Monday, June 29, 2009


I tried this lasagna recipe from Pioneer Woman a couple of months ago and Greg's been begging me to make it again ever since. So I made it last night for him and made sure to take pictures. It's so good and super easy to make.
* 1.5 lbs of ground beef (I used ground turkey)
* 1 lb of hot breakfast sausage
* 2 cloves of garlic, minced
* 2 14.5-ounce cans whole tomatoes
* 2 6-ounce cans tomato paste
* 2 tbsp. dried parsley
* 2 tbsp. dried basil
* 1 tsp. salt
* 3 cups lowfat cottage cheese
* 2 beaten eggs
* 1/2 cup grated parmesan
* 2 tbsp. dried parsley
* 1 tsp sald
* 1 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
* 1 10-ounce pkg. lasagna noodles
(add 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tbsp. olive oil to pasta water)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saucepan, combine ground beef, sauasage and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain half the fat; add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil, & salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated parmesan, 2 more tablespoons parsley, and 1 more teaspoon salt. Stir together well. Set aside. Cook lasagna until "al dente".

To Assemble: Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a baking pan, overlapping if necessary. Spoon half of the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles. Spread evenly. Cover cottage cheese with single layer of mozzarella slices. Spoon a little less than half the meat mixture over the top. Repeat, ending with the meat mixture. Springle top generously with extra parmesan.
Either freeze, refridgerate for up to 2 days, or bake immediately: 350-degree oven for 20-30 minutes, or until top is hot and bubbly.

I saw this in the freezer section and had this along with the lasgana for dinner. All you do is take it out of the package and microwave it for 5 minutes and it's done. It was really good.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

My beautiful babies.

Anybody who knows me, knows that I do not have a green thumb. I'm working on that, though. Now that we have our own place with an area to plant some pretty flowers and a nice vegetable garden, I've been really wanting to get into gardening. I went to the local library and checked out "Gardening for Dummies" and "Gardening 1-2-3". I also went to wal-mart and bought a little herb garden kit for my kitchen window. Everything you need is in the box along with very specific instructions. I was a little worried that I wouldn't get them to grow, but they are coming along quite nicely. If I'm able to keep them alive then I'll move onto planting some plants in pots outside on the deck and then finally planting plants in the yard.