Killer Spaghetti Sauce

In episode 12 of The Wayward Skein, I promised that I would share my recipe for killer spaghetti sauce with all both of you 😉 So here it is. The recipe that prompted two proposals (neither of them from Rob, ironically), and has kept people coming back for more for about 20 years! (suffice to say, I will NEVER be a food photographer…)

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Lynne’s Killer Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced (or 1.5 Tbsp from a jar)
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced (or 3 jalapenos, finely diced)
  • 6 oz (or 1 cup) mushrooms, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz beef sticks, sliced about 1/4″ thick (I prefer Wentzle Farms, but whatever you have is fine, as long as it’s not Teriyaki or some weird thing like that)
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 106-oz can diced tomatoes (a #10 can) or 3 28-oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red peppers
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 12-oz can tomato paste

Open can of diced tomatoes and place in stock pot. Set aside.

In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, celery and garlic, and cook until transluscent, about 6 minutes. Add bell peppers (or jalapeno) and mushrooms to skillet. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir into tomatoes.

Return skillet to low heat. Cook beef stick slices until slightly crisp, approximately 3 minutes. Stir into tomatoes.

Over medium heat, without removing grease from the beef sticks, cook the ground beef. Drain, and stir into tomatoes. Place tomatoes on medium-low heat, and add all spices. Simmer, covered, for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover, and stir in tomato paste. Simmer 5-10 minutes more while pasta is cooking, and serve.

This recipe will make enough to feed approximately 20 people, or enough for dinner, and several containers for the freezer (makes approximately 5-6 quarts). And be prepared – if you feed this to people, they may just ask you to marry them!

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving

Calories              199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.7g
11%
Saturated Fat 2.5g
13%
Cholesterol 59mg
20%
Sodium 322mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate 11.9g
4%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Total Sugars 6.9g

Protein 20.4g

Vitamin D 41mcg
204%
Calcium 29mg
2%
Iron 11mg
63%
Potassium 786mg
17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Recipe analyzed by verywellfit.com

The Wayward Skein: Episode 12

Knitting Content:

Finished Object: Rob’s 2018 socks, based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit out of Bergère de France Lubéron in the Eau Vive colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Works in Progress: Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon (from her Coffee With C.C. ~ A 7 Pattern Caffeine Inspired Knitting Collection book). Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the Ocean in a Bucket colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Winterlong by Bristol Ivy. Knit out of Filtes King Velour in colourway 1317 on size 5.0mm (US 8) needles.

Tea: Today’s cuppa is Organic Serenity Now by David’s Tea. This one isn’t my favorite, because I brewed it before reading the ingredients, and I just don’t care for the taste or smell of lavender. It has quite a mix of flavors in it, from floral to fruity, and I find it a bit too complex and busy.

Giveaway!!!! Please come watch to see if you’ve won one of the two patterns offered up by eatmyyarn of Brandi Miller designs. If you are the winner, please go to her Ravelry store, choose the pattern you’d like to receive, and PM me or Brandi to receive your pattern.

Screen Time: I’ve continued watching Marvel’s Agent Carter, and I’m nearly done the second series (I’m pretty sure there were only two). I can’t wait to see how it all turns out, and move on to Iron Man! I haven’t had much time to watch podcasts this week, and in fact, have barely been online while in Chicago – although I have gone a little Instagram crazy since I’ve been here. Photos from this trip will be shared on the blog later this week.

In the Kitchen: I made Rob a batch of my famous spaghetti sauce 🙂 He loves having it in containers in the freezer. One batch usually does dinner one night, and then fills enough containers for him to have it for dinner four times, and then leftovers for lunch the next day as well. The recipe will be shared on the blog at some point on Monday.

KALs in other groups: This coming Thursday (Sept. 6), BostonJen of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast will be hosting her annual Pigskin Party! It’s loads of fun, and there are lots of great prizes to be won, so come join in the fun! If you do decide to join, please link me as the person who referred you 🙂

That’s all for now! Hope everyone has a great week!!!

The Wayward Skein: Episode 10

Milestones!

Not only is this episode ten, but we’ve surpassed 275 members in the Ravelry group, and 245 subscribers on the Youtube channel!! I think that’s worthy of a little celebration, don’t you? There will be a two-pronged giveaway held over Ravelry and Youtube. Brandy Miller Designs (eatmyyarns ) has generously offered to donate two of her patterns! She wants you to tell her which pattern you have knit more than once! Brownie points if you link to the pattern on Ravelry, so we can all grow our queues a bit. (If you have never knit the same pattern twice, telling us that will be considered valid).

Ravelry: You must be a member of the group to enter. No chatter, please. Simply visit the Giveaway thread, and answer the prompt!

Youtube: You must be a subscriber. Comment under Episode 10, answering the prompt. Comments that don’t answer the question posed simply won’t be entered into the draw.

The winners will be chosen the weekend of September 1st, when I’ll be recording from Chicago!

Tea: I’m drinking Rainbow Sherbet by David’s Tea today. It’s a vivid, fruity tea that is excellent cold! i was going to try Rhubarb Cream Soda today, but I noticed JUST as I was about to add water to the teabag that it contains mango! Not doing that twice in one weekend 😉

Knitting content:

Rob’s 2018 Socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee ). Knit out of Bergère de France Lubéron in the Eau Vive colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Knit out of Night Owl Fibers Basic Sock in the Rusted Hook, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Leather Boots colourways, on size 4.5mm (US 7) needles.

Podcast Reviews:

The Knit Girllls Leslie udontcallmeles and Laura LaLa just recently had their 400-episode anniversary!!! That’s a HUGE milestone. Congratulations, ladies!!! There are some fabulous sweaters being worked on in this episode (403).

Rosehaven Yarn Shop Podcast: Lesley artsymom and Tim have a new episode this week, and they were at Twist Fibre Festival this weekend! Tim recently attended a Men’s Knitting Retreat and tells us all about it, while the dyepots are bubbling in Lesley’s basement!

Selma’s Knits: Not to be confused with Selma from Little Big Knits, THIS Selma, Selmasknits, is from France, and records her podcast both in English and French! I love seeing the yarns she uses, as they’re not generally widely available here.

That’s about it for this week, folks. Have a great week!

Stream of consciousness…

So wow…

Apparently with all the fun of starting a new podcast, I kind of forgot to blog for a while. My two readers must be BESIDE THEMSELVES. (Hi, mom!)

As it turns out, not being able to sleep because of the heat and humidity kind of kills a person’s productivity (unless we’re talking about sitting in front of the a/c, knitting). So much knitting has happened – well, until this week, that is. The lack of sleep has caught up with me, and I’ve been falling into bed pretty much as soon as I get home from work. Did I ever mention that I hate summer? I really hate summer. I don’t deal with the time change very well (yes, that happened back in March – what of it?). I don’t deal with heat or humidity very well. I don’t deal with teenagers who have no life and so keep me awake at all hours of the night by banging around the kitchen for snacks very well. Let’s just say that from May to September, I’m a hot mess – literally! Bring on pumpkin season!

Back in June, I decided to try this low-carb thing. As you may know, I’m a type II diabetic, and I’ve had difficulty controlling my blood sugar levels. I’m not keeping strictly keto, but I have been using a lot of their recipes. There are a few blogs I follow for ideas and inspiration (I’ll list them below). So far, when I manage to stick to it, my blood sugar is within normal ranges, which is super duper awesome! Sadly, I suck at meal planning and cooking ahead, so when I’m lazy, I tend to fall off the wagon. I’m getting better, though. I’m not trying to advocate a low-carb lifestyle, or push it on anyone, I’m just reporting my anecdotal evidence that it seems to be helping me keep my blood sugar under control. I haven’t lost any weight yet, but between that and going to the gym, there have been some minor changes to my body that I’m pretty happy about. The blogs I’ve been following are Two Sleevers (I even have her cookbooks!), My PCOS Kitchen (I’ve never been diagnosed with PCOS, nor do I think I have it, but I do get ovarian cysts… so there, that’s a TMI thing you know about me now!), and Low-Carb Yum (so many tasty things!)

I’ve also been on a quest to get rid of a lot of clutter in my life. Part of that has been stashing down rather than acquiring any new yarn/fiber/hobby stuff, and getting plastic bags and plastic waste out of my life. I started knitting these little Reusable Produce Bags, and they’re SO quick and super cute! I’ve been knitting piles of them. They’re having their inaugural fling at the grocery store this evening. My friend Jen (stormcoast on Ravelry, and the host of The Uncreative Crafter podcast) has been doing trash walks, and recently did a Books, not Butts walk, where she encouraged people to sponsor her for one cent per cigarette butt she picked up. In one short walk, she managed to pick up 505 cigarette butts! That’s both impressive (on her part) and really gross (on the part of the smokers). You can follow her efforts to clean up her town here!

Anyway, school has started again for me, so I’d better get back to my assignment (and my breakfast!)

 

 

The Wayward Skein: Episode 8

Knitting Content:

Finished Objects:

Reusable Produce Bag by Tia Stanfield in size small. One made out of unknown fingering weight, one made of Louet EuroFlax Sport (unknown colourway). Knit on size 3.75mm (US 5) and 6mm (US 10) needles. The purple bag has one extra pattern repeat.

Works in Progress:

Winterlong by Bristol Ivy. Knit out of Filtes King Velour (discontinued) in colourway 1317. Knit on size 5mm (US 8) needles.

Rob’s 2018 socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit out of Bergère de France Luberon in the Eau Vive colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Mitered Square Blanket (based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis). Squares this week were Infinite Twist Helix in the Hooker’s Green colourway, and an unknown sock yarn. Knit on 2.75mm (US 2) needles.

Tea:

This week’s tea is Just Peachy by David’s Tea. It’s a subtle, sweet, and smooth peach-flavoured herbal tea that’s one of my favourites for drinking iced in the summertime. It’s very fresh and delicate!

Screen Time:

Netflix: I watched Hannah Gadsby’s new special, called “Nanette”. It’s a very thought-provoking piece, and I highly recommend it.

Podcasts: I spent time catching up with the Knitting Expat Podcast with MinaPhilipp. She has KnitCrate review videos as well as regular podcast episodes, and I love watching her. She’s funny and smart, and her little daughter Layla is a delight to watch!

I also watched the most recent episodes of the Must Love Yarn podcast with jrbirdkid and KellySpins. If you haven’t visited their shop in Shelburne, Vermont, you need to get there soon! I love watching these ladies, it’s always relaxing and enjoyable!

Also spent some time catching up with StormCoast on The Uncreative Crafter Podcast Fans and selmaknits on the Little Big Knits podcast.

Recipe reviews:

I’ve been trying to follow a low-carb diet to get my blood sugar under control, so this week, I tested out two dessert recipes from blogs I’ve started following. My favorite is the Coconut Pandan Chia Seed Pudding from the Two Sleevers blog. Another good one I plan on tweaking a bit is the Keto Triple Chocolate Cheesecakerecipe from My PCOS Kitchen blog.

Book Talk:

I started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo this week, and I’m very much enjoying it thus far! If you find that you get stressed thinking about cleaning, I highly recommend giving this a read.

Have a great week, everyone!

The Wayward Skein Podcast: Episode 5

Knitting content:

Finished Objects – Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho. Knit out of Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Big Squeeze in the Orange Tabby colourway. Size 6mm (US 10) needles.

Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman. Knit out of James C. Brett Woodlander Double Knitting in colourway 11L. Size 4.5mm (US 7) needles.

Work in Progress – Basic vanilla socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Knit out of Nova Sock Prints in colourway 174. Size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Tv & pocasts

Still watching Midsomer Murders. Sadly, I believe I’m on the last series, and I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with myself once it’s done!

I’ve been catching up on podcasts lately, namely The Little Big Knits PodcastThe Uncreative Crafter Podcast Fans, and The Canadian Knitter Podcast.

Podcasts which are in my immediate queue to be watched include The CATT Lady Podcast, Hawthorn Cottage Crafts Podcast and The dunkelgrün group. Stay tuned to see what else I’m watching, as I have a long list of them to get through!

Life and stuff

Not much going on this week, other than recovering from vacation, going to splash pads for playdates, and getting sunburned (twice). Have a fantastic week, and keep your sticks pointy!

Down the political rabbit hole

I spent a week trying to decide what to write about that wasn’t political. After the week we’ve had, I failed. So I may very well lose the three of you with this post, but I have to write what speaks to me.

On Friday, the US Department of Health and Human Services admitted that 10,773 unaccompanied immigrant children are being held in detention centers. This does not mean that these children crossed the border on their own. It means that ICE agents removed them from their parents and sent them off to be detained on their own. There is a lot of misinformation circulating on the internet, and the US government is actively trying to discredit the media – I will agree that many media sources are biased, but to discount every story that criticizes or questions the government as “fake news” removes one of the very necessary checks and balances on the activities of that government. The United Nation has since denounced the separation of these children from their parents and has demanded that the US cease these activities which contravene the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the US has refused to sign.

Also on Friday, the Canadian PM, German Chancellor, Italian PM, Japanese PM, British PM, US President, and EU Council and Commission Presidents met in Canada for the G7 Summit. The US President petitioned for Russia to be reintegrated into the multinational group, with agreement from the Italian PM. (Russia had been excluded in March, 2014, based on their illegal annexing of Crimea. That sounds so clinical… people were tortured and killed.) The US President left the Summit early, and now refuses to endorse the G7 Communique on Equitable Growth, based on what he called dishonest negotiation by the Canadian PM. Recently, he has imposed a number of tariffs on Canadian goods being imported into the US, and stated that Canada poses a national security risk to the United States. This is particularly disturbing given the long and fruitful relationship between our two countries. The fact that the US President engages in Twitter insult-laden tirades instead of engaging in diplomacy and open, honest conversation has led to a deterioration in the relationship between our two countries, and indeed, between the US and many of its allies of late.

I won’t even go into how disturbing the bigotry, misogyny, and discrimination evidenced in much of the US President’s communication is. What I will say is that in these uncertain times, we need to put aside this “I’m right, and you’re evil” rhetoric that the current US administration seems to encourage so wholeheartedly. I say this as a white, cis-female who speaks from a place of privilege – nothing about me is threatening to this administration, therefore they largely ignore me (with the exception of my uterus…).

Allow the LGBTQIAA+ folks and people of color in your circles to express their anger. And use your white voice to amplify their message, and to spread kindness where it will do the most good. A good rule of thumb is to use Ring theory. Those who are marginalized by the current administration are the aggrieved or afflicted at the centre of the circle. Offer them your help and support, your kindness and compassion, and your love. If nothing that’s been happening affects you, that means you’re one of the outer circles. (If nothing has affected you thus far, it does NOT MEAN that other people aren’t being hurt.)

Be kind to your LGBT+ neighbors. Be kind to your Muslim neighbors. Be kind to your Black, Latinx, Asian, or other neighbors of color. Be kind to the neighbor you don’t understand. Get to know them. They are deserving of the same respect and compassion you would give to your white Christian neighbor. We know better. So do better. Discrimination helps no one. It does not make you richer. It does not make you safer. It does not make you better than your neighbors. Kindness toward one another is how we beat this. It’s how we will survive and thrive beyond this dark hour.

I will step off my soapbox now, and promise some knitting updates later in the week. I have to work harder on this sweater!!! Its new owner has already arrived!

Madeira
Taken from https://gimmealine.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/a-ray-of-sunshine-through-the-clouds/

 

The Wayward Skein: Episode 2

Featured in this episode:

Harvest by TinCanKnits. Knit out of Lorna’s Laces Haymarket, in the Lookbook colourway. Needles are 5mm (US 8) fixed Carbonz 24″ circulars. Size knit is 6-12 months.

The “A Wrinkle in Time” series by Madeleine L’Engle. This week, I read A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

“Better Than Sex” tea by Tay Tea. Purchased from The Tea Shop of Woodstock in Woodstock, NY.

Midsomer Murders (BBC series).

Have a great week, everyone!

Procrastination

I’ve been meaning to write a blog post since Tuesday, but I kept putting it off because all the pictures I wanted to include, I took with Rob’s phone. It doesn’t really matter though, does it? If I just write a post, then I won’t keep stressing over the fact that I haven’t written a post, and I can catch you (all three of you) up without pictures. Well, MOSTLY without pictures.

Last time I wrote, I was winging my way to Chicago to celebrate Rob’s son’s college graduation with everyone and having a fabulous time. It was H.O.T. in Chicago… I’m not a summer person. You will *rarely* hear me complain about how cold it gets in winter, because I hate heat. I know, most of you are thrilled that you finally get to be comfortable, but I’m melting over here! It doesn’t help that Rob’s car doesn’t have functional air conditioning.

So Saturday dawned warm and sunny, and Rob drove up to Milwaukee to attend the graduation ceremony (there were only a few tickets available per graduate, and I didn’t want to prevent any of his family from being there). While he was gone, I did some knitting, did some reading, and recorded a podcast! It’s going to need work, and I don’t think I’ll ever use my phone for it again, but without my laptop on hand, I had to improvise. Saturday evening, we went for dinner at Rob’s mom’s house (without the graduate, so it was a weird graduation party) and hung out there for the evening. I have read some horror stories about mothers-in-law in my day, but I am truly blessed. My late former mother-in-law was the kindest, sweetest woman you could ever hope to meet, and I miss her every day. Rob’s mother? Cut from the same cloth. She is a kind, funny, loving, generous woman, and I’m so lucky that my future mother-in-law is as amazing as my first one! Anyway, even though he didn’t show up to his own celebration (I’m teasing! We knew he wasn’t coming, he was out with friends), here’s a picture!

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We took Sunday easy and went to see Deadpool 2. I will NOT SPOIL ANYTHING, but if you haven’t seen it yet, GO. (Except you, Mom. Do not go see Deadpool 2. You will not like it.) I laughed, I cried, I winced, and then I laughed some more. I agree that Peter needs his own spin-off movie! I was supposed to fly home Monday. Rob waved at me until I was through security, and then he went home and I went to the gate… where I discovered that my plane was delayed to the point where making my connecting flight was HIGHLY unlikely. Boo, hiss. Fortunately, I fly Porter, and they’re awesome. Not only did they rebook me for the next morning so I could go back to Rob’s for the night, but they also sent me a $100 voucher toward my next flight! I say it loud, and I say it often: Porter is AWESOME (the free drinks & snacks don’t hurt either).

Of course, taking a flight first thing in the morning when your house is 1 1/2 hours away from the airport is likely not the smartest thing I ever did… but hey, who knew how pretty a 4:30a.m. sunset in Chicago was? Not me, but I do now! I flew home, got picked up by some pretty awesome people (one of whom was VERY well behaved and didn’t fuss in the car AT ALL), and life goes on as usual. I’ve spent the rest of the week trying to recover from the fact that it’s suddenly summer, and REALLY humid. If you’re one of those who likes heat, enjoy your weekend! I’ll be huddled in my basement apartment with my fan and my air conditioner and eating things that don’t require cooking! Two Tangled Skeins resumes its normal schedule tomorrow, so see you there!