I did get Friday night off from cooking – we went to Applebee’s and I had their Salmon – staying on the healthy food eating.
Saturday was a very ambitious day for us. On Saturday’s when we have nothing (which this is only our 2nd one all summer) – we normally sleep in, go to the Farmer’s Market and then to Baked by Liz for coffee and treats. It is one of our favorite Saturday morning activities.
That was what was on the agenda for Saturday morning – everyone woke up early and there was a big rush to get moving – so in the rush – I didn’t have my morning Shakeology (setting myself up for failure).
We headed out – first stop Farmer’s Market – we had a great haul of fresh vegetables and fruit.
Second stop – the fire station – we had the chance to go start a golf event with sirens – who would pass up that chance – not my kids.
Here is Emma and I riding in the back – Jacob was in the front (so no picture for him). She wasn’t to thrilled – the firetruck is loud and not really comfortable but she was doing it for her brother.
Then to Baked by Liz’s for coffee and treats and I actually ate a treat – UGH!!!!! That is ok, I thought I could get the day back on track. Of course we needed another selfie – we spend a ton of time at this coffee shop – when we come in most people walk out but Liz loves us!
Then we went school supply shopping – lets just say it is done and no one was hurt in the process. Lunch was at this cool little food truck the Blue Moo. Chicago style hot dogs – oh wow!!!!! They are amazing!!! For $4.00 you can get a Chicago style hot dogs and fries – YUMMY!!!! We ate them at the Dixon water front. I haven’t been there since they redid the whole water front – it is a very nice place to sit and eat a Chicago style hot dog. Still not on track for a healthy Saturday.
Then one of my dear friends for over 15 years, was having a surprise 25th wedding anniversary. Her two daughters threw them a surprise party. It was so much fun.
We do clean up and it was total party food – hot dog wiener roast. He proposed to her at a wiener roast.
We do clean up nicely. They own the Lena KOA – if you have never been you should go!
Needless to say, everyone was exhausted from our big Saturday, so today (Sunday) we spent the day in the kitchen. We decided that today we would make Auntie MaryAnn’s homemade spaghetti sauce. It takes all day.
There she is all ready to start making the sauce in her PJs – I said it takes all day
We had to take a break to eat breakfast
Sauce is quite the process!!!
Working hard getting all the fresh herbs into the food processor. It is one of her favorite jobs and she got to use the big one – not the small one. Heaven on a Sunday morning! When she was pouring the wine into the sauce she said “This smells like Uncle Brad” – made me chuckle; I later asked her if that was a good thing and she said “Yes, Uncle Brad smells good”.
I don’t think sauce can get any more adorable than this!!! This sauce has to simmer on the stove all day!
This is what the sauce looks like when it starts to simmer
This is what it looks like when it is done
And it is fantastic – if I must say so myself
It made 8 pints of sauce (only 7 in the picture because we used one with dinner). I won’t be making this again any time soon – don’t need too – have plenty!!!
While the sauce was simmering – Jacob had talked me into buying beats – the nice lady at the market explained to me how to make fresh beats. You boil them in water until they are tender, you let them cool, then you peel them, mashed them like potatoes and add butter. Ok, why not! Well, I learned I needed a bigger pot – the beats boiled for over an hour before they where tender – who knew!! I had to keep adding water!
Emma and I thought the water looked really cool!
They where actually very good, Jacob said he liked them. I tried them and they where sweet.
Then on to the main dish – Eggplant Mozzarella. I have never made Eggplant before.
We cut it into slices and baked it in the oven for 12 minutes at 450 degrees.
Then we took it out of the oven, covered it with Mozzarella and Parmesan, then added the homemade sauce and back in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Finished product – it was awesome – everyone loved it – including the meat eater in the family
The final plate was all vegetarian dinner!!
We also pitted and froze cherries today – like doing all those other things wasn’t enough.
After dinner – I was exhausted – I took a nice hot bath!!!