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 (%)|
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 Sausagemild italian sausage 23 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
34 cups Lowfat Cottage Cheese
- 2 whole Beaten Eggs
- ½ cups Grated (not Shredded) Parmesan Cheese
21 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..
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..
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:
- blackberries: they provide potent antioxidants known as polyphenols that zap inflammation and encourage communication between neurons
- 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.
- apples: a leading source of quercetin, an antioxidant plant chemical that keeps your mental juices flowing by protecting your brain cells.
- 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.
- cinnamon: two compounds in cinnamon – proanthocyanidins and cinnamaldehyde – may inactivate tau proteins. tau proteins that can cause brain cells to die.
- spinach: three servings of leafy green, yellow and cruciferous vegetables a day can delay cognitive decline by 40%.
- 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).
- salmon: nature’s number one source of hard-to-get vitamin D, a nutrient recently shown to ward off cognitive decline.
- curry: fights inflammation and lowers artery-clogging cholesterol which can reduce blood flow to your brain.
- 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.