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Cheese Ravioli with Peas and Arugula

I don’t know about you, but I love anything with arugula in it.  Spicy and refreshing, this green adds a great bite to everything from a plain salad to a pasta dish.  In this Cheese Ravioli with Peas and Arugula recipe, it brings a bright, springy flavor to this comforting winter stable.

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I meant to make this meal with smaller mini raviolis, which are better for cooking and browning in the pan, but all I could find were these larger rounds.  They did work really well and gave this dish a nice look, but the raviolis did tend to fall apart once I tried browning them.  Something to look out for if you decide to tackle this recipe.

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Like all my favorite recipes, this one can easily be altered to suit your needs.  If you want more/less peas, bacon, arugula, or want to try adding something totally wonky, go for it!  Despite the fact that this recipe uses heavy cream, it’s actually quite light.  It’s wonderful in the winter, but would also be a great dish for the spring.

And, like most other pasta dishes, this one is quite tasty cold, as well!

 

Cheese Ravioli with Peas and Arugula Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 20-ounce package frozen cheese ravioli
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups loosely packed baby arugula
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Cook frozen ravioli according to package directions.  Drain ravioli and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter.  Add the ravioli and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the frozen peas, heavy cream, and garlic powder into the saucepan.  Mix carefully so ravioli doesn’t rip apart.
  4. Bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.  If the sauce is too thick, add water 1 tablespoon at a time until sauce is proper consistency.
  5. Add arugula and toss until arugula begins to wilt, about 1 minute.

 

Do you like arugula?  Share your favorite arugula recipe below!

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Honey Granola

If you’ve ever eaten plain matzah, you know that it’s not the most exciting food in the world.  It’s very bland, dry, and basically tastes like a huge saltless cracker.  For those who don’t know, matzah is a plain unleavened bread eaten by Jewish people during the Passover holiday.  Matzah is a large part of the  Passover Seder, but it’s also Jewish law to eat matzah instead of bread for the following week.  And let me tell you, it gets boring.

Thankfully they’ve recently come out with a variety of matzah flavors, making it much easier to make delicious matzah pizzas, sandwiches, and snacks (I’m a lover of the new Mediterranean flavor.  If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it.  It would be wonderful with a little hummus!).

Now I’m not what one might call a matzah lover.  I’ll eat it to keep the holiday, but I’ve never craved it or looked forward to a meal in which matzah was involved.  However, that all changed after I had this honey granola.  Made with farfel, which is basically crumbled up matzah, this granola is delicious…and kosher for Passover!  It’s great to eat with ice cream, yogurt, and more recently I discovered that it’s a delicious topping to a bowl of strawberries and fresh whipped cream.

When I make this honey granola, I usually double the recipe, so I have enough to last me a good 2-3 months (make sure you store it in an airtight container or a Zip Lock bag to ensure freshness).  If you can’t find farfel, you can buy a box of plain unsalted matzah and crumble it up into small pieces.

This is also a recipe for honey lovers.  While you can often rely on that cute “honey bear” for all your honey baking needs, I’d recommend splurging on the good stuff for this recipe.  You can find all kinds of honey flavors at your local produce market or Whole Foods store.

Honey Granola

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups farfel, or crumbled up matzah
  • 2-3 cups mixed nut/dried fruit mix
  • ½ cup sweetened coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon (plus more for dusting)
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup clover honey

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
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  2. Combine the farfel, mixed nut mix, coconut, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.  Mix until combined.  Set aside.  If you can’t find farfel, you can crumble up plain matzah.  Here’s what farfel looks like:

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  3. Combine butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave for about 1 minute, or until butter is melted and honey is more fluid.

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  4. Pour the butter mixture over the farfel mixture and stir to coat.

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  5. Spread mixture over a large pan and bake for 15 minutes.  Stir half way through cooking.  I doubled mine, so I had a lot!

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  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
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  7. Store in a Zip Lock bag or air tight storage container.  Serve with yogurt, ice cream, or just snack on it throughout the day!

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Pistachio Cupcakes

Hey everyone!  First of all, I’m so sorry I’ve been absent recently!  I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t had much time for blogging this past week, but I have something to make it up to you…

This past weekend was my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower…and I was in charge of the sweet table.  This is part of the reason I’ve been absent…since most of my free time was spent baking!  I experimented with some different flavors and techniques and, as a little treat, I’m going to share with you my recipe for pistachio cupcakes.  This is a great cake to make for a bridal or baby shower.

I made little mini cupcakes, but you can easily make larger ones or even make a full cake.

I also included some stamped orange sugar cookies, which were a HUGE hit!  Maybe I’ll share that recipe with you guys, too… 🙂

The shower theme colors were hot pink, green, black, and white…so I had a lot of fun with the dessert table!  Here’s how it all came together:

ANYWAY, let’s get to those cupcakes, huh?  Here’s a recipe that nut lovers are sure to go, well, “nuts” over!

Pistachio Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcake:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 package instant pistachio pudding
  • 1 handful crushed pistachios (optional)
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup club soda

Frosting:

  • 1 tub whipped frosting (white)
  • 1/2 package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2-3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 handful crushed pistachios (optional)


Directions:

1.  To make the cupcakes, place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Mix gently to combine.  Continue to mix until everything is incorporated and you have a smooth batter.  If you want your cupcakes to be a darker green, you can add some food coloring, but the pudding mix adds just enough color to make it a soft pistachio green.

2.  Pour it into prepared muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees F for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.

3.  For the frosting, combine the frosting, pudding mix, and crushed pistachios in a bowl and mix until combined.  If you want to darken your frosting, add green food coloring.  I added 2 drops to get the nice green tint.  Decorate to your heart’s content!

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Sweet Spring Felt Birds

These birds look so cute sitting on a window sill or hanging from a spring branch decoration.  You can even make them in darker colors to hang on your Christmas tree come holiday time.  With some red and black felt, you can make a bunch of cardinals that would be perfect as Christmas package decorations.

Thanks to Kata Golda for this great idea and pattern!

Felt Birds:

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Pattern
  • Needle
  • Embroidery thread (black, orange, and a complimentary color to your felt color choice)
  • Fabric filling or cotton balls

Directions:

Using the pattern provided by Kata Golda, cut out all your felt pieces.

Using a needle and black embroidery thread, embroider on the eyes.  Do the same with the orange felt for the beak.

Use your complimentary color thread to attach the wings, as shown in the pattern.

Use a blanket stitch to sew up all sides of the bird.

Stitch until there’s only a small opening left.  Use that opening to stuff the bird and then continue sewing it closed.

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Creamy Fettuccine with Peas, Salmon, and Dill

This is my attempt to make fettuccine just a little bit healthy!

This creamy pasta dish is great for a guilty pleasure meal.  If you’re not big on fish, use chopped chicken and broccoli instead of salmon and peas.  You could read my recipe for Pasta Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli that I posted a couple of years ago.  I still make it at least a couple times a month.

The dill in this dish is optional, but it really does enhance the flavor of the salmon.  It’s a great recipe for spring and perfect with a side salad and a cold beer.

Creamy Fettuccine with Peas, Salmon, and Dill

 Ingredients:

  • 1 box of fettuccine
  • ½ bag of frozen peas
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 jar creamy alfredo sauce
  • 3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Directions:

1.  Cook the pasta according to package directions.  When the pasta is at an al dente stage, add the peas and cook until the pasta is soft.

2.  Drain pasta and peas and place back in the pot.  Add the sauce and mix to combine.

3.  Season salmon with salt and pepper.  Add to a hot pan and cook about 3-5 minutes per side.  Use a fork and flake the salmon into small bite sized pieces.  Add salmon to pasta and mix to combine.  Add dill right before serving and mix until combined.

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St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece

I love me a good recycled craft…and this one is “green” in all senses of the word!  Made from recycled items and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, this beer bottle vase is so easy to make and would look adorable on your table or mantle.  This is a great way to use up those Guinness bottles you have lying around, as well as some left over felt scraps from projects you’ve done before.

A few weeks ago I posted a Felt Flower Tutorial, as well as a Felt Shamrocks Tutorial.  Both of those will come in handy when making this cute little St. Pattie’s craft.

St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece

Materials:

  • 1 empty beer bottle, label removed, washed and dried
  • Various scraps of green and white felt
  • Green and white felt (optional–only if you’re making the flowers)
  • Craft pipe cleaners (optional–only if you’re making the flowers)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Needle and green embroidery thread

Directions:

Follow the directions for the Felt Flower Tutorial to make the flowers for your vase.  If you’d rather use real flowers or no flowers at all, simply ignore this step.

Follow the directions for the Felt Shamrocks Tutorial to make 3 green shamrocks, as well as 1 white one.  Feel free to use whatever colors you’d like.  I happened to have felt in “True Green”, “Forest Green”, and “Sage Green”…so those are the shamrocks I created.  I also made a white one and did a simple stitch in green thread around the edge of the shamrock.

I also created a little belt to go around the bottle.  I made this out of the “Sage Green” felt and 2 strips of white felt.  Glue the shamrocks to the felt belt.

When you have your shamrocks arranged and glued to the belt, simply glue it all to your beer bottle.  Add your flowers and you’re good to go!  This is a really fun and economical idea for table centerpieces or party favors.

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How to Make Curled Felt Roses

Felt is one of my absolute favorite things to craft with.  And at about $0.25 a sheet, it’s no wonder that felt is so popular.

With spring quickly on the way, I’m all about flowers now.  I seem to have a problem keeping real flowers alive, so I’ll settle for fake ones that don’t require a lot of attention.  Plus allergies make having real flowers kind of a drag sometimes.

But, back to felt.  These adorable felt flowers are so insanely easy to make.  This is a great way to use up old felt scraps, by the way!  Add these adorable flowers to bobby pins, packages, pins, or even glue a whole slew of them to a wreath (that’s my next project to tackle!).  Once you make one or two, you’ll be completely hooked on this super fun and felty craft!

Felt Flower Tutorial:

Materials:

  • Felt in the colors of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • CD
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

1.  First you’re going to want to cut a circle out of felt.  You can create a scalloped edge if you’d like to give a nice look to your rose, but it’s not essential.  I’ll do one of each here so you can see the difference.  Use the CD to create a circle and cut it out.  To create a scalloped edge, you can do it freehand or trace the cap of the pen over and over around the circle.

2.  Cut into your circle and continue cutting until you have a spiral, like shown below.

3.  Starting at the small end of your spiral, begin wrapping the felt around itself until a rose begins to form.  Secure the tail end with a little bit of hot glue.
4.  Place some hot glue on the bottom of your rose and cover it with a scrap piece of fabric.  Cut off the excess and there you have it!  An adorable felt rose!

Here you can see what the plain circle looks like (white), as well as the scalloped circle (green).  Like I said, once you start, it will be hard to stop…and here’s some proof.  I went through all my felt scraps and made tons of felt roses!

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