Friday, October 23, 2020

Awesome Magic Paper Towel Trick

My kids just love a good magic trick, especially ones that they can do over and over. This magic paper towel trick is the perfect activity to do with kids of any age! Even my teen daughter a gave it a try and loved it too. 




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This is by far the easiest magic trick to do and requires no pre-planning to pull it together. A few simple supplies, which you probably already have at home is all you need. 

Here are the supplies you need in order to do this super fun paper towel magic trick:


Awesome Magic Paper Towel Trick


Here is how to start making the magic paper towels. First, take one sheet of paper towel and fold it in half. Draw a shape or design on the top layer of the paper towel. Press the marker firmly so some of the color bleeds through to the second layer beneath it. Open up the paper towel and fill in the area outlined by the marker that bled through. See my pictures and video for some creative ideas and inspiration. 





Fill the plastic container or Pyrex dish with about an inch of water and set it on a hard flat surface like a kitchen table or countertop. 

Next, take the decorated paper towel keeping it folded in half with the outlined side facing up and set it into the water. Now watch the "magic" happen as the water soaks the paper towel revealing the hidden colors and pictures on the underneath layer.






This trick could be considered a combination science project meets art lesson too if you are using it in your homeschool activities like we did. Here are some educational ideas and questions you could introduce for the science and art lessons related to the magic trick:

1. What happens to the colors if you change the temperature of the water? Does warm or cold water make the colors 
mix faster or slower?

2. What are primary and secondary colors? What happens when certain primary colors mix together in the water? Do you see any new colors?

3. Practice reading sight words by writing one or two letters on the top layer and the rest of the letters to the word on the second layer. Encourage your child to read the word once it is magically revealed. 

Inspiring Idea - Spiderweb & Spider/Bug





My kids absolutely loved this project and I know yours will too. Now it's your turn - leave a comment to tell me what type of drawings your family did! I cant wait to hear all about the fun your kids had with this project. 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

15 Fabulous Christmas Cookie Recipes

Nothing puts me in the Christmas mood more than holiday baking. The spicy smell of gingerbread, the sweet aroma of warm cinnamon rolls and other delicious holiday cookies freshly baked from the oven leaves me drooling and fully in the holiday spirit.  




Every family has their own traditional Christmas cookies they love and make each year. My mom always makes cherry biscotti and rugulach (what even is rugulach? - see below for a great recipe) at Christmas which is something the whole family looks forward to! 

Years ago I started a holiday cookie tradition with my kids we call Christmas cookie decorating day where we make and decorate gingerbread and sugar cookies cut into Christmas themed shapes. The kids divvy up the cookies and give them to friends and family as a pre-Christmas gift to help get everyone in the holiday spirit. They love this tradition and they love the cookies too! 

I thought it would be fun to share some of the best Christmas cookie recipes with you! Hopefully you feel inspired to make a few new kinds of Christmas cookies this year! 


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15 of The Best Christmas Cookie Recipes for the Holidays


1. Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies just HAD to be the first cookie I listed here because are the "poster boy" of Christmas cookies! Gingerbread is such a versatile cookie, baked into soft chewy round cookies, or cut into gingerbread men shapes or even made into a gingerbread house iced together and decorated to display as holiday decor. 

If you like a little spice in your cookies gingerbread is sure to please your taste buds as the spicy ginger mixes with the sweet molasses and sugar. Aline from Madeleine Kitchen does an excellent job teaching how to make perfect gingerbread cookies. She even includes some tips on how to use icing so your cookies look top-notch. Don't worry if you can't get them to look professionally perfect because I guarantee they won't last long anyway! 


Madeleine Kitchen


2. Thumbprint Cookies

If you haven't had a thumbprint cookie yet let me encourage you to try them - soon! Buttery shortbread cookie filled with a sweet fruity jam finished with an almond glaze make these cookies a special treat especially during the holidays. My husband's grandma makes these every year and they are always the first cookies gone from her cookie tray. Their fruit filled centers look so festive and inviting it is hard to eat just one. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy shares an amazing recipe for her raspberry thumbprint cookies on her blog that I highly recommend. 


Cooking Classy

3.  Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls

This no-bake cookie is a holiday favorite made with rich, creamy peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. This is a great cookie to make with kids because they can help roll the peanut butter centers into the ball shapes. To make them extra festive sprinkle Christmas colored sprinkles onto them after you dip them in chocolate. These cookies make a great gift to bring to a friend or for a holiday cookie exchange! Follow this great recipe by Dinner at the Zoo.

 

Dinner at the Zoo


4. Classic Sugar Cookie

To make sugar cookies holiday ready you must have Christmas cookie cutters! I've accumulated quite a collection of Christmas cookies cutters but my son's favorite are the ninja gingerbread men! My girls prefer the Christmas tree cookie cutter because they love decorating each one differently. This is my go-to sugar cookie recipe from JoyFoodSunshine.com because it whips up fast and always tastes great.  If you don't like store bought frosting this recipe also includes a homemade version that is so yummy too! To color your frosting I highly recommend using food coloring gel instead of the liquid food coloring. The colors are more vibrant and gel isn't quite as messy as the liquid.

 

JoyFoodSunshine.com


5. Rugulach

Rugulach is a Yiddish word that means "little twists" and this sweet twisted cookie is hard to resist! The hardest part about this cookie recipe is choosing what flavor to use - fig, walnut, raspberry, apricot or chocolate. This cookie has several names so don't be surprised if you see them called butter horns too spelled rugula. Rugulach freezes well too so if you have some extra, which I doubt will happen, you can always pop them into an airtight container and freeze them until you get your next rugulach craving. Sally's Baking Addiction has the best recipe with TONS of pictures to follow along as you make your own cookies.  

Sally's Baking Addiction


6.  Santa's Snowball Cookies

These cookies go by several different names like Mexican wedding cookies or Russian tea cakes but what they all have in common is that they are all rolled in a coating of powdered sugar making them look like little snowballs. Pure vanilla extract is what boosts the flavor to these little snowballs encouraging you to keep "throwing" them into your mouth. Tracey from The Kitchen is My Playground offers an amazingly delicious recipe for snowball cookies on her blog - please check it out!


The Kitchen Is My Playground


7.  Peppermint Meringues

A holiday cookie that is easy to make, budget friendly and tastes amazing - peppermint meringues fits the bill here. They make a great treat to gift to friends and family around the holidays too. Plus they are just do darn cute, aren't they? Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes whips up a batch in no time and shares her tips and tricks along the way. Check out her recipe for these yummy cookie treats. 


Love Bakes Good Cakes


8. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Two of my favorite flavors in one cookie, chocolate and peppermint! White chocolate drizzled over these cookies with bits of peppermint give these cookies a cute holiday flare. Find the recipe for these goodies by Monique at Ambitious Kitchen


9. Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

By switching out a chocolate Kiss candy with a peppermint Kiss candy this cookies goes from everyday cookie to Christmas cookie in a flash. This is a great cookie to make with your kids too - they can be the official peppermint Kiss cookie decorator. Follow the full recipe from Hot Beauty Health.


Hot Beauty Health


10. Church Window Cookies

In our family Great Grandma Evans is famous for her no-bake church window cookies that she makes once a year during Christmas. When she serves them to her grandkids and great grandkids she always reminds them why we are celebrating Christmas - Jesus's birthday! 

Made with just five simple ingredients: chocolate, colorful mini-marshmallows, shredded coconut and walnuts this cookie recipe will soon become an annual favorite. Full recipe and video to show you how to make them can be found at The First Year Blog

The First Year Blog


11. Spritz Cookies

This classic cookie gets its name from the German word "spritzen"  meaning to squirt, which is exactly how these cookies are make - by squirting them out using a cookie press! (If you don't have one yet - get one - they are sooo much fun!)

When I was a child I remember my mom using her cookie press to make spritz cookies. I was fascinated with the cookie press and all of the shapes you could make by just changing out the shape discs. The dough can be colored too so that your cookies can be all different colors like red and green for Christmas. This buttery spritz cookie recipe from Life Love and Sugar is a great one to use if you are new to making spritz cookies. 


Life Love and Sugar


12. Candy Cane Cookies

Candy canes are a classic Christmas treat as well as a well known Christmas symbol. I've always been told that candy canes represent the shepherd's hook based on the Bible story of the angels visiting the shepherds while they were tending their sheep to tell of the birth of the Savior. These cookies would be a fun and memorable way to pass down this Bible story to your kids as you make them together.

These cookies are flavored with peppermint but you could use vanilla flavoring instead if you prefer. To make these cookies follow the step by step instructions and recipe provided by Number 2 Pencil


Number 2 Pencil.com

13. Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Though not an actual cookie these cookie bars still need to be included because they are just that good! Cut the bars into squares, stack them up and display them on your fancy Christmas cookie platter to bring to a party or for your dessert table. The red and green M&M's and sprinkles really dress up these cookie bars for the holiday too. Find the complete recipe from Together As Family that includes all the easy steps and ingredients to make Santa's Peanut Butter Cookie Bars. 


Together As Family

14. Pizzelles

Pizzelles are a super thin, crunchy, wafter-like cookie with an Italian heritage. To make traditional pizzelles you need to use a special iron pizzelle press (or griddle) rather than baking them in the oven. The griddle looks a little like a waffle iron but has decorative plates that fry the batter into thin shaped wafers. Once the cookies are made they can be lightly dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with dark or white chocolate. These happen to be my husband's favorite Christmas cookie! His grandma has a pizzelle press and makes an extra batch for him every year. Follow the recipe for pizzelle cookies at Baking A Moment.

Baking A Moment

15. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

As a sworn chocolate lover these are one of my favorite holiday cookies. Rich, chewy chocolate covered in a dusting of powdered sugar to give it an extra zing of sweet makes my mouth water. These are easy to make especially if you follow the recipe and tips at The Life Jolie. These chocolate crinkle cookies will become a consistent cookie on your holiday cookie plate from now on I guarantee!


The Life Jolie


Bonus Recipe !! 

16. Buttery Shortbread Cookies

Soft, buttery and full of goodness these cookies are simple to make yet loved by all. With only three ingredients - yes you read that right, just three ingredients needed to make these little treats that whip up fast and turn out amazing. These buttery shortbread cookies can be made ahead of time and frozen so there is no need to scramble when holiday company comes for a visit. I recommend the recipe from Chew Out Loud to follow if you want to give these cookies a try!


Chew Out Loud



Your turn, what kinds of holiday cookies will you be making this year for your Christmas cookie trays? Got any favorites not included on this list? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post so we can check them out. 

My Favorite Baking Supplies - 

Here are some of my favorite baking supplies I wanted to share with you - all of these I personally use and highly recommend!


More Holiday Recipes- 


Holiday cooking just got so much more exciting with these super delicious holiday ham recipes! Before you dig into the dessert trays loaded with all of those Christmas cookies be sure to serve a full ham dinner with all of the fixings! 


Merry Christmas!





Saturday, October 10, 2020

5 Important Steps You Must Do To Get Ready For Amazon Prime Day

Better late than never! Amazon recently announced the date for Prime Day 2020 which will take place October 13-14. The virus almost caused yet another event to be cancelled but Amazon persevered and thankfully we can all enjoy this fun shopping event in 2020





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This year shoppers were given a shorter notice for Prime Day than in years past but one this is the same that there are some important things all shoppers who plan to participate should do prior to the big day. These tips will just make your overall experience much more user friendly and hopefully allow you to take advantage of some great deals that only come around once year. 




5 Important Things Shoppers Can Do To Prepare For Amazon Prime Day



1 - Become an Amazon Prime member - 

If you want to participate in Prime Day and get the good deals you have to be a Prime member and have an active membership. 

Becoming a Prime member is super easy! Amazon even allows you to try Prime FREE for 30 days - sign up HERE to try Prime free for 30 days. You can sign up for a membership at Amazon.com or through their app on your phone. 

Amazon has several options to choose from as well as a discounted membership if you are a college student. If you don't plan on needing a full year membership Amazon offers a monthly option. Of course the price is a bit more than the annual membership fee but it allows you to pay by the month spreading out the payment rather than pay the full annual membership fee right up front. 

Speaking of the annual membership, this option is the most economical if you plan to remain an Amazon Prime member for a full year. Currently the annual membership fees are $119 per year. If you choose a monthly subscription is is $12.99/month. (current fees as of 10/1/2020)

Are you a college student? Amazon Prime Student is a Prime membership created just for college students. They can get a free 6 month Student Prime trial herePrime Student membership includes: 
  • Free Two-Day Shipping on over 50 million items, 
  • unlimited streaming of Prime movies and TV shows, 
  • unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos, 
  • exclusive deals and savings, and more! 

After your six-month trial ends, your Prime Student membership makes you eligible to receive 50% off Amazon Prime, and includes continued access to all Prime benefits.

Prime Benefits

Not only does Prime membership give you access to the Amazon Prime Day deals but there are tons of additional benefits you can enjoy such as free fast 2 day or 1 day shipping for eligible purchases, streaming of movies, TV shows and music, exclusive shopping deals and selection, unlimited reading, Amazon Fresh, Prime Now, Prime Pantry, Prime Wardrobe, and more. 

2 - Download the Amazon App

This is a must have tool to take advantage of the Prime Day deals. There is a handy "Deals" section on the app that lets you see all the upcoming deals. The app allows you to click "watch this deal" and will alert you the moment the deal goes live. Just be ready to act once you get a notification that the deal is "live" so you don't miss out before the item sells out!

3 - Create a Wish List

Having a plan before you shop always makes the experience more efficient. Amazon allows you to create wish lists that are saved to your account so you can always refer back to the list instead of re-scrolling through hundreds of items. 

If your wish list has some electronic items like tablets, Echo devices, TV or even microwaves it might be wise to wait for Prime Day to purchase them. Amazon devices will most likely be deeply discounted for this event so why not wait to take advantage of the deals!

4 - Comparison Shop Other Retailers

Since this year's Prime Day is so close to Christmas this gives shoppers a jump start on Black Friday deals and you can bet other retailers have taken notice and are dying to join the party! Before making a purchase check stores like Walmart, Target and Best Buy to see if they are offering a competitive price or a deep discount that could potentially be lower than the item listed on Amazon. 

5 - Set Up Price Alerts

Prime Day is quite overwhelming with so many deals being churned out over a 48 hour period. To keep track of the deals you are interested in just import your wish list to the website CamelCamelCamel, which is free and simple and set price alerts for the items on your list. You will get price alert notifications when your items go below the price alert you've set making sure you purchase at the right time for the lowest price! 


Check Out These Early Prime Day Deals


Amazon loves to promote their own devices and one way they do this is through early Prime Day Deals! These deals are going on now and expire on October 14. 

Check out these early Prime Day Deals happening right now:


Popular 2020 Prime Day Items You Won't Want To Miss


Excitement is building and people are looking for the best deals on their favorite products, but what products will be the most popular this year? Here are some items you might want to check out and add to your Wish List!




Don't forget to check out this post - 20 Of The Most Useful Items I Bought on Amazon


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Simple Daily Planner To Keep Your Life Organized

A daily planner is a useful tool to help you keep track of your goals and get control over the never ending "to-do" list! When life feels super busy and chaotic a daily planner can provide some organization to your fast paced life.  



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Organize Your Life With A Daily Planner


I used to just jot down my to-do list on a piece of scrap paper and leave it on my kitchen countertop only to find it missing or thrown away by lunch time. How frustrating! 

Since I started using this daily planner printable I have to say that it hasn't gone missing or gotten thrown away yet! Woo-hoo!! I think my family has caught on that this is mommy's list and nobody dares to toss it out absentmindedly

Because this daily planner has helped me keep my task list and goals organized, I find that I get more accomplished during the day than I was doing before I started using it. Plus I just love the decorative border and the fact that I can print out a new planner page each day.  

Each morning before I start my day I sit down at the computer, print off a the daily planner and jot down the tasks I must do that day as well as any goals or notes I want to remember.

Since my list and notes are written on the daily planner everyone in my household can actually read it too and it doesn't get tossed out!

Yeah for organization!!


Daily Planner Printable


This daily planner sure has helped me out so I thought I would share the free printable with you too! Click HERE to get the printable pdf file.  

Daily Planner Printable


I keep my completed planner pages in a three ring binder so I can refer back to them in the future. At the end of the month I like to flip through the pages to see how productive I was during the month. It is amazing how quickly you forget all that you accomplished!

This is the first time I've created a pdf daily planner and I'm so proud of my new skills. 

If you want to make the planner editable you can use this cool tool on PDFescape.com. I learned how to do this by watching Youtuber, Sandra Eide. Her tutorial on how to create a fillable PDF in Canva is easy to follow and well done! If you are interested in learning how to do this yourself click on her name (above) and it will take you directly to the video on Youtube. 




Looking for more helpful printables? Get instant access to all of the free printables I have created right HERE. Go check it out and let me know what you like or would like to see in the future. 





Thursday, September 17, 2020

5 Fun Addition & Subtraction Math Games For Kids

Kids love to play games so why not turn learning a new math concept into a fun game! I found that my kids learned faster and new concepts "stuck" in their brains better if we played games centered around the new skill they were learning. 



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As the saying says, "practice makes perfect" so when my kids were in their early elementary years learning how to add and subtract, I knew that in order for them to grasp a new math concept and learn their math facts they were going to need a lot of practice. 


The practice part can get a little boring if they use the same method of practicing over and over and over.... 


Today I am going to share with you 5 fun games I played with my kids as a way to get them to practice their addition and subtraction facts! These games are so fun they won't even know they are learning and doing school work!


5 Fun Addition & Subtraction Games To Play With Your Kids



ADDITION & SUBTRACTION WAR 

Grab a full deck of cards to play this game! Prior to playing mark the following numbers in pen or marker on the face cards: Joker = 0, Ace = 1, Jack = 11, Queen = 12, King = 13. 

Shuffle the deck then deal all the cards out alternating between you and your child until the whole deck has been dealt. Players should be sitting across from each other so that the space between them can be used as the game playing space. Each player should have a pile of cards (draw pile) in front of them placed face down. 

Before the first turn, players should agree if they will be playing the addition version or the subtraction version of the game. 

On the count of three (1...2...3) both players take their top card from their own draw pile and flip it over placing it face up in the middle of the playing space. The players add or subtract (depending on what was previously agreed to) the value of the two face up cards and shout out the answer. The player who shouts out the correct answer first wins and gets to collect both cards placing them next to their face down draw pile. 

When a player runs out of cards from their draw pile they can flip over the cards they won during the round and use this as their new draw pile. 

Play continues until one player wins all of the cards!

* Advanced version: If during a turn matching cards are played (for example two 4's are played) then each player on the count of three turns over an additional card from their draw pile. Players should add all four cards values together and shout out the answer. The player that gives the correct answer first wins all of the cards in play. (this may not work well for subtraction since the answer could result in a negative number - a concept young elementary students would not be introduced to yet!)



PIG DICE GAME

This is a game our family loves to play when we have a few minutes to spare waiting for food at a restaurant or in a waiting room at an appointment. Because we like to play it so much I always carry a dice and a piece of paper and pencil around in my purse! 

This is a fun addition game! Players take turns rolling a dice and adding the value of the dice after each roll until they choose to stop and pass the dice to the next player. The twist is that if a 1 is rolled at anytime during a player's turn, their cumulative score for that round goes to zero, their turn ends and they pass the dice to the next player.  During a player's turn they can roll as many or as few times as they want as long as they don't roll a 1. Each player can choose to keep rolling, increasing their risk of losing all their accumulated points or stop rolling and keep their score for that round.  

One person goes first and rolls the dice. The value of the dice is their current score for this round. The player can choose to keep their current score or roll again adding the value of the second roll to their current score. The risk of continuing to play is that if at anytime the player rolls a 1, their current score for that round goes to zero and their turn ends. The player whose turn it is can choose to continue rolling the dice, adding points to their score or they may stop rolling the dice and pass the dice to the next player. If a player stops rolling and hasn't gotten a 1 then their total score for the round is written down on a score sheet under their name. The cumulative score written on the score sheet cannot be wiped out in future rounds if a player rolls a 1. The first player to score 100 points as tallied on the score sheet wins the game! 



HOPSCOTCH ADD/SUBTRACT

Before play begins ask your child to draw hopscotch boxes in chalk on your driveway or sidewalk. To start use boxes up to 10 but as they grow in their math skills add more boxes!  

The purpose of the game is to teach/reinforce addition and subtraction facts to ten. Have your child stand behind the 1 box then you ask them math facts such as what is 1+3. They give their answer by jumping through the hopscotch boxes until they land on the correct answer (4). You then ask them a second math problem that includes the number they are currently standing on so for example you can ask what is 4+3. They should hopscotch hop to the number 7 box. At any time you can mix up the math problems and ask questions like what us 7 - 2.  Now your child has to jump backwards to the 5. Keep asking math problems until they reach the 10. Once they reach the 10 they "won" and they can start over and play again. 

* Indoor play - when I play this game with my children inside I use square sticky notes as the hopscotch grid, writing the numbers on the sticky notes and laying them out on the floor in the proper order. The child should jump from sticky note to sticky note just the same way as they would on an outdoor chalk hopscotch grid. 



FLOWER POWER MATH FACTS

This game takes a little pre-game preparation but once you have it done you are all set to play! Here is what you need to prep before hand so you can play this game anytime with your children:

Supplies

Cut out circles from the red and yellow construction paper and glue the small yellow circle to the center of each larger red circle. Glue the craft stick to the back of the circle. Next glue two leaves to the back of each flower. Using your sharpie marker write simple addition or subtraction problems on the front and back of each wooden craft stick - do not include the answers!

I like to keep my math flowers in a small mason jar filled with dried beans or peas so that we can play while we are sitting at the table. The peas prevent the child from seeing the math problem until they pull the flower out of the jar. Encourage your child to "pick" a flower, read the math problem and say the answer. If they get it right let them keep the flower but if they get it wrong have the child return the flower to the jar. The person with the most flowers after the jar is empty wins. 




Four In A Row

Looking for a game to boost your child's math skills and confidence as well as help them to think strategically? Four In A Row is a simple yet super fun addition and subtraction game that will help grow their math skills every time they play. Master each level and they can move on to a more challenging and difficult level!

This is a free printable game I created just for you! Play it as often as you like. I find that the Do-A-Dot markers work great for this game! Or laminate the pages and use dry-erase markers so you only have to print the game cards once.

Click HERE to download the printable.

*disclaimer - please do not distribute or sell this printable for profit or personal gain. 




More fun learning ideas...

Check out some of these other great games and activities you can do with your child to teach them math at home:











Saturday, September 12, 2020

Simply Delicious Italian Sausage & Tortellini Recipe

Need a quick weeknight dinner that whips up fast and everyone LOVES? Don't worry I've got your back! 




This Italian sausage & tortellini dish is made with cheese tortellini, seasoned Italian sausage in a homemade tomato cream sauce that tastes like it came straight from a fancy restaurant. 


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If the name of the recipe intimidates you, don't be fooled! This recipe uses simple ingredients you probably already have in your fridge or pantry. Not only is this Italian Sausage & Tortellini easy to make but you only need one pot to make it! 

Before I go any further I just have to tell you about MY favorite pot - the one I use when I make this dish! This year for my birthday I got a new set of Calphalon pots and pans - that I just love! 

These pots and pans make cooking so much more enjoyable. I use the large (1.5 quart) sauce pan with cover when I make the Italian sausage & tortellini. To feed my whole family, I actually double the recipe and all of the ingredients fit wonderfully in this ONE pot! 

The pots and pans clean up so easily too. If you need new pots and pans I highly recommend this set.  

 

Yeah for easy - and yeah for one-pot meals with quick clean up too! Who has time for all of those extra dishes anyway?

Here are the ingredients and full step-by-step instructions you need in order to make this wonderful dish:


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Italian Sausage & Tortellini In A Tomato Cream Sauce

  • 1lb. Italian sausage (casing removed) mild or spicy depending on your taste
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 9 oz cheese tortellini (fresh or frozen)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (optional - I left this out because my kids don't like spinach)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 - In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Once the pan is hot add the diced onions and sausage to the pan. Using a spatula break up the sausage into smaller pieces stirring occasionally until the sausage is fully cooked and brown. 

2 - Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes to the sausage and onions stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 

3 - Next add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes and tortellini stir to combine. 

4 - Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. 

5 - Reduce the the heat, add the cream and cover. Let it simmer for 15 minutes until tortellini are heated through and tender. 

6 - Add salt and pepper to taste. 

7 - (optional step) Remove the cover and add the spinach. Stir until wilted. Remove from the heat and serve right away. 


If you have any leftovers, which I doubt you will, store them in an airtight Tupperware container in the fridge. 

Serve this dish alongside a house salad with homemade croutons and a loaf of warm crusty bread. Check out my recipe for homemade croutons using day old Jimmy John's bread HERE

I hope you love this dish as much as my family does! Three cheers to easy, delicious recipes that the whole family loves!!!





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