there’s a first time for everything.

by Janetha on August 26, 2010

in meals,moves

i am glad you all enjoyed the photos of penny & randy! i love those kids. also, for the record, i am not a big fan of baths. they bore me and i hate it when my fingers get all wrinkly like prunes. i would much rather shower and then cuddle with those two (clean) rascals. okay, three rascals.. marshall included :)



yesterday was a cardio day and i was inspired by april’s 50 minute routine. april is the woMAN when it comes to cardio routines.  

i followed it for the most part.. she didn’t specify incline so i made that up as i went and because i have A.D.D. when it comes to the treadmill, i broke up the part that had ten solid minutes with no change. to be honest, i am pretty proud of myself for staying on the treadmill for 50 whole minutes! i deserve an award.

minute # speed (MPH) incline (%)
1-5 5.0 0.0
6 4.0 0.5
7 6.0 0.5
8 4.0 0.5
9 6.5 0.5
10 4.0 0.5
11 7.0 0.5
12 4.0 0.5
13 7.5 0.5
14 4.0 0.5
15 8.0 0.5
16 4.0 1.0
17 6.0 1.0
18 4.0 1.0
19 6.5 1.0
20 4.0 1.0
21 7.0 1.0
22 4.0 1.0
23 7.5 1.0
24 4.0 1.0
25 8.0 1.0
26 4.0 1.5
27 6.0 1.5
28 4.0 1.5
29 6.5 1.5
30 4.0 1.5
31 7.0 1.5
32 4.0 1.5
33 7.5 1.5
34 4.0 1.5
35 8.0 1.5
36 4.0 2.0
37-42 6.0 2.0
42-46 6.5 2.5
46-47 7.5 2.5
47-50 3.5 0.0

the end! stats: 4.62 miles, max HR 176, ave HR 148, calories burned 350.

this was actually pretty entertaining because i went from slow to fast each minute so it was really involved. plus, the treadmills at my new gym have three buttons on them, one for 2.0 mph, one for 4.0 mph and one for 6.0 mph.  every time it was time to go slow again, i would just hit the 4.0 button. then, 10 seconds before it was time to speed up, i would hit the 6.0 button and add any additional speed needed.  sorry, but i get a kick out of crap like this.


dinner last night was leftovers. that isn’t what i want to show you nor is it what my title is eluding to. 

i had a first last night: my first batch of lasagna from scratch! there is a first time for everything, folks.

i have always wanted to make lasagna but never got around to it.  my sister in law has been real busy these days, so i thought it would be nice to whip up a meal she could bake when she needed a break.  in addition to casseroles and enchiladas, lasagnas are great for this purpose. 

i decided to use ree’s (the pioneer woman’s) lasagna recipe, mainly because it looked simple and i had several of the ingredients on hand. side note: i got a HUGE kick out of the comments left on her recipe page. several people left comments saying that she was not a real person, and that the whole blog was a plot to advertise kraft cheese.

well, i didn’t use kraft cheese.. i used fresh grated parmesan from the deli. i made a few other substitutions as well, but for the most part i followed the recipe. my changes in bold.

  • 1-½ pound Ground Beef (i used 91/9)
  • 1 pound Hot Breakfast Sausage mild italian sausage
  • 2 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 Ounce) one 28 oz can Whole Tomatoes + (1/2 of a 14.5 oz can italian stewed tomatoes)
  • 2 cans (6 Ounce) italian seasoned Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 4 cups Lowfat Cottage Cheese
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • ½ cups Grated (not Shredded) Parmesan Cheese
  • 2  1 Tablespoons Dried Parsley + 1 TB dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pound Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 package (10 Ounce) Lasagna Noodles
  • (add 1/2 Teaspoon Salt And 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil To Pasta Water)

i made a batch of turkey lasagna and a batch of beef/pork lasagna. for the turkey batch, i replaced the meats listed above with 40 ounces of italian seasoned ground turkey.


i always make spaghetti sauce from scratch, so this step was simple. 


actually, the whole process was simple. while my sauces simmered..

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i mixed the ingredients for the cottage cheese layer..



i think the addition of beaten eggs is going to make the lasagna shine.  everything is better with eggs, right? well, eggs and cheese.


i got a late start on boiling my water, but i eventually got the lasagna noodles cooked.  then it was time to assemble!



cottage cheese mixture..


mozzarella slices..


meat sauce..




top with grated parmesan.


i did the same with the batch of turkey, i split it into two pans. one for my sister in law and one for momma b. 


i put the lasagnas in the fridge overnight.

the recipe said prep time was only 30 minutes, but i can say that it took me much longer than that.  i am not complaining. i am simply stating that the cook time for the meat sauce along with the assembly is a lot more labor intensive than the recipe lets on.  i didn’t mind, i love spending time in the kitchen.

i will be baking the lasagna for dinner tonight.. here’s hoping it is a hit!


i got an email and i thought i would share! cooking light’s list of ten foods that will boost your mind:

  1. blackberries: they provide potent antioxidants known as polyphenols that zap inflammation and encourage communication between neurons
  2. coffee: people who sipped between three to five cups of coffee a day in their 40s and 50s reduced their odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 65%. researchers believe that coffee’s caffeine and ample antioxidants are the keys to its protective affects.
  3. apples: a leading source of quercetin, an antioxidant plant chemical that keeps your mental juices flowing by protecting your brain cells.
  4. chocolate: eating as little as one-third of an ounce of chocolate a day (the size of about two Hersey’s kisses) helps protect against age-related memory loss.
  5. cinnamon: two compounds in cinnamon – proanthocyanidins and cinnamaldehyde – may inactivate tau proteins. tau proteins that can cause brain cells to die.
  6. spinach: three servings of leafy green, yellow and cruciferous vegetables a day can delay cognitive decline by 40%.
  7. extra virgin olive oil: rich in oleocanthal, a compound that disables dangerous ADDLs (or amyloid B-derived diffusible ligands, which are Alzheimer’s-inducing proteins that are toxic to the brain).
  8. salmon: nature’s number one source of hard-to-get vitamin D, a nutrient recently shown to ward off cognitive decline.
  9. curry: fights inflammation and lowers artery-clogging cholesterol which can reduce blood flow to your brain.
  10. concord grape juice: like blackberries, grape juice polyphenols improve communication between brain cells.

check out the article to read more about each item on the list above.

i have ingested 8 of the 10 on the list this week! (no grape juice or salmon for me so far this week.) thumbs up!


psssst.. guess who i met today???


i promise i don’t have lazy eye, i just need a bang trim.

the meet up was WAY too brief.. but allie is such a babe!


1. what is the last thing you made from scratch? i know i have asked this before, but the answers always change! my answer is obviously lasagna.

2. which item on the list of 10 mind boosters is your favorite to eat/drink? hard to pick, but i think coffee is my favorite of those 10 foods. apples come in second place.

xo. janetha g.

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April August 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Congrats on staying on for 50 mins LOL! I’m glad you liked it. Now I need to try your version in the morning :)

I made beer bread the other night…Mike said it was good.

Well chocolate would be my fave but i’ll go with coffee because I actually do that one everyday :)

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm

That lasagna looks awesome! Last thing I made was homemade pizza… we love it!

Katie August 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I pretty much ALWAYS take longer than the “predicted recipe time” – also…50 minutes on the treadmill, you are such a stud.

I made corn fritters the other night – that was a first.

I’m so happy I eat all those brain foods (except the juicy juice), but I think coffee/apples/cinnamon are all tied for favorite.

Marisa @ Loser for Life August 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Whew, I better get slurping down the coffee!

There should be NO cottage cheese in lasagna! Just sayin’ ;) My Gram would blow an artery if she saw that! LOL!

Looks good though, I won’t tell…

suni August 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

ummmm, where’s my lasagna??? haha. looks yummy. maybe i should whip up a few of these for post baby dinners!

Lauren August 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Awww, Janetha, you are becoming quite the homemaker! :) Homemade real deal lasagna, that just screams a classic wife dish! :) Looks fantastic.

I just got that article too and now I just remembered that I was going to post about it too but completely forgot, so I’m glad you did. I think my breakfast yesterday incorporated the first 5 things on that list!

lindsay August 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I make some awesome lasgana pinwheels. Same concept just individual lasgana’s wrapped up in one noodle. They are easy peasy!
Lucky you, you got to meet allie. So fun!! Would love to meet you both one day.

homecookedem August 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Dear Janetha,
Andrew just saw that lasagna while looking over my shoulder and he said, “Ooooh, I want to make that for us sometime.” Thank you Janetha!!
Love, Em’s Belly!! :)

Erica August 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Prep times vary so widely for me. I always laugh when I make a Rachael Ray 30 minute meal and it takes me like an hour. The lasagna looks FABULOUS. Love pioneer womans recipes. The last thing I made from scratch was stuffed shells for Josh today :) I am going away a few times in the upcoming week and wanted to make sure he had some yummy go to food. COFFEEEEEEEEE

BroccoliHut August 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Beautiful lasagna!! I might have to make that with TVP or tofu.
Last thing I made from scratch was hummus…I feel like that’s always my answer.
I’m gonna say apples are my favorite–I usually have at least one a day:)

Chelsea at Striking Balance August 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I loveee homemade lasagna! Good job for making your own!

Last thing I made from scratch was chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting for a bridal shower this weekend. Yum!

That treadmill workout looks awesome. I can never stay on one machine that long, but that routine looks like it keeps it interesting enough that I might just be able to do it. Ps: good on you for writing that entire routine out. 50 minutes is a lot of rows..

Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) August 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Hmm…my fave on the list: tie between cinnamon and coffee. I put cinnamon in/on everything – including my coffee! :-)

julie August 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm

i seriously am in love with every item on that list. well ALMOST every one! mmmm :) i think the perfect dish would involve bloobs, chocolate & coffee. well of course cinnamon too!

haha okay so lasagna is one of those things that i used to eat ALL the friggn time when i was a kid and now i can’t even stand the thought of it! that’s terrible of me but it’s so true. i just hate it. but i love you! and that’s all that matters right?

sassyras August 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm

allie is beautiful

BBx2 - Mandy & jR August 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Oh yeah, that lasagna looks GOOD!!! I haven’t had that in so long… might be time to make it!

Such a great picture of you both! Gorgeous girls!

Last thing I made from scratch – some granola bars tonight! :)

Tina August 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Our treadmills do the same thing and it excites me too. Those little buttons are a lifesaver for quick interval changes! Although sometimes I hate how I don’t have the excuse of taking a few seconds to click up to speed. ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) August 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

arent you just suzy homemaker with the from scratch lasagna…wow! it’s like 90 here. I couldnt imagine standing over a stove or running my oven this week…heatstroke!

last thing i made from scratch..oh yeah every single thing i eat from salad dressing to crackers to condiments to granola bars :)

allie…omg she is such a babe, ive always said that but her skin & eyes in that pic, if you’re reading allie, you’re a hottie! and of course, miss j, you are always a hottie. I love blonds :)

Laura @ Starloz August 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I made muesli, thats the toughest thing I’ve ever made.

On the list, hmmmm.
Spinach, followed closely by salmon

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) August 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Ahh! Two of my very fave bloggers, together! Hurrah! I only just said goodbye to Allie and I miss her already!

Hands down Chocolate- well, and coffee.

Love your tile- is it travertine? Yours looks tumbled and ours is polished. PUuurrrrrty. (oh, that’s a comment on your last post).

From scratch- today I made a little mushroom/fish stirfry- it was nummy.

Miss you!

Sara @ Nourish and Flourish August 27, 2010 at 1:33 am

Wow, that lasagna looks incredible!! There’s NOTHING like homemade lasagna!

Tonight I made feta-stuffed turkey burgers and they were pretty awesome. Super easy, but probably the best dinner I’ve made in months!

balancejoyanddelicias August 27, 2010 at 3:52 am

1) bread although failed
2) chocolate, coffee and salmon
your lasagna looks amazing!!! And I love the idea of making two kinds at the same time :)

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) August 27, 2010 at 5:58 am

I LOVE lasagna, and haven’t made it from scratch in years- and I was just talking to Nick about making it last night! hah. Maybe I will now!

I made Scones on Sunday, they were glorious :)

and I love chocolate, spinach and curry. Guess my mind is good! ;)


MelissaNibbles August 27, 2010 at 6:32 am

You’re turning into a Stepford wife and I fear for you.
Great job on that run! 40 minutes of HIIT would put me in the ER.

coffeeandthepaper August 27, 2010 at 6:36 am

It’s not even 8:30 and I’ve had foods 1-3, and 5! I wish I felt smarter, but mostly I’m just full. I’ll take it!

I really need to try a recipe from pioneer woman. She seems pretty kick ass (can I say ass in your comments?). I hope the lasagna was good!

brandi August 27, 2010 at 7:00 am

ugh…the Pioneer Woman’s recipes make me want to lick my computer screen.

I LOVE homemade lasagna. Yours looks great! Last thing I made was dinner last night – not exciting, but oh well!

Favorites to eat from that list: coffee :) I’ve already had coffee, cinnamon, and chocolate today! Not a bad start.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 27, 2010 at 7:09 am

Mmm…homemade lasagna. Nothing compares. This recipe sounds fantastic! :D

Melanie August 27, 2010 at 10:18 am

I made homemade pizza last! Mm.
I definitely love chocolate the most, with coffee at a close second – hopefully now I feel less guilty when I indulge in them :) haha

GetHealthyWithHeather August 27, 2010 at 10:41 am

Mexican pasta bake last night… So good!

Heather August 27, 2010 at 11:46 am

OHMYGOSH i love homemade lasagna! yours looks amazing!

runningaroundnormal August 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Way to go with the treadmill workout! Treadmills give me ADD too ;)

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I had to go read through those comments…love it. I guess that’s the downside of being a huge blogger!!

Last thing I made from scratch was raw chocolate cake. Though not too long ago, I made vegan lasagna :)

Apples and blackberries, definitely!!

Ali @ Fat to Fit August 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

That lasagna looks yummy – it’s almost identical to my recipe, but my meat sauce has slightly more liquid, and then I don’t have to cook the noodles(saves so much time). I don’t buy the “no cook” noodles, just the regular ones.

If you’re interested, I’ll send you my recipe!

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