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.