Thursday, May 13, 2010

Good Things Everywhere

Tied Up & Lonely

I’m having lots of fresh veggies from my garden and that makes me giddy!! Yep it does!  Wish I could say that I plow with this old tractor but...
We have extended the size of the garden though... Allllll-most doubled in size, which meant putting up more fence...yuk…hard work. Then we built more raised boxes 3’x10’x10”…building them was the easy part…getting them level on the ground was the hard part! Now we just have to fill them with soil. $$ oh my! But in the end we will reap our rewards with a harvest for years to come…Cucumbers, peas, tomatoes, okra, red potatoes, yellow squash, broccoli and onions. And that just for right now! Fresh is the best! ~Just incase you are wondering why the fence and why raised boxes?…well our dirt is hard clay in most spots and nothing grows well in concrete dirt…and the fence keeps Bambi, Thumper, and Peter Rabbit from enjoying my veggies before we do! ~~~

A friend asked me to share some recipes because she was stumped about what to fix lately for their evening meals. So I thought I would share my favorite Lasagna recipe. It is so easy and so delish. I took this dish along with a lemon cheese cake to my grieving friends when we lost our neighbor to a bad stroke. They raved on it! So here’s my easy

No Boil Lasagna

2-15 ounce containers of Ricotta cheese
2 cups o mozzarella cheese, shredded
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 eggs
1-16 ounce jars of meaty spaghetti sauce
12 uncooked lasagna noodles

Combine ricotta, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup of parmesan cheese and eggs. In a 9x13 baking dish, spread a cup of sauce, layer 4 uncooked noodles, then 1 cup sauce and half of the ricotta mixture. Repeat. Top with remaining 4 uncooked noodles and 2 cups of sauce. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 375* for one hour. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
I add sautéed onions, mushrooms and bell pepper to mine because I love them!!
This recipe can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to pop into the oven! Serve with a fresh salad, rolls or garlic toast, and iced tea.
It’s not your basic meat and taters meal *winking* but it is oh so good and easy! Enjoy!
Now on to taking care of some fun business…I have received some nice awards lately and I wanted to share them and thank the givers. First comes from Renee at Sewn with Grace.  She has a passion for quilting, sewing, knitting, and crafting and does a beautiful job while sharing her faith and family. She presented me with The Trendy Blog Award.

Now I am passing it on to 10 of you whom I think are trendy too…yeah I know just 10…this is going to be hard but here’s 10 anyway:

Manda at There is a Time  
Michelle at  Love to Junk
Jacqueline at My Daily Discovery 

Whew…I’m out of breath!! Now go visit these lovely trendy ladies! They are awesome!

My next award comes from Cindy AKA Cinner.

 It is the "Life is Good" Award…That to me is just beautiful! Please go visit this sweet and funny lady who overcomes many obstacles on a daily basis…things we take for granted like the joy of Laughing! Thank you Cindy!
For this award you get to find out a little more about me…so here goes….

1. What is the most memorable dream you ever had? My dreams would be those goals that I wanted to meet…like get married, have a child, and live happily ever after. I am living the dream.

2. Do you have a 'spirit' or totem animal or an animal you feel particularly connected with? Hummmmm…Well now I just don’t know about a totem? And my spirit is not of the animal kind… so I guess I will just say this “I love kitties”…but you already knew that huh?

3. If you could go on any journey tomorrow, where would you end up? Hey I’m on the journey right now…my journey through life…you know the good life…and by the grace of God my life’s journey will end up in heaven for eternity.

4. A cozy winter's eve by the hearth or a warm summer's day by the sea? I’ll take either one of these…both are very nice and comfy.

5. If you could conquer one fear, what would it be? The fear of creepy crawly things and those creatures that slither around…yuk.

6. What is your favorite poem? Not much into poetry but do love a good quote and good books to read.

7. What are your most frequently used herbs and what do you use them for? I have never grown herbs…yet…but I’m planning to grow some lavender and thyme…I already have the seeds, so we’ll see how it pans out.

8. Savory snacks or sweet puddings? both

9. What is one thing you wish to achieve this year? Just one…you’ve got to be kidding me? I give up…………………………

10. What would your perfect day consist of ? Prayer.Coolness.Simplicity.Goodness.FreshAir.Easiness.Happiness.Contentment.
OK…enough is enough…sorry this is so long. Thanks to Renee and Cindy for thinking of me. Oh gosh I was supposed to pass this last award on to three friends…but I will let you decide who you are. If “Life is Good” to you, take this one a run with it, let us all know how good it is!!



Julie Harward said...

I loved reading all the things about you! And thanks for sharing your recipe here, I love it! I am amazed that your garden is they aren't even planted yet! Come say hi :D

Michelle said...

You are such a sweetie! Thank you for my very fist blog award. Boy..I wish that you lived closer. We are growing our very first garden (5X5), and I am out of my comfort zone. Thanks for sharing.

Sewn With Grace said...

Thank you for your kind words. I'm off to check out the blogs you listed, so much fun!

Char said...

your garden sounds fantastic - and yes, it will pay for itself i the years to come.

love your answers!!!



Knowing your love for GBP recipe books, I thought I'd invite you to play along in my giveaway for a free cookbook - posted on my blog.


Anonymous said...

what a great garden you have.

amelia said...

I have a fantasy of growing a garden. We did try one season, but I am completely lost trying to manage this desert climate. This year I have a small strawberry and tomato plant, potted :)
Beautiful image of the tractor!

Bev said...

i so love your blog, it is a breath of fresh air...

Sares said...

I am so envious of your garden Cora, I can just see it in my minds eye. All the fresh goodness! Your lasagna sounds very yummy indeed, with some garlic bread and fresh salad from your garden!
Congratulations on your two awards. They could not have gone to a more deserving blogger! I am honored you thought of little old me to pass it along to, thank you! Hope you have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend!

Traci said...

Your fresh veggies over at LUT look incredible! I too suffer with clay for dirt...stinks don't it?

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Thank you for stopping by today.
You have a lovely blog~
I am so glad to meet you!

Mama Holli said...

Yes ...GOOD.......GARDENS, LASAGNA, LIFE, GOD AND FRIENDS! Not all in that order of course!
Thank you Mama Cora Belle for the sweet award! I am just a trendy Hip Mama! Oh yea baby ...that's me for sure! I can't wait to share the award! Blessings my friend!

Christina said...

Congrats to you and all that you passed the award on to!!
I need to make this lasagna. Maybe tomorrow. Yum!

sandra said...

your garden sounds wonderful! i think that next year we may change over to some raised beds...that AL soil is tricky! love your answers, too ;) hope you're having a great weekend!

Mountain Woman said...

Congratulations on your award. It was fun reading the answers to your questions. Your garden sounds as though it will be wonderful and your lasagna recipe delicious.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe,
Congrats on the 30 years!
Amazing the time goes by so quickly! Enjoy your visit in LA!

Angie Berry said...

I just love that tractor picture. Brings back so many memories of growing up on a farm. We also had a huge garden. I didn't like working in it, but I sure loved to reap the toils of our hard work! That was soooo much fun! Thanks for the jog down memory lane. Your garden sounds astounding! You will definitely have plenty to keep you busy!

The lasagna recipe looks way too easy. I'll be printing that off for sure. Yes... fresh salad, garlic toast, and iced SWEET tea... Yummy!

You sure are the sweetest blogger. Have I told you that lately?? I never considered myself trendy, I guess it's just something I've never thought about. Thank you so much for the shout-out. It is much appreciated especially coming from a special friend like you! =]

I loved reading through your answers. Very sweet!