Sunday, July 01, 2007

A Ratatouille Weekend

Weekend Sketch Challenge #8

I had a fabulous weekend!!! Friday night I went cropping with 4 of my girlfriends. We had such a great time laughing, scrapbooking and making cards for a card challenge. I took my laptop with me and was able to connect to the Internet and so we decided to do the Weekend Sketch Challenge #8 that was posted on Beate's blog. Thanks Beate for the challenge. It was very fun to do!!! I also finally finished my COTC friendship book. I only started it 3 months ago. Not to bad (giggle, giggle) All I need to do is add pictures of my crazy crop friends. Most of the pages were done using sketches from http://www.scrap-maps,com/ Other inspirations came from http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=820777 Scraplifting is my favorite thing to do on the Internet. I do however, try to give credit where credit is due. So thank you to these sites for all of your inspirations in making this book happen!!! Also I would like to give some credit to my Cricut. Oh how easy it was to finish up this book once I had all those awesome cartridges in my little hands. I used tags, squares, letters, flowers all from my tags,bags and boxes, George basic shapes, base camp, tear drop and opposites attract cartridges. What a fun time. Thanks Provo Craft for coming out with such a neat little machine. It sure has made my scrapbooking hobby easier.
Saturday started our Ratatouille weekend. We got up and went to the matinee showing of the new movie Ratatouille http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/ratatouille/. What a cute little movie it was. We absolutely loved it. In fact we loved it so much that I had to make my own homemade Ratatouille. Even in cartoon version it looked yummy. So after searching the Internet for a recipe and reading about it, I realized that there was not any certain way to make Ratatouille. The main ingredients were zucchini, eggplant, red peppers, onion and tomatoes. Anything else you add is just a different version of the many versions out there. So with that in mind, I came up with my own version that would be suitable for my family. Here goes......

Pepperoni and Cheese Ratatouille
1 small purple onion


1 small white onion

2 medium zucchini

1 large eggplant

1 package of large pepperoni slices

1 package of shredded mozzarella cheese

1 package of Parmesan cheese

1 container of Pecorino Romano cheese

1 clove of garlic

4 medium tomatoes

Italian Bread Crumbs

Rosemary

Thyme

Oregano

Salt

Slice onions in thin slices and saute in olive oil till onion becomes tender and slightly brown. Spread in bottom of casserole dish. Sprinkle with all 3 cheeses. Then put a layer of pepperoni over the cheese. Then slice zucchini in thin slices. Saute with olive oil and a dash of Thyme till tender and slightly brown. . Spread over peperoni's. Sprinkle with more cheese and then layer with more pepperoni. Then slice eggplant in thin slices and saute with olive oil and a dash of Oregano till tender and brown. Spread over pepperoni slices. Sprinkle with more cheese and then layer with pepperoni. Chop garlic or use press and saute with olive oil till slightly brown. Add in chopped tomatoes and a dash of Rosemary with garlic. Simmer until tomatoes are tender and semi saucy. Add salt to taste. Pour tomato mixture over the top of last layer of pepperoni. Then add the last of all 3 cheeses. Sprinkle with bread crumbs all over the top. Bake at 350 until bread crumbs are golden brown, bubbly and cheese looks melted. About 30 minutes.
I served it with salad. My husband seem to like it "OK" my DD would not even think about eating it cause of the vegetables. She watched me make it. My DS said its not as good as Lasagna, but its pretty good. He said this as he was scooping up his 2nd helping. As for me, I thought it was yummy. However, when I make it again, I will probably leave out the pepperoni. I did that for my husband and sons sake. To me though, it made it kind of greasy and took away the flavor of the vegetables. I think also, I will add less cheese. I have always thought that nothing could taste bad if it has plenty of cheese (another favor for the husband and son), but in this recipe, I think less is best. I know that is hard to believe. Next time I just want to taste the zucchini and eggplant more. Overall, I think Ratatouille will be one of my favorite dishes. Of course when I find the perfect mixture of ingredients.

My newest find is the Vitasplash drink mix. I saw a advertisement in my favorite Women's World magazine and went out the very next day and purchased some. What really caught my eye and made it stand out different than all the other drink mixes was the different health benefits this one promises. Especially the Fiber Infusion. Of course I got on the Internet and did some research and read all kinds of good things about the fiber that they use in the drink. Its Chicory Root Extract. I was very surprised to read about all the great benefits of Chicory Root. One main benefit is how it helps with putting good bacteria into the intestines and another is how it helps with sugar metabolism. I was totally sold on the drink. You get 5 grams of fiber per drink. WOWSA!!! Also it taste wonderful. Its a raspberry lemonade flavor and its very, very tasty. There are other kinds of mixes. Immune Boost which I got for my DD. Joint Support which I got for my DH. There was also a Vitamin and Calcium flavor. All different ones had significant amounts of vitamins ect... Here is website in case you want to read more about it. http://www.sturmfoods.com/minisite/vitaSplash/ Since I just got it yesterday, I can not vouch for the benefits that it claims, other than I have doubled my intake of water which is huge, but I sure can vouch for taste. All 3 of these flavors taste very good. I do believe I have found my drink of choice.

Lets talk about walking. I have been using my Leslie Sansone Walk the Walk tape. I love it. However, as I was reading my Women's World magazine, I read a article about how this lady lost 65 pounds by listening to her IPOD. I thought hmmmm... I have a IPOD. So I begin to read the article to find out how I could loose 65 pounds and it lead me to a awesome website http://www.marinaonline.com/new/index.php where you can download walking music and instructions to your IPOD for only .99 per song. So I got very excited once I previewed the songs on the website. They are very upbeat songs and she is instructing you as you go. There are songs for walking outdoors, treadmill and even songs for sitting at your desk. How cool is that!!! I cannot wait to give this a try.

I am happy to report that my MIL is doing great. She ended up not having any blockage in her heart. Praise God!!! She does have a weak heart, but there is really not a lot that can be done about that. Doctor said it could have been caused from her chemo treatments back when she had cancer. So he is going to give her some meds to help her feel better and hopefully when she gets some energy back, than she will have to do some walking (hello Leslie Sansone) to help strengthen her heart. I am just glad she did not have to have any major surgery's and she is on the mend. Thank you, Thank you for all of your prayers!!!

That's it for my weekend. Hope everyone else had as great of a weekend as I did!!! I wish all of you to have a great and awesome week ahead!!!

1 comment:

Heather P. said...

Hi there, I found your site through Beate's blog... I just wanted to say you did a great job with the challenge! Love the fun colors you used. :)