Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

 

 

We wanted to re-post this recipe from Valentine’s – because it’s also a great way to keep from using your oven on hot days!

If you happen to be staying in on Valentine’s Day and are looking for an easy Valentine’s Day dinner, Crock Pot Lasagna is a fabulous option!

Several years ago, I found this recipe for Crock Pot Lasagna and fell in love.  I use a bottled spaghetti sauce but add additional spices to give it a homemade taste.  If you keep browned ground beef in the freezer (read more here), it will cut your preparation time dramatically.  After the recipe, scroll down as I have also included a couple of pics to answer any questions you might have.

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Valentine Heart Pancakes – Using DIY Tinfoil Shapes (A Tutorial!)

I wanted to make something sweet for my family this Valentine’s Day – and I wanted that sweet thing to be chocolate chip pancakes before school.  But not just ANY chocolate chip pancakes: I wanted to make them in the shape of hearts.

Just one problem…. I don’t have any heart-shaped pancake molds.  (Which, thinking back – are really not that expensive considering you can use them every year….)

 I did have some plastic heart cookie cutters though, and I figured I could somehow MacGyver something out of tin foil.   I set out to experiment and did a trial run with my all-too-willing preschooler.  Here’s how to make them!

Tutorial: Heart Pancake Molds from Tinfoil


1) Start with a plastic heart-shaped cookie cutter – even if you just have one, you can make several molds.  Do these a few days ahead, and you’ll be ready to cook up some love come Valentine’s morning!

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Valentine Cards to Print: 4 Fun Classroom Printables!

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Did you think we were done prowling Pinterest to find even MORE Valentine Cards to print?  (Visit our Valentine’s Printable Cards Category!)  Come on – are we EVER done prowling Pinterest?  No way – not even close!

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Free Printable Valentine Cards: Mustache Valentines!

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Free Printable Valentine Mustache Cards

Here’s a fun Valentine printable card project that will work for any age child, boy or girl, and is cheap and easy!

Jamie here! This is my kitchen table a few years ago, the night before Valentine’s Day….   we made these awesome Mustache Valentines and my kids loved them so much they asked to do it again this year.  As you can see by this photo of my kitchen table last Valentine’s Eve – I was up to my elbows in fake mustache hair and fake lips. ;)

Here’s how to make these cute valentines and also a free printable template:

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Free Printable Date Night Conversation Starters

FREE Printable Date Night Conversation Starters

Jamie here!  We posted this previously as part of our frugal Valentine’s Day Ideas for a night in, but I wanted to repost for those of you who haven’t seen it before.  Now that my kids are back in school, I’m trying to focus on my marriage a little more, and I’ve been thinking that this long weekend might be a perfect time to use this idea again :)

One Valentine’s Day years ago – my husband and I were once again planning an evening in with our four kids because we were a) too broke for both a babysitter and dinner and b) didn’t know any babysitters anyway…

A couple days ahead of time, I decided to think up enough questions to create a little Valentine’s game to play with him.  (Remember how fun it was doing those silly Cosmo quizes with your teenage boyfriend?)  I came up with several questions, dares and activities and wrote them down on slips of paper.  I folded each one up and put them in a heart bowl and waited for Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine Table Decorations: DIY Chic Decor on a Dime

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When thinking about cute Valentine’s ideas, you might think you need to invest a great deal of time or money. But the reality is, there are many cheap Valentine’s Day ideas out there that you too can create for little to nothing! In fact, why not make a quick trip to your local dollar store or Walmart and see how easy it is to whip up your own Valentine’s table decorations on the cheap? And the best part? It will still look chic!

Take a peek at how you can create your own whimsical Valentine’s Day table decor on a dime!

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Valentine’s Day Decorations: DIY Sweetheart Wreath

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Christmas is just a memory now, and when you took down your lights and tree you may have taken down your holiday wreaths as well. Perhaps your home is looking a little bland these days, and in need of a little festive color and decor? Although Christmas is long gone, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!

Nothing adds Valentine’s Day cheer like reds and pinks splashed throughout the house, adding sweet charm and announcing the arrival of the season for made just for sweethearts! So this Valentine’s Day, why not attempt your own Valentine’s Day wreath to replace the Christmas one you took down?

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