Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Fake-Homemade Spaghetti & Meatballs:
1 box spaghetti noodles
1 jar store-bought spaghetti sauce
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
Frozen meatballs (I don't remember how many I used, these were leftovers from our Ugly Christmas Sweater Party)
I like to serve spaghetti with salad and garlic bread on the side. Natch.
Chop up your peppers and onion, these are essential to making your store-bought spaghetti sauce look, taste and feel "homemade."
Boil your noodles with a little salt, according to the package.*
*Please do not judge me by the spots on my dishes. I blame the dishwasher, and I lack the time and follow-up effort to combat the spots.
Get the meatballs going in a pan with some olive oil, salt & pepper. I like to cook them until they look more like edible meatballs, and less like snowballs.Then, mix in the freshly chopped vegetables and the jar of sauce. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes, covered. During this time, you can drain your noodles, and pop some bread + garlic salt + butter in the toaster oven. = Garlic Bread!
I get bonus points here for using the last of some sub rolls we had in the pantry. We are trying not to waste food. :)
Toss up a salad to your liking. Serve your sauce and meatballs over the pasta with fresh parmasean cheese (so much better than the shake stuff) and you will have............. drum roll please................
One. Happy. Husband. At least I did. Try it, it really is worth the 10 minutes it adds to just having jar sauce and noodles, and it will really take your meal up a notch!
The leftovers are yummy, too. Even cold. Cheers!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This morning I noticed Dana smiling through a typically frustrating morning. Instead of shutting down or blowing up, she smiled, joked, and chatted. When I mentioned it, she said, "I can either have lots of bad days with a few good days or have lots of good days with a few bad ones."
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Tonight we are having a repeat of what we had for dinner last night.
(I started with a recipe from my Fix It & Forget It Crockpot cookbook, but I freestyled quite a bit, so this is essentially MY recipe, ha!)
Leftover Chicken, peeled from bone & separated (I probably had about a pound, it was what was left from the chicken I made on New Year's Day)
Chicken Broth (I used what came from the chicken itself, plus one can)
1 Large Can, Chopped Tomatoes
1 Can of Corn
1 Can of Lima Beans
1 Fresh Red Pepper, chopped
1 Fresh Green Pepper, chopped
1 Cup Fresh Carrots (chopped or baby carrots)
1 Cup Fresh Celery (chopped)
1 Can White Potatoes, sliced
1/2 Large Fresh Red Onion, chopped
1/4 cup Worchestershire Sauce
Salt, Pepper, to taste
Tobasco Sauce, to taste
2 Bay Leaves
I cooked it for 4 hours on low in the crock pot. Michael had it with crushed peppery crackers mixed in. I had it with a piece of Challah bread. It was good! Looking forward to more tonight!
For dessert, we had Warm Apple Crisp, which I totally did NOT make from scratch! I did peel, core and cut up the apples, though. We ate it with Vanilla Ice Cream. Mmmmm!! (confession: we may or may not have also eaten this for breakfast...)
So, that's my Project 365 pic for today, January 5th. I'm thankful this is where I work.
I'm also thankful for the man I have behind me who supports me, no matter what. I can't wait to leave this house every day to go home to him.
As for yesterday, I have to say I'm thankful for the phone the Hubs dug out and configured for me. It was FREE! Frugal points! He called himself "The Frugal Boy," haha! He even went the extra step and configured the bluetooth so I can literally drive my SUV and talk on the phone through the car. I think the system is called SYNC. Who knows? This is one of those things I would think is cool, but wouldn't ever take the time to set up.
Being married to The Geek Squad definitely has its advantages :)
A few days being pitiful in bed makes us both stir crazy. Monday we eventually got up and at 'em, dogs bathed, hooked up Mike's smart phone for Dana, and hit the shopping. A fresh episode of Brothers and Sisters and dinner w/ dessert and we hit the hay. When we finally settled into sleep Dana realized, "this is the most time we've spent together since our honeymoon."
It isn't the perfect little life, but the love we share and encouragement from family and friends that get us through the tough days.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
One thing I plan on blogging about frequently is what we eat! We do not eat anything special, or different than anyone else. I just love to cook and try new recipes and nothing puts a smile on my face faster than plopping a good, home cooked meal down in front of the Hubs for him to enjoy! So, I plan to share with you "What's For Dinner" on a regular basis. Please comment and share your tips and recipe ideas! I read several food blogs and get lots of recipes online - so bring 'em on!
Here's our wonderful New Year's meal: Roasted Maple-Walnut Glazed Chicken, Warm Spinach & Portabella Mushroom Salad (a favorite side around here) and The Frugal Girl's Homemade Challah bread.
I am such a routine addict. I love my routines and feel very uncomfortable whenever they're thrown off. Mr. I'm okay with anything and everything is fine, of course. While I was sobbing my eyes out thinking "this is the worst New Year's EVER!!!"
The truth is, with a little perspective (I'd happily give up what is apparently my new addiction... learning all about "perspective") it really wasn't that bad after all.
Here we are, January 3rd. Still standing (so to speak). Definitely closer than ever. And looking forward to all that 2010 has for us.
We were able to get out and about for a little "date night" last night. So glad we did.
Hey everyone! The Hubs and I are co-writing a new blog!! Please bookmark it and follow us! I don't know how much I'll be posting over here (I'll try... but honestly, I'm also starting a new White House Blog for work... and well... how much can one blonde really blog!?!?!)
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Our first married Christmas was a blast! We road tripped it (in the snow - White Christmas!) down to NC to see M's family. I always love seeing them because they are all so sweet and I'm just completely surrounded by that deep southern accent, and what doesn't sound sweeter through that accent, right?
Michael and I exchanged presents Christmas Eve and read the Christmas story from the book of Luke, that's now our tradition and I love it! Christmas morning, we packed the SUV, you should see all that we take with us when we travel for just one night, it's obscene. Pretty much need a U-Haul trailer. The "granny cart" is a total must when packing/unpacking the car.
We had an awesome dinner. Tonja made these little green bean things wrapped in bacon that I'm drooling over just remembering. And I finally got to taste that Dirt Cake and Butterfinger Delight, and boy am I glad for that! Bonus - we got to take quite a bit home and enjoyed it all week.
M and I rocked the night away playing Rock Band with Caitlin and Shanhui Xu (their Chinese foreign exchange student - another cute, sweet accent!!). It was such a blast!! You know I loved playing the drums, even if I never advanced past the "beginner" level! Haha. I loved hearing M sing and Caitlin was cracking me up, she's such a pro - she's got the rocker posture and everything!
Seeing the little ones, Marissa, Brody & Grey was awesome too. Love those little people.
Here are a few pictures.. and I edited a video of our first Christmas Season (I know, totally yupped out but I have no shame. I own like 8 scarves and I bought M one for Christmas, whatever!) I hope y'all enjoy:
Love to all of you!
And look at M's concentrating face here. Haha. I'm glad no one snapped a picture of me, I'm sure mine was worse! It gave me such joy that M was able to fully participate in Rock Band. Last year, we played Wii and he was just sitting back telling everyone else what to do, haha. But thankfully, yours truly thought of sticking the drumsticks down in his gloves so he could "hold" them. I think it was a pretty good workout too! :) Haha. FUN!
Crystal always looks like a celebrity. And Greyson, don't even get me started. I love him, he's the cutest little chunk on the planet. And you should hear his baby laugh!!! Aaaahh, nothing like the sound of a baby laughing!
Here's our cheesy, yuppy Christmas video:
If you want to watch more videos like this, and read the latest from us.. check out OUR NEW BLOG!! We'll be documenting our lives over the next year at: www.lovelikethislife.blogspot.com
Love you all.
Happy New Year!