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CHEESY TORTELLINI with MEATSAUCE | EASY SLOW COOKER MEALS | Hip ‘n Creative

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!

xo,
Awilda

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 – https://goo.gl/at1bth 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) https://goo.gl/at1bth
  • 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!

xo,
Awilda

Dollar Tree DIY | Adorable Easter Bunny Pots | Hip ‘n Creative

Hey guys I hope you’re all feeling fabulous today!  So Today I have this adorable DIY Easter Bunny Pot Tutorial for you.  It is another super simple project but this time the project can be time consuming (because of the drying time for the paint)  I think it’s adorable and if you have any school aged kids, they may love making this project with you!

What you will need:

  • Terra Cotta Pots (Dollar Tree)
  • Plastic Spoons (Dollar Tree)
  • Sanding sponge (Dollar Tree)
  • Paint Brushes (Dollar Tree)
  • Pipe Cleaners (Dollar Tree) *optional
  • Easter Grass (Dollar Tree) or anywhere 😉
  • Floral Foam (Dollar Tree)
  • Paint (Wal-Mart)
  • Ribbon (Dollar Tree)
  • newspaper or something to protect your surface
  • Sharpies

DIRECTIONS:

First thing I did was sand down the spoons to remove the shine.  This will help the paint to adhere to the spoons easier.

Next painted the pots white.  You may need to paint 2 – 3 coats (allow drying time in between).  Next I painted the pot’s rim (again giving it 2 -3 coats).  I also painted some polka dots on the side of the pots.  I also painted the spoons to coordinate with the pots.

Once everything is dry you can draw the faces on the spoons.  I drew dots for eyes and triangles for beak or  bunny nose.  The whiskers are “V” shapes 😉  I decided to make some bunny ears out of pipe cleaners, I cut out the pipe cleaners and shaped them into ears.  Next I hot glued them to the back of the spoons.  I also hot glued some decorative ribbon to the “neck” of the spoons.

Lastly I assembled my pots.  I cut down the floral foam to fit the narrowest part of the pot, then I inserted the foam, my spoons and easter grass.  I also wrote my daughter’s names on a scrap piece of scrapbook paper and taped it onto a toothpick.  and that’s it!

Now as usual, I did make a video for you.  I would love it if you subscribed to my channel, it would truly mean the world to me.  Also sharing is caring, so if you know of someone that would find this tutorial inspiring please share it with them.  Thank you so much and I’ll see you soon!

DIY Elegant Ribbon French “Braid” Vase | Dollar Tree DIY | Hip ‘n Creative

What’s up guys!  I hope you’re all feeling fabulous today.  So today I have another Dollar Tree DIY project for you!  I think this French Braid Vase tutorial is so fun, easy and so pretty too!  This would be a perfect DIY project for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, quinceaneras and so much more!  It’s super easy and inexpensive, a win win right?

For this project you will need:

  • Cylinder vases (dollar tree)
  • Candle Holders (Dollar Tree)
  • 5yrd. Ribbon (Dollar Tree or Michaels) don’t forget your 40% Michaels coupon!
  • Easter Grass (Dollar Tree) or anywhere
  • Flowers (Dollar Tree)
  • Eggs on Sticks (Dollar Tree)
  • Glue gun with Glue Sticks (or Double sided tape from Dollar Tree) or e6000 if you have any

The first thing I did was glue my candle holder to the center of the vase, if you’re using e6000 make sure to give it 24 hours before moving on to the next step.

Next I used my double sided tape (or you can use your glue gun) and adhered my ribbon to the back of the vase.  

Bringing the ribbon forward I double twisted my ribbon making sure the print is showing forward (if your ribbon doesn’t have any printing no need to do this part).  I continued towards the back of the vase double twisting the ribbon again,  I did that until I reached the end of the vase.  At this point if your ribbon is long enough, you can tie a bow.

Next I filled the vase with Easter grass and arranged my flowers and easter eggs as I like and that’s it!  Super simple project and looks fabulous and is inexpensive!

If you’re a visual person, then check out my video tutorial.  While you’re at it why don’t you subscribe, I would truly appreciate it!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a great day and I’ll see you soon!

xoxo,
Awilda

How I Decorate my MAMBI Happy Planner

What’s up guys! I love love love my Happy Planner!  Over the passed 3 monthsI have become obsessed with decorating and organizing it for future use.  Ever since I decided to be a bit more organized with my day to day I find that I accomplish a lot more than I have before.  Now being totally honest with you, there are days that I am a confused mess.  I don’t always plan properly then find myself wishing I remembered the Drs appointment or that my daughter’s orchestra fee was due!

But now with my Happy Planner from Me and My Big Ideas, those forgotten days have become less -a lot less.  Now I am NOT being sponsored by them in any way (although I wish I was), I just really like them 🙂  Ok so on to my happy planner decorating:  One of the things I like to do is go online an find some inspiration.  I just google what I want my theme to be or find a free planner printable on pinterest and some cute washi tape and I start decorating.  Click on the link to download my recent plan with me spread: Fox Planner Printable | Happy Planner Hipncreative

Fall Fox Cuties | Hipncreative

There’s no wrong way to decorating your planner, it really is up to you and what you think it should look like.  I leave a lot of white space on my planner because there are times when I get a last minute entry.

If you’re interested in purchasing your own planner, I suggest going to your local Michael’s or Hobby Lobby craft stores.  There are quite expensive at $30 each but you can use a 40% coupon to save some dough. Plus they also have some cute planner accessories that would go great with your Happy Planner.

Head on over to my Youtube channel where you can check out my video!  While you’re there you can also subscribe for future plan with me videos and many more videos too!

You can also click on the image below and be taking directly to my Plan with me Video!

plan with me Happy Planner Hipncreative

 

Until next time guys, happy planning!

Awilda https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com