Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lazy Lasgna

I have been trying to do a lot of "Mommy Jessica" time recently, thanks to the advice of the behavioralist after Jessica's psychotic toddler tantrum. Its been really awesome for both of us. During the week, when the preschoolers are around, we literally have to squeeze it in. After our outside activity, before I start preparing lunch, we take 10 minutes to get a special snack, and cuddle on the couch with a book. No matter what she's doing, even if she's having a blast playing with her friends, if I ask if she wants to do "Mommy Jessica" time, she comes running happily yelling "Mommy Jessica Time! Mommy Jessica Time!"

Sometimes we do it again after her rest time, if I'm feeling like she's needing some special attention. And on the weekends I've been trying to do something a little different and for a longer time. She's even asked for it a few times. That just makes my mommy heart melt :)

We recently went to the library and picked up a kids cook book. During one of our "Mommy Jessica" times, we read it and then we picked out a recipe to cook. On Sunday we made a special trip to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients, then later that day we invited Grammy over to entertain Izzy while we got to cooking!

Here are the step by steps

First, get on matching aprons. And make sure that the baby has on a chef hat
(love how you can see how hard Jessica was laughing at this)

Find the cook book. Ours was "Keep on Rollin' Meatballs & other Delicious Dinners"

Find the recipe

We choose "Lazy Lasagna"

First, preheat the oven to 375

Then, pour about a cup & a half of spagitti sauce into a 9 x13 inch baking pan and spread

Then cover with 4 - 5 dry lasagna noodles (we used whole wheat)

Then cover with a layer of Ricotta cheese

Then cover with shredded mozarella cheese

Then, do it all over again

Jessica was so proud of herself- and I was proud of her! She did it practically all by herself :)

Put it in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling.

Make sure little sister still has on her Chef Hat

Let it cool a bit before serving

We served it with some carrots (mommy was too tired to fix anything else!)

Oh, and of course, when eating it be sure to be wearing your fanciest Little Mermaid night gown :)


  1. I love this post! {{And all the Post's in it ;)}} HEE HEE. What an awesome idea. She looks like such a little grown up cooking away. It looks super yummy!! You're such a wonderful Mommy.

  2. Seriously...cutest post ever. Love it! Great photos!


  4. that is so cute!! love this sweet time that you are doing with her! and don't forget to scrap it!
    btw.. how did you get your slideshow of pics on the side? I have one, but it has an ugly black bg to it. I'd like to have one like yours without a border around it...