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Almost One Pot Lasagna

I have another Pinterest recipe to share 🙂 At this rate I may be close to making a dent in my goal for the year.

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Almost One Pot Lasagna. This recipe is a winner. It’s quick. It’s delicious. And it’s actually pretty healthy. It’s so close to being a one pot dinner, but if you want to get everything going while your noodles are cooking you are going to need 2 pots.

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:

about 6 ounces of lasagna noodles (I used whole grain) broken into thirds

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 (14.5) oz cans Italian diced tomatoes, drained

1/4 cup tomato sauce (I just used that whole baby can. What was I going to do with leftovers?)

1/2 cup skim ricotta cheese

1/2 cup part skim mozzarella cheese

3 tablespoons parmesan cheese

basil

black pepper

salt (or garlic salt)

parsley

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Directions:

1. break lasagna noodles into thirds, boil, drain

2. chop onion and mince garlic

3. heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat, add onions garlic and let cook until soft

4. add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasonings to taste

5. add noodles to pot

6. add ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses, let cook until mixture is thick

7. Enjoy!

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This recipe was delicious and one I will definitely make again. Here is the original recipe from the website I pinned. I omitted the mushrooms.

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Cresent Roll Sopapilla Cheesecake Semi-failure

I made another Pinterest recipe, Y’all.

This one was a semi-failure. I was cooking at Aaron’s apartment again, and his oven is less than ideal. I blame it for the extra crispy bottom. I also failed to follow the recipe correctly but whatever. It’s only a semi-failure because it still turned out pretty delicious. So delicious, in fact, that Aaron told me to leave it at his apartment when I went back home. Then he called me later in the week to tell me it’s extra delicious served cold.

Let’s get to the recipe. I’ll start out simple and tell you what you are supposed to do, then what I did.

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Ingredients:

2 cans of Pillsbury Butter Crescent Rolls (or Great Value)

2 packages (8 oz) of cream cheese softened

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup butter melted

cinnamon & sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Unroll and spread 1 can of crescent rolls on bottom of ungreased pan

3. Mix softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together

4. Spread mixture over crescent rolls

5. Unroll and spread the other can of crescent rolls over the top of the mixture

6. Spread butter on top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar

7. Bake for 20-30 minutes

Enjoy! Eat hot, room temperature, or cold.

So that seems simple, right? Not for me.

Here’s where I went wrong.

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I read somewhere that the best way to prepare the crescent roll dough is to roll it all together into a big ball and then roll it out flat. Easier said than done. Aaron didn’t have a rolling pin, so I used a plastic cup. No matter what I did, the dang dough kept shrinking back up. I wrestled with it forever. I’m pretty sure my frustration with the dough contributed to me messing up the rest of the recipe. I finally got it looking like this.

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Then I mixed cream cheese, sugar, and BUTTER together. W-R-O-N-G. It is supposed to be cream cheese, sugar, and VANILLA. I didn’t realize my mistake until after I had already spread the mixture onto the crescent rolls, so vanilla was just omitted from my version. Oops. There was really no turning back, so I just went with it.

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There was no way I was going to roll out the crescent rolls into one big piece again, so I just pieced it together on top. I melted some more butter to spread on top (since I already used the butter the recipe called for in the filling) and then sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top.

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Here’s where I’m going to blame Aaron’s oven. The instructions say to bake for 20-30 minutes. I checked on it at about 11 minutes and it was already starting to burn on the edges. I had to let it cook a little longer (20 minutes total) because it wasn’t done in the middle.

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Not beautiful…:/ When I took it out of the oven, I immediately transferred it from the pan to a cutting board so the bottom wouldn’t continue to burn.

IMG_0765But when I cut into it, it looked pretty good! You can see the “extra crispy” bottom here. Aaron and I were pleasantly surprised when we dug into it! Very good. The filling tasted like cheesecake even with the extra butter. Ha.

For the record, I would totally make this recipe again. I would obviously follow the directions, use the right ingredients, not use Aaron’s oven…and I would probably buy the “sheets” of cresent rolls that they sell at the grocery store.

Anyway. That’s what happened. Here is the link to the original recipe I pinned if you want to see what it’s really supposed to look like 🙂

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Chickfila Secret Sauce Recipe

Using ketchup at Chickfila is like eating chicken fingers at a Mexican restaurant. You can, but you’re kind of missing the point.

The Top 2 Best Things About Chickfila:

1. the sweet tea

2. amazing sauce selection

If I haven’t been upfront enough, I love Chickfila. I know it’s not good for me, but I eat there about once a week because there is one close by my work. As a Chickfila regular I know the best sauces.

3. spicy salad dressing (for sandwiches, nuggets, and fries)

2. honey roasted BBQ (Do people not know about this one? Ask for it. It comes in a squeeze packet, not a dipping one.)

1. my “secret” concoction

You may be wondering “Why are you giving away your secret?” The last time I went to chickfila and asked for Polynesian and Buffalo sauces the cashier said, “Do you mix them together? I DO TOO!”

My secret is getting out. I need to lay some sort of claim to my invention. This is the best I got. Whenever Chickfila starts marketing Spicy Polynesian sauce, at least you’ll know it was my idea first 🙂

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Here’s how you do it. The order is very important. First dip your nugget/fry in Polynesian, then dip it in Buffalo. Is it high maintenance? Yes. Delicious and worth it? Totally. Haha.

Did this really call for it’s own blog post. Probably not 🙂

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Funfetti Dip: No Mixing Bowl Required

2013 Goal #2: Make ALL the practical recipes on my Pinterest.

I’ve got to get started somewhere.

I’ve pinned lots of “batter” and “dough” flavored dips before. To be honest I’ve never made them because, well you see, when I want to eat something “batter” or “dough” flavored…I just go for the hard stuff.

Haley + roll of Toll House + spoon = successful evening in.

And hey! No salmonella poisoning in the 24 years I’ve been eating raw dough. Just call me Gaston.

I decided to try this recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny because it only called for 3 ingredients (plus cookies for dipping).

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Ingredients:

1 box of Funfetti cake mix

2 cups of fat free plain yogurt

1 cup of Light Cool Whip

I was at Aaron’s apartment trying to make this and he did not have a mixing bowl.

Aaron: “Just use a pot.”

Haley: “How am I going to blog about this if I mix it in a pot? I can’t take pictures of a pot!”

Aaron: “Just make fun of me for not having a bowl.”

I present to you Aaron’s pot.

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Put all the ingredients together.

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Mix well until the consistency is smooth (and very photogenic).

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The directions say to then cover it with plastic wrap and let it chill for about 4 hours. Obviously I went ahead and ate some prior to chilling because I have no self control.

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Tasted just like cake batter! Very rich though.

I dipped animal crackers in it, but graham crackers would probably be really good too.

While I let the rest of the dip chill in the fridge, I made sure to lick the spatula clean. It just seems like the most natural way to eat cake batter 🙂

One more Pinterest recipe down, a bazillion more to go!

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2013 Goals Update

So I’ve taken a little break from blogging over the past few months…

But like I mentioned in my last post from forever ago, people are still reading! I think most of that is due to my burlap wreath tutorial going crazy on Pinterest. Anyway. I’m trying to get back in the swing of things. Housegirl Haley has recently gotten a few new followers, and that has made me more motivated to write and share adventures again 🙂 Thank you and welcome to all my new readers!

I figured it was time to do a little update on my yearly goals (original post):

1. Read all the books I’ve bought at Goodwill/bookstores (at least 1 a month) so I can rationalize buying a kindle. This is the one goal that I have really been on top of this year. Even though I haven’t been blogging regularly, I have been updating my booklist page as I finish my books. 14 books so far, so it’s safe to say I have met my “at least 1 a month” goal. I don’t really want a kindle anymore though. I still have the problem of coming home from the Goodwill with a huge stack of books. I just can’t help myself.

2. Make ALL the practical recipes on my PinterestYeah. I’ve made like 3 recipes. It’s sad really. Time to kick this into gear.
3. Start a cleaning schedule (start off slow, like 1 day a week at a time). Also not really happening. I have started a new thing that has been keeping my house cleaner though. First off, I’m making my bed before I go to work everyday. Then, when I get home from work I try to do at least one task really quick before I settle in and get too comfy on the couch watching TV in my pajamas. If you really want insight into what a loser I am, I motivate myself by saying “Do your homework first.” When I was in high school I was very academically motivated. Everyday after I got home from school I would immediately start on my homework. My mom never had to tell me to do this. I just did it. I was a nerd. What am I saying? I’m still a nerd. Anyway, if I do one thing like clean my bathroom or put laundry away, it usually makes me feel super productive and I end up doing more. It’s not a very organized system, but it’s working for now.

4. Meal planning…do it again. Including eating breakfast before work everyday. Also not happening. Ok that’s not totally true. I did a 4 week dietbet and used my Blogilates meal plan for about 2 weeks of it. That isn’t a long term thing though. I need to link goals 2 and 4 together and get this show on the road. 

5. Lose ten pounds. Not a joke this year. I did a dietbet and “lost” 5 pounds for the challenge. I say “lost” because I think my body weight naturally fluctuates about 5 pounds throughout the day. When I realized how easy it was going to be for me to “win” the dietbet (by losing 4% of my bodyweight in 4 weeks) I wasn’t very strict with myself. I also started going to the YMCA for exercise classes. I have a treadmill. It’s very nice. I bought it from my neighbor for $50 when they were having a yard sale. It was a great deal. I brag about it every time I see a treadmill for sale. Anyway. I’m working on losing weight…I have some new motivation now *wink wink.*
6. Be prepared to run Disney Princess ½ marathon in 2014. This goal is no longer valid. I had tentative plans to register to run this with my sister, but it is not going to happen due to a change in plans *wink wink* that I will update you on later. One day I will do this though.
7. Buy a saw and learn how to use it to build something cool. (Like a frame for my TV when I mount it on the wall). So this is kind of a funny story. For Valentine’s Day, Aaron and I bought supplies to build me a workbench for my garage. I still have the supplies in my garage, because that’s just how life is sometimes. Aaron had a saw. We borrowed another one. I ended up buying one. We had so many issues with these saws that I am now kind of scared of using them. One had the wrong types of blade, one had a safety guard that would get “stuck,” and the one I bought had really bad kickback. No thank you. That’s why I still have a bunch of supplies and 2 out of 3 saws still sitting in my garage. Maybe we will try again.
8. Invisalign. Straight teeth need to happen. (Start this process by the end of January…at least call and schedule a consultation). Check! Blog post on this process coming soon.
9. Complete Insanity. Haha. Nope. I’ve been thinking about doing this… Does that count? Here has been my logic with this. I’m paying to go to the gym. If I do insanity at home, then I may not go to the gym as often, and that would be a waste of money. Plus they are adding a Turbokick class at the YMCA, so I don’t want to quit going now. I need to get my crap together and just do it. I have too many excuses. I used to go to the gym and do Brazil Butt Lift in the evenings when I was in grad school.
10. New blog design. Obviously has not happened. Let’s get back on the blog train and THEN I’ll address this.  🙂

Not too good, huh? Only 1 goal crossed off! I need to get my hiney into gear.

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Greek Chicken Salad

Alright you guys. I made another attempt to tackle my Pinterest recipes…and this one is delicious.

Here is the recipe I pinned, but honestly I did not follow the directions at all. I really just used the ingredient list. I was supposed to marinate the chicken, but I didn’t because I did not feel like waiting. Here’s how I made it.

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Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts

3 roma tomatoes

1/2 red onion

1 cucumber (used most of it, but not all)

2 garlic cloves minced

1/4 cup of feta

drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

a few squeezes of lemon juice

salt and pepper

Also buy some fancy bread, like Publix Chicago bread. Or Ritz Crackers.

For Tzatziki Sauce

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(best picture ever, right?)

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

squeeze of lemon juice

1 garlic clove minced

2 Tbs chopped cucumber (what’s leftover from the one up there)

1 tsp dill (I use more because I like dill)

salt and pepper

*overwhelming ingredient list tip: the only new ingredients for the tzatziki are greek yogurt and dill. All the other ones are used in the first list of ingredients too.

Directions

1. Boil chicken breasts. Shred them with a fork.

2. Chop tomatoes, onion, cucumber, garlic. Add to shredded chicken in a big bowl.

3. Add feta, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix in with everything else.

4. In a separate smaller bowl, mix all tzatziki ingredients together.

5. Add spoonfuls of tzatziki to chicken mixture until desired consistency and taste. (I had a lot left over).

6. Eat as a sandwich on some fancy bread or on crackers like a dip. Delish.

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Tackling my Pinterest Recipes #1

 

 

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to make all the practical recipes that I’ve pinned on my recipe board on Pinterest. Here is the first one I tried: Taco Macaroni and Cheese.
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It was ok. It smelled delicious, but there was a lot of cream cheese and sour cream in it that made it a very rich and heavy meal. The recipe made sooo much food. It was dinner for me and my mom, another lunch, another dinner…and then I still had so much left that I gave it to my sister and it fed her whole family.

I liked it, and it was easy to make, but I’m probably not going to make it again. If you want to try the recipe you can find it on my Pinterest here.

Oh. I also got to use my cute chicken spoon holder.

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