Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lunch Bags, Road Kill Cake and Killer Lasagne

I had to come up with a catchy title to make you want to read this post. And you do want to read this because somewhere in this post is the recipe for a Killer Lasagna.
Jode's Green Chili Lasagna, to be precise.

The overwhelming anticipation of the first day of Mother's Day Out was nearly too much for McClaine to handle. So he slept with his new lunch bag last night.

I snuck in this morning and peeled it from his little hands, snuck down and packed his and Avery's lunch. By the time I got dressed and returned to the kitchen the lunch bag was gone. He had carried it back upstairs, climbed with it into Reece's crib and was sitting next to her eating one of the chocolate cookies that he and Avery had made the night before.
I so wish that I had my camera.

Here they are for the first day of school.

When I picked them up, McClaine showed me all of his artwork and said his day was great.

Avery declared that she did NOT want to go back to that school because there was a girl that was kissin' boys and she did NOT think that was a good idea.

We threw a birthday party for Uncle Jon tonight and it was good times. Leigh made a really cute banner from funky fabric, Oma made a really awesome deer cake, and I made Green Chili Lasagna.

I called the deer cake "road kill cake" because I needed a way to get your attention Jon has spent hundreds of hours in the deer stand and he never sees deer... so we thought it would be funny to make him a cake with "x" eyes.

You know Caleb's grandma has had some success with hunting deer (and she really has), because as soon as she walked in the house she checked out that rack made of Little Debbie Nutty Bars and announced that it was a 16 point! Now Oma makes a great cake- so it sure didn't taste like road kill.

And here you go friends... you're gonna want to save a copy of this and make it. It's delish.

Jode's Green Chili Lasagna
From La Pinata, McAllen Junior League Cookbook

8 oz lasagna noodles (I use the ready to bake noodles that don't require boiling first)
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
Meat Sauce:
1 1/2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained
Add and simmer-
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 can Rotel
1 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. black pepper
1 Tbs. garlic salt

Cheese Sauce (mix until creamy and smooth):
1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese
4 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large can diced green chilis
1/2 cup chopped green onions

Layer in Pyrex- meat sauce, noodles, cheese sauce, meat sauce, noodles, remaining cheese sauce, noodles, meat sauce.
Top with a heavy layer of Parmesan cheese.
Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Cook in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, remove foil and bake additional 10 minutes.
Allow to cool for 15-30 minutes.



Gail Ewing said...

Yummy!!!! Will be trying this soon,

Oh how I want to be a fly on the wall in your home for one day..tooo much fun.

I walked in on Ryan one morning in Mal's crib jumping on her..I am amazed to this day that Mal made it through those early years of Ranger {ryan) DANGER!!

Stay with it..gail

Patois said...

Love that cake. Glad the first day went well. (Except, of course, for that darn kissin'!)

Elaine A. said...

How cute that he wanted to sleep with his lunch bag! I love it! And what a fun birthday celebration. Y'all seriously the cutest family...

Vashey Fam said...

Ok, really, you shouldn't have posted about my husband's b-day before *I* did! :o) Thanks Tyne! The lasagne was sooo good and your post way surpasses mine!

LeeAnn said...

ahhh, so cute to see how excited they were about school :)

Looks like Jon had a great party!! Really wish I could have been there :)

LeeAnn said...

I need to copy that cake design for Jeff's birthday next year :)

Katie W said...

Oh my gosh-your kids are just the cutest!!! I SO wish that I knew them personally! :) Or that they were students at this crazy school of ridiculousness that I've gotten myself involved in out here in California!

I LOVE the green chile lasagna-sounds heavenly, and I can't wait to try it-and I'm super impressed with your cake decorating skills. I should make a cake like that for my dad.

Hope you continue to have a lovely week!

Following HIM said...

WoW...I LOVE the cake design and story behind it! Totally made me laugh inside :o

Sleeping with a lunch box and so excited about school...so glad to hear it!

Hope you have a great week!!

Elizabeth Evans said...

Loved the pics of Avery and McClaine! I just want to know if you were just as or more excited than McClaine for MDO?!
Thanks for posting the recipe! I've been making it wrong for about 3 years. But still tasty! Also, I think I'm going to have to make George that cake for his b-day! Love you!

Meredith said...

I made the lasagna, and it was delish - everyone loved it! Thanks so much for the recipe, Tyne - hope you are doing well.