Monday, April 30, 2012

Good Will Finds

My friend Marie, started a series entitled Second Hand Sunday.
Today felt like a great day to start. I know it's not Sunday, but I did start writing this on Sunday, so that does count! haha

After morning church yesterday, my hubby and I decided to stop by the 2 GoodWill stores in town. Oh boy did we love our stops! We got all of this stuff, for under $17. We both commented that the GoodWill stores in our hometowns in Cali aren't nearly as good as the ones up here in the NorthWest! I mean, Mason Jars, all sizes, are JUST .40 cents!!!! That's such a steal!!

**Our GoodWill finds: exercise equipment, 3 Mason Jars, a basket, and Nintendo 64**

When we got home I put my items to work. Can you guess which items are mine? Yup, you guessed it, the Mason Jars and the wicker basket.

 **Used this lovely basket, for only .99 cents, for all the teas that are cluttering up my cupboard. Matches perfectly with the basket I use for produce.**

**Used the wide mouth, 8 oz. Mason Jars for my next Way to use your Mason Jars:  DIY Air Freshners**
 **A closer view**

Ways to use your Mason Jars #3

1/2 cup baking soda (per jar)
Essential oil of your preference (8-12 drops)
Mason jar (I love the 8 oz wide mouth Elite Collection for these!)
Scrapbook paper
Tapestry needle 
Scissors and pen

  1. Fill your jar with the baking soda and add in the drops of oil
  2. Trace the lip of the lid of the Mason Jar on your scrapbooking paper, with your pen.
  3. Cut out your circle tracing, place under lid, and screw lid in place.
  4. With your tapestry needle, go to town punching holes in the paper.  
 VOILA!! Your done! 

Such an easy and very cheap way to get your room smellin' clean and fresh and another way to use your mason jars!

The other items in the picture are my hubby's choices of course. We have already started to put the exercise equipment to good use, as my hubby has created a new house rule.

House Rule: Every time you leave and re-enter the house, you must complete 10 pushups. 

These pushups bars are going to be getting A LOT of usage!! I told him that I won't be leavin' the house from now on! haha. But really, I can feel myself getting stronger. By this time next week, I'll be so much more healthier and stronger! Throughout the course of my day yesterday, I did over 50 pushups, whereas just a short while ago, I could only do 10 in one sitting. Not too shabby!

We then completed our GoodWill day, by having a nice, homemade Ravioli dinner!!! So fun to make for my first time! I used recipe, to make it all from scratch.

About 2 1/2 hours before serving:

Prepare cheese or meat filling; set aside. Prepare homemade pasta dough. Cut pasta into 4 equal pieces. On a well floured surface with a well floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece into a 15 x 6 inch rectangle. With a sharp knife cut rectangle crosswise into 5-6 x 3 inch pieces.

Spread rounded tablespoons of either cheese or meat filling on short half of each piece of pasta to within 1/4 inch of edge. Fold dough over filling and bring ends together. With fork dipped in flour, firmly press edges together. Place ravioli in single layer on floured, clean cloth towels. Repeat with remaining pasta and filling making 20 ravioli in all. Let dry 30 minutes before cooking. Meanwhile prepare Marinara sauce.

In large kettle over high heat, heat to boiling 4 quarts of water, salt and salad oil. Cook ravioli, a few at a time, 10 minutes until tender but firm. Drain well. Arrange on heated platter. Spoon Marinara sauce evenly over ravioli. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.

2 1/4 to 2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
In large bowl combine 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup water and remaining ingredients. With mixer at low speed beat 2 minutes occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. With wooden spoon stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and not sticky, about 20 times. Makes enough dough for 1 pound.
Cheese Filling - In medium bowl combine 1 (15 or 16 oz.) container ricotta cheese, 1/3 cup minced parsley, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.Meat Filling - In medium skillet over medium high heat, in 1 tablespoon oil, cook 3/4 pound ground beef, 1/2 cup minced onion and 1 garlic clove minced until meat is well browned. Remove from heat and stir in 2 eggs, slightly beaten, 1/4 cup minced parsley, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon salt. Drain well.

MARINARA SAUCE: (Meatless Italian)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 sm. onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. basil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 (16 oz.) tomatoes
1 (6 oz.) tomato paste
Cook onion and garlic in oil. Stir in rest of ingredients. Cook covered for 20 minutes, until thickened, stirring occasionally. Makes 3 cups, enough for 6 servings of spaghetti.

**Note: I used my own home-made recipe for pasta sauce, and not theirs. But they do have a great, basic recipe here for it.
**It was hard to roll out this dough in the shape that they wanted for "jumbo" size, so next time, I will be doing regular sized ravioli. But overall, I LOVED this recipe and instructions they provide. Awesome meal!
 **Homemade Ravioli**

Adam really loved this meal and actually liked it better without the sauce over it. I'm a saucy gal and LOVED A LOT of sauce over mine. He rated the meal a 4.175, so you can tell it gives crowd pleasin' results!!

I'll leave you all with our menu for the week:
Monday: leftover Beef Stroganoff over whole-wheat couscous, with a side salad
Tuesday: Manicotti
Wednesday: Fitzgerald Black Bean & Rice Skillet with tortillas
Thursday: Spaghetti and green salad
Friday: Spicy Chicken Rigatoni
Saturday: Whole-Wheat Hawaiian Pizza

Happy week y'all!

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