Archive | May, 2011

Are you as excited as I am?

24 May

Pizza Casserole – to be modified

12 May

So I found this recipe for Pizza Casserole and it sounded just up my alley since, you know, I’m seven years old at heart.  Here the original recipe that I used tonight:

3 cups rigatoni pasta
1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 can (4.5oz) mushroom pieces, drained
1 jar (24-28oz) tomato pasta sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1.  Heat oven to 350.  Cook and drain pasta.

2.  Meanwhile, cook beef thoroughly and drain.

3.  In 2.5 qt (or in my case 9×13) casserole, mix pasta, beef, olives, mushrooms and sauce.  Cover and bake 30 minutes.  Remove, cover with cheese, and bake uncovered for another 5 minutes.

I had some problems with the recipe, though.  (1) I hate ground beef in most things except tacos.  (2) No pepperoni in a pizza casserole?  (3) Not enough cheese!  I used about 1.5 cups instead of the suggested amount.

So the next time I make this, I’m going to substitute the ground beef for some chopped up pepperoni.  I meant to put some in it tonight, but I forgot.  I bought slices though, and I think that smaller cubes would work better in a casserole.  Also, I made a mistake by buying whole olives instead of slices and no way was I going to slice up those olives, so I just threw them in whole.  Next time I will definitely buy sliced because they will spread out more evenly in the casserole.

But, overall, it was pretty good!  By substituting pepperoni in the future I will eliminate an extra dish to wash and cut down the prep time.

Product Rave: Covergirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation

5 May

So I ran out of foundation last week and I’d been using my really good stuff (MakeUpForEver) to hold me over until I could get out and find some new everyday stuff.  I had a coupon for new CoverGirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation and decided to give it a try.  Let’s face it, I’ll buy anything from Taylor Swift.

First of all, it didn’t smell terrible like my MakeUpForEver foundation.  I love that foundation because it’s amazing coverage, but ou the smell.  Anyway, my new stuff didn’t smell like roses, but it wasn’t pungent at all.  The second thing I noticed was the texture: it was very smooth and not too thick, meaning that when I put it on I didn’t get a pancake look at all.  But, even though it was thin and light, it gave me great coverage.  I think they got it spot on by putting the word “silk” in the name, it feels silky and rich.

Here’s a picture of the foundation on me: In the picture all I’m wearing is a little concealer under my eyes and foundation on my whole face.  Nothing else and it’s been on for about an hour and a half.  Still looking good!  And it covered up the redness on my face pretty well, too.  Sorry, I should have at least thrown on some mascara for y0u guys, lol!

Anyway, all in all I recommend this foundation totally.  I give it four stars out of five.