My Feature Friday for this week is my roommate from USU Jaimie! She comes to us all the way from big ol' Texas. She has some great ideas on DIY girl's bedroom decor and a yummy manicotti recipe that I can't wait to share...so let's go!
This ladybug wall mural is to die for! Jaimie did this herself with Spray paint and black acrylic paint. What a neat way to make a plain wall come alive! This little girl's room is all about fun!
Jaimie made this polka dot valance for a fun window covering in her little girl's room. She used heat n bond and no thread at all to put it all together! Can you believe it? A no sew window valance that is quick, easy and totally cute!
I especially love it because you can change out the fabric to suit your tastes and if you are like me, boy themed. How cute would a denim valance with strips of stripes or plaid be! Some day I will get to do a little girls room.
Last, but definitely not least, is her Ooey Gooey Manicotti recipe. She tweaked this one from a box recipe. That is my kind of girl, find an idea you love and make it your own! I ask you how can a recipe with four kinds of cheese in it not be scrumptious? Lactose intolerant people turn back now!
1 package manicotti, I think there were 14 in the box
2 15 oz containers ricotta cheese, I used whole milk HEB brand
1 package italian blend shredded cheese, it has the parmesan and mozzarella
grated parmesan, I didn't measure, I just shook til I thought it looked yummy!
minced onion, a couple shakes
garlic salt, I used Lawry's garlic salt which is coarse ground and has parsley
I use Prego with mushrooms, the big plastic bottle(I use a lot of sauce)
Add 1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 can Hunt's tomato puree
Weber grill creations roasted garlic & herb
I let that simmer while I was getting everything else ready
Cook manicotti according to package directions (I added some Olive Oil to the water so they won't stick together). Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 3 cups mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings. Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce in ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Stuff manicotti shells with cheese mixture (I found using a butter knife worked the best, or cut the corner off a large ziploc) ; arrange over sauce. Top with remaining sauce.
Cover and bake at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and manicotti is heated through.
*I always add a lot of cheese. I put mine on before I put it in the oven and I didn't cook it as long, probably the 35 minutes would be fine. Also cook your noodles for less time than the package says, since you are putting it in the oven to bake, you don't want it soggy.
Great ideas Jaimie! You are now entered in to the hall of fame as Tipper of the Week!