River Fun

Hope everyone had a great long Memorial Day weekend!

As always we had a great time on the river. Theres an old saying about a bad day fishing , still beats a good day at work. Same applies for just plan boating.

Maybe I was a fish in a past life but I could just sit for days looking out on a nice river flowing by. And I believe Vic and I have done just that when we rent our property.

So everyone cross there fingers for Cam and I to hit it big with the lottery, so we can buy that million dollar waterfront house we’ve always wanted. 🙂

(Busy day at the boat ramp)

 

Mexican Lasagna

So I was my turn to make some lasagna for Cam. 🙂 As much as I hate to admit it, I did take inspiration from a dish I saw on Rachael Rays show. Forgot to takes picks till it was in the oven sorry.

ingredients

  • Tomato sauce – One large can
  • Diced tomato with onions and peppers – one can
  • tortillas – 4 (I used low carb)
  • Roast or baked chicken (I used tenderloin) – about 6 loins or two breasts
  • shredded cheese – bag or per shredded or 8 oz
  • cumin
  • spicy chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prep

Start by either using a store-bought rotisserie chicken or roast your chicken. I roasted mine with salt, pepper, cumin and spicy chili powder.

When cooked and cooled, shred or chop up into small pieces and mix with the ca of diced tomato.

Layering

Coat the bottom of a casserole dish with tomato sauce (i sprinkled a little cumin and chili powder too)

Layer of tortilla

Chicken mixture

repeat

Finish with tortilla layer on top, then put a little of the left over tomato sauce on top of the tortilla and sprinkle with the cheese.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Eggplant Lasagna

So this is the welcome back dinner Cam had waiting on me Sunday. It was sooooo good.

To start, peel and cut eggplant into 1/4 inch long slices. Lightly oil (or use a cooking spray for fewer calories), salt and pepper. You’ll broil these on high for about 10 minutes. The will get soft and pliable and should reduce in size.

 While that was broiling the sauce prep work began. Brown one pound of hamburger meat with sliced pepperoni (you can sub out for ground turkey and turkey pepp for a lighter version). Then add two cans of puree  tomatoes, chopped mushrooms,basil and garlic. Salt and pepper to taste.

Now for the layering. Start with a light sauce base, really thin layer. Eggplant, then alternating sauce layer then ricotta layer. So Eggplant, sauce, eggplant,ricotta,  eggplant…. Not sure what kind of ricotta was used but you can use part skim. I love ricotta so i would mix some in with every layer. But that’s just me 🙂

End with a layer of shredded cheese. The pepperoni heart is optional.

Bake at 350f for 45 minutes.

Cock-a-doodle-do

So if anyone ever looked at my inbox they would probably think there is no way I could be getting anything else done in my day. No fear folks, I can multiply task with the best of them.

I was born and raised in Florida, have a group of great friends here and most of my family lives within 2 hours of me. So I guess religious people would say I’m blessed. But I have a wonderful core group of friends up in Knoxville that are there for me EVERY day. Even if it is only thru email.

I know as I have gotten older friendship has defiantly changed, from the days of high school (even though some of my current friends are from then). I have some friends who I only talk to once a month and some I only talk to once a year. But  I know I can still call them up and it will be like nothing has changed. I’ll still do what I can for them and they would still do what they can for me.

But I have this wonderful group of girls in Knoxville that over the past few years have thinned out, and become a solid brood of hens. 🙂 And no I don’t get to see them but a couple times a years. It’s just not the same without one of us at some of our “festive” events.

Can’t wait to see everyone this weekend. I know I’ll be super tired when I get up there, but nothing a good nights sleep wont take care of. And a jager bomb.