Category Archives: Main Courses

Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Manicotti Recipe

Well how was it? Did everybody get their wishes granted? Are you still picking up the glitter and streamers of Christmas Day? Still counting all your little blessings? I for sure am! It has been raining here nonstop for about 3 days and I really do wish it would snow at least it would be prettier to look at outside me window! I am determined to get the house a little bit back in order this week. I love that New Year’s Eve falls on a Thursday so we get another long weekend.

We had a big-fun-crazy exciting Christmas Day at our house. As you know, we have twins and they will be celebrating their 16th birthday in about 2 weeks. We thought we would do a once-in-a-lifetime surprise on Christmas and give them cars. They were totally not expecting it and it was really quite fun for us! It’s the question that we have been asked countless times since our kids were born… What will you do when they turn 16? Do they each get a car? Do they share a car? Do they use mom and dad’s car? Hubs has been thinking on this a very long time deciding that they would each get a car if they deserved one….and they have proved to be very deserving kids. They are very good hearted, hardworking and have done a really good job at showing us that they know right from wrong. We felt like it was an epic surprise that was really so much fun to pull off! Some might say that it’s completely over the top and I would agree with them. But at the same time it’s something that we were able to do and we really wanted to do and we really felt that they would appreciate it….and all of those things have been true. You can pop in on Instagram to see the picture that I shared. There were tears it was a whole bunch of fun!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Slow Cooker Tomato Soup, Taquitos & Easy Greens: Make dinnertime HAPPEN

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My dad was in international sales when I was growing up. This job required him to travel quite a bit. When I was little and adults asked me what my dad did for a living….I would tell them that he worked at the airport—because every Friday and Sunday we would pick him up and take him back. He was a hard worker, and weekends were spent filled with family time. That is when we would build projects and play. Since he traveled most weeknights, my mom was left with dinnertime duties, along with everything else like homework, activities, school projects, play dates…everything. She too was a hard worker :) My mom never ever ever failed to put a meal together and have dinner on the table for all of us. I grew up knowing that mealtime was family time. It was a top priority. You don’t answer the phone, you don’t answer the door, and the TV is off. You talk, you share, you find out how everyone’s day went. We still hold dinnertime very sacred. We sit down to the table every week night.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Fall off the bone tender baby back ribs

My kiddos have braces….and we all love ribs—but many times eating ribs with braces proves to be a challenge.  I have shared a recipe for ribs previously that are great for the weeknight because they cook up in just an hour. These ribs that I am sharing today are also a great weeknight meal…but you have to plan a bit more in advance. You can cook these ribs and then refrigerate—and before you eat them just heat them up on the grill. When I make these I tend to cook them earlier in the day while I am working…and then just leave them covered until dinner time. This recipe will produce tender, juicy, fall off the bone ribs every time. fall off the bone ribs @cleverlyinspired (3)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Easy Weeknight Jambalaya Recipe

Hey yall! Hope you had a great weekend. I was able to get away with a few girlfriends for some dancin and laughing in Nashville. A short 3 hour trip south….and it’s like you’re in Vegas. That city does not sleep…dancing till all hours…bands playing…the music literally fills the air and you can’t help but feel like everyone is attending one large party. Very festive:) easy weeknight jambalaya@cleverlyinspired (8)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Hey all! How was your weekend? We had a great one here….laughing, and then laughing some more. My bff/sista-from-another-motha has been here with her family. They left out yesterday to go west….all the way to the Grand Canyon. It was such a fun visit…and it always goes too fast.

Today my bubs had some gum surgery. He has 2 baby teeth that have never fallen out…(and he’s 15 1/2) So his orthodontist had us look into getting them pulled so that the permanent canine teeth can fall into place. He was really nervous…but did so well. We are happy it is over…now onto ice cream!

Wanted to pop in and share this yummy cold pasta salad…make it this week:)

There’s some recipes but I have been making forever and I go to look it up on the blog and realize I have never shared it with you all! This is one of those recipes. I tore out this recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine probably back in 1997ish and have been making it forever! It is a one dish meal…can’t go wrong there right:)  Adding in cooked chicken to it makes it a perfect meal for a hot summer night. I suggest putting it together the night before you’re going to eat it. The flavors come together really nicely overnight. Kids and adults love it! pesto pasta salad @cleverlyinspired (5)

This recipe is great for back to school time too….it keeps great for a few days….

Pesto Pasta Salad
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 8 oz ziti
  • 1 C spinach leaves
  • ¼ C basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic quartered
  • 2 T parmesan
  • ⅛ salt and pepper
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T water
  • ⅓ C mayo
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta and cool. Set aside.
  2. In food processor combine spinach, basil, cheese, salt and pepper.
  3. Add in oil and water and pulse.
  4. Place pesto mixture in large bowl and mix in mayo.
  5. Add in drained noodles.
  6. Add in chicken (optional)
  7. Place in fridge.

 

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Do yall start school soon? We are on the official count down. One week from tomorrow….kind of makes me sad. Not really ready for summer to end yet.

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Back tomorrow with a yummy homemade back to school snack:) Oh and I got our new chairs for the new table…will show you that this week too!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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