Saturday, October 29, 2011

Musgo - Fiasco?

Last night we had a musgo fiasco.

Ok, well, that's stretching it a bit.

But supper was not a success. I'm not surprised honestly. I was simply making do. Thanks to my husband's work schedule my menu plan this week got shaken up. Last night instead of our planned culinary adventure (which will take place this weekend Lord willing!) I threw together a musgo version of spaghetti.

What's musgo? Everything in the refrigerator must go.

We had a couple things-- healthy things- that were not going to last the weekend. I needed to use them up. We had a quarter jar of Newman's Own pasta sauce and a 1/2 jar of a brand I picked up on sale to try at The Fresh Market. Both of them had a different texture. Not quite chunky, not quite smooth. We're not fans of that texture. Neither brand will be purchased again soon. Well, actually, I just need to throw together a batch of my mom's spaghetti sauce (a Frugal Gourmet recipe she's been making since the very early 1990s).

So, two brands of pasta sauce- neither of them favorites- were tossed into the pot. A quick glance in the vegetable drawer reviled 1/2 head of broccoli about to go limp. Hey, hadn't I read that people sometimes put broccoli in spaghetti sauce? 'Course I had. Plus, tons of vitamins! So into the pot went slices of broccoli "trees". Oh, and a touch of tofu. Just because it was sitting there begging to be used. Heat up some spaghetti, wash lettuce for salad, slice the remaining bread. Viola! Supper is served!

And oh, yes, the ate it. Not a ton but they ate it. They actually did better with the spaghetti than I did. I mostly stuck with salad!

Lessons learned:

1- Make sure when I get my tofu-to-sauce ratio right! If there are any chunks bigger than a little piece of ground beef, the texture won't be quite right and it won't blend in with the sauce the way tofu is supposed to blend with other flavors. Mash, mash,  mash and mash again.

2- If you add broccoli to pasta sauce, chop it really, really fine. You do not want large chunks of it- or any stems remaining- floating in the sauce because it makes it much harder to eat and less like spaghetti. The texture becomes a bit of a turn-off. To fix it, either chop it into really really small pieces, or put your pasta sauce with the broccoli in the blender!

3- Don't try combining two different brands of pasta sauce when both have been flops. If I must doctor them, get some spices, seasonings, and more tomato products and re-maker the flavors from the bottom up. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Early Learning with Marta and Eaton: Magnetic Table

This was such a great idea I had to share it with you! The main library in the city has these magnetic tables in their children's department and my 2 year old is one of many children of many ages who cluster around the tables having fun...

Please check out this blog link.

Early Learning with Marta and Eaton: Magnetic Table

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What a Week- And a Big Thank You!

We're about to finish our unit on God Gives Us Homes. What sort of activities would you do with your toddler on a "home" theme? I plan to blog on some of these books soon. So sorry to all of you for my absence. It's been quite a week. Emotionally I've just not been up to blogging, or taking pictures of activities T and I have been doing this week. However things appear to be leveling out already so next week should be a much more active blogging week!

Thank you
 Jessica of  Healthy Mommy Happy Baby 

for awarding Wee Wonderings the Liebster Blog Award!

Apparently it's an award specifically for up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers. I'm so surprised and thrilled to receive my very first blog award. Please take the time to visit these two blogs. You really won't be disappointed.

The rules of the Liebster Blog Award are:
1. Thank the person who awarded it, and link back to their blog.
2. Choose five up-and-coming bloggers and pass the award to them, notifying them on their blog
3. Post the award on your blog
4. Hope the people you passed the award to will pass it on even further!

My top 5 picks are:

1. Two Steps Behind Six Little Hands
2. Real Women Cook
3. Love Like Rockets
4. Peaceful Parenting 
5. Gratefully Growing in Grace

To get the button, right-click on it and select "save image as". Save it to your photo folder on your computer. Then create your blog post and insert image using the upload images from your computer button in the post as you would any other photo!

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Once again I'm joining Menu Plan Monday by Org Junkie!

Sunday- Spaghetti made by my dear husband

Monday- leftover Tumbet

Tuesday- Pot Pie

Wednesday- Stir Fry of some kind

Friday-Culinary Adventure

Saturday- leftovers