Monday, January 25, 2016

Motivational Monday (MM)

Ya know, sometimes you just need a little push, just a little something...  It's been a bit (okay, a lottle) depressing not being at The Broken Badger.  So we need a little bit of motivation to keep our spirits up.  I'm going to run a Monday Motivation post either until we don't need it anymore or until I'm just so full of it I want to hurl!  Feel free to share your motivational moments with me as well!  It all helps!

The Latest

Woody and the Jeep folk made it up to the cabin yesterday!!!  It wasn't too hard for the jeeps, but Woody doesn't think we'll be able to get our heavy rigs up there any time soon...  Here is the latest and greatest pic!!  There is still quite a bit of snow, even though the jeeps are sitting on top.  There's about 18 inches or so!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Riducu-cheese Baked Penne

Hi, my name is Shae and my current drug of choice is cheese.  Beautiful, glorious cheese. Cheese, cheese, cheese.  Cheese.  Now that it's out there, I have nothing to hide.  I used 5 different cheeses in this recipe.  It originally called for provolone & mozzarella, but all I had on hand was cheddars.  "Cheese, it's all good."  That should be the new cheese motto.  Here is how we roll in The Broken Badger household:

Riducu-cheese Baked Penne

1 lb. penne
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 egg
1 C sour cream
1 C cottage cheese
1/2 C parmesan cheese
1 Tbs dried basil
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
Salt & Pepper to taste
~2 C shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar, mild cheddar & medium white cheddar)
~1/4 C parmesan cheese
(1) 26 oz spaghetti sauce

1)  Preheat oven to 370 degrees
2)  Cook pasta to a very al dente stage, set aside.
3)  Saute onion & garlic, cool.
4)  Mix onion, garlic, egg, sour cream, cottage cheese, 1/4 C parmesan, basil, oregano, parsley, salt & pepper in bowl.
5)  In a oiled 9x9 dish, LAYER: pasta sauce, pasta, cottage cheese mix, shredded cheese - then start over. Continue layering until ingredients gone (3 layers in my case.)  Top with last of parmesan cheese.
6) Bake covered with foil 45 minutes or until hot throughout.

This is one of those super convenient recipes that can take a lot of tweaking.  You can add a pound of meat, you can use various sauces, use whatever cheese you have on hand, use any kind of pasta, and add various vegetables.  Personalize it to whatever works for you!

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Original Tiny Home?

I always think of words that end in ~ette~ as being diminutive:

Cobette (little mini corn cobs from KFC, lol)

In truth, the suffix ~ette~ means:
1.  small.
2.  female.
3.  imitation.

In sticking with the diminutive theme, how about a "Homette"?

Yes, the original tiny home!!!  Before there were Tumbleweeds, before there was Tiny House Nation, or tiny this & that; there was the Homette.  This is where we are living temporarily while we wait for snow to melt and things to dry out.  The supreme irony of it is that our temporary tiny home is about three times the size of The Broken Badger!  

As usual, we are super thankful for having the chance to stay here.  It's pretty cool actually, given the age of this little single wide... some previous owners did some remodeling - vinyl windows, drywall, french doors, a mud room & a deck...makes it exceptionally livable!  I was quite pleasantly surprised!  

It's just a little reminder that you can rework old things to make them usable, instead of throwing them away.  Reduce, recycle, REUSE!  (You know, as an aside... I never thought I would be the kind of person that used that phrase, LOL!)