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How to Store Leftover Pasta

Yesterday I posted a recipe for the  spaghetti sauce we served in our restaurant…

which got me to thinking about noodles…

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then time savers and saving money.

I know…

I am random!

If you are short on time during the holiday season, (or anytime) you can save some valuable meal time by preparing a spaghetti meal ahead of time!

Spaghetti sauce is better the next day, no matter what recipe you use. Mine makes several gallons, although you may have a recipe you love with less servings.

Or you can grab the spaghetti sauce recipe and can some, it will save a lot of time when you need it later!

Same thing with noodles, cook them ahead of time. This should work with any kind of pasta.

After cooking your spaghetti noodles al dente, immediately stop the cooking process by immersing in ice-cold water. This will stop the breakdown of the starch, and the pasta won’t get gummy and  stick together.

Cook and store in the fridge in a container of water just covering the pasta. It will keep for a good while.

To reheat noodles…

  • Immerse in boiling water until noodles are hot, then use a colander to drain or a slotted spoon.
  • Or drain noodles and heat it in the microwave on a plate.

Throw together a quick salad, or open a packaged bag of salad, grill some garlic bread and you are good to go! (The kids can help do this!)

Try it and let me know what you think!

Share your kitchen time saving tips!

Have a great Christmas season! ~Evie

Simplicity Or Imperfection

In this world of technology and hectic schedules there never seems time to relax.

The chores seem to pile up and when we do have a free day from work or errands, we have to play catch up at home!

I have figured out that perfection has no place at my home.

Another thing is, the simpler, the better.

My house looks lived in, and my gardens need weeding!

The laundry is not folded and put away.

Everything used  to be in its place and  the kitchen countertop cleared and wiped down. Now when I have dirty dishes, I am reminded that we have plenty to eat! I look at it as a blessing!

Funny how my thoughts have changed as I have grown older.

It doesn’t bother me (much) if someone comes in and sees my vacuum that is sitting in the middle of the living room floor. Makes them think I am making the effort to clean, anyway! 

I don’t really care that my bed is unmade. I’m just going to get back in it afterwhile!

Clutter must be my friend, because it is always hanging around me, so I have just decided to embrace it! I may not pick it up tomorrow either.

I will not get stressed out over the imperfections in my life. I will just put the KISS procedure in place.

Keep It Simple Stupid

Who cares that the light bulb in the living room lamp has been burned out for three weeks. Just makes for ambiance and romance!

So the coffee is still setting on the counter, why waste time putting it away, when I am just going to make a pot later?

One thing I do to keep order is play a game called Ten Things. When I take a break from whatever it is I am doing, I pick up and put away ten things. Soon, those ten things multiply and the house is straightened!

This is simplicity at its best, because it can be overwhelming when you are trying to accomplish everything at one time.

A time saver I love is my crock pot! My meals cook while I am doing other chores, so I am multi-tasking! That makes me feel better, because I am getting more done, in less time!

Another time saver I have figured out has to do with folding laundry, wash cloths in particular. I realized that if I fold them in half instead of fourths, my folding time is cut in half. The less folds, the faster the laundry is done!

What do you do to save time at your house? Please share your tips with us!

So, I say multi-task, keep it simple, and embrace those imperfections. There are no perfect people!

Then meet me on Facebook, and let’s chat!

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