May 30, 2011

Things I Made and Saw : Muffins, Beads and Hello Kitty

It was another day of fabulous walks, but silly me, I forgot my camera :( But trust that there was beautiful countryside, lots of Mennonites out in their buggies for Sunday drives, fields of growing things and cute puppies romping about (though a little too much, Jesse got hot and laid in a stinky puddle, much to my dismay and his for the inevitable bath he would receive on our return home).

Anyways, once I recovered from the walk, which took much Pita Pit pita eating, coffee and episodes of Doctor Who, I did some cooking.

 Banana chocolate chip muffins are so awesome --one got ate up before I could even get a picture:

And also some tasty pasta casserole!

Since the pasta casserole is pretty easy and I just sort of made it up as I went along today, here's my recipe:

Recipe for Pasta Casserole 

Boil up 1 box penne pasta in salted wate. Drain and set aside when finished.

Boil (or steam) 1 head of brocoli for about 5 minutesx

While the pasta and the brocoli are cooking, make up the sauce:

Fry up in a pan until soft and cooked:
3 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 tomato
1 green pepper

Add all the vegetables to:
1 can pureed tomatoes that is seasoned with salt, pepper, thyme, hot pepper flakes

Cook the sauce for about 10 minutes over medium heat.

Mix together the cooked pasta, sauce and a package of ricotta cheese broken up into pieces into a large casserole dish. Cook at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Let cool a few minutes and then enjoy!

While I was relaxing, I was also working on some bracelets for Craft Hope Project 12 which is a project to send bracelets to orphans in Russia in affiilation with the organization Orphan Outreach.

For anyone not familiar with Craft Hope, they have done a lot of amazing crafty projects such as quilts and sock monkeys through various charities and organizations to give hope to people who are ill, poor, or victims of recent tragedies. They also have an amazing book of  projects that are good for donating to charities called Craft Hope.
I've got a good few bracelets done so far, and hope to get a lot more done before I have to mail them off to meet the June 15th project deadline.

Additionally, I am looking at a cute Hello Kitty (aka Hello Knitty) that I made for the boy back when I still lived in Toronto....I just finally got around to taking a picture of her in all her fabulousness:

If anyone wants to make their own Hello Kitty, you can find the patten here. I think I finished knitting this in a few hours, and it took a few hours to sew together and stuff --overall it was super easy and fun to make !

I'm off to get some rest after all my adventures --good night all!


  1. TOTALLY gonna try that pasta casserole! Looks yummy!

  2. Yeah it is super good! And there's a huge casserole of it, so I may actually get to eat some before the locusts (*cough boy*) eat it all :)


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