Monday, July 21, 2014

Zucchini Lasagna

If your garden is anything like our garden then you have cucumbers and zucchinis coming out of your ears.  I hate that so much of it goes to waste each summer because we can never use them fast enough.  We can only eat so much zucchini bread, zucchini saute and cucumber salad.  This summer I made it a goal to experiment with these foods.  
Experiment number 1-Zucchini Lasagna!

You can go about this two different ways.  You can follow your own lasagna recipe substituting zucchini slices for your noodles or you can follow my recipe. (Mine turned out pretty awesome..)


What You'll Need:
  • 1 lb turkey burger (we only use turkey burger but you can substitute ground beef)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil 
  • 3 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8" thick
  • 15 oz part-skim ricotta
  • 16 oz part-skin mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese 
  • 1 large egg


Directions:

Cook the turkey burger (or ground beef if you prefer).  When finished, remove from skillet.  Saute chopped onion and garlic (2-3 minutes).  Add meat back into skillet along with crushed tomato, basil, salt and pepper.  Let simmer for 20-30 minutes.  While sauce simmers, slice zucchini in approx, 1/8" slices. Lay sliced zucchini on baking sheet and  broil for a few minutes.  (keep an eye on them so they don't burn).  You may want to pat dry your broiled zucchini to remove excess water.  In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, egg and 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese.  

When sauce has finished simmering it's time to assemble your lasagna.  You will repeat this pattern until ingredients are gone.  I was able to get 2 layers in my large baking dish. (save a little sauce for the top)  First sauce, then zucchini, followed by ricotta cheese mixture and then a light sprinkle of mozzarella .   Repeat one more time then top with remaining sauce, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.  Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Uncover the dish then bake for an additional 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.


I was nervous that it was going to be runny because of the zucchini, but it wasn't.  It had a really great taste, too.  (not too vegetable-ey) 

I can't wait to try out more garden infused recipes.  I've got a few cucumber sides coming your way soon!
Do you have a yummy zucchini or cucumber recipe to share?  I'd love to hear about it!!
-Audra

Monday, July 14, 2014

BLT Salad with Corn, Avocado and Feta Cheese


Talk about a delicious and refreshing salad. 
 Some of my very favorite things mixed together in one dish. I have 3 words for you.  

Bacon.  Avocado.  Feta. 

It doesn't get much better than that.  


What you'll need:
lettuce
bacon
sweet corn
avocado
feta cheese
tomato

Cook the bacon.  Chop up ingredients.  Throw it together in a bowl.  Cover with your favorite dressing or lightly toss with 1 tbsp oil, squeeze of lime juice, salt and pepper.

You just can't beat a fresh salad!
-Audra

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

There was a whole lot of Red, White and Blue wearing this past week.  If you're going to buy a cool American Flag scarf you better plan to wear it as much as possible during the holiday!  
Bad news-my scarf is sold out.  I bet if you check back in with Single Thread next 4th of July they'll have something similar!


    Tank- Similar   Skirt-(they no longer carry my denim pencil skirt, but here's a similar one)


Tank   Skirt (mine was purchased at a local boutique years ago...here's a similar one.  It comes in lots of colors too!)



Tank   Jeans- (similar)

-Audra

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Taco Tuesday-Mexican Pizza


Needing something a little different for next week's Taco Tuesday?  How about some Mexican Pizza?!?  Here's my low calorie version.


What you'll need:
Tortilla Shells (I use whole wheat)
EVOO (or whatever oil you like to use)
1 can Refried Beans
1 lb Hamburger (I use turkey burger)
1 packet Taco Seasoning
Taco Cheese
Salsa
Taco Sauce
Green Onion
Tomato
Black Olives

Optional: Sour cream or Guacamole as a side

Directions:
Lightly coat the tortilla shells with oil.  Broil 2-3 minutes on each side.  Keep your eye on them.  As you can see from my picture I burnt a corner of my tortilla shells.

Cook the hamburger/turkey burger and season with taco seasoning as normal.

Lay broiled tortilla shells out.  You will need 2 per Mexican Pizza.

Cover the bottom tortilla shell with Salsa, Meat and Cheese.

Spread refried beans on the top tortilla.  When covered flip it over on top of the bottom tortilla so bean covered side touches the cheese on the bottom tortilla.

Spread Salsa and Cheese on top.  Drizzle the Taco Sauce.  Sprinkle Green Onion, Black Olives and Tomato on top.  

Bake until Cheese is melted.  

Chow Down!



-Audra

Monday, July 7, 2014

Weekend Recap

Our official weekend started on Thursday since Brandon was off on Friday in observance of the Fourth of July Holiday.  It was the most beautiful July weather I can ever remember having.  A nice cool breeze made it so comfortable to sit outside.

The kids enjoyed lots of playing. 


Brandon worked in the garden while grilling.  I prepped some Sangria to enjoy over the weekend.  Then we enjoyed a nice shrimp meal outside on the patio with a fire. 



It was a wonderful start to the weekend!

Friday kicked off with Brandon playing 18 holes with some friends.  The kids and I lounged around for a while then hit up the local city pool.  Parker has been begging me to take him so I thought today was as good a day as any.


In the evening we enjoyed an amazing firework show.


I'm talking tons of boom, fizzle and AWWW set with musical accompaniment.  
Saturday afternoon we enjoyed some friend time at a birthday party!  Happy 3rd Birthday Carter!  

Sunday was the perfect end to the weekend with a little golf in the morning



and a barbecue with friends in the afternoon.
It's always so nice to catch up with friends while the kids run and play.






Such a fun weekend.
With so much activity I'm sure there will be a whole lot of this happening this week...


I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend!
-Audra

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July

Talk about beautiful weather here in our hometown for celebrating this year's Fourth.  I'm wishing you all a fun and safe holiday weekend.
In need of a festive and delicious drink to serve at this year's party?  I've got just the drink for you.  
How about a little
  Red, White Wine and Blue Sangria

Shopping List:
2 bottles Sauvignon Blanc
1 pineapple (chunks or cut into stars)
1 c. strawberries (cut in slices)
1 c. blueberries 
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 lemon juice


Mix all of the ingredients in a pitcher.  Refrigerate and serve. (I would recommend refrigerating it over night.)


Looks so refreshing doesn't it!  


A special thanks to all our service men and women.
God Bless the USA!
-Audra

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Scarf to Vest Tutorial

If you stopped by yesterday for my What I Wore Wednesday post you would have seen me wearing a scarf as a vest.  If not, then go here to check it out!  
Boutiques around the world-start adding more scarves to your inventory...it's about to get real up in here!!  
Thanks for stopping by!  
-Audra

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday




Top (Mine is no longer available, but here's the exact same shirt in a striped pattern)     Shorts (same with the shorts...these are similar)




 Top (similar)    Shorts    Scarf    



 Top    Jeans     Jewelry (necklace and earrings for under $15.00!!!!!)



Tank    Jeans (Similar)    Vest (it's really a scarf tied in a funky way.)

Go Here for my tutorial on how to tie a scarf into a vest!  It's mind blowing!
-Audra

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pasta in Orange Sauce

Such an easy recipe.  Just takes a few minutes of prep time with about 30 minutes or so of cook time.  (I said it was quick and easy...I didn't however say it was the healthiest!)

Chop and saute an onion and 3-4 cloves of garlic.  
Add 2 cans Tomato Sauce.
Let simmer for about 20-25 minutes. While it simmers boil noodles.  I use fettuccine. 
Add 1 cup heavy whipping cream to tomato mixture when finished cooking. (hence the name "orange sauce")
Toss drained noodles in with sauce.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  
Enjoy!
-Audra
 
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