Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
1 Tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, partially drained
1 tsp oregano
1/2 - 3/4 cup half and half
1 lb rigatoni (or the mini penne called piccolini that Barilla makes)
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
12 oz chicken sausage, sliced lengthwise and then into half- moons (I buy Trader Joe's Roasted Garlic and they are great in this)
6 ounces fontina cheese (or mozzarella), 4 ounces cut into 1/2-inch cubes and 2 ounces coarsely grated
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
-Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and let cook a few more minutes.
-Stir in tomatoes and oregano; cook for 7-8 minutes. Add half-and-half and cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper.
-Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook pasta in the boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. Add tomato sauce, sausage, and cubed fontina (or mozzarella) to pot; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Divide evenly between two shallow 1 1/2-quart baking dishes.
Top with grated fontina and Parmesan. Bake until browned and edges are crisp, 20 to 30 minutes.
If freezing one pan, don't top with additional cheese until you are ready to bake. Will keep in freezer for 3 months. You can cook from frozen by baking for 1 and 1/2 to 1 and 3/4 hours covered with foil, then adding cheese topping and baking an additional 20 minutes.
A great one dish meal for the cool nights ahead!
adapted from Everyday Food December 2004
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We've also made every effort to welcome fall; it seems to have arrived while we were gone this past week. A trip to the pumpkin patch was in order, as was a stop to pick out a beautiful blooming mum to keep the pumpkins company on the front steps. I also felt the need to bake something with pumpkin so we have a container full of these to snack on in the coming days. Baking these made me nostalgic as it's a recipe I made as a newlywed and we have enjoyed each fall since then.
Just the right size for Haven
And the cheesy "It's bright out here" smile
An enjoyable Sunday settling into home and savoring our favorite time of year. What could be better?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
(I interrupted her apple-eating-Super-Why-watching to take this pick. She wasn't too happy about it!)
Not much else to report except that we have an almost cyclone/tropical depression bearing down on us today. Seems we can't escape the high winds no matter where we go. So tonight will be spent doing an indoor activity I think. But no worries, we've got "The Office" season premiere to keep us warm tonight! Finally!!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
And finally some artistic expression; this is a picture of Cale
It really was a great trip and she was a champ until the last hour. I wanted to fuss and cry by then too so I understand how she felt!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
-enjoyed a bike ride out on the trail.
-purchased a television to replace the one blown up in "The Wind Storm" (thank you craigslist.com).
-scored some good deals at Old Navy.
-stared at the new tv to watch our current obsession, "Foyle's War."
-celebrated a sweet boy's first birthday.
-anticipated the arrival of another sweet boy.
-watched a LOT of football.
-hoped that the Steelers would win.
-cried when they lost (not really).
-cooked up some delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza, Dewey's style.
-washed all our clothes.
-packed up our life for a week.
-attempted to pack enough fun for a two-and-a-half year old and her mama while in a hotel room.
-prayed for a safe trip in our new car.
-listened and laughed with my husband.
-loved every minute of it.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I truly enjoy helping other people, but here comes the irony... I get frustrated when someone doesn't let me help them. I don't understand why someone won't take me up on an offer of a meal or babysitting or a ride somewhere. Why won't they let me help with some cleaning or an errand or borrowing something? I don't get it.
Or maybe I do. I guess I need to keep in mind the next time I am refused an offer of help that they might be struggling with the same things I am. It's not fun or easy to admit we can't do it all, but what a blessing it is, on both sides of the equation, when we let someone help.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
After the big wind storm Sunday we tried to explain to her why nothing was working and why we couldn't turn lights on. A bit later as we were praying before bed she offered this simple prayer, "And God please help the trees stand up so things work."
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
-It was 48 degrees outside when I got up this morning. That's practically winter around here!
-Cale had the fun task of removing the A/C units from our bedroom windows. He then spent 15 minutes trying to jam them into the wrong box before he realized his mistake.
-We needed jackets and long sleeves for our family bike rides the last two nights. Can I tell you how much I love going for a bike ride in the evenings when its cool and the sun is setting?
-All I want to cook is soup for dinner. It's taken great self-control to stick to the menu plan and wait til next week to whip up some soup.
-Football season started last weekend! And its well documented on this site how much I enjoy the sport and the Steelers. In case you care, we started the season with a thrashing of the Texans. We will now be busy Sunday afternoons, occasionally Sunday nights, a few Mondays and the random Thursday. Love it!
-My favorite sign of fall though is footie pj's. We broke Haven's out last night and the sight of them just makes me smile!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Haven was happy to see me at the end of her school day and was excited to show me her papers and tell me she sang Rock-a-bye-Baby. That's about all the details I could get out of her. But she seemed to have had a good time. And I made the most of my -free- time by relaxing at Panera and enjoying a trip to Target ALONE! It was nice, but I've got eleven more Tuesday mornings to fill up before the end of the year. I'm sure I'll figure something out!
Monday, September 8, 2008
I was doing a bit of reflecting earlier and remembered back to the first birthday of his that we celebrated together. It was the big 2-1 and it was a night to remember. A big dinner with friends, cake at my apartment, running into my house with my car, getting carded at the grocery store and smashing an expensive bottle of red wine on my brother's white tiled kitchen floor (and then mopping and scrubbing that floor!). (I just re-read this and it sounds like I was quite intoxicated, I can assure you that was not the case!)
It was back in the days when we were "just friends" who spent a lot of time together and thinking about that night makes me smile and be thankful for how far we've come; how much we've changed, but are still the same. He's still the goofy boy with the weird last name that makes me laugh. It's just that now I'm the girl with the weird last name, too, and I'm still laughing.
Tonight we'll be celebrating as a family of three with hope in our hearts that next year we'll be a family of four. It will be a night of celebrating who Cale is, who he was and who he has yet to become. Happy Birthday, Cale!
Friday, September 5, 2008
A good weekend, indeed.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
--Dinner cooking away in the crock-pot
--A soundly sleeping daughter
--Tasks crossed off the list
--Planning and preparing for company
--and then rest, a moment to myself.
Satisfaction: the contentment one feels when one has fulfilled a desire, need, or expectation.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This is one of my new finds for this year and I love it. It makes our grumpy leather chair seem happy. It makes me happy.
Today's a happy day "falling" my house. Am I the only one trying to pretend that summer is over? Please tell me I'm not alone!
Monday, September 1, 2008
A new blog design is just one of the many changes around here. I've already mentioned my new systems and we have been cleaning and decluttering all weekend. It feels good to start this new week, this new season with a clean, fresh slate. And it's a pretty one, too!