The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 195

July 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , )

Hello again dear friends, and welcome back!  Hope your week is starting out well…

So, they finally put a number to the offer of that full time job…  not what I was HOPING for, but kind of what I EXPECTED.  Not much more than I’m making as a temp, but not bad, and it’s a paycheck at a job that I’m really liking, so I guess I’m OK with it.  It’s definitely better than what I did before, which was BEYOND stressful, and I ended up working literally 7 days a week, including holidays, the last six months at my old job, with no overtime because I was salaried.  I don’t think anyone could pay me enough to go back to that!!!

Anyway, as you can see I have some mixed feelings about the whole job thing.  I’ll get over it…

So William is REALLY getting bored being at home, actually called me today just to say “whatcha doin’?”  Too funny!!!  I think we’ve worked out how we’re getting his summer reading, finally.  Gotta get on that or he’s never going to get it done!  Hopefully he will enjoy them enough to finish them without fighting the whole time.  The really hard part if going to be getting him to do the assignment, he HATES homework!  But we’ve told him, with this new school, he’s actually going to have to work a little to get good grades, and he’s so freaking smart, he should be getting straight A’s with a minimum of effort, just like his big brother.

Speaking of James, he’s BALD!!!  His girlfriend was using the clippers on him, and slipped, so they had to cut it all off, and OMG!  He looks so weird without hair, but he’s OK with it, so I guess we have to be.  He’s going to get his crown on Wednesday, hopefully that will be the end of the dental work for a while.  Although, he does need to get his wisdom teeth out, too.  Of course, if they keep cutting his hours at work, he won’t be doing much of anything…

Anyway, on to the night’s recipe.  It was SOOO easy, and SOOO tasty!  Good for a nice family dinner, but quick.

Baked Pasta

1 box of your favorite pasta (I used Cellentani tonight)

1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (Great Value original)

1 pound ground beef

Garlic powder



Italian seasoning blend

Shredded Mozzarella cheese

Cook pasta to package directions.  Meanwhile, brown and drain ground beef.  Turn off burner under beef, add in sauce and spices to your taste.  Allow to warm on that burner until the pasta is ready.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix pasta and beef/sauce mixture in pot.  Put about half into a casserole dish.  Top with about 1 cup of shredded cheese.  Add  remaining pasta and sauce/beef, then top with another cup of shredded cheese.  Put the whole thing in the oven for 30 minutes, or until cheese is nicely melted.  Serve!!

We also had some left over bread (honey oat wheat) with butter along with this great pasta dish.  And afterwards, I had the last of the blueberry dump cake from last night, which was VERY rich, but so much better cold than it was warm last night.  It was a bit loose, more like soup when it was warm, but once it was cooled and set, it was really good!

So that’s it for tonight.  Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!!


1 Comment

  1. Love ya sweetie, Mom aka Grammy :~) said,

    Sounds yummy! We had beef quesadillas. Speliing! Yummy too

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