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Free Recipe: Captain’s Lasagna

…On Sundays, Hubby takes over the kitchen. Meat and carbs are King.  Portion size is not a thing. He makes huge pots of stew, pre-historic sized chicken parm… and most recently he recreated his mom’s 9 LAYER LASAGNA! And it was enormous — even by #trucker standards.

Captains Lasagna 1

CAPTAIN’S {10 Layer} LASAGNA {Like Mom used to make}

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Bake time: 60 mins
  • Cost: $20 to $25.00
  • Serves: 8-10 people
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  • 1 Deep roasting pan- 13x9x4. Butter or non-stick spray.

FIRST: 2 Boxes Lasagna Noodles; prepare according to instructions. Set Aside.

NEXT:  Fry in a large sauce pot; Drain excess grease.

  • 1 to 1.5 lbs Ground beef + 1/2 to 1 lb. Mild sausage. Crumbed.
  • Reduce heat and Add:
  • 1 Med. onion, diced; 1 clove, chopped garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 T. Italian blend spices or pesto; S&P to taste
  • Stir on med. heat for 2-3 mins
  • ADD:
  • 3 Lg. cans Tomato Sauce + 1 sm. can Tomato paste
  • Stir often for 10 min on med/low heat

THE CHEESES! 

  • 2 to 3 Cups each: shredded Parmesan & mozzarella
  • Provolone optional**
  • MIXING BOWL: 30 oz. {Lg. tub} Ricotta cheese + 1 egg. Mix well.

THE LAYERS =

  1. Sauce- Spread a thin layer coating the bottom of the roasting pan.
  2. Noodles- Layer noodles in rows
  3. Cheese – 1/2 Ricotta mixture
  4. Noodles
  5. 1/4 Sauce
  6. Noodles
  7. Cheese – 1/2 shredded Parm
  8. Noodles
  9. 1/4 Sauce
  10. Cheese 1/2 Mozzarella
  11. Repeat steps 1 thru 10
  12. Tip: This is heavy! HA! Set the roasting pan on a cookie sheet
  13. BAKE : Covered for 50 mins at 350F. Uncover and Bake 10 mins. more.
  14. Serve hot with garlic bread.

Captains Lasagna 2

Thanks for stopping by today! Friends and Confidantes, I wore my stretchy-pants to taste test this one! It was worth it 😉 – Grandma Auburn {Jen} 

#Dinner #BakedLasagna #Holiday #mealideas #feedacrowdcheap #Freerecipe  #cheesy  #leftovers

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Moving Right Along: The 2019 Winter Edition

Roseys first snow Border Collie 11-2019.jpgYesterday was another Manic Monday– Where has the time gone? What have you been up to, Friends and Confidantes? We have lots of catching up to do! It snowed for the first time here in Central Indiana. Has it snowed where you are?

Roseys first snow Border Collie 3

 

MOVING: Spent crazy hours yesterday on home loan/credit papers, faxing crap, umpteen emails, blahblahblah… I was fried by 6pm. On the bright side– we’re putting in an offer on yet another property this week! YaY!Here’s to hoping the stars align this time 😀 I continue to tidy and pack…

  • WAH 1. new gig:  with my fingers to the grindstone, err keyboard- practicing my transcribing skills. I’ve been accepted by a couple of transcribing companies that work with beginners. I’m so exited for these opportunities.
  • WAH 2.  new direction: The gift design department– will be shifting focus from apparel to home decor {pillows/blankets, tapestries, posters/wall decor} in Gma Auburn’s Teespring Stores; at least through the winter months.
  • The “In Hibernation Mode” Hoodie is available!
  • WAH 3. The cookbook is on hold a wee bit longer. There’s a queue of recipes that need typesetting and pictures need editing. #FreeRecipes will be back tomorrow for Mid-Week Motivation {Wednesdays.}

SIDE JOBS: Weekly-I’m officially helping my 85 yo. Dad clean his house. Pay varies by task/time. Also took a 4-day dog minding job for vacationers, so that fattened the porcelain pig a bit.

Roseys first snow 2

SELF-Care: Overall I’m in a pretty good place mentally. I’ve spent the last 5 weeks {give or take} waking up earlier; and spending less time on random/shiny, internet things. Ordered new glasses too, which was long overdue! I’ve been getting eye-strain headaches more frequently; the more time I devote transcribing.

I cut back on coffee and added in a lunch break… for an actual lunch! Yay food! However, I’ve gained a few pounds- Boo! So I’m still tweaking dinner and snacks. Ugh :-/

New schedules/New Routines: RT and I had to take on more hourly work for the next 3 to 5 months. As winter settles in, I hope to settle into a new daily pace. I’m making new strides toward home life/work goals and money-saving.

My planner is filling up for the remainder of 2019. My older projects/ideas, online stores and social media accounts are all getting make-overs; with deadlines. I’ve blocked off times for joyous coloring, crafts and reading too 😀 It’s yellow

How are you wrapping up 2019, Friends and Confidantes? Until next time, be warm & safe – Grandma Auburn {Jen} 3 pics: Rosey’s first snowflakes!   #Bordercollie #hibernation #moving #Indiana #snow

 

 

 

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The Energy Suck of Family Reunions

If I had ingrown nails on all my toes… and you told me I had to run a 5k, with a Radio Flyer strapped to my back…uphill…both ways, in a blizzard —

That’s just about equal to a 6+ hour round trip so Septua- and Octogenarians and their kin can mumble about crap that happened half a century ago {within earshot of each other}; while eating questionable potluck.

yellow flower closeYUP 0.o    – Took my Dad {2nd Elder}, Daughter and Granddaughter {Youngest present}. What was I thinkin’?

Where’s my sage, Friends and Confidantes? – Grandma Auburn {Jen}  Pinterest: Grandma Auburn Designs

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Camping part 2 -Bacon, Marshmallows and a Trail Run

Even after our tumble, {<-camping pt 1} — I managed a short trail run with Rosey! She was a fluid black streak, and my rusty muscles where saying “Oh My Gawwwwd! Slow down!” {Once upon a time I loved to run trails. I think she’s literally dragging me into it again.}

Z and I had adventures with walnuts and wishing on stars. Campfire tending, petting other dogs and “How to give Grandma a heart attack on the Razor scooter; downhill 0.0 ”

Thanks for stopping by today Friends and Confidantes. Need a Hiking Hoodie this fall? Get yours here with free shipping. “HIKE” Code: FALLFORALL HIKE Trails Hoodie

Rosey sits at the picnic table for breakfast. #campingwithcollies
Hubby’s shirt says, “How to pick up chicks” HA! #TSC #trucker #Bacon #camping #Indiana