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Mmmm…Girl Scout Cookies

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Just a little heads up…the girls (my girls) will be selling Girl Scout cookies starting January 7th. I’m going to get something set up online through facebook and this blog so you can order online. I’m even going to look into how much shipping would be (I’m hoping not TOO bad through the flat rate program they have at the post office.)

Now, we can’t start selling yet, but I’ll scream it out to the world on January 7th. We have a lot of cookies to sell, especially because there are TWO girls I need to sell for.

Nothing beats frozen thin mints.


Just sayin’

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Easy Peasy Lasagna

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I made lasagna on Sunday for dinner.  Yes, I made dinner.  Usually Tony does most of the cooking (Thank God!).  I got the recipe from a Kraft magazine a few years ago, and tweaked it a bit. The bonus?  You don’t have to cook the lasagna noodles.  Here’s the original recipe:

1 lb. ground beef
2-1/2 cups  KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, divided
1 container (15 oz.) POLLY-O Natural Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1   egg, beaten
1 jar (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 cup  water
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked

HEAT oven to 350°F.

BROWN meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Meanwhile, mix 1-1/4 cups mozzarella, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan, parsley and egg until well blended; set aside.

DRAIN meat; return to skillet. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Add 1 cup water to empty sauce jar; cover with lid and shake well. Add to meat mixture; stir until well blended. Spread 1 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish; top with layers of 3 lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1 cup meat sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce and cheeses. Cover with greased foil.

BAKE 1 hour or until heated through, removing foil after 45 min. Let stand 15 min. before cutting to serve.

I do it just a bit differently.  I use cottage cheese instead of ricotta (it makes the lasagna less sweet).  Sometimes (like this time) I use ground turkey instead of ground beef.  The kids tend to like that a little bit more.  Make it.  Do it.  Go, go, go!!!!!

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My Favorite Corn Salsa

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I’m taking the easy way out today.  Next thing on my to-do list is “blog.”  Well, that and “Clean the fridge.”  Meh.  I got through three shelves and decided that I’m having a moment.  The kids just started playing the Wii, which should keep them busy for a bit.  I’m in the mood to lay my ass on our new leather couch and watch some trashy tv – maybe something on Bravo.  So, my easy way out is to share with you a corn salsa recipe that I love.  We make it here in my neighborhood for any get togethers.  So, here it is.  It’s super easy peasy.

1 can corn (drained)

1 can black beans (drained)

1 can diced tomatoes (I use Rotel tomatoes with green chiles)

Some chopped cilantro

About 1-2 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice (I use the stuff in the squeezy lemon/lime.  In bartending terms, I squeeze about a six count out of the squeezy)

Salt and pepper to taste.

Just mix it all up and serve it with tortilla chips.  It’s pretty damn healthy (well, except for the chips).  Super easy.  It tastes better once it has been in the fridge for an hour or so.  Here…I’ll show you some I made today:

Corn Salsa

It’s yummy.  And I’m headed to the couch….

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Diggin’ The Swine

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This post is probably going to sound like a guy wrote it.  Oh well.

The other day I was using  (I had a few extra minutes, the tv was ‘taken’ by the girls, and I didn’t feel like working).  I came across a recipe.  An evil but seemingly delicious recipe.  Go check it out. Here it is.

Some people might think that it looks disgusting.  But that salty and sweet combination is just so damn yummy.  I spoke of this recipe at a birthday party for my nieces.  My sister-in-law’s brother has a seriously loving relationship with bacon.  He said that this was just about the best thing he had ever heard.  He also suggested that I try me some chocolate covered bacon.  I think that’s going on the bucket list.

So, I brought this recipe up at the restaurant yesterday.  Everybody was in.  But I don’t work again until Monday.  Could we make home made cinnamon rolls with the pizza dough?  I’m sure we could.  But we’re going to follow the recipe on Monday and check them out.  If they’re good enough, I’d be more than happy to put them on the menu.  Nothing like a crazy dessert to get some attention.  I’ll let you know how they are!

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A Store For Giants

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Chloe and I went to Costco today.  I’m sure you can already see where this title is going.  We needed some groceries, but not a ton.  We ended up with 54 rice crispy treats, milk, half and half, a gigantic container of strawberries, cashews and some other stuff.  All food (except for the ‘Home Defense’ bug spray.  What a deal.  A gigantic container for only 8 bucks).  I don’t go to Costco all that often.  Why?  Because I end up walking out with food, a new book, a video game, and other stuff that I THINK I need.

As we were walking through the bakery (because I told Chloe she could get cookies), we browsed.  Have you seen the Costco cupcakes?  They are gigantic!  I mean, they have to be three times the size of a normal cupcake.  Chloe then asked me if the food in there is made for REALLY big people.  Yup, I guess so.  I do have to say, though, that I DIDN’T buy the coconut cream pie because it was just too damn big.  And I would have to eat the entire thing.

We paid for our groceries, and stopped to buy our customary churro.  As we were driving home, Chloe talked to me about what she did in school today.  They were talking about weather.  She said “Mom.  Weather is either a tiger or a sheep.”


OOOHHHHHHH, you mean either a lion or a lamb?  OK, I get it.

By the way, today got a lamb :)

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