Some delicious recipes, and fun plants!

Today’s post will be short and savory! I mentioned I would do a separate post on a few of my husbands new amazing cooking skills since it’s nice being pampered lately! I normally do all the cooking and cleaning but since we moved here he’s been treating me to delicious dishes and our dishwasher that came with the place has been doing all the dish cleaning.

One dish he decided to make was his favorite dish, my spaghetti with meat sauce and home made meatballs recipe. I believe it was on Paula Deen‘s show, or I found it on her website, but it is incredibly delicious and comes out good every time! Here is the recipe and photo below…

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The ice cream was a ice cream shoppe in Omaha, and there were horse drawn carriages!!

Alice Jo’s Spaghetti Sauce from Paula Deen:
-1 1/2 lb ground beef (normally we substitute for ground turkey to make it healthier)
-1 lg onion, chopped
-1 green bell pepper, chopped
-1 clove garlic, chopped ( I always add in 3-4 large cloves, we can’t get enough garlic!)
-2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
-1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2 oz) can stewed tomatoes
-1 tbsp italian seasoning
-1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
-2 tbsp sugar
-1 tsp salt
-1 cup water

Directions- Brown the beef in a large, heavy bottomed pot, then drain off the fat (or if you like leaving it for flavor, feel free). Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic, and sauté until the onion is tender, about 5 min. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, seasonings and water. Simmer for 30 min., then let cool. The sauce will keep for several days covered and refrigerated. Serve with spaghetti or your favorite pasta.

Easy meatballs:
-1 lb. lean ground beef
-1 egg
-2 tbsp water
-1/2 cup italian bread crumbs
-1/4 cup minced onion, or dried onion
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/8 tsp pepper

Directions- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl combine egg, water, bread crumbs, onion, salt and pepper and combine. Add ground beef, broken into chunks, and mush with your hands to combine. Form into meatballs about 1″ diameter and place on a broiler pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until meatballs are no longer pink in center. Cool and freeze, or when baked, use in your favorite recipe.

It’s become a favorite with us, and my parents!

Next dish he made me recently is a copycat of Olive Garden‘s zuppa toscana soup! My ultimate favorite lol I could live off of their soup, salad, and breadsticks meal!

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Zuppa Toscana:
-1 lb ground italian sausage
-1 1/2 tsp crushed peppers
-1 lg diced white onion
-4 tbsp bacon pieces
-4 garlic cloves pureed using a mortar & pestle if you have one, or using the flat side of the knife
-10 cups water
-5 cubes of chicken bouillon
-1 cup heavy cream
-1 lb sliced russet potatoes, or about 3-4 large potatoes depending on how many you like
-1 bunch of kale (we love our kale!)

Directions- Sauté italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients. In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions, and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 minutes or until the onions are soft to your liking. Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil, be patient it can take a bit! Next add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour. Add the heavy cream and just cook until thoroughly heated again. Stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve. Voila, a nice restaurant hot soup at home so you can lounge in your comfy clothes while it’s cold or snowing outside! For us it’s still snowing lol

As for the few beginners plants I’m trying to grow, so far so good. I purchased a chocolate mint plant that needs watering every other day and plenty of sunlight so I keep it on the kitchen counter with the blinds open. This was when I first got it…

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This is what it looks like now!

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Next bamboo plants are supposed to be the best for people who have toxic thumbs like mine lol My friend who used to work at Petsmart told me they sell them in the fish department since I couldn’t find any, and I found one!

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Right now it’s in a water bottle until I buy a nicer bottle from Hobby Lobby for it. They really do sell everything there!

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