Wednesday, March 30, 2011

She is ok!

Just a quick post to let my readers know...

I heard from my friend, Sawa, she and her family are ok. It was a huge relief to hear this information.

Now, as anyone who pays attention to the news knows, the scare is radiation levels. If you pray, please keep Sawa and her family in your prayers.

ps. I should be back to crafting and blogging regularly soon. I'm hoping the flu season is done taking it's toll on our house.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My heart goes out to Japan...

Dear Sawa,

If you are reading this, please leave a comment and let me know that you and your family are OK. This is the quickest way I know of to reach you. I will be putting a letter in the mail soon, but I'm worried that the postal service isn't working correctly at the moment. I've tried to locate you on a map, but every map I've looked at shows that everything is demolished, and this scares the crap out of me. If I'm correct the area you are in received category 3 earthquakes.

If my visitor from Japan is not Sawa, I am still worried about you and your family too.

What can we do to help?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Easy Goulash

This recipe is called "Easy Goulash" because that's exactly what it is, EASY. Some may call it homemade hamburger helper. Some may call it goulash. I like to call it a very easy way to "hide" the veggies and the kids gobble it all up. :-)

Since this meal was an experiment on my part, it feeds a small army. My recipes normally do that when I'm experimenting. I'm always nervous about running out of food so I tend to over estimate on amounts. Now that I've made this a bunch of times I know that 1/2 of the recipe is plenty for our family of 5 and we still have leftovers.

Cooking time: 30 min
Servings: Small Army or about 10-12

1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 lb. lean ground beef
3 cups elbow macaroni
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 cans condensed tomato soup
1 can petite diced tomatoes with onions, celery and green pepper
1 small can mushrooms
1 pinch of sugar to garnish each bowl
Salt & Pepper

Saute onions and garlic in EVOO over medium high heat until golden brown. Add ground beef and brown. Prepare elbows as directed on package. Once meat is browned add tomato paste, soup, and diced tomatoes and mushrooms. Mix together elbows and meat mixture.

Bon Appetit!