Anniversary Lasagna

Five years ago today, sale my youngest daughter came to live with me from the foster care system. She was just 11 days old, and of course, I fell in love with her immediately.

photo(30)So for our “anniversary,” she got to choose what we had for dinner. She’s been on a Garfield kick for a few days, so she picked lasagna. I obliged since lasagna is one of my “back pocket” recipes. I ended up making two versions — one traditional meat and cheese and one with mushrooms, roasted red pepper, spinach and cheese.

Meat and Onions
photo 2(7)Mushrooms and Spinach
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Roasted Red Peppers
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Ricotta, One Egg & Garlic
photo 1(7)I also add about 2 cups of shredded mozzarella to this mixture.

Next it’s time to layer. I used two jars of Newman’s Own sauce, and I don’t pre-cook my lasagna noodles.
photo 1(7)photo 2(7)photo 3(3)photo 4(3)Finally topped with more shredded mozzarella.
photo 3(4)Finished lasagnas!

Walk for the Waiting

Many of you know my story with foster adoption, buy information pills but here’s the elevator-speech version. I wanted to be a mom, so I went through The CALL’s foster parent training in October 2010. I was approved as a foster parent in early January 2011, and my first placement was a beautiful baby girl. I was able to adopt that baby girl 11 months later, and she has blessed my life so much. I’m walking and raising money for Walk for the Waiting, so other children like my daughter can find safe, loving homes. They deserve it.

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