I love CrocPot/Slow Cooker Meals.  It is such an easy way to make a meal, set it and forget it. It’s great for busy days as well as those hot summer days that are coming our way! One of the newest recipes we tried is this Cheesy Tortellini with Meatsauce.  It is so good and a meal even some of the pickiest kids will love!  Two of my Three kids are very picky (like their Momma) and they loved this easy recipe – they even asked for seconds.. seconds people!  That’s a win! 😉

So here is what you’ll need for this easy recipe:

  • 8oz. Pasta or Marinara Sauce (your choice)
  • 10oz. Tortellini
  • 2 cups of Mozzarella cheese (shredded) or more if you prefer
  • 14oz. Diced Tomatoes
  • 1lb. ground meat or turkey
  • Croc Pot/ Slow Cooker
  • Slow Cooker Liner (optional)

This recipe is so easy it will take me longer to explain it that it is to make it lol.  But I want to share this with you because I love it so much and when I love something I need to share it with my besties!

First brown your meat and drain; next add you diced tomatoes and sauce.  Mix and let is sit on your croc pot for 3-4 Hours on High or 6-7 Hours on low.  About 15 minutes before serving add the tortellini and mozzarella cheese.  Cook for 15 minutes to allow cheese to melt and tortellini to cook and Boom done!  Super easy right?

I served this with some warm garlic bread but you can totally eat as is or add some steamed veggies on the side to this meal.

That’s it guys I hope you try this recipe and if you do and you love it, please share it with me on instagram with the hashtag #hncrecipe I would love to see it!  Here is a short video that I put together sharing my step by step instruction!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you on the next post!


SMALL PATIO MAKEOVER on a BUDGET (Pt. 1 ) | Hip ‘n Creative

I’m super excited to be sharing with you my first of TWO Small Patio Makeover on a Budget series! Over the weekend my wonderful husband and I -with the help of our kids- cleaned and dressed our front patio. Getting it one step closer to being a beautiful oasis! One of the things we initially did was power wash our patio.  What a difference that made!  I didn’t think our patio was too bad but once we power washed it there are a huge difference!  The photos don’t do it justice!

Once we were done with cleaning the patio we then planted some very pretty perennials and some awesome hanging baskets as well as some pretty plants around the patio seating area.  It was a very simple project with minimal work (with the exception of planting the flowers).

The patio furniture we have was bought on sale from Wayfair last year – this is the set we got but we bough it at the end of the season and saved a ton! When we got it we used it in our back patio last year but decided move it to our front patio and get a larger set in the future for the back.  

Price Breakdown:

  • Hanging Baskets: Calibrachoa $29.98 each
  • Patio Garden: Autumn Sage Red 2 for $10.00
  • Flowers in baskets: Blanket Flower 2 for $10.00
  • Patio Furniture: Wayfair (on sale last year for $240)
  • End tables (for plants) $8.00 each Ikea

Here is my youtube video with our process:

I’m happy with the overall look of the patio!   But will be adding some colorful pillows, outdoor rug, lighting and more plants!  Some come back and check out my second part of my patio make over!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you guys on the next episode!


Craft / Office Organization and Easy DIY | Hip ‘n Creative

Hey friends!  I hope your all feeling great today!  I’m feeling pretty good, I have been working on ORGANIZING my CRAFT ROOM with items I bought from the Dollar Tree and Target Dollar Spot.  While I was working on my craftroom my hubby was working on the attic replacing duct work that has gone bad.  While he was up there he found my old Pegboard.  Needless to say I was uber excited to have that bad boy again!  It was a bit warped from being stored away but I was able to get it back to normal again!

Here is a pic of my pegboard from my instagram @hipncreative:

If you aren’t following me there, you should totally start now, it would mean so much to me!  I also made a video where I give you a quick tour of my pegboard.  How I have it styled currently and how we mounted the pegboard as well as how I painted and mounted the Ikea spice rack.

Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time guys! Have a fabulous day!



Life Update | Nemo

So today I decided to share with you guys a little bit of a personal side of HNC.  These passed few weeks have been crazy and super stressful.  About 2 weeks ago my Pomeranian Nemo got very very sick.  It was such a scary time for us.  It all started about 4 months ago, Nemo had a large lump on his head and wasn’t acting like himself.  We took him to the vet and had some tests done, he had an infection and with some antiboitics was back to his old self.  Jump to recently and he was sick again, this time the lump grew in size fairly quikly and he became so ill.  He was bleeding from his mouth and nose and have some sort of siezure that scared us to death!  I called the vet and my husband rushed him over.  After what seemed like forever they returned from the vet and I was then told by my husband that Nemo had a really bad infection again and that it made it’s way up his sinus and latched onto his skull.  He needed xrays and some blood work but he had such a large swelling on his head that we had to wait to see how bad the infection was.  We were afraid that the infection was cancer and that it was eating away at his skull.  We had to give him antibiotics to reduce the swelling and two days later Nemo had surgery.  My husband dropped him off in the morning and he underwent the surgery.  After a few hours in surgery we were called by the Vet and good news Nemo’s surgery was successful.  Later that night my husband picked him up and brought him home.  It was my first time seeing him after surgery and he was a mess.  My poor baby was in so much pain!

Nemo spent a few hours at the Veterinary Hospital under the care of some great people and was released home later that night.  When Nemo realized he was home he had that look in his eye and I actually saw tears stream down his face.  I held him in my arms while he cried. It was heart breaking and I wished I could of done something to help him.  After his surgery we found out what had him so sick.  He had an infection, that traveled from one tooth through another set of teeth.  They were broken and part of it was still inside his gums.  Since it was something not visible to the eye (we nor the Vet  did not notice any pain or discomfort in previous well or sick visits).  That caused the infection to travel through his nasal cavity and eventually settled on his head.  There it developed into an infection that grew rapidly and eventually caused his bleeding and pain and surgery.  I have to say that the Vet, assistant vets and staff did a great job and helped out poor Nemo.  They have been great with follow up calls and when I brought him in for his check up. The entire Vet. Hospital was great, even when he had his surgery they talked us through every step and explained everything.  We’re happy to say that Nemo does not have Cancer Thank God and is recovering very well.

On our recent visit to the Hospital, they welcomed him/us with warmth and showed genuine concern for him.  They did a great job in taking care of our boy.  I cannot thank them enough.  Stoney Creek Animal Hospital is the best Veterinarian Hospital hands down.  I recommend them to anyone needing excellent care for their furry friend.

DIY Ribbon Tassel Tutorial | Hip ‘n Creative

Hey guys!  Today I’m excited  to share a DIY Ribbon Tutorial with you!  Now this tutorial is something I did a while ago and for some strange reason many of my blog posts haven’t been showing up on my Blog!  I hope to have cleared any mishaps and it will be smooth sailing from here on out! So check out my video and if you haven’t done so yet make sure to subscribe!