Friday, February 25, 2011

Easy and Delicious Crockpot Lasagne

I haven't had any time to craft lately and I've been so bummed about it. My twins keep me on my toes all day, but the good side of it is I can stand in the kitchen and bake all day while they play. I do love to cook and decided this morning we would have lasange for dinner. I love this lasagne its so easy and delicious.

Crockpot Lasagne

Ingredients you'll need. (recipe at end of post)

Cook Italian sausage and onion in skillet
Stir in tomato sauce, basil and salt.

Mix Ricotta, Parmesan, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese together in bowl

Put some about 1/4 of sausage mixture into 6qt slow cooker, top with 5 noodles broken into pieces to fit
Spread with half of cheese mixture and 1/4 of sausage mixture. Than 5 more noodles, remaining cheese mixture and 1/4 mixture.

Top with 5 remaining noodles and remaining saugage mixture
Cover and cook on low heat 4-6 hrs or until noodles are tender. Sprinkle top of lasagne with remaining 1 cup mozarella cheese.

Crockpot Lasagne
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 medium onion chopped
3 15 oz cans Italian-style tomato sauce **
2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese. (8oz)
1 container (15oz) part-skim ricotta cheese**
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
15 uncooked Lasagne noodles

Cook sausage and onion in skillet over medium heat about 6-8 min, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink.
Stir in tomato sauce, basil, and salt
Mix ricotta cheese ( I always add about 3/4 cup of cottage cheese too, cause I love it) Parmesan, and  1 cup of mozzarella cheese together in a bowl.
(refrigerate remaning mozzarella cheese while lasagne cooks)
Spoon 1/4 of the sausage mixture into 6qt slow cooker, top with 5 noodles broken into pieces to fit.
Spread half of the cheese mixture and than another 1/4 of the sausage mixture
Top with 5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and 1/4 of sausage mixture
Top with renaining 5 noodles and remaining sausage mixture.
Cover and cook on low heat setting for 4-6 hours or until noodles are tender. Sprinkle top of lasagne with remaining mozarella.
Cover and let stand about 10 min or until cheese is melted...ENJOY!

**Here are some of my little notes:
_I usually spray my slow cooker lightly with pam.
_In my crock pot it is always ready at 4 hrs. If you go a lot longer than that, the bottom and sides can get over cooked. I'm sure different crock pots will vary.
_I like to add cottage cheese to my ricotta. Just because it is my favorite and I love the texture in it
_I've had trouble finding italian style tomato sauce sometimes, so I just add Italian seasoning to regular tomato sauce. Prob at least 1-2 tsp or so.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Safety 1st Espresso Swing Gate Review & Giveaway

Another great giveaway!

I don't know about you but I would love to win this gate. With my little twins getting around it is needed very bad in my home. Check it out.

Mom's balancing Act Giveaway

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking freebies!

For those of you that do digital scrapbooking look at this awesome blog that has lots of free downloads.
If you look at the past archives theres more. I love freebies, dont you?


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentines Day treats!

I have been busy making lots of fun Valentine Day treats!
I found this recipe for The best chocolate cake over at KevinandAmanda 
and I decided to do cupcakes instead.

I found these cute wrappers at Walmart
Had to dress them up a bit.

Look at those chocolate dipped strawberries! My mom picked them up at Costco and the boxes were at the dollar store.
We took these to our ladies that we visit teach.

Valentine Confetti easy and is delicious

I had bags leftover from my the shower so I decied to use them to
 put some confetti in for the kids to give their teachers

MMMM! Heart shaped brownies.
Have to admit this is just a box mix but why spend all the time making
from scratch when the boxed is so good.

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Now if we can just get all the kids in the car tomorrow morning and all the treats delivered to school and friends without dropping or eating any! Happy Valentines Day to everyone! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

I have been awarded with the:

     from the ladies at  Modernwivelyhood. Thank you so much! So kind of you!

Here are the rules to receive this award:

1. Thank and link back to the person(s) who awarded you with this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

Ok now 7 things about me:

1. I have been in love with George Strait every since I was little. You would think I would grow over it but no. I have to go to all his concerts and I get all excited just like a teenager.
2.Just a couple pet peeves of mine!!!I have to have my dvd's in alphebetical order, not sure why but if they're not it drives me nuts...
Everytime I go to Walmart ( thats the only big store we have in my little town) I have to wipe down the shopping carts! Yuck can you just imagine how many germs!!!
3. I hate surprises! I know no fun but it just drives me crazy.
4. I love to be outdoors camping, fishing or just a ride up the mountain is my favorite.
5. I also love to hunt and shot a big bull elk several years ago

6. I was told at one point that I would never be able to physically have children but through miracles,adoption, a great infertility doctor,  lots of prayers and our faith in our lord i have 4 beautiful children!

7. Last but not least!!! I have lost over 70 lbs, and down 9 sizes in my clothes! I have lots of will power (so people say) and determination! I feel great.

not the best photo! oh well...

My husband and I

Now to nominate:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

DIY Tutorial for Valentine garlands.

 These are so easy and fun to make.
Start by cutting different 12x12 paper into an oval shape

Fold oval long way accordian style

Will look like this

Than fold in half to make heart shape

Tape or hot glue the middle together

So they turn out looking like this

You can attach them to a piece of ribbon, rope or jute, with a gluegun or double stick tape,
or even just clip them on with clothes pins.

DIY valentine garland

I just left extra thread on each end and hung it up.

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