No More Mrs Nice Stepford

We went to the grocery store on Monday. We used to go every Thursday because that is when the new sales start and when the pet store gets their delivery of crickets, but recently I have been trying to cut back on our spending at the store and the first step to that is to visit less often. I can go once a month and spend $300 or I can go every week and spend $100. I am really not sure how this happens other than impulse buys and non-essential purchases. Dave Ramsey would be so disappointed with my lack of self control.

Anyways, it was a bright sunny day when we pulled into Aldi parking lot. Not wanting to juggle all the bags and diaper bag and baby and such, I left the bags in the car.

*Side note* if you don’t shop at Aldi, number one, you should, but number two, they do not supply bags like other stores do. This is a way that they cut costs and are able to lower their prices. You either bring reusable bags or steal boxes off the shelf. I have a very nice collection of bags that I have hoarded over the past few years.

I always hate bagging all my groceries in the store where everyone is staring at me and there is grid lock from people trying to bag and people trying to check out and people trying to leave. It is just silly. I never used to bag in the store until Little Darling came along and it was winter and it just seemed cruel to keep a one month old sitting in the cart while I bagged the groceries in my trunk. However, it is summer, and she is almost 9 months old, so I decided it would be fine to leave the bags and bag in the trunk when we got done.

We entered the store and went about our shopping.

It was pouring rain when we walked out of Aldi. Not like a light drizzle that you can just walk briskly to your car, this was a torrential downpour complete with thunder and bolts of lightning. Awesome.

Thankfully, I keep LD’s hat and hoodie in the diaper bag so I hastily shoved them on her and we made a break for the car. Thank Jesus for automatic locks, I yanked the door open and stuffed her into her car seat promising to only be a minute while I rammed groceries into random bags. My frozen chicken was hanging out in a bag with my canned corn and my pretzels somehow got stuck into the insulated cold bag. I didn’t care, I was getting soaked and all we had to do was make it to Walmart and back home. As I got the last of the groceries stashed safely in the trunk and slammed it shut, I was also slammed with the horrible realization that I had to somehow get the cart back to the front of the store

*Side note* At Aldi they do not have cart returns or cart pushers or cart attendants or anything that involves an employee dealing with carts. Their carts have a coin slot in them and you have to put a quarter in to get a cart, when you are done shopping and return your cart to the corral, you get your quarter back.

It may not seem like a huge deal to just leave the cart in the parking lot and lose a quarter, but I felt bad, there is a huge sign asking you not to leave carts in the parking lot. I never abandon my cart, its not a responsible thing to do. I didn’t want to walk away from the car to put it away either because Little Darling was happily playing in her car seat. What if someone stole the car? What if someone kidnapped me and she was left sitting the car? The possibilities are really endless, although not real probable.

I was saved from making a decision though because a very nice luxury sedan pulled into a spot just a few spaces away from me. I could see a well dressed business man in the drivers seat getting his things together to exit the vehicle. As soon as he opened his door and stepped out I yelled through the rain.

“excuse me?! Do you need a cart!?” *insert desperate smile*

“oh, no thanks I don’t need one” *pauses and looks at me, drenched, with my Baby on Board sign on my car and smiling wildly* “But I can take yours back if you’d like me to”

I was so happy! Here was this good samaritan, helping me out when he wasn’t going to gain anything, except a quarter, he would get my quarter. But still, I happily pushed my cart over to him gushing my thank yous and blathering about the baby in the back seat and the rain. As I got to his car and handed over my cart, the scene changed.

Out of nowhere, this large fat greasy man who had been loading groceries into the back of his beater van saunters over. He shoves his cart in the general direction of my good samaritan and says:

“well, if yer taking hers, ya might as well take mine too”

He actually walked further away from the store, and a longer distance, to give the cart to Mr. Nice Guy than he would have if he had just turned around and walked his fat ass to the cart corral and turned in his own cart. I was livid. Here was this fat guy taking advantage of my nice guy! I had an excuse, I am a mother with a small child in the vehicle and it is raining. You are fat and lazy and don’t want to waste your precious calories walking to return your own cart.

Nice Guy was obviously just as shocked as I was because he stood utterly speechless for a good 30 seconds while Fat Guys cart rolled forward and banged into his legs. His hands were still firmly clasped on the handle of my cart and I could see the twitching begin in his eyes.

What he wanted to do was turn around and tell Fat Guy to eff off and go return his own cart, its the least he can do since Nice Guy, who obviously has a job, is probably paying taxes to take care of Fat guy with his handicapped parking sticker and his dirty wife beater shirt. But that’s not nice, that’s not polite. That’s not politically correct. So, Nice Guy bends over and takes it and tells Fat Guy that yes, sure he will return his cart for him. I thanked Nice Guy again and quickly muttered an apology as I walked away, but I could already see it in his face. Nice Guy will probably never offer to help a poor drenched mom in the parking lot again, because it just opens him up to be taken advantage of. Pretty soon he would be carrying a reflective vest in his trunk and using his lunch break to run everybody’s carts back to the cart corral, because GOD FORBID someone walk their own lazy ass back to the store to put their cart back.

Now I know what you are going to say, how do I know that Fat Guy doesn’t have a medical condition? How do I know that Fat Guy doesn’t have a job and is just enjoying his day off? Try this one on for size- I don’t care. I am sick of giving everyone the benefit of the doubt while they continue to suck off the government (in turn, sucking off the good American people who work for a living). I have lived in this area long enough to know that the vast majority of people are unemployed and not even pretending to look for work. It is a badge of honor around here to tell how you don’t work and get away with it. So, no, I don’t care. And if it happens again, I may just say something. I am at my breaking point with people who mooch off the government and expect the rest of us to take care of them, acting as though they are not only better than me, but they are entitled to better things than me because they are wily enough to beat the system. I am constantly standing in line with my cart full of generic brands and bare minimums while the dirty greasy and morbidly obese people in front of me stand with their iPhones and perfect manicures loading their name brand junk food onto the belt with their prime rib and redbull, handing over their EBT card when the cashier reads the total. When did it become that those who contribute to society live on bread and water while those who contribute nothing live like kings? It seems a little backwards. Where is the incentive to go get a job? Where is the incentive to be independent and take care of yourself? Oh, whats that? There isn’t any? Yea, I thought so.

No more Mrs. Nice Stepford, I am sick of being politically correct.

Bubble Up Pizza

I went out, like out to a bar, with a friend, without my husband, for the first time since Little Darling was born.

It was fun, but it was a little scary. I kept checking my watch and texting home, convinced something was going to go wrong. But, Wonderful Husband was wonderful as always. They played and played and he got her into bed on time and with no crying. I got to enjoy my evening out, and everybody was happy.

I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner because I wanted minimal clean up and effort. I settled for bubble up pizza. These recipes have been floating around on Pinterest forever and I am a big fan because they are so versatile and easy.

All you need is:

2 cans of canned biscuits
1 jar of pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese
toppings

You open the biscuits and cut the dough into quarters. Toss the biscuit quarters in a bowl with the pizza sauce, toppings, and cheese. Pour it all into a greased casserole dish, top with more cheese and toppings, and bake it at 350 for about half an hour. The only problem I have is that sometimes I can’t get the middle of mine done because of my dumb oven. However, Wonderful Husband seems to love raw dough and scoops out all the gooey parts for himself- gross.

Its a quick, kid friendly, easy dinner for a busy week night. I hope you enjoy!!

Budget Friendly Stepford

My last post was 11 days ago! 11 days!! Time is just getting away from me more and more often now that Little Darling is so much more mobile. We spend way less time sitting on the couch and way more time playing and crawling all over the house. The bonus of this is that I am much more active, the down side is that I am much more tired and spend a lot of her nap time catching up on house work or napping myself. I often think back to when she was first born and everybody kept telling me to sleep when she slept and I couldn’t figure out what they were talking about because I felt fine and she slept like 22 hours a day so I wasn’t even remotely sleep deprived… But now, whooo boy do I need more sleep in my life.

But enough about me! Lets talk budgeting!

If you are smart, which you are reading my blog so I don’t doubt that you are 😉 You will have a monthly budget to look at on a regular basis. We recently redid ours, and I got to thinking that there may be people out there who are unsure of how get started with their budget.. Never fear, Stepford is here.

The first thing you should do, is read up on Dave Ramsey. He will help you get on track. A lot of his information and teaching and books are geared toward folks who are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and are slowly sinking into bankruptcy. This is not our case, Wonderful Husband is, well, wonderful with finances and I like to consider myself a pretty frugal female so we never really had much debt other than basic car loans and school loans and the mortgage. We were fortunate enough to have very financially conscious parents who taught us how to spend and how not to spend, and we received one of Dave’s books as a wedding gift from a financially conscious friend.

With Dave’s 7 baby steps, the first thing you do is put $1000 into an emergency fund in case something goes wrong while you are in the middle of the program. Then, you halt saving and investing and start putting all of your extra money into your debt. It sounds scary, because you are always taught to save save save, but think of how much money you are wasting by paying interest on all that debt you are carrying around! By taking a few years to pay off debt faster, you can easily re-save all your money afterwards. Think of it as you can put $100 into your savings and $100 into your debt for a year and come out still owing debt and having savings, or you could put $200 into your debt for a year and come out debt free and ready to devote all your extra income to savings! We were lucky enough that when we decided to do Dave’s program we were both working and both had savings accounts. That put us ahead of the curve on a lot of steps.

Everybody’s situation is different, but almost everybody can benefit from doing a budget and a “debt snowball”. Before we even did a budget, we did our debt snowball. We took all of our debt, and listed it from smallest to largest and then again by interest rate. For example, I owed almost $28k on my school loans still (and my poor diploma is gathering dust in a closet), with an interest rate of 5%. But Wonderful Husband had a truck loan of only $3k with an interest rate of almost 11%. For the debt snowball you pay off the smallest balances first. You pay the minimum on all the other debt and throw all your extra money at the smallest balance, when that is paid off, you move onto the next, and the next, until all of your debt is paid off except for the mortgage. In our case, we were able to clean out my savings account except for the $1000 emergency fund, and I stopped contributing to it, and within 9 months we had both vehicles, WH’s school, and a large portion of my school paid off.

When we did our budget, we did it a little backwards because we knew that I would be quitting my job soon to stay home with Little Darling. I didn’t even factor in my income and did our budget off WH’s alone. The best way I found to do it is to get into Microsoft Excel.

Once you are in Excel, you can list all of your expenses. Make sure you don’t forget anything. Here is everything I listed in our budget:

  • Mortgage
  • Water
  • Sewage
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Phone
  • Groceries
  • Household items
  • Baby stuff
  • School
  • Garbage
  • House insurance
  • Car insurance

Now, some of these are not all paid monthly, our garbage and car insurance are paid annually so I put them into a separate column. Once you have them all listed you can go into the Formula tab of Excel and choose to Insert Function. You want to select the cell at the bottom of your amounts and choose it to display the sum of all the amount cells. So if cell B2-B14 have the $ amount of your bills, click on cell B15 and insert the Sum Function. It will display the totals of what you spend monthly on bills. Again, I have two columns, one for monthly and one for annually. Once I have totaled the annual bills, I insert another function into the next cell down and have it divide by 12 to show how much money we need to save monthly in order to pay our annual bills so they won’t sneak up on us (this is the monthly savings for annual bills).

Once you have the totals of all your bills and exactly how much money goes out each month, you need to get your annual income, This one is difficult for us because Wonderful Husband is paid hourly so we just worked off the lowest check he ever received so we would have more money left over when he gets more overtime.

The best way to find your salary if you don’t know it, is to take your paycheck and multiple it by 26, because you will normally get 26 paychecks a year (sad isn’t it? seems like you should get paid more) For example, if your paycheck is $500 every two weeks then you want to do 500×26= 13,000. So you are taking home $13k a year.

Multiply your paycheck by 2 to get your monthly take home (500×2=1000).

Now anyone following along will notice is that 13,000/12 doesn’t equal $1000. That’s because it will equally divide the 13,000, when in reality there will just be one month or two months a year that you get three paychecks instead of 2. For the sake of your sanity, go with the lower amount of $1000 a month.

So now you have your annual income and your monthly income! Yay!!

Now. Select a cell underneath your annual and monthly incomes, insert function, sum of your monthly bills+ monthly savings for annual bills.

You should have your annual income, your monthly income, and your monthly budget all in one column now. And you can probably see where you stand, but lets get it on paper.. select the next cell underneath your budget, insert function, subtract monthly income-budget.

That’s how much money you have left.

HINT: the incoming should be HIGHER than the outgoing. If it isn’t, you will have a negative number here.

For example, if you are making 13,000 a year, 1,000 a month. Your monthly budget needs to be LESS than 1,000. If it isn’t, its time to make a change.

Doing a budget, is a great way to stay on track and know where every penny of your money is going. You work hard for that money, don’t let it slip away, and don’t give it away for free!

If you need help, or are interested in learning more, please feel free to reach out to me! I love helping people save money and find their footing to get back on track with their spending! I hope this post was helpful, I know that teaching Excel can be really hard, and it is difficult to explain it without being able to show you all. I have faith that you can do it though! Once you know exactly where your money is going, it is much easier to make good decisions about spending. Do you really need that Starbucks coffee? Or could you maybe brew yourself this month?

Good luck everybody!

Homemade Lasagna

It has probably been two years since I made a real lasagna. It is always either in the crock pot or the lasagna roll ups, because that is so much easier. This week, however, Wonderful Husband was begging for lasagna. I really don’t know why, other than he found a box of lasagna noodles in the cupboard while he was raiding them one day. He seriously asked four times in one day if we could have lasagna the next day. Who am I to deny lasagna to the hard working husband?

As with most of my recipes, I am constantly on the look out for the best one available. I am normally not satisfied with lasagna because I don’t really like beef and there is never enough cheese for me. Enter the Kraft Better-than-ever cheesy meat lasagna. Can you hear the angels singing? Because I can. I am still sneaking to the fridge to stuff forkfuls of cold, leftover lasagna in my mouth. This will definitely be a repeat in our household. I served it with toasted french bread and homemade bruschetta. It was divine.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. extra-lean ground beef (I used 1lb bc thats how mine is packaged)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 container (16 oz.) cottage cheese (I used a mixture of cottage cheese and ricotta and it was WAY more than 16oz)
  • 1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 1 pkg. (7 oz.) shredded Mozzarella 

Directions:

  • Brown meat with garlic and oregano in large saucepan. Stir in spaghetti sauce; simmer 5 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in tomatoes. Mix egg, cottage cheese and Parmesan until blended.
  • Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Top with layers of 3 noodles, half the cottage cheese mixture, 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1 cup sauce; repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles and sauce; cover.
  • Bake 30 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining mozzarella; bake, uncovered, 5 min. or until melted. Let stand 5 min. before serving.

I will admit that I used more like 24oz of the ricotta/cottage cheese mixture, and I used freshly grated Parmesan instead of the shaker cheese stuff. Really, you can vary this however you want depending on your personal preferences, but it delicious! I would love to try this out with zucchini noodles instead of lasagna noodles, or with ground turkey instead of beef. Oh the healthy options! It almost makes up for the insane amount of cheese.

Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Now that Wonderful Husband is spending so much time working at the shop instead of in the field, he has been home for dinner most nights. I am really feeling good about keeping up with new recipes and making sure we can eat pretty healthy instead of all the fast food he shoves into his system while he is away. This week, I was really struggling with meatless Monday, We had just had the garlic Alfredo a few nights before and we were still a little burnt out on pasta. Not to mention how unhealthy it had been.

After remembering I had bought a huge bag of sweet potatoes last week, and some time spent on Pinterest, I found this recipe. It seemed pretty simple, but I didn’t have any enchilada sauce. I couldn’t justify a trip to the store for a can of sauce so I did another search and found this recipe for homemade enchilada sauce. Later I realized I only had two tortillas and ended up having to ask Wonderful Husband to stop on his way home to pick up a package, so really, I could have had him get enchilada sauce too. But, then I wouldn’t have found out how yummy homemade enchilada sauce is! So, slip on your sassy pants and get ready for some deliciousness!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce:

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and cook until just browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and oregano and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Sauteing your spices for a few seconds will give your sauce a fuller flavor.
  2. Add in the tomato sauce and chicken stock. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, and strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the onion to extract the sauce. If I am making enchiladas or something similar, I’ll add the reserved onions to my filling. You may discard the onion if you wish.
  4. Keep refrigerated for up to one week. Makes approximately 2 cups.

Ok, who am I trying to kid? I didn’t measure any of this, I used it as a guideline. I did include all the ingredients because I had them on hand but rather than teaspoons or tablespoons or cups, it was more like dashes, handfuls, and mason jars. It turned out really well but had a slight undertone of burnt, I am attributing this to the fact that you are supposed to “saute” the spices for 30 seconds, you basically burn the shit out of them and then add some liquid to keep them from catching on fire, next time there will be no sauteing for me. Here are so pictures!

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This is where I was sauteing the spices, it smelled so strong!

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Ta da! Homemade enchilada sauce! Once that was done, I let it sit while I made the enchiladas.

Sweet Potato Enchiladas:

Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, separated
  • 1 cups sweet bell peppers
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 (15.25 ounces) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, optional
  • 1 and 3/4 cup salsa (I used mild), separated
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, packed with stems removed
  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese, separated
  • 12 white or whole-wheat tortillas
  • Optional: sour cream, extra salsa, cilantro, green onions
Instructions
  1. Follow package directions to cook one 1 cup of brown rice. So when it is cooked, it will yield about 2 cups.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and chop (into small pieces) the sweet potatoes. In a large skillet, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil and the sweet potatoes over medium-high heat.
  3. Cook until the potatoes begin to get tender (about 8 minutes) and then add in the sweet peppers (remove stems and seeds and chop) with the last tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes and then add in the minced garlic and black beans. Stir for another 30 seconds to a minute.
  4. In a large bowl combine the sweet potato mixture with 1 cup salsa, 1 packet taco seasoning (you can use less than a packet if desired), and cooked rice. Stir it all together really well. Add in the lime juice and chopped cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. (Increase lime juice or cilantro here if desired).
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 x 13 pan with nonstick spray. Smooth on the bottom of the pan the remaining 3/4 cup of salsa.
  6. Scoop about 1/2 cup of the mixture onto the left side of a white or whole-wheat tortilla. Sprinkle with a handful of cheddar cheese (you can leave it out for a healthier meal). Roll it up.
  7. Place the enchilada seam-side down into the prepared pan. Repeat until the pan is filled with enchiladas.
  8. Pour 1 cup red enchilada sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese. (If you use packaged and pre-shredded cheese it tends to get greasy when baked so I like to use freshly grated!)
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the enchiladas are warmed through.
  10. Remove and enjoy immediately with sour cream (I use fat free), extra salsa, shredded cilantro, or chopped green onions.

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Yummy!

I do have to interject though, because Google lied to me when I asked, Cilantro and Coriander ARE NOT interchangeable. While they may come from the same plant, they have a completely different taste and texture. Because of this, there was a 1/4 cup of coriander seeds floating around the filling and trying to gag us with every bite.

The enchiladas were amazing, I really should have taken a picture of the finished product, but I forgot. They were so delicious, all of the flavors mixed together so well. Except for the Coriander, the Coriander was horrible. Next time I will make sure I use Cilantro for sure.

I hope you enjoy this meatless monday meal!

Banana Bread

Who doesn’t love a good banana bread? I remember my mom always stashing over ripe bananas in the freezer and then on a baking day she would make banana bread that was to die for. I still stick my over ripe bananas in the freezer, but more often than not they get shoved to the back and forgotten.

Leave it to Wonderful Husband to go digging around the freezer and pull out 7 bananas, demanding an explanation on why I am keeping rotten fruit. Then, begging for some homemade banana bread. Who am I to say no?

I let all the bananas thaw out and then plopped them into a bowl (defrosted bananas are disgusting and remind me of lovely smelling slugs) while I looked up a good recipe. For the last few years I had been using my Mother In Laws recipe, but Wonderful Husband finally told me that I am never going to be able to reproduce her perfect bread so I have decided on a new tactic of using a different recipe so he doesn’t have to compare.

I found this one and decided it looked pretty good. Most of the recipes are very similar, there are only so many ways to mix bananas, flour, and sugar.
Ingredients

2 cups MINUS 2 tablespoons Flour
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Salt
½ cup Oil (I used Corn Oil which is Heart Healthy)
2 Eggs
3 very ripe Bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ cup Fisher Walnuts, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray
In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients; flour, sugar, baking soda and salt
Add oil and eggs, one at a time. Beat after each addition
Add mashed banana and vanilla, beat well
Fold in nuts
Pour into pan ( recipe makes 1 regular loaf (9×5) or 3-4 mini loaves)
Bake at 350 degrees – regular loaf 50-60 minutes or mini loaves 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

We had to adjust the baking time a little bit because our oven is going wonky. After it had been in for about 20 minutes, the outside was burning but the inside was liquid so WH turned it down to about 250 and we let it go for another 50 minutes or so. The result was perfect. This bread is delicious! I spread some homemade butter on it and had two slices for breakfast this morning. Wonderful Husband agreed it was quite good, so perhaps this will be my new banana bread recipe.

Garlic Alfredo Sauce

I have perfected the most amazing, delicious, and addicting Alfredo sauce. And what’s even better, is that I did it on accident.

Last night, Wonderful Husband was digging through the freezer looking for something to make for dinner, and pulled out some shrimp. He wanted shrimp cocktail. I tried explaining that shrimp cocktail is not a meal, besides, I don’t even like shrimp. So we settled with I would make pasta and sauce and he would make shrimp and Brussels sprouts and we would have a full dinner. Winning.

So here is how this happy accident occurred:

Wonderful Husband was using all the nice pots, so I dug out a little sauce pan and put a few spoonfuls of garlic in it. While that was browning up, I mixed up three chicken bouillon cubes in a mason jar of hot water and poured it into the pot. When that started to bubble, I stirred in several shakes of Parmesan cheese. Then I added about 1/3 of a block of cream cheese. While that was all mixing together into delicious-ness, I squirted in some lemon juice. It seemed a little too thin for our liking so I whisked in several pinches of flour. Then I let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often. I added Italian seasoning and some Onion Onion seasoning from Tastefully Simple.

When Wonderful Husband taste tested it, he thought it needed more citrus, I had used the last of the lemon juice so we squirted in some lime juice. We let it simmer a bit longer to thicken and then spooned it onto our penne pasta. It was divine. I ate two platefuls and then had another plate as a snack later. Even Wonderful Husband ate a bunch of it, and he was dead set on having shrimp cocktail for dinner.

This will definitely be my go-to recipe in the future when I need a good sauce. I think it would even be delicious served as a dip with a big loaf of crusty bread. Yummmy!