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Classic Beef Lasagna

It doesn't matter what time of year it is, lasagna is always good.  You can have it in July when it's 95 degrees out.  Trust me :)

A good classic lasagna is a great recipe to have at the ready.  I have been making this recipe for so many years that I have it memorized.  I've shared it before, but I've tweaked it a tiny bit, plus it deserved a better picture.  Again!  It really is my favorite lasagna, and quite possibly one of my favorite meals to make.  

I remember it's actually the first meal I made in our house when we bought it in 2007.  I distinctly remember that as it was baking in the oven I was heating some water in a tea kettle on the stove.  The door rang and I could not get the person to leave me alone and just go.  Even as the kettle was whistling.  Sadly, that ruined my rarely used, and never sense again used, tea kettle.  Sigh.  Maybe that's why I don't drink hot tea?! 

That was a random weekday, and now I just don't have time to make lasagna …

Snow Cone Cupcakes

Summer and icy-cold desserts are synonymous.  Ice cream of course, but the humble snow cone reminds me the most of summer.  I'll eat ice cream year-round, and while there's nothing wrong with eating a snow cone in January, it's not my first thought.  Plus, I'll also always remember my brother and I selling snow cones at our neighborhood garage sales growing up.  Yes, our uncle let us borrow his OLD snow cone machine, and we bought syrup from goodness only knows where - I was like 6-years-old so I don't remember!

Craving snow cones, and trying to come up with a cute way to decorate cupcakes for 4th of July, I put the two together.  As much as I wanted a snow cone, they're not the easiest to make and transport for 50+ people.  But, I figured the dome top of a cupcake was similar to the top of a scoop of shaved ice, so why couldn't a cupcake look like a snow cone?!  How perfect are these for any summer occasion?  Like 4th of July, birthdays, Labor Day, or eve…

Cold Brew Sweet Tea

Happy 4th of July!  Without a doubt, it's always hot on 4th of July, which is fine because for us at least there's always a pool nearby.  But, sometimes even a pool on a hot day isn't refreshing enough and you need something to refresh you internally.  Sure, beer does the trick at the moment, but that doesn't last long.  However, a nice cold sweet tea, that will refresh you!

As with most things, sweet tea is subjective.  Not sweet enough, too sweet?  It may take a while to get to that just right.  I personally like mine "medium sweet" which is how I describe it.  Not overly sweet (obviously I'm not from the south), but there has to be some sweetness.  I like making my sweet tea with simple syrup, I find it much easier to taste test the level of sweetness.  Plus, I prefer to cold brew, and just throwing some sugar in there doesn't really dissolve and sweeten the whole pitcher!

At first I thought it was silly to share a recipe for sweet tea, but then …

St. Louis Style Pizza (Thin and Crusty Pizza)

Pizza crust is a very personal thing.  Thin, thick, pan, deep-dish, etc.  You love what you love.  I'm a St. Louisan - I love THIN crust pizza.  Like, cracker thin!  I've tried a few different thin crust recipes, and since they're pizza they're enjoyable, but when I saw this recipe on Cook's Country while watching some old videos I knew I needed to try it immediately.  Made it a few days later and it was fantastic.  This is definitely my new go-to cracker thin pizza crust recipe.

What I loved best about this recipe is that it was so simple.  A handful of ingredients, no advance prep needed, no unique ingredients, simple.  Literally anyone that can combine a few ingredients together could make this recipe.  And because you don't need to prep it in advance, you could make the dough, sauce, top it and bake the pizza on many given weeknights!  A huge win for our house!

St. Louis Style Pizza (Thin and Crusty Pizza)
Ingredients for two 12-inch pizzas
Sauce-8 oz. tomat…