Sunday, July 3, 2011

Women who've made a difference in my life: Aunt Sarah

When I was 12, my uncle Wade married a really cute lady: Aunt Sarah. She's closer to my age than she is to my parents and she lets them know it ALL THE TIME!!! All in good fun, of course. My junior year, their family moved in with us. All five of them!! It was awesome! For 6 months I had 2 little brothers and another little sister. I also got to know my awesome, petite, whirlwind of an aunt! Here's the family at our wedding last year:

If you can't tell, she's the blonde in the back. It's hard to know which ones are the kids!! (I can only say that because she's only a little shorter than I am).
Sarah influenced my life in helping me learn to be more girly. She taught me how to do nice eyeshadow, how to style my hair and how to be more happy. She did mine and my friends makeup for senior prom. And she's still like an older sister to me!
When they lived with us, our families would take turns with cooking dinner. We introduced Swedish Hotcakes to them and she made things like Chicken Chile Enchiladas and Manicotti. I still don't get how she doesn't think she can cook! I took her manicotti recipe about 2 weeks ago and spiced it up a little. Here's her recipe:

1 pkg manicotti noodles
1 lb ricotta cheese
1 lb mozzarella
3 tbs shredded parmesan cheese
2 tsp parsley flakes
1 egg
1 jar spaghetti sauce
salt and pepper

I changed it a bit to include more "veggies" and because I didn't have some of the ingredients.
1 pkg manicotti noodles
1/2 lb low-fat ricotta
1 lb mozzarella
1 egg
1/2 lb sliced fresh mushrooms
garlic salt
Italian seasonings
3 cans tomato sauce

Prepare noodles as directed on package. Rinse in cold water and set aside. Mix together all cheeses and seasonings to taste. Add egg and mushrooms. Mix.
so it doesn't look THAT appetizing, but trust me, it's YUMMY! Next, stuff the noodles and place in a pan.

Cover with tomato sauce.

Top with Italian seasonings and mozzarella.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes and enjoy!
Thanks Sarah for being awesome!! Oh and for the awesome food!

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