Friday, January 12, 2018

Bucket List?

   I have been having a lot of fun reading the 'Bucket Lists' people have posted on their blogs. It's so interesting to see what people hope or plan to do during the course of their lives, and in many ways inspiring. While bungee jumping over the Amazon may not be of particular interest to me (okay, the thought terrifies me), I definitely admire the spirit of adventure behind it. (Not enough to want to do it myself, but to each their own.)

   All of these amazing and wacky ides got me thinking, so I decided to put together my own Bucket List. It's far from finished, as I know I'll end up adding more to it as time goes by, but here's a start:

* Ride in a hot air balloon (doesn't matter where. Just want to do it!)
* Visit Ireland, Scotland and Wales
* Visit Hawaii
* Visit Puget Sound (I will see orcas in the wild)
* Visit San Francisco
* Visit Nova Scotia
* Visit Spain (practicing my Spanish for when the day arrives!)
* Visit Germany
* Swim with manatees (which means a trip to Florida. Been once. 26 years ago.)
* Do a Color Run (which means yours truly needs to get into shape)
* Do a Glow Run (see above)
* Get to 150 lbs. (Because I am quite a bit more than that, and in order to do the previous two items, I cannot be.)
* Stay 150 lbs. (Because what's the point of getting there only to wave goodbye to it a week later?)
* Own a home (I like my apartment, but...)
* Publish a book (that would be a dream come true!)
* Bicycle through Nantucket (I've heard that that is the best way to sight see.)
* Learn to paint in watercolors
* Learn to sketch (I'm already working on this one. 20 minutes of practice every day. If you use your imagination, you can almost figure out what the drawing is supposed to be.)
* Grow pears (see #14)
* Grow antique roses (#14 again)
* Keep bees (#14 yet again)
* See a show on Broadway
* Learn belly dance (fun and good exercise!)
* Keep chickens (did I mention #14?)
* Complete Nanowrimo at least once
* Visit Greece
* Keep goats (I believe I have something listed at #14?)

   It's becoming rather apparent that I have a bit of wanderlust. And that I want a mini-farm.
What are some things you dream of doing, or places you wish to see? I'd love to know! In the meantime, I'm off to go read up on fancy chickens. (Do you know Frizzles have blue ears, and purr? I must have some.)

Image result for frizzle chicken

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

It's complicated...kind of

     Lasagna and I have a complicated relationship. Maybe it's my lactose intolerance, maybe it's my preferred vegetarianism, but my attempts at making lasagna in the past are agreed-upon disasters. Call me a glutton for punishment, I keep trying. Last night, my persistence (obstinacy) paid off. *happy dance in chair*

   Pintrest yielded a slow cooker recipe that looked like even I in my lasagna-ineptitude could manage, and as I was scheduled to go into work at 4 PM and the man and boys would be looking for dinner right away after a long walk home from Grandma's, last night seemed like a prime opportunity to attempt to not ruin another lasagna dinner.

   My husband texted me raving: the noodles were perfect, the meat wasn't overdone, everything was great, he was on his second helping, and the little boys plowed through their bowls. I ROCK.

   I cannot take all of the credit, however, as I only followed the recipe Lauren from the Tastes Better From Scratch blog posted. Thank you Lauren, for making me able to make lasagna. Needless to say, this recipe is a keeper.

Slow Cooker Lasagna
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
Lasagna just got so much easier with this Slow Cooker Lasagna! Layer everything in the crockpot--even UN-COOKED noodles!
Author: Lauren Allen

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage (I use hot)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large onion , chopped*
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 29 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 8 oz. pkg regular lasagna noodles , uncooked
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef, Italian sausage and onion. 
  2. Add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, sugar, and water. Stir and simmer 15-20 minutes. (You could make the sauce in advance!)
  3. Spread a fourth of the meat sauce into the bottom of your slow cooker. Arrange a third of the noodles over the sauce (break the noodles to fit, if necessary). 
  4. Combine the mozzarella, cottage cheese and parmesan cheese; spoon a third of the mixture over noodles. Repeat layers twice. 
  5. Top with remaining meat sauce and sprinkle with extra mozzarella cheese, if desired.
  6. Cover and cook on low for about 4-5 hours or until noodles are tender.
Recipe Notes
*You could substitute 1-2 Tbsp dried minced onion
 (mine even looked like this!!!)

Yummy yummy yummy!