Monday, April 2, 2012

Our Weekend and A Recipe

It's Monday {again} and it's April 2nd.
How did that happen?
Didn't March just start? Like yesterday?

Geez. Before we know it, Christmas will be here. Again!


Our weekend was fairly uneventful. 

Friday night, Corby and I went on a date and it was amazing!
I love that man so much!

I slept until noon on Saturday. I can't remember that last time that I was able to sleep that late {much less the last time that I even had time to sleep that late}! And ya'll, that sleep was 
much needed!

Saturday afternoon, I did some grocery shopping...
I do the majority of my grocery shopping at Target and very rarely do I walk out of the store with something that is NOT grocery related.
Saturday it was this... 
Thanks, Katie, for this idea!
I also made a stop at Ulta and bought this...
Mint Candy Apple and Haute As Hello
{by the way, you can follow me on instagram @liajmayes}

Saturday night we stayed in and relaxed. I got everything ready to cook on Sunday for our Sunday School potluck. 

I made this...

Baked Ziti

1 lb. whole milk or 1% cottage cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 oz. grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
Table salt
1 lb. ziti
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
20 oz. turkey Italian sausage
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
5 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 (28 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves, divided
1 tsp. sugar
Ground black pepper
3/4 tsp. cornstarch
1 cup heavy cream (or whole milk)
8 oz. low-moisture mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350° F.  Whisk cottage cheese, eggs, and 1 cup Parmesan together in a medium bowl; set aside.  Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Stir in 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta; cook until pasta begins to soften but is not yet cooked through, 5-7 minutes.  Drain the pasta and leave in colander.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Crumble in the turkey sausage and cook until nearly browned.  Add in the onion and garlic and continue to cook until the onion is softened and the sausage is completely browned.  Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and oregano; simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.  Off the heat, stir in 1/2 cup basil and the sugar, and season with salt and pepper.  

In a small bowl stir together the cornstarch and heavy cream.  Transfer the mixture to the now-empty stockpot over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, 3-4 minutes.  Remove the pot from the heat and add the cottage cheese mixture, 1 1/2 cups of the tomato sauce and 3/4 cup mozzarella.  Stir to combine.  Add the pasta and toss to coat thoroughly with the sauce.

Transfer the pasta to a 9×13″ baking dish and spread the remaining tomato sauce evenly over the top.  Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan over the top.  Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the foil from the pan and continue to cook until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes longer.  Cool for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons basil and serve. 

***this recipe is a great make-ahead meal. I made an extra casserole and put it in the freezer for Corby and I to have later. I did everything the directions say until the baking step. I will bake it when we're ready to eat it.

I also wanted to let ya'll know that I have some new stuff up in my Etsy Shop! Go check it out! 
Hope ya'll have a happy Monday!


★ JASMINE ★ {BarbieBombshell} said...

mmm... that looks so yummy!
thanks for sharing!

Neely said...

Those polishes are great!

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

Looks so yummy!! Essie is hands down my favorite nail polish brand! Great colors!

Lindsey said...

My perfect kind of weekend! I'm going grocery shopping tonight after work. I need to have an assistant who does this for me. wuahaha. Um I need that water thing! I could never grocery shop at Target because I would buy WAY too much stuff I didn't need. Also, I am making that ziti at some point. SOUNDS AMAZING!

agalandherdog said...

I almost bought that pitcher at Target!!

Katie said...

:) glad you like the pitcher! love it!

Leslie said...

That baked ziti looks delicious!

Ashley said...

Love those Essie colors! And I've been dying to try one of those water pitchers. Looks so yum :)

Sandra Leiva said...

Cute nails colours! <3

Leisha said...

Love those nail colors!!

Just found your blog and so excited that you are from BCS and are an Aggie. There definitely aren't enough in blogworld! I didn't graduate from A&M but my husband did and we live in BCS now. Are you still located here?

Kristen said...

I am the same way with Target, I'll always walk out with something that I had no intention of buying lol

Meg Cady said...

LOVE LOVE those essie colors… but then againI love all essie colors!

The baked ziti looks soooooo good! I will so have to try this recipe it is one of my faves!!!


Ashley said...

I know, I can't believe 2012 is already 1/4 of the way over! Craziness. I LOVE those nail polish colors. They are really spring-y and they go really good with each other! Your baked ziti looks really yummy too...I'm a vegetarian but I could easily make it sans-Italian sausage. :)

Arielle said...

I LOVE that mint essie color! glad you had a good weekend! :)