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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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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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Quick Recipe: Cherry Muffins

muffin ingredients

Warm Cherry Muffins – Makes 2 Dozen

Quick Recipe: Total time: 30 min.

  • Ingredients: Boxed cake mix: 16.25 oz. + Canned cherry pie filling: 21 oz. + 2 Eggs.
  • Preheat oven: 350F
  • Generously grease muffin tins.
  • In a large mixing bowl: Combine Cake mix and Pie filling.
  • Whisk until pink batter forms 🙂
  • Add Eggs:  2 lightly beaten.
  • Mix well until eggs are fully incorporated.
  • Spoon into muffin tins: 1/3 full (Roughly 1 heaping Tablespoon.)
  • Bake middle rack 10-12 minutes.
  • Insert toothpick to test for done. Remove from oven.
  • Allow muffins rest in the tins for 5 minutes before…
  • transferring to wax paper, rack or plate.
  • Let them cool 5 more minutes before serving.
  • Moist! Not crumbly. Travels well in lunches.
  • I hope your family enjoys these colorful, tasty bites!#kidfriendlyrecipe #simplerecipe #frugalrecipes