Monday, January 31, 2011


Hey...hope everyone had a great weekend and had fun using my design tip over the weekend. I have to share this with dear husband calls me a "Picture Hoarder"...the truth hurts but we have a beautiful family and I look at it as "sharing with others" :-)...anyway...while taking inventory of accessories I had noticed that I could re-do the pics in a different room. I actually think he thought I was "down sizing" our pictures. Just gotta love it! Today's recipe is my family's's delicious, easy and freezer friendly as well. Enjoy!

1 pd. ground beef
1 pd. ground sausage
1 large bell pepper (chopped)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 yellow onion (chopped)
3 (14.5 oz.) cans of diced tomatoes (basil, garlic, oregano)
6 (8 oz.) cans of tomato sauce (basil, garlic, oregano)
2 (6 oz.) can s of tomato paste (basil, garlic, oregano)
Italian Seasoning

In a large non-stick pot saute minced garlic in olive oil on low/med heat for about 2 minutes. Add chopped bell peppers and onions. Cook until tender. Add ground beaf and sausage and cook on medium heat until done. Add tomatoes, sauce and paste and 4 Tablespoons of Italian Seasoning. Cook on low heat (stirring occassinally) tasting as it simmers for 2-3 hrs. The flavors of the seasonings will come together as it simmers. Remember you can always add but you can't take out. If you prefer a thicker sauce you can add another can of tomato paste. Serve with your favorite noodles and garlic bread.
Garnish with fresh parsley if you desire.

TWIST: buying the cans of sause already seasoned you are saving money on buying herbs. I use an Italian herb grinder for that extra flavor.

FREEZER TIP:  spray your plastic freezer container with non-stick spray and you will not have the stains in your plastic container. Before adding sause to container make sure it cools down first.

TOMORROW:  Zucchini Lazagna

DESIGN TIP:  I get alot of questions on how to make your "Entry" more eye apealing as you enter your home. Depending on the size of your home this can be challenging. As a designer, I like to have an entry simple but inviting. Using a small scale table gives you the advantage for extra lighting plus personalizing it with a few items as well. You can add a family picture on wall above accent table. If you do not have a coat closet add a few basket under the table for your shoes, etc. I like to use old iron hooks on the wall for coats. Just remember " less is more" depending on your space.


  1. You KNOW I love this recipe!! Cant wait to try the design tip in our new place :-)
    Love you dearly

  2. Thanks...try it with the wheat pasta noodles...delicious! Cant wait to decorate with you in your new home. Except this time..."you're the boss". Lu3


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