As if you need any more evidence that I’m turning into a sad old spinster, my newest obsession is Country Living magazine. I actually just bought a 2 year subscription. But really, it’s gorgeous- the houses inside are amazing, and they teach you about pie birds and how to make homemade pickles. The latest issue featured a recipe for eggplant lasagna, and I decided to try it tonight.
The recipe makes it more labor intensive than it needs to be. I mean, do you really need to roast your own peppers? No, no you don’t. You get your happy a-s-s to World Market and you buy an entire jar of roasted red peppers for about as much as it costs to buy 2 peppers at Whole Foods.
You do have to roast the eggplant, though. Sorry.
And then you layer marinara sauce, eggplant, dollops of ricotta, mozzarella and chopped peppers… and repeat 3x.
Along with peas and fresh bread:
I liked the lasagna, but it would have been even better over pasta. Which kind of defeats the whole idea of the lighter, noodle-less lasagna.
We had a busy, fun weekend! Jack had TWO first birthday parties to attend on Saturday. First for sweet Clay:
Jack was a huge fan of the ball pit and the slide.
And then later that afternoon it was time for Miss Channing’s partay.
Last time we saw Channing, she was 8 weeks old!! Oh these babies grow up too fast.
How cute is this candy bar??
Jack thoroughly enjoyed the party. He ate his weight in guacamole and then spent the rest of the time chasing giant bouncy balls all over the backyard.
Oh, one more thing. This afternoon we grabbed lunch at Fuddrucker’s, where I spotted this:
How crazy is that Coke machine?? You select your soft drink on the computer screen- Coke, Dr. Pepper, Diet Coke, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Dasani, etc.- and then are presented with all of these different flavor options. Brian was more adventures than I and opted for Diet Coke with Orange (awesome) and Diet Coke with Raspberry (not so awesome). The Diet Coke with Lime was my fave. The cashier showed us how they refill the machine: Each “flavor” comes in something that looks a lot like an oversize printer cartridge, so when they run out, they just “scan” each cartridge and then insert it into the machine. Oh, technology. Now how can I get one of these for our house??