Wednesday, April 7, 2010

An Update & A Recipe!

Okay, I'll admit that my New Year's goal of blogging once a week hasn't been on-target so far. Not by a long shot, actually. BUT, I'm halfway through book #26 of the year, so making my goal of reading 100 books in 2010 seems like a good possibility. AND I've been putting my creative muse to work, most recently with these silly sock creatures! Aren't they cute?

The little blue guy is Mr. X, and he's Jacob's new buddy. The rainbow guy is Rupert, made especially for the baby girl my sister Kim is expecting any day now! He has fully attached felt eyes instead of button eyes, so he'll be safe for lots of slobbery baby kisses.

Maggie's finally done with her 6-week Girl Scout program (thank GOD!) and got her patches a few weeks ago. I'll be using them on a scrapbook page, since she won't be a Brownie after this year, even if she decides she still wants to be a Girl Scout.

And in other news, I attended the Spring Children's Clothing Sale with my sisters-in-law a couple of Saturdays ago. The sale started at 8am, but we were there at 4am so we could be first in line! Yeah, we're totally crazy. This event is a big deal...HUGE crowds every time! We were almost too frozen in this picture to smile...looking forward to the warmth of the fall sale in August!

Scored some really great baby clothes for my as-yet-unborn niece along with a ton of other stuff! And I only spent $51.25. Not a bad day's work, and totally worth the wait!

And now I shall share with you one of my family's most favoritest recipes...baked spaghetti! It's a crowd pleaser...serves our family of 6 with plenty of leftovers. Making it requires dirtying a lot of dishes, but the end result is soooo worth it! Invite some friends over and serve this casserole with garlic rolls and salad...they'll be singing your praises, I guarantee!
Guarantee not valid if you, by your own ineptitude, manage to screw this up. :)

Baked Spaghetti
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. Italian sausage
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 28oz can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 small can mushroom stems & pieces, drained
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
Italian seasoning
salt & pepper
2 c. shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
12-16 oz spaghetti
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large pot, put water on to boil for spaghetti. In a separate large pot, brown beef and sausage with garlic, green pepper and onion until done. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and seasonings, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat 10 mins. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. In a large, greased casserole dish, spread 1 cup meat mixture. Then layer 1/2 spaghetti noodles, 1/2 remaining meat mixture, 1/2 shredded cheese. Repeat layers. In a small bowl, mix mushroom soup with water; pour over casserole. Top with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!


Heather Plank said...

Good to see you blogging Latte! The cassarole looks great! Just wanted to drop in and say Hello! BTW -the sock dolls are so adorable!

rachel whetzel said...

Me thinks that in honor of the adorable sock monsters, I shall start calling you "stinky".

PS should that period be on the INSIDE or OUTSIDE of the quotation mark? It looks wonky either way to me.

latte_grande said...

It should be on the INSIDE! lol Yeah, it looks wonky, especially when you're asking a question. Like, how do you spell "onomatopia?" :)

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