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Sundays and Spring Forwarding

It’s Sunday, sunny and bright.

Did you Spring forward?

We did, last night.

~sigh~   Image from Newsday.com

Crap, anyways. Image from Newsday.com

It’s Sunday, time to cook and clean.

Laundry’s done, groceries are ready,  my guys have spoken, they want chicken spaghetti.

That plus some Poor Man’s and they’ll be all set, and I’ll settle in for my long winter’s nap …nothing.   Gargh!

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Here’s a picture from our birthday celebration yesterday: Oldest boy and his cubs.  Our Grandson is affectionately known as “The Rooster” – his internal clock can rival any alert system ever created.  Little lady is known as “The Governor” for her effective negotiating skills.  Good times and much ❤ yesterday.

Boo and the cubs.  An Emjayandthem(C) photo

Boo and the cubs. An Emjayandthem(C) photo

So tell me, does Daylight Savings time kick your butt, too?   How do you spend your Sundays?

 

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On kindness and casseroles

Hubbs always tells me I give too much away. And he’s probably right.

I do. I can’t help it, that’s how I was raised, it’s what was modeled for me from my earliest days.

When someone’s hurting, you help. When someone’s sick, you help. When someone’s struggling, you help.

The thing is, he loved that quality about me, when we met.

Nowadays, I am not so sure.

Yes, he’ll take the accolades that come our way when I do what I do … for others.  But I think that, sometimes, he wonders what’s left in there for him. He has a point, and I get what he saying:   Save some of you …  for me.

But the thing is, it’s not that complicated, convoluted, or otherwise.

It’s actually very simple:

I do what I do because that’s how I cope.

That’s how I cope when I get the news that someone I love is dying, when someone I love is trying to survive divorce, when someone I love needs a reminder that there’s still good in the world. That there are still people who will do for others … if they can.

Cooking up something comforting and lovely allows me to do something when circumstances dictate there’s nothing that can be done.

Don’t get me wrong, he’s not unfeeling.

He’s just never cooked a casserole. 🙂

He’s never experienced another telling him how much they enjoyed what his hands created.  How wonderful it was to have home-made loveliness to wake up to. How nice it was to not worry about cooking a meal.

He’s never had someone tell him how they tucked away the last piece of cheese ball to savor late at night after the chemo and through the tears when they could nibble and cry without someone there watching them.

He’s never seen the smiles Heath Bar brownies can bring to a new mother smiling through gritted teeth as a new baby wails in the background.

He’s never known it. Never done it.  How could he know?

I can’t blame him,  because if you’ve never done it, you couldn’t  possibly know that all casseroles call for one  readily-available ingredient:  kindness.

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chicken spaghetti; google.images.com

I made 2 pans of chicken spaghetti last night .. recipe on my blog 🙂

How do you cope when people you love are hurting? Do you cook, clean, putter in the workshop, drink, smoke, walk, what?

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TLC Chicken Spaghetti

There are many versions of this recipe out there but this is mine, adapted from one I found at Taste of Home.  Our boys added the “TLC” moniker, an abbreviation for the “tender,  loving care” they claim is baked “right in.”

TLC Chicken Spaghetti is a “go-to” dish to bring to the bereaved, give to the recovering or drop off to new parents. It’s easy for a family or a party of one to enjoy; it warms up just as well in the middle of the night or for lunch the next day. But what you really need to know is this: it’s delicious.  The recipe makes a lot but I promise you, this is soul-filling, hearty, warm you-to-your-toes kind of food.  And it’s perfectly paired with a pan of my Game Day Brownies or Magic Pumpkin Spice Cake.

While not low calorie, I have been able to reduce some of the of the fat and salt by using reduced fat and low sodium ingredients and not compromising on the taste.

MJ’s TLC Chicken Spaghetti

*   1 small onion, chopped
*   3 stalks of celery, chopped
*   2 tbsp margarine

*   1 cooked rotisserie chicken (OR 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken)
*   2 ½ cans of low sodium chicken broth
*   1 12 oz package Spaghetti Noodles
*   2 10.5 oz cans Cream Of Chicken Soup (you can use low fat/low sodium)
*   1 10 oz can of Ro*Tel (Diced Tomatoes with Green chile peppers; store brand OK)
*   1- 16oz brick of Velveeta Cheese, cubed (you can use store brand and/or reduced fat)
*   Seasoning to taste – your choice. I use a bit of garlic, seasoning salt, cayenne and Onion Mrs. Dash
*   1 cup shredded cheddar – I like Colby Jack or Sharp Cheddar in this.

chicken spaghetti; google.images.com

How to prepare:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease 1 9×13 pan or 2 8×8 pans (freezes and travels well).

Melt the margarine and saute the celery and onion until tender, about 5 min.  You could substitute a bit of oil here for the margarine, if you wish.

Remove meat from the chicken and tear/cut into bite-sized pieces.  I use both dark and light meats.  You’ll end up with about 2-3 cups of chicken.

Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a rolling boil; break the spaghetti in half and cook to el dente – not soft but not crunchy either (about 7 minutes).  You want the spaghetti to be slightly undercooked for this recipe.   Drain the water from your spaghetti and place the hot spaghetti back into the pot.

Pour chicken broth over the spaghetti and then stir in your sautéed vegetables.
Next, cut Velveeta into cubes and stir into the noodle mixture; the cheese will start to melt. Then pour in the 2 cans of soup (do not add water) + 1 can of tomato/green chiles mixture.  Stir well and add seasoning.

Pour the entire mixture into the pan(s) and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Place pan(s) in the oven for about 25 minutes or until all the cheese is melted on top and the sauce mixture is bubbling slightly.

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 min; the sauce will thicken as it stands.

Serve with steamed vegetables, a tossed salad, garlic bread or rolls and drinks of your choice.  Stand back and smile at the accolades sure to come your way!

To freeze:  Prepare casserole as per above.  Let cool completely.  Then cover the unbaked dish with plastic wrap.  Then do it again.  Wrap twice in tinfoil and freeze immediately.  To cook at a later date, remove from freezer and defrost in the fridge (24 hours).  Remove all plastic and foil then bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 -35 minutes.

What are you cooking today?

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