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Thursday, January 22, 2009

It is Thankful Thursday and this week, I am thankful for my husband. He can be so thoughtful sometimes. The other day a book arrived for him in the mail.  As he is not a reader (I am), I was curious.  Later that night, he told me he had a surprise for me. He presented me with this



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What a sweetie.  He said, "You might already have this but I saw it on-line and knew it was something you would like."  Ironically, I subscribed to the magazine by the same name (founded by this author) for a few years while we built our last home.  However, I had never purchased the book.  I really did want it though and I never mentioned it to him.  I was so thankful. I think he knows that I am struggling decorating this home and he wanted to show his support.

Now, just to show you my hubby's sense of humor, he also e-mailed me these one morning this week:


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So, this is the stuff my husband does late a night (order me books and make silly cartoons).  He is a night owl. And BTW~he is a Republican.  I love him and I am thankful for him.

On another note, back in October a few of you asked for the recipe for this lasagna:


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Yup, that's right...I am just getting around to posting about it. Actually, I just popped one in the oven and thought I would share with you about the recipe.  I found the recipe here BUT (and I mean NO offense to the GREAT Pioneer Woman) I make some changes all in the name of better health:

~I use organic, preservative free Italian sausage in lieu of the Jimmy Dean sausage she recommends. 
~ I also do not add ANY salt at all.  It is plenty salty enough.
~I almost always purchase healthier (organic, less processed) cheeses if I can find them.
~Of course, I use gluten free noodles AND I don't boil them beforehand (but bake for an hour).

Even with these changes it is not the healthiest meal in our menu rotation (we only eat it every few months) but I will tell you that this really is delicious and pretty easy to prepare too!  When we have made it for others, they RAVE about it.

Have a great weekend Y'all!

42 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post! I can totally relate to the concept of a new old house. I love the charm and character of old houses but the layouts, closets and baths of the new ones make one spoiled!

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  2. That lasagna looks YUMMY!! I printed and cooked up your Tortilla Soup recipe and it was delicious! So I am definitely trying your lasagna... but probably the less healthy recipe ;)
    Your hubby is a GEM! Glad he's there to do sweet things for you, we all need a bit of pampering every now and then, don't we??

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  3. A note on lasagna. I've made it with sausage flavored soy crumbles, and it's still pretty good. Also, the soy crumbles take less time than meat.

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  4. This lasagna looks so delicious! And what a sweet husband you have. isn't it nice when they surprise us? It always happens on a day when I need it most!

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  5. Your hubby sounds like such a wonderful guy....sweet and a sense of humor!! The book looks like a good one and the cartoons....so funny!

    Lisa

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  6. I would love that book. What a sweet hubby you have. BTW, my husband is a Republican night owl too :)

    If we lived closer between clothes and home decor...I would see us on some serious shopping sprees (thanks for the link, I love Ballard Designs and those sconces are cute).

    Take care, I hope your schedule gets less hectic/overwhelming. I think mine's about to get very hectic.

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  7. What a thoughtful hubby you have. Love the cartoons!

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  8. I hope I have find a husband just as kind as Dave! He sounds so very wonderful and you are so lucky Kim!

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  9. Yummy....

    What a sweet and thoughtful husband!

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  10. Your husband is so thoughtful..little things like that mean more to me than flowers and such.

    My husband is also republican but not at all a night owl...that's my job!

    I made that PW recipe too but I change it up a bit too, it is surprisingly easy and yummy.

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  11. What a great husband! I will keep this book in mind if we really do move soon!

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  12. Although I RARELY post anything, I just wanted to say thanks. My night owl hubby of 15 years has been helping me redo and customize our blog. Although, not nearly as creative as yours, we're working on it! Troy was able to use your blog to help me create ours and he loved the Obama cartoon! Good luck with with the ink! Shelby thinks Kate is beautiful!

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  13. I love that your husband ordered you that book...it looks perfect! And your recipe - yum! Thanks.

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  14. Your house boy is soooo sweet! Enjoy your new book! Those cartoons are a hoot too!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  15. Hahaa, you're husband is funny and so sweet of him to buy that book knowing the struggle. That's one of my coffee table books....I love those older homes and (when done right) made to look old ones. :) I hope you find the inspiration you need. Sometimes things come quickly and sometimes they take awhile. Sometimes they come from other people....like your idea of shades (to look like the canopy I made) I think I am going to do that for the playroom! I could never figure out what to do for windows in that room and now I think I know!! So thanks interior design extraordinaire.....send the bill to my hubby. :) Now if you could only figure out what to do in your house?! lol

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  16. Kim - Dave is so thoughtful and sweet!

    I am lucky enough to know what your lasagna tastes like! I remember how delicious it was. Wish I could have been there for it tonight!

    Rachel

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  17. That book looks great! Our home is 12 years old so does not have the character of an older home. We are trying to add character and I think this book would be great! How sweet of your husband!

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  18. thank you for the recipe! I LOVE lasagna so will be giving it a try!
    Love Dave's sense of humor:) TOo funny!

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  19. What a sweet husband. The book looks great. I bet it's filled with a bunch of wonderful ideas. I love the cartoons. My husbands sends me funny stuff like that. The other night he sent me some Patton Manning thing that he personalized to me. It was funny.
    The lasagna looks good!!! I buy mostly organic. I have never baked my noodles I will have to try that.

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  20. I just got my Mommy Stars shirt yesterday!! YAHOO!! THanks so much for the tip bc I LOVE IT!!! I only have one "peanut"....he arrived home on Dec. 14th from Kazakhstan so they did a special order with his 3 names...on the green...love it, love it, love it!! Thank you!!
    Beth

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  21. What a thoughtful gift...very sweet! And the cartoon was hysterical! A funny little story...I was checking your blog several days ago with my little Sophie on my lap...she pointed to your blog header and said, "Mommy, I want to buy that movie!"...I had to chuckle! Have a great weekend!

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  22. Have fun paging through your new book.

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  23. my hubby is a night owl too, but he doesn't spend it doing sweet stuff...hmmm with these last few posts i have been thinking you husband needs to offer classes for young husbands about what are "sweet things" and what not. lol.

    i like the lasagna recipie. my son loves lasagna (it is one of the only meals i can get him to eat without screaming). i am definantly going to use it.

    <3 amy

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  24. Oh what a treat. I love this book and have it on my wish list. That lasagna looks de-lish.
    Thanks for sharing all you do in the midst of a busy time.

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  25. Your husband is so sweet, and that looks like the perfect book for your house. That lasagna looks just amazing!

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  26. How sweet is your husband! You two seem to have such a wonderful marriage.

    Now on to the lasagna....Wow, does that look yummy. Can't wait to try it.

    Also, thanks for the link to The Pioneer Woman's site. I could spend a day wandering around on that site!

    Tracy

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  27. Fun book- Dave is so thoughtful!! I love lasagna but add in a layer or two of veggies too. At the very least frozen chopped spinach but sometimes I also throw in a layer of asparagus or in the summer, green squash. It tastes the same but ensures more veggies in my diet.

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  28. Looks yummy!! I usually do the ground turkey and the Tinkyada noodles. Do you have a better noodle recommendation??

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  29. Thanks for the lasagna I am going to share it with a good friend of mine who cooks gluten free. My MIL gave me that book for Christmas! Love it.
    Dave is very thoughtful.

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  30. Hi Kim,
    You truly are blessed by your husband! Happy New Year!
    Michelle

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  31. What a sweetheart to think of you (and actually act on it)!

    The recipe looks yummy!!

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  32. That looks really good!! I always do a Valentines dinner party too - we rotate with four other couples but the husbands don't do the work - that's a great idea!!

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  33. Oh my hubby needs to get an attachment to your blog he loves to surf the net but not to find me sweet treats.....I am going to have to try the yummy lasanga recipe.

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  34. What a love!
    Your husband really thought about his gift to you.
    He thought about what would be important to you! That is the definition of a wonderful gift.
    Russell Versace's book is fantastic. I know you will enjoy it.
    The cartoons are something you will keep forever.

    Thank you for sharing another touching moment in your life.

    xo
    Brooke

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  35. You lucky gal you....what a great house boy.....Lasagna looks delish....I'm going to try it.

    Have a great weekend.....
    Hugs,
    Steffie

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  36. Thanks so much for your tip about MommyStars!! I got my shirt this week and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I love reading your blog...and all your ideas for decorating (though I dont have the creativity to actually follow through) and your realistic outlook on parenting! As a parent for all of....1 month and 2 weeks....helps me forgive my shortcomings :)
    THanks again!!
    Beth

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  37. Give your husband (he really is your "houseboy", isn't he?) our thanks for the new lead on design books! My husband is also a night owl (& a republican). I will show him your post, and tease him about
    getting me some new goods. I think I might need that book. I want my boys to learn that making a home is really important, and will be to their future wives. Good example Kim, for Will and Harry. Have a great weekend!

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  38. In a world of fallen apart relationships or ones that are holding on for dear life it is precious to the heart to see a husband that loves and cherishes his wife and notices the little things or brings a sweet smile. Just a tender post. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Your husband seems to pay attention to the small things and have a great sense of humor! What a great combo!
    Your 3 peanuts are adorable. I read through some of your old posts and really enjoy your blog.

    And if that's an actual pic of your oven, I'm super impressed with how clean it is! No old, baked on food anywhere!!!

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  40. Nice husband, how sweet to get the book for you.
    The cartoons he made up are funny as well and the lasagna does look delightful!

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  41. i almost tried to lick the computer to taste the Lasagna ... lol ... i love the idea of Thankful Thursday ... it is so easy to forget all the things we should be thankful for on a daily basis !!!

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  42. I actually have that book and I love it - there's some beautiful photos in there! Great post...

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