March 18, 2014

Trying New Things

I'm taking a slight break from Teacher Tips  to link up with Holly. I promise it's not because I got lazy. In fact, I already have a post scheduled for next week, but I actually have a few new things this week and am ready to share:

1. Have any of you seen that show The People's Couch on Bravo? I never heard of it until now, but I guess this is the second season. If you've been in the dark with me, it's a "reality" show where they share the commentary of various groups of people watching the week's shows. It's completely unnatural but somewhat entertaining.

I'm just curious... how do I get hired for this gig? I talk through all my shows anyway; it would be great to earn a paycheck for it!

2. The next thing I tried was this recipe for stuffed shells I found on Pinterest. Joel likes to put a little ricotta cheese in his spaghetti, which apparently meant he needed to buy a 32 ounce container when he cooked last week. Needless to say, we only used a fraction of that cheese, and I needed a plan for the leftovers. I decided to try making stuffed shells since I've never made them before, and they were SUPER easy!

What I liked best about this recipe, is that I think it LOOKS more impressive than a lasagna or other pasta dish, but it really wasn't a whole lot of work. I simply mixes up my stuffing while the noodles cooked, and then threw the stuffed noodles over some sauce in the oven for 30 minutes. This is a great make-ahead meal for the days when you need a hot meal in a little time.

3. Are you familiar with Jamberry Nails? I've been hearing about these nail shields for months now and dying to get my hands on them. I got a couple samples in the mail from two different people, but my first sample didn't fit. At all. I don't know if my nails are abnormally large, or if I got a junior size, but it just wasn't going to happen.

My second attempt was much better in fit, although I still had a hard time getting it to cover my whole nail. Apparently, my nails are very rounded, which can make it difficult to get the wraps to adhere completely. Veronica sent me an email yesterday with some more videos and tips for pulling and stretching the wrap for another try. I'll let you guys know if I manage to make it work!

4. My 25 year-old brother has been living on his own for a year now. Since Christmas, he's shown an interest in cooking actual meals for himself, except that he basically only knows how to make macaroni and cheese. My mom has been giving him tons of recipes and buying him groceries to make them. Yesterday, though, she took it a step further when she offered to teach him how to make lasagna.

So, my last new thing was that I ate my brother's cooking. And I'm still alive... so far. :)


  1. 1. If you sign up for The Peoples' Couch...will you sign me up also?
    2. You lost me when you were talking about being in the kitchen and something that involved cooking...hahaha
    3. I have a set of Midnight Celebration that I need to put on. I just haven't made time...this goes along with the whole thing of my new bed. I'm sure you understand.
    4. I might not know anything about kitchens or cooking, but I know a lot about eating. I'm glad you survived your brother's lasagna
    5. XOXOXOXOXOOXOOX<~~~~that's Tuesday love from me.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. The People's Couch? That sounds fascinating!! Haha!! My nails are rounded too and I have noticed that all the pictures of Jamberry nails are more square like. I'll have to check back and see how they worked out for you. Thanks for linking up! Alison^ cracks me up!! XXOO
    Fourth Grade Flipper