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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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Quick Recipe: Bacon Cheeseburger Pie

Sadly, I had no mushrooms. This is Cheeseburger Pie topped with fresh garden tomatoes and cheddar cheese. Total time: 40-45 min./ Total cost to make: $5.00-$6.00Bacon Cheeseburger Pie

FIRST- Par Bake the crust & let cool: Baking Mix method: Via – Betty Crocker

Pat in the Pan Pie Crust

  • 1 cup Bisquick® Original baking mix
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  1.  Heat oven to 400º. Mix baking mix and margarine in medium bowl. Add boiling water; stirvigorously until very soft dough forms. Press dough firmly with hands dusted with bakingmix in 9-inch pie plate, bringing dough onto rim of plate. Flute if desired. Bake 8 to10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. {I let mine cool for 15 min before filling}
  2. Turn the oven temp back to 350F –Meanwhile:  In a skillet
  • 1/2-3/4 lb.  lean ground beef: browned.  Drain excess grease; return to pan.
  • Then add:
  • 1 med onion, diced
  • 2 T Bacon Bits or fried & crumbled.
  • 2 sm. cans {or 6-8 sliced, fresh} baby bella/white button mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • {Optional: 1 tsp. worcestershire}
  • 1 T. Italian seasonings and S&P to taste
  • Fry and stir on med/low heat for 5-7 min.
  • Assembly
  • Bottom Layer Sauce:  Spread a thin layer of canned or home made
  • Tomato sauce onto the crust. {1/2 c.}
  • NEXT: Add hamburger mixture in an even layer.
  • Then add a layer of drained {1 canned or 3-4 fresh} diced tomatoes
  • TOP: 1 1/2 to 2 c. Shredded sharp cheddar or Mexican blend.
  • BAKE: 350F for 10-12 mins, uncovered.
  • Let cool 10 mins before cutting.
  • Serve with pickle spears, green olives or zuccini sticks.

Take this and make it yours, Friends and Confidantes. Use what’s at hand! – Grandma Auburn {Jen}

#mealideas #supper #hamburger #tomatorecipe #fromthepantry

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Midweek Motivation: Cooking, Organizing

2019 ‘Favorites” -We’ve successfully tried [and/or modified] all the recipes/methods listed after the main YouTube links below. These ladies have inspired us in many ways over time.

Friends and Confidantes, enjoy this continuation of our original Facebook post here – Top Picks for Midweek Motivation … {A Mother/Daughter Collaboration} Grandma Auburn & R.T.

YouTube: How to get your shit together and Helga’s Pennsylvania Cooking

COOKING Channels Con’t

Sara – Simply Sara Kitchen– Favorites: Apple Pie French Toast, Homemade Mac & Cheese and Buckeye Balls. >Many Meatless Meals! Mocktails and more.

Phyllis – Southern Frugal.com Favorites: Tomato Pie, Southern Pecan Pie. She will mesmerize you with her ability to make pie crust from scratch. >My heart goes out to her; yours will too.

Annette –  ThaSocial Butterfly – Favorites: Enchilada Casserole, Lazy Man Chicken & Rice, and Mac & Cheese >Comfort and Soul in the kitchen.

Dearly – Filipino Cooking at Homesteading Off The Grid — Favorites: Chicken Adobo, Sardines with Eggs  >I now adore fish sauce!

warm cherry muffins simple recipe

Thanks for stopping by today I hope you found a tasty tip or recipe – Gma Auburn {Jen} See also Quick Cherry Muffins

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So the Dog is Bi-Polar too

Vet visit: Nosey Rosey has issues. In fact, she referred us to a doggy psychiatric place for her fear behaviors. Yikes! 

rosey bordercollie hike
Tired Pup – 1.5 mile hike – DONE!

She’s not fearful of every dog, person or situation; but she goes from ‘collie stare’ to nip in a second   =0.0 =

6 pgs. of instructions, 7 meds, 1 supplement & 1  spray for 2 pets–>> and we have do it again in 3 weeks UGH!

Friends and Confidantes,  Even the cat turned demonic and now I have Pussycat Prozac for next time.

Pet Sitting/Day Care isn’t over till 9:30 tonight. Set the rooster for 6. Gma Auburn {Jen}

  • Next posts – Beginner’s Guide to Entertaining Your Puppy
  • Summer Snacks & Exercise: Keep your Puppy Cool and Safe on a budget
  • Why is my living room covered in stuffing? 

#bordercollie

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Quick Recipe- One Pot Smoked Sausage and Rice

Smoked sausage and rice with beetsWeeknight dinner on the fly! Stove top, one pot meal. Feeds 4-6 people.

Quick tip: hide beets so kids will eat them ;-D

5 ingredients; Total Time: 20 minutes. Total Price: $6.00

  • One Pot Smoked Sausage and Rice
  • 1 pkg smoked sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ½ to 1 can Beets- drained, rinsed & diced fine [not pickled]
  • 2 cans Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cans Water
  • 1½ -2 cups Instant White Rice
  • Optional: 1 can diced Green Chili
  1. In a large fry/saute’ pan {at least 4 qt.} or soup pot
  2. Add: sausage pieces. frying for 2-3 min., med. heat/ Stir. {with a drizzle of oil for Turkey Sausage}
  3. Pour in tomatoes & water. ADD beets. bring to a boil.
  4. Add rice. Plus -1 tsp. Italian seasonings, garlic powder, S&P to taste.
  5. Stir until boiling again.
  6. Remove from heat. Cover & let it set for 5-6 minutes.
  7. Uncover: Mix again. Simmer if it’s a bit watery for 1-2 minutes
  8. or add water by Tbls. if it’s too sticky.
  9. Serve hot with garlic toast or crackers.

Mixed with the tomatoes, you’ll be surprised that you barely taste the beets. Friends and Confidantes, at least that’s one way to use cans in the back of the pantry. –Grandma Auburn

#maindish #onepot #howtocookbeets #freerecipes #quickrecipe