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Headbands and Lasagna

July 30, 2012

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! The first part of my weekend was pretty good, I had a great 13 mile long run Saturday morning and then frozen yogurt with Chelsey! Sunday, however, was not so awesome. I was pretty sick all day with a fever, and since I still felt awful and had a fever when I went to bed last night, I decided to stay home today. So far I’ve “slept in” (aka until 6:45) and am planning to just rest and recover. And hopefully get some things done that I couldn’t do yesterday!

Have any of you heard of Headbands of Hope? I head of it on another blog, and I cannot for the life of me remember which one! Haha so I apologize for no recognition here! But when I saw it I immediately knew I needed to get one to support the organization!

Jessica Ekstrom is the founder and president of Headbands for Hope and came up with the concept when volunteering for the Make A Wish Foundation her Junior year of college at North Carolina State University.

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As the back of the card says, for each headband purchased, not only is a dollar donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund childhood cancer research, but another headband is given to a girl touched by cancer.

Why headbands?

Many girls fighting childhood cancer lose their hair during their rigorous chemotherapy treatments. Headbands are the perfect way for these girls to keep their feminine identity and have a constant reminder that they’re not alone. 


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I’ve only known a couple women who’ve dealt with cancer but I know the effect that hair loss and the physical strain of medication can have on a person, so having something like cute headbands for these little girls is a great concept to help them feel pretty and re-build their self esteem.

I bought this headband (above) for myself and another for a friend of mine, lol which sending to her is one of my To-Do list items today. (Don’t worry, she doesn’t read my blog, she’ll still be surprised).

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You can shop for headbands on their site here. They have a bunch of different varieties, some with big flowers and bows, others more simple, and the ones I bought were only $8!


In other news, while I was Molly-sitting last weekend I decided to make my brother a Mexican Lasagna to say thank you for a few “good-big-brother” favors he had done for me recently. I found an easy recipe online and only tweaked it a little by using 3 tortillas instead of 5.

First I chopped up the 1 onion and 2 bell peppers and sautéed them in a pan (be sure no Mollys eat the onion pieces! Can you spy Molly in this picture?).

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Then I mixed in a can of black beans with the onions and bell peppers. After that I layered the lasagna, starting with a tortilla, then a layer of veggies, topped with some cheese. I continued this pattern until it was full! The recipe said to use a pie pan, but this was the closest I could find!

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Then I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes! Voila!

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I didn’t get to try it myself (flour tortillas) but I head that Harrison (and Molly…) thoroughly enjoyed the lasagna!

I hope you all have a great start to your week!


Have you ever made a non-traditional lasagna dish?

When was the last time you took a sick day? I am NEVER sick! The last time I took one was when I got the Swine Flu in college!

42 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2012 7:24 am

    Wow I am making that dish. Holy deliciousness. I love the idea of headbands, I think the message is spot on and for a great cause.

  2. July 30, 2012 8:16 am

    Those headbands are cute, and it’s such a good cause! I’ll have to look at the website.

  3. July 30, 2012 8:27 am

    Those headbands are so cute!!! I want one!!

    I hope you had a fantastic weekend!! 🙂

  4. July 30, 2012 8:32 am

    Oh no! I hope you feel better! Being sick is never fun. Rest up, drink lots of fluids, and take your vitamins. 😉

    I love the idea behind the headbands! They are adorable too!

  5. July 30, 2012 9:21 am

    Cuuuuute headbands! What a fabulous idea.

    That dish looks PHENOMENAL. Yum!

  6. July 30, 2012 9:45 am

    Oh man, bummer about not feeling well 😦 I haven’t really taken a sick day since high school. I got sick at the very beginning of my second semester of sophomore year of college, but I didn’t want to skip the second day of my classes, so I went anyway…ugh. Awful. Then I got sick over spring break when I was on a mission trip this past year, so I guess I kind of took a “sick day” from our scheduled activities, but I don’t know if that really counts haha. Hope you start feeling better super soon!

    That lasagna looks amazing!! I loooove Mexican lasagna (and regular lasagna 😉 )

  7. July 30, 2012 10:38 am

    I hope you are feeling better! I usually don’t take many sick days, but I did recently. I knew I was leaving my school district for another, and I wanted to use up all my days while I still could. I felt a smidge bad about it, but they give you sick days for a reason and they are yours to take.*

  8. July 30, 2012 11:22 am

    Yes. I recently made a lasagna with chicken and spinach and white cheese and I like to make a chicken enchilada casserole. Kind of like your Mexican lasagna. Tortillas, red enchilada sauce, black beans, chicken, onion, corn, etc. (You can do WHATEVER you want!).

  9. July 30, 2012 12:01 pm

    First, great job on that run earlier on the weekend… that is a heck of a distance! But mehhh I am sorry to hear you are sick lady, not fun at all 😦 I hope you are feeling better by now! That lasagna dish looks great! I have never tried making even a regular lasagna, but I want to, it’s a welcome dish in my Italian family 🙂

    • July 30, 2012 7:21 pm

      Definitely feeling better this evening, thanks! Haha and I’ve never made regular lasagna either!

  10. July 30, 2012 1:24 pm

    Hope you feel better, Katie! I think you made a good decision to stay home!

  11. July 30, 2012 1:31 pm

    Wow, that dish looks really cool! I’ll have to make it 🙂 I also have this recipe bookmarked for “skillet lasagna” that I really want to try. Maybe I’ll have a head-to-head nontraditional lasagna competition haha.

  12. July 30, 2012 2:33 pm

    Ooooh MExican Lasagna sounds SO good! We love Mexican, so this would be perfect for us 🙂

    HOPE you feel better soon!!!!

  13. July 30, 2012 2:45 pm

    That looks so yummy and those headbands are amazing.. I am going to have to buy one now!

  14. melissaontherun permalink
    July 30, 2012 8:44 pm

    Holy moly that lasagna looks to die for Katie!!! Hope you’re feeling better 🙂

  15. July 30, 2012 9:00 pm

    Hope you feel better soon!!

  16. Anna Lynn permalink
    July 30, 2012 9:01 pm

    Hope you feel better! Being sick is the worst. I’m never sick either…I think the last time I was seriously ill (like enough to miss work) was nearly 3 years ago! Rest up!

    P.S. that lasagna looks perfect. I’ve made something similar but this version seems way lighter/healthier! I’ll have to give it a try!

    • July 31, 2012 7:45 am

      It was definitely a pretty healthy version! Especially since I used fewer tortillas than it called for

  17. July 30, 2012 10:32 pm

    Just wrote down that recipe. Looks so good! Love how it’s not full of beef & spagetti sauce 🙂 I may add in some shredded chicken though. I’m sorry about you being sick girl. I hope your starting to feel better. You poor thing!!

  18. Emily permalink
    July 31, 2012 12:13 am

    I’m sorry that you’ve been under the weather! Hopefully you’ll get better soon. (:
    And the recipe looks delicious- you’re such a sweet sister!

  19. July 31, 2012 3:23 am

    The Lasagna looks amazing! That was a brilliant way to cook it.
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  20. July 31, 2012 8:27 am

    the best lasagna i’ve ever had is the engine 2 raise the roof sweet potato lasagna. you should really look it up and try it. soo good!

  21. July 31, 2012 2:36 pm

    Those headbands are cute and for such a good cause!

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