Shandra Lee. With Heart Wide Open. A Miracle In The Making.

Hi there ! Glad you are here. That you found your way here is no accident. Since you are, let’s get acquainted. One of the things that I love to do is …eat! Of course, to do that one must cook, or go out, which is what I really prefer! Luckily, my sweetie is a great cook . You remember him?

So here’s the story-

To continue the backstory to this post -we started going out about 3 years ago and, as all new romances do, we had fun finding lots of time to invest in getting to know one another.

For the following two years we invested time and energy in additional interests. He, in getting reconnected with family, Oregon and the welcome of a new grand baby (with another one on the way). Congratulations !

I, in completing an Educational Leadership Administration degree. (Fun, but not nearly as fun as that little cutie.^) 2017 found us as many couples do- reevaluating our relationship, (year 3, if you’re paying attention) where are we going , how do we get there? What’s working what’s needed to ‘up the relationship game’ . Choosing to purposefully reinvest in getting reacquainted. #Eclipse2017.

One of the ways we decided to reconnect is through food, yay! Breaking bread is a favorite of mine.

Seriously though, if you read the first sentence you’ll infer ” I love to eat, he loves to cook- it’s a win-win!” This time, Italian! Back in the day I made a mean lasagna.

Towards this end, we’ll try to get together once a week or so, to create a meal; together cook, laugh, eat, invest in ourselves, in nutrition and- we’re inviting you to come along for the first phase of the journey.

so so easy.! Ready, set, go-

yum, if you’re wondering. A bubbling, gooey, hot mess!

It turned out pretty darn great, if I do say so! Super simple recipe, especially with easy peasy noodles!

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brown ground beef in 12-inch skillet; drain. Stir in sauce; heat through. 2. Combine ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and eggs in large bowl; set aside.3. Evenly spread 1 cup meat sauce in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Layer 4 lasagna noodles, then 1 cup meat sauce and 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture; repeat. Top with remaining 4 noodles and sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Brilliant! Alas, however, full disclosure, he didn’t help in the cooking. Surprise? He had another pressing matter to attend to before he arrived. Image result for basketball college playoffs 2017 But he did fully participate in eating. Brownies! I’m thinking all part of his devious plan? I should have known when this was under the Christmas tree. vvv

How about you. Do you have a cooking routine? A fav. easy peasy recipe? A side note-have you tried any of the popular meal delivery services? Love to hear! Bon Appetit! Gratefully, Shandra 🍷🍷 #LiveWell2018

8 Replies to “What’s for Dinner? What We Cooked”

  1. Love this idea. Breaking bread is such a gift. Reminds me of Communion and how God welcomes us all to the table. Have you read Shauna Niequest’s book “Bread and Wine?” This book is all about breaking bread and gathering around the table. Blessed to be your neighbor at Coffee for your Heart this week.


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