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Friday, December 31, 2010

Tonight.....

Crockpot Lasagna
This recipe is so easy and so good. My mom shared it with me years ago and I thought today would a great day to make it for my family. I love those recipes that you can fix and forget. 

Don't you?  

Since I can't ever follow a recipe, this is how I prepared it.  Feel free to improvise to suit your family and your cooking style.


I browned Italian Sausages in olive oil in a skillet.  To the browning sausages, I added one small onion, diced and 5 cloves of garlic, minced. There were about 7 cherry tomatoes in the fridge that needed to be used so I diced those up and added them to the browning meat and veggies.  Sprinkles of garlic powder, onion powder and McCormick's Perfect Pinch Mediterranean Herb seasoning that I had on hand was added to the pot.  Once everything was browned and smelling so nice, I drained the meat and veggie mixture and added two jars of Newman's Own Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce and heated it all together.


Meanwhile, I sprayed the Crock Pot with cooking spray.  Once the pasta sauce was heated, I added a thin layer in the bottom of the Crock Pot and added No Boil Lasagna Noodles in a single layer to cover the sauce.  My Crock Pot is oval shaped so I had to break the noodles to get them to fit properly.  I covered the pasta with sauce.  Layered freshly grated Parmesan Cheese, ricotta cheese, grated Sharp Provolone cheese and grated Mozzarella cheese....covered that with another layer of noodles....covered the noodles with another layer of sauce....covered that with another layer of ricotta cheese and assorted grated cheeses....ending with pasta sauce covered by more grated cheeses on top.  Are you seeing a theme here?  My family loves cheese! Once that was completed and I got my obligatory photo of it for my upcoming blog post, I set my Crock Pot to cook for 4 hours....which by the way is high for my Crock Pot.  I don't know what kind of Crock Pot you have.  If your Crock Pot isn't the same as mine, you can cook yours on high for one hour or low for four hours according to the recipe.

And voila!
 
The family is happy!
We are leaving in a little while for the big New Year's Eve celebration in town.  It's a big event!  2011 marks the 250th birthday for the town.  250 years?!  So much history in this little town.  There's a big party at the Opera House....bell ringing on the Common....all the church bells will ring at midnight.....big fireworks show....and oh yeah.....they are firing the cannon.  The men in the house are excited about that part.  

2010 has been an exciting year for our family and for me personally.  I had no idea at the beginning of 2010 that we would have sold our home and relocated to the other side of the country by the end of the year.  I, also, had no idea that I would be so involved with blogging or that I would have "met" any of you.  Out of all the surprises that 2010 has brought to my life, the friendships with all of you have surprised me the most.  Thank you for your friendship and support.  It has been a wonderful year.  You have blessed and enriched my life in ways that you will never know and I am thankful for each and every one of you.  I pray that 2011 is your best year ever.  May it bring to your lives and the lives of your family good health, happiness, peace, love and prosperity! 

Happy New Year, my friends!

I love you....

9 comments:

  1. That last part got to me. I feel a few tears coming on.
    Please send me some of that lasnga(?) overnight. Thanks. Looks good.

    Happy New Year my wonderful friend.

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  2. Now you know I love this recipe.
    Thanks for taking us on your many adventures this year. I am so thankful to have met you. May you and your family have a fabulous 2011!

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  3. Dear Candance,
    Yes, you've had quite a year full of adventure and change. Now you found your town and are celebrating the New Year with the people. It's after midnight and I just came indoors as I was outside with the neighbors watching fireworks going off in all directions. Cody dog is going a little crazy. She thought she had enough of that on the 4th of July. It's a very cold, clear, crisp night here. I hope your evening was a bell-ringer, as you said was going to happen.
    Happy New Year Dear Friend..... xo xo xo

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  4. Just noticed the typo in your name.... Of course I'd say dance.....Hope you did tonight. I guess I better get to bed. I can't type... LOL

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  5. Yum!!! Hope you had an awesome New Years Eve! Yay for 2011! :)

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