Category Archives: Notes With Recipes

Slow Cooker Lasagna

I got a few requests to share the recipe I have for slow cooker lasagna, so I thought I’d post hit here.

Disclaimer: It’s not, like, amazing or anything. It’s just a pretty basic lasagna. The fact that it can be made in a crockpot, though, is what I like about it — along with the fact that you don’t have to boil the noodles (which, for some reason, is always kind of daunting to me).

Another word of warning: As I learned the hard way this week, this stuff tends to stick to the sides of the crock-pot…so for ease in clean-up, I would highly recommend using a crock-pot liner for this recipe, if at all possible.

Anyway, here it is:


  • 8 lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 28-oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/3 c water
  • 4 oz can sliced mushrooms (*I was out of mushrooms, so I made mine without & it was just fine :))
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 c shredded mozzarella


  1. Break noodles. Place 1/2 in bottom of greased slow cooker.
  2. Brown ground beef in saucepan. Drain. Stir in Italian seasoning. Spread 1/2 over noodles in slow-cooker.
  3. Layer 1/2 of sauce & water, 1/2 of mushrooms, 1/2 of ricotta cheese, and 1/2 of mozzarella cheese over beef. Repeat layers.
  4. Cover. Cook on low 5 hours.

There ya go! If you make it, let me know how it turns out!



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Do yourself a favor and try out this great homemade pizza recipe from over at Threaded Basil. I decided to try it out yesterday and it was delicious! I am NOT a great cook, but this recipe was really simple yet delicious and fun to make — and (most importantly) the kids and hubby loved it. Yay!

Oklahoma Caviar

Tonight I made a new favorite recipe: Oklahoma Caviar (but don’t worry, no fish eggs here!).

It’s kind of like a salsa…but more like a meal. A great, summertime meal.


You must needs make some.

Here is the recipe:


3 green onions
1 16oz can of shoe peg corn drained
1/3 cop chopped cilantro
2 16oz cans of black beans
2 green peppers chopped
1can black olives chopped
1 med white or purple onion chopped
2 tomatoes diced
1 tsp fresh garlic (I use a 1/4 tsp of garlic powder)
1 8oz bottle of zesty Italian dressing (bottled)
mix together and serve with Tostitos Scoopables (or the corn chip of your choosing). 🙂