Lasagna Rolls! Yumm

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I have been furthering my attempts at being domestic-y and what not and after some good meals, Josh has been less hesitant to my time in the kitchen. Everything I have made for them (all of two recipes) I had my mom show me how to make before hand. This time I decided to try out a new recipe on my own. So I tried my hand at Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups. They were a big hit! Which was a good thing because I made way too many. Anyway here’s the poop:

1 lb of Lasagna
10 oz of Spinach (the frozen in a box kind)
Marinara sauce (I used Ragu)
1 egg
15 oz of Ricotta cheese
1/2 bag of shredded Mozzarella
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper.
(I did most of these ingredients just until it looked pretty)

1. Cook the noodles in a large pan with a little bit of salt for about 12-15 mins. You don’t want the noodles too soft because they will be too soft to handle.
2. Preheat the over to 400 and mix the other ingredients.
3. Once the noodles are done, lay them out flat and gently smooth a thin layer of the filling on the noodle. And place in a clear Pyrex. Repeat until noodles are gone.
4. Pour the marinara sauce over the noodles, this keeps them tender while in the over
5. Pop in the oven for 30 mins and serve!

The thin layer is important, I started out thick because I thought it looked better but then you run out of filling. This is when we made more filling to finish the rest of the noodles but then we had to make more noodles. It was like something from a tv show. We wound up with two big Pyrex of these things and the boys were eating them for days. At least they were good.

New Year’s Road Trip

I have never really been on that many road trips, especially ones that I’ve done most all of the driving. A few days before New Year’s, my boyfriend asked if I’d like to go with him and his family to the Rio Grande Valley to spend the holiday with his oldest brother at his ranch. I jumped at the chance!! I live in San Antonio, Texas and if you don’t know much about the Valley, it is about 4 hours away and is along the Texas/ Mexico boarder. And with the boarder not being to safe right now, my slightly over protective mom was non too happy. We worked out a plan that I’d go to Laredo first (the hometown of my boo) and we would follow his parents there. This added an extra 2 hours to my trip but it also meant a 4 hour road trip with him. I set of on my little adventure at 7:30 am on New Year’s Eve Day.

It was not a pretty day for a road trip… And South Texas is very flat…but I made it!!

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The drive was soo freaking long and I don’t sit still for very long well but we made it to the small little ranch town his brother lives in

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I met more of his family. Now I have met all four of his older brothers, yes I said FOUR! Their poor mother.. They were all very welcoming and very nice to me, more than we both expected. Even his dad, who has not said much to me but has made it very clear that he does not want anymore grandchildren any time soon, even he cracked a smile. I had not seen my man in a few days and we were eager to check in our hotel. Two of his brothers wanted to come along for the ride so that put a small damper on our much needed alone time but I had the next few days with him, right?

We stayed at the La Quinta in Harlingen and it was a decent room but anywhere from his brother’s was about 30 minutes away, back over the cool bridge we went.

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We got back and we ate, and ate, and ate. They drank some and offered me some but yeah right like I’m going to drink in front of his family when I hardly know them.. Then we popped fireworks. There were no major accidents. I stepped on a smoldering box and got a little blister on my toe from ashes that fell into my improper footwear and Josh burnt his fingers from lighting the wrong end of Black Cats but a quick “shake it off” and a knocking out of my shoe and it was back to the show. The clock struck twelve and we toasted, ate and wished on our twelve grapes (this was new to me). And best of all, I got my first New Year’s kiss! It was an amazing night. We drove back to the hotel, by ourselves this time, and well, slept eventually. This was probably the most comfortable bed and pillows i have ever slept in! I wish I would have fit the whole set in my suit case.

The next day was filled with more food, hanging out, and going to a mall. Here there was a huge Christmas tree that the women wanted to take a family photo in front of. It was hard to dodge that awkward bullet and took some sly manipulation but I managed to be the one to be taking the photo. However, they did insist on taking one of just the two of us, which I didn’t mind one bit. And yes I am starting my diet tomorrow!!

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After another amazing night in the hotel, we had to head back out to the ranch and say our final goodbyes and drive home. Josh was going back to Laredo with his parents leaving me on my own 4 hour back to San Antonio. On this drive, I pass through the costal city of Corpus Christi. My family and I went here when I was a little kid and I haven’t seen a beach for about 13 years so I took a detour. I was hoping there was going to be a big sign with an arrow that said BEACH. There was no such sign. But I did find this, and it looked promising:

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After driving for about an hour searching for the shore, I didn’t think it would be that hard to find the ocean. I passed a lot of oil refineries and finally found it!!! ALL ON MY OWN!! This was a major thing for me because I get lost going across town and here I was in some place I have not been since I was ten and I did not need any help. As an added bonus, I had been begging people to go to the beach with me for a while now and I was there! Yes, I was by myself and yes, it was freezing and grey and rainy but it left me with a since of pride and accomplishment. And seeing the ocean was…liberating to say the least. It was so huge and to know the there was no end till Central America made it all that more amazing.

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My four hour road trip turned into six and the rain continued. I made all the way back to San Antonio without getting lost and then I hit the city… Tell me how I can go to all these different cities I have never been before and here is where I get lost, in my hometown? Really? And I’ve been lost in this part before…

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Obviously I made it home to tell my tale of the travels. But I defiantly want to go on another road trip again very soon, and can’t wait for more hotel alone time with my sexy man. I got all I need in that room. A bathroom, huge bed, TV, frige, microwave, and my best friend/ love of my life.

The best way to fail

Every year, people make a New Years resolution. I make one every year and usually only follow my pact for about a week. With that time of year sneaking up on us again I am reminded of the…

Failures:

*Not only did I not lose the weight I promised myself I was going to sweat off, in fact I gained probably at least 10 pounds.
*I still drink dark soda.
*I still have the OCCASIONAL ciggy when there are more adult beverages in that soda..shh don’t tell mom.
*That road trip with the best friend was put off for another year.
*Another summer was not spent with Sundays at the best river spot I have found.
*I made less, a lot less, money than I did last year.

However the failure I am most proud of comes from a promise I had made with my best friend. See, she is very much a realist while I am a optimist. I like seeing the good in people (even if there might not be any). We told ourselves that I was going to keep my feet on the ground this year and she was going to fly in the clouds. Which comes back to our title, this truly is the best way to fail at a resolution. Somewhere around February I had the realization that I enjoy having my head in the clouds about some things. I am an optimist because I want to believe that things can be better. I wasn’t always the most happy person and so the clouds were my escape from my own self. I can’t be a realist, that may work for her but I need to believe on my bad days that tomorrow will be a better one. This is how my mind works and this is what keeps my world going. I am not disappointed that I failed that time.

But in truth, money really isn’t everything. I might have made less money but I graduated with my Bachelors in Nursing. I enjoyed the food I ate and the not-working-out I did. I cut down on dark sodas, I have only had two ciggys. Ok ok, that road trip is probably never going to happen but I get lost easy so that might be a good thing. Sundays were not spent at the lake but they were spent with the man of my dreams.

All in all, I still consider this year a win because it was a great one. Not all my resolutions were busts, biggest win of all was that I found a guy that treats me right.. So, thank you New Years Baby for not giving me the will power for the rest of my resolutions so that this last one could come true. If that is what you do, i am unsure. But I will get my revenge for the weight thing!!

You win some, you lose some

On the rare night I stay home and not at my boyfriend’s, I like to to spend the night dealing with my insomnia by curling up in bed, watching a movie on my computer (I have no tv in my room), and doing some crocheting. I know what you’re thinking and no I am not 80. I like keeping my hands busy and making things. Anyway, for almost 2 months now my computer power cord has been taking a turn for the worse. Some how the black piece that keeps exposed wires in their place broke off and little by little the problem has been getting worse. I can usually maneuver it around so it at least charges my poor, yet spiteful, computer. Then last night I come to find this…

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Well crap..

Normally I can gerry-rig my way out of these situations, I am some what of a 20-something, female Macgyver. Partly because I am good at doing those kinds of thing (being resourceful and all), but mostly because I’m not one for doing down with out a fight. And the spar was on… So a roll of tape and an hour later I go against my better judgement and decided to let the computer have THIS round, in the spirt of Christmas after all.

You may have won this battle, that doesn’t mean I’ve lost the war.

Merry Christmas everyone, hope y’all have a wonderful, enjoyable holiday.

Thank goodness the World didn’t end….

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It’s a good thing that the Mayans were wrong. According to them, or crazy calendar people, the world was supposed on December 21,2012. Why is this a good thing that this did not take place? Many reasons of course but my selfish reason being that I graduated the day before. Yes that’s right, on December 20, 2012 , I graduated from college! I got, my Bachelors of Science in Nursing.. I am a BSN now.. Yay me. I am the first in my immediate family to finish college so it was a good day. With most days dealing with my family, there were good parts and bad but I walked the stage with no tripping, got to spend time with my great family, best friends, and amazing boyfriend. As selfish as it sounds, I’m glad that I actually get to use these skills that I have been learning and tested on for 2 years. How much would that have sucked?!? Heres your degree that you’ve been killing yourself over, all of the sleepless nights studying, and the next day after you walk the stage, BAM. The end of the world? Who thought that through?
Keeping my fingers crossed that I get the job of my dreams as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and be able to help the lives of the adorable premature infants. I’ve applied but need to do more. Gosh I hope I get a job on the unit!!! So, in addition to being able to live another day of my life, I get to grow up (as stressful as it is!!) and become a great nurse, and spend more time with the love of my life, friends, and my wonderful family.

Crazy mother of mine

My parents separated not too long ago. It was really hard for a while. It’s my parents, the two people that are supposed to be together forever. I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. In all honestly, they had been fighting for a long time to only get worse in the past few months. I used my boyfriend’s house as a hide out for over a week then he made me girl up and go home to face my dad-less house. Some days are still hard but my parents new relationship is weird but more amicable than the past few years of their marriage. He still comes over to mow the lawn while my mom does his laundry. Like any child I just want my family to be together but the “adult” in me sees that this is an opportunity for her to finally be happy.

Back to one of the many reasons my mother is crazy..today anyway. A few days ago she was supposed to go on a date with some guy that she met on a dating site. After my meltdown about her dating someone else, she canceled. I felt horrible. Today she put out an ad on Craig’s List. Haha, I know it sounds crazy and creepy but she is having a great time. This is the most I’ve seen her smile and laugh since I was a little kid. She is having a good time emailing and flirting with some men that respond and yes there are some creepers out there.

I will probably never be a thousand percent comfortable with the separation or either of them dating again but today is the first day she has to cried and the first day I haven’t either. So maybe if things can stay friendly this will be better for everyone. I don’t want to jinx us but is it possible to have our cake and eat it too?

There are many reasons my mother is crazy, this one is today’s. but everyday I love her.

Crafts. Yes. Baking. Yes. Cooking….?

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Not to toot my own horn but I’m a crafty person. I can crochet pretty well and a hand made blanket turns out to be a good present. I can read a pattern and turn it into something like the picture. My mom thought me how to do a basic granny square when I was 10 and ran with it over the next 13 years. The flower picture is what I’m working on for her for Christmas. Then there’s these cups I make. Something my sister taught me, another great present idea. It’s a bit expensive and the only one I’ve done for myself is the UT one. Another I’ve been working on for almost a year for my best friends graduation that’s still unfinished because I’m lacking the funds… There are other ways to be crafty. I am on a budget of..well, broke haha. This year I bought my friends Christmas presents at the Dollar Tree (sorry if y’all are reading this) but pretty decent presents for 6 of my rinds for about 30 bucks!! I can’t pass that up and I promise you won’t be able to tell. Also I can bake. I made Irish Carbomb cupcakes for my sister’s birthday that were to die for! Being able to do these things, you would think I would be able to cook well too. This past week I cooked for Josh for the first time. He never let me before, he said it was because he didn’t want me to do hard work and said “pretty princess’ don’t need to cook”. Turns out he was afraid I was gonna suck at it and either he’d have to lie to me or hurt my feelings. I’ve been feeling very domestic lately so I went to the store and bought supplies. I was going to make an easy porkchop and rice dinner. First you need pork boneless ribeyes, salt and pepper (FYI…boys don’t have this ingredient lol), 2 cans of French onion soup, and 2 cups of long grain rice. Dump the soup ad rice in an oven pan. Then brown each side of the porkchop seasoned with the salt and pepper (make sure they are really browned..this part is important). Put them on to of soupy-rice combo, cover TIGHTLY with tin foil, and bake at 350 for an hour. Seems easy enough..right? Well i didn’t brown them enough so they looked like white meat with a little bit of pepper. Haha the worst part when I saw it I almost broke down crying. I wanted so bad for it to be perfect!! And it looked weird. Well, him and his brother ate it anyway. They assured me it was good and I had it and it was okay but kinda dry. They said I could cook any time I wanted so I’m still counting this as a win.

More to come on crafts and cooking.