Baked Ziti

This is a great comfort food on a cold day. It's easy to make and great as a weekday meal. This recipe makes about 6 servings. This dish makes excellent leftovers; the pasta really soaks up more of the juice from the meat.  I feel  the same way about chinese food! I always like eating leftover chinese food because I think it has more flavor. Let me know what you think :)












Ingredients:
olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 medium onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 jar of marinara sauce
2 cups fresh diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon red paper flakes
salt and pepper
1 pound ziti (Use corn pasta for Gluten-free option)
2 8ounces fresh mozzarella balls, diced 
1/2 cup grated mozzarella
one 15-ounce tub ricotta cheese 
1/2 cup grated parmesan
2 teaspoon dried parsley 
1 egg

Directions: 
1. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. 
2. Add garlic and onions and saute until onions are translucent. 
3. Add the ground beef and cook until browed. Drain off almost all of the fast. Leave a little bit behind for flavor. 
4. Add fresh tomatoes and let it cook for 10 minutes Add marinara sauce, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and salt/pepper. 
5. Stir.Bring to simmer for about 20- 30 minutes on low heat. Remove half of the sauce and put it aside to cool down. 
6. Cook ziti until quite al dente. Drain and set aside
7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 

8.In a bowl, mix fresh mozzarella balls, ricotta, parmesan, eggs, parsley, salt/pepper. Stir together but do not completely mix. 
9.Pour pasta into the cheese mix bowl. Toss together. Mix in half of the cooled meat sauce. Toss together. Add half of the coated pasta (pasta with sauce and cheese) into a large casserole 
10. Spoon half of the remaining sauce on top. Repeat another layer of coated pasta
11. add the remaining meat sauce and sprinkle the 1/2 cup grated mozzarella on top. 
12. Bake for about 20 -25 minutes. Let is stand for 5 minutes before serving. 


Fall Leaves

All my sweaters are out! The sweater I'm wearing on this picture is one of my least favorite. What is your favorite sweater and why? Comments are suggestions are always welcome!

Shirt- I didn't like this shirt at all. It's very boxy and it sheds!
Necklace: I've had this necklace for two years now. I don't really wear it because it's so heavy! I love the design but I find myself taking it off after 30 minutes. If it wasn't final sale from Lilly Pulitzer, I would have returned it. 
Jeans: I really like these corduroys. They are comfortable and the fit is great. I got the petite size and the length is almost perfect. Perfect for fall and winter! 






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Mulled Cider By The Fire

Mulled cider is a great drink and it definitely makes me feel like it is fall! So sweet and soo good! My recipe will be on my blog soon! 

Vest:  I got a S petite. This is not a fitted vest but still very stylish. If you're looking for something more comfy, this will be great for you. It is great for outdoor activities like hiking, camping etc. One thing I like about this is that it is PACKABLE! It packs down in a little bag. It is also very light yet warm. It comes in 6 different colors and I am wearing dark cayenne in this picture. 
Boots:  These are my favorite winter boots. They last a long time and it is very warm!

One of the reasons why I would choose L.L Bean over other stores is because L.L Bean has a lifetime guarantee and has awesome customer service, both in stores and on the phone.  Their products last long and are built well. Even though they are a bit more pricey, I think all LL beab products are worth the price. You are getting what you pay for :)







 



 c/o llbean


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Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo- Gluten Free

This dish is gluten free and super tasty. It is also one of those dishes where you really have to pay attention too. Stir, stir, and stir occasionally! Let me know what you think. Any suggestions are welcome!












Ingredients: 
2 ponds unpeeled fresh shrimp
1 pound smoked sausage or andouille sausage
olive oil
I medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 celery ribs
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1/2 cup chopped green onions for cooking and garnish
2-3 cups hot cooked rice

Directions:
1. Peel Shrimp, reserving shells. Set meet aside
2. Combine shells and chicken broth in a large dutch oven pan.
3.Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 25 minutes. ( This will soak up all the shrimp juice from the shells)
4. Strain shrimp shells. Keeping the liquid broth, set aside and throwing out the shells.
5. Cook sausage in a dutch oven over medium heat until browed. Remove sausage, set aside.
6. Leave the remaining liquid from the sausage in the pan. Add oil to measure 1/2 cup.
7. Add flour into the oil/ sausage juice mixture over low heat. Whisk constantly for about 35-40 minutes. This step is very important. You can easily burn the flour mixture if you do not whisk constantly
8.Whisk until it is brown colored.
9.Stir in onion,green pepper, celery and garlic cloves until vegetables are tender.
10. Stir in broth, bring mixture into a boil.
11. Stir in bay leaves, creole seasoning, thyme, worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 45-50 minutes.
12. Stir occasionally
13. Stir in shrimp, green onions. Cook for 5 t 7 minutes until shrimp turn pink.
14. Discard bay leaves
15. Serve over hot rice and more green onions for garnish.


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