Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tornado Armageddon 2011

Well, Justin and I survived "Tornado Armageddon 2011." Yesterday was pretty crazy though.

The day started off with a text from a friend letting me know that there was a tornado watch... at 8 in the morning! So we had some crazy weather for a couple hours in the morning and then in the early afternoon it was actually kinda nice: sunny, no clouds, 75 degrees. Then I get a call at 3 from the hubby to say he's coming home early because the weather is going to get bad. Well he got home just before the sky decided to fall in. Rain, huge hail, strong winds... we even lost power for an hour.
The video above is what the raining was like.... for hours.

All of a sudden the power came back on and a couple of friends called to see if they could take shelter with us (Their apartment is kinda shady...) Anyway, they came over quickly and we made sure we had candles and flashlights. The storm got even worse with tornado touch downs all over our area, lucky for us there wasn't any damage on our street other than this tree:
The top of the tree blew off, and a few other branches... I heard the crack. Scary.
Well, by time the storm was quiet enough for our friends to go home, our county set up a 6am curfew saying that if anyone was caught on the road until 6am, they would receive a hefty ticket. Our area was also declared an emergency. So I made up the futon, found some toothbrushes, and they spent the night. This morning I made pancakes and coffee.

It turns out eight tornadoes touched down, and eight+ people from our county have died; our city looks awful. We are so blessed that no damage was done to our home... so many others were hurt or killed.

We are praying for the people in Alabama and Chattanooga they were hit even worse.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Michigan Easter Weekend

Last weekend Justin and I drove to Michigan so we could celebrate Easter with our families.

At some point during the 11 hour drive there, we saw a license plate from Hawaii... a real one, not a touristy thing that goes on the front of your car. This one was on the back! Now this is a big deal for me because three years ago I swore I saw genuine Hawaii plate but no one believed me. Now I have been validated! HA! We even got a picture of it.

It was a great weekend full of Easter baskets, time with family, decorating eggs, eating huge amounts of food, Passion Play, etc.
Decorating Easter eggs with family!

Our pretty eggs.


Easter afternoon after church, but before Easter brunch with the Biddles.

It is such a blessing to spend holidays with family.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Hubby's Birthday! (& My Mother-in-law's Lasagna Recipe)

Birthday Lasagna and Angel Food Cake!

Well, today is Justin's birthday! I got him a new pair of sunglasses that he needed really bad; and he LOVES them! :D I'm pretty bad at picking out gifts, so it was nice to find him the perfect gift.

Birthdays are a big deal in our family... usually a gift and going out to eat or spending time with friends and family... I told him we could go anywhere and do anything, but this year Justin just wants to stay in and have me make lasagna... (with Angel Food cake, of course). Whatever, it's easy and if it makes the birthday man happy, so be it.

Here is the Lasagna recipe that he is so in love with:

Mom Biddle’s Lasagna

Large Prego Spaghetti Sauce (big plastic container)
Uncooked Lasagna noodles
16oz cottage cheese
1 egg
Parmesan cheese
3 cups mozzarella cheese
Italian Sausage

1) Cover the bottom of a 9x13 pan with your favorite spaghetti sauce. (I use Prego)
2) Place 1 layer uncooked lasagna noodles in the pan.
3) In a bowl, mix together about 2 cups cottage cheese, 1 egg, and about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, and 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese. Put a thin layer of this mixture on top of the noodles.
4) Cook up 1 or 2 lbs of Bob Evans Italian Sausage. Sprinkle 1/3 of the sausage over the noodles.
5) Pour about 2 cups more spaghetti sauce over the meat.
6) Repeat layers, (as many as the pan will hold) ending with noodles.
7) Pour a thin layer of sauce over the top noodles and sprinkle with parmesan.
8) Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
9) Remove the aluminum foil, sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and bake uncovered until cheese is melted.

Be sure to cook this so that it is done an hour before needed and let it sit. The extra time allows the noodles to absorb any excess liquid. If you want, you can make this a day ahead (my preference). It just tastes better on the second day.

Happy Birthday Justin! I love you!