On Valentine’s Day 12 years ago we moved into “our” first home. That home was located in Riverside, California. We had been married 3 months.
Today, on our first Valentines Day on the Oregon coast, we reflect on those intervening years.
We trace the path our relationship has traveled through joys, challenges, saying hello to new friendships, and goodbye to others, retirement, relocation, and the adventure of it all.
Today we celebrate our relationship, and the deepening of our married love.
To add to our Valentine’s celebration we invited our friends to share a meal.
My husband Joe made lasagne, salad, french bread.
I baked cupcakes.
This Valentine’s Day had been a truly memorable experience.
Joe’s Lasagne (according to Joe!)
2 25.5 oz. rustic basil tomato sauce
1 package organic lasagne
1 package organic mozzarella cheese
1 32 oz. ricotta cheese
Preheat oven 375
Place containers of tomato sauce in sauce pan, and heat slowly. Bring a pot of salted water with a drop of olive oil to a boil. Coat baking dish with oil. When water is boiling, place desired amount of pasta , boil. test for texture. Raise heat on tomato sauce. When pasta is ready, take heated tomato sauce and line baking dish bottom with sauce. Making layers, carefully place pasta on bottom to cover the dish, scooping ricotta cheese making the first layer. Liberally add mozzarella shards. Create similar layer, tomato sauce first, pasta, ricotta cheese, mozzarella and so on. Top baking dish with tomato sauce. Bake 45 minutes at 375.. Remove from oven, and let sit for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy with a few friends. Manga!
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