Saturday, January 28, 2012

Leftovers Mock Lasagna

I found a neat recipe for pizza casserole on For Mamas blog (just click the link to see the original recipe) just in time to use up lot-o-leftovers! So... lets start with a picture of the yummy gooeyness on my plate...

First step is to preheat the oven to 350. Then get to browning some burger. I added pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and onions to the burger. After browning drain and if you’re like me and want to throw in some diced tomatoes just simmer the drained burger and dice tomatoes while the pasta cooks. Cook pasta in boiling water until tender.

Now you’ll need to dig out your pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese and your 9x13 (minimum) pan. First into the pan is a thin layer of sauce, followed by half the pasta, then half the meat. Next a layer of cheeses and then repeat: pasta, meat, cheese. Finally on the top throw some pepperoni and you will end up with something like this:

 Then you bake it for 30 minutes covered with aluminum foil. Then remove the foil and continue baking for about 15 more minutes and when it comes out of the oven it should look like this:

 Now Enjoy!

 Now for the ingredients, fair warning I am bad about measuring things so most of these are estimates.

12 oz assorted pasta + water for boiling 
1 ½ pounds ground beef 
26 oz pasta sauce (I added an extra ½ cup of leftover sauce to mine) 
20 oz shredded mozzarella cheese 
Parmesan cheese (I just sprinkle it on), 
Handful of pepperoni slices
Optional extras: 
Assorted spices diced or stewed tomatoes ½ an onion, diced ½  a pepper, diced

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Computer Chair Re-do

            Ever wish your computer chair was more you, without paying more for it? Recovering a chair has to be the easiest furniture remodel to do and depending on the size of your chair not very expensive either! I started out with a chair that originally looked like this:
Not so nice to look at!

And since it was do for an update I thought I would share my recovering process with everyone. For about $5.00 (with a 40% off coupon at Joann) or slightly less than a yard in upholstery fabric and a few heavy duty staples even a thrift store chair can look great! So on to the directions...

Step 1: Take the chair apart. For me this just meant taking out a bunch of screws and popping the back off the plastic pegs, but different chairs may require different methods.

Step 2: Remove the fabric covering and make sure the foam padding is still in decent condition (if not I would suggest replacing it with new foam not batting or stuffing). Since my foam is fine I just covered it with a layer of felt. The felt is a personal choice, but will keep stains already on the foam from showing through and cut down on new stains to the foam.

Step 3: Cut out new fabric. You can use the old fabric as a template or estimate the right size, just make sure that it is enough to fold over the back of your pieces.

Step 4: Break out the staple gun! Place the fabric face down on your surface then put the chair, padded side down on top of it. Pull the fabric over the back on one side and put a staple (or two) to hold it in place and then pull the opposite side tight and staple it. Repeat for the other two sides.

Step 5: Continue to pull the fabric tight as you staple it all the way around, overlapping on the back as needed.


Step 6: Trim the fabric so that any holes needed are exposed.

Step 7: Put the chair back together and take pictures (picture taking optional)!

Happy updating!