Tuesday Treats: Ravioli and Meatballs

I’m always on the lookout for easy dishes I can throw together and forget about when I’m on deadline. I discovered this one a few weeks ago and tucked it back. I gave it a try and it is totally a keeper! Good stuffs! And really easy.

From Kraft Recipes…

1 jar (24 oz.) CLASSICO Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce, divided (I can’t do most prepared sauces due to tomato chunks/skin/seeds–food allergy) I used CLASSICO Vodka Sauce instead. YUMMY!
1 pkg. (24 oz.) frozen cheese ravioli, uncooked
16 frozen fully cooked turkey meatballs (1 inch) (I used Angus beef meatballs and dumped the whole bag in. More on that below.)
2 yellow peppers, cut into strips (Not a pepper fan so didn’t use them.)
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup KRAFT Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Make it:
Spoon 1 cup pasta sauce into slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray; top with layers of half each of the ravioli, meatballs, peppers, mozzarella and remaining sauce. Repeat layers. Cover with lid.

Cook on HIGH 2-1/2 to 3 hours (or on LOW 4-1/2 to 5 hours).

Sprinkle with Parmesan. Let stand 10 min. Top with basil.

A few things I did differently and a few things I’ll do differently the next time I fixt this recipe. First, as noted above, I used a different sauce, and left out the peppers, and used a lot of beef meatballs. Personal preference. Second, I used a slow-cooker liner because I’m all about easy clean-up! Now, what I’ll do different next time is probably halve the ravioli and meatballs and use my smaller Crockpot. There’s only two of us and making the full recipe left a lot for later. I’ve discovered it doesn’t freeze all that great, but is edible after thawing and microwaving. I plan to use the entire jar of sauce even with the half order because we like stuff saucy. And the same goes for the cheese because one can’t have enough cheese. 😉 Here’s the link if you want all the details: CLICK HERE

So, I can heartily vouch for this dish, have the ingredients in hand to make it again, and will soon! Let me know if you give it a try!

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Monday Madness in March

Not ready to face the day, but yeah… Work mode. Must get self in gear. Working on it.

So, who’s paying attention to the NCAA basketball tournament? *looks around* “Bueller?” … “Bueller?” Yeah, not a big roundball fan. On the other hand, baseball! We’re a week away from Opening Day! *muppet flail cheering* In the meantime, I’m watching some Spring Training games, college baseball, and college softball.

I’m still staying away from Facebook–mostly. I feel like a slug of a friend because I hang out on my author page and check a few groups that are writing/reading related. I avoid my personal feed because I’m so sick and tired of the politics and hatred that is rampant. I…just no. Not going there. For my sanity and blood pressure, I need to stay away until people calm down. Which means probably never. Jiminy. I just don’t understand the maniacal levels of loathing and malice. Moving on…

Reading! That’s a safe topic. Mostly. One of my long-term goals as a book “collector” is to own the entirety of JD Robb’s IN DEATH series in all three formats (hardback, Kindle, audio) if available, paperback if not in HB. Some of the earlier books aren’t in HB, except in a Thorndike reprint. With this current “re-listen” of the series, I broke down and started filling in the blanks where I’d used the library before. I still need to get PORTRAIT IN DEATH and IMITATION IN DEATH in digital/Kindle versions. And I need all the anthologies. I have them in paperback, but the individual stories are now in Kindle and on Audible but it’ll be awhile before I “complete the set.” I’d already broken down and now buy all new releases in all three versions to begin with. I also found a new-to-me author, Erin Kellison, and read her TEMPTED BY FIRE, the 1st book in her Bloodfire series. Dragons, people! It was a short, fun read. I’ll eventually get back into the series when my book budget recovers from the ID splurge. I also discovered that Andre Norton’s WITCH WORLD, the first book in that series, is on Kindle Unlimited! *muppet flail yays* Yeah, snatched that baby for old times’ sake. I’m doing a little of that…rereading favorite books from long ago. Dragonriders of Pern, Anita Blake, and now Andre Norton. I grabbed YEAR OF THE UNICORN and CATSEYE when they were on daily deals. Read UNICORN. Haven’t read CATSEYE yet. Was thinking about it when I discovered WW was on KU.

So…that’s life at the moment. Writing, revisions, edits, writing, treading water to keep my head above water. How’s life in your corner of the world?

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Friday Sinema: You know that feeling…

I caught this commercial the other night and splorted Diet Coke. I hope you enjoy this awkward moment as much as I did. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday Thoughts: Don’t Compromise

Sometimes, even when things are going good, something ugly will rear its head. Depression. Discouragement. Disappointment. Dejection. Despair. Disillusionment. Call it what you want but it hits all of us at one time or another. The thing is, at the same time, we all have a dream. Or three. The Universe has a thing about dreams. And a message. One I’m going to do my best to pay attention to.

Silver, never compromise a dream.

Sure, take a step back, regroup, go bowling, but never compromise a dream.

The Universe
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Well… I don’t really bowl, Silver, but I do love the shoes.

Time to step back, regroup, and dive right back into life. Who wants to go bowling?

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Wednesday Words: Twisting in the Wind

Another Wednesday, another #1lineWed prompt. Today’s? **TWIST** Oh, the possibilities…twist and shout, twist and turn, twisting in the wind, twisted up. 😆 Today’s snippet comes from NIGHT FIRE, the story of an arsonist named Smoke and the arson investigator who twists him into knots. 😉

He straddled his bike, kicked it into gear. He had to get away. The Nightriders had attorneys with big retainers. They’d see to those bogus arson charges. They always did, even the ones he was guilty of. No, he wasn’t running from that. Fuck. He wasn’t running at all. He was riding. Heading out into the night where he belonged.

On the road. Sayonara, baby. The bitch turned on him. And he was the biggest gawddamned fool on the planet to have believed they could make something together. Ha. The arson investigator and the arsonist. At best it was a bad B movie. At worst?

At worst, it was just exactly what had happened. She didn’t believe him. Didn’t believe in him. He was fire. She was water. Only she wasn’t. She should have quenched his heat. Except, she was the fire, lighting him up, burning in his blood. She lit up his darkness when she should have just faded into it.

He hit the highway doing eighty. The wind’s fingers twisted in his hair, not like the lover she had always been, but like the whore she could be on a cold night on a lonely stretch of of road.

His heart burned in his chest—not with heat but with a frigid intensity that left his whole body numb. Smoke didn’t know where he was going. Didn’t care as long as it was away from her. From Leigh. He should never have stopped. Never turned around to go back for her that godforsaken morning.

What twisted words do you have to share?

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Tuesday Titles: Under a SEAL Moon

I have to give props to Susan Stoker, one for asking me to write in her world and two, for telling me that she loves a good “lost in the jungle and running for their lives” story. From that comment, the idea of Riley and Taylor was born. I hope you’ll come along for the wild ride!

A Wolf haunted by his past…
Former Navy SEAL Riley “Speed” O’Brien left the Teams after his best friend died in his arms. After kicking around for a couple of years, the wolf shifter lands on the Gulf Trident, a drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. As Safety Officer, the lives of everyone on board are this Wolf shifter’s responsibility—including the new OIM, who just might be his mate.

A woman out to prove her worth…
Taylor Dagny has the right ticket punches and an almost desperate need to prove herself to her family, who owns the controlling interest in Delta-Dansk Exploration. Taking over as the Offshore Installation Manager of the Gulf Trident is her first step toward her future. One problem. Her sexy safety chief is determined to knock the chip off her shoulder, and get her naked.

Under attack…
A mercenary force, an uninhabited tropical island, and two people fighting for their lives. Can this moonstruck Wolf save his mate and convince her to love him at the same time?

There are EIGHT wonderful new books releasing today in Susan’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle world. You can go HERE to grab the buy links to them all! And you can get mine EXCLUSIVELY FROM AMAZON here: Special Forces: Operation Alpha – SEAL Moon

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Monday Market

Have I mentioned that marketing is not my strong suit? Yeah, asking people to buy “me” in the form of my books is not my favorite thing. But, I have a another book releasing tomorrow. Remind me to plan my calendar better next time. 😆 Anyway, I’ve made these book memes to celebrate. You can click on the pics if you can’t read them. The media file will pop up.

So, Monday. There was a weekend. I did some yardwork. I caught up on some paperwork. I watched Baseball Boy’s high school team win a game played against a Texas team–coming from behind to do it. It also meant time with Stormageddon. That’s a win all the way round.

And speaking of baseball, both the USA and Puerto Rico made it into the final four of the World Baseball Classic. I’m really hoping they are the two teams in the finals, because USA! And Yadi! See, Yadier Molina is one of my favorite Cardinals players and he’s playing–brilliantly, by the way–for the PR team. As far as I’m concerned either winning is cool!

I read one really good book last week, listened to one that was okay enough and that caused me to pick up the first book in a series that used to be an old favorite until the author went off the rails, in my opinion. Anyway, Joanne Wylde had a new Reapers MC release in the 1001 Dark Nights anthology. SHADE’S LADY. Loved it! And Shade is now on my top Book Boyfriend list. Then I tried GRAVE MAGIC from the library. It was okay. I enjoyed it, but it reminded me of other series, like the author pulled bits and pieces together to build the world. Nothing wrong with that. But listening to the audio book but me in mind of one of those bits and pieces–the Anita Blake series. On a whim, I checked out the audio book of GUILTY PLEASURES from the library. This book (despite my feelings for later books) still holds a fond spot in my heart. And yeah, listening to it is rather a guilty pleasure. 😆

So anyway, that pretty much sums of things for me of late. What about y’all?

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