The Lexingtonienne

March1st

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I’ve heard that sometimes when you push a baby out, your brain comes out with the baby. I’m here to tell you that it’s true. It happened to me.

lasagna

I can’t remember anything these days, y’all. Whatever transpires between the hours of 10pm and 6am vanishes mysteriously into the brain equivalent of a black hole, even though I am awake and active periodically throughout the night, feeding the baby, changing her, pumping. (Can I get an “Amen!” from my fellow breastfeeders?!)

lasagna

lasagna

lasagna

lasagna

I write full blog posts in my head in the middle of the night while rocking the baby back to sleep. They are genius blog posts. Hilarious. Insightful. Sharp. And totally forgotten by morning.

lasagna

lasagna

And most of the conversations in my house go about like this:

ME: “Mike, will you remind me to drop off the drycleaning tomorrow?”

HUBBA BUBBA: “Sorry, I couldn’t hear you… what did you say?”

ME: “Huh? Did I say something? I have no idea what it was. I don’t even remember talking.”

lasagna

lasagna

lasagna

Anyway, many thanks my Past Self for assembling, photographing, and then freezing a deelish lasagna while I was still preggers with Eleanora and still had a brain in my dome.

lasagna

lasagna

But no thanks to my present brainless self. When I finally baked the lasagna last week, I set the camera out on the counter so I wouldn’t forget to take a photo of the cheesy, bubbly, melty goodness…

lasagna

And… I forgot.

lasagna

lasagna

So instead of lasagna, here’s a picture of Eleanora.

11 weeks

MAKE-AHEAD BEEF LASAGNA (pdf)
Adapted from a recipe in Southern Living

12 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
1 (24 oz) container 4% small curd cottage cheese
1 (16 oz) container ricotta cheese
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 C store-bought pesto
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 C shredded mozzarella, divided
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C finely chopped onion
2 (24 oz) jars tomato sauce

If you plan to freeze the unbaked lasagna for cooking at a later date, line your baking dish with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Assemble, cover, and freeze the lasagna in the dish overnight, then remove it from the dish, wrap it completely and tightly in heavy-duty foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. Unwrap the lasagna and return it to the dish to bake.

Preheat oven to 375. Stir together cottage cheese, ricotta, eggs, pesto, salt, and 1 C shredded mozzarella.

Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat until meat is browned. Drain if necessary, and stir in tomato sauce.

Lightly grease a 13×9 inch baking dish. Layer 1 C beef mixture, 3 noodles, and 2 1/2 C cottage cheese mixture. Top with 3 noodles, 2 C beef mixture, and 3 more noodles. Top with remaining cheese mixture, 3 noodles, and remaining beef mixture. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.

Bake, covered, for 45 minutes, then uncover and bake another 20 minutes or until cheese starts to brown.

To bake a frozen lasagna, unwrap from foil, place in the baking dish, and thaw in refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for an hour, then bake as directed.

xoxo,
Hannah

3 Comments

  • Comment by Danielle — March 2, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    You can get an “Amen” on more than one account. I’m a black-bag-slave too. The things we do for our children!

    And I certainly left part of my brain in the delivery room. I’ve composed many a posts, lists, reminder in my head while feeding in the middle of the night (or as I’m dosing off to sleep), only to totally forget every detail by the time I wake up. I even got the wise idea to put a pad of paper next to my bed. Well that would require me to be lucid enough to actually open it and write something. I wish I could tell you it will return soon but as one of my coworkers told me, it should return in about 18 years! Isn’t that comforting?!

  • Comment by Allison — March 3, 2011 @ 5:52 am

    Unfortunately I still have not seen any proof that my before baby brain will ever exist again.
    I love seeing precious Elenora on your blogs. She is a little angel. I need to get her in my arms soon!!!!!

  • Comment by Hannilou — March 3, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

    I almost don’t care if I ever see my before-baby brain again :)

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