Family Fun Day-Trip

We have lived in Colorado since 2012 and we still haven’t made it to Pikes Peak.  Since my hubby wasn’t on call this weekend we decided to take a family day trip to Colorado Springs! On our way down we stopped off at my cousin’s house in Denver to say hi and drop off some food. He just had a life-saving kidney transplant and his donor was his older brother! We are SO thrilled that his brother was a match and was willing and able to donate his kidney. There are 8 people at their house right now helping both brothers recover and help take care of kiddos so I made 2 huge lasagnas and some apple crisp for them to eat or freeze.

After we visited for a little while we finished the drive down to CO Springs and drove around Garden of the Gods. Apparently this is a must-see attraction. We have some hiking limitations at the moment so we opted for the scenic drive around the park.

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Finally we drove up to Pikes Peak. There were pretty high winds so they closed part of the road leading up to the summit. We went up as far as we could and ended up at 11,500 feet. It was crazy windy and pretty cold as we got higher up the mountain (you can see the several feet of snow on the ground) so we bundled up. Baby girl was SO good and patient the entire trip. We made sure to stop so we could change her and I could nurse her frequently.

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Easy Lasagna Recipe

2 lbs ground beef

1 lb pork sausage

2 eggs

3 cups cottage cheese

Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese

Oven ready lasagna noodles

48 oz of your favorite tomato sauce

Brown the ground beef and pork then drain. Mix with the tomato sauce. Beat the two eggs then add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and 3 cups of cottage cheese. Layer oven ready lasagna noodles, meat mixture, cheese mixture, and mozzarella cheese ending with meat sauce. Top with as much parmesan and mozzarella as you like. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let the dish sit for about 10 minutes then serve.

Apple Crisp

4 medium-large granny smith apples

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/3 cup softened butter

Lemon juice

Peel and slice the apples and shake with lemon juice to prevent browning (you can skip this step if you are going to bake the crisp right away). Arrange the apples in a baking dish. Mix the sugar, flour, and oatmeal. Cut in the softened butter until the mixture is crumbly. Distribute the topping evenly over the apples. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and delicious.

What are your favorite fast and easy recipes?

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