May 31, 2011

Baked Spaghetti

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing long weekend! We spent ours hanging out with friends, lounging by the pool and still attempting to put away wedding gifts.

I made one of my favorite recipes last night for dinner and wanted to share it. It is one of my aunt's "go-to" recipes. I altered her recipe(that originally had no meat and no veggies--just pasta, sauce and cheese) to be a little healthier. It is easy to make, delicious and we usually have enough left overs for 3-4 meals!

Original Recipe Ingredients(plus notes from me!):
1 (8oz) pkg. vermicelli
--I use whole wheat noodles
½ c. milk
--I used 1%, because that's all we have besides almond milk. I bet skim would work too
1 egg, well beaten

½ c. grated Parmesan cheese

1 jar prepared spaghetti sauce or 2 to 3 cups homemade
--we're fans of any sauce with roasted red peppers and garlic
4 oz. (1c.) shredded mozzarella cheese.

To that I added:
1 lb lean ground beef(you could probably do turkey too)
1 yellow squash, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1/3 vidalia onion, diced
2-3 white mushrooms, diced


Heat oven to 350 degree. Cook pasta to desired toughness. Drain and rinse with hot water. Lightly grease a 8z12 or 9 x 13 baking dish. In a large bowl, lightly toss cooked pasta with milk, egg and Parmesan + any additions(veggies, meat). If you are adding meat, brown & drain it before mixing it in.Turn mixture in to a prepared dish, spreading evenly. Spoon sauce evenly over top. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 for 30-40 min. or until thoroughly heated. Allow to cool 5 minutes before cutting into squares.

It is delicious! We loved it during the winter, but it really isn't too heavy for spring/summer. You can play around with the veggies you add as well.

Anyone else have a good go-to recipe to share?

May 27, 2011

I clearly need a long weekend

...I am clearly in need of this long weekend. I am working away, checking things off my to-do list and realized the office is really, really quiet. Some Fridays are like that, but today it is exceptionally quiet.

And then I remembered we close at 2 PM. I glad I realized this at 2:05 and not 4:55!

Have a great long weekend. Mine will look something like this:

Except it won't be a Jamaican sky I'm looking at. ::sigh:: Have a great weekend!

May 26, 2011

Hey Y'all

Welcome to my new blog!

No, this isn't the first blog I've started, but I'm wanting to start fresh and hopefully keep it up :)

First posts are always so awkward.

I'm a newlywed as of April 16th, 2011! My husband and I have been together almost 3 and a half years.

Born and raised in Georgia, I've been living in Memphis for a little over three years now, hence the name "Barbecued Peaches".
  • side note, I don't really like BBQ that much. I realize this is a sin in Memphis. I like Rendezvous or Germantown Commisary nachos, but after 5-6, I'm good.

I'm a proud University of Georgia alumn and a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. Proof that love conquers all, my husband is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

I like lists(especially To-Do lists that allow me to draw a line through them!), so that's how I'll introduce myself to you!

I like:
  • music
  • good books
  • twitter(ob.sessed.)
  • cooking
  • working out(most days)
  • SEC football
  • maxi dresses
  • smoothies
I don't like:
  • nuts in candy
  • the University of Florida
  • The obsession with American Idol/Dancing with the Stars/America's Got Talent, any of those types of shows
  • doing the dishes
  • dirty bathrooms
  • cleaning the bathroom
  • chili
  • wearing socks
I want to:
  • decorate our apartment
  • travel to Spain
  • learn how to use my DSLR camera
  • get a puppy
What I'll write about:
  • newlywed life
  • budgeting...I'm reading everything I can about budgeting in hopes of helping us start our marriage off right
  • the Memphis summer heat(read: complaining)
  • cooking
  • working out/weight loss(Most people lose weight while planning a wedding....not this girl)
  • wedding planning(I enjoyed most of my process, and still like talking about it)
  • good books
  • any thought I can't fit into 140 characters on twitter
I think this a good start, don't you?