Fall Comfort

Hello, I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying fall. Please say you’re enjoying fall, I miss out on it in So Cal! Missing the crisp air at this time of the year doesn’t keep me from enjoying fall recipes. I have an easy comfort food that you can enjoy throughout the upcoming week and it smells great. We all know fall is about the smells 😉

First, I get out my trusty crockpot. I use a Ninja crockpot because it has a stove stop function as well as a slow cook function. But this can be done with any crock pot or on a low simmer via the stove top. This is a mix-up on an old favorite. All day spaghetti sauce is full of flavor and is great to make in bulk so it can be enjoyed in the days to come. This can me made easy by using store bought ingredients or make it from scratch, this is your masterpiece. I used store bought ingredients because I was looking for simple comfort. Let’s go see the next steps.

Next, either find your spaghetti sauce recipe or buy a favorite. My family favorite is Prego Traditional (I don’t leave it at just the jar). My family loves a good meat sauce as well, so let’s start there. Ok, the crock pot is out and you have your sauce. Now, get some Italian spices fresh or jar. Don’t forget the Bay Leaf! Please don’t forget the garlic and fresh onion (I use a purple onion). Now we are ready for the step by step. Look Below.

  1. Chop the onion and garlic or use pre chopped garlic. Warm the crock pot using the high heat stove stop function then put the onion and garlic in the pot (remember I am using the one pot method) Place your meat on top so the flavors can get inside the meat. Add a pinch of Italian spices. Cook the meat as you normally would for a meat sauce. Once browned you can either drain or continue to cook down (This is my favorite especially if using turkey).
  2. Now is the time to add the sauce, stir everything together (still on the stove top function) Add more Italian spices and drop the Bay leaf on top. Switch to the slow cooker function (low) and walk away.
  3. Check on it about halfway through if you can, if not don’t worry the crock pot will do its job. I stir everything with a wooden spoon and scrape the sides of the pot during this halfway point. Add more spices if I feel it needs it (we eat flavorful), and walk away again. My low slow cooker function is an 8 hour timer and warms for an hour after.
  4. Once the beautifully smelling sauce is done, I keep it in the pot and start cooking the noodles on my stove top. I put in a loaf of garlic bread or whip up a side salad.
  5. ENJOY! And enlist your helpers to do the dishes. You have been cooking all day 🙂

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite fall comfort food is. I love my crock pot this time of the year. The house is full of fall aromas and cooking is made more simple.

If I have inspired you please tag me on your social media #sewmuchglitter with your version of this fall comfort favorite. I am active on Instagram/Facebook so please check it out @sewmuchglitter and say HI! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you are notified of new posts. I love to gain inspiration from others and I enjoy inspiring you as well, if you have any fun fall traditions let me know. I am excited to share more of mine with you soon!

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You deserve a treat!

It’s halfway through the week and that means you’ve earned a treat! Remember that 4th of July cake we whipped up (checkout the previous blog post), well I still have fresh fruit and that means I have an excuse to make a delicious dip for that fresh fruit. Let’s get started!

This sweet dip is super light and compliments fresh fruit. If you want to be decadent, go ahead and macerate the fruit. Gather the ingredients as follows:

  1. 1-2 pounds fresh fruit of your choice
  2. 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  3. 1 package instant vanilla pudding. If you have more of a sweet tooth ditch the pudding mix and reach for 1/2 Cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  4. Electric mixer.

Put the pudding mix in a bowl followed by the whipping cream and get whipping until the mixture is stiff. THAT’S IT! If you chose the sweet tooth route: add the powdered sugar followed by the whipping cream and vanilla, then whip until stiff.

Let me know in the comments below which recipe you chose and what fruit you paired this delicious dip with. My personal favorite is strawberries and blueberries but my teenager loves our homegrown peaches sprinkled with cinnamon on top.

I hope this helps get you through the rest of the week. Come back this weekend so we can get creative together.

🙂 Sewmuchglitter

Red, White and Blue Sweet Treat!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND! While our celebrations may look different this year, we can still enjoy some of our favorite traditions. FOOD! Before we heat up the barbecue let’s prepare a flavorful dessert.

Our gardens or markets are full of flavorful goodness this time of the year and I enjoy taking advantage of these seasonal foods. This shortcake is no different. I’ve had this recipe for awhile and love doing something different with it each time. Let’s start with the basics.

  1. 1 package yellow cake mix (angel food cake, chocolate cake or white cake work beautifully).
  2. 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (thawed). Homemade whipped topping is delicious too. (Pioneer Woman has a GREAT recipe)
  3. 1 small package instant vanilla pudding mix.
  4. 1 Cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  5. 1 pint blueberries, 1 pint strawberries sliced (rinsed and drained)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare the cake according to directions in a 9×13 inch pan. COMPLETELY COOL THE CAKE.
  2. in a separate bowl: Mix the vanilla pudding mix, milk and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping (gently).
  3. Place the blueberries in a square on the top left of the cake and place the strawberries as stripes to make the American Flag. Chill until ready to serve.
  4. ENJOY!

I would love to hear what sweet treats you enjoy on this holiday weekend. Comment below how you would mix up this recipe. Sometimes I like to macerate the fruit but be careful not to turn them into mush. This is a versatile process that is all about your choice of taste. I enjoy getting my recipes from multiple sources such as Pioneer Woman, All Recipes, or the good old Food Network. I always enjoy the creative process and have fun making things my own.

Don’t forget to stay safe and healthy this weekend. Check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter for the latest creations. If I have inspired you, post to your social media and tag #sewmuchglitter.

HAPPY FOURTH! ENJOY.

Sewmuchglitter

Summer Pasta

Thanks for joining me again! Today I have a delicious summer pasta dish to share. It can be a meal or a side dish. It’s perfect for a get together or as an alternative summer meal. Prepare ahead of time and keep refrigerated or make and serve, it’s versatile. Let’s get started!

The summer months in Southern California can be long and hot so its nice to take a break from traditional cooking. Let’s start with the ingredients I use. First, I start with a rainbow rotini pasta but tortellini works great too! Next up I use fresh from the garden cucumber and tomato (cherry is a favorite but not required) if you’re not a gardener the stores are plentiful during the summer months. Don’t forget the onion and garlic if desired. Depending on who I’m serving. I may add some sliced black olives. I also use an Italian dressing (wish bone robusto or olive garden Italian is a win for me). If you’d like to make a complete meal out of this dish, you can add some protein such as chopped ham or chicken. Let’s prepare!

Boil the pasta in lightly salted water until soft but not too much, al dente is perfect. Drain and set aside. Now it’s time to chop the veggies and dice the onion and garlic.

Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Add the veggies and lightly toss. Next up is the dressing. I add 1TB of dressing at a time, lightly tossing in-between until my desired amount is added. Cover and refrigerate or serve immediately. Top with shredded parmesan or chopped parsley as desired. TADA! You’re done. Quick, easy, filling, and refreshing!

Comment below what your favorite summer dish is. If you make this family favorite don’t forget to comment and tag #sewmuchglitter on your social media. Check out my other creative ideas@sewmuchglitter on Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest. I can’t wait to see how this dish inspires you.

See you soon!

Sunday Fun day

My family has a favorite game day meal that keep simple. The focus is on the commercials and half-time, especially during the Super Bowl! Let’s face it, football fan or not we all look forward to the entertainment in between the actual sport.

I start off with simple ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. I also use our left over taco meat as it is already seasoned and spicy. But any ground meat will be great.

I add about 1/4 to 1/2 red onion, depending on personal preference. I also add about a TB of garlic ( I use chopped garlic in the jar) put ingredients in the crock pot or stove top pot. Add the meat (mine is already cooked) saute for about 10 minutes. If you are adding uncooked meat, cook until brown with the ingredients listed above. I then add about 3-4 stalks chopped celery (today I only had carrots and used two). This is for texture and fresh taste. Once cooked, it’s time to add the rest and stir well. I then add about 2-3 cups water with a few splashes of hot sauce (we prefer Tapatio and our family likes to spice things up). Stir well and top will a bay leaf. Bay leaves add a full flavor and provide other health benefits such as antioxidant properties. I also throw in a handful of rice because it’s a hit at home. My Halloween chili has “maggots” in it and the kids always loved it so, it’s a chili staple now. Cook on high for about 2 hours then low until you are ready to dig in. Pairs perfectly with shredded cheese and tortilla chips. ENJOY!

I attached pictures of my ingredients (it’s always more fun with a visual) I would love to hear your favorite at home event and what meal you enjoy serving. The best recipes and creative ideas are best shared to inspire.

Enjoy your week and I am excited to share my paper flowers with you as spring will be approaching the rest of us soon. I feel like we went straight to early summer.

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Taking comfort

I had such high hopes for my week. I ended up really sick in bed with a never ending cough and sinus infection that felt like the flu. So, instead of explaining why I love making paper flowers and how you don’t have to be a crafty genius to enjoy this paper craft, I am sharing what I took most comfort in while fighting off evil germs.

The heat of a bubble bath helped with my aches and pains while I started a Ruth Ware novel, the turn of the key. I love suspenseful books with a hint of mystery just to keep me reading. This book does not disappoint! Although it starts off with the character’s current situation and goes backward from there, it keeps you wondering how she got there, so you keep reading. I look forward to finishing the book and getting back to catering to my creative juices soon.

I would love to hear what you have been enjoying this week or who you are cheering for Super Bowl Sunday. Personally, I will be cheering for the most creative commercial. Check back tomorrow for my family’s favorite football meal (I have to go buy the ingredients) And don’t forget the paper flower tutorial coming very soon.

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