Monday, March 31, 2014

No-Noodles Lasagna - THM Delish!

No-Noodles Lasagna

Sauce (recipe below)
2 C ricotta cheese (or cottage cheese)
2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
4-6 sliced zucchini (thinly sliced long ways like lasagna noodles)


1 large onion chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 32 oz can no-sugar tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
1# ground beef
1 T oregano
1 sprig of rosemary
½ C apple cider vinegar

In a large pot, sauté onions and garlic in 1 T olive oil until well done – you won’t want crunchy onions in this. J In a smaller pot, sauté ground beef and add 1 teaspoon salt to taste. Once done, drain grease and add to sautéed onion/garlic mixture. Add tomato sauce, oregano, rosemary, AC vinegar and cook 15 or 20 minutes until flavors are well mixed. In a bowl, mix up both cheeses and set aside.

Line pan with half sauce/meat mixture, lay sliced zucchini across the top of meat mixture, layer the cheese mixture, and then another layer of zucchini, top with rest of sauce and spread it all over the zucchini. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes at 350. Enjoy!

The whole family enjoyed this and not one of us missed the pasta!
I served it with a salad for more veggies. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

THM Journey

So my husband and I are starting a journey together to change our eating lifestyle. I have been watching, with keen interest, the journeys of some of my friends and to say it has been life-changing for them would be an understatement.

So what are they doing? They are using a book called, Trim Healthy Mama, that comes from the pens of two sisters. Now I have not even gotten the book yet, but I am a member of the THM Beginners page on Facebook, and I have learned enough to get crackin'.

I am not a big trend follower so I did not pay that much attention to the Facebook posts and exclamations of my friends until I started seeing some of their before/after photos and the joy in their posts and photos of their food choices. This is regular food and really delicious stuff! So I did more research because I want to make sure these are things that the whole family can eat and that my husband can get behind too - since after all it is called Trim Healthy MAMA. :) (But I have since learned that many men do this program and sometimes they call it, Trim Hunk a Man. (Tee hee!)

We began today. I am not even going to try to explain it because I don't really understand ALL the details yet, but this blog post is what pushed me into the "buy the book" category. She explained it in such a way that I was finally able to grasp the concepts behind it. 

So...we'll see! 

Since I know some of my friends are on this journey too, I'd love to hear what has worked for you! I have already successfully made this THM bread and wow, is it wonderful!

Happy eating! :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mystery of the Past

History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.
~Winston Churchill

Friday, March 14, 2014

Don't forget the bread!

Monday is St. Patrick's Day. I am Irish and for most of my life we have done a big meal to celebrate. My 95 year-old grandmother is 100% Irish and it has long been a family tradition to enjoy it together.

I am charged with very little this time except to bring the huge pots and make sure the carbs arrive in good time. I make the Irish Soda Bread. So if you are at a loss for a recipe, I recommend the one I linked, but under NO circumstances would I advise you to use margarine. Use butter!! :D

We are looking forward to a gorgeous spring weekend with family and I can't wait.

I hope you have a good one too! (Even if you aren't Irish at all!) 

Thursday, March 06, 2014

No Work Sourdough! (Trim Healthy Mama Style!)

I am not on the Trim Healthy Mama diet, but I have a lot of friends that are and I found this amazing bread recipe courtesy of their Facebook page. I decided to give it a go to see if we would like the bread.

Easy E Bread Recipe

Now I don't even know what that title means, but those of you that are doing this diet certainly will.

Regardless, the bread is simply amazingly good...

There are four ingredients and it can be made with white or whole wheat. The link above explains the details, but wow!! This is sourdough with NO work at all.

The taste? Delicious! The longer it sets in the fridge, the better and smoother the flavors. 

Who knew bread baking could be this easy! 

Monday, March 03, 2014

Art, History, and a dash of old Tuscany

So this week in history, among other things, we are going to be studying the Etruscan people--they are the forerunners to the Romans. Off hand, what do you think of when you think of the Etruscans? This is the first thing I think about:

Source: Wiki
Now if you have never seen this 2,500 year-old sarcophagus before, there are so many neat places to read about this particular piece of funerary art, but Khan has a great write-up. Part of it:

One of the distinguishing features of Etruscan society, and one that caused much shock and horror to their Greek neighbors, was the relative freedom enjoyed by Etruscan women. Unlike women in ancient Greece or Rome, upper class Etruscan women actively participated in public life—attending banquets, riding in carriages and being spectators at (and participants in) public events. Reflections of such freedoms are found throughout Etruscan art; images of women engaged in these activities appear frequently in painting and in sculpture. 

The "Sarcophagus of the Spouses," Etruscan, c. 520-510 B.C.E., painted terracotta (Louvre) The "Sarcophagus of the Spouses" was found in Cerverteri, a town in Italy north of Rome, which is the site of a large Etruscan necropolis (or cemetery), with hundreds of tombs. The sarcophagus vividly evokes both the social visibility of Etruscan women and a type of marital intimacy rarely seen in Greek art from this period.

I love the personal nature of this piece of artwork and what really looks like a beautiful friendship between the spouses. It is so unusual for ancient art that it has always helped me remember the people group who made it.  

Source: Wiki
The Etruscan necropolis is absolutely fascinating. It is a World Heritage Site for good reason. 

This video is part III of a muti-part video series on Youtube on the largest underwater shipwreck discovery of an Etruscan wine merchant. The video below showcases the necropolis--both inside and out. The whole series is definitely worth watching, but this one in particular had so much fascinating information on the Etruscans. 

How do you flesh out your history study? I am always shocked at just how much is out there on the net for us for free! One has to be wise and not everything found is worth using or watching, but then there are these kinds of finds and I just love it. Homeschooling in our time is certainly easier than it was before the internet!