Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Grandma's Apricot Bars

So my grandma is famous for her baked goodies but infamous for not measuring her ingredients, which makes it hard for me to replicate and archive! However, I got this one down pretty good! These are the best crumbly apricot bars you'll make at home! Mouth watering just thinking about them!

Apricot Bars

2 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups apricot preserves (you can try any fruit preserve, I just prefer homemade apricot when available)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift flour, baking soda, salt together. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add flour mixture and blend well. Press half mixture in bottom of 13x9 inch bar pan. Spread jam and then sprinkle with remaining flour mixture.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden.

Enjoy :)

Yummy Pasta Bake!

Need something warm and comforting and yummy all in a spoonful!?
Fear not! 
This easy-peezy Pasta Bake is ready in less than an hour and both adults and kids love it!

Pasta Bake

1 pound pasta (I use ziti or penne)
1/2 pound ground beef (or go meatless)
1/2 onion, diced
2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 jar marinara sauce (I prefer Emeril Lagasse's marinara or make your own)
6 slices of provolone
8 ounces sour cream
2 cups mozzarella, shredded or sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Cook pasta according to package directions. 
Cook ground beef in a skillet. Add onions, mushrooms, and zucchini and cook until tender. Add marinara sauce. Once the pasta is cooked and drained toss with the pasta sauce. In a 9x13 casserole baking dish put half the pasta then cover with the provolone slices. Now spread the sour cream over the provolone and put the remaining pasta in the dish. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and strips of basil. Bake for 25 min or until cheese is melty and bubbly. 

Enjoy :)

Keeping Bows/Barrettes Organized!

My daughter has a container full of little bows and barrettes for her hair. In an attempt to keep them organized we pinned a piece of ribbon on her vanity and clipped them all. Now they look nice, neat, and organized!!