Thursday, April 17, 2014

5 Movies That Make Me Cry #2

1. This one always makes me cry, always. My dad and I used to watch this movie together often when I was a kid and even into my teenage years. It was kind of our movie. When Elliott has to say goodbye, it's just so sad, I can't help but shed some tears.

2. Yes, I cried when Ted got ripped in half. Slightly embarrassing. Aaron totally laughed at me for that one, but I couldn't help it! I heard there was going to be a second movie, so I knew he couldn't be gone for good, but I still got all teary eyed. Good Lord...

3. I felt pretty sad when Andy was giving away all his toys. I get it, he's older, he doesn't need them anymore and they won't be played with, but it was still depressing. I guess there was an upside that the little girl got them and she will actually play with them but yeah, I still got all misty eyed when he was giving them away.

4. I'm going to guess I'm not alone on this one but when Mufasa dies, augh. I can't even watch that part if I watch The Lion King, it's just too sad. Honestly, it's a good movie but when I think of the movie, I think of that part and kind of avoid watching it because of how sad it is (even though I know I can just skip it).

5. This movie has a sad story to it with Eric and Shelly being murdered, so maybe it's a bit of a given that it would make me cry. But not only is the story sad, what makes it even worse is knowing that Brandon Lee actually died making this movie. He was about to be married in real life just a few weeks after he was done shooting this movie (which is odd because in the story, his character was also just about to get married), but he was accidentally shot while filming a scene. Knowing that just makes this movie even more heartbreaking.

Whenever there is a sad part in a TV show or movie, Aaron always looks over at me to see if I'm about to cry. I think he likes making fun of me (in a totally playful way though). I did a post like this a while back about other movies that made me cry. I'm a huge sucker when it comes to animals and movies. If anything bad happens to them, it's over for me. 

What movies make you cry?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Little Things...

... like seeing Aaron ripping the SNES games out of the system instead of using the eject button.

I find this amusing and frightening at the same time. A while back, Aaron and I were playing some Super Nintendo. When we were done, I noticed him tearing the game cartridge out of the system and not using the eject button in the middle. Wanting to preserve this beautiful machine as long as possible (this is the same system I've had since I was a kid), I of course immediately asked him what in hot hell he was doing. Turns out he had no idea there was an eject button and has been just tearing games out since the beginning of time. Eep... thankfully my SNES still works and now I've taught Aaron about using the eject button. Haha, in the end I did find this slightly amusing though.

Have a good one!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Photo of the Week

I love this photo. Classic Madison. Her tongue sticks out a lot of the time. Sometimes worse than others, but it's very often hanging out at least a little bit. She also has somewhat of a crooked smile. Aaron said she's missing a tooth, so that might be why. I've never looked in her mouth and seen this missing tooth, but that's what he tells me. She was already missing it when we got her. She used to be a stray so she must of lost it during that time of her life. Either way, the whole crooked smile and tongue sticking out thing is super cute, I love it.

Enjoy the day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Recipe: Vegetarian Lasagna

I've made (and shared the recipe for) vegetarian lasagna in the past, but I recently tried something a little different and really like this version better. Over the last couple years I've been experimenting making this lasagna with different ingredients but I'm really loving this one. It uses ground round for one layer and the other layer is filled with cheese and ricotta. Super good when you're craving some lasagna.

1 pkg whole wheat lasagna noodles
pasta sauce of your choice
1 pkg Yves Ground Round
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
1 tub of ricotta cheese (approx. 500g)*
1/2 tub of light cottage cheese (approx. 500g)*
1 can no salt added crushed tomatoes (drained
a couple handfuls of fresh baby spinach
parmesan cheese
feta cheese
sharp cheddar cheese

* I forgot to check the size of the tubs I used for both of these before making the lasagna, so I just checked another tub I had in the fridge that was around the same size and it was 500g. So, the tubs were around this size, give or take a little.

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Make your lasagna noodles according to directions on package.
  • While your lasagna noodles are cooking, we'll start cooking layer #1 of the lasagna. The "meat" layer. Chop the onion and garlic and toss into a frying pan with a little olive oil over medium heat.
  • Cook those for a few minutes, then add in the Yves Ground Round. Break it up and mix everything together in the frying pan.
  •  Drain your canned tomatoes and get as much water out of them as you can. Add them into the frying pan. Then add in any spices you might like (just a few shakes, I use pepper and oregano), as well as a little parmesan cheese. Mix well and cook for 10 minutes or so while you prepare layer 2.

  • Now onto layer #2. Get a large bowl and toss in the tub of ricotta and half a tub of cottage cheese.
  • Grab about 2 handfuls of baby spinach and chop in a food processor. If you don't have one, I'm sure you could just chop it very fine by hand. Add your chopped spinach to the bowl.
  • Now let's add some feta cheese. The amount you want is up to you. I used about a quarter of a block of feta. It was a medium sized block you buy in one of those tubs (approx. 500g tub). I sliced off a quarter of the block of feta and crumbled it in.
  • Sprinkle in some parmesan cheese. 
  • Mix everything together well. It turns green from the spinach!

  • By the time you've made both these layers, your pasta will be done. What I do to try and stop it from just gluing all together if left in the pot is, I lay down a few tea towels on the counter. Once the pasta is ready, drain and rinse lightly with some cold water. Then grab one noodle at a time and lay flat on the tea towels. 
  • Get a lasagna dish ready. Spoon some pasta sauce onto the bottom of the dish and spread until the bottom is covered.
  • Make a layer of noodles until all covered. You might have to trim and put a noodle sideways to cover up a hole at the end of your lasagna (depends on the size of your dish, but I have to).
  • Now you're going to spoon layer #1 (the meat layer) onto your noodles until you've used it all and it's all covered up. Then put a layer of sauce on top of the meat.
  • Another layer of noodles.
  • Spread some more sauce on those noodles and cover with layer #2, the cheesiest layer of all times.
  • One more final layer of noodles.
  • Top the lasagna with some more pasta sauce and if you'd like (and I do!) top with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese, crumbled feta and parmesan.
  • Bake for about 35-45 minutes.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cats on a Mission

The other day when I was finishing up some laundry, I tossed this cat toy into the hamper. It's a Lisa Simpson head the cats got for Christmas. They love this toy so much. I think because it's so light and when they hit it, it goes flying around and then they can chase it. It's also filled with catnip, so that probably also something to do with it. Anyways, as soon as I put Lisa in the hamper, Hobbes noticed and decided to go on a mission. Mission: Save Lisa.

After Hobbes failed at that second attempt, she gave up. She straight up quit. I guess she couldn't be bothered saving Lisa anymore, it was time for a nap instead. Madison was close by, lurking in the darkness, just waiting to jump in and claim the victory.

I love how Lisa got stuck in one of the holes on Madison's first try. She was a little more determined than Hobbes and in the end, she got Lisa out of the hamper. Mission complete! 

Haha, so cute to watch. Have a good one!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Photo of the Week

The other day I was in the kitchen about to make some breakfast, Aaron was hanging around keeping me and the cats company. He walked up to the kitchen window and spotted this little guy in our yard. It begins! Aaron tried to go bring out some food, but it got scared and took off. That's ok though, it will be back, oh yes it will.

Other than this awesome sighting, the week has been pretty slow. Aaron and I have both been sick so we're just recovering from that. Also, Steve left and headed back to Thailand in the early hours yesterday. Seems like his time here just flew by. It was prettty sad to see him go. Hopefully he'll be back soon!

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wants: Cat Gear

1. Galaxy Cat dress - Romwe //  2. Cat and Cross Bones tank - Human // 3. Play By Ear Thigh-High Cat socks - Go Jane // 4. Hightail It boot - Modcloth // 5. David Meowie shirt - Human // 6. Cat Are Like Potato Chips raglan - Human // 7. Good Style Omen necklace - Modcloth // 8. Cat Person scarf - Modcloth // 9. Furry Happy To See You leggings - Modcloth // 10. Purrassic Park shirt - Human // 11. Itty Bitty Kitty Committee tank - Human

How awesome is all this cat stuff? For all the items from Human, you can change the style and colour of the shirt you want the image printed on, so that's pretty sweet. Being able to customize clothing is always fun. Also, they have many more cat shirts, you should check it out! I'm hoping to have a nice collection of cat shirts going soon. I have a few already but after finding some of these gems, it will be expanding!

Enjoy the day!