Veggie Au Gratin

So I saw The Barefoot Contessa cook a recipe today. It was for eggplant au gratin. I had everything in my fridge except the eggplant, but I had some squash and onions. So I decided to do that for dinner.

I didn’t bother looking up the recipe, so the exacts may be a little off. But it was FABULOUS!
(and bonus, I got to use my mandolin to slice all the veggies!)


-1 yellow squash, 1 zucchinni, 1 red onion sliced (I think you could use anything from potatoes, eggplant, any root or squash really…)
-1 egg
-1/2 cup ricotta cheese
-1/4 cup half and half or cream
-1/2 cup parmesean cheese grated
-1/4 cup marinara sauce
-salt and pepper

1. Sautee the veggies till almost done.

2.Mix the egg, ricotta, half and half and HALF of the parmesean.

3. Put a layer of the veggies in the bottom of a baking dish. Spread the marina on this layer. (Barefoot Contessa used individual ramekins for this…but I did one big baking dish. Whatever. I’m a rebel.)

4.Put on the rest of the veggies. Pour the ricotta mixture over it and shake the baking dish to make sure the sauce goes all the way down.

5. Sprinkle with the rest of the parmesean cheese.

6. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned.

ENJOY! Ty really liked this! I hope you do too!

I bought a gift off my own wedding registry!

Well, we got some cash and a check for a gift at a shower. I had told Tyler that I would put it on a Walmart gift card and he could buy “man things” for our home. Well, today I REALLY wanted to make some sweet potato chips, but I couldn’t without a mandolin to evenly cut the potatoes.

So I printed off a 20% coupon and took the cash and headed to Bed Bath and Beyond. I bought a mandolin. http://
But the funny part was, to take it off my registry, I had to have them print it out and everything! So I went in, printed my own registry, and bought something off of it! haha

But I made some sweet potato chips. They are yummy. I have some tweaking to do to the recipe as far as cooking time and technique. Once I get that down, I’ll share it.

My mom is gonna kill me…

But I’m going to show you just one face shot from my bridal portraits. I am so in love with these pictures (which sounds so ego-maniacal because they are all of me! but I am just so excited to be a bride) so here is a sneak peek…Braeden Rogers of Ambient 11 Photography is amazing.

Shower #2…Greenwood Fun

So I had a second shower at Ty’s church today. The weather wasn’t totally on our side (it snowed so much just days ago) so there weren’t as many ladies there as they had planned, but I had so much fun getting to meet some wonderful ladies that are Nancy’s friends, and we had such a great time!

The shower was in this great room in their church gym/fellowship hall. They call it the multipurpose room…but it had awesome stained concrete floors and pretty chandelier lights. Its perfect for a shower.

These are the family ladies that were there: My mom, my cousin Caitlyn (my mini me!), grandma Elle (Nene), Grandma Gloria (Gram), Me, Nancy (FMIL), and Tyler’s cousins Heather and Kelsey. My family drove in from Hot Springs and I’m so glad all these ladies were there with me today!

These were all the hostesses! There are 10 in this picture, but there were 13 total! THIRTEEN! Nancy, Ty’s mom, is very sweet and so popular, so lots of ladies wanted to help. It was wonderful.

This picture is of the most wonderful, magical food ever…these bacon covered, brown sugar glazed little smokies. They were A-MAZ-ING. I ate so many. And it shows up close some of their antique Fiesta ware that they used to hold the food. Since I am starting my Fiesta collection, they all gathered their Fiesta stuff and used it. That yellow bowl holding the amazingness is a family heirloom of one of the hostesses. She said its been passed down. I was so honored that they used all of this stuff for me today.

One lady made these yummy sweet cupcakes with little Ls on them! L for Lee…my soon to be last name!

This picture is a little blurry, but its the food table….look at all those goodies! See the homemade fruit bouquet! One of the ladies made that! It was too pretty to eat! Tons of cookies, cupcakes, bars, dips, cheeseballs, and two yummy types of punch.This was the most wonderful gift today….a KITCHENAID MIXER! It was the gift from all the hostesses, and I couldn’t be more happy! I am so blessed! When I opened it, I said “No way!” and teared up a little bit. I couldn’t believe it!

It was a fantastic day! So wonderful! Next on the wedding fun…bachelorette party in a few weeks! Woohoo!