Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Comfort Food Italiano Style!

My good friends at Red Gold Tomatoes contacted me about another fun contest they are hosting. They are giving away some awesome Lasagna kits on Facebook now until Feb. 13! Go check them out! You can find their page here https://www.facebook.com/RedGold/timeline.

I’m a big fan of yummy and EASY recipes. I don’t have time to buy a bunch of random ingredients and spend hours in the kitchen. I have 2 small children, remember? So, I was delighted to test drive some of Red Gold’s items to use in a lasagna!

 
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ALL IN ONE LASAGNA

Ingredients

1/2 cup water

1 (28 ounce) can Red Gold® Crushed Tomatoes, or 2 (15 ounce) cans Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes

2 (14.5 ounce) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Salt to taste

1 (16 ounce) box traditional lasagna noodles, uncooked

1 (15 ounce) carton low fat ricotta cheese

3 cups (16 ounce) shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 

Directions

• Preheat oven to 350o F. In large mixing bowl combine water, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning and salt.

• Cover the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan with 1½ cups of sauce mixture.  Arrange 1/3 of noodles on top of sauce, slightly overlapped.  Top with ½ of ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of sauce.  Repeat layers and top with last 1/3 of noodles and the remaining sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

• Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 to 1½ hours; until noodles are cooked. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

• The recipe makes 12 servings, but you could divide the recipe into two 9x9 inch baking dishes and freeze one for a wintry night supper.

Variations:

1. Add 1 pound ground Italian sausage or lean ground beef, cooked and drained, to the tomato mixture of the basic recipe.

2. For added color, flavor and nutrition add 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and water removed, as another layer after the cheese layers.

3. Add both Italian sausage and spinach for great nutritional value and appearance.  Use each as a layer in the recipe.

4. Add fresh basil to sauce for added color and flavor or sprinkle fresh basil on top as a garnish.

5. Use fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced, as an option to shredded mozzarella cheese.

Enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2015

The one with binge watching Friends and Family Feud

I never realized how great of a show Friends is… until it became available on Netflix. Any chance I get, where I am alone and want to be unproductive, I catch an episode or two. Are you watching?

I never watched the show when it was on until the end because it ran while I was middle and high school and I was more of a Dawson’s Creek gal. I’ve seen a lot of episodes because they are always playing in syndication, but there are so many they do not show.

I also have realized Monica annoys the crap out of me. She looks older than she plays and her character is annoying. Of course, I’m a Ross/Rachel fan. And I never realized how funny Chandler and Phoebe’s characters were… ha! Yes, I am writing a post about a TV show at 11:15 pm on a Friday night. Anyone else binge watching Friends?

On a side note, ever heard of the Family Feud? I spell feud like fued every time I write it and correct myself immediately. Anyway, they announced that auditions were being held in Louisville (where I live) and my cousins and I jumped on the opportunity. We got together last Sunday and made a video.

AND WE GOT AN AUDITION!!! FEB 7th BABY!!!!!

A week with our little :)

The second week of Christmas break was a fun one for Ms. Adley. To keep Kendall in a routine and get some much needed errands done in peace (like going to my school and painting bulletin boards and new cell phone shopping), we sent Kendall to school a few hours each day. Plus, she got her naps in! Ha!

Is it normal to feel a little guilty to want to spend time with your other child? I could just tell that Adley knew this one-on-one time with her parents was special. We had fun too!

On this particular photo-documented day, we…

…ate breakfast at Waffle House. Yum!

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… spent some gift cards at Bass Pro.

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… and dined at Olive Garden. Yum-yum!

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The head rest!

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Daddy’s girl!

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I don’t know what it is, but Chris seems so much more comfortable as a parent the second time around. Don’t get me wrong, he was a great parent to Kendall as a baby, but… I just feel like he is more attentive to baby Adley than he was with baby Kendall. Not is a favorite way, but in a “I know what to do now and they are only little once” kind of way.  Whatever the case, these two have a special bond, just like Chris does with his big girl, Kendall.