Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Last night I had my parents, sister, and niece over for dinner. I made a dish I found online called Bacon Cheeseburger Spaghetti. Instead of regular spaghetti sauce, it calls for ketchup, barbecue sauce, and mustard. I am not particularly fond of mustard, so I ended up omitting it. It was a nice change from traditional spaghetti. Everyone really enjoyed it. My husband was not expecting much from it, but I turned him into a believer! Anyways, here is the recipe that I used...

10 oz. uncooked spaghetti
1 lb. ground beef
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 c. ketchup
1 c. barbecue sauce
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.
In large skillet, brown beef and drain.
Stir in ketchup, barbecue sauce and bacon. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer.
Serve over pasta, and spread cheese on top of the whole dish.

Enjoy. :)

In other news, my husband and I have decided to take a little weekend trip to Charlotte, NC for the New Year. I am looking forward to it very much. We will be meeting a few of his college friends there. They live all over the country, so arranging a time for them all to meet is difficult. I guess New Years is as good a time as any.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dutch Apple Pie with Oatmeal Streusel

I made a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful apple pie yesterday. I knew I wanted to make one for my husband, since it is autumn, and he loves apple pie. So I began searching for a good recipe online, and found one that got good reviews so I decided to try it. We ended up eating at my in-laws house for dinner, so everybody got to eat some. My father in law loves apple pie, so when he said it was delicious, I knew I had really found a winner! I found it on

I tweaked the recipe in a few ways, I used a homemade lard crust for one, which in my opinion is the only kind of pie crust there is! Second, I didn't freeze it at all, and I didn't use any allspice. And instead of lemon zest, I used lemon juice. But, it... was... goooood.

I am finding myself pouring over wedding photos from our wonderful photographer, and I cannot believe how happy I am with the results. There are hundreds and hundreds of photos, but I am glad she took such an abundance.
I got my dress at New York Bride in Syracuse, NY and I have to admit, I was nervous about how much I paid for it, but after seeing the photos and the reactions it got from our guests, I totally made the right choice. The dress itself is pretty plain and classic, but I think the factor that set it apart is its train. It's huge. I felt just like a princess wearing it. And our photographer must have felt the same way, because she loved the dress so much, she offered to do a Trash the Dress session for me at no charge. We are meeting next week for the shoot.

Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight. . . and then watching the Yankees game.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

An Introduction

Good evening everybody! I am new to Blogger, so I thought I would share a little about myself.
I am a brand new wife to a wonderful man. We've been married for one month and one day. I love, love, love being married.
Waking up next to the man I love.
Falling asleep while hearing his gentle breath.
Knowing that whatever happens, we have each other.
Taking care of him in whatever ways I can.
Doing my best to love him with the sacrificial love we are commanded to give.

We have a crazy dog, Grady. He doesn't quite know how to behave like a respectable dog. But, our lives would be boring without him.

Although I have never really had to cook before getting married, I have found it an enjoyable learning experience. Sitting down and planning a menu for the week ahead, going to the grocery store, and trying new things in the kitchen are all new to me. My mother-in-law told me before the wedding that if I liked good food, I would become a good cook. I do like good food, but I don't know when the good cook part is going to kick in.

The first time I tried making roasted potatoes...
I sliced the potatoes way too thin, put them in way too much oil, had the oven on too high, and left them in way too long. They were seriously potato chips by the time I took them out. My loving husband ate them though, and claimed that he liked them. I have since learned from those mistakes!

I do love to bake, and I feel like I am a bit more accomplished in this area. Cakes, cookies, muffins, decadent desserts, I love them all! I want this blog to be a place where I can share my favorite recipes, and just tell funny kitchen stories.

With that said, I'm off to make grilled cheese with tomato soup for dinner tonight! It just sounded so good on such a rainy day.