Sunday, February 9, 2014

Share the Warmth...Again

It has been an eventful weekend, and it is snowing again.  The forecasted 1-2 inches has already accumulated 3-4 inches, and is
still coming down...should make for an eventful Monday morning as well.  JP and Dad are out plowing now.

Yesterday morning, the girls and I, along with our friend, C, attended the "Share the Warmth" service project at the Elementary School.  The girls each made a knotted fleece blanket to give to someone in need.  They were a bit disappointed this year because they will not be able to participate in distributing them (half are going to a Domestic Violence Shelter north of here, and the other half are going to a Children's Hospital south of here.)

We returned home to discover that the red tailed hawk had slaughtered another one of our Golden Comet hens...2 gone in as many days!  L spent the afternoon having another 2 hour fit about the clothing that she did not want to wear.  J had a much nicer time hanging with her friend in town.

I forced JP to attend a fund raiser for our Public Library yesterday evening - a wine tasting at a local restaraunt.  We weren't in the best of moods before heading out because of our unpleasant afternoon.  It was so crowded, that there was standing room only, and not much space to even move around.  We made our way through and said our pre-requisite "hellos" to my fellow Board members and other aquaintances, and then beat it.  Next time we'll just make a monetary donation!

Today, we made our way slowly through the accumulating snow to the Olive Garden north of here for my "Birthday Dinner" - just a few weeks late.  Our "check engine" light went on last night on the way home from the Wine Tasting, which automatically turns OFF our traction control and anti-lock brakes.  Consequently, the van wasn't handling like it normally should (thankfully JP was driving!)  We had a nice meal, and a nice time together.

This afternoon, the girls have been working on putting together a puppet show.  J is the Producer/Director/Resident Diva, and is clomping around in high heels, sunglasses, an over sized purse, and a zebra striped scarf.  L has all the preparations made for the show, and is now working on her valentine box for school. 

We got a new cook book last week, so I tried a new recipe Friday night.  It is also a great way to share the warmth...a quick and yummy week night meal recipe, so I will share it with you!

Skillet Lasagna
-The Complete Cook's Country TV Show Cookbook

28 oz can diced tomatoes (I used crushed tomatoes as we don't like tomato chunks)
1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped fine
salt & pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 t red pepper flakes
1 lb meatloaf mix (I used ground turkey, as we are trying to limit red meat)
10 curly-edged lasagna noodles, broken into
      2 in lengths
8 ox tomato sauce
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese + 2 T
8 oz ricotta
3 T chopped fresh basil

Pour tomatoes into 4 c measuring cup, add water until it measures 4 cups.  Heat oil in 12 in skillet over med heat until shimmering.  Add onion and 1/2 t salt, cook until onion begins to brown (5 min.)  Stir in garlic and pepper flakes and cook 30 sec until fragrant (**I think I would add 1 tsp oregano at this point too**.)  Add meat and cook until no longer pink (4 min.)  Scatter pasta over meat, but do not stir.  Pour tomato mixture and sauce over pasta, cover and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat to med-lo and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, about 20 min.  Off heat, stir in 1/2 cup Parm and season with salt & pepper.  Dollop heaping tablespoons of ricotta over top, cover and let sit for 5 min.  Sprinkle with basil & remaining Parm before serving. 

Enjoy.  Stay warm.  Watch Olympics.  Gear up for Monday!

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