Over the last few years I’ve purchased pre-made jarred and boxed groceries less and less, finding that it really isn’t all that much more to make it myself, PLUS I know what is exactly going into my food. Spaghetti sauce is one of those I’ve flat out not bought pre-made any more. This past weekend I decided to go all out and scratch made sauce, meatballs, and noodles. There are so so many recipe variations out there. I looked at some and found common ingredients and whipped up my own thing.
- 2 15oz cans of tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp basil
Simmer all the ingredients in a saucepan for a good 30 min or more. Let the flavors really infuse. If you want even more tomato-y taste, add some more paste. If you like chunky sauce, then sub a can of the chopped tomatoes. Also, you can get the paste in a tube so you can re-seal and use later.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 C Italian bread crumbs
- 1/4 C grated parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- Salt and pepper
Throw it all in a bowl and dig in with your hands! I then used a small cookie scoop to roll them out on a nonstick pan. Baked at 425 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Freeze what you don’t eat! They are quick to pull out and defrost for your next pasta night.
I got out of town for a couple days. Got to visit some friends in Tyler, TX. I’d actually been plotting for several months to surprise him by setting up the visit with his wife. He was in a motorcycle accident several months ago and had his day in court. I thought he could use a little moral support. And actually he did really well, if the outcome wasn’t the best case scenario. I will say it is very interesting to watch people in a small municipal court. Let’s just say my bud was the most well dressed, mannered, and spoken person there.
But prior to that, together we went 4wheeling at this amazing place that has some 2000 acres just for that purpose. $20 and you can ride and mud and chill until your heart’s content. I’ve ridden an ATV a time or two, but certainly never like anything I did Thursday. And I can unequivocally say I have never been as dirty as I was at the end of the day (thanks largely to my friend dragging both me and his wife into a mud pit). It was great fun and a heck of an experience, one that I think we can all agree was not very typical for me! And that just may be why it was such a blast!
I woke up today with such confusion and disappointment. Hardly effective words to describe my reaction to what is becoming a part of the daily news cycle in this country.
We say and sing “God Bless America”. All I’m asking is, didn’t He? Perhaps He did and we said “no thank you”. And now as the morality of our society goes, so too does our country. And Romans 1:28 prevails:
“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
Now is the time for the Church to rise and unite in the Spirit of God, come out of our comforts and safety, seek to know God and to make Him known. The Church must push past the societal cries of intolerance and bigotry, accept the words of Jesus that we would be hated as a result, and humbly and lovingly live, speak, and lead the truth of 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”