Tasty Tuesday / Lasagna

Who doesn't love Lasagna? In the slightly altered words of Elizabeth Bennet - "I never knew such a person, for they would certainly be a fearsome thing to behold." I couldn't agree more, Lizzy!

I love good Italian food, it is second only to tacos in my mind. It's no surprise that these are the two types of food most associated with my childhood. Lasagna specifically is what I consider soul food. I grew up with my mom making homemade Lasagna pretty regularly so when I got married, asking for the recipe was pretty much a no brainer. Due to the picky nature of my family, I've made a few tweaks over the years to cater it to our specific tastes a little more and it has become the most requested meal and recipe my friends ask me for. Lucky for all who ask, it's incredibly simple!


1-1.5 Large Jars of Pasta Sauce (truth be told I'll buy whatever is on sale most times)
1 Large Bag of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Small container of Cottage Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
1-1.5 lbs of Ground Turkey or Grass Fed Beef (I commonly do a half and half mixture of the two)
1 Package of "Oven Ready" Lasagna Noodles (because I'm real classy)
2 Tablespoons of Italian Seasoning
Teaspoon of Minced Garlic

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook up your ground turkey/beef with Italian Seasoning and Minced Garlic. Drain any grease then sprinkle a very thin layer on the bottom of a 13x9 inch pan. Then layer in order: Noodles, meat, parmesan, cottage cheese, sauce and mozzarella. Continue with the layering until the sauce is on top. Finish off with a thick layer of mozzarella and parmesan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly and noodles are done!


Celebration Giveaway

After taking the summer off from blogging, 
I'm back with a fun giveaway to kick off a new season of life and my blog! 

This summer I've been busy starting my online fitness business and needed to fully pour myself into that, until I was firmly planted in what I was doing! So now that I'm settled in there, I thought it was about time to start blogging again! The past few months I've been able to help, encourage and challenge women to be the best version of themselves they can be, so that they can be better equipped to love their families, communities and live out their individual callings! I'm excited to tie my blog into that new found passion the Lord has placed within my heart.  

With all that being said, we've officially entered my favorite season of the year and it just so happens to be my birthday! To celebrate two of my favorite September events, I'm hosting a little giveaway over on my Instagram that you need to go check out!

Now that we have hit the cozy fall season, we've officially entered into the zone of crazy busy schedules that make it a challenge for even the most disciplined gals to stay on track with their health goals or let's be real, stay on top of washing our hair regularly *top knot forever ladies*.
My giveaway is themed to help ya out with some of that! 

If you win, you'll get all these goodies:
 Shakeology - my favorite superfood shake (one chocolate, one vanilla, and one caffe latte) and my favorite recipe!
Meal prep containers.
Not Your Mother's dry shampoo.
Germ Fighter - my favorite essential oil for the cold and flu season months and my favorite way to use it!
Cute wrap bracelet with one of those cutesy inspiring mottos we all love!

Head over to my Instagram account @emilynmacd for the details!
Good Luck Ya'll!


Lately I've been ever so thankful for

Passion and purpose. / Cooler mornings. / Hot homemade lattes. / Fresh flowers adorning my house. / Fall wreaths and mums that frame my doorstep. / New habits and daily disciplines. / Family date nights. / Surprise parties. / Our church leadership. / Newly strengthened muscles that give me the ability to run. / Time to color with my little girl. / Getting to watch Belle become who she is. / Dancing, celebrating, and laughter among friends. / Late nights gathered around a table with friends. / Changing seasons not just of weather but of life.

Cheers to practicing thankfulness!
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