4/26/17

Mom's Lasagna

Mom's Lasagna is a classic version, that always has my guests coming back for second helpings and never leaving the table hungry!  It's taken me years to figure out how to make it just right, as I didn't have a teacher, but now I have it down pat, and this will not disappoint!

As many of you know, I started this blog for my family to have some of my recipes, and it turned into a much bigger thing! BUT, I still document family recipes, and this one is how I make my Lasagna. The kids have asked for the recipe a few times, so I thought it was time to get it documented!

Following not just the "steps" but the amounts and the proportions turned out to be the crucial step I was missing, along with the cheese mixture! Buy a good quality Ricotta cheese (don't skimp and buy cottage cheese!) and mix it up just like it says.. I promise you won't regret it.

Jan's Tips: Now that we are empty nesters, I sometimes will make this into multiple "bread pans" and make smaller lasagnas that are more fitting just for the two of us, Cooking one for now and freezing the other for another time.

Then don't forget to let the Lasagna rest for about 15 min.  before cutting it and serving it. This will keep it in layers, so it doesn't fall apart all over your plates!. Don't serve it too quickly!

Printable Recipe

Mom's Lasagna

Ingredients:
32 oz. Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground Italian sausage
1 box. oven ready (no bake lasagna noodles)
salt and pepper to taste
1 15 oz. container ricotta cheese
4 cups Mozzarella cheese.. Divided in half
1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano grated cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In large skillet over  medium heat, cook ground beef and sausage till till cooked through. Drain grease.
Add sauce to pan and mix well. remove from heat, set aside.
In a bowl mix together the Ricotta cheese, 2 cups of the Mozzarella, and the Parmigiano Cheese. Set aside.
Spray a deep dish 9x13 baking dish with non stick spray.
Pour 1 cup of the meat sauce into bottom of dish and spread to cover bottom.
Top the bottom layer with approx. 3 sheets of lasagna noodles. (noodles will expand to edges during cooking)
Top with 1 - 1 1/2 cups of the meat sauce.
Top with 3/4 cup cheese mixture. (I spread it in small little "plops" all over)
Top with 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese on top of cheese mixture.
Repeat layers again starting with noodles, then meat sauce, cheese mixture, and shredded Mozzarella for 3 layers, making sure your final layer ends with meat sauce topped with cheese mixture and finally Mozzarella cheese covering the top.
Cover with foil and bake for 25 min.
Remove foil and bake additional 15 minutes till cheese is beginning to brown.
LET REST 15 -20 MINUTES PRIOR TO CUTTING.






4/19/17

Broken China Mosaic Tile Terra Cotta Pot

Knowing what to do with a cherished piece of china that has broken can be hard to do.  I had a piece of my grandmothers china, a small plate that had been broken and was beyond repair, yet I could not part with it.




Mosaic Tile Terra Cotta Pots from Broken China



What to do. I just held onto the pieces for years. Then I decided to turn those pieces into a gift of the heart for my daughter. A small terra cotta pot she could use in her apartment and enjoy, but also feel the legacy of all the love that comes from the generations of great grandmothers that have come before her to remind her every time she looks at it that she comes from great women, strong women, kind women, loving women, funny women, "did-not-give-up" women, faithful women. I want it to remind her that she is a link in a chain of love that extends beyond where she can see from what came before, and what is yet to come, and to keep living well, keep loving well.
I had enough small pieces left over to scrape together 2 pots so I made one for my sister as well, but did mix in other pieces of china into one of the pots.
Mosaic Tile Terra Cotta Pots Made from Broken China

All, that.. in one little pot.  Let's see if I can do it. No pressure, right?

So.. the light pink china pieces in the photo are my grandmothers china. I added a few pieces of my own to it as well.

How I did it:
  1. I started out by spreading Tile Mastic onto the back of the broken pieces with a spackling knife and pressed them onto the pot. I arranged them as I went, leaving a small gap in between each piece (where I will spread tile grout later to fill in the gap). 
  2. Just use your imagination, and use a small hammer if necessary to chip off corners to make pieces fit or round out any ridges that stand up off the pot.
  3. The larger the piece the harder it is to place on a curved pot, so you may have to break a larger piece even smaller if it doesn't lay flat on the curved pot.
  4. Keep using mastic and placing all china pieces till pot is covered.
  5. Let dry 24 hours.
  6. Next day, using tile grout and damp sponge w bowl of water. Fill in gaps between china pieces with tile grout, spread till grout is even with tops of china 'tiles", wiping off china pieces as you go.
  7. Let dry 24 hours.
  8. Buff china pieces clean after grout is completely dry.


4/16/17

Easter Leftover Makeover Link up Party

Easter Dinner has come and gone, the dishes are done.. and now I have fridge full of leftovers! I know I certainly need some inspiration and new ideas on how to re-purpose all that ham, potatoes, and more! So it's time to call in my friends!

Country Fair Blog Party is hosting a Easter Leftover Makeover Blog Party and calling in all our blogger friends to share any all recipe ideas that re-purposes their holiday leftovers!
Val from Corn Bean Pigs and Kids , Nicole from A Kansas Farm Mom,  and I are hosting today's party!



Now onto the party!
Ham, Turkey, Lamb?.. Please share what you do with your leftovers!

Potatoes, Sweet potatoes, Stuffing, corn,  cranberries, fruit salads, breads?.. what do you do with all those leftover side dishes? Please share new ways to re-purpose them. We need all the help we can get!
Easter Leftover Ideas

Do you make great Smoothies, Hot pocket sandwiches? casseroles or stir fry's? Share away the sky is the limit as long as it fits the theme of re-purposing Holiday leftovers!

Here is one of mine: Years ago, my husband & I rescued an antique meat grinder from the trash at my In laws house that looks like this one:

we use it to grind up left over ham to use for making ham salad sandwiches and also I use the ground up ham to sprinkle on pizza's, as well as stir into scrambled eggs, mix into quiche, as well as my ham devils.. Deviled eggs, you'll see in the link up below. There are so many ways to use up little bits of cooked ground ham! It's my favorite use of ham left overs.. but there are so many more!

Bloggers: feel free to link up as many as you'd like, If you could share this post on your social media pages, this week, I'd be most appreciative, let your readers know where they can find you!

Readers: Come see what else we have to add to your menu planner this week




4/12/17

Cinnamon Crescent Rolls #EasterRecipes

I am joining in with a dozen of my blogger friends to bring you Easter recipes all week long! These quick and easy Cinnamon Crescent Rolls are not only super scrumptious, they are just simply minutes to make and oh so easy! They are perfect for a busy Easter morning, or to take to brunch!
No need for time consuming cinnamon rolls, and I think these are so much better than the the pop open kind of cinnamon rolls, even though you use pop open dough to make them!


They are prefect to take along to an early morning work meeting or to  make for a breakfast or a holilday brunch. I make these for Christmas morning.
Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Jan's Tip: These use: cinnamon chips which are found in the same aisle with the chocolate chips, but you can substitute ground cinnamon if you'd like.
Lets get you started!
Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
makes 8

Ingredients:

1 package refrigerated crescent roll dough
8 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
1 can vanilla icing or make powdered sugar glaze (see below)

Directions:


  1. Preheat oven according to directions on crescent roll package 
  2. Line baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper or lightly spray with non stick spray.
  3. Open crescent roll package and seperate dough into 8 triangles on baking sheet.
  4. spread 1/2 Tablespoon butter on each triangle.
  5. sprinkle each butter topped dough with 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  6. Top each brown sugar with 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon Chips
  7. Starting at wide end of triangles roll dough up to pointed end forming a crescent.
  8. Roll up each triangle.
  9. Bake 12-15 min according to package directions till golden brown.
  10. Removed from oven and let cool
  11. Drizzle with frosting or glaze.

To make a basic powdered sugar glaze;
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups (150 grams) confectioners' sugar, sifted to remove any lumps.
  2. 3 to 4 tablespoons milk or water.
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)

Now onto some more great #EasterRecipes from some other great bloggers!



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    4/10/17

    Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus With Lemon Herb Sauce #EasterRecipes

     This week I am joining in with  blogger friends to share Easter recipes all week long!  What could be more Spring to your Easter or Brunch meal than Asparagus? and this prosciutto wrapped asparagus with lemon herb sauce is just extra special! Your guests will be licking their fingers and their plates clean!
    Bacon Wrapped Aspagargus

    I like to bundle them in packets of 3 or 4 spears wrapped in each sheet of prosciutto, but you can trim down the prosciutto and individually wrap each spear separately too!

    The Lemon Herb Cream Sauce is just divine! My husband likes to spread some onto his ham as well as the asparagus, it is rich in ingredients, but light as well with the lemon and herbs, so it doesn't overpower the saltiness of the prosciutto or the sweetness crispiness of the asparagus.

    The individually wrapped version would make a perfect appetizer for a party and if you make the lemon herb sauce a bit thinner into a dipping sauce.. it would be for a pre dinner party appetizer.

    Here's how I make mine.

    Printable Recipe
    Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus With Lemon Herb Sauce

    Ingredients

    1 lb. fresh asparagus
    10 slices prosciutto
    2 Tbls. Olive oil
    1 Tbls. grated Paremesan
    1 packet good seasons Greek dressing mix
    1 (8 oz) cream cheese
    1  cup cream or whole milk

    Directions:

    • Preheat Oven to 425 ° Line baking sheet with silicon baking mat or spray pan with non stick spray.
    • Trim 1-2 inches off bottom ends of each asparagus spear. Lay spear on baking sheet and drizzle with olive olive and Parmesan.
    • Wrap 3-4 (I used 4) evenly sized spears into each slice of prosciutto. 
    • Lay seam side down on baking tray.
    • Bake 5 min then flip bundles and bake 3 min. more . (can bake longer if you want prosciutto crispier)
    • Remove from oven.


    To make sauce:

    • In sauce pan over medium heat; 
    • Melt together cream cheese and cream (or whole milk).
    • Add more milk if too thick.
    • Stir in packet of Greek dressing mix.
    • Serve over asparagus bundles. 









    This week, thirteen bloggers are sharing 46 recipes and tips to help you serve up deliciousness this Easter. Follow #EasterRecipes on social media to see what we're serving up!

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