Ok, how about some motivation for you the scrapper & the mother this morning?
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I'm loving these 12x12 titled photos from scrapbookpictures.com-don't you? Also loving these "everyday" moments photos-i wish I had thought of that more when my kids were here & younger-i think they would think it quite interesting, since those are the things they forget-they do tend to remember the parties & holidays that I do scrapbook LOL.
Speaking of kids not being here . . . Its bittersweet. Its so nice not to have 20 loads of clothes until Sunday when Justin scoops up all of his clothes from the dorm LOL. Its nice that I can cook the kinds of meals we enjoyed before picky eaters LOL. I've been on a roll cooking since the boys left a few weeks ago-not sure what's its called, but I've been cleaning out closets, cooking up a storm-normally you would call that "nesting" but the nest is empty-or maybe its bribery-I decide my meal in the morning & text Dane, Justin & Kiera to RSVP if they are coming to dinner. Yesterday i cooked Crawfish Manicotti and thought I'd share the recipe if there is any other empty-nesters reading this.
Crawfish Manicotti (recipe inspired by John Folse)
1 lb. crawfish tails
1 package of manicotti noodles
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, celery stalk, 1/2 red bellpepper, 3 green onions & 1 clove of garlic (chopped)
1 whole egg
10 oz. heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp (basil & thyme & parsley)
salt, pepper & hot sauce to taste
and no "Tammy recipe" is complete without Tony's crab boil (just a dash, though).
Saute your vegetables and 1/2 crawfish in butter (3-4 min until veggies wilted). remove from heat & allow to cool.
Prepare noodles as described on box- Note-do not boil long-you need them a little firm for stuffing. Drain & cool.
In food processor-remaining crawfish, egg & pulse on high until smooth paste. Add cream & herbs & continue pulsing until blended. Season to taste (salt, pepper, hot sauce & Tony's crab boil).
Preheat oven to 375. In large bowl-place mixture from food processor & vegetables/crawfish in large mixing bowl & mix completely.
If you have a pastry bag to pipe into noodles, that works best-i didn't so i spooned the mixture into the shells & placed in a 13" baking stone/dish coated with pam. Don't panic if your shells split, just spoon in mixture & place snug with other shells to keep it together. I learned next time to boil a little less LOL.
I poured the remaining creamy part over the noodles & baked for 30 minutes.
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