Hello old friends! I'm so sorry that I've been MIA for over a week. Before becoming a stay-at-home-mom, I was an elementary school teacher. I haven't worked since our oldest was born over six years ago, but I decided that I wanted to dip my toes back in for a little bit. I am teaching first grade in an inner-city school for a six-week summer school session. Man, you working moms have my admiration! The juggling and dodging and running is more than I was planning for! Not that SAHMs don't also have lots to juggle, dodge, and run from...it's just that I was in a SAHM groove, and now I'm out of any kind of groove. Oh well, it's just six weeks, right? So, needless to say, the blog has taken a back burner. I actually have several recipes that I have made and are ready to be blogged about, so be on the lookout for more in the coming days.
I'm ready to post a Meatless Monday dish. I made this ten days ago (before I started working) and am just now able to post about it. The recipe was given to me by my online friend, Shaun. She has given me tons of delicious meatless dishes (she's a vegetarian). This is so good...it's almost like a pot pie made with tortellini. Yummy!
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup shredded carrots 1 medium onion (chopped--I didn't have one.) 8 ounces sliced mushrooms 2 tablespoons flour 2 cups milk 1 cup shredded Gouda cheese (4 ounces) 3/4 cup frozen sweet peas (thawed) 9 ounces refrigerated tortellini 1/2 cup Ritz crackers (crushed)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter in sauce pan over medium heat. Cook the carrots, onion, and mushrooms in the butter for about five minutes. Stir in the flour and salt. Gradually add the milk; stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture is bubbly, and then remove from heat. Stir in cheese, peas, and tortellini. Spoon into 9x13 casserole dish. Sprinkle with crackers. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
Living in small town Oklahoma, I am married to the sweetest man you will ever meet. We have five young children, so I would now consider myself a professional juggler. I'm a wannabe crafter, cook, baker, and gardener. Some might call me crunchy. I'm okay with it.