No Noodle Vegetable Lasagna

Vegetable lasagna

My sister recommended this veggie lasagna recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking after she made it herself on her roommate’s crockpot and told me how much she enjoyed it. I salted the eggplant and squash and let out some of the water first, and I didn’t really measure the ingredients according to the recipe and just put in what seemed good. It turned out really well, and I would recommend it. Since we still have some vegetables left because I didn’t put it all in, I think I’ll add them to spaghetti, which I like a lot better with vegetables (and meat), too, now that I’ve tried it. Yay for learning to like vegetables. I think I’ve been doing pretty well so far. Oh yes, and I didn’t put the top layer of cheese on until five minutes before we were going to eat.

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2011 New Year’s Resolutions

Last new year’s eve. Cady and I both brought pajamas to the party and were wearing them by 10pm. We went home before midnight and probably will do the same this year.

Well, I guess I started thinking about New Year’s Resolutions even earlier this year (a couple weeks before Thanksgiving) than last year. What can I say? I get excited by the new start. I was looking over my list from last year, and I’ve decided that some goals just won’t get done, which is fine. Some goals were also kind of vague, but that’s okay. Some of my new ones are, too.
I have an even bigger, more ambitious list for this new year:

– cook new recipes and learn Filipino cooking
– sew, crochet, other crafts, and Silhouette machine projects
– cake/cupcake decorating
– get out more and explore fun things to do in the area
– improve photography skills, photograph daily (and sometimes, be in more of the photos)
– take more family videos
– take dogs to dog park, spend more quality time with them
– give Cady more opportunities to play with other kids
– learn how use Photoshop and to install and use Photoshop actions
– go to church at least once a week
– work on decreasing “Real Age” (eating red meat once a week or less, eating fish more than once a week, flossing, exercise, taking a multi-vitamin daily, eating better)
– post tutorials and recipes on the blog
– spend time with mommy friends (I’ve been a hermit unless Tim was taking me somewhere)
– write to my sponsor child every month and mail letter in a timely manner

“When you are through changing, you are through.”
Bruce Barton

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Specific Goals for the New Week

I think one of the reasons I have a difficult time accomplishing my goals is that they are so broad and generalized (cooking, photos, cakes, sewing). This next week, I’m going to write down specific goals that I can accomplish.

Sew tank top dress
Cook one new recipe
Work out one day
Make cupcakes
Take pictures outside one day
Straighten hair one day
Go to church

Working out will be the one I’ll really have to force myself to do. The last three I can probably do all in one day. Of course, these will be on top of my usual mommy and wife duties, so I’m obviously writing this with some optimism that Cady will have a better week sleep-wise.

I also decided to write it down in my planner that I need to make dinner earlier for the two nights that Tim has a meeting or has a class, so that he can eat before heading back out instead of sitting there hungry and eating late or getting fast food.

P.S. I love lists.

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Too Many Ideas

I have so many things that I want to do that I hardly get any of them done. My mind just jumps from one idea to another project to the next thing and back again. I try to make lists to prioritize and remind myself what I want to do, but my mood is always changing in regards to what I’m excited about at that moment. I have so many designs that haven’t been started or haven’t been finished. I have solutions for organization that I repeatedly forget to implement. I have shelves of partially consumed reading material, yet I still want to start reading more.

Don’t get me wrong. I have gotten a lot of things read, done, and organized, but they never seem to complete my ever growing list of goals. It’s a double edged sword. I’m always trying to do more, or improve something (or myself). However, I probably need to slow down and enjoy nothingness more.

My husband can often do the complete opposite. He might dive into a project and not resurface until it’s completed even if sometimes it may be impractical to continue at that time. However, he knows how to (as he says) “just be,” which I still need to practice.

I guess I can put that on my list of things to accomplish 🙂

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My goals for this “semester”

[ Patrick the starfish’s “To-Do List” ]

Even though I’ve been out of school for almost 3 years, I still think of life happening in semesters. The fact that Tim is in school probably contributes, as well as the simple fact that I spent 16+ of my 26 years being formally educated. To me it just makes sense. Half of the year starts in January, summer is it’s own time, and the other half of the year ends in December.

Anyway, I’ve been looking back at my New Year’s Resolutions, which I do every so often to make sure I’m still doing the ones that I want to accomplish, and thinking about other things I’d like to get done before the end of the year.

Right now I have to keep focusing on Cady’s party which is about a week. I have relatives and in-laws coming into town. I still have party related shopping to do and crafts to make, and of course, I’ll be making cakes and cupcakes next week for the big event. I also need to get my eyebrows waxed, make a hair appointment for the momentus occasion, and have myself, the baby, and the decorations ready for the arrival of the photographer a few hours before the party starts.

However, I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do once the party is behind us. I have a lot of projects that I wanted to do but just got pushed aside during every day life and forgotten about. I want to: sew, crochet, photograph (I’m taking that class, remember?), take more videos of the baby, start doing yoga (for stress relief and back pain), decorate, and continue making cakes and cupcakes.

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New Year’s Resolutions

– Speak my husband’s “love language” more
– Leave the house more with Cady
– Complete unfinished projects
– Complete anxiety workbook
– Continue finding new and easy recipes
– Find time to eat breakfast every day again
(been hard to eat all my meals when I need to because of baby)
– Cake decorating classes
– Clean out closets
– Crochet
– Take the dogs to the dog park
– Home decorating makeover
– Take more videos of Cady
– Learn to use Photoshop
– Have more baby photoshoots

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