Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I Am Never Having Jarred Spaghetti Sauce Again.


So. So. Good.
  • 1 Pound Italian Sausage
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 28 Ounces Diced Tomatoes
  • 6 Ounces Italian Tomato Paste
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
  • Hot COOKED Pasta

In a soup pot, cook sausage, onion, & garlic, in oil, over medium heat, then drain any grease.

Stir in the remaining ingredients - diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, parsley, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, dried basil, salt, Italian seasoning, & pepper.
 
Bring sauce to a boil then, reduce the heat & simmer, uncovered, for about 1 ½ hours, or until flavors are blended.

Serve this delicious sauce over your perfectly cooked spaghetti & EAT!
 
Note - There is definitely some variation & flexibility in the recipe depending on your taste buds. In the past I have just used regular tomato paste, but added in a little more Italian seasoning; it was very good! SO you can always mix it up with whatever you like, or have on hand!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Back In The Saddle Again!


HI EVERYBODY!

I know, it’s been a while... but such is life!

I hope everyone is doing well & doesn’t have any snow or anything equally as disappointing.

I am just peachy!

My Beans is FINALLY mostly healed up! I started riding him again anyway! I am so excited of how well he’s doing even though I haven’t ridden him since the middle of August & he still isn’t broke.


Reno is doing very well. My mom told me that he has had the earliest start than any other horse we have ever had, which makes me feel good. Since Beans was out of commission, so to speak, it gave me PLENTY of time to do LOTS of lunging & messing around with Reno. I’ve had him saddled & loping over culverts, into the trailer – backing out of the trailer, going over tarps, rubbed with flags, plastic bags, shaker paddles, & pretty much anything else that I could think of! I'm happy.


& RONI! He is changing so much! He’s pretty much the cutest thing I have ever laid eyes on. Okay, maybe not EVER, but yeah, he's cute. I love his ears!
 

Beautiful Bernie is doing VERY well. She is also very cute (: Happy Happy Happy Horse.


We sold our calves around the first of the month, which went pretty good. Because of the election, the calf prices dropped about 10 cents immediately, which was a downer. If we would’ve know, we would’ve sold them before the election. 10 cents doesn’t seem like a lot, but when it starts adding up to thousands of dollars, people get particular - & rightfully so! Okay, enough about that…
 

On a different note,
I found a photo challenge for this winter, (which I am going to attempt), & would love it if you'd join me! It’s just one picture a week starting Thanksgiving & going through April 5th. I thought that was pretty doable. You know, hopefully.

Here's the list!
  • November 23rd – Thankful
  • November 30th – Trees
  • December 7th – Weather (In your neck of the woods)
  • December 14th – Someone close to you
  • December 21st – Christmas
  • December 28th – Your babies (Kids, pets, sentimental items…)
  • January 4th – New beginnings
  • January 11th – Food
  • January 18th – A portrait of anyone
  • January 25th – Words
  • February 1st – Routine
  • February 8th – Love
  • February 15th – Your favorite thing
  • February 22nd – The Sky
  • March 1st – Black & white photo
  • March 8th – Travel (Anywhere! Even 20 miles down the road)
  • March 15th – Green
  • March 22nd – Animals
  • March 29th – The first signs of spring
  • April 5th – Memories
That is all for now. May your week be filled with many thanks, much love, & tons of yummy food!
~J