Have you hugged your crock pot today?

And so another week has gone by and I’m reminded how much I love my crock pot.  Thursday was so insane I still can’t wrap my head around how Josh and I managed to get through the day.  Earlier in the week I swapped some students around so I wouldn’t be teaching from 1-9pm straight …. I’d have 3 hours to get dinner ready!!! YAY!!! Of course things quickly went down hill at about 10AM. We got a wonderful phone call from our car repair shop, Josh’s truck was pretty much done-skis. It was in our best interest to buy a new car; guess what we did in my 3 hours of free time?

Fortunately it was a crock pot day and an easy prep.  The noodles obviously took the longest, I made 2 bags of bow tie pasta so I’d have leftovers for other dishes over the weekend; I only used 1 bag for the recipe.   If you’re using egg noodles as the recipe calls for, you may need 2 bags.  That kind of noodle squishes/flattens out and you could probably do more layers depending on the size of your crock pot. I double the sauce though, nothing is worse than dry pasta.

Here’s the SUPER EASY PART: start with the marinara sauce and layer like a lasagna. Sauce, noodles, toppings of choice (I used pineapple chunks & ham cubes, all pre-cut), noodles, toppings, sauce, TONS OF CHEESE. Honestly, anything you like on a pizza can be used! I’ve done onions, pepperoni, and mushrooms two other times.

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For those you die hard readers, the kitten that tagged along to the car repair shop has been safely taken to a shelter.  The kitten had decided to hide in the shop but no one knew, it was setting off motion alarms throughout the night and the manager had to go in 3  times until he realized it was the kitten! Hopefully its leg can be treated and a loving family will adopt it.

And here’s the new Silver Bullet.  RIP Black Stallion.


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