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)
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.
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.