Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Elf on the Shelf

With the Christmas season comes a lot of fun things like decorating (which my dorm building won second place in last night out of the girls dorms), food, card making, presents, carols sung at church, and the Elf on the Shelf. These little guys became popular when I was a little too old, but Harper has enjoyed our residential elf, Kringle. He had some fun around the house while I was on Christmas break, and I plan on sharing some of his mischievous endeavors with you. Who knows, maybe your elf will end up doing a similar trick.



Here is Kringle looking over the toilet bowl into the water that he dyed green! To do this, just flush the toilet and drop some food coloring into it after all the water flushes out but before the new stops swooshing around. That way the dye is dispersed, but doesn't end up going down the drain. Harper was so excited to find Kringle there, and no one would use the toilet all day. Having an elf watch you do your business isn't always very comfortable.

single serving baked cheese lasagna (8)

Now that I am back to college, I am cooking just for myself again. No more huge Thanksgiving feasts on my agenda. I miss cooking for a crowd, but sometimes it's nice just to make something for myself and not have to worry about pleasing everyone or all those dishes. The dish pictured above is homemade cheese lasagna for one.

single serving baked cheese lasagna (5)
Doesn't it just look scrumptious? Even with the cheese slightly burnt (I always leave things under the broiler a bit too long), it was simply delicious.

single serving baked cheese lasagna (2)


The best part is that this lasagna can be made completely tomato free. It was the first time I had ever had lasagna that I can remember, and I fell in love. You really miss out on some good things with a tomato allergy. With notomato sauce I am discovering so many yummy things.
single serving baked cheese lasagna (3)
Single Serving Cheese Lasagna
1 dry lasagna noodle
2/3 cup notomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
2 tsp Italian seasonings
1/3 cup ricotta cheese (I used homemade.)
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
¼ cup mozzarella cheese
1 egg yolk

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and cook the lasagna noodle for 8 minutes. Allow it to cool. Meanwhile, combine the seasonings and tomato sauce. In a separate bowl, stir together the ricotta, 2 tablespoons mozzarella, 1 tablespoon parmesan, and egg yolk. Spoon a few tablespoons of the notomato sauce into the bottom of a ramekin or small baking dish. Place the bottom third of the lasagna noodle on top of the sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Spread more sauce over top followed by half of the cheese mixture. Fold the second third over the filling and repeat the process of spreading on the sauce and cheese. Finally, fold the top third over everything. (It should be like a letter Z turned sideways.) Top with more sauce and sprinkle on the remaining parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Cover with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 20 minutes. Turn the broiler on, and broil on high for 2-3 minutes.


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