Monday, December 12, 2011

Productive Sunday

 Sunday was a busy today but productive! Evie and I went grocery shopping at 9am. What a perfect time to go to the grocery store. No one was there, the shelves were STOCKED with food, and it was a breeze to get in & out. I will gladly get up early to go to the grocery store if it's going to be that easy! Here's my shopping buddy riding around town with me.

We also headed down to the dreaded Fisherman's Wharf to hit up two places for holiday gifts. But, it was also super easy since it was early!

We headed home for lunch and then out for our long walk while Erik went surfing. I got all of the laundry done, made dinner, and cookies! For dinner, we had YUMMY Turkey & Spinach Manicotti.

Turkey & Spinach Manicotti (from Eat Better America)

box (8 oz) uncooked manicotti shells (14 shells)
1 1/2
cups shredded Italian cheese blend (6 oz)
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
container (15 oz) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
box (10 oz) Cascadian Farm® frozen organic cut spinach, thawed, drained, squeezed dry
cloves garlic, finely chopped
egg, slightly beaten
jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen® pasta sauce (any flavor)

Heat oven to 375°F. Cook manicotti as directed on box. Rinse with cool water; drain well. In medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of the Italian cheese blend, the pepper flakes, ricotta cheese, spinach, garlic and egg.
In bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking dish, spread 1 cup of the pasta sauce. Spoon ricotta mixture into manicotti; place over sauce in dish. Pour remaining sauce over manicotti. Cover tightly with foil.
Bake about 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbling. Uncover dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

I also made my favorite cookie...Cranberry, White Chocolate, Oatmeal cookies!


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer combine the sugar, brown sugar and butter; mix well to cream together.

  3. Add in egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.

  4. Add the cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flour and mix well.

  5. Fold in the oatmeal, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips- making sure that all ingredients are uniformly distributed.

  6. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 3 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes, just until the edges are lightly golden.

  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer cookies to cooling rack.

I also watched one of my favorite Lifetime Holiday movies - A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride.  I know, I know,  it's Lifetime but it's so cute!

It was a productive day for everyone!

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