I pretty much love anything that has pasta and tons of cheese in it. Case in point, this scrumptious recipe from Baker by Nature .
1 pound bow tie pasta, cooked al dente
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced
1 large roasted red pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 pound kale, ribs discarded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped (optional)
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling, optional Instructions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook for 7-8
minutes, or until al dente. Drain and set aside. Don’t over cook pasta
or your final result will be soggy noodles.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium flame. Add onions, peppers, and
kale, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until
the kale has softened and the onions have lightened in color. Add garlic
and crushed red pepper, and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in
marinara sauce, then remove pan from heat.
Preheat ovens broiler.
Stir cooked noodles into the sauce mixture, then pour mixture into a
very large, deep, baking dish. Spread ricotta cheese over the top of the
noodle mixture, then sprinkle with mozzarella. Place baking dish in the
oven on the middle rack, and broil for 5-6 minutes, or until the lid of
cheese is melted and lightly golden.
Spoon pasta mixture onto plates, sprinkle with parsley and parmesan, and serve once!
With summer around the corner, nothing cheers me up like a good fruit
and chocolate dessert combo. Brownie fruit pizza is the perfect
Simply bake brownies using your preferred method. I used a box mix and
added a few chocolate chips! For the frosting, combine 8 oz cream
cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla and blend until creamy.
Cut up some fresh fruit to add to the top, and you're done!
I've scoured the web looking for my favorite Father's Day crafts. These
ideas are all simple, inexpensive, and adorable! Hopefully you'll be
inspired to make or do something wonderful for that superhero in your
After being back at work for a few weeks, there are a few things that I quickly realized are daily essentials.
1. Robe- My baby loves to spit up. I wear a robe every morning while I'm getting ready, up until I buckle her in the car seat and we leave. It's like a protective cloak from her fabulous spit up! 2. Vitamin B-Complex- I carry these vitamins in my purse and take a few whenever I feel like I need a little boost of energy! 3. Infinity Scarf- Have you ever gone to work with spit up/drool/poop/food on you? Just throw on scarf and you're set to go! 4. Dry Shampoo- LOVE this stuff! Days when you don't have time to wash and dry your hair before work, you can simply spray some dry shampoo in it, style it, and you're beautiful as ever! 5. Hair Ties- I really love these cute elastic hair ties because you can wear them on your wrist throughout the day as a cute bracelet and throw your hair up when needed. I especially love these because they don't dent or crease your hair like traditional hair bands. 6. Coffee- Before I had a kid, I never ever drank coffee. Now, I start my day with a big cup! Life saver! 7. Baby Wipes- I always have a travel pack in my purse. Baby wipes are just a great multipurpose tool to have with you at all times. 8. Water Bottle- I really love this one handed water bottle because it doesn't spill or open unless you push down on the lever. Life is busy and you need to make sure you're taking care of yourself and staying hydrated throughout the day! 9. Under Eye Concealer- Let's face it, those dark bags under your eyes are now permanent. It's time to invest in some great under eye concealer before your co-workers start telling you that you look completely exhausted!
Mary Kate, a former teacher and fashion lover, just opened a new online store called Evelyn and Irwin (so cute!) with some great pieces! Check out this beautiful maxi skirt that I got!
Here it is on the beautiful model!
I love the cobalt blue and the flowy texture. So great for summer! They also have some amazing statement necklaces!
This necklace is super fun for summer and can be paired with just about anything!
Guess what??? It's GIVEAWAY time!!!
Do you want to win a fabulous statement necklace of your choice from Evelyn and Irwin ?!?! Well, here's your chance! Simply repost this picture on Instagram and add the hashtag #allthingskatiemarie AND #evelynandirwin . That's it! Contest ends in one week and the winner will be emailed. Good luck and happy hashtagging!