Archive | January 2017

It’s National Spaghetti Day!




Who doesn’t love a good plate of spaghetti? According to the Internet, Americans consume about twenty pounds of pasta per person each year. I know my kids loved it and I made it often. Now they are grown, and I don’t cook as much. Through the years I have tried different recipes. A few years ago I modified a recipe I found for baked spaghetti – a winner with my husband.


To acknowledge National Spaghetti Day, I’m posting my recipe. NSD – a good reason to make spaghetti for dinner tonight!


Baked Spaghetti

1 pound ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

12 small meatballs

24 oz Prego sauce (I use traditional), reserve ½ cup

8 oz spaghetti, cooked

2 cups Mozzarella cheese

Cook ground beef and onion together in large skillet. Defrost meatballs in microwave. Add to meat. Pour sauce into skillet and simmer while spaghetti cooks. Spray 13×9 baking dish with Pam and spread reserved sauce on bottom of the dish. Place drained spaghetti on top of sauce. Cover with meat sauce. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.







Today is a new beginning. Some look at it as a clean slate, a way to start over. I’ve never been good at keeping New Year resolutions. Because of this fact, I’ve decided to focus on things I can do in 2017 to enrich my life.

I want to set aside more personal time for things I enjoy:
piano study

I recently realized that when I’m home by myself, there is silence. I don’t know when listening to music disappeared from my life, but it is something I miss. I will combine the mundane with the marvelous and play music while I perform unexciting necessary tasks like housekeeping and cooking.

It has been a while since I’ve attended a live performance of any type. Over the years our family has enjoyed many performances at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theater. Perhaps it’s the drive through Atlanta that has influenced my absence. In 2017, I plan to take advantage of local theater offerings and those of the Cobb Energy Center – it’s in Cobb County, where I reside.

I believe by doing these things I will be happier and maybe even nicer to be around. What are your plans for 2017?