What’s for dinner?

I don’t ever consider the fact that I make up my own recipes. I just don’t feel like I do. I make adjustments to existing recipes, but I did make a delightful lasagna today that I didn’t have a recipe for so I guess I kind of made it up. I call it 3 Cheese Lasagna Florentine.
I cooked 1package of lasagna noodles – next time I’ll just do half of the package as to not waste noodles. In a sperate put boil a frozen package of spinach. I cooked both of these with one chicken bullion cube each for some flavor.
When the spinach is done, drain it but don’t worry about squeezing out all the water. Transfer it back to the pot in which it was cooked with an 8oz package of cream cheese (I used reduced fat) about 1 cup mozzarella cheese and .5 chips grated Parmesan cheese then mix well.
Once the noodles are short of al dente I turned them off and just let them sit. I sprayed the bottom of a 9×13 glass dish and then coated it with about .5 cup of your favorite spaghetti sauce. Cover that with 4 noodles (let them overlap a little. Layer that with sauce, spinach and cheese mixture and more noodles for about 4 layers. Then finish it with a layer of grated mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake at 300° for about an hour. Take off the foil for the last 10ish minutes to brown.

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After

I actually don’t like lasagna (I can not stand Ricotta cheese) but this one is pretty good, and something that I can serve to my sister since she is allergic to eggs and is a vegetarian.

I even had the cutest helper in the world.

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What do you mean? She didn’t try any!

What’s for dinner?

I don’t ever consider the fact that I make up my own recipes. I just don’t feel like I do. I make adjustments to existing recipes, but I did make a delightful lasagna today that I didn’t have a recipe for so I guess I kind of made it up. I call it 3 Cheese Lasagna Florentine.
I cooked 1package of lasagna noodles – next time I’ll just do half of the package as to not waste noodles. In a sperate put boil a frozen package of spinach. I cooked both of these with one chicken bullion cube each for some flavor.
When the spinach is done, drain it but don’t worry about squeezing out all the water. Transfer it back to the pot in which it was cooked with an 8oz package of cream cheese (I used reduced fat) about 1 cup mozzarella cheese and .5 chips grated Parmesan cheese then mix well.
Once the noodles are short of al dente I turned them off and just let them sit. I sprayed the bottom of a 9×13 glass dish and then coated it with about .5 cup of your favorite spaghetti sauce. Cover that with 4 noodles (let them overlap a little. Layer that with sauce, spinach and cheese mixture and more noodles for about 4 layers. Then finish it with a layer of grated mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake at 300° for about an hour. Take off the foil for the last 10ish minutes to brown.

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Before

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After

I actually don’t like lasagna (I can not stand Ricotta cheese) but this one is pretty good, and something that I can serve to my sister since she is allergic to eggs and is a vegetarian.

I even had the cutest helper in the world.

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What do you mean? She didn’t try any!

Say What?

“Guess what is coming to Netflix in January” he says.

Am I now to understand that FRIENDS is coming to Netflix in January?

“Now you can watch your favorite episodes” He says, to which I replied the only possible reply to a statement like that about FRIENDS episodes that THEY ARE ALL MY FAVORITES!

Get excited!

Stuff My Husband Says…

I remember as a kid thinking that parents were so grown up… now I realize that adults don’t actually grow up they just seem old to young people while feeling themselves like they’re still somewhere between 12 and 21.

Yesterday, at the dinner table with our three kids, my husband was discussing Disney movies – mostly with himself but I was nodding along. He was troubled with the song “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King and how Pumba is discouraged from saying the word “farted” but that later during “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Simba and Nala are very clearly having in intimate moment. He felt that somewhere the appropriate meter somewhere at Disney should be reviewed.

These are things that bother him.

I mostly use Disney movies as an opportunity to cook dinner or do laundry but whatever. Someone’s got to be there do do the analysis, right?

More to come from my husband the engineer/movie critic/12 year old.

Love you honey 😉

Ever After

So, I was recently re-vamping the look of this thing and I was looking through the design templates.  I did take a webpage design course in college and so in theory I should be able to “customize” one.  Sounds like I’m really into that stuff right?  Not so much.  What is not evident by the fact that I made a “B” in the class is that one of my class mates and I cried through the first project where we had to write code.  Luckily for us there was a very nice guy who was willing to help us and was not terrified by the fact that we were sitting in the computer lab crying.

Come to think of it, maybe it wasn’t the first time that sorority girls cried over a project in the computer lab.

I digress… SO I decided to use one of the already made layouts for this blog.  The theme for the layout was entitled “Ever After” which had not affect on my choosing it but it did make me think of my life and how – for many years – I maintained that my entire career ambition was to become a princess.  I knew that were real princesses out there and I felt that with enough grit and determinitation (princess dresses and crowns) I could will myself to be one of those very princesses.

Today I am not, in fact, a princess.  I am however happier than I ever imagianed (in general) and so the “Ever After” theme made me want to share why.

My Husband and I met when we were 4 years old.  Our parents have stayed friends over the years and our friendship was one that fit like a glove.  Of course I’m friends with them, I’ve known them forever.  We both lived in different states for most of our lives but every time we got together we all just picked up and went on.  That being said, my husband is literally the last person I ever expected to marry.

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Ski trip circa 1991-ish

My last summer at The University of Alabama came with it’s stifling heat and it was time for me to move from my apartment to a house where I could have a dog (my sweet precious Emmie) as well as a 6 month lease.  My mom and I were moving our stuff, so naturally we racked our brains to come up with anyone we knew with a truck and manly strength to help us.  I called my friend Brian and she called her friend who brought her son along – bribing him with a trip to his mecca – TACO CASA <insert angelic tune>.  I knew that this age old friend was coming and I thought, if he could only find a girl to fall in love with, that guy could take over the world.  I thought about his attributes of being smart, cute – I guess, funny, etc. and I tried to think of all my single friends that I could match him up with.  I came up with a few to have in the back of my mind and then after a day of packing I fell asleep.  The next day we piddled around, my friend came and we went to get lunch then came back to our friends’ already loading up the truck.  I didn’t take much notice of my now beloved husband, even going so far to explain our relationship to my friend as “he’s kindof like my cousin”.  After many loads I was trying to pick up the heaviest moving dolly in the world to put in the back of the truck,  I’m serious, it was made of lead or something, and this friend who to me still seemed like an 8 year shouting and rolling in mud old walked by, grabbed it, and tossed it into the back of the truck.  I was shocked!

Anyway, this could become a really long story just to describe one day but the day led to a night of talking – our relationship was so platonic that our mothers got hotel rooms for themselves and left us to unpack and camp out at the new house – and our new relationship was born.

After a year of dating we became engaged and on July 11, 2009 (free slushie day for all of you 7/11 fans) we got married.  So many things about my life I could have never planned that now seem so obviously wonderful.  I could have never planned to marry the man I did but as my brother-in-law put it in his sweet toast at our rehearsal dinner, our life is a little like a fairy tale.  I really did marry my boy next door, we live in a house with a white picket fence, and we couldn’t be happier.

That’s not to say that I always feel like I’m in a fairy tale.  Sometimes when the house is a wreck, the children are clinging to my leg and I experiment with a recipe that was an epic fail I feel more like screaming than anything else but then I get a hug from my sweet husband, or a sloppy kiss from one of my little angels and I think, how could life be any better?

So it’s official.  I don’t want to be a princess anymore.  But it is true that “every once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.”

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Wedding Day Love

Post Secret

Does anyone out there ever look at the POST SECRET site?  It’s something that my husband introduced me to and it’s such an interesting idea for a site.  People send in post cards with their secrets on it.  Sometimes the secrets are nothing more than pinings for a lost love.  Sometimes they write about something they regret, and sometimes it’s advice from their life experience.

One of the most memorable posts that I have ever read was from someone who worked in a vet’s office.  It said that every time someone comes in and has to have their dog put to sleep they have the choice of whether or not to stay in the room.  The person said that you should always stay because the last thing your dog does is look for you when you’re not there.  It makes me cry just to think about having to be there some day with Emmie but I’m glad that I read it because, no matter how sad it makes me I will be there for her and do that small thing for her of giving her peace.

They’re cries for help a lot of the time.  People talk about how they’re writing the postcard to keep themselves from doing something harmful or taking another drink.  Sometimes they’re really sad and talk about their plans to end their lives and those make me desperately wish I knew who it was from so I could send them a note to let them a note to give them hope.

Finally, sometimes it’s just a postcard that makes me mad.  There was one last week that said that they can’t help themselves but they think that all stay at home moms are lazy.  If you could actually have steam coming out of your ears I probably would have.  I realize that to anyone who has never been a parent it doesn’t seem as hard as it is.  I too was once not a parent.  HOWEVER I am now a parent and a stay at home mom to boot.  I promise that I am anything but lazy.

Anyway, check it out sometime.  It’s posted on Sundays so I get to read them when my husband’s home 🙂

 

http://www.postsecret.com/

30 Before 30

Okay, so it’s been a while… Like we have another child, and she’s 1. 

I was inspired by a friend’s blog when she decided to do a 30 before 30 challenge.  I’ll be 30 in a little less than 2 years and it seems like a good time to make some goals for myself.  I haven’t really decided what all I want to do but I also need a place where I can be accountable for these goals that I set, so here we go.  Maybe during nap times I’ll get back in the swing of things. 

Some of the things that I have thought of to be on my 30 before 30 list:

1. Graduate from graduate school – this one’s a little bit cheap since I’m only one assignment away and I’ve been approved for my August graduation but it’s definitely on my list. 

2. Reach my goal weight – I’m mostly going in the opposite direction so I really need to use this forum to remain accountable in trying to lose the weight that I want to.

3. Actually learn to knit – I can basically do a scarf but I don’t actually know how to end it.

4. Make a quilt.

5. Make matching outfits for the kiddos.

 

Okay, that’s all I can think of right now and I don’t want to just slap some things up here.   I’ll try to post again a little more this week/when I come up with more things to add to the list.

 

Have a great day

Baby Wipes

A friend of mine came up with the idea last week of making our own baby wipes.  I’m not too granola-y but I am cheap, so the idea sounded great.  We used some of our old receiving blankets since they were too small for Cameron after about a month and I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

I was able to match some patterns so they are complimentary and I used them for the first time today.  They’re soft on the Little Man’s nether business I’m hoping that it will make our throw away wipees go longer.

It was also a great first project for my new sewing machine that I got for Christmas 🙂

Ode to Nap Time

I was looking at my computer earlier today and I remembered my long-lost blog.  Not that anyone was missing it, but I watched Julie & Julia again the other day and it made me nostalgic.  As I looked on the site and tried to remember my password… I realized that the last time I posted anything was right before Cameron was born.  That sounds about right.  For the past seven months and three weeks I’ve been on full time mommy duty (which is the greatest blessing ever!) and I have had no time to do anything!  For the past couple of days however, we have gotten into a schedule of waking up around 7:30, eating a couple of times, and then taking a long nap.  It only occurred to me today that we may have a nap schedule!!  I know that sounds fairly mundane to anyone who’s not a new mom, but trust me, WOO HOO!!!!!!!!

 

I talked girl talk with a friend without having to reassure them that, “no I don’t need to get off the phone, he’s just going to have to learn to like having his diaper changed.”, I ate with BOTH hands, and caught up on some guilty pleasure TV.

 

I want to start writing about making my own baby food and healthy home made cooking for the fam.  Hopefully this can be my new time to do that!

 

Stay tuned…

Hurry Up and Wait…

So I went to the doctor today for another weekly check-up for myself and baby.  I will be honest, I was under the dillusion that I could will this baby to come early since that seems like the decent thing to do right?  He’s now healthy and able to come at any moment.  I have told several people this, but it’s like God giving you a present and then telling you that you must carry it around with you at all times, but not open it until the present is ready.  I was a little sad coming home from the doctor today because I have not progressed any from last week when I went, but I’m feeling better now (quite possibly due to the cake and cookies that I ate) and I’m just going to try to sit back, when it’s comfortable, and take it a day at a time.  I know I should be enjoying these last days of quiet in the house, and the reason he’s not here is that he’s just not ready yet.  It’s hard to focus on that when you’re as big as a house and terribly uncomfortable, but mostly it’s hard to feel this little human moving around inside your belly and not desperately want to hold them!  He’ll get here when the time is right and everything will be perfect, just wanted to vent a little.  AND I made some delicious M&M cookies to deal with my sadness earlier in the day, so that’s good.  AND maybe I’ll finish Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which is quite entertaining if I do say so.  Luckily baby and I are both extremely healthy, so that’s a wonderful thing!   

Almost ready!

  

 I was really impressed earlier in the day when Drew made a FRIENDS reference.  Earlier when I was feeling more down about no progression in the labor department I was comparing myself to everyone else that I know who is pregnant (bad idea) and I was just certain that everyone I knew who was pregnant was going to have their baby before me.  It made me relate to Rachel in the episode The One Where Rachel Has A Baby.  Thank goodness the hospital where I’m delivering has only private rooms so I don’t have to be subjected to watching woman after woman have their baby, or worse, share a room with someone I know!!   

At least she looks like Jennifer Anniston when being miserably in labor...

  

On a sad note, I saw that Rue MccLanahan died last night.  I do love The Golden Girls and I found it very sad that all but one have passed away.  It sounds like she had a wonderful life though and died peacefully.  My roommate my sophomore year in college and I used to watch The Golden Girls every day and it is truly a timeless show!   

  

Everyone have a wonderful day, hopefully it’s pretty where you are, and keep praying that little Mr. Williams decides to come soon!  I’m not going to get my hopes up, but a little extra prayer never hurts :).  We’re going to see SATC2 this weekend, so maybe that will inspire him to come…