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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

spring and summer reading

Eep! I haven't gone through very many books. Maybe a goal for 2014 would encourage more reading...although everyone knows summer vacation + travel = BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS. I love it. Ugh, I can't wait. :)

The thing about reading as you travel...paperbacks just won't cut it. I might be able to sneak a maximum of two in my luggage, but they're going to become a problem when it comes down to space! Thank goodness for my kindle. Woohoo! Seriously, the only time I will prefer it to a real book: packing. I've purchased my two paperbacks that will come along with me [unless I tear through them fast enough]. But first - let me take a selfie books I recently finished:

My book buddy and myself [student-teacher book club!] read Will Grayson, will grayson last month. As previously mentioned, I can't believe I didn't pick this book up earlier. I adore John Green's novels and Every Day by David Levithan was amazing. So of course a book born of these two authors would be just the best. Two boys with the same name meet by chance [or destiny?] and kind of help each other out in the process.

While chatting with my book club partner about how amazing Will Grayson, will grayson was, she recommended Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I picked checked it out that day and pretty much read it cover to cover over Easter weekend. It's about a girl that tells the story of her life [via cassettes] leading up to her suicide, and the people that added to the domino effect. It sounds super creepy, but it's not. You just want to find out why the narrator is on there! Good stuff. And now I want to listen to cassettes again.

Recently purchased and on their way:
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson- because duh, this lady's blog is hilarious.

The Sergeant - I know this author personally. She is extremely talented in the "smut" department, and I'm excited to read my very first scandalous novel. ;-) [[Nope, I've never read the Fifty Shades series!]

What have you finished reading recently [or currently reading]?? Any summer recommendations?


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Slow Cookin' Veggie Lasagna

On my way to the grocery store I researched a crock-pot dish for the week. I wasn't too fond of a few of the ingredients [broccoli and cauliflower have some adverse side effects. haha!], but with a bit of doctoring, this pasta dish ended up being really, really good.

The only problem with blogging about meals in the slow cooker is that they aren't all that photogenic. :)

2 cups of zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, spinach, squash, kale. [chopped]
1/2 cup parmesan cheese - grated
1 tablespoon dried italian herbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg
25 oz jar pasta sauce
Box of lasagna noodles [uncooked]
2 cups of mozzarella cheese - grated

Prep// [[15-20 minutes]]
1. Pour half of the pasta sauce in the bottom of the crock pot [save the rest for later].
2. Place a layer of noodles on top of the sauce. Break them to fit the pot.
3. Mix the ricotta, parm, herbs, garlic powder, salt, and egg in a bowl.
4. Chop 2 cups of veggies. What I used: mushrooms [2 baby ports], squash [1/2], zucchini [1/2], 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 handful of kale.
5. Layer half of the ricotta mixture on the noodles, 1 cup of chopped veggies, and one cup of mozzarella.
6. Add another layer of noodles and repeat step 5.
7. One more layer of noodles...then pour the rest of the pasta sauce on top, as well as the remaining cheese.
8. The original directions say cook on low for 4 hours, but I am not a fan of low for short periods of I did high for  about 2.5 hours and low for 1.5.
9. Enjoy!

 And now I've stored about 5-6 servings of lasagna, which is enough for 3 meals for Daniel and myself. :)

p.s. Tofu BBQ and Veggie Enchiladas slow cooker recipes can be found here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

weekend roundup

I haven't done a "this was my weekend" post in a while, but there was so much going on that I wanted to explain why I neglected my blog come Monday morning.
Happy [belated] Easter!  Because Daniel and I had Good Friday off, we made dentist appointments! With my sister! She works near Fort Worth, so we had a very long drive up on Friday morning. There wasn't enough time to drop the dogs off at my in-laws' place, so Daniel stayed in the car during my one filling, and I read outside with them for his ELEVEN [it had been quite a while!].
I thought I had been put on nitrous before, but based on my reactions, I don't believe I have. Sandy said I was practically yelling whenever I'd speak -oops! I made silly jokes and became confused rather easily. It was kind of liking being drunk. And this was on the child-size dose of the gas. haha!

Afterwards we dropped the dogs off, raided the pantry, and then met up with Sandy and Bo for dinner. It had been a long day and we were all pretty brain dead, so after dinner, we exchanged little Easter gifts and went our separate ways.

Saturday was filled with little league and party-prep. Daniel and I watched our nephew, play tee-ball and soccer. Back to back! And since it was also Traci's [sister-in-law] birthday, Daniel's parents were throwing her a party, so the rest of the day was filled with decorating and balloon fetching. :) The celebration was very chill. It reminded me of my wedding reception that was in the same exact spot, with the same exact caterers, almost 11 months earlier. :)

Sunday.....Easter service. It wasn't as packed as my mom's church gets, for which I am grateful. :) Afterwards there was an egg-hunt and a delicious home-cooked lunch thanks to Traci. A post-meal nap was calling, but we had to hit the road. Easter traffic was awful! Poor Daniel drove the whole way, and even let me sleep a little after all. Hooray for sweet husbands.

5 hours later, we got home, took care of the animals, then went out separate ways again. I wanted to give my parents their Easter basket and Daniel had a Rockets game to attend.
Once I arrived home for good, I hopped in bed and fell asleep watching my shows on hulu plus. Too tired to even think about blogging! And poor Daniel, the Rockets went into overtime and ended up losing.
We are both pretty wiped on this Monday!

How was your weekend?