Monthly Archives: October 2012

Homemade Ravioli, vegetarian sausage and cheese dual flavours

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Today I tried my hand at making a new kind of vegetarian ravioli from scratch. I made simple pasta dough (2 cups flour, 3 eggs, 2 tablespoons olive oil) and rolled it into sheets after kneading and letting it rest. Then I made a mixture for half the filling as low fat ricotta cheese (1 cup), shredded mozzarella cheese (1 cup), Parmesan cheese grated (1/2 cup), 1 egg and dried basil/parsley/thyme/salt/pepper. The other half the filling I made by sautéing small pieces of veggie sausage with diced onion and a clove of garlic and salt/pepper. I layer out my pasta dough and put about 1/2 teaspoon of each type of filling for each ravioli, covered with dough and then cut them out. I boiled in oiled and salted water for 9 minutes and made a light bruschetta type sauce of just diced tomatoes, onions, garlic and olive oil to top them.

Simply fresh and fabulous ravioli!

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Cute, easy halloween decorations made from construction paper

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I’m planning my daughter’s classroom halloween party at school and wanted to make a couple cute decorations so I decided to make some from construction paper. I came up with a ghost, pumpkin and black cat.

These are very easy to make with multi colored construction paper, scissors and glue (I used a hot glue gun but I’m sure you can use any kind.) To make one just decide what color paper to use as the body, and make certain you have two sheets. Start by folding the paper like a fan or accordion, back and forth until the end, do the same for the second paper. Next you will want to glue the ends together so both pieces of paper will create the face for your decoration. Once the main part is dry, cut out eyes, nose and mouth (ears, etc) for your design and glue the, onto the front. Punch a hole in the back of one of the folds so your decoration can be hung up.

These came out pretty cute. I tried to give them a little bit of a vintage or retro look too.

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Teacher gifts for Halloween, “germs are scary” antibacterial foaming gel

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With Halloween fast approaching I wanted to give a little something to my daughters teachers and school bus driver. Keeping in the theme I decided to do a fun play on functional. Bottles of Natural Antibacterial Foaming hand cleaner (without alcohol) were my choice with cards I wrote on “Germs are scary.”

I purchased black, orange and spiderweb colored tissue paper and cut half of a sheet of each, layer them on top of each other and then gathered around the bottle. I then used some fun halloween ribbon to tie around the top and punched a hole in the cards I made, slipped the ribbon through and tied a bow. The cards were made with a sharpie and a few stickers on card stock and on the back is the to and from.

I think the teachers and bus driver will like these useful gifts.

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Scholastic bookclubs at school, $1 books plus coupons for free books

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Every Month or so our teachers send home Scholastic Book Clubs flyers order forms. I love to help spark the love for reading in my daughter. We make weekly trips to the library and read one book (or chapter) every night before bed. My daughter also has a growing home library too.

Scholastic offers wonderful books and deals for all ages from preschool to even grades 7 and up.

I love that right now they have offers where if you order online your teacher will earn free coupons for books and YOU do too! Each online order you submit you will receive a coupon for a free book up to $5 (the coupon is delivered with your book order.)

I always go online to find the bargain books, these are some of the fantastic $1.00 books available this month:

The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe 80 pages

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams 32 pages

Big Red Readerâ„¢: Clifford’s Best School Day 32 pages

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! by Lucille Colandro 32 pages

The Best Mouse Cookie by Laura Numeroff 24 pages

Bunnicula by Deborah Howe and James Howe 112 pages

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London 32 pages

I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold 32 pages

Christmas Miracle Pets by Allan Zullo 128 pages

Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise by Don Freeman 32 pages

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 144 pages