Merry Christmas!

Whew, what a busy day!  So happy that we were finally able to celebrate today!  Joe came over around noon and we had our immediate family Christmas – got a ton of stuff, but my favorite things were my new camera, Joe gave us gift certificates to the high end movie theater that he works at (can’t wait to do that again!) and Hannah made me four pairs of earrings to go with a shirt she bought me.  Inside was a note giving me breakfast in bed and a closet makeover!

I still have to read the instruction manual to the new camera and load the software on my computer – but here’s what it looks like.  And, you guessed it, blue is my favorite color!


My old camera (the one that took that picture!) is only 3 megapixals, this new one has 10.1!  Can’t wait to figure out how it works!

So my parents-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews and grand nephews came over to exchange gifts.  You can imagine my surprise when my father-in-law walked in with this!


Are you kidding me?!  Yes, that is a 42 inch flat screen, high definition television!  I was so dumbfounded I didn’t really know what to say!  Of course, Tony and I said it was TOO MUCH but they said since we’ve been through a lot, they felt we deserved it.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!

So I made lasagna, penne pasta with alfredo sauce and a chopped salad.  Here’s how it looks after resting:


Here is the easy recipe!

Easy Meat Lasagna (adapted from a recipe from www.recipezaar.com)


1.       Brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onion and garlic.

2.       Add salt and next 5 ingredients; stirring until well mixed.

3.       Simmer 1 hour.

4.       Combine cottage cheese, eggs, pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 of mozzarella cheese; in a lasagna pan, layer noodles, meat sauce, and cheese mixture; repeat.

5.       Top off with layer of noodles, sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese.

6.       Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until cheese mixture is thoroughly melted.

7.       Let rest 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

So I am off to load my new camera software and read the instruction manual.  Hope everyone had a good weekend!

See you tomorrow!

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  • Sharon
    December 29, 2008 at 12:55 am CONGRATULATIONS ON THE AWESOME ITEMS! New savvy camera AND a great television? You totally deserve it girl! Have fun with all your new items!
  • ksgoodeats
    December 29, 2008 at 1:16 am Oh my goodness!! How great are those gifts!? You definitly deserve it :) Enjoy figuring them all out!!
  • marafaye
    December 29, 2008 at 1:24 am How fun!!! Amazing gifts... There's one of those fancy schmancy theaters down the street from me, and we keep meaning to try it out!
  • Melissa S.
    December 29, 2008 at 2:06 am ya!!! what great gifts and great dinner!!!!!
  • VeggieGirl
    December 29, 2008 at 2:15 am Hooray for a proper Christmas celebration!!!
  • MaryB
    December 29, 2008 at 2:42 am I feel like the camera is really a gift to US! I can't wait to see the pictures you post with that baby! Aren't families the best? :) Tell Hannah we need before and after pics! (the closet makeover, NOT the breakfast in bed!)
  • Meghann
    December 29, 2008 at 2:49 am Wow! It may have been a little belated, but it looks like you had an amazing christmas. Good things come to those who wait. Not only did you get some great gifts, but you had a great family to spend the day with. I love it when stories have happy endings :)
  • Oh She Glows
    December 29, 2008 at 4:18 am Oh wow what a beautiful camera!! And the flatscreen is such a great surprise! :D Delicious looking lasagna too. Angela www.ohsheglows.com
  • Kelly Turner
    December 29, 2008 at 4:29 am oooo electronics are always great gifts! Kelly Turner www.everygymsnightmare.com
  • noble pig
    December 29, 2008 at 7:21 am So glad you got to celebrate And in a big way! I'm so happy for you...enjoy.
  • Lindsay
    December 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm i have the same camera except in black :)
  • runjess
    December 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm Santa was very nice to you this year! www.seejessrun.wordpress.com
  • limberkimbers
    December 29, 2008 at 11:52 pm That lasagna looks delicious! And you certainly must have been good this year, those gifts are great!!
  • hangrypants
    December 30, 2008 at 4:10 am I am so glad you were finally able to celebrate. I hope Tony is feeling better and that you both and Hannah have a happy and healthy new year! I hope you live your new camera!
  • Jennifer
    December 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm And I had some of the leftover lasagna and it was delish! Thanks B!
  • Christina
    January 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm Awesome! :) Glad Tony's home safe. I got a new camera for Christmas, too!
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