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Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca Bake

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Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca Bake | A Big Mouthful

It was one of those weekends I had a lot to get done. Working full-time during the week, weekends are time for my “other jobs”, i.e. freelance writing, blogging, cooking, cleaning and trying to be a decent friend, wife and family member.

Turns out, I can’t do it all. Inevitably, I only achieve half of what I need to cram into the two short days I’m not in the office. It comes down to a choice. Sometimes, I choose to spend quality time catching up with a dear friend, like I did Friday. Or saying screw my to-do list and watching garbage TV for three hours, completely zoned out, i.e. Saturday. I consider it a win that I managed to clean the kitchen, do some laundry and have a nice dinner with my brother. Today was best spent with my mom, aunt and Oma over a long lunch.

No, I did not get everything done I needed to. Yes, I feel a little guilty about it. But what I don’t feel bad about is sometimes pushing everything I HAVE to do to the side and doing things I WANT to do. It’s a tricky battle in my head, but I’m trying to be better about making my weekends more focused on me time and spending time with those I love rather than always working. Balance is coming, slowly.

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Italian Sausage Lasagna (No Boil Noodles)

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I have a love/hate relationship with lasagna.

I feel the need to diagram this for you.  Bear with me.

LASAGNA LOVE / LASAGNA HATE

Feeds a crowd / Always too much leftovers
Easy to transport / Can be slightly boring, typical, and average
Cheese + pasta = good / Fattening, not usually much nutritional value

Despite my lasagna ambivalence, somehow it always ends up being what I make when I want to bring a comforting dinner to someone. Read More »