Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tornado Warning or Maybe Not

I woke up this morning to a torrential downpour of rain. You know the kind of sound that makes you want to stay in bed ... that's what it was. After I finally dragged my body out of bed, I saw La Petite Belle sitting straight up in her bed in the dark. I walked over to her room to hear that loud "BOMP, BOMP, BOMP, BOMP" sound coming from her radio. Her eyes were filled with terror as the voice from the radio said, "A tornado is coming. Take cover immediately." I reassured her and we went on with our morning amidst all the beeping and forecasters' reports. I think everyone's a little overly cautious down here since Katrina, but I guess you really can't be too careful.

We ate breakfast and got ready for our day, then headed out the door. I drilled the girls on their spelling words as we drove to school Then, the dreaded phone call ... from a friend, "School is cancelled." Why is it that I'm hearing this after I have packed lunches and put make-up and jewelry on? Could they have not told us this sooner? You mean to tell me  that I could still be in my PJs?! In Bed?!

So, I went up to the church and did a few things and came back home with the girls. 
Their plan for the day:  Mario Bros.
My plan for the day: What else? 
I guess I'll be able to cook a real dinner tonight, too. So, remember that spaghetti recipe (we ended up grilling steaks Monday night), here it is:

Micheal Landry's Spaghetti Sauce
2 lbs. ground meat (use 1 lb. Italian sausage for more flavor)
3 large onions, chopped
4-5 finely chopped garlic cloves
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. olive oil
2 (16 oz.) cans whole tomatoes, Italian-style
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 c. red wine
1 small carrot, finely chopped
3 bay leaves
1 T. basil
1 T. oregano
1 T. salt
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. sugar
Dash red pepper
1 c. sliced mushrooms

Heat oil in a 5-qt. pot. Add onions and garlic and saute' until wilted. Add  meat and cook until brown. Blend whole tomatoes in meat mixture, then stir in crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir constantly on high heat for 15 minutes. Add water(don't know how much because it's not written in the cookbook, just guess), wine, and carrots. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes. Add all seasonings and reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 2 1/2 hours, stirring periodically. Fifteen minutes before serving, add sliced mushrooms. Serve over cooked spaghetti with fresh grated Parmesan or Romano cheese. Serves 8-10.
(Sorry no pic. I haven't made it yet and who do you think I am, Pioneer Woman?)

Oh, and by the way, the rain has stopped. The sun is out. No sign of a tornado in the sky. I'm so glad the girls didn't have school today on the second-to-last week of school (sarcasm).


Becoming Me said...

I hope you all stay safe. I did laundry all day as well

Tami said...

I can't believe you put on make up and jewelry to take them to school. You are good. I just usually go in my PJs and them come back and get ready. That is impressive. Anyway, stay safe down there on the bayou.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

I don't. I go to work after dropping them off. Believe me, I would be in shorts and a t-shirt if I didn't have to go to work.

It would be cool if I were that good about getting myself ready in the morning. Maybe one day ... then I'll meet my friends at the country club for tennis and lunch.

Tracie said...

That spaghetti sauce recipe sounds DE-LISH!! I may have to try that this weekend.