Posted by: Lauren | December 7, 2009


I made my first lasagna the other night. Can you believe this Italian girl who loves to cook never made lasagna? Oh I’ve watched my mom (who’s not Italian, but one of the best cooks I know) make it plenty of times. I actually just made some tweaks to the recipe on the back of the box of the lasagna noodles, and we loved it.


I used the oven ready lasagna, which makes life so much easier, you know? Instead of ground beef, I used lean ground turkey (92%) and just drained the grease that was left in the pan. I added a jar of organic pasta sauce from TJ’s + a little more of another jar to the meat mixture. To make it Turkey Spinach Lasagna I sautéed spinach, mushrooms, and garlic in a separate pan misted with oil and added it as one of the layers. The ricotta layer was just about 1 3/4 cup ricotta, one egg (slightly beaten), approx. 1/4 tsp oregano, and one of those frozen cubes of basil, all stirred together. You’ll also need mozzarella and romano or parmesan cheese. Success!


Next Italian dish: Homemade Veggie Pizza



I used my homemade wheat crust (I really love making my own dough/bread!!!) and added TJ’s pizza sauce to the uncooked dough, mozzarella cheese, spinach, mushrooms, and green pepper. Popped it on a super hot stone in a 550 degree oven. 10 minutes until pizza perfection…


I added some giardinara (because I can…and that stuff is awesome).


Italian dish numero tre: Paninis—Turkey Spinach Havarti Panini


I would say that the overall idea is Italian, what being pressed sammies and all, but the filling is probably not so much. Herb roasted turkey, havarti cheese, spinach, and apple cranberry chutney all on homemade wheat bread. With a side of rabbit food.


Over the weekend we had Joe’s work party. It was at this restaurant that I’m kicking myself for not taking pictures of, even though I don’t know if they would’ve turned out well. There was a huge fireplace, Christmas trees, and a giant real looking tree (imagina Oak) by the bar with white lights and sparkly red tinsel hanging on the branches. I had lobster… (free lobster!!!) 😉


Great food, great company:


We had no plans on matching and I didn’t even notice until later that night. It actually happens quite a bit and even happened in high school. Our friends would ask if we planned it. Oh yes, it was my top priority when I woke up at the crack of dawn to call my boyfriend and tell him to please wear blue today. Sorry, is my sassy side showing? Moving along…

That picture really is awesome because Matt has been best friends with my older brother since forever and Lauren and I have been friends since 6th grade, and now Joe works for her dad. Love it. Love it.

Oh and Joe got the award of “Rookie of the Year” at his company! Aw I was so proud of him! It’s nice hearing people say such nice things about your spouse. 😉

In all seriousness, we are really, really grateful for his job. I’m thankful for the blessings and talents that God has given my husband, that he protects Joe from so much, and how he continues to teach us & helps Joe learn new things so well.

Food for thought:

1 Timothy 6:6-8 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”





  1. Great looking Italian creations! I love your bangs too by the way, they look great on you!

    • Thanks Caroline!! 🙂

  2. You and Joe look wonderful!! Sounds like a wonderful party. Does Joe have a new job??? I think I missed something. Oh, your lasagna and pizza look YUMMO!!!!! Love you tons! Sharon

  3. I just got a pizza stone. do you heat yours first before putting pizza on it? I did not know to do that! Your food looks sooooooo good.

    • Yup, I heated mine first first, I think it helps to get a crispier crust. Although, it was a challenge to get the whole pizza off my pizza peel onto the hot stone with a blazing hot oven…but it worked! When I make bread I heat it first too–I got all these directions and recipes from the book Aritsan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which I LOVE!

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