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In this issue...

  • Spring Forward
  • Reading in 2019
  • Did You Know?
  • Lent
  • Restaurants Closing
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Real Estate News
Spring Forward
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I used to get so sad when it was time to Spring Forward because I would lose an hour of sleep. Since I had kids I never get to sleep in, so it matters less :) I am excited this year because it means Spring is coming and it will be lighter at night. This year I am more excited than usual. Maybe it's because of all the rain? I can't wait to spend more time outside enjoying the sunshine.

Remember that the clocks Spring Forward on Sunday March 10th at 2:00am. Don't forget to change your clocks....

WELCOME SPRING!
Reading in 2019
I am always looking for great books to read. There are lots of lists out there that I check, NY Times, Oprah, etc). Ever since Reese Witherspoon recommended Big Little Lies to her book club, I knew that was a list I could trust! I loved the book and the HBO Series that followed. Her March recommendation is Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. She followed it up by saying they are going to turn it into a TV show.! I am definitely going to order this book. I hope it's great!

 Did you know?
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I read on a blog that "Cleaning for two hours burns 200 calories."

If that is true, I will soon be the most fit person in the world. I am cleaning up after three growing boys ALL THE TIME ;)

Lent
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I can never decide what to give up for Lent. In the past I have given up chocolate, alcohol, etc. This year a few people I know are giving up social media and I really considered that one. Then a friend gave me the idea to give away one thing every day of Lent (so I need to find 40 things in my house to give away). Our house is full of things we don't need so this will be a great exercise in giving to others and de-cluttering!
Restaurants Closing
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MOMO's in Walnut Creek is closing. I love the location in San Francisco, but had not yet been to the one in Walnut Creek. I kept meaning to go, but never made it. I wonder if that is the case for a lot of people? This is the second Giant's theme restaurant in that exact location that has closed (McCovey's was the previous proprietor). Hopefully the next tenant will have better luck :(

Recipe of the Month
Why is it always so hard to think of things to make for breakfast? I am always looking for recipes that are easy to make for a group because feeding three boys and my husband feels like feeding an army ;) We love lasagna for dinner so I am hoping the breakfast version will be a hit!
Spicy Brunch Lasagna

Prep: 40 minutes
Chill: 8 hours
Bake: 1 hour
Stand: 30 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients
  • 1 & 1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 - 24 oz cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup snipped green chives
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded carrot
  • 18 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 - 14 ounce purchased Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 8 oven-ready lasagna noodles
  • 4-cups frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook sausage until browned. Drain off fat; set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine cottage cheese, chives, green onions and carrots; set aside.

  • In a very large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; pour in egg mixture. Cook over medium heat, without stirring, until mixture begins to set on the bottom and around the edges. With a spatula or a large spoon, lift and fold the partially cooked egg mixture so that the uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until egg mixture is cooked through, but is still glossy and moist. Immediately remove from heat.

  • In a small bowl, combine the Alfredo sauce and Italian seasoning. Spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce mixture over the bottom of a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Layer half of the lasagna noodles in the dish, overlapping as necessary. Top with half of the remaining sauce, half of the cottage cheese mixture, half the hash browns, half of the scrambled egg mixture and half of the sausage mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Repeat layers.

  • Cover dish tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

  • Remove from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. Remove plastic wrap and cover dish with foil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes more or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting into portions.

Make-Ahead Tip
Prepare as directed. Cover dish tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Real Estate News
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5 Household Items to Get Rid of Immediately
I came across an article in Real Simple about items in our house we should get rid of immediately. I admit I didn't know some of these (I need to replace my pillows right away!) Check out these tips:

Kitchen Sponges - Replace at least once a week (this one I knew)

Bed Pillows - Replace every 6 months (I need to replace mine STAT)

Shower Loofah - Replace every 2 months (good reminder)

Built in Refrigerator Water Filter - Check the guidelines for your model, but for most brands it is about 6 months. (Hmmm I need to check my manual)

Food Storage Containers - Throw away old plastic containers and invest in BPA free options
(I need to go through this cabinet anyway)

If you have topics about our local East Bay scene that you would like to see covered in Beyond the Fence, please send me an email at janel@pelositeam.com and I'll do my best to include your suggestions. 
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