Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cheese and Pasta in a Pot

As I sit here typing, I look outside my window and see snow.  I know I will have to shovel.

We here in NW NJ have been fortunate that we have not received the "big" one as yet.   I wonder if we will squeak by this winter without it?

My biggest concern is a power outage.   I am rural and with "radial" feed, which means our power only comes from one direction.   Most of the time your power is fed from 2 ends, not ours.  :)   We do have a generator that will power our entire house, but is so huge that I can not move it around.  Sigh........But on the bright side, we do have a wood burning insert that we use for heat.  

I am planning a Giveaway on my Facebook Page soon and will announce the details here too.

Here is a recipe that is from one of my "go to" recipe books.  It is so old that the pages are falling out, the cover is missing but the recipes are all tried and true.  Please let me know if you try it  !!

Cheese and Pasta in a Pot - Serves 8

2 lb ground beef
2 medium onions, chopped 
1-14 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
1- 3oz can sliced mushrooms, undrained
8 oz shell macaroni - or what you have on hand
1/2 lb. sliced Provolone cheese
1/2 lb. Mozzarella cheese, sliced thin or shredded
vegetable oil
1 garlic clove
1 - 1 lb can stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 pt. sour cream = 3 cups

I usually cut this recipe in half.

Brown ground beef in a little vegetable oil in large deep frying pan, stirring often.   Drain off excess fat. 
  Add onions, garlic, spaghetti sauce, stewed tomatoes and mushrooms.  Mix well.  Simmer 20 minutes or until onions are soft.  
Meanwhile cook macaroni shells according to package directions.   Drain and rinse with cold water. 

 Pour half the shells into a lighted greased deep casserole.  cover with half the tomato meat sauce.  Spread half the sour cream over the sauce.  Top with slices of Provolone cheese.   
Repeat, ending with slices of Mozzarella cheese.  
Cover casserole and bake at 350 for 35 -40 minutes.  
Remove cover, continue baking until Mozzarella cheese melts and browns slightly.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


YUP we are in CELEBRATION MODE here with 

We are officially today, February 1, 2015  2 years young!!

I have been so fortunate to be involved with this fabulous group of professional women.

Yes, there are other teams on Etsy that may be larger and well known, but NOT a one can hold a candle to this wonderful group.  Friendships have been formed and businesses have been created due to the knowledge this team shares.

SO because of our Birthday.........WE are holding a Celebration in our shops.

Click here Folkart and Primitives Blog  to see all the shops that are participating.
Some of the shops are even holding sales !!! and who doesn't like a sale????

Psssst.....there is also a giveaway going on.  Head over to the blog and sign up for some beautiful prizes.  

Cozy Expressions is offering 15% off with the code SPRING2015    :)