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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pizagna! Big Cook With Friends Pizza-Lasagna Monthly Cook

Invention can be interesting! I decided to try mixing the fun casualness of pizza with the yum and heartyness of lasagna into the practicality of a bake from frozen cassarole! Some of the 'Big Cook kids' tried a crockpot pizza recipe and were disapointed there was no pepperoni, my kids love Tim Horton's lazy lasagna...sooo Pizagna was born!
A friend had just given me an electric turkey roaster,had used it for our Thanksgiving 2 turkey extravaganza and it had not yet found a permanent home in my house . While watching Extreme Couponing (you all sneak a peek,admit it! LOL! ) I noticed a gal cooking a huge batch of chili in her eelctric roaster so I plugged mine in and went to town!
  • 8 cups pepperoni (reserve 1 cup for topping)
  • 8 cups onions diced
  • 8 cups of cheese(put 2 cups aside for topping)
  • 8 cups Italian sausage pizza topping
  • 4 cups chopped green pepper
  • 8 cups or 6 jars spag.sauce
  • 4 cups pizza sauce

Simmer all ingredients together season to taste I used salt,pepper,garlic,onion and pasta seasonings. Toss with 8 cups curly noodles(cooked)
I portioned in to 8 containers, then garnished with pepperoni and cheese
Reviews so far have been great! If you are monthly cooking for yourself or doing a Big Cook with friends, give it a try! :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Halloween Happy Pumpkin

How sweet is this Happy Pumpkin? He goes together easily and quickly!
Supplies may vary,I spent $6 at the dollar store.
Leftover stuffing fills the cauldron and stuffs the pumpkins pointed hat. I used my hot glue gun to loosely affix the stuffing to the bottom of the cauldren.
Nestle the Pumpkin in the cauldron adjusting stuffing for a comfy fit,using your hot glue gun secure the Pumpkin on the stuffing. Loop black tinsel twice around his neck so no stuffing peaks thru. Place the pointed hat on his head and hot glue in place
I attached a cheeky spider to the rim of Pumpkins hat. Affix a large bowtie to the cauldren under Pumpkin's chin if desired.
I could not resist making a whole crew! One will find it's way to the receptionist at our office, one the front desk at DD's school and BOO knows where the others will find a home!!

Thankful for...the end of the week and more! Friends.

Thankful for a little quiet time Saturday morning so I can write my Friday Thankful for piece!
I shared a dinner last night for a friends Birthday just us Mom's and our kids. My favorite place to share is in the kitchen making and tasting good things. We had a simple cake,she blew the candles, the kids laughed and played the evening away. Good times.
Friends are the family we choose, and like family,
the ties that bind ebb and flow. People move, children grow and friendships fade and new ones begin. Several close friends moved far away in the past two years (Alberta,England and California), and countless new ones enter, as I begin a new season of life with my little man.
My Daughter's school shares a verse I've come to value:

'Make New Friends and Keep the Old, One is Silver and the Other Gold.'

A new cooking group has formed and we enjoy fellowship as we assemble meals for our families , finding a comfort in an activity that past generations experienced, trying to put a little of the village back into our busy lives. I am thankful for these ladies.
A new practitioner of Yoga shared with our Thursday Mom's group and opened the door for Mom's who had never experienced the tranquility of movement and those of us who long to make it part of our lives again. I am thankful for her.
Three generations of females in my family experienced an amazing fashion show of talented young designers and a night out we all craved, I am thankful for that.
As I dwell more on events of the past week or so I could go on and on, some have meaning only to me, and I will hold them in my heart. I am thankful others started this practice so I could join in on being thoughtful and thankful.
Thank-you for taking the time to read my words of Thankful!