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one year ago today

a story and recipe share

Last night I made another form of spaghetti.  I found this one in the Gooseberry Patch Family favorite recipes. 

Again, I seem to keep making a meal for a table full of people...I should have invited you all over.

Family cookbook 


Baked spaghetti 

Virginia's Baked Spaghetti

16-oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked

2-(24-oz.) jars spaghetti sauce

2 lbs. ground beef, browned

1/4 c. butter

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

2 t. salt

1/2 t. garlic powder

12-oz. evaporated milk

3 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Combine spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce and ground beef in a large bowl; set aside.  Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat; add flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and garlic powder, stirring constantly until smooth and bubbly.  Add evaporated milk and one cup cheddar cheese; stir until thickened.

Pour half of spaghetti noodle mixture into a greased 13"x9" casserole dish and pour the cheese mixture over top.  Pour remaining noodle mixture into dish; top with remaining 2 cups cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.  Serves 12.


I've been picking Elaine's kids up from the bus stop on Thursdays so they end up having dinner with us.  Around our dinner table we have always talked.  We have always asked each one how their day was and what they learned in school.  It gets them to thinking...last night was no different.  Jim would also tell a little story sometimes, usually they were made up but sometimes they weren't, but the kids always believed him whether they were real or not.  Who wouldn't, the stories always sounded so real that they kept you wondering.

Yesterday was Abe Lincoln's birthday, and Jim started to tell our guests a story about how their Great Great Grandfather was born on Abraham Lincoln's birthday....but was he really?  The story I've heard tell was that their Great Great Great Grandmother (his mother) actually changed his birth date to the day Abe was born.  Babies were born in the homes back then so no one knew if you changed the date or not.  This is one of those stories that always kept me wondering...was he or wasn't he?

Jim also told the eager listeners that he himself was born on a famous politicians birthday, but we had to guess who it was.  So, they being a bit too young to name any names, that task was left up to me.  Well, I failed to come up with the correct name, so he revealed the answer being Adolf Hitler.

The question is was he or wasn't he? be the judge (lol).

You all have a super day today and don't take any wooden nickles ;)