Yesterday Gannon was at my house. You might remember I have the grandkids on Mondays and Fridays. Well, it was a Gannon day. He loves outside and I thought I’d take him out and we’d pick tomatoes. I was expecting Kayla later that day for a long weekend visit and thought lasagna might be something I’d make for “big family supper”. That’s what Carver calls meals when extra of the family is here. “Big family suppers” are my favorite but figuring out something to cook is always a challenge.
This day…I decided on lasagna. I had made one a couple of weeks ago using fresh tomatoes, onions, and peppers from the garden.
I grabbed this bowl, threw my phone in the bowl, grabbed Gannon and Rosie, and out to the garden we went.
We picked tomatoes and peppers. It took a long time as I’d pick a tomato, hand it to Gannon, and as he put it in the bowl, I’d say, “IN”. Gannon is a little behind on speech so when I have him, I try really hard to work on words or concepts. He loved it.
We did some playing outside. I watered the flowers and about an hour later, I grabbed the bowl of garden pickings, Gannon and the dog, and went inside. Gannon wanted to outside so fussed and Rosie jumped on him. It was lunchtime and I was scrambling to get something for Gannon to eat.
I put the bowl of tomatoes in the sink and turned the water on….then finished getting food for Gannon.
Once he was eating I went back to the sink and started washing off the tomatoes and chopping them up to make yard sauce…which is a roasted tomato sauce.
Imagine my horror when… I realized my phone was still at the bottom of the bowl and had now been soaking in water for the last 10-15 minutes. I’ll be honest, tears immediately came to my eyes.
Darn it!! I had gotten a new phone in December. I didn’t want to be buying another new phone. AHHH.
As quick as I could I grabbed the phone, ripped off the case, and checked it. IT WORKED!! It looked just like normal to me. I checked Instagram, yep, it looked normal. I called Kelli to make sure the phone was really working. It worked. Kelli’s response was, “Mom, that is one good phone case.”
I checked out the case, There was only a little moisture on the outer lip. No water had gotten into the case.
I never dreamed my phone would be okay. Seriously, it was underwater for 10-15 minutes!! Oh, happy day!
As a caution, my phone is in a bag with rice. I am over-cautious when it comes to things like this…but so far, it’s working perfectly.
I went on to put Gannon down for a nap and make my lasagna….a vegetarian version for Kayla-a meat version for the rest of us.
I really don’t have a recipe so I’ll tell you what I can about the lasagna. First off, IT’S AWESOME!!
For the sauce pick a 9 x 13 pan of tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Clean and quarter them. I put in garlic cloves, fresh basil, and drizzled it with olive oil. I baked it in the oven for 45 minutes on 425 degree heat. It’s what some call yard sauce. HERE is a link to when I made it last year.
After it was done and cooled a bit I put it in the blender and blended it all into a sauce. I added Italian seasoning, more garlic, salt, pepper, and a little sugar. It was delish.
I made Kayla’s lasagna….then poured the sauce into two pounds of ground beef that had been browned. Then I made our lasagna.
I spray the pan, put a layer of uncooked noodles down. Then sauce and cottage cheese and cheese. This time I used a garden flavored cheese. I kept layering ending in the garden cheese. (I actually ran out but had tomato basil cheese in the frig so finished it off with that) Cover with tin foil.
I put it in the oven on 350 for about an hour. I let it set for 10 minutes before cutting.
Seriously…the best lasagna EVER!! Between the sauce and the cheese, it really made the whole dish SING! Everyone loved it. So if you have tomatoes left in the garden and need a way to use some up…LASAGNA is the answer. Oh my.
My tomatoes are almost done and Karl offered to rip them out. I told him I think we can get one more lasagna out of there if we wait…Karl happily waited!!
P.S. I wrote this post yesterday and was so happy about my phone living through the water bath it got. Well, imagine my sadness when I went to plug my phone in last night to charge it. The charger wouldn’t go in. Oh my. I was sad. Here I spoke too soon.
This morning I woke up and I tried a different charger. Nothing worked UGH.
I looked in the charger hole on the phone and found a piece of rice had wedged itself into the whole. After a little surgery, it’s all good and working. What a saga….