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“Hamburger Helper” Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground beef (do not use sausage!!!)
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 8 oz mafalda pasta (uncooked)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tbsp parsley

Try ricotta as a topping?

Method

  1. In large skillet, brown ground beef.
  2. Add onion, garlic, salt, papper, and Italian seasoning. Saute until onion is soft.
  3. Add marinara sauce, pasta, and broth, Mix well. Simmer until pasta is cooked and sauce is absorbed.
  4. Stir in cheese until melted.
  5. Garnish with parsley.
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Vacation Planning

A different kind of blog post. Here is a list of things that we need, use, and don’t use in our week long vacations.

Toiletries:

  • Medications
  • vitamins
  • toothbrushes (chargers)
  • toothpaste
  • Listerine
  • floss
  • razors
  • shaving cream
  • aftershave
  • shower mirror
  • beard trimmer
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • bar soap
  • face soap
  • lotion
  • face lotion
  • deodorant
  • nail clippers
  • nail file
  • band aids
  • itch cream
  • hair ties
  • hair clips
  • female supplies (+/-)
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray

Paper goods:

  • paper plates
  • paper towels
  • tissues

Household things:

  • Noise machines
  • pillows
  • shark vacuum and batteries
  • french press
  • cooler
  • tupperware
  • ziploc bags
  • coffee grinder
  • water bottles
  • bluetooth speaker
  • clothes washing supplies (detergent pacs/dryer sheets)

Dogs:

  • bowls (water/food)
  • food
  • poop bags
  • beds
  • leashes
  • toys

Beach supplies:

  • beach towels
  • beach toys
  • beach bag
  • beach blanket

Other:

  • books
  • toys
  • puzzles

Clothes/shoes

  • water shoes (not crocs)
  • flip flops/sandals/crocs
  • hiking shoes
  • sneakers
  • hats
  • rain jackets

Groceries:

  • coffee
  • snack foods
  • granola bars
  • sparkling water
  • regular water

French Onion Soup

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3 lbs onions
    • Mix of yellow, Vidalia, shallot, red, etc
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Sherry
  • 64 ounces chicken or beef stock
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • Crusty bread
  • Gruyere cheese

 

Method

  1. Melt butter. Sauté onions until soft.
  2. Reduce heat, caramelize for 1-2 hours. Stir frequently. If liquid evaporates, add a teaspoon of water and continue until golden brown.
  3. Add sherry. Scrape up any browned bits. Simmer until alcohol burns off.
  4. Add stock. Put thyme and bay leaf in strainer. Bring to a boil, then simmer for a minimum of 20 minutes. Remove thyme and bay leaf.
  5. Add fish sauce and cider vinegar.
  6. Ladle a small portion into ramekins. Add a slice of bread. More soup, another bread, cheese. Broil until cheese is golden brown.