Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Baked Rigatoni

Casey and I love Ottavio's in Provo and they have this delicious dish called Rigatoni Ottavio's.
I wanted to recreate it but didn't know where to begin. I started looking for recipes online and couldn't find anything that seemed even remotely close. I decided to be brave and experiment.... It turned out delicious. It's not exactly like Ottavio's but its darn close and it tastes great!

Baked Rigatoni

1 lb ground beef
3 garlic gloves minced
1/2 box Rigatoni Pasta (8 oz)
11/2 jars Bertolli's Vodka Sauce
fresh or dried basil to taste ( i use alot)
mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Prepare pasta according to package directions
3.Brown ground beef and garlic in large sauce pan
4. Add sauce and basil
5. Simmer sauce on Med Low heat while pasta is cooking
6. Combine pasta, sauce and 1 c. of mozzarella and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
and pour into a casserole dish.
7. Top with more mozzarella and parmesan cheeses (I was quite generous because we love cheese but you can use less to make it less fattening )
8. Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Oh So Tired

Ashlee had such a cute post on her blog that I am copying it because I truly get so tired of certain things. I also added a positive list because my life is filled with wonderful things as well.

What I am tired of.....

People calling me Ma'am on the airplane...What am I like 60?

Coming up with new ideas for dinner. (I've been married for under two months. I'm in trouble if this is already a problem!)

Always wanting to eat things that are bad for me. i.e. pizza, cookies, chocolate, candy! Why can't I just crave an apple for heavens sake!

Three inch roots that are the color of mud when the rest of my hair is like golden straw....I really miss you Julie. Come back from vacation already! My hair needs you. ;)

Not having DVR. Oh how I miss not having to watch commercials.

Being so stinking far away from all of my girls from high school. I love you and miss you all!

Landlords who think they can come into our place any old time for whatever reason. Creepy!

Being told my shoes are non compliant. I tell you SkyWest Management needs to get a life!

Things that I will never tire of....

My husband's appreciation for shows like Felicity and 90210.

The smell of fresh warm laundry.

Clean sheets.

My softest ever pillows.

The sound of babies laughing...Probably one of my all time favorite sounds. It's contagious.

Getting dressed up in a crazy costume for halloween.

BYU football season.

Wearing new clothes for the first time.

A great pair of jeans that fit my body amazing!

Laughing with my husband.

Making someone I don't know smile.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

2008 Olympics

I am loving the Olympics. I am getting behind on sleep from staying up so late watching. I think the athletes are so amazing and I feel emotionally attached to the entire US Olympic team. Watching Michael Phelps is especially incredible. He truly is an unbelievable athlete. The men's 4x100 freestyle relay was one of the most exciting races I have ever seen. If you get a chance, sit down and enjoy the Olympics, and cheer on our American team! Go U.S!