Monday, October 26, 2009

Meal Swap....

We did a meal swap with our Bible Study and it was so much fun and something I would definitely do again! It was a lot of work right away but to have 5 meals in the freezer ready to go was so worth it!! If you don't know what a meal swap is, it's when you make so many meals of the exact same thing. Here I made Baked spaghetti and made 6 batches of them(some I split up as there families wouldn't be able to eat all of it at one time) Then you all meet and exchange what you've made. Some of the meals that we received were chicken pot pie, enchiladas, sloppy joes with potatoes, soup, and another pasta meal(i can't remember the name of it). So we got a great variety and it's been great not having to cook every night!!

Here's the reciepe for the baked spaghetti!! SO GOOD!!!

Italian Spaghetti Pie

1 ½ lb Italian Sausage – I used half mild, half hot
1 med onion, chopped
mushrooms, optional
2-4 tsp. brown sugar
Brown above ingredients together.
Prego Traditional Sauce -14 oz.
2 c. tomato juice – V8
1 can tomato soup/Roasted Garlic & Herbs (I used just 1 can even when doubling)
3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. or more chili powder
1 tsp. or more oregano
1 tsp. or more Italian seasoning
garlic powder- I used fresh
pepper/light on salt to taste
4 Tbsp. ketchup
*Lawry’s Spaghetti Mix (powder pkg) (I used McCormicks) *secret ingred. 
Mix all ingredients together, simmer. I was generous on the seasonings. Before putting a piece of pie on the plate put a ladle of sauce onto it and serve sauce on the side. This freezes well.

Cook one small pkg. spaghetti noodles, drain. In large bowl, add ½ c. butter, softened or slightly melted-I didn’t double the butter when doubling the recipe, ½ - ¾ c. Parmesan Cheese, I also added a container of Ricotta Cheese, and 3 beaten eggs. Mix together.

Fold in cooked noodles, spread in 9x13 buttered pan to form crust.
Layer with Mozzarella Cheese.
Pour spaghetti sauce on top.
More mozzarella cheese 
Bake at 350 ½ hr w/cover and another ½ hr w/o cover to brown cheese.

I doubled the recipe and made a lasagna pan and a medium casserole pan to freeze!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Apple Tree

The boys planted an apple tree with Great Grandpa Quentin!

I Love Playdates....

Especially when they have the big ball pit!!! Seriously I think it would be so fun to jump in them myself! I think they need to make adult ones!! (do you think they sanitize the balls every night?)
Here's Eliot, my friend Shelly's little one! Isn't he adorable and especially those Blue eyes!
Cayden and Blake love him as well!! Blake calls him Ewiot!

Fall weekend at the Cabin!

I'm trying to install the love of taking pictures in my kids, so I do let Cayden touch my camera on very rare he is taking a picture of his mom!! I'd show you what else he took pictures of but people's roof tops and the ground probably aren't very interesting!! But he's at least learning!!

My Lovely seriously always ten steps behind us! He is always picking something off the ground or moseying along!
Andrew in his sleepy wrap!!

I love fall for this reason! The leaf throwing!
I've been trying to take pictures differently and in new I set out on a walk with my camera and these are some things I came up with!

I was taking this picture to hang up in the boys room....can you spot Justin???

Perfect whining moment!
Fun with the mirror!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Destruction of the Birds nest....

My mom had 2 birds nest under her deck that we took down to let the boys LOOK at. Why is it that boys have to destroy everything or kill all bugs?? Just look at their faces as there thinking about what they should do with them....
(What if I pull here?)
(Should I tear this apart?)
(And off we go.....)

Whoa...that was fun! I think all boys think like that...unless it's just mine!

Playing with Andrew

I love finding my boys all playing NICELY together!!

Chad's Birthday!

Making Sundae's with Uncle Chad!
Yummy Toppings!
The Perfect Sundae
All my boys have these beautiful long Eyelashes!

Wrestling with Papa!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Boys!

Cayden went thru a tennis playing streak! He was always wanting to go hit the Ball around!
....see Cayden......he needs to learn to keep his hands to himself. He is always touching Blake or Andrew!!

...and this makes me nervous!
My 3 BOYS!