Tried and True Meat Sauce Recipe

by Alaina on October 16, 2014 · 4 comments

Growing up my parents and I would always eat pasta on Wednesday night. Prince pasta night anyone? Aaaaanthony!! Throughout the years, I would eat the pasta with regular pasta sauce or even sweet Italian sausages, but my favorite is always the ground beef meat sauce.

Lately David has been raving about the sauce that I make so I thought I would share my “tried and true” recipe. I will preface by saying that I don’t make my own tomato sauce. Maybe eventually, but for this recipe, it’s store bought.

Step One: Cut up one small onion and sauté with olive oil until they become soft. Add to crock pot once they are done.

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Step Two: In the same pan, add more olive oil and brown the ground beef. I generally buy between 80% and 90% lean so that I’ll have a little fat left over, for flavor.

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Step Three: Add ground beef to the crock pot. Then I add stewed tomatoes, sauce (I usually switch between Prego and Francesco Rinaldi), garlic powder and oregano.

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Step Four: Set Crock Pot to “warm” and let the sauce simmer for about 3 to 4 hours to let the flavor mix.

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And we’re done! Very simple yet so extremely delicious. David and I love garlic so I go pretty heavy on the garlic powder. Smile with tongue out And I tend to make a big batch so that it lasts us a couple of days. I think it’s actually better a day after because the flavors really mix together.

What’s your favorite pasta topping?


Race #26: Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women

by Alaina on October 14, 2014 · 1 comment

Wow, 26 down and only 4 more races to go! So excited to be nearly done with this challenge! More so for the feeling of accomplishment, but also to not have to wake up so early on the weekends for races. Winking smile 

Yesterday I ran the Tufts 10K in Boston, with my mom, and thankfully the weather was SO much better than when I ran in 2011. We met up at my hotel and walked down to the Boston Common, getting there just after 11AM. We walked around for a bit before they called everyone to their pace markers. We lined up around 10 minute mile pacers. The weather this year was overcast and in the 50s, with a slight breeze. Absolutely perfect!

The gun went off at noon and we were on our way! The race course brings you down Beacon Street, right onto Mass Ave where you go over the bridge into Cambridge; make a right onto Memorial Drive, around Memorial Drive for about 2 miles, then back onto the Mass Ave bridge, left on Commonwealth and back towards the Boston Common. Up until the half way mark, my mom and I were running together, at about a low 10 pace. But then all of a sudden she started to get in front of me and by the time we were crossing over the bridge again, I lost her! She was on fire! Thankfully this race turned out a lot better than my past 10K’s. I was able to maintain a fairly consistent pace and I ended up crossing the finish line at 1:03:42. My mom finished in 1:02:36!!!! She did amazing!! Hopefully I can keep up with her at the Pell Bridge Run! Winking smile

26th Race

Time: 1:03:42
Pace: 10:15
Division: 805/1488

My next race is Sunday, October 26; the Pell Bridge Run in Newport, RI! This is one of my favorites, getting to run over the bridge when the sun rises. Here’s hoping the weather is nice again this year!

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A Day in August

by Alaina on October 12, 2014 · 1 comment

As I was going through my pictures on my iPhone I realized that I never shared a couple of events I went to in August: the Indian Ranch Brewfest and the Linkin Park concert! It was a gorgeous day and I was happy to spend it with David and my friend, Courtney. Smile

Indian Ranch Brewfest

This was my third year attending, and as always, David and I enjoyed our afternoon of beer and BBQ. There weren’t as many vendors this year but we were still able to try a few new brews.

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Pointing upThat brand right up there ended up being David’s favorite of the afternoon. He went up about 5 times to try out the different flavors of the cider. I’ll have try and find it for him. Winking smile The one next to it, the Innis and Gunn, was my favorite of the ‘fest. It’s a Scottish Rum Aged ale and it’s the only one I went up to multiple times. And thankfully it’s sold at a local liquor store in Ayer!

Linkin Park Concert

After we spent a few hours drinking and enjoying some BBQ, I headed down to Mansfield for the Linkin Park concert! I’ve been a fan of LP since high school but always seemed to miss them whenever they came to New England. This time, however, I purchased a ticket the day they went on sale. I ended up going by myself, but it was the biggest coincidence that Courtney also had tickets to that show, and they were right behind me! It made the show that much better for sure.

The opening acts were AFI (A Fire Inside) and 30 Seconds to Mars. Seriously though, you would have thought that 30STM was the main headliner because they had the biggest crowd and put on an amazing show! I would have expected nothing less from Jared Leto though. Winking smile

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My pictures aren’t all that clear but I was trying to get a shot of Jared, without his shirt on. *swoon* I didn’t take that many of Linkin Park; the last photo is of Chester Bennington. Another *swoon*. They both put on amazing sets and I can definitely say that I am a 30 Seconds to Mars fan now. I didn’t know any of their songs going in to the show, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying every second of their set.

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Courtney and I having a great time! I ended up leaving the show around 10 since I had to be at work the next morning at 7. Thankfully that meant I beat the crowds getting out too! If you’ve ever been to Great Woods/the Tweeter Center/Comcast Center/Xfinity Center then you know what I mean. Winking smile

What was your favorite weekend of the summer?

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