his older brother (5 days early), he wanted to join us early.
Tom was born at 3:56 PM weighing 6 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 inches long. Labor and delivery was quick and easy. We arrived at the hospital Friday morning and departed Sunday afternoon. We have been home for over a week now and everyone is doing great.

Resolved

I am happy to say that the new room/bed issue has been resolved. Whoo hooo. We have a new rail on the bed that provides security and comfort to aid in a good night’s sleep. Not only is Tripp able to sleep/play in his room quietly without getting upset, but Mommy and Daddy can enjoy a little quiet time to ourselves before calling it a night. All parties involved gained something.

Once we moved Tripp to his new room he stopped using the potty. Without saying anything, children tell you so much by their actions. Moving to a new room and to a new bed is a big deal. In his own time, he’ll use the potty. For now, I’m so happy that he is sleeping peacefully in his new bed.

New Bed and a Headache

Two weeks ago, we moved our son to his new room. It’s a great room with soothing colors and a big boy theme. We love it. I love it. Our son loves it. Unfortunately, this whole going to bed on time thing is out the window.

At nap time, he does great. He goes to bed when he’s supposed to and sleeps like a champ. That is not the case in the evenings. He scales furniture, tears down pictures, finds hidden wires to chew/pull on, etc…

His recent find is the crawl space located in his closet. OMG! Seriously, he can’t be climbing underneath the house. Thank goodness for LCD monitors. We are on that like a hawk. As in, run to his room as fast as possible before sh*t hits the fan.

We’re  hoping he makes the transition before his little brother arrives (only 4 short weeks away). Here’s the thing, we don’t mind him playing in his room. Bed time simply means, at this time you go to your room and either play quietly or go to sleep. Unfortunately, it’s not playing out how we envisioned. It’s a work in progress. We are hopeful that this will be under wraps shortly.

In the meantime, we’ll have to postpone our couple time in the evenings (catching up on Boardwalk Empire) until the transition is complete.