Aug 6, 2012

Imperfection! (and Baked Ziti)

Oh, imperfection!   Is it really possible to embrace you?

Sometimes I'd just really like to be perfect.  Wouldn't that be nice?  Just once I'd like to be the person who always knows what to say and the person who always does the right thing.  And, even more, the person who is comfortable with her faults.

Ya, that's not me.

The irony of it all is just yesterday I taught a lesson at church about not comparing ourselves to others - hahaha!  It's like the day dawned with the intent of playing a joke on me.  I think the heavens said, "let's test Amy to see if she is going to heed to her own counsel."

And so I've been tested.

Pass or fail?  I'm not sure yet.   There are still hours left in this day.  I do know that at least I'm aware that I'm doing it.  And, I'm thinking a lot about this quote:

"We spend so much time and energy comparing ourselves to others - usually comparing our WEAKNESSES to their STRENGTHS. This drives us to create expectations for ourselves that are impossible to meet. As a result, we never celebrate our good efforts because they seem to be less than what someone else does. God wants us to eventually turn all our weaknesses into strengths. It's ok that you're not quite there yet. Keep working on it, but stop punishing yourself." Dieter f. Uchtdorf

(If you want to read the full message, you can find it here:  Forget Me Not)

So, right now, right this minute, I'm turning a new leaf and I'm embracing my imperfections.  Here's proof, I can admit that I just ate dessert first!  (gasp! Oh no you didn't!)  And, now that I've had my dessert I think I'll share what I'm having for dinner.  You know, just in case you want to compare your dinner to mine.  :)

The Easiest Baked Ziti Ever

8 oz. Package of Ziti Noodles
15 oz. jar of Spaghetti Sauce
8 oz. Ricotta or Cottage Cheese
8 oz. Mozzarella Cheese

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Cook Ziti according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.  Pour a little spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish to cover the bottom.  Place a layer of noodles on top of sauce.  Then cover with a layer of Ricotta (or cottage cheese) and then top that with a layer of mozzarella.  Add another layer of sauce and repeat all the layers.  Next, add another layer of sauce and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes.  Let stand for 5 minutes and then eat and enjoy!

*  This is an easy meal to make in advance.  Just prepare everything as directed and refrigerate until you are ready to bake.

** My kids prefer this over spaghetti and I like it because it's really easy to make.

***  The bracelet shown above is just one of many that will be up in my Etsy shop tomorrow!  The Williams Family Fair is about to make it's debut!