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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday is Special

I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Italian Flag Lasagna

This is SO yummy that I just have to share it with you!  (Recipe from Everyday with Rachel Ray)


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt
  • Ground nutmeg
  • One 28-ounce can tomato puree
  • 12 no-boil lasagna sheets
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • One 18-ounce bag shredded mozzarella cheese
  • One 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Slowly add the milk and cook, whisking continuously, until thickened, about 8 minutes. Season the cream sauce [to your taste] with salt and nutmeg.
  2. Coat the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with 1 cup tomato puree and cover with 4 lasagna sheets. Layer the lasagna as follows: tomato puree, basil, zucchini, mozzarella, ricotta, cream sauce, Parmesan and lasagna sheets. Repeat the layering, gently pressing down each layer. Finish with a layer each of tomato puree, basil, zucchini and cream sauce. Top with the Parmesan. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Let sit for about 5 minutes before cutting into squares.
We made a half recipe and it was plenty for two meals for us! (edit: it really is quite enough for three meals for us!)
Also, I learned about freezing zucchini here Out of season it's ridiculously expensive produce up here, so we're going to try it. I think this recipe would be good with diced or shredded zucchini too... Bon Appétit!

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Perfect Project for "Mossington"

LOVE this moss graffiti idea from Crafting a Green World!

image from www.craftingagreenworld.com

Maybe this technique over cardboard could be used to make some of these Pottery Barn lovelies, and you could save approximately $78.50 a letter by doing it yourself!

image from www.potterybarn.com

And then after all that beautiful crafting, if you're hungry for a little of the green stuff....
image from www.peaslovecarrots.blogspot.com
...this unique recipe from Peas Love Carrots might just hit the spot! (Seriously, mint + chocolate = YUMMY!!)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Before and After #4: Past Projects: Hand-painted Skirt from 2008

In the spring of 2008, I bought a skirt that turned out to be a little blah, a little too similar to another skirt I also liked to wear, so...after a couple of weeks of working up the courage, I spiced it up a bit!

 I used this easy-to-work with "wonder paint" from Jacquard Textile Color, and it turned out beautifully.  After a simple heat set (read: iron the skirt wrong-side-out once before washing), the paint is permanent.  I am still wearing this skirt 3 years later with virtually no fading!

 Here is the skirt in the beginning...

I decided which flowers to paint in which way so that the pattern would be even, gathered my support team, and got to work.

I'm so in love with blue and green together!  Sky blue and grass green... turquoise and lime.... YES!

 You know, you could do this too!  I'm certainly no artist, but it was a fun, relaxing craft that I can still enjoy years later.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happy Birthday, Little Lady!

Our little lady is 1 today, and we had such a fun fête to celebrate!

I think the tent looks even better outside...

Happy Birthday, Little Princess!! We love you!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Sweet Little Hideaway

 I made this perfectly whimsical tent for our little lady's first birthday....

Big brother likes it too!

See my inspiration at pinterest.com.