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!