Saturday, February 8, 2014


We are anxiously waiting for the frozen world we have now found ourselves in to thaw so we can go to a few garage sales!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Lasagna Roll Ups Emergency Dinner for Six

 My kids are not kids anymore and we have been empty nesters for a good 10 years. One of the biggest challenges for me has been re-learning to shop and cook for 2 instead of an army. Sometimes it is difficult to find smaller portions of meat and produce. So I like to make a larger amount and freeze half for later. Spaghetti Sauce and Chili are the easiest and always taste better the second time around. The best part of both of these dishes is that if necessary I can extend these leftovers to serve more in a pinch. On this wintery cold night I turned about 1 1/2 cups of home made ground beef spaghetti sauce into a great dinner for 6.

What you will need: frozen spinach, 1 cup ricotta cheese, tomato sauce, 6 lasagna noodles cooked, mozzarella cheese, 1 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce and Italian spices.

Mix the spinach and ricotta cheese together. 
Layer each noodle with the cheese mixture and top with spaghetti sauce.
 Roll them up and place them in a lightly greased baking dish.
 I mixed a few tablespoons of spaghetti sauce with some tomato sauce, Italian spices and a squirt of ketchup.
Cover with mozzarella cheese and bake for about 40 minutes. Serve with a salad and bread!

Now instead of feeding 2 I can feed 6 hungry people. How do I make 2 cups of Chili go farther? Chili Dogs!!!