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Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring

Make this Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring for less than $20 and with just a few simple supplies!

Today I’ve joined a talented group of bloggers, and we are sharing 28 pretty spring wreaths with you!  Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing.  Make sure to check out all the wreath tutorials in the links at the bottom of this post!  xo

I seem to have a theme going on this early spring.  I’m all about plants…plants, succulents and cacti everywhere!  And this Simple Succulent Wreath is just an extension of that.  In case you missed my previous spring decorating posts, hop on over to see my Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti, and my Spring Living Room.  I also shared a quick DIY on How To Grow Plants from Cuttings.  All this talk about plants must mean that I’m craving spring big time!

Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring

So naturally, when I decided to make a spring wreath, it had to have a plant theme. And when I found these pretty succulents in cheery colours at Michaels, I knew that they would be just perfect for my spring wreath.  This wreath is a lot like the wreath I made in the fall…I loved the simplicity of that wreath so much, I wanted something similar for spring.

Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring

This wreath is so simple to make. Honestly, it took me less than 15 minutes to create it, but that’s exactly what I wanted.  I wanted a wreath to hang in my living room that would quietly complement the rest of my decor.  I already have quite a bit going on in my Spring Living Room, so I didn’t want anything to compete with all the colours and patterns I added.  Instead, I wanted something to just blend in nicely.  So I came up with this simple succulent wreath.

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How to Make a Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring

This wreath took about 15 minutes to make, and cost less than $20!

  • The succulents and wooden wreath base are from Michaels
  • First I secured the succulents to the wreath base with some floral wire.
  • Then I used a hot glue gun to really secure the succulents to the base.
  • And to finish it off, I added a pretty ribbon for hanging.
  • That’s it!  So simple.

Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring

I really love how it turned out.  I love the colours, the simple lines…so pretty.

Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring

Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring

Once my wreath was completed, I hung it on an old wooden window frame, and put it up on my mantel.

Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring

So pretty.

Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring

I love how it blends in nicely with all of my spring living room decor.  It complements all the colours and patterns of my pillows and throws.

Spring in the Living Room

Such a simple wreath to welcome spring!  It doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful.

More Spring Wreaths to Make:

Make sure to take a tour to check out all these pretty spring wreaths!  I hope you’ll be inspired to make a spring wreath for your own space.  Happy Spring!

Succulent & Peony Simple DIY Spring Wreath at The Happy Housie
Dollar Store Spring Wreath at Craftberry Bush
Lambs Ear & Blush Spring Wreath at Bless’er House
Elegant Peony & Eucalyptus Spring Wreath at Inspiration for Moms

Spring Fern & Eucalyptus Wreath at Zevy Joy
Boxwood and Bicycle Spring Wreath at The Turquoise Home
DIY Modern Floral Wreath at Lolly Jane
Oversized Spring Succulent Wreath at My Sweet Savannah

Five Minute Eucalyptus Wreath at Amber Tysl
Earthy & Elegant Spring Wreath at Willow Street Interiors
Mini Rosemary Wreaths for a Spring Table at Satori Design for Living
Spring Hydrangea Wreath at Confessions of a Serial DIYer

Branch and Vine Spring Wreath at Town and Country Living
Spring Hoop Wreath with Lemons at Modern Glam Home
Spring Wreath Ideas at Hallstrom Home
Spring Woodland Wreath at Deeply Southern Home

Dollar Store Easter Egg Wreath at The DIY Mommy
Spring Moss Covered Wreath at Tauni Everett
Easy 15 Minute Marshmallow Peeps Wreath at Heathered Nest
Pastel Colours M&M Wreath at Paint Me Pink

How to Make a Paper Flower Wreath at Happy Happy Nester
Spring Floral Hoop Wreath at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Hanging State Sign at Taryn Whiteaker Designs
Book Page Butterfly Wreath at Life is a Party

Spring Basket Wreath at Clean & Scentsible
Simple Succulent Wreath at A Pretty Life
DIY Paper Flower Wreath at My 100 Year Old Home
Spring Plaid Carrot Layered Wreath at Tatertots and Jello

Have an inspired day!

How to Propagate Spider Plants

If you’re looking to increase your houseplant collection, this is the easiest way to do it!  I’m going to show you How To Propagate Spider Plants!

Spider plants are seeing a resurgence in popularity and I’m loving it. I grew up a kid in the 70’s and 80’s when spider plants were all the rage.  My mom grew them and hung them from macrame plant hangers she made…oh man, if only I’d had the foresight to keep those treasures…who knew how popular macrame would become again!

How To Propagate Spider Plants

While I don’t think I’m going to be hanging plants from my ceilings any time soon, I am loving having green life in my home again.  Plants make a home feel alive…and after the loooooongest winter ever, this is a really really good feeling.

How To Propagate Spider Plants

What I’m really enjoying right now is rooting and growing new plants from shoots. I love being able to increase my plant collection with plants that I already have at home…or with little shoots that I snip off from my family and friends plants…watch out if I come over with a pair of scissors 😉

How To Propagate Spider Plants

It’s just SO EASY to grow new plants and not have to do it from seed.  A while back I shared how simple it is to root plant cuttings in water, and today I’m sharing the most simple method ever, for growing spider plant babies.

How to Propagate Spider Plants:

  • There are 3 ways to propagate spider plants:

    1. You can cut the spider babies (spiderettes) off the mother plant and root them in water.  Refer to my blog post here for instructions on how to do that.
    2. Propagating spider plants in soil is the easiest and most tolerated method for little plants.  You can leave the spider babies attached to the mother plant, and simply place the babies in soil.
    3. Or you can snip off the spider babies and place them in new pots of soil, like I have done here.

Propagating Spider Plants in Soil:

Snip off the spiderette from the mother plant.  I snip the stem off as close to the spiderette as possible.  Then, if you look closely at the bottom of the spiderette you will see little knobs or roots.  Simply place the spiderette onto a pot of soil, and gently press it in so that the little roots are covered by soil.  That’s it.  You’ve propagated a spider plant!  Now all you have to do is wait and watch a new spider plant grow.

Tips for Growing New Spider Plants:

  • Use a cloche to house your new plant as it roots and grows…it acts like a mini greenhouse, offering moisture and protection for the little spiderettes.
  • You should start to see good roots in 7-10 days.
  • Keep the soil moist but not wet.

How To Propagate Spider Plants!

This particular planting that I created is actually 2 spider babies, and they’re about 1 week old and have doubled in size already!  I’ll come back here in a few months time and update this post again with a new picture of my growing spider plant, so you can see how it’s grown over time!

How To Propagate Spider Plants!

More Plant and Gardening Tips:

Happy growing!

12+ Delicious Pie Recipes

Craving pie?  I’ve got you covered with these 12+ Delicious Pie Recipes.

If you love pie then you’re in for a treat today!  I’m sharing so many delicious sweet and savory pie recipes.  Everything from classics like pumpkin, blueberry, apple and pecan pie, to galettes, to chicken pot pie, mincemeat pie and more!

SWEET PIE RECIPES

Summer Peach Pie

This Summer Peach Pie is a perfect dessert!  The crust is tender and flaky, and the filling sweet and full of delicious peach flavour.

Summer Peach Pie

Classic Blueberry Pie

This Blueberry Pie is the perfect summer dessert…or really any time of year dessert!  It’s delicious served slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Classic Blueberry Pie

Apple Crumble Pie

The cinnamon oat crumble topping on this Apple Crumble Pie is a delicious twist to classic apple pie!

Apple Crumble Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie Tarts

These Chocolate Pecan Pie Tarts are a delicious take on classic pecan pie.  With a flaky pie crust, and chocolate and pecans in every bite.  YUM.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Tarts

Pumpkin Pie

A Classic Pumpkin Pie recipe.  Creamy, rich and full of delicious pumpkin & pumpkin spice flavours. Serve with whipped cream.

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie

A rich and delicious Pecan Pie recipe.  Loaded with pecans and creamy caramel filling.  Excellent served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  A holiday showstopper pie.

Pecan Pie

Raspberry Galette

This Raspberry Galette is a simple and delicious dessert idea!  Use a pre-made puff pastry crust to save time. So good.

Raspberry Galette

The Best Apple Pie

This really is The Best Apple Pie.  The crust is tender and flaky, and the filling perfectly apple-y!

The Best Apple Pie

Rustic Free-Form Strawberry Pie (Galette)

This Rustic Free-Form Strawberry Pie is the easiest dessert to prepare!  Made with a pre-made puff pastry crust and a simple fresh strawberry filling.

Strawberry Galette

Strawberry, Rhubarb and Apple Galette

This Strawberry, Rhubarb and Apple Galette is an easy and delicious dessert recipe can be on your table in under one hour.  All you need is a pre-made frozen puff pastry crust and some seasonal fruit.

Strawberry Rhubarb and Apple Galette

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is tangy and sweet and oh so good!  Classic and delicious.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Saskatoon Berry Pie

This Saskatoon Berry Pie tastes like summer!  Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Saskatoon Berry Pie

Saskatoon Berry Galette

This Saskatoon Berry Galette is a delicious dessert idea that uses a really great baking shortcut!  A great way to use up these delicious summer berries.

Saskatoon Berry Galette

Saskatoon Berry Butter Tarts

These Saskatoon Berry Butter Tarts are a delicious twist on the classic Canadian treat, butter tarts.

Saskatoon Berry Butter Tarts

Valentine’s Day Cherry Pie

Make this sweet Cherry Pie for Valentine’s Day, or for your love any time of year! The easy to create crust is made with mini heart cookie cutters. But the secret to this pie is store bought cherry pie filling.  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Valentine's Day Cherry Pie

Rhubarb Galette (Rustic Rhubarb Pie)

This Rhubarb Galette is tangy and sweet and oh so good!  Classic and delicious.  A great way to use up the bounty of spring rhubarb.

Rhubarb Galette

Peach Apricot Pie

Peaches and apricots are a perfect pair in this Peach Apricot Pie.  So delicious.

Peach Apricot Pie

Mincemeat Pie

This Mincemeat Pie is the perfect Christmas dessert!  Serve it up warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream…delicious!

Mincemeat Pie

SAVORY PIE RECIPES

Chicken Pot Pie

This Chicken Pot Pie is the stuff comfort is made of.  Warm, hearty, healthy and deeeeelicious!

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

This Turkey Pot Pie is a delicious way to use up your turkey leftovers.  Don’t be intimidated by the top crust, it’s easy to make.  Or you can just use a standard pie crust too.  Either way, this dish is dee-lish!

Turkey Pot Pie

Have a delicious day!

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

Decorate for Spring in the Living Room!  Simple ways to add some seasonal spring cheer to your home.

Hello friends!  This week I’ve joined 37 blogger friends as we come together to share our homes all decorated for spring!  These tours are part of the Seasonal Simplicity Spring Series hosted by Krista of The Happy Housie.  In case you missed my first two posts in this spring series, you can read find them here –> How to Grow Plants from Cuttings, and my Simple Spring Vignette.  Be sure to visit all the spring home tours in the links at the bottom of this post.

If you’re coming over from Jennifer’s home at Town and Country Living, welcome!  Today, as part of this tour, I’m sharing my living room all decorated for spring…or early spring…or wishing it was spring.  At any rate, it’s spring inside!

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

I decided to decorate my home for spring in stages this year.  This is my early spring decorating with colours that are a little more rich than you might think of for spring. I was really drawn to these dark, yet vibrant colours, because the truth of the matter is, we still have about 2 feet of snow outside.  And I just wasn’t in the mood to pull out all the bright pastel colours.

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

I also wanted spring decor that could easily transition from winter to spring…so still bright and cheery, but not full on spring, know what I mean?  I think I’ll really spring things up when I bring out my Easter decorations, but that won’t be for a couple more weeks.

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

The inspiration for my spring living room came from these vibrant floral pillows that I found at Chapters.  I was drawn to the bright pattern and velvet fabric…I just knew they would look perfect on our velvet couches.

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

And because I can’t stop at two pillows, I added more.  I found the 2 green floral pillows and 2 velvet rose coloured pillows at H&M, in their home section.  Who knew H&M had a home section?!  They had so many beautiful pieces that were very reasonably priced.  It took everything in me not to buy all. the. pillows.

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

Gorgeous.  I love pairing patterns with patterns and more patterns.  I think as long as the colours compliment each other, it works.

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

I also added a couple new throws to compliment everything…but also because every couch needs throw blankets!

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

Then I finished off my decorating with some plant life.  It’s been years since I had live plants in my home.  Can you believe that?!  Years. That’s actually ridiculous. I used to have a house full of plants, but then I had babies, then toddlers and puppies, and I got rid of them all…not the kids or puppy, the plants!  😉  But now my babies are all grown up enough to leave them alone so I’ve slowly started to bring in some plants, and I love it!  Nothing fancy yet, just a few air plants, succulents and cacti.  I even decorated an entire spring vignette with cacti!

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

Now there’s nothing left to do but sit back on my cozy pillow laden couches and sip tea until actual spring arrives.  I can’t wait.

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

Thank you so much for touring my living room!  I hope you feel inspired to add some touches of spring to your own living space.

Spring in the Living Room: Simple Decorating

More Spring Home Tours:

Next up on this Seasonal Simplicity Spring Home Tour is Rhonda of Hallstrom Home, so make sure to check out her beautiful spring space!  Then hop on over to all of the other pretty spring homes, in the links below.  It’s so fun to see so many different and beautiful styles.

Jenna Kate at Home // Sincerely, Marie Designs // Town and Country Living
A Pretty Life // Hallstrom Home

House by Hoff // Tauni Everett // The DIY Mommy // Clean & Scentsible // Rambling Renovators


The Happy Housie // The Turquoise Home
Amber Tysl // Inspiration for Moms // Lemon Thistle

Southern State of Mind // Modern Glam
Taryn Whiteaker // A Burst of Beautiful // My Sweet Savannah

Shades of Blue Interiors // Finding Silver Pennies // Life is a Party // Bless’er House

Summer Adams// Tatertots and Jello // Paint Me Pink // This is Our Bliss

Home Made Lovely // So Much Better With Age // Maison de Cinq
Craftberry Bush // Rooms FOR Rent

Maison de Pax // Zevy Joy // Place of My Taste // Deeply Southern Home // Kim Power Style

Have an inspired day!

The Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

This is the Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake!  A rich, chocolatey chocolate cake smothered in a gooey coconut, pecan caramel frosting.  A showstopper dessert!

Oh my, this cake.  It’s a dream.  German Chocolate Cake has to be one of my most favourite cakes of all time. I have such nice memories of when my mom would sometimes make this cake for my birthday as a kid.  That delicious coconut pecan caramel frosting with chocolate cake…it’s stuck with me forever.

The Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

You may remember a while back that I shared a recipe for a more subtle German Chocolate Cake, as part of my review of the Bundt Cake Bliss cookbook.  While I liked that cake, I didn’t love that it wasn’t more rich in chocolate flavour.  I have come to learn since then, that German Chocolate Cakes are supposed to have a lightly flavoured chocolate cake as the base.  BUT, I need more chocolate. Rich.  Delicious.  Chocolate.  So I made my own version…this one with my favourite chocolate cake recipe.  I’ve been wanting to make this cake forever.

The Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

The rich chocolate flavour in this cake is a dream with the coconut pecan caramel frosting…especially with the frosting layered inside the cake and smothered all over the top.  Yum.

The Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

I made this cake as a Bundt cake because I love Bundt cakes so much.  I love the pretty pans, the shape the cakes come out, and that they just look and feel special.  Even though you can’t see the pretty definition of this particular chocolate cake because you’re smothering it in frosting…it’s still a nice shape for a German Chocolate Cake.  But as you can see without the frosting it really is a gorgeous cake.

The Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

Beautiful, right?  And yummy.

The Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

The Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

This cake really is a showstopper.  And so good served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Oh, and I should also tell you that this cake is even better served the day after you make it…the chocolate cake seems to get more moist and rich in chocolate flavour.  For real.

The Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

The Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake

Delicious!  I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as we do!

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The Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake

Description

This is the Most Chocolatey German Chocolate Cake!  A rich, chocolatey chocolate cake smothered in a gooey coconut, pecan caramel frosting.  A showstopper dessert!


Ingredients

Chocolate Bundt Cake:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup Balkan style yogurt (6%), or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup strong coffee (warm or cool, NOT hot)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Coconut Pecan Frosting:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks (slightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Chocolate Bundt Cake

  1. Prepare your Bundt pan by spraying the inside of the pan with a baking spray containing flour (you can find this spray in the baking aisle at your grocery store). This step is so important if you want your cake to slide out of the pan! Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, eggs, vanilla, coffee and vegetable oil.
  4. Add the egg mixture to dry ingredients, and mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour your batter into your prepared Bundt pan. Gently tap the pan on the countertop a few times to remove air bubbles.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  7. When done, let the cake cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before removing the cake.
  8. Once your cake has cooled, place a serving plate over the top of the cake, then holding the plate tightly to the pan, invert the cake over and the cake should slide out onto the plate.  Gently remove the pan.

Coconut Pecan Frosting:

  1. To prepare the frosting, whisk together the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla until creamy and smooth.
  2. Then in a saucepan over medium heat, whisk until the mixture is thickened. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes.  The mixture should have the consistency of softly thickened caramel…it shouldn’t be too thick.  **Make sure to whisk the mixture constantly so the eggs don’t scramble.  It’s very important that you do this!  Constant whisking until thickened!**
  3. Once the mixture is thickened, stir in the coconut and chopped pecans.
  4. Cool until the frosting is thick enough to spread.

Putting the cake together:

  1. When the cake is cool, slice it horizontally with a serrated knife. Aim a little higher than half way up. See the pictures above for guidance.
  2. Using 2 hands (you can even get someone to help you), place the top half of the cake onto a plate.
  3. Spread 1/3 (or more if you want a lot of frosting in the middle) of the frosting on the bottom half and place the top half back on the frosted cake.
  4. Spread the remaining 2/3 of the frosting on top.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

The frosting recipe is from the cookbook, Bundt Cake Bliss by Susanna Short

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In case you are interested in the Bundt pan or any other items I used in the making of this cake recipe, here are the links to where you can find them.  Please note that these are affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of the links in this post, I receive a small commission, but at no cost to you!  Thank you for supporting ‘A Pretty Life’, and helping to make it possible!  xo

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Bundt Cake recipes and Bundt Cake baking tips & tricks

Have a delicious day!

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

A Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe with a creamy white cheese sauce, lean and delicious ground turkey, fresh spinach and lasagna noodles.  Quick and tasty!

I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe, and was compensated for my time, but the recipe, pictures, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.  We really love turkey.

I know how challenging it can feel to deal with every day meal planning.  Creating healthy options for meals 3 times a day is hard!  But with a little planning, batch cooking and healthy meal ideas, it doesn’t have to feel so daunting.  One of my main goals here on my blog is to help you with the everyday tasks of meal planning.  What to make for dinner?  Is it quick?  Is it healthy?  Will my family enjoy it?  These are all important things I hope that I can help you with.  That’s why I love to share recipes like this Creamy White Turkey Lasagna.  A simple and delicious meal idea for your family.

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

One of the things I find most challenging about meal making, is offering a variety of different meals to my family.  It’s easy to get into a dinner routine with the same rotation of 5 or so dishes.  I really want to offer more of a variety of recipes, but with ingredients that I  know my kids will still love.  And that’s why I love turkey so much.

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

Turkey is such a versatile ingredient that is easily substituted into almost any dinner recipe.  I often use it in place of other meats as a way to make the dish a little lighter and more lean.  Substituting with turkey is an easy way to keep things tasty and exciting…it’s like giving your favourite meal a makeover!  I especially like to use ground turkey, because it has such a nice mild flavour that really pairs well with anything. It’s great in chili, soups, meatballs, tacos, spaghetti sauce and lasagna!

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

This lasagna is a perfect example of a meal makeover.  We love lasagna in our home, but I wanted to try a different kind of lasagna, which was still made with ingredients we love.  So I combined 2 of my favourite recipes, one for classic lasagna and the other, a creamy pasta bake, and the result was this Creamy White Turkey Lasagna.

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

With layers of creamy cheese sauce, delicious ground turkey, chopped fresh spinach, ricotta cheese and lasagna noodles.  SO much deliciousness in one dish.

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

And after about 45 minutes in the oven, dinner is ready!

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

I served this up one night when my parents were visiting, and between them and our family of 5, we devoured this lasagna.  I was definitely a winner winner turkey dinner.

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

Simple and tasty.

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

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Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe

Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

A Creamy White Turkey Lasagna Recipe with a creamy white cheese sauce, lean and delicious ground turkey, fresh spinach and lasagna noodles.  Quick and tasty!


Ingredients

Turkey Mixture:

  • 1 – 454 g package of ground turkey (makes about 2 cups cooked turkey)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste

Creamy White Cheese Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded white cheese (I used a mix blend of Italian cheeses: provolone, mozzarella, parmesan, asiago and romano)
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan

Lasagna Additions:

  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 6 lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup mixed white shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Use a 9 x 13 baking dish for this lasagna.

Making the Turkey Mixture and Preparing the Noodles:

  1. Brown the ground turkey with the minced onions and garlic.  Drain, and set aside.
  2. While the turkey is cooking, boil the lasagna noodles until they are al dente.

Making the Creamy White Cheese Sauce:

  1. In a heavy pot melt the butter over low-medium heat.
  2. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour until it is fully combined.
  3. Whisk in the whole milk, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens.
  4. Stir in the dry mustard.
  5. Add the shredded cheeses, and stir constantly until the cheese has melted. Set aside.

Putting it all together:

  1. Mix together the cooked ground turkey mixture and the creamy cheese sauce.
  2. Now layer the ingredients as follows:
    • In your 9 x 13 baking dish, add 1/2 of the turkey/cheese mixture
    • Then lay out 3 noodles.
    • Spread the Ricotta cheese over the noodles.
    • Sprinkle on the chopped spinach.
    • Lay out the remaining 3 lasagna noodles.
    • Spread on the remainder of the turkey/cheese mixture
    • Then sprinkle on the 1 cup of grated mixed white shredded cheese
  3. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and lightly golden brown.
  4. Let rest for 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy!

5 Reasons to Make Over Everyday Meals with Turkey!

Kick off great habits in the kitchen by making over everyday favourites using turkey as a key ingredient. Turkey is a whole, nutrient-rich food (meaning it has a lot of nutrients per calorie), and fits into an overall high-quality diet that’s good for you without compromising on flavour or taste! Swap turkey for any protein in all of your favourite recipes and instantly make a leaner, healthier choice. Here’s why you can feel great adding turkey to all your meals and snacks:

1. Canadian turkey is a lean source of high quality protein. Eating enough protein at each meal provides you with long-lasting energy so you can stay satisfied between meals.

2. White turkey cuts are a low fat, extra-lean choice with just 3 grams of fat per 100- gram serving.

3. Dark cuts are lean too, with just 8 grams of fat per 100-gram serving. Plus, dark turkey cuts provide even more iron and zinc (which are key in keeping us healthy during cold and flu season).

4. Turkey is nutrient-rich, packed with protein, vitamins and minerals that we need for good health.

5. All fresh cuts of turkey are naturally low in sodium. And because turkey is super tasty, you don’t need salty marinades to enhance the flavour.

More Delicious Turkey Recipes to Try:

Canadian Turkey Recipes, Tips and Nutrition:

Visit CanadianTurkey.ca for tips, tricks, techniques and recipe inspiration! Find recipes that are great for make-ahead-meals and batch cooking, recipes that are perfect for leftovers, as well as ideas for snacks, breakfast and 30-minute main dishes. You can also find information on turkey nutritionhow to cook turkey and more.  And follow Canadian Turkey on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram and YouTube!

Have a delicious day!

My It’s-Not-Spring-Yet Simple Spring Vignette

Add some spring cheer to your home with a Simple Spring Vignette!  I’m sharing a super simple, really cute and cheery little Spring Vignette that is all about cacti. 

Hello friends!  Today I’m joining Krista of The Happy Housie, as well as 26 more blogger friends as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Spring Series.  We will be gathering together several more times over the next few weeks to share some pretty and simple spring recipes, DIY’s, home tours and other spring projects with you. You’re going to love all this springy inspiration!  And in case you missed my first project, you can read it here –> “How to Grow Plants from Cuttings”

Today we are sharing our spring mantels and vignettes, so make sure to check all of them out in the links at the bottom of this post.  As part of todays series, I’m sharing a really simple spring vignette with cacti!

A Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti

Don’t Have a Mantel?  Create  Vignette!

Before we get into the details of my spring vignette, I thought we should talk for a minute about mantels and vignettes.  I know many people don’t have fireplace mantels to decorate for each season, so vignettes are a great alternative.  But what exactly is a vignette?  Basically in decorating, a vignette is a little grouping of items.  They can be on a table top, on top of a cabinet, on a shelf, counter top…really anywhere in your home where you wish to create a display.  I actually decorate little vignettes around my home all year round…in fact, vignettes are one of my favourite ways to decorate.  I think I love them so much because there is no pressure to create them.  Often times my vignettes end up decorated on a whim or by accident, as I randomly place stuff on my cabinets and dressers and end up really loving how they look.

Simple Spring Vignette

Some of my most favourite vignettes are in my kitchen space.  I have a cookbook cabinet and a chest of drawers in this area that always end up with all kinds of random things on top of them.  It’s on these spaces that I usually end up stacking wooden boards, displaying flowers and basically just putting random stuff that I think looks pretty.  And this Simple Spring Vignette is exactly the result of that.

A Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti

This is also where I have to admit that we are still in the throes of ‘Extreme Temperature Warnings’ and we have morning windchills of -40 degrees C.  That is COLD.  Spring is definitely nowhere in sight, but that doesn’t stop me.  It might not be spring outside, but it’s definitely starting to feel like spring inside.  In fact, with weather as cold as this, the timing is never better to pretend it’s spring. 😉

Simple Spring Vignette

Inspiration is Everywhere!

My spring vignette all started with a pretty little pot of cacti that I found at a plant shop located here in Calgary, called Plant.  This shop is a little plant haven teeming with life, which is such a treat in the middle of one of the coldest winters on record.  On my recent visit to this shop I was immediately drawn to all of the cacti.  I love cacti so much, there’s just something so beautiful about them.  I actually have quite a love affair with the desert, so having some cacti here at home makes me think of the beautiful deserts in Arizona, which I’m really missing right now.  So when I saw this little pot of cacti, I knew I wouldn’t be leaving without it, but seriously, look how adorable it is….

A Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti

And then one pot of cacti, led to another.

A Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti

And another and another and another.  Seriously, someone stop me.

A Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti

But I just can’t resist their adorable prickliness.  And how each one looks so different.  And how when I buy a cactus I also get to buy pretty little pots to go with them.  On a side note, I bought most of these pots at Walmart!  I was amazed to see so many gorgeous and trendy little pieces.

A Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti

Putting together my Simple Spring Vignette

My goal for this vignette was to keep it as simple as possible.  I didn’t want to fuss with a lot of stuff, I just wanted some live plants in pretty pots that we could look at until actual spring arrives.  So I shopped at my local plant store, as well as some big box stores in search of small cacti and pots that I could display them in.  Then I repotted everything, and put all of my little cacti friends on display on my cookbook cabinet next to our dining table.  Now we can see them all day every day and I love it.  And because I know myself, I do realize that this collection is likely going to grow in numbers…I can’t resist.

My It's-Not-Spring-Yet Simple Spring Vignette

And Because I Can’t Resist a Cheeky Letter Board Quote for Spring

I had to add my letter board with a fun little quote…we need all the humour we can get right now, trust me.  We’re all walking the line between cranky and bored over here…because winter.

A Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti

A Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti

Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful.

I really try to live by that for most things…when I try to get too fancy or over-complicate something, it takes away the joy.  So if a vignette of a small collection of cacti on a cabinet makes me happy, then mission accomplished.  I hope you also leave feeling inspired to create a vignette in your own home.  Gather together things that make you happy, whether that be cacti or flowers or pretty glassware, books or dishes.  It’s all about keeping it simple and adding cheer to a space.  Happy-spring-is-almost-here!

A Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti

More Spring Mantels and Vignettes:

Now make sure to check out all these pretty spring mantels and vignettes!  I hope you’ll be inspired to decorate something in your own space.

The Happy Housie //Rooms FOR Rent // Place of My Taste

Lemon Thistle  //  Lolly Jane

A Pretty Life // Clean & Scentsible // Tatertots and Jello
Tauni Everett // Amber Tysl

Bless’er House // Zevy Joy // So Much Better With Age
House by Hoff // Modern Glam

Home Made Lovely // Maison de Cinq // Sincerely, Marie Designs
Town and Country Living // Hallstrom Home

Rambling Reno // This is Our Bliss // Life is a Party
Southern State of Mind // Deeply Southern Home

Craftberry Bush // Taryn Whiteaker Designs // Finding Silver Pennies

Have an inspired day!