Day 298: Collie

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A  sweet young border collie showed up on our farm the other day. He stayed the night on our welcome mat overnight but I guess finally went home when he got hungry.

He was intact and had only been taught a couple of commands. He made up for his ignorance with enthusiasm.

I called him ‘boy’ or ‘you-dog’ because I know he had a home. He was sporting a collar.

Kit had just been stalking about wanting another working dog for he farm. Kit likes Australian cattle dogs, but it was too conveniently timed not to laugh about.

Kit said we might get a working pup this fall so he can spend more time working with it. Exciting!

Day 297: Lasagna Roll Ups {Recipe Revealed!!}

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Another popular one on pinterest I have seen rolling around. Somehow I felt I exerted less effort with these than with a pan of spinach lasagna. Here’s the Pinterest link: Lasagna spinach roll ups.

Ingredients
1 lb. Lasagna noodles (big box)
15 oz. Ricotta (small tub)
1 cup Shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup Grated parmesan
1 large egg
10 oz. Frozen spinach (one block)
2.5 cups marinara sauce
To tastesalt and pepper
as needed non-stick spray

Kat’s additional ingredients:
Another 1/4 cup parm
1 quart of homemade sauce–I always like a lot of sauce and ours has mushrooms, onions and other tasty flavors.

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I’m have added and slimmed down the instructions on here. They are different than the website linked.

Step one: Bring to a boil water, dash of salt and dash of oil.
I boiled my noodles for 7-10 minutes instead of 12 minutes. As soon as they go limp and you can kinda roll them in the pot with a spoon, they’re ready.
Drain. I rinsed them with cold water and left them in the pot in cold/room temp water.

Step two: While the noodles are boiling, prepare the filling.
Thaw the package of frozen spinach and squeeze drain.
Combine well the spinach in a bowl with the ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, egg, freshly grated pepper and about 1/4 tsp of salt.

Step three: Spray casserole dish with non-stick. I didn’t turn on my oven but if you think you go really fast go ahead and preheat your oven to 400° F. I turned my oven about halfway through once I got the hang of portions and rolling.

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Step four: On a clean surface, lay out a few noodles at a time. Original recipe says a couple of tablespoons of filling per noodle. I put a little less than that. Don’t worry about measurments. Be concerned with the filling covering all of the noodle but being a very thin layer. Roll them up and place in the casserole dish.
Repeat until all of your filling is gone.
There will be some noodles left over, these are “back ups” for broken noodles and they made decent chicken food if they don’t make it in the casserole dish.

Step five: Pour the sauce over the rolled noodles making sure to cover everything.

Step six: Cover the dish in foil and bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot with parmesan sprinkled on top.

Original recipe said the filling would do 14 noodles, I made 15. If you want to cut down on extra noodle waste then make 20 noodles instead of the whole box.
Much like lasagna, these are wonderful reheated.

Day 296: Strawberry Nutella Cookies

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Here are the nutella cookies I mad eon Nutella Day.
Cup of flour, cup of nutella, an egg and a dash of water.
Drop on greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

I made baby sandwiches out of mine using homemade strawberry jam. Kind of coma inducing but delicious nonetheless.

These cookies are kind of expensive but I have found off brand nutella in grocery stores. Saves a little cash.

Day 295: Slow Cooker Apples

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I made baked apples last week and even though they were good the recipe does need some fudging. This is the recipe that I more or less followed.

I added quick oats, tons more cinnamon, craisins and some chopped pecans I had on hand. As you can see in the photo, I forgot to add the cinnamon to the mixture, so I had to throw it on top of the apples.

The hubster and I felt that the quick oats (although tasty) sucked up the brown sugar and the sweetness from the apples. I tried to follow the quantities listed plus adding the extras and it barely filled four apples. Maybe I bored the centers too deep, but if you try the recipe I will advise you to make a little extra.

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We served our baked apples warm with some vanilla ice cream that we found in our deep freezer. It was a pretty good dessert, but I feel like our apples from last fall would have been much tastier. Maybe if we get more sweet apples from our trees I will try this recipe again.

Do you have a favorite baked apple recipe?
I have had them when they were baked with red hots candy. If you like cinnamon and sweetness then it would be a good choice for you.

Day 294: Rolling

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Late post:

I visited my sister, brother and his wife yesterday. We got a tour of the shipping and receiving buildings where my brother works.

They have to wrap the items with bubble wrap, but they don’t buy small packages of bubble wrap. They buy and hang huge rolls of bubble wrap. I assume they pull and tear off the length needed and then wrap it on the large work table beneath. I was SO tempted to unroll the whole lot of it and log roll on the floor to pop it.

I held back…..