Archive for February, 2008

Family Traditions

Having family traditions is what makes holidays memorable.  I for one look forward to the same family traditions every year.  One thing that my family does every year and for every member of the family is have a birthday celebration.  I have found that more and more when I talk to friends that they do not celebrate every ones birthday.  It seems like they only celebrate for the kids.   My family has always had a party for everyone.  My grandfather is 84 and we still have one for him.  He, actually is one of the worst.  He LOVES to open gifts.  At Christmas when we get together we take turns opening gifts and he always has his finger under the tape ready to go way before his turn.  We have so many birthdays and some are back to back that we will combine a month’s worth and celebrate at one time.   Our family birthdays start in February and go almost monthly through September.  The birthday people get to choose the menu for their celebration.  One of my favorites meals is Inside Outside Ravioli, salad, french bread and chocolate cake.  I will share this family recipe for Inside Outside Ravioli with you.  I bet it will become one of your favorites as well.

Inside Outside Ravioli

1 lb ground beef

1 med onion, chopped

Clove of garlic, minced (I use garlic juice, to taste)

1 cup liquid from spinach

1 10 oz frozen chopped spinach

1 lb can spaghetti sauce

1 6 oz can tomato paste

1 8 oz tomato sauce

Dash of pepper

1 7 oz pkg elbow or shell macaroni, cooked

1 cup shredded sharp cheese

1/2 cups soft bread crumbs

2 well beaten eggs

1/4 cup salad oil

Brown ground beef, onion and garlic.  Cook spinach according to directions.  Drain, reserving liquid.  Add water to liquid to make 1 cup.  Stir spinach liquid, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and paste and pepper into meat mixture.  Simmer 10 minutes.

Combine spinach with macaroni, cheese, bread crumbs, eggs and salad oil.  Spread in 9 x 13 baking dish.  Top with meat sauce.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Yum Yum!

What are some of your family traditions?  What is your favorite meal to have?


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When I am Queen

Sorry poor blog.  I have neglected you this week.  But, no more, for I just received my copy of No one cares what you had for lunch..100 Ideas for your blog by Margaret Mason

Have you ever wished you could change things in the world?  Have you ever thought that if you had your way so and so would have to do things my way?  Well, I have too and below is what I would change if I were Queen.

If I were Queen:

  • Toilet paper would go up and over for ease of use.  It would be mandatory in all public places or fines would have to be paid.
  • Blinds in all houses would be required to be open all day every day.  No hiding out in a dark dreary house.  Let the sun shine in!
  • Drivers would be required to pull over to the side of the street when I am coming.  You know how you move aside when an ambulance, fire truck or funeral procession is coming, well the same will apply when SouthernBelle is coming!  Sweet!
  • Dollar bills will have to be given to me with all the heads facing up.  We can not have our Presidents standing on their heads.  Would you won’t to spend the whole day and night on your head?  I didn’t think so.
  • All pants will be made so that they fit my hips and my waist AT THE SAME TIME!  What a novel idea.  Why can’t designers do it?
  • Chocolate will forever be fat free and delicious.

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Play on words

My 8, almost 9 year old, has this saying that she says all the time.  I tell her all the time the difference between what she is saying but she has not caught on yet.

“I’ve never done that before in a long time.”

I tell her, either you have never done it before OR you haven’t done it in a long time.  She doesn’t get it.

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New Baby


This picture taken for our walk down memory lane was from July 1995.  This was four weeks after the birth of my first child, Drama Queen.  It seems like this picture was just taken yesterday.  I remember it very well.  This little 6 lb. baby is now almost 13 and we just dropped her off a church for Disciple Now Weekend.  She is gone a lot to functions with her friends, texts her friends all the time or talks to them on the phone.  She has grown up so fast.  She now wears makeup and every once in awhile will admit to thinking that a certain boy is cute.

Where has the time gone?  Do you have any stories of your children and how fast they have grown?  Please share them with me.

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