Thursday, January 17, 2019

Best Crock Pot Lasagna

Hi Foxy Friends! Bringing you another try with me post. The first one was all about the Instant Pot Whole Chicken. This time I am bringing you a Crock Pot Lasagna. The reason I tried it? I needed to make something in the crock pot because we were going out and then coming back to our house for dinner with some friends. I didn't want to have to get take out, so I went to the crock pot. I felt like I wanted to eat lasagna, so I searched the internet for all the recipes. I didn't find one that I really liked, so I ended up combing a couple.

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I liked that this one added Parmesan cheese.

I liked that this one combined egg with the ricotta cheese, I have no idea what it does, but it intrigued me and I wanted to try it. It's not a crock pot recipe, but I was looking up lasagna recipes to see how people made it.

Plus I took from how my mom makes her recipe, she doesn't follow one from the internet, just the one she's been making the last 5,000 years (total exaggeration).

Note: I used this crock pot.

Okay so for my recipe...Of course I made a video, but also wrote it all out, so you can print it.


 Ingredients You'll Need:

Lasagna noodles (the regular kind NOT the no bake kind)
3 jars of spaghetti sauce (I used Paul Newman, but I wanted to use Prego, but two stores I went to it was out, must have been a run on spaghetti sauce)
Shredded Mozzarella (no one has time to shred it themselves) I bought a 2 lb bag, but probably only used about 1 lb, more cheese the merrier right?
Shredded Parmesan (I used a little less than 8oz of it)
Ground Beef (I used the organic kind from Costco)
Sausages (I used the ones from the deli at Sprouts) - cut in circular sections.
Onion, diced
Oil (of your choice)
Slow Cooker (on sale for $22)
Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg


What To Do:

Step 1: Using large skillet, place small amount of oil in pan and cook onions until translucent.

Step 2: While that is cooking, mix together your Ricotta Cheese and egg.


Step 3: Add ground beef to the onions until thoroughly cooked.

Step 4: Meanwhile, start cooking the sausage in another skillet. Once cooked cut into slices.

Step 5: Once the ground beef/onion mixture is completely cooked, add in marinara sauce.

Step 6: Assembly -

         Layer 1 - Add a thin layer of sauce to the bottom of the crockpot insert


         Layer 2 - Add noodles in one layer, break up noodles to fit into curved part of insert


         Layer 3 - Like a goon, think you need more sauce, so add more sauce on top of noodles


         Layer 4 - Add some sausage slices, Ricotta Cheese mixture, Mozzarella Cheese and Parmesan Cheese


         Layer 5 - Add some more sauce, because why not


         Layer 6 - Add some noodles, breaking apart to fit in one layer


         Layer 7 - Realize you don't need that much sauce and add cheeses and sauce, oh yeah forgot the sausage.
         Layer 8 thru XX- Repeat layering in same way until slow cooker is full, end with the cheeses.


Step 7: Set slower cooker to low and cook for at least 4-5 hours. I cooked mine on high for 2 hours and low for 2 hours.


Step 8: If you want it to not be a big pile of gooey goodness, I would suggest taking insert of of crockpot so that it has a chance to cool down and become more solid before eating.


Step 9: Serve and be ready for amazing lasagna.

The reason I added so much sauce, I wasn't sure if the noodles would cook. I looked up several different recipes, and one did the no bake kind of noodles, which I didn't want to use. And the other one cooked the regular noodles. I decided to take a chance and use the regular lasagna noodles. Not knowing if there was enough liquid I kept adding sauce on the bottom and top of the noodles. But the last layer I decided not to add the sauce on top and it cooked just fine, so I don't think you need as much sauce...but it didn't taste bad with the extra meat sauce at all! Bad picture, but what it looked like the next day.



I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you make it, I plan on making it again soon!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Favorite Workout Gear

Hi Foxy Friends! Today I'm joining The Blended Blog for our Wednesday fashion prompt, workout gear. The wonderful Shelly is hosting today's link up, So go link up your workout gear post on The Blended Blog or Shelly's blog. 

So I'm going to throw this out there, I'm probably the LAST person you want to take fashion advise from for workout gear. I have been wearing the same workout shorts for the last 14 years, no joke, these things were made to last! Case in point....Shorts from when I ran my 1/2 marathon 7 years ago.

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This picture, taken 2016, still wearing them, even the same shirt. I've tried so hard to find more pairs like it, but so far have been unsuccessful. I like them to be higher on the waist and for whatever reason, the people making running shorts thing everyone wearing them have runners bodies...FYI: I do not.

I have in the past 18 month or so discovered I like wearing bikes shorts, not the most flattering thing, but a good when you can't find any bike shorts and you're just tired of wearing the same shorts the last 14 years. Yep I just had to make that shirt for "Mean Girls" Day.


So as you can see my workout uniform is tank, sports bra and shorts of some sort. I figured out early on I can't wear any sort of pants, this might be TMI but I'm going to tell you anyway, I get heat rash super easy, so running with pants on, heat rash within 5 minutes. So during the colder months, it gets cold for me.



I do however like wearing workout pants for around the house. My favorite ones comes from Fabletics. I have two pairs now and they are so comfy and hold up well. These are the first I bought and my dad HATES them. This is the only picture of have of them. I used to wear them to physical therapy a lot when I had my ankle surgery, full story on why here. Here I am at physical therapy getting stim on my ankle.


I am LOVING these moto leggings, and they're on sale too! I actually have been wearing them like pants. I wore them on Sunday to do errands.

I haven't found a sports bra that I am totally in love with, I'm thinking I need to get some better ones...anyone have any suggestions?

I have been obsessed with making my own workout shirts lately. Case in point...




Perhaps I should go into business and make these. Anyone want one? How's $25 plus shipping? haha, just kidding, sort of.  I'm thinking I need to add a few more to my workout wardrobe...how about "Today's workout is sponsored by Pizza"

Oh and I forgot to talk about my favorite shoes! Currently I really like these ones. I've gone through several brands and have found Asics to be the best for me. I highly suggest you go to a running store who has a treadmill and can assess how you run and workout and then help you pick the best fit for you.

Also, if you go to a turbo kick type class these are my favorite weighted gloves. They are one pound each and perfect for getting a little extra weight in on the arms while boxing around.

Now go link up your posts with The Blended Blog or Shelly!



Monday, January 14, 2019

4 Boss Babes You Should Buy From

Hi Foxy Friends! Happy Monday. It's suppose to rain a whole bunch this week, 4 days in a row, which is pretty much unheard of around these parts. I wish I was staying home and not working so I could sit inside nice and dry. Anyway, today over on The Blended Blog we're all talking about Boss Babes and those small shops that we like to shop at. They are all Mama's and they all should be recognized for their hard work. No links are affiliate, but I do have some coupon codes for you, but I will not get anything other than sharing some awesome products with you.

Super Pop Snacks

First up is my cousin, she created a protein bar called Super Pop Snacks. It is based in Los Angeles, where they make delicious and healthy protein nut butter bars with popped quinoa. The products are always gluten free, soy & dairy free, zero trans fats & no refined sugar! They are a delicious, healthy treat and snack! They are soft, creamy, crispy and ADDICTING! If you want to try out her products, used code SP20 for a 20% off discount!



BEXO

Next up is BEXO "Be xtraordinary" is a company that provides inspiring, meaningful, and stylish collections of handcrafted jewelry. I wear her pieces all the time and she is about to launch a wedding line! She is a close friend and has really taken her company to the next level in short amount of time. Plus her and her husband are the only ones making all of the jewelry, which is amazing, when you go see how many things she offers on her site! I am wearing one of her pieces here.




Brand Squawk

This Canadian based company, Brand Squawk, and carries the cutest graphic shirts! She puts saying on her shirts/sweatshirts/tanks that you can all totally relate to. I have bought a couple of them already and have another on on the way! Oh and did I mention they are super soft too? I want to wear them all the time! I bought this one...totally appropriate. If you want 20% off use code foxy20.



Sweetly Striped

Sweetly Striped is a shop, run by Jessica, is a mama who loves find great clothes for her customers. She does a live video EVERY week, even after she had a baby, of all of the new things she has to offer. She does it through her Facebook Group, and gives first dibs to those that are in the group. Since she is a small company she can only order so many things in each size, so sizes go fast! Trust me I waited a day and my size was gone, darn it! She is coming out with some workout wear soon, I've already got dibs on a few of them! This shirt is from her, and is so dang soft! I can't wait for Spring to come so I can snatch up some awesome dresses.



Alright ladies, head on over to The Blended Blog or the host, Vanessa's, blog to see who her Boss Babes are. If you have some boss babes of your own, share below, or head on over to The Blended Blog or Vaness's blog to link them up! Let's share the knowledge and make these's entrepreneurs successful!



Friday, January 11, 2019

Weekly Favorites #2

Happy Friday Foxy Friends! Wow this was a long week! And I have today off! haha. Today I'm so excited, I'm filming a Mukbang with a friend/blogger. Have you heard of those? Basically you film yourself while eating and chatting. Mostly people do them by themselves. I'm doing it with a friend, can't wait. Strange I know. Anyway, let's get onto our Friday Favorites.


In case you missed it this week:

Monday: TBB Asks
Wednesday: Outer Wear


Last Friday I took the day off of work and went to visit my cousins in LA. Well I met up with 2 of them, and then we went to meet up with another cousin at his work since we had never seen it. Yep some Emmy's his shows have won.



He took us out to lunch and then we headed back to my other cousins house to hang out. But before we did that I took my kids and my nephew (really it's my cousins kid, but that's just too long to say), to see where I went to college, we just barely stepped on campus, but I got some good pictures down Alumni Mall.




My aunt and uncle came and hung out too, wish we had gotten a picture of everyone together. 



But the little cousins always have such a blast with each other. Case in point....they made up a whole dance about being cousins.



Too bad they don't get along at all.







Mini Fox started her month of horseback riding lessons that we got her for Christmas, yep just 4 lessons, and she's cherishing every single second of it.






I'm so proud of this kid, he goes to karate for about 5ish (on a good week) hours a week and loves every moment of it. I love that he's learning how to defend himself should the need arise and I really do think it helps his confidence and discipline. I highly recommend you find a martial arts studio for your kid. We're trying to get Mini Fox into it, but so far she's lukewarm on it.




Mini Fox decided she wanted to make soup at her preschool, so they did...the teacher let her put anything she wanted into it. I thought it tasted like tea, Mini Fox didn't like it, but I took a picture of her with the soup and her burrito (like mama like daughter), instead of eating the soup.



Nothing like a little spa time before bed.


This weekend we have no plans, we're having some friends over tonight for dinner, but Saturday and Sunday are free, probably cleaning up the house, putting away/find a place for all of the Christmas gifts...yep they're still laying around. I did however clean up 90% of the Christmas stuff, so that's a plus. Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

10 Random Facts About Me

Remember last year, Erin hosted this link up? Well this year Jen has taking over 10 on the 10th. Thanks for taking over Jen! Today we're getting to know each other a little better and I'm giving you 10 random facts about me. I thought this would be the perfect post as there are some new readers out there (at least that is what I tell myself).

First this is my family. I've been married for almost 14 years, have two kids Baby Fox (8), and Mini Fox (5). Work full time, 52 miles from home (I know I'm crazy pants), I spent a lot of time on the road. Wake up at 3am, so I can be home for the kids to take them to all of their after school stuff. Okay so lets get started with the randomness.




| ONE |

I love Mexican food. I could eat it all day everyday. When Mr. and I first met I ate a lot of bean and cheese burritos. He thought I was going to turn into a bean and cheese burrito. We went to a place called Tito's Tacos (super popular in LA) at least twice a week. It's a total hole in the wall, mostly walk up and usually 50+ people in line. So good and so worth it.

| TWO |

When Mr. and I first got married, we met another couple (who happened to be our orthodontists), who asked us if we wanted to go skiing with them in Utah. We said sure...we have no idea how to ski, but let's do it! We then decided perhaps we should learn before we go, so we went up to Big Bear did a crash course over three days so when we got to Utah we wouldn't be total newbies. We had a blast and eventually put off trying for kids so we could get an extra season of snowboarding.

View of our favorite run in Park City.


| THREE |

I use to be on the diving team in high school. I loved it, wasn't very good, but loved trying it all. Plus getting in and out of the pool so much gives you amazing abs.

| FOUR |

My favorite fruit combination is strawberries mixed with green grapes. It makes me ridiculously happy, so I try to give that to myself as much as I can, so when I am at working, waking up at 3am, it gives me a bit of joy in the middle of my day. I know I'm weird.

| FIVE |

I went sky diving with my dad and it was pretty awesome. I think everyone should go skydiving once in their life. If you can go near an ocean, that's even better. Yep that's the little plane my dad and I went up in. I think the scariest part is the plane ride up, but once you get up there and jump out it's the most amazing experience. Nothing like a roller coaster ride...



| SIX |

I've never had a Hot Cheeto, or any sort of "hot" chip, just not my thing.

| SEVEN |

Mr. and I love end of the world movies/zombie end of the world movies/any movie that involves people surviving. Not sure why, I guess we found common ground, he hates watching chick flicks and this is where we landed? The Rain on Netflix is really good.

| EIGHT |

I tried to go vegetarian when I was in high school, and my mom said nope you're not going vegetarian and then made dinners with only meat so I had to give in. It last about 2 days, haha! I like meat too much to go vegetarian. Although sometimes for Lent I give up meat for the whole time, it's hard.

| NINE |

I can throw a perfect spiral football, almost every time.  I also have a sweet spot on the basketball court where I can consistently make a 3 point shot.

| TEN |

When I was younger I want to be president of the United States, but found out I couldn't because I was not born here and am a naturalized citizen, my poor 8 year old soul was crushed. Now thinking back on it...it's probably a good thing, I do NOT want that job.

What is a random fact about you?

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