Recipes

Rustic Roasted Red Pepper, Chicken & Cheese Ravioli Casserole

That’s a mouthful right? Let me tell ya, it is delicious! I needed a quick, hearty dinner this week so I put this together. It was really good and my family enjoyed it.

 

For this recipe you’ll need:

-ready made ravioli ( I used Buitoni sweet bell pepper & roasted chicken stuffed ravioli)

-your choice of marinara

-shredded mozzarella & grated parmesan cheese

-Italian bread crumbs

 

First you’ll want to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, and boil your pasta per the instructions on the package. Once that’s done, turn off the heat on the pasta and set aside. (I left my pasta in the water so they wouldn’t stick to each other).

Pour about a 1/4 of the marinara sauce into the bottom of the casserole dish and spread evenly.
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Next, transfer the ravioli with a slotted spoon (draining excess water) to the dish overlapping each other like so.

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Once you have arranged your pasta, pour the remaining marinara on top and spread evenly.

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Now you can go as light or heavy as you want on the cheese! First I sprinkled about 10/4 cup of shredded mozzarella, then about 1/4 cup of grated parmesan. Lastly, I sprinkled 3 tbsp. of Italian bread crumbs evenly on top of the cheese.

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Place it in the oven and bake for about 20 min. or until cheese is melted. Serve this up with a side salad or bread sticks and dinner is done!

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Let me know what you think and if you guys enjoyed this recipe.

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

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New Items in the Shop!

Hi Friends!

Just wanted to pop on real quick and let you guys know I added a new item to the shop today. I will be adding a few more over the next few days. Click on the shop tab on the menu and you can get a preview of what’s available. Thanks so much for your support!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

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Beauty Finds First Impressions Update

Hello friends! As promised here’s the update for my July beauty finds.

 

Ok. First up…I love the gold infused mask! Whenever I use it my skin feels hydrated after and I notice a difference in the texture of my skin in the morning. My skin feels good and I have a dewy glow. Definitely a great find.

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Next, the Almay eye makeup remover. I can’t complain. It’s quick, easy & doesn’t require a lot of “scrubbing/rubbing” which is great on the delicate eye area. I love that it doesn’t irritate my eyes. Great find and love that I got 2 for the price of one!

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Lastly, the charcoal tooth whitener. I have to say I’m not that big a fan. Yes it does seem to make your smile appear brighter, but I didn’t notice a dramatic change in color. It’s also a bit messy. I have a regular tooth-brush and the over spray gets every where!  If I had a battery-powered tooth brush maybe it wouldn’t be so messy, or if it was in a paste form. The good thing is it’s pretty easy to clean up and doesn’t stain so that’s a plus. Also, you get a ton of product and you only have to use a little. This will definitely last a good while. If you don’t mind a little clean up after using, then this product is alright. It was fun trying it out.

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Hope this was helpful in some way and if not, at least entertaining!

Thanks for stopping by!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

Recipes

My Family Dinner Favorites: Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a family dinner favorites recipe so I thought I’d share one today. It’s a good one… Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole!! Can we same yum?!

It’s pretty simple and comes together quickly , and you can lighten it up by using low-fat/no fat ingredients. Serve with a side of cilantro white rice and you’ve got a complete meal. These are my favorite kind of week night dinner recipes!

Check out Liz over at realhousemoms.com for this delicious, printable recipe!

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This casserole was a big hit and has become a week night favorite of ours. I hope you enjoy it too!

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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Beauty Finds First Impressions

Hi friends, hope you had a great week and a wonderful 4th!  I was out and about shopping last Friday and I found some beauty products I’d love to share with you. I figured I’d start a “beauty finds” post series sharing my thoughts & first impressions, then follow-up in a few weeks to let you know how they work out.

One of my favorite discount stores to shop is Burkes Outlet! They offer a 15% off discount on Fridays so I always check them out to see what deals I find. Here’s what I picked up.

 

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Global Beauty Gold Gel Face Mask & Applicator

I saw this little kit and it reminded me of the gold infused sheet masks I’ve seen everywhere. It’s infused with gold extract, and is supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It also says it offers “intense hydration to revitalize, smooth and soften your skin.” I have combination skin and occasional Rosacea flair ups on my cheeks. Anything that is soothing and hydrating is a plus for me. I also liked that it came with the silicone applicator.

First Impression:

You can definitely see the gold shimmer in the gel! The applicator helps smooth the gel on mess free, and it’s a nice, light consistency. You just scoop out a little at a time and “paint” it on your face. All together I think I used a quarter sized amount on my face. Once I applied the gel all over it’s not as dark-colored on my skin tone as the woman pictured, but I’m more interested in the benefits and not so much the color.

I started with a fresh clean face and I left the gel on for 10 minutes and then rinsed off with warm water. My face did feel really refreshed and soft after rinsing. I followed up with a small amount of Vaseline sensitive skin moisturizer and headed off to bed. In the morning, I noticed my face was pretty smooth and moisturized. I don’t think any wrinkles went away over night, (lol) but I feel the overall texture of my skin was better.  I give this a thumbs up and will definitely be incorporating this into my skin care routine.

 

 

 

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Olivia Care Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish

 

The next product I found was this charcoal tooth polish. It claims to whiten your teeth the natural way with Activated Charcoal. It says, “the charcoal binds to stains on teeth, such as coffee, tea, and wine, to help remove them, leaving teeth whiter and brighter. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of Activated Charcoal promote good oral health by helping to fight against cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. It’s naturally abrasive White Clay gently scrubs and polishes teeth while stimulating the gums.”

First Impression:

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That’s the charcoal there ready to use. You dip your wet toothbrush into the powder and then brush your teeth and gums the way you normally would with toothpaste.

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So…When you start to brush your teeth the charcoal gives off a somewhat unpleasant odor. After about a minute into it, it goes away. Imagine eating a mouthful of Oreos…that is exactly what your teeth look like while brushing them. You get a tiny bit of a warming sensation while brushing and you do feel the grit polishing your teeth.

This can get super messy if you’re not careful. I made sure I leaned down into my sink so there wouldn’t be a big mess. The good thing is, I was able to rinse the sink & my hands with soap and water and there were no stains. The packaging says the charcoal has a peppermint extract in it for freshness which you get a hint of, but I definitely wouldn’t leave the house without brushing with regular toothpaste or using a mouth rinse!

I feel like my teeth looked brighter but it’s too early to tell. I will definitely use this a couple of times a week for the next month and see if it makes a difference.

 

Lastly, I found this twin pack of Almay eye make-up remover. This was a score because normally one bottle is about 4.99 and I got 2 for the price of one!

 

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Almay Liquid Eye Make-up Remover

It’s oil-free and infused with aloe, cucumber and green tea. It says it’s Dermatologist & Ophthalmologist tested, and safe for contact lens wearers (like me).

First Impression:

My eye make-up came off pretty easily and there was no oily residue after. My eyelids and under eye area feel really moisturized! It smells similar to other eye make up removers and it didn’t irritate my eyes. I really like this eye cleanser and will continue to use it.

 

That’s it for today. In a few weeks I will do a follow-up post and let you know how these worked for me. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Let me know if you’d like to here more first impressions!

*Also, I just want to add…I am not a Dr. or Beauty Professional. I’m just a gal sharing my thoughts and opinions on products I love and find good deals on. I love reading reviews and hearing other ladies stories about products they use and what works for them.