My Life of Travels and Adventures: August 2011

Book Review - By The Time You Read This

08 August 2011

I have not been doing too much reading lately.  Combine my lack of traveling and new found car sickness = no new books read.  Anyways, I read By The Time You Read This by Lola Jaye on my last work trip.

By The Time You Read This follows 12 year old Lois through her life after her father's death when she was 5 years old.  Her father, knowing he only had 6 months to live, wrote The Manual - advice for hie daughter to live by, laugh at and follow from 12 to 30.

According to goodreads... "This is a manual for my daughter Lois. Here are the rules
1. You must only read each new entry on your birthday, there is one for every year until you are thirty.
2. This is a private manual between you and me.
3. No peeping at the next entry unless it's your birthday!

When Lois Bates is handed the manual, she can barely bring herself to read it as the pain of losing her dad is still so raw. Yet soon his advice is guiding her through every stange of her life - from first love and relationships to her career. 

The manual can never be a substitute for having her dad back, but through his words Lois learns to start living again, and discovers that happiness is waiting around the corner..."

Overall, this was a good book.  I thought I would be more emotional when reading it but the manual was not as in depth as I first imagined.   A fairly quick read that rates 3.5 out of 5 in by book. 

Recipe - Crockpot Lasagna

06 August 2011

I have been making this recipe for a couple months now.  The original recipe can be found here, but of course I have made several changes and adjustments.

1 lb Lean Ground Beef
4 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
15 oz can Tomato Sauce
15 oz can Diced Tomatoes
6 oz can Tomato Paste
3 Tbsp Oregano
16 oz Cottage Cheese
3/4 C Parmesan Cheese
8 oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
16 oz Lasagna Noodles

1. Brown the ground beef and garlic in a frying pan.
2. Food process the diced tomatoes.  Add all 3 cans of tomatoes to the beef and stir until warm.
3. In the crock pot, spoon a thin layer of meat sauce over the bottom.
4. Add a double layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (break to fit).
5. Top with cheeses.
6. Repeat with sauce, noodles, and cheeses until all are used up. I like to finish with a layer of sauce on top.
7. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Enjoy!

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