Monday, November 24, 2014

Easy Lasagna Soup

Easy Lasagna Soup: A quick and easy way to enjoy a classic Italian favorite!

November has been a rough month here in our house. We have been battling sickness that seems to just keep on coming back. I have never gone so many days without making dinner. We have survived on cough drops and random leftovers for our meals for nearly two weeks. Finally though, I think we are making progress and one of the first things I made when we started to feel better was this soup.

When you aren't feeling well, nothing is more comforting than a bowl of soup, especially one full of noodles and topped with creamy cheese. When I started to make this, I knew that I had one major requirement, it had to be easy. I knew that I couldn't stand to spend more than 10 minutes in the kitchen, and this easy recipe definitely fit the bill.

Basically, after some minimal chopping, you dump everything in the pot, and let it work its magic. After only half an hour of cook time, you have a thick and comforting bowl of soup, with all the delicious flavors of lasagna.

If you are short on time, but want a dinner with big flavor, then you need to try this soup!

Lasagna Soup

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
1 28 oz. can tomato sauce
1 28 oz. carton of chicken broth
1/2 5 oz. can of tomato pasta
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 package no boil lasagna noodles
ricotta, mozzarella, and croutons
salt, pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, brown your ground beef. Once no pink remains, add your onion and pepper and cook until tender. Add the garlic and tomato pasta and cook for another minute, or until the garlic is fragrant. Add the canned tomatoes and broth and stir well to combine. Break up your lasagna noodles into small pieces and then stir well. Cook soup over low heat, stirring frequently to prevent the noodles from sticking together. Soup is ready once the noodles are tender, about 20-30 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.

Serve topped with croutons or bread, and then a dollop of ricotta and a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese. Enjoy!
Easy Lasagna Soup: A comforting and delicious way to enjoy an Italian favorite!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Ultimate Pinterest Party

Welcome back to The Ultimate Pinterest Party!

Come link up two pins to The Ultimate Pinterest Party to get them repinned on Saturday morning!

The most clicked pins from last week's party were . . .

30 DIY Gifts that will actually get used
The 10 Best Christmas Desserts

Here is my pick for my favorite pin from last week's party:

Cutting Tiny Bites: Sweet Potato Cookies with Marshmallow Creme Frosting The Ultimate Pinterest Party, Week 26

Please read!!

  1. Link to a PIN, not a post!!  Make sure you only link up *2 pins.*  We will delete any pins after the first 2 pins.
  2. Before you link up the pin, click on the pin and make sure it takes you to your post, not your home page.
  3. PLEASE remember to go pin other people's pins FROM THE ULTIMATE PINTEREST BOARD on SATURDAY MORNING  (not tonight from the linky).  Do not link up if you do not have the time to re-pin.
  4. Please re-pin (not like) at least 3 pins for every pin that you link up.  Liking does not boost the pins.  If you want to like some after you re-pin 3 pins, that is fine.
  5. Please link up pins that are new to our party.  (Do not link up the same pin that you have already linked up a previous week.  They will not be repinned.)
  6. PLEASE SHARE!  I think this party could be awesome, but we need to have you get out the word!  That being said, we only want people to link up who will come back and pin on Saturday!  You can share on all the social medias (facebook, google+, etc.) but  here is a Twitter button to make it easy!

Now let's get to our party!

Here are the directions or rules:
  • Follow your host and co-hosts on Pinterest.  (Click "Follow All" and then go back and unfollow individual boards if you don't want to see some of our pins):
Tammy from Creative K Kids -- Click HERE to follow on Pinterest.
host of The Ultimate Pinterest Party
Amanda from Old House to New Home -- Click HERE to follow on Pinterest.
Kristina and Millie from 2 Crochet Hooks -- Click HERE to follow on Pinterest. This is 2 Crochet Hooks last time co-hosting this party.  They  have other plans for Saturday morning (imagine that!)  Thank  them for linking up for us the last few months!
  • Tammy will send out an email to everyone that has ever participated in this party on Friday afternoon when the linky is open.  She will also send an email on Saturday morning reminding everyone to re-pin some pins.   There will be a link to the party in case you haven't linked up and there will be a link to the Pinterest board. 
  • We will start pinning at 8:30 a.m. EST Saturday morning.  We will pin until they are all pinned.
  •  If you know that you do not have the time to re-pin pins on Saturday, then DO NOT LINK UP!
  • I can decide to not pin a pin if it goes against my beliefs or against the rules of this party.
  • Please grab the button to help bring awareness to this party.  Put on your party page, sidebar, or post!
Creative K Kids

The Ultimate Party on Google Plus!

hosts for The Ultimate Party

 Welcome to The Ultimate Party on G+!

Why do we do a G+ party at all, and why do we do it on Fridays?

  1. Posting on G+ helps with SEO optimization.
  2. Posting on G+ helps  your posts get ranked higher in Google's search engine.
  3. Friday is supposed to be the best time for interaction on G+, specifically between 11a.m. - 2 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m
  4. To help you gain more followers on G+.  (We'll have a G+ circle that we share every week for those who link up.)
  5. To interact with and get to know other bloggers.
  6. BECAUSE IT'S FUN!!  Why do a party if it isn't going to be fun?
 Please tell your blogging friends about this party as the more people that participate means that your posts get boosted more!  Plus almost every week, we make a circle for only those who participated in that week's party.  It's an easy way to grow your circles and get your posts boosted and maybe pinned all at the same time

Now let's party!

Thank you for linking up and joining our party.  We will remind people to link up every single Friday as it helps us know who is participating in our party, and which people are being by spammers by just using the hashtag #theultimateparty.
Please follow all the co-hosts above and the hosts,  +Tammy Doiel from Creative K Kids, +Tammy A from My Life Abundant, +Kim P from KidPep, +Amanda Paxton from Old House to New House and +Paula Kumert from Paula-Buenos Aires on Google+ and any other social media that you would like to follow us on.    The hosts are the first 5 people linked up below, so it is easy to follow us on G+.

Here is a little extra information for this party:

  1. You can follow our G+ page (The Ultimate Party) if you want to see our updates!    Also, if you follow our page, we will invite you every week to our party "event" so that you will be reminded of the party!
  2. If you wish, you can follow our Pinterest board called The Ultimate Party where all of your hosts can pin your great posts.
  3. Optional:  You can include your pin URL that coincides with your post on G+ so that others can pin it if they want to do so.   If you repin the pin, please try to remember to include the hashtag #theultimateparty in the pin description.
  4. We would love it if you grabbed our button!
Creative K Kids
I also would love any tweets you could do to help spread the word about this party! The more people that come, the more your posts will be boosted!