Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Babysitting Ryan

Watching my nephew Ryan this morning while my sister is registering for some classes at college. Here is a video I took with the iPhone..


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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie

Trying a new recipe tomorrow called Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie.   Looks really good!  Found it on Sugar Pie Farmhouse  (See full post with her pictures there)


Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound extra lean ground beef
1/2 pound Italian sausage, 4 links (sweet or hot) casings removed
4 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I add two more pinches to give it a kick!)
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
2 cups water
8 ounces spaghetti, broken into 3 inch pieces (I used half of a 16 ounce package–Thin spaghetti–not Angel Hair– but you can use regular )
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

Directions:

1.Saute green onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil, on medium heat 5 minutes.

2.Add beef and sausage, brown over medium-hi heat.

3.While almost brown, add garlic, pepper flakes, oregano, and parsley.

4.Once browned, stir in crushed tomatoes, water and salt.

5.Add broken spaghetti. Push spaghetti into liquid, and cover for 8 minutes.

6.After 8 minutes, stir pasta so the noodles won’t stick together. Reduce heat to medium low simmer for 6 more minutes until pasta is al dente (almost cooked but still a little firm).

7.Add basil, Parmesan cheese, and cream, stir well.

8.Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese, put in oven to broil until spotty brown. (stand there and keep watch or set a timer for 3 minutes at a time until it’s ready, or else you may end up with Blackened Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Quiet day today....so I decided to do some baking...

Chocolate Chip Cookies....mmmm Yummy!!


Ingredients...



All mixed up....



On the tray and ready for the oven...



Yummy.... Ready to Eat!

Dawn's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is...

2 cups flour
1 teaspon baking soda
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)



  • In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt




  • Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy.  Then beat in each egg one at a time.




  • Gradually add flour mixture to the lagre bowl mixture




  • Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped nuts.




  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto an un-greased baking sheet (or) onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet which is the method I like best.




  • Bake in a preheated oven set at 375 F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Makes about 4 dozen.


Enjoy!!



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