• Chicken Alfredo Pesto Lasagna= YUM!

    Seriously, this was some delicious dinner! I have never had Chicken Artichoke Lasagna so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but it was amazing.

    Chicken Artichoke Lasagna

    Here is the recipe I *followed*. I did however change a few things.

    So this is what I did–

    I made my own Alfredo with this recipe that I found online once before. (Sorry, I know it’s not proper etiquette but I don’t remember where I found it!)

    1/2 C. Butter
    8 oz. cream cheese
    2 tsp. garlic powder
    2 C. Milk
    6 oz. Parmesan cheese
    pepper to taste

    then I just added a couple of spoonfuls of Classico basil and pesto sauce.

    From there I followed the recipe linked above.

    The recipe calls for 3 cups of coarsely chopped cooked chicken; this is equivalent to about 1 1/2 pounds of raw chicken breast. I always poach (boil) mine, but you could cook it any way you like. After I chopped the cooked chicken with a large knife, I used my food chopper to chop 1 can (14 ounces) of artichoke hearts (drained), 1 red bell pepper (for 1/2 cup), and 1 small onion (for 1/4 cup). I put the chicken, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, and onion in a large bowl. I used my garlic press to press 2 garlic cloves over the bowl (the recipe only calls for one, but I like garlic!), and then I added 3 cups of shredded mozzarella and 4 ounces of crumbled feta cheese. I stirred until everything was well mixed.
    To assemble the lasagna, I spread 2/3 cup of the Alfredo sauce over the bottom of a 9 x 13 baker. I topped it with 4 no-boil noodles, overlapping slightly to fit. I scattered 1 cup of fresh baby spinach over the top of the noodles and topped that with half of the chicken mixture. I repeated the layers, starting with half of the remaining Alfredo sauce. After layering, I poured the rest of the Alfredo sauce over the top of the lasagna.
    I covered my baking dish with aluminum foil and baked the lasagna at 375 F for 45 minutes. Then, I removed the foil and baked it for 15 minutes longer. I let the lasagna stand for 15 minutes (for easier serving)

    *I followed the time perfect, along with putting sauce on the bottom, but mine still burned on the bottom. So do what you must to not have it burnt on the bottom. It tasted delicious still and some people like that chewier noodle.  The only other things I changed were I used 6 oz. of artichokes because that just happened to be the size jar I bought without paying attention. Also I didn’t use Feta on top, or put in red pepper because I didn’t have any. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  • Tuna casserole

    A couple of weeks ago Travis and I had been talking about Tuna casserole and that it sounded good. So I went in search of recipes and found one on allrecipes.com 

    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 can milk ( I used the soup can to measure)
    3 celery stalks, diced
    1 yellow onion, diced
    2 cans of tuna, drained
    2 1/2 cups dry macaroni noodles
    2 cups cheddar cheese

    Heat over to 350 degrees.
    Cook noodles, drain. Add soup, milk, onion and tuna plus 1 cup of cheese, stirring well. 
    Put into greased casserole dish and cover with remaining cheese.

    Bake covered for 30 minutes, uncover and cook for 10 more minutes. 

    I thought it was delicious, so did Travis…. Zach on the other didn’t like it so much and had to spend extra time at the dinner table to finish it up!

    Update: 2/3/2014- This is still something we eat regularly. Zachary still doesn’t like it but both Tyler and Summer love it as well. It’s just a great, easy dinner! 

  • Food! and other stuff!

    One of my goals last year was to cook more. Since I am staying at home now, why shouldn’t I? I do love to cook, or try to cook. Though I have never been great at it. Recipes intimidate me… always have. So I have my “core” meals, and I stick to them like super glue. You know the ones I am talking about. Your go to meals. The ones that you eat every week. When you can’t think of what else to make you always go to these… For me, those meals are Chicken enchiladas, Tater tot casserole, Chili Mac, Nachos, Tacos, Lasagna…. to name a few.

    Most of the year I never got to making new meals, but as I got closer to Tyler getting here I wanted to make some “freezer meals”. That way when I come home from the hospital I don’t want to leave the couch, Trav could pull something out of the freezer, pop it in the oven and an hour later we have dinner. (I need to say here that Travis is a great cook, and doesn’t hesitate to make dinner, but it was nice for us to have an easy dinner) I made a ton of meals.(and we made them last the full 6 weeks Travis was off work!) I of course made my Lasagnas, and enchiladas (both chicken and beef) but I also made some new casseroles, soups, etc. Now those are part of my “core” meals.

    I am still constantly looking at blogs and websites for new food to try. I also like to take the things friends have made and try those out for myself. I thought I would try to start putting them on here, along with my family updates, and crafts. I will include a picture (when I remember) and make sure to give credit to the amazing cooks who I lifted the recipe from! Tonight I am making these: http://cookingwithwineinafish-bowlsizedglass.blogspot.com/2011/03/cheddar-meatloaf-muffins-and-plumbing.html . They are Cheddar meatloaf muffins. They are in the oven right now, and smell delicious. I imagine they will taste even better!

    Other than that, the family has been great.
    We celebrated Travis’ 27th birthday last Friday.
    I had been asking him for a couple of weeks what he wanted for dinner. I wanted to cook him a special meal, but he kept coming up with nothing! Finally he decided he wanted Philly Cheesesteaks! I was super excited to try these out as I have never had them. I searched high and low on the internet before coming to these: http://mecookingcreations.blogspot.com/2009/09/cheesesteaks.html And they were delicious! They turned out just like the picture too! Then I made a German Chocolate cake from scratch! My first ever cake from scratch! I know it’s not the prettiest, but it tasted great!

    My meatloaf is done, so I am going to have dinner, and will post a picture shortly!

    Edit: Here is my meatloaf ——–>>>
    It was actually pretty tasty! One thing I would change is that the recipe calls for bread crumbs and I think next time I will make this with oatmeal instead. Other than that it was great. I made baked potatoes with it and it was a great meal!

    Little brother was not interested in getting his picture taken here on his 5 month birthday!

    Here are some pictures from the Big Horn Show (that I won tickets to on the radio!)
    Zach did an archery shoot and shot an air gun and had fun and did good with both!

    Also they had these big cats. Yep- these are not your everyday house cats… these are leopards and black panthers! Their were several others too. And can you see the leash? A thin little chain was keeping them from us and at times the guy would drop the chain! Did I mention that at the beginning of the show they invite all the little kids to come sit right up front? Scary!