Saturday, July 30, 2016

Million Dollar Spaghetti and Easy Pecan Pie

Happy Saturday! Today has been a busy day in McDonough, Georgia. The kids in the county will go back to school on Monday and it's tax free weekend on school necessities here in Georgia. The shopping centers were packed! I love to see people shopping at local stores (and national chains) because it builds the local economy and tax base.

This past week at work has been really busy but I'm loving my new job! It's so good to feel like I'm making a positive impact and that my talents are being utilized in a big way. Within the past few months I've joined the local United Way Advisory Board, the Henry County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, McDonough Junior Women's Club and the McDonough Arts Council Board of Directors. Our community has so much to offer and I'm excited to get to be part of that.

I had a few errands to run earlier this morning but after those were finished, I had a relaxing afternoon. I decided to cook a decent meal for Chuck since it has been a few weeks since I've cooked a real meal.

A few weeks ago, I was going through some of my mother-in-laws old pictures and mementos and I found the most simple little recipe for Pecan Pie. I'm not sure who wrote the recipe or where it came from but I knew it would be delicious!

How cute is this? The recipe is so simple and (nearly) impossible to mess up.

I used a pre-made/refrigerated pie crust and baked for 10 minutes loosely covered with aluminum foil. The foil keeps the tips of the pie crust from burning.

After the crust bakes for 10 minutes, I added the syrup and pecan mixture and baked for another 40 minutes loosely covered. 

When it came out of the oven, Chuck couldn't wait for it to cool before he had a piece. Here is a picture of the Pecan Pie (falling apart!).  I topped it with some Cool Whip and hurried to get a picture. It might not be pretty, but it tasted so good!

After I got the pie in the oven, I started on the Million Dollar Spaghetti recipe. Here's the ingredients that I used: 

1    16 oz. package of spaghetti noodles
1    pound ground beef (or ground turkey)
1    16 oz. jar spaghetti sauce (your choice of brands/flavors)
1    stick of butter, sliced and divided
1    cup cottage cheese
1    8 oz. package cream cheese softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1    8 oz. package shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking directions: 

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Boil water and cook spaghetti according to instructions on box. Brown ground beef or ground turkey in a skillet. I added a little garlic powder for flavor but that is completely optional. When meat is cooked, drain grease and return to skillet. Add spaghetti sauce to meat and cook. Add cream cheese, cottage cheese and sour cream to spaghetti sauce and meat. Stir and cook for 5-7 minutes. 

While sauce is cooking, add six small pats of butter to bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish. 

Add a layer of cooked spaghetti on top of the butter and follow with a layer of the sauce mixture. 

Add another layer of butter pats, noodles and sauce mixture. 

Cook the dish for 30 minutes covered with an aluminum foil tent. Remove tent and add cheddar cheese to the top of the dish. Cook uncovered for another 10 minutes or until all the cheese is melted. 

Your Million Dollar Spaghetti will look similar to this when you take 
it from the oven. 

A little scoop of this goes a very long way. I would love to take this recipe and the ingredients with us the next time we go up to the mountains or down to the coast for a getaway. 

What are you cooking this weekend? 

With warmth and love,

CEO- The House of Q’s
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