Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Obligatory Fall (Basic White Girl) Blog Post

Hey Y'all,

I've tried not to be a victim of the basic white girl fall blog post but alas, here I am drafting the said post.

Bring on the pumpkin flavored everything, scarves, boots, tights (even though it's way too soon to wear any of these things) and of course, an overabundance of fall decorations. I'm a sucker for all these things plus pumpkin patches, fall festivals, Halloween candy and fall themed anything.

I wish I had more up-to-date fall pictures to share, but me and husband work opposite schedules and haven't had a free day to get together. That's real life, y'all. Real life. My hair has grown about a foot since these pictures were taken and a few of these are funny! These snapshots were taken on the square last fall in downtown McDonough, Georgia. 

I digress. Last week, I fixed these pumpkin blondies for my work friend, Amy. I forgot to take a picture of the finished product but the recipe is amazing! The Brown Eyed Baker has never misled me and I don't expect for her to start now. :)

I also baked this cake for my husband's office pot luck and it turned out pretty well. Be warned: for the cake to cook evenly and properly, you should use two and a half sticks of butter in the recipe. I tried to follow the recipe and only use one stick and had to start over! It took me a few failed attempts to get the butter just right so trust me! The finished product was amazing but then again with enough butter or cheese, anything tastes great!

Another dish that I love to cook is lasagna. Although lasagna isn't really a fall recipe, it is a cold weather favorite for me and my husband. This is my personal recipe that I'm sharing with my readers so feel free to print or clip and keep in your own recipe box.

Wendy's Old-Fashioned Lasagna

1 box lasagna noodles (you will need 12-14 noodles). I cook a few extras just in case.
1 lb turkey burger or hamburger (your choice)
1 roll of mild Jimmy Dean sausage (any brand will do)
2 jars of spaghetti sauce (your choice) 
I use Prego Meat Sauce and Ragu Traditional
1- regular size container of ricotta cheese
1-  1 lb. bag of shredded mixed cheese (I use about half the bag)
1- large green pepper- chopped
1- medium onion chopped
3 Tblsp of olive oil
1 Tbslp of garlic salt
1 Tblsp of onion powder
1 Tblsp Oregano

Preheat  your oven to 375 degrees

Boil 8 cups of water and add lasagna noodles. Boil for 12-15 minutes depending on your stove. You should consider adding a teaspoon of olive oil to your water so your noodles do not stick together. 

While your noodles are boiling, brown turkey/hamburger meat with sausage in a skillet. In a separate skillet, heat olive oil and add chopped green pepper and onion and saute'. When onion and green pepper are translucent, add garlic salt, oregano, onion powder and mix with browned burger meat and sausage mixture. Add both jars of spaghetti sauce to the meat mixture and let simmer for 15-20 minutes on low-medium heat. Keep covered or it will splash all over your stove top! Stir often. 

After your sauce has cooked, take about 1/2 a cup and spread in the bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Start to place your lasagna noodles in the pan. Don't worry if your noodles aren't perfect. Mine always tear a little and are never perfect when my lasagna is put together. The pattern I follow to build my lasagna- 1. noodles 2. meat sauce mixture 3. ricotta cheese layer. 4 repeat. 

When you have added your last layer of lasagna noodles, place your pan in the preheated oven for 45 minutes to an hour with a foil tent loosely covering the top. After the lasagna is cooked, add shredded cheese to the top and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes without the foil tent. Here is a picture of my finished product. It is so yummy and we have leftovers for days! 

On to fall decorating and general homemaking. If you don't follow the blog, On Sutton Place you should start. Ann Drake, owner and founder of On Sutton Place is so creative and generous with her designs and ideas. Her web page, blog, and Pinterest are so inspiring. Be sure to stop by her corner of the internet soon. Here is a link to some of her free fall printables. 

In case you are looking for more free printables, check out The 36th Avenue by Desiree' blog. 

Picture is property and courtesy of The 36th Avenue by Desiree' blog
Until next time...

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