Thursday, February 25, 2010

Do What You Can

Do What You Can

I like this post that I was led to by This is something I struggle with. It is such a busy time right now and I do not get to sit and savor God's word as I would like to. It really did help me when I laid a Bible open and came back to it periodically through the day. Of course, I have my scheduled time in the morning but you just never know when you are going to be interrupted by an earlier riser! My energy level is very poor. I am hoping it gets a little better after I have the baby. I would also add to not only do what we can but to cut some things out. Time is very precious and I pray I will get continually better at managing my time wisely and accomplishing the things the Lord would have me to. Also, getting enough rest. Umm, eating right (this I plan to get back on track with as I think it really makes a huge difference in feeling better and having more energy.

We are in the process of moving (this Saturday, yay!) so it has been an extra busy time.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Potato Lasagna Casserole

This is really good. My kids rarely eat seconds at the dinner table but they could not get enough of this! I don't know if it's because they thought the spinach was going to make them extra strong or if they were feeling starved that night. We will see when I make it again this week. Isabella had 2nds, Bailey had 5ths, and Samantha had 6ths! I am not kidding. By the way, this is another one from my church cookbook in case you have it. Here it is:

Potato Lasagna Casserole

2 TBS olive oil
Garlic powder to taste
7 to 9 medium potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick (I used red potatoes).
1/2 lb. to 1 lb. bulk sausage
1 large onion, chopped
2 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup lowfat or fat free cottage cheese
2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar or Mozzarella (I used Cheddar/Jack)
1/4 cup chicken broth

Toss potatoes with oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly in an ungreased 9X13 inch or larger pan. Top with foil and bake at 400 degrees until slightly tender, not mushy. Brown sausage and onion; drain.

Combine spinach, cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese, and sausage mixture. Remove potatoes from oven and pour sausage/spinach mixture over potatoes. Pour broth over all. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30 to 35 min.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Black Bean Casserole and Cherry Dump Cake

A friend of mine wanted these recipes and I thought I'd post them incase you might enjoy them too. That is, unless you go to my church and have both of the recipe books they are in!

Black Bean Casserole
2 Cups chopped onion
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 can Rotel
1 can diced plain tomatoes
Garlic powder to taste
2-3 tsp. ground cumin
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans , rinsed (unless you make the ones following the directions on the package)
12 (6 inch or larger) whole wheat or corn tortillas, cut into 1 inch squares
2 cup sharp Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

Combine onion, green pepper, diced tomatoes with juice, Rot-Tel, garlic, and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in beans and tortillas.

Pour into 9X13 inch dish. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until heated through and not runny. Can top with sour cream.

Cherry Dump Cake (or Cherry Delight)
As easy as this recipe is, it has not turned out very well for me to make it in the oven! There is always some cake mix that is still dry or something. My friend gave this recipe of it in the crock pot and it always turns out great! You will probably want to double it because it will go fast!

1 can cherry pie filling
1 package yellow cake mix (I love it made with Butter Pecan cake mix if I can find it.)
1/2 cup melted butter
1/3 cup chopped pecans, optional

Place pie filling in the crock pot. Combine dry cake mix and butter (will be crumbly); sprinkle over filling and top with nuts. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours. Serve warm with whipped cream.