Friday, May 15, 2009

Staple it Together

And call it a Friday post! The car they loaned me to replace my four-cylinder Escape was the cat's meow! A 2010 Mustang! Leather seats, fully loaded. OMGosh. Are they trying to make a sale or something? And how did they know I've always loved Mustangs? No doubt I couldn't afford to insure a lug nut on this baby. It did look good though.
The grizzly boys thought it was pretty fine too. Even Ross, who is partial to Chevrolet and Dodge thought it was nice. When Cam got home from "watching" football practice (he can't practice 'cause he's still sick), he just had to drive it to his GF's house. How could I possibly tell that face no?
So I let him. He told me, mom, I've been driving for nine months and I haven't even had a wreck. Sounded all right to me. She only lives about six miles away.

I cooked supper last night. I didn't even screw it up. I took this with me to the grocery store.
Like Santa, I checked my list twice to make sure I didn't leave anything out. I actually got everything! I made a Baked Ziti. It turned out great!
Here's the recipe just in case you'd like to try it. It was pretty easy, actually. Duh, right. I bet you're thinking, if she can do it, anybody can. When I make it again, though, I'm going to add a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes. It could've used more tomatoes I thought. To me, biting into the tomato was the best part.
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced (I buy it in a jar, already minced. 1/2 teaspoon equals 1 clove.)
1 pound ground chuck ( or ground whatever you use)
1 (26-ounce) jar tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 (16-ounce) box ziti
3 Tablespoons butter
3 cups milk
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (8-ounce shredded mozzarella cheese)
Saute chopped onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium high heat five minutes or till tender. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Add beef and cook till it's done. Drain and return to pan. Stir in pasta sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the pasta in large pan according to the box. Drain pasta and return to pan.
Melt butter in saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium and cook, whisking constantly, 10 minutes,(I didn't whisk it constantly. I don't do anything constantly. Even for only 10 minutes.)
or until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in Parmesan cheese, pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour this over pasta. Stir till pasta is coated.
Put pasta mixture in a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish. Top with beef mixture; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or till cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
It was yummy. Messed up a few dishes, which brings me to my next thought. Have y'all ever played the game "Would You Rather?" Well, would you rather use the dishwasher and have to load them and unload them?
Or wash them by hand in a nice, warm sudsy sink? Can you tell I'd rather wash them by hand?
My mom and dad's dishwasher works so well that you don't even have to rinse your dishes before you stick them in the dishwasher. I mean you can stick a plate with food stuck all over it and it'll come out crystal clean. Mine, you practically have to wash it before you put it in the dishwasher. I may as well wash it-wash it. Besides I like the instant satisfaction I get from washing dishes. Sick, I know.
And looky looky what my sister the Domestic Diva, Suz, made last night. The world famous Cake Balls. How absolutely divine do those look? She's promised me she's gonna make some for Sunday Supper. I'm not going to let her forget. No way. She said they're a little bit of work, but I'll just bet they're worth every minute of it. Here's the recipe.
Any flavor cake mix your heart desires. (Suz used a butter cake mix.)
A container of whatever flavor frosting your heart desires. (Suz used cream cheese.)
Chocolate or vanilla almond bark. (Suz used both.)
Bake the cake according to the directions. While the cake is warm, crumble it up in a bowl. Add the container of frosting. Refrigerate the cake and frosting mixture for AT LEAST AN HOUR before making into balls.
Make the cake balls. (Suz bought a scooper so they'd all be the same size. She's real smart like that.)
Melt the almond bark and dip the balls into the bark. Tap the excess off the cake balls.
Try not to eat them all yourself. Save some for others. Jeez.
If you like vintage linens and things, you have absolutely got to go to her store . Some of the things just took my breath away. They're gorgeous. I'm ordering me a tablecloth. Soon.
BTW, the dealership can't find anything wrong with my car. I guess I was just dreaming that I was STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD WITH A CAR THAT WOULDN'T MOVE. Maybe I'll just keep that Mustang a little longer. . .
Happy Friday, y'all!


Theresa said...

My Step-daughter has a Mustang like that and she loves it. You just crack me up. You know something is funny when you sit at 5:40AM and just laugh out loud! Thanks for the recipes for both the main dish and dessert! Cam looked happy and feeling better:) Love you and have a great Friday! When I woke up this morning, I thought it was Monday...????

Cindy Lou said...

Girl you know you looked good driving that car!! And yeah they probably are trying to make a sale! But I am sure it is fun while you have it! The Baked Ziti looked wonderful!!! And so did the cake balls! Never heard of them but will be giving that one a try! Have a great day! Oh and tell Cam he looked really good sitting behing that wheel!!! Lots of Love!!!

Laura said...

What a great looking recipe. That Southern Living is something else. They could publish recipes for dirt and it would be delicious!

Have fun today,

Joyce said...

Drives me nuts when you know there is something wrong with your vehicle and they say they can't find it. Ya know it will happen again. Oh, well, what can you do. My back doesn't let me stand at the sink that long to do dishes. I do love soapy water though!!!! Have a great weekend! Love ya!

Jason said...

No question, dishwashers are the way to go!! Live without one for about six year and talk to me. I'll run it twice if I have to.
Cam looked like a cutie-pie in that 'Stang.
Love you and TGIF and THANKS for working hard so I can do end-of-school stuff.

suzanne said...

I don't know why my comment showed up with Jason's name?? Anywho....

wendy said...

I want some cake balls!!!!!!! That casserole looks delic--------too bad, well actually it is a GOOD thing you live far away from me, I'd be on your doorstep for dinner.

nan Kelly said...

I made this last night and it was sooooooooooooooo good...