Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Saucy Squash

I love the fresh produce that you can get in the summer....so tasty and so good for you! Tonight I made a saucy, cheesy squash dish that is similar to a lasagna and deeee-lish!

Saucy Squash
2 medium sized summer squash or zucchini
2 cups spaghetti sauce
2 cups shredded cheese
1 pound hamburger
1.5 cups spinach
Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning

Season the burger with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder and then brown in a skillet until cooked through. Slice the squash into thin pieces, 1/4 inch thick. Pour 1/2 cup of sauce in the bottom of an 8x8" glass dish. Layer half the of squash over the sauce. Cover with the spinach, then a layer of the burger and 1 cup of the cheese. Spread with 1 cup of sauce. Cover with the rest of the squash. Spread the remaining sauce on the squash and cover with cheese. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and put into a 350 degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until squash is soft.

 Lovely layers of color!
 When it's done, it will be a bit soupy, so a bowl is recommended as is Parmesan cheese...just cuz it's yummy. Enjoy!

Pieces Pictures

My little Reese's pieces is growing up so fast!


Photos of our recent golfing trips....can't say my scores are getting much better, but my tan sure is!

 4th of July with Jenn and Dave

 Saturday round with Chris and Kristin

Friday, July 01, 2011

Love Birds

I joined StumbleUpon a couple of weeks ago. If you want an interesting time-waster, you should sign up to this site. It allows you to put in your interests and then everytime you hit the "stumble" button on your browser, it will search the entire web and pull up sites it thinks you will be interested in. I listed one of my interests as crafts/DIY and I have gotten so many cool ideas! The sites really got my creative juices flowing, so I did a couple projects....

Bird's Nest Necklace

I saw the original idea for this on another blog, but the girl used heavy gauge wire and large beads so the result was much larger. I liked the idea of a delicate charm, so I used very small gauge wire and tiny beads. I started by threading the beads onto the end of the wire; I then twisted the wire together to hold the beads in place in a group of three. I then began winding the wire round the beads to desired thickness. To secure the wire from coming unwound, I added three small wrappings at three points around the nest. I attached the bird charm and loop on the top with metal jewelry making rings (found in the bead section at our local craft store). Finally I created the chain by cutting the desired length and adding a clasp (all found in the jewelry creations area of the bead section.) The result was a nest about the size of a quarter. A little time consuming, but easy and I love the final product!

Love Painting

 Oh boy, was this an adventure. To start with, I tried a similar painting on the canvas earlier this evening, and HATED the final product. I tried too many languages all hodge-podge in the background and it looked sooooo messy. I painted over the whole thing and started again. I started with my graduating color scheme of acrylic paint from light on the bottom to dark on the top; while the paint was still wet, I stood the canvas upright and misted the entire painting with a spray bottle, mainly focusing on the top row of dark color. I left the painting upright to dry. If you are doing this, put down plastic or do it over a sink/tub...it's messy.
  I then chose three languages: French, German, and Spanish and translated the phrase "I love you" into each. I painted these phrases in rows in black acrlic paint and allowed to dry. Over those, I painted the larger English "I love you" with a heart in ivory with gray shadow.
 I love the way it turned out....so much better than the first. I almost gave up and turned it into "dumpster art"; I'm glad I gave it a second chance!


Indy and Reese are finally starting to settle in to living together. They play really well together, eat from the same bowls and even share toys. It's not always easy for him, but I think Indy is coming around to the idea of new playmate. Just like any siblings, however, they can get into some squabbles....
zzzz.....enjoying his nap

Play with me!

You just had to wake me up....

Now that's enough...

Enough I said!

Now you stay over there.....

Stay......good kitty.

Now let's nap....

Darn it! I said stay!

That tears it!

Reminds me of Michael and me when were growing up...