Saturday, February 19, 2011

Beef A La Duetsch

One of my families' favorites.  I fixed it when I had the in-laws over recently and we didn't have any leftovers to speak of!  Everyone went back for seconds (and some people thirds).  Wyatt eats a man-sized portion of it.

Ingredients
1 - 1.5 lbs ground beef (I like mine super beefy)
1 (14.5 oz) can diced in sauce tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tsp salt
1 pkg of egg noodles (I use a full 12 oz of extra wide, but sometimes I'll pull out about 1/4 of it for Wyatt to eat for lunch at a later time and it fits in the dish better.
1 (8oz) philly cream cheese
1/2 tub (4oz) of sour cream
1.5-2 cups of grated cheddar cheese

Steps

1.  Set out cream cheese in a big mixing bowl, so it will be softening.

2. Brown meat.  Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, sugar and salt.  Let simmer for 45 minutes (sometimes I only have time for 30 minutes and it is still yummy)

2.  About 10 minutes before the meat will be done simmering, cook the egg noodles according to the package directions - make sure to not overcook or they get mushy. I think you cook them around 5-7 minutes.

3.  Drain the noodles and immediately dump over the cream cheese and add the sour cream.  Mix until everything is coated and no spots of cream cheese left.

4.  Layer the following in a deep casserole dish (I use a 2.5 or  3 qt corning ware).
             a. 1/2 meat sauce
             b. 1/2 noodles
             c.  Grated cheddar cheese
             d. 1/2 meat sauce

             e. 1/2 noodles
             f. Grated cheddar cheese

5. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 35 minutes.



       

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

I loved this book and found it so interesting and unique than anything I have read recently.

Synopsis (per me)....so much is contained in this book, it is hard to summarize. Basically it is the story of the life of a woman named Truly, who is a "giant" in a small town full of other interesting characters.  It follows her life from birth until old age and all the experiences she encounters from her childhood of pain and being ostracized to the selfless act of stepping up to raise her nephew, to the life path she finds in the stitching of a quilt. 

This was written just a couple years ago and was Ms. Baker's (a mom of 3 from California) debut book.  What an incredible beginning.  I think the best thing about it is how she develops each character thoroughly.  She allows you to see each of their good and bad sides. 

Go check it out from your local library!  A special thanks to my friend, Dawn, who recommended it to me!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snow Baby

Last week, we definitely got some winter weather!  It was Wyatt's first time to play in the snow and he LOVED it.  Sully was begging us to go back in the warm house, but not Wyatt....we had to make him go inside in before his nose froze. 

We are excited to take him skiing when he gets a bit older, especially his daddy (I don't really ski), but I want him to be an expert skier, so he won't be afraid of the lifts and stuff like his weenie mom.

Checking everything out.

Daddy and Wyatt

I like scooping the snow off the plants!

Where are you going, Sully?  Why don't you like staying out here in the snow with us?

This is fun!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Public Restroom

I rarely go to the bathroom by myself anymore.  It is just part of being a mom and especially a SAHM.  I "close the door" to the bathroom, but still leave it open a crack so I can hear Wyatt playing in the living room and so if he wants, he can come in. 

Wyatt usually comes screeching around the corner if he hears me go in the bathroom as he LOVES clearing out all the extra toilet paper and kleenex under the sink and using it to stack.  He is pretty dang good at TP towers.  Usually about 15 seconds after Wy joins me, Sully also decides it must be a party he can't miss, so he comes in as well.  Sully really doesn't give me any sort of privacy - Wyatt plays on the floor "building" for the next few minutes - but Sully comes in, takes a seat on the bathmat and stares at me. 

It is not like I spend a lot of time in the bathroom, but sometimes I wouldn't mind spending that time in a private bathroom and look forward to when I can say "GET OUT!" Or, maybe when that time comes, I'll enjoy it for a bit, but then long again for the days when Wyatt wanted to hang out with his mommy 24/7 (even a stinky bathroom).