Monday, August 8, 2011

pooped and a change

First, I am back from a wonderful weekend with my girls in Charleston. We went all out and my body is feeling it this morning...lots of pictures coming soon. Here is one to hold you over...

yes, that's a moustache

Second, I am feeling a blog make over. I am over the "patriotic" theme I got goin on so be on the look out for a fresh new look coming soon :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

See ya later...

I am off to Charleston, South Carolina for my bachelorette weekend with 7 of the most wonderful girlfriends a girl could ask for. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Pasta Sauce Recipe!

Happy Tuesday blog friends! So I love to make my own pasta/spaghetti sauce...It just always tastes so much more fresh and healthy. I never seem to use the same recipe because I usually just make it up as I go but last night I tried to write down what I used. It was one of the best pots of sauce I have made so I thought I would share! Sorry if these measurements are not exact. It is best always to taste as you go when it comes to flavoring your sauce…Bon app├ętit!

• 1 pound of ground turkey or ground beef (I use ground turkey for everything)
• 1 can of diced tomatoes
• 1 can of whole tomatoes
• 1-2 whole Fresh Roma tomatoes (or whatever fresh tomatoes you have or like)
• 1 can of tomato sauce
• One medium sized onion diced
• 1 red bell pepper diced
• 3 cloves of garlic – minced
• Salt and pepper to taste
• ½ tablespoon of Crushed basil leaves
• ½ tablespoon Italian spices (can buy blend at most grocery stores)
• ¼ teaspoon of Nutmeg
• ¼ teaspoon of Fennel seed (optional, some people don’t like fennel seed, Sayer and I LOVE it!)
• 1 cup of red wine
• 1 tbsp of Red wine vinegar
• pinch of Cinnamon
• Pinch of sugar

Brown meat in bottom of large pot on medium to medium high heat. Once it is almost done add the onion and pepper and cook until they begin to soften (about 5 minutes). Add garlic, spices and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Add red wine and vinegar to de-glaze the bottom of the pan. Once all liquid is soaked up by meat add diced tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium. Stir for about one minute. In food processor add one can of whole tomatoes, one can of tomato sauce and 2 Roma tomatoes (cut in large chunks). Puree until smooth. Add this mixture to pot. Once all comes to a boil reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Taste to add more salt or pepper. Serve over your favorite pasta! Makes about 6 servings depending on how much sauce you like.