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Since I have finished with the first part of my college education, and I like to think that I have more spare time (which I’m not sure is an actual thing that exists), I feel like I should cook more. Reality is I don’t but when I do, I like to think it was a masterpiece. (Can it be a masterpiece if it’s someone else’s recipe? Like, a plagiarized masterpiece…)

So here is my new (hopefully at least) weekly blog: What’s for dinner? Cool picture header coming soon…

This specific night was to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Main Dish: Four-Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti (Paula Deen)

1 pound uncooked spaghetti

1 pound ricotta cheese

Two 6 to 7 ounce containers prepared pesto

2 1/2 cups (3/4 pound) shredded mozzarella

1 cup (1/4 pound) grated parmesan cheese

1 cup (1/4 pound) crumbled goat cheese

Serves 6

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a flameproof 13 by 9 inch baking dish. Cook the spaghetti for 2 minutes less than the package directions specify. Drain the spaghetti well and transfer it to a bowl. Stir in the ricotta, pesto, 1 cup of the mozzarella, 1/2 cup of the parmesan, and the goat cheese. Toss the mixture well and transfer it to the baking dish.

2. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella and 1/2 cup parmesan over the pasta. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Turn the oven setting to broil and broil for 1 minute or until golden. Serve hot.

*After we tried this, we think there might be too much pesto as it seemed to overpower all the different cheese flavors. Next time we will try less pesto. Also, I recommend tossing the pesto and spaghetti first as doing it with the cheese was difficult and didn’t spread as well. We also added chicken that we cooked beforehand. But following the recipe was great too!

We served this with bread and sauteed squashes. Yummy!

Drink: Minty Southern Sweet Tea (Paula Deen)

Makes about 2 quarts

7 tea bags (black leaf, such as lipton)

1 small bunch of fresh mint, plus extra leaves, for garnish

1 cup sugar

1. In a large pot, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add the tea bags and mint; stir. Let the tea steep for 1 hour. Remove the tea bags.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup water and the sugar to a boil; simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, then pour it into the tea. Add 4 cups cold water and stir to combine. Transfer the tea to a large pitcher. Serve the tea over ice, garnished with mint leaves.

*I do recommend straining the mint out of the tea, unless you like to eat mint while you drink tea.

Dessert: Lemon Bars with Fresh Blueberry Sauce (Barefoot Contessa)

To stray away from a traditional birthday cake, we made lemons bars (store bought) and dressed them up with this delicious sauce!

1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (3 oranges)

2/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon of cornstarch

4 half-pints fresh blueberries

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Makes 2 cups

Combine the orange juice, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. When the mixture is translucent and thickened, stir in the blueberries and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, just until a few berries have burst but most are still whole. Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice and cool.

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apparently, no one reads blogs on sundays, so it’s ok for me to talk about nothing interesting and no one will be offended or disappointed. ¬†well, i am pretty sure that is all i do anytime that i blog, but i never do it in bullet points ūüôā

  • i have to say my day started at 12 am because i did not get off to sleep until 2 am. ¬†partially because i was not tired, partially because my husband was gone, and partially because i am STILL pregnant.
  • slept in with the hubby (who got home at 5 am) until 9:30 am, where we then shuffled off to church and were imposed by many with “you still aren’t a daddy yet?” and “why are you still pregnant?” questions from everyone we know. ¬†we also saw some friends that started going to our church (is it really “our” church?) three weeks ago and we didn’t even know.
  • on the way home we saw many people standing on the corners holding “vote no on prop 8” signs. ¬†one said “let jesus save, not you”. ¬†sort of made me laugh.
  • watched the raiders get their butts handed to them for a bit before taking a nap with the hubby (because it’s sunday and we can).
  • finished my book “gods in alabama”. ¬†it was entertaining. ¬†next is an anita shrieve novel… yea!
  • had tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner, yummy!
  • that’s about it! ¬†anticipating not working anymore and hoping to not get too bored! ¬†any ideas with how i should pass the time waiting for this little girl to decide to show her face to the world???

that’s it i guess. ¬†like i said, not much going on today. ¬†i suppose sunday stats suck, but i happen to find sundays very relaxing and overly enjoyable! ¬†hope yours was too…