Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jolly Lollies

I originally saw these lollies on a great blog called "The Decorated Cookie," and I wanted to try making them immediately!

All you do is arrange Jolly Ranchers in whatever formation you want (though, be warned, they will not come out perfect) on a parchment lined baking sheet, and melt in the oven at 275 degrees for 6-10 minutes. You need to keep an eye on them depending on your oven and how many Jolly Ranchers you use. While the candy is still melted, roll a candy stick on top so that it is coated by the candy, and let cool.

I used a bag of original JR as well as tropical. It was fun mixing the different colors/flavors together. Optionally, you can try crushing the candies and putting them together for a more melty-mosaic look, but I liked the color blocks the best.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


I've been making so much lasagna lately, John has taken to calling me Garfield. I was always more of a Heathcliff girl myself, but I accept this nickname along with my new-found love of lasagna. It is so easy to make! Who knew?
I make a few different varieties, but my favorite incorporates mushrooms, spinach and either ground turkey or Italian sausage. Depends on my mood. Ricotta, mozzarella and sauce are all lasagna standards. 
You just boil the noodles until al dente, and then layer away. I always start with some sauce in the bottom of the pan, then lay out three noodles, some more sauce, veg/meat and cheese, and so on. Your top layer is noodles, sauce and then you finish with some mozzarella and parmesan. 
Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing (I only sometimes follow this rule). You really can not screw this up. 

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