This recipe for the best Baked Ziti is a huge favorite! Italian sausage marinara, cottage cheese, and fresh basil combine to make this decadent casserole. The best part is the mozzarella that is chopped into chunks instead of shredded. They melt into pools of cheesy glory. We’ve always called it “Postpartum Ziti” because it makes a TON and is perfect for bringing to new moms!

This post was originally published on January 18, 2012. Here’s a flashback to 2012:

So do you ever have those days where you just cannot wake up, no matter what you do? Today was one of those days.  I got up at 6:30, drove to the gym, ran for a half hour, drove back, and I still felt like I was sleep walking. (Which is perhaps why I nearly crashed on the way home. If you live in my town, consider yourself warned.)

Now as I write this, Charlotte [11 months] is eating her extremely healthy blueberry yogurt multigrain pancake that I made for her. Actually she is methodically tearing it up into pieces and dropping them on the floor with relish, while looking me in the eye with a face that says Go ahead. Stop me. I can’t really blame her.  Eric had basically the same reaction. I thought they were delicious.

Things that I did today: drank rancid orange juice.  Spilled yogurt on myself. Twice. (Did I mention I was tired?) Cleaned up a Charlotte mess. Twice. (because she has a diaper rash so I put her to bed without a diaper. Have I told you lately that I’m a genius?)  Caught my hand on my iPod cord while running, causing said iPod to fly off the treadmill tray and trip me.  Rearranged the bobby pin in my hair only to drop said pin and see it get shot 2 feet behind me after the ride of its life on the treadmill.  People must look at me flailing around on the treadmill trying not to get killed and think to themselves, Wow.  She must not come here very often. Which is true.