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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ready for dinner

Hey, this is a reminder that food is a life source! EAT.

Last when we left off, I was a lady-in-waiting for her man to come home from overseas. Well, that's all over with! It was a great reunion and I couldn't have been happier than when Darrell and I hugged for the very first time in six months.

It was about 11pm, when two buses full of service men and women drove up to meet their loved ones once again. It was nerve wracking seeing everyone get off the bus, not because I was nervous, but because I was afraid of missing Darrell and our paths not crossing as soon as he stepped down onto the pavement. Darrell's mother, Michelle, and I searched in the darkness among the black silhouettes that seemed to come at us in every direction. Where was Darrell? Of course, Michelle spotted him first. I only saw the black outline of him, the street lamp behind him.

I wasn't crying yet. I was going to be strong, even as we held each other. But at that immediate moment when we embraced, the floodgates burst. It was so sudden. It was a mixture of happiness, relief and shock all at the same time. Finally, I could let go and breathe again.

And home was never so sweet.

Someone to talk to, watch movies with, to help clean the house, take care of the dog, to cook with, to eat with, to cuddle with. Love is sweet and savory.

And I feel restored. So here's to a beginning that will never end — a continuance of what was started and many meals to be shared.

Because love in life is like lasagna. It's full of layers. Dig IN!

— Hey, readers!

Here's a little of what this blog was created for... Now, I can begin to cook again and share my food ventures with you!

This is my take on lasagna.


9 lasagna noodles (8oz.)
For the sauce:
1 can crushed tomatoes (28oz.)
1 can tomato paste (6oz.)
2 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 large chopped onion
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 cups water
1 lb ground beef
1/2 sliced Andouille sausage
pinch of cayenne pepper
Fresh basil leaves

Ricotta cheese (amount to your liking)
Mozzarella cheese (amount to your liking)
Parmesan cheese (amount to your liking)

Begin to cook the sauce 30 minutes before boiling lasagna noodles. Sweat onion, garlic in olive oil until softened then add ground beef and sliced Andouille sausage. Drain. Add sauce ingredients.

(Fresh basil leaves are known to be a complimentary herb with tomato sauces.)
Stir and simmer for 1 hour uncovered.

Boil noodles until al dente. (The noodles will cook the rest of the way when baking in the oven. This will let the juices from the sauce soak into the noodles.)

Spoon a layer of sauce onto bottom of 9X13 baking dish, layer of noodles, and three cheeses. Repeat. Bake in oven at 325° for 45 minutes uncovered.

Andouille Lasagna
This is a good sized meal for about 4-6 people. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

On the edge of my seat...

You know how a really good movie or television show can make you hold your breath? — Just itching to see the next scene? That's kind of what my life is like right now with the whole waiting-for-Darrell-capades. It's not too much longer, kiddies. This waiting game is about to end and I can't wait.

I'm also a little on edge, because I've just about taken on the role of AM at work. I'm no longer shadowing, so that's good. Now, it's just a waiting game until I can get a promotion. All I want is to do so well, the company/my boss is just like: "Stefanie, you're so amazing at your job. Here, we want to give you more money." And then I'd be like: "Oh, it's just all in a day's work. I'd be glad to take more of your money, because I like money. Money is good. You can give me more money whenever you'd like."

That whole money thing leads to another part of this dastardly thing called life, which is the fact that bills are starting to pile up. And my eyeballs are starting to choke.

My whole month's salary can't cover the entirety of our bills. That's everything — from his bills to my bills to our bills. This is pretty sad, but it's OK. We'll be OK.

Keeping Barney and I company throughout the winter season here is the nostalgia of home. The short winter season here has reminded me of home (Maine), which right now is a good thing. A little slice of home — even if it is the frigid cold and ice — has been this warm and fuzzy feeling of when things were simpler and a little less stressful. I just can't wait until Darrell gets back and that frigidness and chill is replaced with lots of love and warm feelings again.

Let the countdown begin ~ Until we meet again!
Barney and I at the Sicily drop zone on Jan. 11.
**SnOw DaY**