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a resolutions update: follow up plan

Let’s get this post off and running by first calling attention to the fact that I have yet to share my 2015 New Year’s resolutions. Now that we’ve called attention to it, I’ll get back to that in a minute.

As I left you after my resolutions update in November, I was focusing on making a lasagna that Evelina likes as much as I do, and finishing my painting. I did make a lasagna. I did not paint a lasagna, or anything else for that matter.

First, let me tell you about the lasagna. Step one involved getting Evelina’s favorite meat sauce recipe. Ground beef, crushed tomatoes, yellow onion, salt & pepper. Not complex. I soaked my lasagna noodles in warm water with oil while making my sauce. I carefully layered sauce, noodle, sauce, noodle, sauce, noodle. Finishing with noodles on the top was strategic, as I coated the top layer with cheese. This top layer is then easily removed, because of Evelina’s distaste of cheese. Popped that bad boy in the oven, and waited for the complements.

Latest lasagna

The best I got, was that it wasn’t as bad as the last one. (Y’all remember my pastelon?) Thanks babe. I was then informed that Evelina’s mother’s meat sauce recipe is not in fact her favorite recipe. So the quest continues. I have one final plan, the plan to top all lasagna plans. Garfield would be impressed.

On to the painting:

painting?

This is the current state of my painting. So, yeah, painting is a generous term for this. But this leads me nicely into my New Year’s resolutions for this year. I’ll be continuing my tradition of carrying over my as-of-yet incomplete resolutions on to the upcoming year. Here you have them:

  1. Do a hand stand push up
  2. Paint a painting
  3. Find a lasagna recipe Evelina enjoys as much as I do
  4. Do 5 things off Pintrest successfully
  5. Watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Seven Samurai

If you noticed that my “run a marathon” resolution was not carried over, kudos to you. It is still a long-term goal of mine, but in an attempt to be more realistic, I am not including it as a goal for 2015. Maybe 2017, 17 always has been my favorite number.

With one month of 2015 already behind us I’ll have to be sure to be particularly effective this year.

See you out there.

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fifteen. find a lasagna recipe evelina enjoys as much as i do

Unfortunately, I was unable to complete this goal. Evelina claims she does not, and will not ever like lasagna. Not that she doesn’t eat it…I on the other hand lean a little more towards the Garfield-lasagna-for-every-meal-would-be-heaven camp. So our equal admiration of a lasagna recipe was unlikely from the start.

In light of her stubbornness I planned on making her a lasagna with these ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, minced
  • 1/2 tbs chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbs adobo seasoning
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbs vinegar
  • 1 envelope sazón (or 2 tbs taco spices)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 green stuffed olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 plantains, peeled and sliced into strips
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 cups white shredded cheese
  • vegetable oil
  • salt

I found this recipe on the interwebs, and for the life of me, I cannot find the original website. It was a very cute website with lots of fun recipes. If you find it, please let me know so I can link back to it. Anywho – you can see this recipe doesn’t really result in a lasagna. I thought it would be perfect, and tricky.

What I did not plan for was how difficult it would be to find plantains in Sweden. (Thus far completely impossible.) That’s why this goal never happened.

I have a new plan, though. I have the super secret meat sauce recipe courtesy of Evelina’s mother. Evelina truly enjoys this meat sauce. The plan then follows three simple steps. 1. I am going to make the super secret meat sauce. 2. I am going to layer said meat sauce between lasagna noodles. 3. I am going to abstain from any and all cheese and put said layered goodness in the oven.

This will be the lasagna that Evelina loves, I just know it. This is not a secret plan, as Evelina now knows it’s contents, but I still have faith. Keep posted to see what she thinks – I’m hoping for a guest post, but y’all may have to settle for an interview.

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