Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sitting at the Library

So, today, I opted to sit at the library for a set amount of time so that my Girl Scouts and their moms who wanted to come by and get Cookie info could do that. What a great idea on my part! I have forgotten how nice it is to just pick a time and be somewhere rather than trying to meet up with everyone's schedules. Well, only one of my girls has come by, but hey, I made myself available and that's what counts.

I am enjoying watching people. This library is so inviting. It's relatively new... built a few years ago. There's a lot of buzz around the room. Some folks on their own computers, some folks are on the library computers and of course, you can hear the kiddos moving around. It's nice to see that people use the library. I always seem to forget it's over here. I get so busy and I forget that I should take some time out to just come over here and sit.

Later today, there's some activity that's free for kids about the science of bubbles. As one of my Girl Scout moms said a bit ago, it's not so much that the kids are a problem, but the parents who aren't parenting that makes those kind of free events such a pain to be around. So, in a few minutes, I am packing up and leaving.

It's a rainy day again today. So, it's not one of those days when you want to go outside and do stuff. It's a good day to just stay inside and veg...

Guess that's what I'll do... crochet, craft, or just nap. We shall see what happens.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

My adventure in making lasagna from scratch

So, I had these grandiose plans to get in my craft room and get through a bunch of stuff and get it on the road to organization. Needless to say, that didn't happen. I paid some bills, surfed to find some more digital scrapbook elements/paper/etc. then I watched a couple movies. (dang the tv sucked my day away!!!)

At least, I was able to make lasagna from scratch.

I sort of improvised the recipe based on a bunch I have found...

1 32 oz package of ricotta cheese
1 cup mozzarella
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

- Mix them together and set aside

1 pound ground turkey
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped onions
salt, pepper, oregano
Worcestershire sauce

- Brown the meat and add garlic, chopped onions, Worcestershire sauce, season to taste

1/2 jar spaghetti sauce
2 small cans tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped onions
salt, pepper, oregano, parsley

- simmer together, add garlic and chopped onions and season to taste

- Once the meat was browned, I added it to the spaghetti sauce/tomato mixture and simmered for another 20 minutes or so.

1 package lasagna noodles
olive oil

- drizzle olive oil in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole
- spread a small amount of meat/tomato sauce across the bottom of the casserole
- lay down 3-4 lasagna noodles (no they aren't cooked) to make a layer
- spoon more meat/tomato sauce to cover noodles
- spoon cheese mixture to cover meat/tomato sauce
- lay down 3-4 lasagna noodles
- spoon more meat/tomato sauce to cover noodles
- spoon remaining cheese mixture to cover meat/tomato sauce
- add another layer of noodles
- spoon remaining meat/tomato sauce across the top to cover
- sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top
- take a spatula and create a bit of a moat around the lasagna (about 1/4 inch) away from the edge of the pan
- pour a bit of water in the newly created "moat" to allow the edges of the top noodles to have liquid touching them.
- cover with foil
- cook for 45 minutes at 350 degrees
- remove foil
- cook for an additional 10-12 minutes
- remove and set for about 5-10 minutes
- cut and serve

Well, I would say it went well since my family had seconds and some thirds... ;) but who's counting?

Til next time...

P.S. The Sky Scarf color of the day according to what I saw when I looked out was light gray.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 - A Fresh New Start

Today, we ring in the new year with a cold, blustery day. It's overcast and at 4pm the temperature reads 36 degrees with a wind chill of 29 degrees. While I am thankful for the cold because it should hopefully lessen the bug population, it makes wanting to do anything in my scrapbook area a little challenging because that room isn't nearly as warm as the main part of the house where many family is all cuddled under various quilts and blankets.  I must find the motivation to get back to scrapbooking as it seems all I have done in recent months is buy supplies instead of using up what I have.

So while my cuddly family sits and watches movies, I am heating water for hot cocoa, and wondering where my warm fuzzy socks are.

I have crafting goals for 2013.  First and foremost is to actually craft!  In that I want to find and set aside time at least once a month (ideally more often) to sit down and actually scrapbook.  I want to make more cards than I buy and I want to do some service project stuff (like blankets for preemies or even cards for soldiers oversees). 

One other challenge I have taken on is to create a sky scarf where I crochet a row each day that matches the sky for that day.  Today, the sky is light gray.  My foundation row and first row are complete. 

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