Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dinner Disaster

Did I miss a day again? Well, Josh stole the computer last night and I got some sewing done. I really am trying here. I am freaking out a little that Christmas is only 6 weeks away and I am very much not done. I only planned on 2 quilts for Christmas presents. Oh, and name towels for my family, and I need to finish the buttons on Rome's pajamas, besides actually shopping for other presents. Once a week is just not going to get it done.
Anyway, it has been so nice to just stay home. After such a crazy September and October traveling all over. I am enjoying staying home, playing with my kids, getting nothing done. My house is a mess and I don't care. I also slack on dinner. I think about it at 4:00, if I remember. So, dinners have not been very good. I am pretty stress free though.
Well, I decided to make a nice dinner for Saturday night. I was perusing Pinterest to see how to store some vegetables that we got and noticed this recipe that I had pinned. It might be a really good lasagna idea for gluten free or vegetarians. I thought I could do it. I even started with plenty of time at 3:00.
The problems started early. I chose italian sausage instead of ground beef(very greasy, even after draining). I used my mandolin to slice my zucchini, but there were so many seeds that the pieces were very holey and uneven. I chose to shred a block of mozzerella cheese instead of using the bag of pre-shredded resulting in chunks of cheese that did not spread evenly. I didn't have any ricotta or cottage cheese, so I used some cream cheese and only half the amount called for. I also did not have enough parmesan cheese and so used only half as much. I didn't want to make the sauce (running out of time already) so I used the spaghetti sauce I had in the fridge. It was good but only half the amount I needed. I did not add water to help it out.
It took me almost 2 hours to prep the stuff to put together. Needless to say it did not go together well.
Before baking. Not enough zucchini, sauce or cheese. Too much italian sausage.
After Baking:  Greasy, cheesy and watery.
 I do believe it was the worst lasagna ever. Even beat out the Poor Man Lasagna we made in college with cottage cheese and crunchy burnt noodles on the side. We didn't have garlic bread to burn with it this time. We ate it anyway. I wanted leftovers so I wouldn't have to cook Sunday, but it was so thin that we ate almost all of it. Ahh, I might get a hang of this dinner thing someday.
Lucky I get to hang out with these cute kids though. They don't care yet.
 Boxes are fun!
She laid all of this out to wear the night before. (even the orange tutu and sparkly hair tie)
Happy in the morning.
Yea, this guy too.


Chad, Mindy and girls said...

As far as I'm concerned, you actually made dinner, so it was NOT a disaster :) Hang in there. This crazy stage will be over so fast and you can make your kids make dinner!

Jocie said...

I call it a disaster because I am constantly making substitutions that don't work or mixing things that don't go well. Dinner is always an experiment, even when I have a good recipe. I hardly ever follow it. I blame it on my Dad who can make a delicious meal out of ANYTHING. Even leftovers mixed together.