God blessed us with a Sunday afternoon full of sunshine! What a glorious blessing to be out in the fresh air, hanging up our baby’s diapers. We wheeled out our drying rack (that I usually use inside) onto our apartment’s back balcony, and I pinned the diapers onto it. Plus I got to listen to our Hispanic neighbors’ music (which seemed to be a Mexican version of Pavaroti?) I’m not sure how long the sun will last, though. (It is the Northwest after all.) So, hopefully they will dry.
For breakfast this weekend, I made a batch of maple scones based on a recipe I found on this blog. (Go directly to the recipe here.) Yum!
We’ve just gotten online video/voice conferencing set up with my parents. We’ve recently tried yahoo messenger, but Skype seems work better for us. Now Gen can see Grandpa & Nana, and they can see her! We can all talk back and forth in a normal conversation, and not pass the phone around. (Plus, it’s free!)
I decided to add a slight change for tonight’s menu, so I’m making Spaghetti Pie instead of just plain old spaghetti. (I’ve never been a big fan of spaghetti, anyway.) Plus, if Calvin gets called out tonight, it would be easier for him to grab a slice of spaghetti pie, instead of a plate of spaghetti noodles & sauce!
4 oz spaghetti (or one small cooked Spaghetti Squash)
1 Tbs. butter
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped (optional)
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 tsp fennel seed or marjoram)
8 oz tomato sauce
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat over to 350*. Cook pasta according to directions; drain well. Return to saucepan; stir in butter until melted. Stir in egg & parmesan. Spray 9″ pie plate with nonstick spray. Press spaghetti onto bottom and up sides of pan, forming a crust. Cook beef, onion, pepper, garlic, & fennel seed in saucepan until onion is tender, and meat is no longer pink; drain fat. Stir in tomato sauce and oregano; heat through. Spread cottage cheese on bottom and up sides of crust (spaghetti). Spread meat mixture over cottage cheese; sprinkle mozzarella over meat mixture. Bake uncovered 20-25 min. Let stand 5 min, and cut into wedges to serve. Serves 6.