The hubs has completed another trip around the sun this month! Very exciting stuff!!
I asked him what he would like for his birthday dinner. Surprising to me, he asked for lasagna. Lasagna isn’t something I normally make and not something I ever would have guessed he wanted for his special dinner. But hey, the man gets what the man wants, at least on his birthday!
I made him the sickest lasagna I could fit into my casserole dish. The lasagna was a mixture of Italian sausage and ground beef with homemade sauce. Homemade ricotta layers and white pasta (this is special because we don’t usually eat the straight-up stuff). Can you believe that a tub of ricotta costs more than $6? I couldn’t swallow that, so I ended up buying a gallon of milk, at half the cost and made the same amount of ricotta cheese in ten minutes. Bonus – I cooked the lasagna noodles in the leftover whey which made it extra flavorful!
Let me just tell you, the man was over the moon when he saw the lasagna resting in the refrigerator. I’ve never seen the hubs get excited over pasta before, I was tickled pink!
The next day I found some reasons to get him out of the house so I could make his birthday cake. This was something I did not take a request for…I wanted to make him a German Chocolate Cake and have it be a surprise. If you are not familiar with the wonderfulness of a really good German Chocolate Cake, you are missing out!! This one did not disappoint. I made it with six layers of chocolatey cake and gooey coconut pecan frosting. (No Calories there!)
Needless to say I was happy with the gasps of disbelief and man-grunts when the hubs and his brother came in a saw the towering confection.
Dinner was a lovely event, we had a nice leisurely dinner stuffing ourselves with lasagna, garlic bread and brocolli rabe (we needed something healthy) and then really punishing ourselves with slices of cake.
*Unfortunately this dinner was also the hub’s Farewell to Carbs. In an effort to monitor a possible pre-diabetic condition, we have to change his diet to restrict carbohydrate intake and increase his weight loss. Needless to say, this dinner broke all the rules!*