I never thought I'd say this, but I'm becoming a huge Jamie Lynn Spears fan. I love that she's doing country music, and not trying to sound just like her sister Britney! She even put a country spin on "Oops I Did It Again" at a recent show, and it's awesome!
She starts it at 2:05
You ever get to the register, watch the cashier ring up your things and get so excited by how cheap they are, you pump your fist in the air and say "YES!"?
Well anyway.... I went to Target yesterday as part of my daily routine (it's like coffee. I can't function without it!), and decided that I did want to decorate my apartment a little for Christmas. I didn't want to go all out, since I won't be home the entire week of Christmas anyway (don't get ideas, I have friends watching my house!), so I thought a little tree would be perfect.
YOU. GUYS. I get to the Christmas section, and Target's 3' PRE-LIT trees were on sale for................ $7! Yes, $7.00 So clearly I bought two - one for my apartment, one for my office!
I also got some tree ornaments (then found the box I bought last year - oops), a wreath, a festive bow for the wreath, and oh yeah, a Santa hat for my dog. I had to.
I had so much fun decorating last night while watching Christmas movies!
And today I made my office all festive! $7 for the tree. I'm still in shock.
And once more for emphasis:
If that doesn't make you happy, I don't know what will!
Let me take a moment to brag about myself: I made LASAGNA. More shocking than that, it turned out amaaaaazing! This is totally brag-worthy because I can't cook for the life of me. The best I can do is oven chicken, and even then I have to check the text one of my friends sent me months ago, to remind me what to preheat the oven to. And any time I even LOOK at the toaster, my smoke alarm goes off.
So this lasagna is a huge deal for me. And I was so excited when people started asking for the recipe on facebook - I NEVER get asked for recipes!!! :) :) :) I got this from Jessica Seinfeld's (Jerry's wife) book called "The Can't Cook Book: 100+ Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!"
4 cloves of garlic
2 cans (28 oz each) crushed tomatoes
2 T. dried oregano
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 containers (15 oz each) ricotta cheese
2 c grated mozzarella (1 c + 1 c)
1/4 c grated Parmesan
5 oz. fresh baby spinach
16 lasagna noodles
*** The tomatoes, garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper are used to make the tomato sauce. I did not know this, so I didn't make nearly enough (I got actual, whole tomatoes instead of the cans.... oops ). But I used tomato and basil sauce I happened to have, and it was fine. I also used kale instead of spinach, because that's what I had.
1. Finely chop the garlic, and mix in a bowl with tomatoes, oregano, salt, red pepper and black pepper. In a second bowl, mix the ricotta and parmesan cheeses, and 1 cup of the mozzarella.
2. You'll layer everything in a slow cooker. Start by coating the bottom with a thin layer of the tomato sauce. Top with noodles (the official recipe says top with 4, I just spread the noodles around until it covered the sauce). Then spread 1.5 cups of sauce over noodles (I didn't measure this out, but make sure the noodles are completely covered so they don't dry out). Then layer 2 cups of spinach, and 1.5 cups of the cheese mixture.
3. The recipe says to repeat this twice, starting with the noodles, but my slow cooker only had enough room for one more layer. Then top with noodles, sauce, and 1 cup of mozzarella. (Again, I didn't measure anything - when I got to the top layer, I sprinkled mozzarella around until my cheese-loving, Wisconsinite's heart was content!).
4. Cover and cook on LOW for 3-3.5 hours. (I cooked it for about 3 hours and 15 minutes.)
SO FREAKING GOOD! And yes, that's a bottle of rum in the background. Goes great with apple cider, FYI.