Dinner: Baked Ziti

A great recipe to use especially this time of the year.

Baked Ziti

Serves 4 – 5 adults

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (26 ounces) DelMonte traditional flavored spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 of a 16 ounce box of ziti pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

Bring enough water to a boil in a dutch oven to cook the ziti and cook according to package directions. Drain and return ziti to the Dutch oven.

Saute chopped onion in hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Add beef and cook, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain beef mixture and return to pan. Stir in spaghetti sauce and set aside.

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Whick in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Take special care to not allow the mixture to burn on the bottom of the pan. Gradually whisk in milk, cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Pour sauce over the cooked ziti in the dutch oven, stirring until pasta is evenly coated.

Pour the pasta mixture into a lightly greased large pyrex baking dish (about 11″ x 9″). Spoon the beef mixture evenly over the pasta. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

So Many Choices With Today’s Class Rings

Back in the cay when we were given the opportunity to purchase our high school class rings there were two versions.Today they have a whole brochure full of styles, sizes and prices that would just overwhelm me if I had to make that decision all over again. I still have my class ring tucked away in one of my jewelry boxes. I don’t remember when I decided to stop wearing it, but I can tell you that it has been a very long time. Maybe I should look forward, try it on and if it fits I should actually start wearing it if it feels comfortable enough.

I have never been a real fan of a lot of jewelry. But I do like to switch it up a bit now and then. It will most likely look like an antique in comparison to what is being worn now, but that’s alright by me.

today's class rings

Freestyle Class Rings For Girls

Chipped Tooth

Went to the Dentist today and was glad that I was able to be seen, since I chipped my tooth when I fell after tripping over my dog while on a walk. After a few minutes in the waiting room I was in front of the handsome Dentist named Dr. Vaughan. After a couple of breaths of some sleeping gas, I was passed out and awoke to a fixed smile. He recommended that I get a teeth cleaning which I got done pretty quickly, and then I was off back to work. In my opinion it was probably was the best looking Dental office I have ever been in with really nice furniture and a very friendly staff.

Convenient Insurance Quotes

So far the don allred insurance quotes have sounded like my best bet. I love that getting insurance quotes has been made so much easier using the Internet. I remember having to dig out the huge Yellow Pages that used to be delivered to our door each and every year and sitting down with pen and paper and going down the listings and making numerous phone calls to get any type of quote.

This whole process wasn’t something that anyone enjoyed doing, it could take hours and possibly days to find the perfect company. So much time and energy, considering how we can now get on our computers and do a much better job of shopping for insurance policies in a much easier, convenient and in a timely fashion. Having the Internet makes us a much better consumer all the way around.

Searching for Leads

Fun little assignment was dropped in my lap this morning. Find a new tenant for the warehouse in Virginia. We are in the middle of cutbacks and downsizing – isn’t everyone? Our company is pulling everyone in from the field and consolidating our resources. Closing the warehouse in Virginia and moving everything here makes sense.

Anyway, the boss thinks that we need to find someone who does manufacturing and thinks that the best industries would be either housing components or cut and sew. I’m doing research now to try to identify which companies have a presence and might want to expand. Then I need a list of companies in other states that might have an interest in expanding their current operations or possibly relocating to Virginia.

Not having much luck with Google, so I might have to buy lists for the first telemarketing campaign. The boss is in a hurry but on a tight budget, so this will be quite the challenge. Of course, I’ll have to find a commercial real estate broker to list the property and be the local resource for when someone wants to inspect the building and grounds. But to get this done quickly, I’ll need to have a jumpstart on the prospects and negotiate a reduced commission with the broker for all the work that I’ll be putting in. To me, this is the fun part of real estate- hunting for prospects. If I can find some good lists with current contact information, that will be a huge help.

Hope to get a couple trips to Virginia out of the assignment – good chance to see little brother and have dinner with him.

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