Not Traditional At All.

Good Morning!

I hope your week is off to a good start. Yesterday went by pretty quick for me…I was slammed with work towards the end of the day. You know how it always seems like everyone needs something from you RIGHT before it’s time to leave?! I actually didn’t mind at all…because, like I said, my day flew by!

Now, for some FOOD! (& recipes..of course πŸ™‚ )

Every year for Easter, our family has Lazy Lasagna.

We do not do the traditional Easter of having ham & all of the fixings…we have an Italian Easter πŸ™‚ It’s one of my favorite meals EVER, so I look forward to it all year. It’s one of those meals that I feel weird making if it’s not Easter..ya know what I mean??

I figure I would share the recipe with you, since I know most of you are like Lazy Lasagna..WHAT?! Haha! It is a family recipe…so this is one out of our family recipe vault..consider yourselves very special πŸ˜‰

Lazy Lasagna

Ingredients
-1 package broad egg noodles (we use the ‘No Yolks’ brand– It’s not any ‘healthier’ for you or anything like that, it’s just the particular brand that we have always used..but you can also just use whatever your store carries)
-1 cup ricotta cheese
-1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
-1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
-2 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
-1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey (OPTIONAL)
-1 small can mushrooms (also OPTIONAL)

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Cook noodles to ‘al dente.’ Drain & toss with all of the cheeses.
3. If using beef or turkey, brown the meat & then drain. Mix with sauce, and if using, mushrooms.
4. In a 2 quart oblong baking dish, spoon enough sauce to cover bottom. Layer half of the noodle mixture and half sauce; repeat layers.
5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

See why it’s called LAZY lasagna?! It is SOOOOΒ easy to just throw together…and it’s soooo good!

I actually made three different lasagnas– one with ground beef, one with ground turkey & one that was specifically for me with dairy free cheese, no meat & lots of mushrooms.

With the lasagna I made a big salad & some garlic bread. Before dinner, I also had a bunch of appetizers set up. Sorry, not a lot of food pictures..I was too busy playing with Ethan πŸ˜‰

Now for some dessert: (that’s always the best part anyways..right?! πŸ˜‰ )

DOUBLE Peanut Butter Fudge Pie!!

I had a sliver of this pie, & it was SO good..very rich..but OH SO GOOD! I could not have much, because it is full of cream cheese, but I wanted to at least have a bite. Everyone kept saying that the crust tasted like a rice krispie treat!

Double Peanut Butter Fudge Pie

Ingredients:
Crust:
-Cooking Spray
-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
-1/2 cup light corn syrup
-2 cups Crisp Rice cereal (I actually forgot this at the grocery store, so instead I used Special K & just put it in the food processor until it looked like Rice Krispie cereal)
-1/2 cup Hot fudge topping

Pie Filling:
-1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
-1 (14oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
-3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
-2 tbsp. lemon juice
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 & 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping (like Cool Whip), thawed
-3 tbsp. hot fudge topping

Preparation:
For Crust:
1. Coat a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray.
2. Stir together peanut butter and corn syrup. Add the rice cereal. Mix until evenly coated.
3. Press onto the bottom and sides of the prepared pie plate.
4. Spread 1/2 cup hot fudge topping in the bottom of the crust. Chill 30 minutes. ( I just put it in the freezer)

For Filling:
1. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until fluffy. (I used my mixer to do this)
2. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk & peanut butter until smooth. Stir in lemon juice & vanilla.
3. Fold in whipped topping.
4. Pour into prepared crust, spreading evenly.
5. Place 3 tbsp. hot fudge topping into the corner of a resealable plastic bag. Knead. Cut small corner off of the plastic bag. Drizzle over the top of the pie. Freeze for 4 hours, or until firm. (I let it freeze over night)

Oh, I wanted to show you this necklace that I got the other day. (Don’t mind my crazy looking self..I swear I look orange..gorgeous, huh!? πŸ˜‰ )

I got it at Forever 21 when I was out shoppingΒ with my Mom on Saturday. I have been really into accessories a lot lately too. I feel like they can make an outfit! And, you can get more use out of different clothes if you dress them up with accessories. I love how this teal / turquoise color is in style right now. It’s so bright & summer-ish!

What is your favorite accessory?
(Like necklace, ring, earrings or bracelet) Ever since I got engaged, I only wear my engagement ring, no other rings, but I love any other kind of accessories- like earrings or necklaces. I just got back into wearing bracelets more often, I think they can really add ‘pop’ to an outfit as well πŸ™‚

Well, it’s another day, another dollar…so I better get a movin’ πŸ˜‰ I have a nice stack of work staring at me.
Have a WONDERFUL day!

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18 Comments

  1. I love the necklace…really cute! I tend to stick with pretty basic jewelry also..just my wedding/engagement ring and some earrings. I feel a little intimated by jewelry…if you put too much on it looks tacky. There’s a fine line between pulled together and tacky!

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    • I agree…I’m so leery with wearing jewerly, but I’m TRYING to get the hang of it…
      just reading some different fashion magazines- I’m so lame I will actually Google different fashion ideas too- hahaha πŸ˜€

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  2. Liz @ Blog is the New Black

     /  April 26, 2011

    Those lasagnas look mighty tasty, Holls! Did you highlight your hair recently?! And I am never without earrings! Like, never… or my new ring! πŸ˜‰

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  3. Wow! Three different lasagna! I’m impressed. And the peanut butter pie looks dangerous.
    I love the necklace!

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  4. Ha I think you look really pretty Holly. I love that necklace and top. The necklace actually matches your eyes.

    My favorite accessory would have to be my pandora bracelet. I wear it everywhere except in the pool.

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  5. No way! πŸ™‚ My fam has an Italian Easter too. Actually we also do it for Thanksgiving and Christmas….haha! Lasagne, meatballs and homemade sauce, and ricotta pie πŸ™‚

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  6. We rarely have non-traditional meals at any holiday. For Thanksgiving it’s spaghetti and Christmas it’s manicotti. I love accessories. So fun!

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  7. I love a non-traditional approach to Easter, my meal could definitely use a shake up!

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  8. I love your recipes! They are seriously some of my favorite. The lasagna seems like something I might be able to do. Yay πŸ™‚ I don’t have too many fave accessories because I always lose them. Currently, it’s a layered necklace from J Crew, which I’ve been wearing nearly every day to avoid losing. hehe

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  9. I love big cocktail rings on my right hand pointer finger..love ’em!

    Purple shoes on my blog today πŸ˜‰

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  10. I think its good to break tradition sometimes! Looks fun and delicious! And you are just gorgeous.
    πŸ™‚

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  11. Wow…that pie looks amazing!!!

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  12. I love how the necklace matches your eyes, so pretty πŸ˜€ I think i need to start a lasagna Easter tradition, it looks amazing! How awesome that you made 3!! You’re family must have been in loved with them all. And great pb dessert. So creamy, yummm πŸ˜€
    My favorite accessory are watches, I can’t get enough

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  13. OMG i want that PB pie RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!

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  14. Oh my goodness that lasagna and peanut butter pie looks fabulous! and you look beautiful, not orange!

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  15. HEY LOVE!
    you have the WORLDS PRETTIEST EYES oh my gahhhhhh!

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