Today I’m sharing 5 Morning Tips to get your day started off well, plus an easy Skillet Mexican Lasagna recipe. Have dinner on the table in about 35 minutes! ENJOY!

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I’ve always loved the month of September, the cooler mornings and evenings, going back to school when I was a kid, the school schedule for my own kids, and now this month we’re sending our baby off to Seattle for her first year of college.

Thinking about my love of getting back to a “routine” inspired me to get back to my 5 Morning Tips, and to share them with you today!

Cozy and Comfy.

Believe me, there are days when I don’t follow this routine exactly, and sometimes it causes me to get off track the rest of the day. But I aim high, to have some sort of order, to get me going for the day.

I want to create a day and a space in my home that makes everyone happy, comfortable, at peace, cozy, and also open to helping others in life.

5 Morning TIPS:

1. Have the coffee station ready the night before. The night before, we make sure our espresso machine has water, the coffee is in the grinder (we like to grind fresh every morning), and that the coffee station is ready with clean cups. As soon as I get up, I hit the “ON” button, so the espresso machine heats up.

2. Drink a full glass of water. I always start the day off with 1 full glass of water. It does make a difference starting off the day hydrated, and affects how I feel throughout the day.

3. Enjoy coffee – read, pray, meditate. I sit down and enjoy the weather … whether a cool breeze is coming through the windows and slider (if we left it open over the night), and I’m bundled in wool socks and a sweater over my jammies (never been much of a robe gal), or sitting and looking out the front window at the mountains, or the back patio, enjoying the pool and privacy of our backyard. It’s here that I enjoy my coffee, read, pray, and give my day to God.

4. Make the bed. Making the bed is essential. It’s when I walk into the bedroom with it unmade, that I automatically feel a sense of disorganization, and I’m overwhelmed, and defeated. Funny how that works. A clean bed says, ahhhh, fresh and ready for the day!

5. Clean the kitchen as soon as you can. I’ve let the kitchen go too many times, and talk about feeling defeated. It’s not a good feeling, so I try to get the dishes done, counters washed off, so it’s nice and clean for lunchtime, or for me, recipe making! :) Think ahead to what you will cook for dinner!

These 5 things are essential. Of course my day may start off with appointments, and most days I exercise in the morning, but having some sense of rhythm, pattern, a way to feel connected to my home and my schedule, really helps me manage my time better throughout the rest of the day!

Am I perfect? No. Do I fall off the schedule once in a while? Yes. It’s even harder when everyone is home! Too often then, the house feels disorganized, there’s more stuff lying around, it’s busy, full … but I’m not complaining! It’s always good to get a little organization back in our home life.

Skillet Mexican Lasagna.

Here’s my simple SKILLET Mexican Lasagna recipe that I made earlier this week. YUMMY!

It’s a great meal to cook on these warm September days, where you don’t have to turn the oven on, but just cook the lasagna in a skillet on your stove.

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I always use DeLallo products when I can. They are my all-time favorite pasta (and sauce) and it’s worth going to a different store, if you have to, to find it.

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We love their whole wheat lasagna noodles.

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Your family will love this! It’s great as leftovers, too.

Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend! We did, just hanging out, getting stuff done around the house, and enjoying friends for dinner one night.

What things are essential for you to getting your day off right?

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SKILLET Mexican Lasagna

Delicious Mexican Lasagna, which tastes just as good served vegetarian! Easy clean up, one-pot meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef, optional
  • 1 can, 14-1/2 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15 oz. can Bush’s black beans
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. Mexican oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 25 oz. jar marinara sauce, I use DeLallo
  • 1 package, 9 ounces DeLallo Whole Wheat no-cook lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, optional

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes, breaking into small pieces; drain. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in tomatoes and beans. In a small bowl, combine eggs and ricotta cheese, cumin, oregano, and salt and pepper.
  • Return 1 cup meat mixture to the skillet; spread evenly. Layer with 1 cup ricotta mixture, 1-1/2 cups marinara sauce and half of the noodles, breaking noodles to fit as necessary. Repeat layers. Top with remaining marinara sauce.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 18-20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Remove from heat. If desired, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Let stand 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with oregano.
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Skillet Mexican Lasagna

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