Lasagna Three Cheese & Sausage Roll Ups

Diane from In Dianes Kitchen posted this recipe and I just had to try it. I took the pictures with a 40mm lens that I have never used before. I see that I should have used a tripod.

They may not look as great as Dianes but they sure tasted great! Thanks Diane!

I made a few changes because I had no provolone and used cottage cheese. It made rolling them a bit sloppy. Next time I will use the right cheese! The other was using our homemade sausage. Rebel Guy makes our sausage in patties, so I just rolled them to size.

If you want Diane’s recipe click here.


Best Ever Shortbread Cookies

These are the best Shortbread cookies I have ever had! They are soft and crumbly. They melt in your mouth. My mom made these ones:



2 cups of softened butter

1 cup of icing sugar

3 1/2 cups of flour

1/2 cup of cornstarch


In bowl, cream butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.

In separate bowl, combine flour and cornstarch. Then add to creamed mixture.

Put in ungreased pan. The size of pan is up to you, it depends on how thick you like them. We use a glass 8×10 but don’t spread it out to fill it because we like them thick.

Pierce with fork.

Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cut warm.




DIY Ring Holder

I am posting this for jazzytower.

I took photos because I was doing a tutorial for it anyway. So here is the ring holder I told you about.

Choose a frame:

picture frame

Measure the width.

Then grab an old sweatshirt material or something like it, and cut rectangles in that length. They should be large enough that you can make rolls out of them. Make enough rolls to fit snugly in the frame.

clothrolls in frame

When you have enough, choose an outer cover. I chose an old pair of corduroy pants.

Put two of the rolls on a rectangle of the outer fabric. Roll each one to the middle.

two rolls

Glue closed. You could add a few stitches instead.



Line up finished rolls in frame.framed

You can secure the back with cardboard or something similar.

Add rings.



Finished Bundling The Garlic

We gave some of our garlic away to family and friends. I bundled the last of it for hanging. One less thing to scratch off the to-do list. Now where do I hang it all?


We were not very happy with our garden this year. The rain then extreme sun really did a number on it. Thank goodness the garlic was not bothered by any of it.

On a bright note we get to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs vs the Ottawa Senators exhibition game tonight. <——- Happiness is.  🙂

It’s Salsa Time!

Fresh from the garden:


Two pots simmering:


This time I didn’t have to use this clunky pot. I do love it, but there is hardly room on the stove for it:


I used The Power Pressure Cooker XL for the first time. I was terrified. All I thought about was the horror stories about the old style ones. Lids blowing off, getting burned…the list is long. Poor Rebel Guy had to keep me calm and took charge of the operation. I feel much more comfortable using it. I will be canning much more from now on!


We have used one jar already. It turned out great.


Last year I didn’t make it chunky enough. This year it wasn’t as hot as we like. We can always add some heat after opening.

Slicing Our Own Meat.

As we have reached middle age, one thing we noticed was that manufactured food does not always agree with our tummy. Things we ate with wanton glee in our youth, now has us regretting our lack of will power when we choose to ignore it. That is the case with processed lunch meat.

It was time to make our own. We use a Waring Pro Food Slicer. It works fine for us, the only thing I would want changed is the plastic guard. It is light-weight and the tiny “grabbers” don’t poke the meat enough to prevent it from spinning once you near the end cut.


Rebel Guy BBQ’d this Eye of Round Beef (He loves his rare, me, not so much):


I sliced it up:


We double wrap some for immediate use and then freeze some for later use. One of our favourite things to do with sliced beef is this:

Slice a loaf of bakery bread in half (length-wise):


Fry up some onion and jalapeno peppers:


Put the beef and fried veggies on the bread:


Top with cheese:


Put it in the oven until the bread browns on the edges and cheese is melted:


Dinner is served!


Vegetable Sampling From the Garden

veggie sample

Basil, tiny tim tomatoes, green beans, jalapeno peppers and kohlrabi. This is our first time growing kohlrabi, my cousin JJ had some in his dads garden and had us try it. I am so glad he did. It tastes (to me) like a cross between cabbage with a hint of something similar to radish. So far, we have only eaten it fresh, but Rebel Guy found a recipe to bake it, we will do that with the next one and let you know how it turned out.