Healthy from scratch Lasagna Recipe

Mmmm.... hot and bubbly, right out of the overn

Mmmm…. hot and bubbly, right out of the overn

It even looks yummy before the oven

It even looks yummy before the oven

Good Morning,

How is everyone doing today?

I made a wonderful home made Lasagna the other night and I felt I should share the recipe with y’all.

 The sauce:

1 lb Hamburger or Turkey

2 jars of crushed organic low sodium tomatoes

1 red bell pepper diced

1 green bell pepper diced

1 med. zucchini chopped

1 med. onion

6 nice size mushrooms

2 cloves of garlic or to your taste (I call garlic a spice… FYI)

1 tblespn oregano

1tblspn basil

1 tblspn garlic powder (not garlic salt)

2 cups shredded part skim mozzarella cheese

1- 9 oz package of frozen spinach (optional)

2 cups Fage fat free greek yogurt

2 cups low fat/ fat free cottage cheese

1 egg

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

16 pieces Ronzini Healthy Harvest Lasagna noodles 

brown hamburger/turkey, drain grease. Set hamburger/turkey aside, in 1 tblspn of evoo (extra virgin olive oil) sauté veggies and garlic, in a large pot combine browned hamburger/turkey, veggies, tomatoes and spices. Cook until veggies are still firm and not mushy, about 20 mins. Or you can cook them to your liking.

Boil lasagna noodles for 10 mins add evoo to your water so they don’t stick together, add them slowly to the boiling water one by one and then strain and separate on wax paper so they don’t stick together. The recipe calls for 16 Ronzini healthy harvest lasagna noodles.  

 Cottage Cheese & spinach mixture: Mix in bowl 1 egg, 2 cups fat free cottage cheese, 2 cups of Fage fat free Greek yogurt.

You put spinach in now if desired. (1- 9 oz frozen spinach, heat and drain liquid, then cool and mix in)

Heat oven to 350, spray 15 X 11 X 2 baking dish with pam cooking spray, (or your fav. brand)

use 1/4 cup of sauce in bottom of pan, arrange noodles on top of sauce, evenly spread cottage cheese & spinach mixture over noodles, ( if you want to make more layers use half of the cottage cheese mixture) use 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 of parmesan cheese, add another layer of noodles, then sauce, continue until all is gone or as much as you want to prepare. then last layer finish off with mozzarella cheese and the rest of the parm.

Cover with foil and bake for 40 mins. take the foil off and bake for another 10 to 15 mins. to brown the cheese just a bit.

Let lasagna rest for 10 mins the cut and serve

Let me know how the recipe turns out for you… If you add your own twist let me know, maybe it is something I didn’t think of… Thanks

Have an awesome blessed day!

I got 2 Grocery Carts Full from Costco and only Spent $20.00

Said no one EVER… Wouldn’t that be one for the record?  

And you had to look… huh? lol

I would have had to look too!

Well, Good Morning to you and how is everyone out there? Good, I hope, great would even be better for me to hear you answering!

Costco… Whew, to me this screams money… You’re going to spend a lot of money. How about you what does Costco say to you?

So with that being said; we went to Costco last night after my man got off of work. We can never, ever go to that store without spending 100’s of dollars. I don’t think there is anything in Costco under $20.00. However, I don’t think we’re going to need razors, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, dish soap etc. for the next 2 years.  

Oh and is Costco always crowded? I have went there first thing upon opening, in mid day, in afternoon, in the evening and at night before they closed; they are always packed. One good thing is everyone there shopping is nice, they try not to get in your way, or if they bump you they so apologize, unlike other shoppers elsewhere in other stores from my experience. Thank you Costco shoppers for your courtesy. 

My question is, does anybody work and where does everyone come from? I didn’t think Chico was that big. The parking lot is always full. Take the test drive by and take note of how many cars are in the parking lot at any given time. I bet there will be plenty.

You are probably wondering why crowded places is so important to me… Well, to be honest I have a bit of social anxiety disorder. I have anxiety in crowded places and in difficult situations; there has been occasions where I simply shut down. They say awareness is half the battle. So, now I am fighting the other half of the battle.

Back to my experience at Costco, We were going along and I thought women were bad about stopping to look at everything? Take a man into Costco and I think he grows ovaries… I have to admit I am pretty bad, because, he stops to look at something and I am thinking I just want to get what we need and get the hell out of this overcrowded, oversized store, so, I say “lets’ get it if you need it..” and on I walk. He picks it up and puts it in the cart. I guess I can’t solely blame him. 🙂 Oh well…

So, a few hundred dollars lighter, and not everything on my list I have to go shopping again today, but I am going to the little Holiday Market here in Paradise. Safe and sound and very few people at anytime of the day or night! LOVE IT!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and a great weekend!

Cheers to Friday!!!

Thanks for reading and tell me about your experiences, with anything…

 

Kim

 

Family and great times

wyatt in his mc gear

My son (BJ) decided to buy my grandson (Wyatt) a dirt bike. The dirt bike is only a 50 and it has training wheels, he says… Well, Wyatt is becoming an all star on it! It’s so cute BJ is so nervous he would walk beside Wyatt. Wyatt got a little more confident so, he started jogging beside him, now he is running beside Wyatt and can’t keep up… “I have to get a something faster than my feet to keep up with Wyatt, Noelle…” BJ to his fiancée… lol

On Sunday when we went to the field so Wyatt could ride his dirt bike and at first it was Me (Kim) my man Miles, BJ, son) Wyatt, (grandson), and Noelle, (daughter-in-law). We are there for a short time and along comes Walter and Jenny, BJ and Noelle’s friends. Jenny brought her 80 out to ride. Then here comes Marla her husband and 2 boys. Then next is Elmo, Tori, Rachelle, and Emery, Marla’s son and his wife, also friends of BJ and Noelle. Tori and Elmo’s daughter Rachelle has a 50 as well.

I had a wonderful time watching the kids ride their bikes and their dad’s intently follow along, teaching them on the kid’s level as they go; warning them not to hit the ruts or big rocks, asking the kid’s how do you stop? the kids would answer and the dad would say “show me how you stop…” Ok then lets ride… Wyatt was such a good boy he shared his dirt bike with Rachelle, because her dirt bike didn’t have training wheels yet. Rachelle started out slow because she is just learning, but let me tell you she learned fast….

Tori and Noelle agree “there’s nothing sexier than a great dad”.

We are so blessed with the great friends and family!

Thank you for reading and please comment…

Kim

 

Cutting emotional strongholds with Positive Thoughts

How many times have you doubted yourself? 

I’m not good enough, my work is not good enough to sell, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t… I tried that last time and it didn’t work… There are always excuses as to why you can’t, why things didn’t work; reasons why you don’t have confidence in yourself. Wouldn’t it be nice to say  I can,  I will, and to have the willpower to overcome negativity? We are our own worst enemy.

 Your only a failure if you don’t try and continue to try… If at first you don’t succeed try and try again. If you keep trying you can never fail… Lets evaluate the situation… Why do you feel like you can’t do something, Why do you feel you ‘re not good enough? Maybe as a child you were emotionally, physically, and/or sexually  abused. Maybe you had an older sibling that out shined you  in everything he/she did, and you just never felt  important or that you could succeed. Either way these are our own demons that we can control. We don’t have to let these things how big or how small control our lives.

We have to start thinking positive thoughts… I personally was physically, emotionally and sexually abused as a child. Although, I don’t appreciate the things that happened to me, nor do I understand why, I do know it made me the person I am today. So, I can either let those things and feelings rule my life or I can rule my own life and make my life as I want it.  I refuse to be a prisoner of emotion and non-understanding, hanging on to all the negative things like a pit bull to a bone… or a Pit bull with a Chihuahua in his mouth. (Just kidding about the Chihuahua) .

Stay tuned for more info… and I would love to hear positive comments and something in your life that you are concerned with…

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you.

Truly yours,

Kim

 

 

The 3 Strike law and it’s affects

 

I couldn’t sleep last night so many things running through my mind. I was thinking about how I can make my shop better, what I can add to attract more shoppers, how to draw people in… Voting and The Three Strikes Law, if the amendments are going to go through, if my son is going to be released from prison, if they are going to consider his crime violent… On and on and on… and no answers…

Then my mind gets stuck on the three strikes law. This law has affected my family and so many others. My son at the age of 29 was sentenced to life in prison. My son was adamant “I did not do what they said I did and I am going to fight”.  He had a public defender who told him in no uncertain terms “The judge will convict you and strike you out”. He upheld his innocents.

My son Rick got one strike and another was pending before the age of 19. His first prison stint he served 11 out of 19 years. He would have got much less time but he wouldn’t give up names. The punishment was a 19 year sentence for a 19 year-old. It was election time so the District Attorney capitalized on a terrible situation.

Rick was in a terribly dysfunctional family. His father was a master manipulator and I (Rick’s mom) was 23 years his junior. Which made matters worse; I was easily manipulated and afraid of this man. My son didn’t have a chance and the three strikes law didn’t help.

The Court Case was unfair. I don’t want to go into everything but, the description of the person who was said to have their foot in the residence was wearing sandals, the other person in the house said it was tennis shoes, and the arresting officer said he was told the suspect had on sandals. My son had on steeled toed caterpillar boots, a white t shirt and jeans pants. The clothing description was wrong; not one person described his clothes; not one of them even came close. Keep in mind it was 11:00 Pm. The closest street light was approximately 20 feet away and there was a ¼ moon. However, the people had no problem describing his all black prison done tattoos, but didn’t identify his white t-shirt why you ask? Well, it was because one of the guys in the house worked with my son at a local company. This is the person he was there to talk to. My son also wore an eye patch; which, was a well know fact he lost an eye and didn’t have a prosthetic one. Again the testimony was confused one person said it was on right eye, the other said the left eye… So many things didn’t add up in this case yet he was convicted to life. I know my son and yes I know he was there, did he have his foot in the door? I seriously doubt it… I think there wasn’t much truth in play in this trial on either side. This is not my question; my question is did he deserve life???? 

The judge deliberated exactly five minutes to determine a man’s life. FIVE Minutes… Wow, it was that easy to determine a human beings fate. If my son didn’t have 1 strike and another pending he would have done 3 years in prison. I feel 3 years in prison is the true deserving sentence for what he done. He shouldn’t have went to this persons house, he shouldn’t have been with his ex-wife, he shouldn’t have been drinking, He shouldn’t have been yelling in front of their house, all of this being true. But do we put this person in prison for life? I think the punishment should fit the crime!

I would like to say even if he wasn’t my son just another person I don’t know I would feel the same. Crime and punishment needs to fit. I have read several stories that are similar. I have read stories where the suspect stole something and got life because of 2 other strikes. Is this where we want to spend our hard earned money? The Government is taking from our school, healthcare, and other much needed programs to fund 3 strikers… 

There are privately ran prisons and this is their schemes

Check out this website, and keep in mind these are not Government Prisons these are privately owned and operated Prisons

http://www.thenation.com/article/162478/hidden-history-alec-and-prison-labor#

 

This is a off subject but this is what I felt in my heart to write. Thanks for reading.

 

Kim

 

Who is the person behind the design?

I try to put a little of me in every design; well, I mean my personality. Not anything weird like my blood, or  a finger nail.  Nothing like that! No worries, I may say I put my blood, sweat and tears into my work but it is totally metaphorical. I promise! Although you might find a hair, but that will be purely coincidental, not intentional.  I do have crazy hair… lol

So, with that being said; I think I am a funny, witty, intelligent and a charismatic person. I am a hippie; I was born in the 60’s, I like tie dye, the darker colors, I love to recycle and up-cycle. I like being different; I don’t want to be typical. Normal is so underrated and boring. I have pierced ears, 3 holes on each side and I  like wearing different earrings in everyone of them. I wear mismatch socks on a constant basis. I don’t want to be weird; I just want to be different. But if you think I am weird that’s alright too! 🙂 Don’t worry be happy!

I probably think way to hard about things but, that’s me! When I make something I put my heart and soul into it. If it is not my best I will not put it in my shop. I make everything as if it were being made for my Grandma! She was my hero! I would never want to disappoint her… May she rest in peace, she is greatly missed!

I believe in God, but I feel you have the right to believe in who or whatever you want to… I have a relationship with my God and it is between us. Politics… hmm… How can I put this mildly? Well, I think they all lie. They stand in front of people and say what you want to hear and then when elected… where did the promises go? Is things better? Did the person stand up for his/her beliefs when being shot down by congress? Probably not he/she just became another yes man/woman… Democracy??? Look at this I put politics and God together… hmm… I think I’m on to something. Notice I said God, not religion. There has to be a balance… OK I’m moving on.

I am a Chevy and Dodge person! Although I have a Chevy Impala and it’s the worst Chevy I have ever owned. The Engine has plastic parts. The heater hoses have plastic elbow’s where they connect to the engine… The engine is a 3.8 and Do Not Buy the Chevy with the 3.8 Engine. It’s a pain in the rear! Oh and it also comes in other vehicles… If it is a General Motors Vehicle Check the Engine Size!

Friends? Well, I really don’t have any because they are all my family. I have known my non-biological family for years. Their children call me aunt, or grandma; depending on the circumstances. I adopt all children. lol I have lost touch with some of my adopted children. They grow up and move on… Just like bio kids.

Children? I have 3, a girl and 2 boys. I have a son (Rickey) who is 34, another son (BJ) who is 26 and my daughter (Kaitlynn) who is 23. And yes, they each have one child. My oldest son has a daughter (Kimberly) she is 15, my middle son has a 3 year-old-son (Wyatt), and my daughter has a 4 year old son (Payton). I will be talking about them more in later blogs.

Well, a little or a lot about me, I hope you enjoyed. Please feel free to comment! Thank you for reading,

 

Have a wonderful and Blessed Day!

Hugs,

 

Kim aka CandleRock http://www.etsy.com/candlerock

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Happy Monday!Ho…

Wyatt at the monster truck show

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?

My family and I went to the Monster Truck Show in Red Bluff, Ca… It was the first one for my grandson Wyatt who just turned three in September. We were worried because when Wyatt was younger loud noises hurt his ears. So, we were concerned about the loud sounds of the trucks. However, he was fine. He had a wonderful time and he was such a good boy!

There was a time set aside for all of the fans to go and meet the drivers of these Monster Trucks. Wyatt had 2 checkered flags and went around the circle and had the drivers sign his flags. Some of the drivers, Wyatt would stand beside to get a picture and some he wouldn’t. When he did stand beside a driver he didn’t get too close. It was really funny…

Ah… The feeling was so wonderful as I saw his face light up when those trucks came roaring onto the track and when I say roar, I do mean roar!  I asked Wyatt which truck was his favorite? He said “All of them Nana, I want them All”! He was so excited he kept giving his Daddy kisses and hugs.

We had the best seats in the house. Thanks to Wyatt’s, Poppa, my husband (Miles). The trucks were coming right at us. I felt mud hit me a few times. Wyatt was standing on the rail in front of our seats the whole time. I don’t think he sat down one time. His eyes were glued on the track. He was clapping, yelling and waving his flag. It was great…

I posted a video to my blog so you can see how cute my grandson, Wyatt is  and how he was giving his daddy kisses!!! The video is at the top of the page. I hope the link works…

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear about your weekend, or how cute your kids, or grand kids are or just to say Hi!

 

Have a great day,

Hugs,

Kim

Old & New Challenges

Good Morning,
Have you ever had enough courage to try something new? Today I am going to try to make a diaper from a pattern. Sounds easy enough right? Well, we will see. So, recently I bought a pattern, and my intentions are to use it. Now, reading a pattern for me is like trying to read the Greek written language. Not to mention I am a visual and kinesthetic learner who has ADD.
Can anyone relate? Trying to focus on one thing for any period of time becomes a great challenge. Which, I haven’t overcome yet. If I see something done in motion I can do it. If I read something I might as well be reading another language, because in a sense I am. How to deal with these issues, well, I use You-tube tutorials and E-how has some great video tutorials. You do have to search and view several tutorials until you find the right one you can connect to. I have noticed some of the tutorials are vague or they go too fast. Be patient and continue to search you will find one that works for you.
I know Patients is a huge word for me too; I bet I am close to the world’s most impatient person. I want to find what I’m looking for immediately and know how to do it the first time; well that doesn’t work for me. I must watch a video clip 20 times before I start a project. Because, I want to do it right the first time so I don’t have to rip the whole thing out or even worse scrap the project and start over; I have been there and done both.
Oh and did I mention I am a procrastinator? I will procrastinate on starting a project for hours. I will do the dishes, take out the trash, do the laundry and then I get frustrated with myself because I realize, yes, those things needed to be done, but I am avoiding my project. Yes, I do a lot of self talk. But now worries I don’t answer myself yet. lol
Well, This is my adventure for the day.
I hope to hear some reply’s on how you relate to some of these issues and ideas of how to deal with them.
Thanks for taking the time to read, and I hope you have a great and Blessed Day,
Kim, pic below is me!
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