Turkey Lasagna

Typically I follow directions well. When it comes to cooking it can be a different story though. I like the freedom of experimenting as I go and using a recipe as guidance instead of an end all be all.

I took my Mom’s traditional, very easy Lasagna recipe and made it my own. I have always loved how simply yummy it is, but it has been fun experiencing with it. She gave me the recipe at one of my bridal showers, and I believe she got it from her mother, my Grandma Rabenort.
Mom’s Lasagna Recipe
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Oven Temperature: 350 Degrees
Oven Time: 40 Minutes
Serves: 8 Hungry People
1 Pound Italian Sausage
2 Pounds Hamburger
2-3 Jars Ragu
12 Lasagna Noodles
16 oz. Cheddar Cheese Shredded
16 oz. Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
1 Onion (optional)
Brown Sausage, Hamburger and Onion. Drain and add Ragu. Boil noodles according to package. Rinse in cool/cold water. In 9 x 13 pound layer noodles, sauce and cheese. Cover with tin foil and stick in the oven.
I don’t change the recipe much, but to make it a “healthier” option I use Jenni-O ground turkey. You can find Lean Jenni-O Ground Turkey and Lean Italian Turkey Sausage at your local grocery store. I typically buy a pound of each. You can ground the turkey the same way you would hamburger.
*If you find yourself browning meat often I suggest investing in a Pampered Chef Mix N’ Chop.
Then I like to add lots of veggies. I often add onions and mushrooms. I usually don’t finely chop the mushrooms; just slice them up a little especially if purchased whole. You can really add whatever you want. Peppers are great too!
I also use Newman’s Own pasta sauce instead of Ragu. There are many flavors to choose from as well. Some day I’d like to make my own red sauce, but I just don’t have the time at this point to make that happen.
After some mixing, layering, and 40 minutes in the oven I have a meal the hubs loves! It makes WAY more than we need so I typically freeze some and we eat Lasagna for days. If you don’t want a lot of leftovers 1. cut the recipe in half or 2. invite friends or family over to help you eat it!


Introducing Selby Bradshaw

An email I recently shared with close friends,

“Justin and I have been discussing expanding our family for quite awhile now. We were asking all the same questions other couples do when they start seriously talking about it. When will the right time be? Will we be able to handle the inevitable sleepless nights? Should we wait until school is over? Some thought it would happen sooner than later; while others advised us to wait a little longer and enjoy our freedom.

Everyone’s advice has been much appreciated, but we realized it was something we would have to decide on our own. However, we figured it would happen without too much planning, it would be fairly impulsive, and probably one of the best decisions we make, even if at times we feel otherwise.
Attached you will find one of the first pictures of Baby Bradshaw.
The Bradshaws”

We got a lot of funny responses back since most people assumed I was talking about being pregnant. Prior to sending out the email Justin and I were at brunch celebrating a friend’s birthday. When a couple of friends read the email that afternoon they were initially terrified. I was a little too committed to the bottomless mimosas that morning to seriously be preggers.
Our first order of business after deciding we were going to go for it and get a dog was picking out a name. On our anniversary we were driving to Saint Paul for a date and spent most of the time bringing up different ideas. We debated for a while and weren’t coming up with anything good. However, we decided we wanted it to be something that involved both of us and maybe something that reminded us of Saint Paul since we love the city so much.

We ended up settling on Selby, as in Selby Avenue. I was living on Selby in 2008 when Justin and I started dating. I continued to live around the Selby area until Justin and I bought our house in White Bear in 2010.

This past weekend we were finally able to meet our puppy. We met the breeder in St. Cloud with the full litter. There are 3 boys and 1 girl. I knew I wanted a girl dog so we put a deposit down to ensure she would be ours. My coworker and her family also met us since they are getting a boy puppy.
Selby seems to be a very mellow dog, but she really enjoyed playing with her brothers in the grass. She is a Miniature Goldendoodle and should be about 30-40 pounds when she is full grown. Justin has always wanted a bigger dog, but I am a little bit nervous around large dogs (traumatic childhood event), so we settled with a medium sized one.
Right now she is weighing in at less than 5 pounds. She is a beautiful apricot color, but they expect her to lighten up a little bit as she grows. She has soft fur and should not shed much at all since she is part poodle. We should be able to bring her home on October 27th. She will be about 10 weeks old.
We look forward to preparing our home and purchasing all the things we are going to need in order to take good care of Selby. We look forward to introducing her to our family and friends but, most of all we look forward to having her as part of our growing family.
First Family Photo of the Bradshaws