Tuesday, March 06, 2007

This is what:

--a 24 year old does to relax after a full days work! Nothing like a little gaming on a hand-held Play Station to help ease the stress of the first day of a new job.

--my two "office guys" look like just before sitting down to a Spaghetti dinner

--what a happy Mama looks like as she closes her eyes and thanks God for this very good, most outstanding day!

Sons first day on the job went without incident. He will spend the next two weeks in training. He will be trained as a Data Document Coordinator: Data Entry and all that entails. He arrived home at 6:30 p.m. sharp to sit down to a family dinner of Spaghetti, his personally requested and all-time favorite meal. As recipes are being shared at our parties let me, for the first time ever, share this "secret" family recipe.

Now, I have been seeing some fabulous gourmet recipes posted around the blogosphere; if you know me at all, you will not be surprised that this "secret" family recipe is not sophisticated--it simply involves love! Love of shared family meals in the past and the hope of many to come!

2 lbs ground beef, seasoned to taste (salt, pepper, onions, garlic)
Add one jar (yup, it includes ready-mixed cans!) of Ragu, traditional
Simmer, allowing to marinate for as much time as you have!
The secret to this recipe: ......it's a long-held tradition....rarely disclosed:
SUGAR! I sprinkle 2 tbs sugar over mixture
Boil spaghetti (until it sticks to the wall when tossed!)
Add your favorite side dish (we love garlic bread, a side salad, corn on the cob and Diet Coke in a wine glass!)

Believe it or not, this is the meal my children believe that only their mom can make! "Mom, this is the best spaghetti in the world!"

Now you know why I have never disclosed my recipe.......it is undeserving of such accolade! However, we all know, there is grand value in deeply held traditions. One that is difficult to maintain as our children grow up and have busy schedules, is the family dinner. So while this "secret" family recipe is not grand....it has huge value!

One last party issue before you leave to do some serious party-hopping: current events. Did any of you see the documentary on Jesus' Tomb being discovered? I intentionally did not watch it but did run across a great commentary on it by Bible Scholar, Ben Witherington. Don't miss this intellectual (and brilliant) response to this controversial documentary.

To wrap up your visit (and thanks for stopping by)....all of this is to simply say, THIS, my friends, is what a good day looks like!


Karla said...

no entiendo nadaaaaaaaaaaa

Katkat said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, you jhave a nice one yourself!

Heather Smith said...

That is SOOO awesome! Yay for your son, and for you too! Hmmm...sugar in spaghetti, who'da thunk?

Mom Tu-Tu said...

You have a very nice blog! Thank you for visiting mine and for your nice comments!

Linda said...

You all look so happy. I'm glad this is working out so well. I pray he will be able to learn everything quickly and enjoy his job.
The secret ingredient may be sugar, but I believe it is the love that makes it the family favorite!!

Terri @ In His Hands said...

That is exactly how my mom used to make our spaghetti! Ragu with sugar added!

You have a beautiful family! I'm interested in hearing how your older kids handled having a baby around. My son will be nine by the time we get our baby from China. We have no idea how old she will be---most likely 15-20 months or so. Who knows!

Thanks for stopping by and delurking! I'm so glad you did because I really enjoy your blog! :)

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Kristen said...

Fabulous! He looks contented and you look joyous! :-)

I always thought (and still do) that my mom makes the best spaghetti. I think all children think that of their mothers. I try to make my spaghetti the same way my mom does, but it never turns out quite right. However, my kids think that I make the best spaghetti. And the tradition continues. ;-)

Thanks for the compliment on my party. It's been sooo fun!

Linda said...

My mom used to put sugar on our spaghetti, too! Congrats to your son. We are not quite there in life yet, (oldest is 20), but we're close. It's a great time in life.

C. H. Green said...

We had spaghetti for dinner last night....amazing...will have to try that sugar...I love being your friend.

Kelly Klepfer said...

"Boil spaghetti (until it sticks to the wall when tossed!) "

You do crafts, too? : )

Or is it just creative decorating?

I usually use crepe paper for parties, but I might try this idea.

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by! Nice to meet you. Enjoy the partay!

Sugar huh? I'd try anything once.

Missi said...

Ah, I use sugar in my spaghetti too! My hubby thought I was crazy!

You have a great blog. Thanks for visiting me via the party!!

Dawn said...

Dad looks so happy! And they look so much alike.

Yep, spaghetti is about the favorite around here, too.

Overwhelmed! said...

Thanks for stopping by to say “Hi” on my Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party post.

Thanks for sharing your family recipe! :) I'd love it if you'd stop by my blog on Friday to participate in my "St. Patrick's Day" themed Favorite Ingredients Friday recipe exchange!

eph2810 said...

Looks like a great day to me. I make our garlic-butter bread with slices of tomatoes and sprinkle some mozzarella on top -- bake it until the cheese is melted - yummy....

Have a blessed day.