For my tablesetting, I used my trio of iron angels that I bought years ago at a local trade days. They are holding star tealight holders from Wal Mart. I used my little trunk that I fix seasonally. It is filled with greenery and berries and a big bow. My grandmother's gorgeous lace tablecloth is scrunched up underneath.
I love doilies and used two as placemats for our cozy dinner for two.
I used my Old Britain Castles with my Target plates, by Furio on top. I love the mix of colors and patterns. Flatware is my red Cambridge from Homegoods. Crystal is our wedding pattern, Elyse by Franciscan.
The pretty cordials are Ruby King's Crown tied with a little ornament, with our names. These make great placecards for our whole family!
A poinsettia with a ribbon is tied around a green ribbon.
I had this recipe saved for quite awhile before I made it. What took me so long??!! It was originally found on Sugar Pie Farmhouse. It really isn't a pie that you cut and serve, but more a scoop out and serve. The wonderful thing about this meal is that everything, including the spaghetti noodles, is done in the same skillet. When I first made it, I used my cast iron skillet, but everything barely fit. When I made it again, I used my largest skillet. I don't think I'll ever make spaghetti the old way, after trying this. It is dee-lish!!!
|This is truly delicious!|
2 T. olive oil
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage (I actually use all sausage)
4 cloves, garlic, minced
3 T. fresh parsley, chopped
14 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t. dried oregano (I used 1/2 t.)
1/4 t. Italian seasoning (I used 1/2 t.)
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
2 cups water
1 T. sugar
1 t. salt
8 ounces spaghetti, broken into 3 inch pieces (not angel hair) (I use Dreamfields pasta to save carbs)
4 T. fresh basil
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
In an 11-inch or larger cast iron skillet (or skillet with a heat proof handle), saute onion in olive oil on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add ground beef and sausage and cook over medium-high heat. When almost brown, drain any grease, then add garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, oregano, and Italian seasoning. Once the ground beef and sausage is browned, stir in the crushed tomatoes, water, sugar, and salt. Add broken spaghetti, pushing down into the liquid. and cover for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, stir pasta so the noodles don't stick together. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 6 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. Add basil, Parmesan cheese and cream, stir well. Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese, put in oven to broil until spotty brown (watch carefully!!).
NOTE: This can be made in a big pot and then poured into a 9 x 13" pan. However, if it is pyrex, do not broil, just bake at around 375 degrees until cheese is melted.
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