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An impromptu get together . . .

Monday, August 13, 2012

organized by my son. What can I say. About 5 pm the door bell rand and it was a friend of DS's stopping by to see how Clara and I were doing. About 10 minutes later the door bell again rang and it was several more friends. By the time the door bell stopped ringing there were 8 people here! It turns out that before he left yesterday he'd gotten in touch with his friends and asked them to stop by and visit. emoticon I couldn't believe it! So there were John's 8 friends, Clara and I . . . all starving! So . . . what to do. Well, the answer to that is cook simple, cook sparky style. Did it!

I cannot tell you how much it meant to Clara and I that all these friends stopped by! And to think my son organized this . . . verklempt! Jason was still out of town (he finally got home after midnight). It meant so much to sit around and share a meal and some laughs with John's friends. Made things a little better.

I was lucky that I had done some big batch cooking, so I had meatballs and spaghetti with sausage in the freezer, so got them all I had to do was microwave to heat. We were able to enjoy a meal together. While some were working on getting the spaghetti togehter, another friend, Clara and I worked on making a quick dessert, sparky inspired.

Hmmmmm....lots of things learned sitting around talking with your kids' friends! LOL We shared lots of laughs, which we all needed.

My Spaghetti

1 can San Marzano tomatoes (1 lb.)
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I use Prego chunky garden combo)
1/4 lb. Italian sausage (I use turkey sausage)
2 - 3 cloves of garlic crushed
1 cup sliced or diced mushrooms (love creminis -- baby portabellas)
1 lb. whole wheat pasta

Start a large pot of water to boiling. Be sure to add salt to the water. Taht's your only chance to flavor the spaghetti. When the water is at a rolling boil, add the spaghetti. Cook per package directions.

When they're done (usually like mine al dente, so that takes 10-12 minutes, depending on the pasta you use). Drain noodles and return them to the pot to stay warm.

Sauce: Start by browning your sausage in a large skillet till browned. Drain and add garlic to the pot. Add the mushrooms and cook till they're tender. Drain and add your tomatoes until the sauce thickens. Add your spaghetti sauce. When the sausage is cool enough to handle, cut it into bite size pieces adn add to the sauce.

**If you like your spaghetti sauce more chunky style, add 1 medium chopped onion, green and red pepper and you add lots of nutrition and fiber.**

Serves: 6 people
calories 135.3 calories
fat 6.5 gm.
carbs 16.5 gm.
protein 5.6 gm.

***If you want this as a vegitarian dish, of course, you could skip the sausage, which will also decrease your fat and calories.***

***I had made this when I did big batch cooking, so the sausage and spaghetti sauce were good-to-go. All I did was microwave to heat and added some parmaseano reggiano on top. ***


Turkey Sausage Meat Balls

1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 cup grated parmasean cheese
1/4 cup egg whites
1 tsp. oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, basil and thyme
pinch of nutmeg

preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. The meat mixture should be sticky enough to roll into approximately 1 oz. balls of meat (a small ice cream scoop is the perfect tool to get nicely shaped meat balls). Put the meat balls on a lined cookie sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes.

Serves: 18 people (approx. 1 oz. each meat ball)
calories 42.8 calories per meatball
fat 1.6 gm.
carbs ZERO
protein 7.6 gm.

**Since I had this frozen, all I had to do was microwave to warm. I sprinkle a bit of real parmaseano reggiano on top and put it in a serving dish so people can just help themselves to as many meatballs as desired.**


I wanted something quick and easy as a dessert and STILL have massive quantities of peaches (bought a LOT while at Costco)! So, this is what I made (the only thing that had to be made from scratch).

Peacn and Coconut Muffins

3 cups of almond flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup EVOO (you could use vegetable or canola oil)
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
2 cups of chopped peaches

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Gently beat eggs together with a wish or fork. Add sugar, flour, cinnamon, coconut, soda and salt into the egg. Stir in oil and peaches.

Divide the batter into two muffin pans (sprayed with cooking spray!) --- 24 total. Bake till golden about 25 minutes. Check for doneness with a tooth pick. If the toothpick comes out clean, they're done.

***NOTE: this recipe has sugar in it. You CAN substitute Splenda (same amount), which will decrease the calorie count and the nutrition information). This batch I made with regular sugar, since I didn't have an intent to have one.)

Serves 24 people
calories 177 calories
fat 9.7 gm.
carbs 21.6 gm.
protein 2.7 gm.

These freeze well. I had enough to send everyone home with some as I made a double batch.

So, I guess this weekend was impromptu! I was glad for the fellowship yesterday, that's for sure. I was very glad to have had the big batch freezer meals! It was a particularly fitting meal, because pasta of any kind is John's favorite meal.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SAMI199 9/10/2012 12:22AM


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/9/2012 8:10PM

    How emoticon of John to set this up for you and his friends and how very thoughtful and mature of them to follow through. I hope that you continue to have such wonderful days.
Blessings and hugs,

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RENIESSPARKIN 8/15/2012 2:13AM

    Wow! What a wonderful surprise. Your son is STUPENDOUS!!! I've got a big smile on my face just like I was there too.

Bless you all and you are always in my prayers.

Reniean> emoticon

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DLDMIL 8/14/2012 10:22PM

    I can't think of anything more special that your son could have provided for you. What a special kid. He knew you were going to need a chance to laugh and enjoy yourself. Your entire family and our troops are in my prayers. emoticon emoticon

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ROCKINMOM776 8/14/2012 5:26PM

    So glad you got to fellowship with John's friends... that was so sweet for him to organize! Verklempt... I picture Mike Myers from SNL doing his little skit... so funny!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/14/2012 10:49AM

    It's good to know that there are good kids left in this world. What thoughtful men.

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XRSIZE18 8/14/2012 9:19AM

    What a good kid. He must really love his momma. :) Those recipes all sound amazing - I've never tried turkey meatballs before. I'll have to give it a try.

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WILLPARKINSON 8/14/2012 5:26AM

    This is going to sound weird so please forgive me...

I have never met your son, but I adore him and his attitude. He's amazingly thoughtful, to a fault. He thinks of others in a way that so few people do. Despite everything going through his mind right now he still has you and your family first and foremost in his life and I find that incredibly admirable.

I'm glad you had a good time with friends and family. May you have many more when your son returns home to you.

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SPARKFRAN514 8/14/2012 12:56AM

    Your son has some great friends not many kids would come spend and evening like that with a friends mom and sister. glad you had sparkey food in the freezer what a mom to bad his dad was not home to enjoy the special event. your son gave you a great gift for his birthday the gift that you know what a good job you did raising him and to care for others. DS must have known mom would feed the friends some of his favorites. take care of your self and know that your family are in my prayers every day. I think i told you but not sure i replaced my flag and its back out hanging on my house. thanks for sharing the food you fixed what a special friend you have become taking the time to share . I plan to fix meal soon and i will think of you and your DS as we eat the meal
glad we went to summer camp together emoticon

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MELIVA 8/13/2012 11:25PM

    How sweet of him to think of you...and how awesome of his friends to commit to coming over and keeping you company! Wow!! And I bet you DID learn a lot about your kid from this visit. Hee hee. What an awesome story!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/13/2012 10:47PM

  Hi Barb........
You have obviously done everything right in raising such a caring and thoughtful son. That was the best possible thing to do for you and Clara. It was the next best thing to actually having John there. A group of friends who know him well and can share memories and laughs with you is exactly what you needed.
emoticon for sharing this with us. And, also for sharing more of your yummy recipes.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/13/2012 6:58PM

    Your John is a real winner... as are so many of our kids who serve! He clearly wants to see his mom well cared for. Those friends are there for a reason! emoticon

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IOEINC 8/13/2012 5:27PM

    Words fail me at the thoughtfulness of your son. And since you know that I am never at a loss for words, you can see how moved I am. Such a wonderful thing to do for John to do for you and Clara!!!

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HOPESINGH 8/13/2012 2:26PM

    It's great to read this. What a good idea John had, and how nice of his friends to drop by.

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MADAMES 8/13/2012 1:11PM

    What a fabulous story!! Petite flash mob at your house, and you cook dinner! I love it! How sweet on John's part.

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LINDAKAY228 8/13/2012 11:47AM

    Oh how sweet of your son to organize that and how wonderful of his friends to rise to the event! You have a great son and he has some awesome friends. Not all young men would have taken the time to do that. Glad you had such a great time. The food sounds delish too!

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GRANNYQUINN 8/13/2012 10:24AM

    Awesome , Mmmm , sounds tasty will have to try !

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HAGIN2010 8/13/2012 10:22AM

    What a wonderful, thoughtful thing for your son John to do. How fortunate you were so prepared. So glad you had such a surprise and good evening.

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/13/2012 10:17AM

    Awww... how very moving and how caring of John that he organized this! It says a lot about the way you raised him, you know! What a good and kind man he now is.
I am so impressed you were able to cook for all these people such a beautiful meal without notice! Wow. You are quite an amazing cook!
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NANCY- 8/13/2012 10:04AM

    How sweet of your son and how well prepared you were. This is so heartwarming.

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PLAYINGGAMES 8/13/2012 10:02AM

  What a great way to cheer you up!!! thinking good thoughts for your son! Your menu sounds delish!

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AUNTB63 8/13/2012 9:53AM

    What an incredibly sweet thing for John to should be proud of the job of raising + your family has done. He is turning out to be quite the thoughtful man. Glad the day went well. And the fact that you were prepared (freezer foods) with John's just was meant to be. Have another good day today! emoticon emoticon

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THECRAZYMANGO 8/13/2012 9:51AM

    What a thoughtful and caring thing for your son to do! That alone really shows how he has matures in the last year! You must be so proud of him. emoticon

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BOSS61 8/13/2012 9:45AM

    Stole the meatball recipe and thanks. However, just so you know, mushrooms are not food!

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MILLISMA 8/13/2012 9:43AM

    You have a wonderful full and some wonderful friends!!!

Thanks for sharing your recipes.

hugs....Mary Anne

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