January 30, 2012

Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna

3 lbs. butternut squash, halved & seeded
3 TBsp. olive oil

Preheat oven to 450*F Grease a baking sheet and put
the squash on it to bake... brush with the oil.
Bake 45-50 minutes, until the
squash can be easily pierced with a fork.
Set aside to cool.

 Cook up 9 lasagna noodles!

1 sweet red pepper, cut up
1/2 cup Vidalia onion, cut up
1 tsp. minced garlic

Saute in olive oil then set aside.

1/4 cup butter 
1/3 cup flour
1 quart milk

Melt butter in a large sauce pan. Add flour and mix quickly.
Add the milk slowly and whisk until it thickens.
After it thickens stir in the cooked pepper/onion/garlic.
Add a little salt & black pepper to taste.

Scoop the squash out of the peel, mash
it up in a bowl then add it to the thickened
milk, pepper, onion.
(ooops, I forgot to take a picture!)
 (fresh spinach & 1 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese)

Reduce heat in the oven to 375* F Grease a
9X13 baking dish. Pour 1 Cup of the butternut
squash sauce into the baking dish and place
3 lasagna noodles on top. (You can use either the
No-Cook noodles or the pre-cook ones)

Spread 1/2 of the remaining squash sauce,
top with freshspinach (optional) and
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
Place another 3 noodles on top, spread the remaining
squash sauce, more spinach (optional) and 1/2 cup of
Parmesan cheese.
Top with the last 3 noodles and pour
1 cup of non-fat Half & Half (or heavy cream) over the
top of the noodles and then top that with 1/3 cup of
Parmesan cheese!  Cover with aluminum foil.

BAKE in the preheated oven 375*
for 30 minutes then
remove the foil and bake another 15-30 minutes
until the top is bubbly golden brown.

Allow to rest 5-10 minutes
before serving!  ENJOY!

January 22, 2012

You Are My Portion

"You are my portion, O Lord."
 Psalm 119:57

"The Measure"
Let the grace of the Lord be the measure of your sufficiency;

Let the peace of the Lord be the measure of your quietness;

Let the power of the Lord be the measure of your strength;

Let the goodness of the Lord be the measure of your contentment;

Let the love of the Lord be the measure of your service;

Let the faithfulness of the Lord be the measure of your trust;

Let the beauty of the Lord be the measure of your worship;

Let the fullness of the Lord be the measure of your joy;

 Let the sovereignty of the Lord be the measure of your confidence;

Let the promises of the Lord be the measure of your expectations;

Let the coming of the Lord be the measure of hope!
(I do not know where I read this. I do not know the name of the author.
It touched me when I read it, I wanted to share it with you too.
If you know... please let me know so I can give proper credit!)

January 18, 2012

I found this beautiful quilt while looking
It's called "Blue Moon Bali".

I really like the stained glass window effect
that the black has around each of the blue pieces!
So, I thought I'd TRY to get a similar
effect using yarn.

Here are the pieces so far... 
three kinds of blue, with one row of black.
Not sure this will work, but I'm going
to continue! I'll post the finished product
and you be the judge!

Have a wonderful, windy Wednesday!

January 17, 2012

A Touch of Spring

Oh, what a pretty bouquet of yellow
will do for a room!

Happiness in a vase!
A splash of spring like sunshine!

A hostess gift...

January 16, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday AJ!

Do you remember this post?

Happy 1st Birthday AJ!
You are such a blessing
and a joy to all of us!

May your upcoming
year be full of
 and peace!

Have fun learning about life as
you start walking, running,
talking, CLIMBING
and investigating EVERYTHING
just like your daddy did!

"For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11