Jill Baked Ziti

My husband has been training for a triathlon and loading up on the carbs.  Good for him.  For me, not so much.  But, being the supportive wife I am, and not wanting spaghetti AGAIN, I asked around and came up with an idea.

Baked Ziti.

I'm not a fabulous cook.  Besides, Italian is always better when someone else makes it.  Let's just face it.  So when a co-worker shared with me how his wife makes this wonderful dish, I turned to Google.

"It's Google-able"  ~  a term used in our house most frequently.

Anyway, I came up with this:

1 (16 oz) pkg ziti pasta
24 oz ricotta cheese
1 lb shredded mozzarella cheese
egg, beaten
1 (32 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese

>Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse.
>In a medium bowl, mix ziti, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg and 1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce.
>Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
>Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish and spoon in ziti mixture. Top with remaining spaghetti sauce, followed by Parmesan cheese.
>Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes; let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

(Big daddy likes it beefy, so I added 1 pound ground beef.  
Italian sausage or a mixture of both would be most delish.)

Survey says...

Big Daddy said,  "THIS is GOOD!"
Brother said,  "It's like lasagna."
Sissy said,  "It's kinda like baked spaghetti."
Mama said,  "I think it's a cross between lasagna and baked spaghetti, the best of both.  

AND it's Easy!  Even Better!  



And so it begins

This was the week of firsts.

The kids had their first day of school. 
I had my first day back at work.
We got our first allergy meds of the season.

BU had their first day of classes.
Beautiful campus.

Beautiful day.
Let's Instagram it, shall we?!

                                                                                                and ...
the first football games of the season.

Baldwin High School Bulldogs

                                                                                 Baker University Wildcats

Oh yeah, and we had our first rain in what seems like the entire summer!
Well, we actually got some sprinkles with a tease of rain.

It mostly rained around us.
It was done.
It's been quite a week.
Fall is here, and we're excited!
Cooler weather, back to our regular schedule and routine, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
Yeah, it's gonna be good. 


Woops, my brains stepped out for a minute

So THAT's how it's gonna be today, hugh!?!

Hmmmm...where'd I put my glasses?
I searched Everywhere for those suckers! 

Was eating my granola bar in the car this morning.
Little did I know, 
a chocolate chip fell in the seat.
Didn't know it till I got out of the car.
I've been walking around with Poopy Pants all day!

Her:  "I like Tony Stark the best."
Me:  "What tiny shark?"

Him:  "I think it's raining."
Me:  "The phone's not ringing!"


I.  Can't.  Hear.

The good news:

Sis went to take her driving test this morning.

She did it!
Sis got her Learners Permit
LOOK OUT ....she's behind the wheel folks!

The first thing she asked was,
"So when do I get a new car?"
What!?! Whoa!  Slow down there Speed Racer!

So what did we learn today?

I hate to be an Oprah quoter,
but what was it she used to say All. The. Time?

Oh yeah.

"When you know better you do better."

And there ya go!


Goin' to ....Kansas City

Kansas City here we come.

It was a B-E-A-UUUtiful drive.

We've been sitting in the house waiting for this heat to break.
I don't think it's going to, and school will start soon.
So we took off for the city, heat or no heat, we wanted to see the sights.

The Liberty Memorial Monument....
  a memorable, celebrated, historic, meaningful, and well-known feature of the Kansas City Skyline, and we’ve driven past it a million times. 

I grew up in the Kansas City area, lived here most of my life. It makes me sad to admit, until recently, I’ve not taken my kids to see it.

Until today.

“In honor of those who served in the world war
in defense of liberty and our country.”
– the inscription on the Liberty Memorial tower

Well today's the day.
Hot or Not.
Sweat or No Sweat!
...and yes I had sweat in places.
Places I really don't want it!
I wonder what they're thinking.
I hope they are thinking about something they learned today.....

"We are blessed to be the heirs of freedom."
Looking from the monument, is the historic Western Auto building.
Now loft apartments.
Thankfully, the building's owner and management have pledged to keep the Western Auto sign illuminated on the Kansas City skyline, where it has been for over eighty years.

The museum is the only one in the U.S. solely dedicated to World War One.
If you are in Kansas City, be sure to visit!
You'll be glad you did!
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