Monday, October 17, 2016

I enjoyed your comments about making lasagna, and that comment from Denny! Oh my goodness! Bless your heart. Being a newlywed and putting all at work into making that lasagna! Bet your husband gave you a big hug. And Peg, making three batches at once! I do want to try it again and use mozzarella and parmesan cheese. You know what got me started thinking about lasagna in the first place was when my sister Shelby...

called and asked, "do you have a copy of Mama's lasagna recipe"? Shelby misplaces recipes occasionally. I wonder why".  So, while we talked I searched through every cookbook and recipe box in the kitchen and was about to give up when there it was.

In my mind, I had been searching for a lasagna recipe on a sheet of copy paper from the 1970's where the ink had turned a purple color and faded terribly. Remember how awful copy paper used to feel back then, and how the ink faded over time? So, a while back I printed mama's recipe onto a little 3 x 5 card and filed it away.

We all thought mama made the best lasagna ever and the recipe is simple, here's mama's lasagna recipe...

1 lb. hamburger                 2 eggs
1 can tomato paste            1 ctn. cottage cheese
1 can whole tomatoes       2 T. parsley
2 T. sweet Basil                  1/2 cup grated
1 tsp. garlic                              cheddar cheese
1 onion                                 sliced cheese
Lasagna noodles

Brown hamburger and onion. Add salt and pepper, garlic, tomato paste and tomatoes. Simmer 30 minutes. Cook noodles and drain. In separate bowl mix cottage cheese, parsley, eggs, and grated cheese. In a glass pan put a layer of noodles, layer of cottage cheese mix, layer of the hamburger mix and last a layer of sliced cheese. Repeat each layer. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Whole tomatoes did not sound good to me so I used a can of stewed tomatoes. Also, the recipe does not say what size carton of cottage so Shelby suggested we look on line for other lasagna recipes using one pound of hamburger and cottage cheese. Most of the recipes called for 32 ounces. Anyhow, it was really good!

And speaking of Shelby! Tomorrow is that big day Shelby and I look forward to all year long...going to the NC State Fair! I've got to get up early early so we can be there when the gates open.

That pretty merry-go-round, well Shelby and I plan to ride one of those horses tomorrow. We threaten to ride every year but then I back out. If we get there and can't climb up on a horse, we'll just sit on a bench and ride around and around. That's Shelby in the green shirt when we were there in 2014.

Back in August, Shelby and I were talking about the up-coming fair in October. I've been concerned that the steroid injection in my back would wear off and I would be in pain again. Shelby said, well listen, if that happens, will you ride in a wheelchair and let me push you? I suppose so. :-  Actually, I've been feeling pain!

One other bit of news...Poppy and I will be leaving Thursday morning for a few days in Missouri to visit Poppy's daughter and her family. Hopefully, we will get to see the youngest grandson Luke play football on Friday night, and then on Saturday, see Jacob play the base drum in his high school marching band. 

This is Windy, Brian, Luke and Jacob

Thanks for listening. I just go on and on about things. Why it's a wonder that you even stop by. So, thank you.


We will be home next Monday.


  1. Thank you for sharing your mama's lasagna recipe with us, I've only made lasagna from scratch once, and decided it was way too much fuss, but this recipe sounds perfect !
    Hope you enjoy your time at the fair, ours has come and gone, but all that fair food still calls my name :)
    Beautiful family you have there, sounds like a fun trip ahead !

  2. Hi Henny, so glad you had a wonderful visit with your grandson and his girlfriend. Sounds like you all had fun. Your lasagna recipe sounds delicious! With all your talking about lasagna I went to the grocery store and got all the ingredients to make it! Have a wonderful time in Missouri visiting Windy and her family.

  3. Your lasagne sounds delicious, it's one of my favourite meals to make as it's so quick, easy and tasty xx

  4. Your Mamas lasagne recipe looks good I am thinking I might give it a try later in the week. Have a good trip away.

  5. Your Mama sounds like a good cook. I hope you kept the copy of that old recipe and framed it or something. Too precious to lose. Going to try the recipe out soon, yum!

  6. Thanks for sharing the lasagna recipe. I originally made mine with cottage cheese and I think I may try it again. Have a wonderful time at the state fair!

  7. The fair sounds like fun! I wish my sister lived close enough that we could do stuff, like that, together! Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your family!

    Grace & Peace,

  8. I hope you two have a wonderful time at the fair! Sounds delightful. I appreciate the lasagna recipe. I never tasted lasagna until in my 20's! Just something mama never baked. Wishing you and Poppy safe travel and a great visit with family. I look forward to lots of photos! God bless. xoxo

  9. Have a great trip and at the fair, ride a pony for me!

  10. Have a fun day with Shelby at the fair. I haven't been to a fair for years. I hope your weather is good for it. We broke records for high temperature today, in 3 or 4 days it'll only get to the low to mid 60s. You'd better pack some cool weather clothes for Missouri. Football games are in the evening and it will be cool. Maybe you'll get to see some pretty fall colors; they're beginning to show up here and there. I see Brian is wearing a St. Louis Blues Hockey cap. They've played 3 games so far and won them all, so he should be happy about that. Have fun and a safe trip.

  11. Have a great time at the fair. I hope you do get to ride the merry go round. : )
    Enjoy your trip to Missouri too.

  12. How nice to have time for visiting with family---especially those at a distance that you don''t see as often as others.

    I bet you will be seeing some beautiful fall colors in Missouri----it's suddenly shown up here in southern Indiana and the leaves are beginning to blow around quite a bit.

    On your way home you should just detour up through Kentucky and come see us. You could help me rake some of these leaves that are suddenly showing up on the lawn!

  13. Have a fun day with Shelby and a great time later on in the week on your trip! :)

  14. I hope you had fun at the fair and braved the Merry-go-round. Your sister sounds like a fun person to go with. I hope you also have a fun and safe trip to Missouri. It's a nice time of year to travel.

  15. Hi,
    Take lots of photos at the fair. :-) Tell us if you eat any fun Fair Food. ;-)
    Have a good time in Missouri too!! Enjoy and soak up all that fun visiting loved ones time!!
    xx oo

  16. Hi Henny: Shelby's kitchen is one of a great cook, I think. Look at all those preserves. Lasagna is a favorite here, with or without meat. I made a few from our garden produce this summer. Thanks for the recipe. Have fun with your family and I hope to see a photo of you on the merry-go-round. ;-)

  17. Hope you and Shelby have a great time at the fair tomorrow. My in-laws are going tomorrow also! Thanks for sharing grandmas recipe I have never thought about using sliced cheese, I will have to try it. Hope to see pictures of you on the merry go round. You can do it!

    Love you!

  18. Oh, have fun at the fair! Here in the northwest, our fairs are much earlier. It's too cold and wet now.
    And have a great trip visiting family. Those are two very handsome young men.

  19. I hope you have a great time at the State Fair and that you get to ride on the Merry-go-Round. Have loads of fun in Missouri and get lots of visiting done. Have a safe trip.

  20. Bet you are AT THE FAIR!!! Its fair time! ENJOY!! i love the fairs, don't you? Ours is coming too, can't wait. Remember to make pictures for us okay please?

  21. A visit to a state fair always brings back my 12year-old self. Get on that merrygoround and ride, ride, ride!

  22. The NC state fair has enough influence to let people in my area know about it, but it's too darn far for me. Half the travel and I can be at Carowinds

  23. What fun!! I'm catching up on some of your past posts here, your grandson and his girlfriend seem to have had a great time visiting - how nice! But I'm upset about the dog and the hen....that made me want to cry, or scream.

  24. Sounds like great fun! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! Love all your photos. :)

  25. I'm glad that you seem to be getting away on more little trips these days. Maybe it is because Poppy is sort of retired? The fair looks like it will be lots of fun, I want to see a picture of you on the carousel!

  26. Oh my mom used to make the best lasagna- I miss that. I hope you have fun on your trips, have a great weekend, too!

  27. Your lasagna recipe sounds good except my husband does not like whole tomatoes in things. You have lots going on and to look forward to. Have fun! Nancy


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