Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's been awhile!

I realize I haven't posted anything in almost a month- time seems to be getting away from me.

Hubby and I just returned home last weekend from a vacation in Maine. It was beautiful there!

Me at Cape Elizabeth

My mother in law took this beautiful shot at Portland Head Lighthouse

On the lake where we stayed

We had a wonderful vacation and have so many great memories!

I will post again soon. Sorry to have been away!

Bless you all! :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Tonight I made one of our very favorite casseroles. Because it mimics the real thing very well, and is so easy to make, I thought I might post the recipe here. I served it with green beans and garlic toast, but salad would be great, too.

Lazy Lasagna

6 oz uncooked pasta (I used Mafalda cause it resembles tiny lasagna noodles)
1 pound ground beef
14 oz. pasta sauce (I used store bought, but if you have your own, use it!)
8 oz cream cheese cut into cubes and softened to room temp
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to directions (I recommend slightly under cooking since this will be going in the oven). Place in a greased 8x8 pan. Cook hamburger on stove top till no longer pink. Drain and add sauce- stir till combined. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, combine sour cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese. Use a fork to mash and blend the mixture until it is smooth and creamy. Spread mixture evenly over pasta. Spoon beef mixture over cream cheese. Top with parmesan cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.


Note- this recipe works just fine with reduced fat/lower fat cheese and sour cream.

I hope you like this. As I said, it's a winner in our house!