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Vegetable Lasagna with Mornay Sauce

After I left the home made pasta to air dry I started making the lasagna. I wasn't sure where I was going with this until I scrounged through the fridge to see what veggies I had that would work.  

Lasagnaa ingred

Crimini mushrooms, a leek, an heirloom tomato, ricotta and Parmesan cheese, sounds like lasagna fix-ens to me.

Let's get busy

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Veggie Salad

This is one of my favorite summer salads. So much can be done with it, the possibilities are endless.

Veggie salad

This one is made with corn, red kidney beans, olives, carrots, and green beans. It's dressed with a simple vinaigrette then topped with some chopped Italian parsley and fresh thyme.

Sometimes I add celery or water chestnuts for crunch, sometimes tuna is added and that makes it a good meal for lunch. The spice combinations are endless and any of your favorite beans can be used. Pick your favorite cuisine and throw in a few of those spices. For a Mexican flavor I add cumin, oregano and some diced green chiles. Make a vinaigrette using some of the adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles. 

Asian flavors are great on this too. I could go on and on about the possibilities. Oooo, how about chunks of cheddar cheese and...O.K. I'll quit.


Our little foster kid...ahem, I mean kittens

We thought it would be a good idea to foster some kittens. It helped take away some of the sadness of having to give up Matilda. 

We got a couple of litter mates, well the one's that survived after being taken away from their mom too early. We are assuming they were abandoned. 

We named the little girl Smokey, I know, not very feminine, but she just looked like a smokey to us.  

Smokey

She weighed in at a whopping 12 oz's and wouldn't eat. I had to hand feed her a few times then she was off and running. 

This is Boots. He has four white feet so of course we had to call him boots. He weighed in at 14 oz's

Boots

Boots had no eating challenges. See the dirty muzzle, that's from burying his nose in the food. 

O.K. cat lovers there's more. 

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Meet some of my neighbors

These are some of the neighbors that I pass every morning and evening on my way to and from work.

The gals 

I think her name is Za Za, just look at that beautiful fur coat. I'm sure there are some pearls under there somewhere.

I wasn't sure if she's been mad mugging me, if she was just kind of stand offish, or if she wanted to be sure I noticed her in her coat.

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