|My Mother's Day Present,|
|My Renaissance Man Grandson's Gift from the Beach|
There were no guilty feelings going around in my head that I had not perfectly cleaned every corner of the house. The old me had to have every corner clean and every item that was not in it's best place taken care of. I did clean off a couple of hot spots by using my "cleaning baskets." Tomorrow, I will probably go back to go through the items I cleared off those small tables.
|My Sweet Oldest Granddaughter's|
Gift from the Beach
Best of all, everyone loved supper and it was easy! I made Slow Cooker Spaghetti Casserole. The pasta did not have to be precooked; so, there was no extra large pot and colander to wash from spaghetti. It went in the crock pot dry. Here is the recipe.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti CasseroleI made this in a 6 quart Crock Pot. I fed ten hungry people and had leftovers.
- 2 lbs of ground beef
- Olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- half to one green pepper, chopped into small pieces, not tiny
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed in a garlic press
- salt to taste (remember that you are not boiling the spaghetti in salty water, I sprinkled back and forth 2 or 3 times -- 3/4 of a teaspoon?)
- pepper to taste (I admit to being a sprinkler. I probably sprinkled half a teaspoon.)
- 1 14 1/2 to 15 ounce can of diced Italian Tomatoes (you could use stewed or plain, but add italian seasoning or oregano)
- 24 ounce jar of Spaghetti sauce
- 16 ounces thin spaghetti (I used whole wheat.)
- Water to rinse out the spaghetti jar (about 1/2 a cup) I mix this into the sauce. You could also use red wine or red cooking wine.
- Two or three cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Parmesan Cheese ( I used the shaker dry cheese, but you could use fresh grated)
Add Diced Italian Tomatoes and Spaghetti Sauce. Put water or wine into jar, swish around and add to sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.
Layer the ingredients into the slow cooker in this orders (you can spray your slow cooker with cooking spray first, but I forgot) :
- A third of the sauce on the bottom of the crock pot
- Break the thin spaghetti into two inch pieces. Put half the box in the pot.
- More sauce.
- Half the cheddar cheese.
- Generously sprinkle Parmesan cheese.
- The rest of the spaghetti broken into two inch pieces.
- The rest of the sauce.
- Cheddar and Parmesan Cheese spread over the top
Serve with hot pepper like in the pizza parlor and Parmesan cheese if desired. Let your guests do the sprinkling, because it tastes good as made.
I also have a beautiful new apron they brought me, a Mother's Day present. I think I could wear the top of it for a fabric necklace. It has to be unattached to wash it. So it really is a necklace. What do you think?