12
Nov

Cheesy Beef Lasagna

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I am thrilled to tell you guys that I have been selected as an ambassador for the Cook With Campbell’s campaign through Mom Central Canada. Why am I so excited you ask? Because between working full-time outside the home, driving the kids around to their extracurriculars, and keeping up with my other commitments, I am ALWAYS looking for easy and delicious meals to serve my family. I’ve always been a fan of many of the recipes from the Cook With Campbell’s website and now I have the opportunity to try some new amazing recipes and share some of those recipes with you over the next few months. It’s easy to see why their motto is “Simple to Make, Easy to Love.”

My first recipe is this incredibly delicious Cheesy Beef Lasagna. I’m not lying when I tell you that I’ve had 3 pieces of it since dinner last night. It’s that good. My kids practically licked their plates clean and Kirsten has told me that this lasagna has now beaten out her all time favourite meatloaf for top spot in her list of favourite foods. I’m also not going to lie when I tell you that the meat sauce is full of fresh and delicious mushrooms. Those same fresh and delicious mushrooms that my kids would normally refuse to eat. But they happily gobbled up every single bit being none the wiser to what they just ate. I love it! You’re definitely going to want to try this recipe out. It has now made it’s way into my regular meal rotation and I know my family will be requesting it often.

INGREDIENTS

Meat Sauce:

2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil
2 cups (500 mL) onion, chopped
2 cups (500 mL) mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 lbs (1.3 kg) lean ground beef
2 tbsp (30 mL) chili powder
3 cans (852 mL) Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Basil Oregano Soup
3 cups (750 mL) Campbell’s® Ready to Use No Salt Added Beef Broth

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Cheese Mixture:

4 cups (1 L) light ricotta cheese
3 cups (750 mL) mozzarella, shredded
1 cup (250 mL) Parmesan, grated
2 eggs
12 oven ready lasagna noodles (uncooked)
1 tsp (5 mL) black pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes until the vegetables caramelize.

2. Add the garlic and ground beef and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes or until the beef is well browned. Add the chili powder and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.

3. Add the soup and cook for 5 minutes. Add broth and continue to cook for 10 minutes or until the meat is cooked. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, half of the mozzarella cheese, eggs and black pepper. Mix Well.

5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread 2 cups of the meat sauce in the bottom of a 9” x 13” pan. Layer 4 lasagna noodles on top, overlapping noodles slightly to cover the bottom.

6. Spread half of the cheese mixture over noodles. Layer with 2 ½ cups of meat sauce and 4 lasagna noodles.

7. Spread the remaining cheese mixture on top of the second layer of noodles, layer with 2 ½ cups of meat sauce and 4 lasagna noodles.

8. Spread the remaining meat sauce on lasagna noodles, top with parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese.

9. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 375°F.

10. Uncover and continue to bake for 15 minutes until the top is golden and bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Here it is before going into the oven….

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And here it is coming out….

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Loaded with ooey gooey cheesy goodness. YUMMY!

Disclosure: I am part of the Campbell Company of Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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11
Nov

Poppy Art for Remembrance Day

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Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. It’s a day we remember and thank all those who sacrified their lives for us so that we can live in freedom today. My kids have been learning all about Remembrance day in school and the significance of the poppy to Remembrance Day. I thought it would be fun to make an easy poppy craft with them. It was not only easy, but it’s gorgeous too. Check out how we made it over at CBC Parents!

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09
Nov

this week in bento boxes

The kids just came inside from playing in the SNOW (yes, you heard me right, SNOW), and now they are cuddled up in the blankets warming up. I’m going to take a minute to post a couple school lunches that the kiddos enjoyed this week. Again, I like making them matching or near matching lunches because it is so easy for me.

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First up is a super cool Darth Vader lunch for my little guy packed in an EasyLunchbox. The large compartment has a ham sandwich. I used a darth vader plunger cookie cutter to press an impression into the top of the sandwich. I also stuck a red light saber on top of the sandwich. The other sections held a silicone muffin cup with sliced cucumbers and a darth vader cupcake ring pick, and some sliced naval oranges with grapes.

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Kirsten’s matching lunch features Hello Kitty and is also packed in an EasyLunchbox. Her ham sandwich has a Hello Kitty impression pressed into it and I used a cute red bow bento pick too! She has a silicone muffin cup with sliced cucumbers and a Hello Kitty cupcake ring pick and some sliced naval oranges with green grapes and a cute Hello Kitty bento pick.

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Next up is an easy snack lunch packed in our lock and lock 4-square bento box. I placed a silicone muffin cup in each section to add a bit of colour. The sections held goldfish crackers, turkey roll-ups, sliced cheesestring and sliced cucumbers with a cute elephant pick.

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Kirsten’s lunch is the same as Camden’s above but she has a cute little bunny fork pick in her cucumbers :-)

Here are the supplies I used to make these lunches (contains affiliate links)

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08
Nov

Creative Food Plate: A Snowman At Night

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Seeing as today we saw our first snowfall of the season, I thought it would be fitting to share this ‘Snowman At Night” creative food plate that I made for the French company Monoprix. You can check it out on their facebook page HERE.

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05
Nov

American Girl Dollhouse – Living Room

It seems like forever since I shared the American Girl dollhouse that I made for Kirsten from 2 bookcases. This is an awesome American Girl dollhouse on a budget! Kirsten just adores it. November will be a quieter month for my posts, so I finally have a chance to start showcasing the rooms again. For those who missed it, here are my 2 previous posts:

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American Girl Dollhouse – Dining Room

For a recap, here is the dollhouse I made:

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Today I am going to share the living room with you guys.

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Let’s start with the couch…

I had purchased a daybed from the “Our Generation” doll line at Target last year, so it was something we already had on hand. Since Kirsten already had a bed for Ellie, we decided to turn this bed into a couch. I did change it up a bit though…

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We decided to spray paint the frame white, change the fabric and keep the adorable pillows.

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I love the way it turned out and I think it matches the theme of the room perfectly!

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I purchased some small photo frames from the dollar section at Michael’s and printed some stock photos off the internet. I tried to match the pictures to the theme of the room. I attached the frames to the wall with double-sided tape.

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I also found these adorable mini paper lanterns at Michael’s in the dollar bin section. I hung 3 of these lanterns from the ceiling using fishing line. I just love the way they look.

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The pink chandelier hanging from the ceiling with double-sided Velcro tape is a locker light that I purchased at Walmart during back to school time. And yes, the lights really do work! They really are perfect for an American Girl dollhouse.

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I found this little piece of furniture from the thrift store and decided to re-purpose it into a magazine rack for the living room. Don’t ask me what it was supposed to be before! I can’t figure it out. With a fresh coat of spray paint, it does make a perfect magazine rack though…

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I bought a couple tiny books from the thrift store for about 25 cents each and they are perfect doll-size books!

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I bought a larger floor plant from Walmart for 4.97 and purchased the two smaller plants at Michael’s for a few dollars after using my beloved coupon! I put the smaller plants on a table that I spray-painted that we had re-purposed from another dollhouse she had.

Finally, the rug on the ground is a placemat that I had purchased at the dollar store! So perfectly cheap :-)

So there you have it, an American Girl living room on a budget. Everything in the room was very thrifty. I love it.

Here are links to some of the supplies I used, including the bookcases I used for the dollhouse. I did purchase the bookcases from Amazon and I love them. Most of the other items were purchased from the thrift store, Michael’s, the dollar store and Walmart. I will include links on Amazon here if anyone is having difficulty finding these items:

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