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Life is All Rainbow & Unicorns

Birthdays are kind of a big deal for me.

So, this year, even though it’s not a milestone birthday, I threw myself (yep) a Rainbows & Unicorns pool party (my birthday is in the middle of summer).

First, I started a Pinterest board.

Unicorn door hanger, $3 Target Dollar Spot

IKEA

Unicorn Popcorn

Crescent Dog Twists

Unicorn Droppings
aka Jelly beans

Unicorn Horn Pasta Salad

Unicorn Bathing Suits, Target

Unicorn Wands

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1) Finding Unicorn/ Rainbow food that’s not candy/ donuts/ cake/ sweets is REALLY HARD! Here’s what I came up with:

Unicorn Horn Pasta Salad

Crescent Dog Twists 

Unicorn Popcorn (still had some candy drizzled on top)

Crescent Rolls with chicken salad

Unicorn Droppings (aka jelly beans)

Unicorn Farts were a huge hit with everyone at the party (cotton candy)

Unicorn Bacon was Airheads Rainbow Sour Belts

Rice Krispie Treats with Fruity Pebbles (LOVED this!)

 

I made my own shirt using my Cricut!

Unicorn wands made using unicorns from Amazon. I drilled 5/16 holes in them  and used skewers (think shrimp skewers). Then I tied ribbon around their tails.

Earrings: Amazon

Headbands: Forever 21, Target, Amazon

Cake & Cakepops: Petite Madalyns Bakery

Mini donuts: Remi’s Minis 

Balloons: Party Planet

 

What I Get At Aldi

I am just now jumping onto the Aldi train, but let me tell you I sure am glad I did!

I had been seeing my friends’ posts about it and I was always a little skeptical. To be honest, it seemed like one of the “cheap” grocery stores and I wasn’t sure it would have good, quality stuff.

Boy, was I wrong.

Since the girls have started school, I make one day a week my grocery shopping day. I plan out all of our meals on Sunday and usually do my grocery shopping on Wednesday.

My Aldi obsession all started with this lady. I found this meal plan and made almost everything on it.

I started with the Italian Beef. Then, the Snap Crackle Pop Chicken and then the leftover Italian Beef & Black Bean quesadillas.

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Since then, I have moved the majority of my shopping over there and here’s some of my favorite things I have discovered there:

Bread

  • Seedtastic is my everyday bread, I have one in the fridge and one in the freezer at all times.

  • Baguette
  • Plain Bagels
  • Brownies (I used to make the Raspberry Brownie Bites for Valentine’s Day)

Produce

  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Oranges (Cuties)
  • Kiwi
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Strawberries (Which were LOCAL, btw! Plant City strawberries! What?)
  • Caesar salad mix
  • Tomatoes

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Spinach and Sausage Noodle Bake

I know I just did a recipe share, but I’m kind of obsessed with eating, OK?!

I had bought this package of ground sausage at Publix a while back because it looked interesting. I thought, “that looks different!” “I could make something cool with that!”

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Meanwhile, it sat in my freezer for months. LOLZ

I finally took it out last night and couldn’t think of a DAMN THING to make with it.  Pinterest to the rescue. I found this recipe and it sounded pretty good, somewhat healthy (what?! it has spinach!) and easy to make.

Only problem? I didn’t have shells. I did have this fancy ass pasta. Pennoni Rigati. Is it Penne? Rigatoni? I have no f-ing idea. I don’t even know where I got this!

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Anywho, so I improvised and this is what I came up with:

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Spinach and Sausage Noodle Bake

Ingredients

1 lb. ground sausage

Handful of spinach

4 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. oregano

4 cups ricotta cheese

1 package (8-12 oz) mozzarella cheese

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 jar spaghetti sauce (I use the Fixate Grandma’s Sauce recipe)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown and drain the sausage.

Toss the spinach in the same pan and cook 1-2 minutes, until wilted.

Cook the noodles according to package directions.

In a mixing bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, eggs, garlic powder, oregano and parmesan cheese.

Pour spaghetti sauce in the bottom of pan (I used a 8X8, but you can use a 9X13 also).

Drain noodles (whichever kind you use).

Place noodles on top of sauce. (This is where you would stuff the shells if you used shells)

Since I did not use shells, I just put the ricotta cheese mixture on top of the noodles.

Top with ground sausage. Then sprinkle top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25-35 minutes. I baked uncovered for the last 5 minutes to melt the cheese on the top.

Enjoy!