Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, L.A. Ramsey, and her recipe for Lasagna along with an introduction to her Christian romance, Sunny Beam. Please join me in welcoming L.A. and savor her recipe for Lasagna as you read about her new book!
1 pound of Italian sausage
1 container of ricotta cheese (15 oz)
6 lasagna noodles
1 egg (beaten)
1 can of tomatoes (14.5 oz, diced)
1 can of tomato sauce (8 oz)
1 cup of onions (chopped)
3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese (shredded)
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese (grated, plus extra)
2 tablespoons of parsley (dried)
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of garlic (minced)
Cook the lasagna noodles according to the directions on the box. Add the tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet and brown the Italian sausage into a crumbles and cook the cup of chopped onions and 1 teaspoon of garlic (minced) with it. Stir in the 1 can of tomatoes (14.5 oz, diced), 1 can of tomato sauce (8 oz), and 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning and a couple of dashes of pepper.
Meanwhile, add the 1 container of ricotta cheese (15 oz), 1 egg (beaten), 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons of parsley (dried), and mix.
Next, layer a 12×7 baking dish with 2 lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the meat, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese, and 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese, and repeat twice more.
Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. Turn the oven off and let sit in oven for 10 minutes. Sprinkle extra Parmesan cheese over the top before serving. Serves 8.
TIP: Create the lasagna the night before – refrigerate BEFORE baking. The flavors set better, bake for 50 minutes instead of 35.
Sunny Beam, a seemingly ordinary girl, discovers she possesses an extraordinary gift from God. This gift uproots her from all with which she is familiar when she is compelled to use it. Faced with a decision of two distinctively different paths in life she anguishes over her choices, enticed by the dark stranger who just happens to appear at the perfect time. Will Sunny go the way of fame and fortune, using her gift to minister to the masses in her homeland? Will she follow the dark stranger to the other side of the world to use her gift in a place and culture unknown to her? The road she chooses takes her on an amazing journey that only God can unfold as she steps out in faith on the path she believes is meant for her.
“Miss? Miss? Can you come here?” called a little voice beyond the partially opened door. Sunny refused to hear it though. She kept her eyes on the wax and pushed the mop, her hands now feeling extremely hot and uncomfortable. Sunny tried to ignore her hands, but could not.
“Please. Miss? Can you come in here for just a second?” the little girl asked.
Sunny looked up and could not avoid her penetrating stare. She smiled, pulled the dead ear buds from her ears, and carefully set the mop against the wall. She gingerly stepped over the caution wet floor rope. “Um, hon, do you need a nurse?” Sunny asked, hoping the girl would say yes.
“No, please, come in. I want to talk to you.”
Sunny reluctantly stepped into the room. The dim lighting subdued the atmosphere; the walls had the same murals of colorful smiley-faced flowers, to help give the appearance of hope. It felt like a hospital room nonetheless. The lit lamp near the bed and subdued lighting above the bed headboard did not shed enough bright light. The girl looked so tiny and frail. Her eyes were sunken into her head, dark circles underneath. While her honey brown hair grew out thinly, as if she had been through the rigors of radiation or chemotherapy. Her little body looked thin and frail and her lips were a grayish flesh color. The room smelled of death. Sunny felt a surge of energy in her body, though she wanted to turn and bolt. She thought briefly that she could do just that, turn, run, and never return. She heard a voice in her head say a firm, “no.” Sunny stared at the sick little girl; her eyes darted to the chart at the end of her bed, the date of birth, and the fact that the 12-year-old girl only looked eight.
“Please,” the girl continued to plea, “The angel said you would pray for me to be well.”
Her eyes were almost unfocused, lackluster. Her chapped lips held none of the pinkness you normally see in children. Sunny’s heart began beating hard with indignity. “You can ask God to heal you, you don’t need me to pray,” Sunny said, wanting to back out of the room. The tremors in her chest and gut were surely noticeable. The little girl tried to sit up taller.
“But I did,” she said softly. “I asked God to heal me so I would live, and He sent me you. The angel told me so.”
Sunny’s mouth dropped open and her breathing picked up. People did not need to go through others to get to God. She always felt that God could provide directly. Now she realized the opposite. He does provide, but not always through the means we think. In addition, He does use others to deliver. Her hands continued to quake and heat up. She felt energy pouring in from the top of her head, through her body and out her hands. She shut her eyes for one split second and said a silent prayer to God. “God, if this is You, You have to take over.” The next moment she went to the little girl, tears in her eyes, placed her hands one on top of her head and the other on her left shoulder, and opened her mouth to hear words of prayer flowing…
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L.A. Ramsey loves to spin stories, as she has all her life. Her earliest memories are of playing by herself, playing out stories she made up in her mind at the tender young age of 3. As she grew older her dream was to become an author, specifically a novelist. 20 years ago she took the Famous Writer’s Course in fiction writing, then wrote her first novel. After that life happened, she started a family, pursued other avenues for her career (as a website designer and coach), then she decided her passion still lies in being a novelist. 20 years after writing her first novel she wrote several more and has decided to share them with the rest of the world. She has written a dozen non-fiction books under “Lori Ramsey” and finally began to publish the novels starting with the first published novel – Sunny Beam.
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