1.16.2011

{Comfort food}

Like most other parts of the country, this past week here in South Texas has been cold and rainy. I don't necessarily mind it being cold or even if it is a bit rainy {as long as it doesn't last long}, but I really detest having them both hit at the same time. Not only does it make for pretty miserable weather, it wreaks havoc on the body.

The hubby had been sick the week of New Years and the following week. He was finally feeling better this week, then Little Man became ill.

We were up most of the night Tuesday and Wednesday night with him battling a terrible cough and then by Thursday afternoon, a high fever kicked in. Isn't it heartbreaking as a parent when your child is sick?? Finally by Friday, it was obvious it was time to get him in to see the doctor. I must admit, I dreaded the visit because ever since he had to go to the ER last summer, it's always a scary event for Little Man to have to see a doctor. For some odd reason, the blood pressure machine is what freaks him out more than anything.

Needless to say, all went well during our visit ...Little Man's doctor is a sweetheart and has a special way of easing his anxiety. She always gets him to laugh. Her diagnosis was a chest infection and strep throat. YIKES! (Bless his little heart... as my grandmother would say.) So we walked out with 4 different prescriptions and Little Man walking with a distinct and dramatic limp from the big 'ole fat shot he got in his thigh.

I'm happy to report he is feeling much better today. The medicine is most definitely kicking in and helping him feel better. But with this cold, rainy weather that settled in around us this weekend and with Little Man still on the mend, we pretty much stayed holed up in the house most of the weekend.

Mama decided it was time for one of our favorite comfort foods...Mexican Spaghetti. My mother-in-law created it and shared it with me years ago. It is a Mask favorite around here and super-duper easy...{my kind of recipe!}. So if you aren't familiar with Mexican Spaghetti and are needing a great recipe for those cold winter days....here's one to add to your collection.

All you need is this:
  • 1 can Ranch style beans
  • 1 can of Campbells or Franco American spaghetti
  • 1 small jar of picante sauce (preferably Pace Picante)
  • 1 pound of hamburger meat, cooked/drained
  • Shredded cheddar cheese



First... mix and heat the spaghetti, salsa and ranch-style beans over low heat together in a pot.

Side-note: If your little ones are going to be eating this, make sure you go with a "MILD" picante sauce (we've found Pace Picante tastes the best with this recipe). Unfortunately, I didn't have any around the house, so we had to go with Joe T's...Little Man loved it, but kept grabbing for his milk while he was eating his and waving his hand saying, "Spicy--woo--Spicy Mama!!"



Brown your meat and drain.



Then...add your meat to the spaghetti mixture.



Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to mixture, stir and heat thoroughly.



And voila!... it is ready to serve....


...a great recipe for a cold winter day!

The funny thing for those of us who live here in South Texas...our winter spell never lasts long. I just checked the weather forecast for next week---they are calling for the mid-high 80's most of the week.

Lovely....

Jennifer

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