13 February, 2011

Knit n' Spin Valentines Day

Yesterday I hosted a local Knit and Spin day for Valentines day. We had a potluck and a small swap. 7 of us drove out in the nice sunny day and met up at the from rec room of my community.

The Ladies:
Deborah, Margo and Val
Valentine's knitting day
Jenna and Dena

Valentine's Knitting day
Jen snuck in a bit later

Valentine's knitting day
What I was spinning: Crown Mountain Fibers Lady of the Lake

CMF Lady of the Lake
A Hostess gift from Margo, Thank you!

Hostess Gift
Closeup of Gift tags

Tags for knitting
Close up of Stitch markers

Stitch markers
Mmmmalabrigo sock yarn in Velvet grape

Malabrigo Sock

The Dish I took to pass:


1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 med. onion, chopped (approximately 1/2 cup)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 pkg. frozen chopped spinach
1 (15 1/2 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash pepper
1 (7 oz.) pkg. shell macaroni, cooked al dente
1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded (approximately 4 oz.)
1/2 c. bread crumbs
2 eggs, well-beaten
1/4 c. oil

In large skillet brown ground beef with onion and garlic. Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain well, reserving 1 cup liquid. Stir spinach liquid, spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, salt and pepper into meat mixture. Simmer over low heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a bowl combine spinach, macaroni, cheese, bread crumbs, eggs and oil. Spread in 9x13 inch pan. Top with meat sauce. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
Serve with salad Garlic bread and a dessert like Rachel Ray’s Quick Tiramisu

Note: I omitted the egg as I put it in the crock to heat it up instead of in the oven. I also added water chestnuts and mottz cheese on top.

Thank you all for a lovely day!!


Kathleen Kibblehouse said...

What a perfect way to spend a chilly winter afternoon! Wish I had been able to be there. Can't wait to try the recipe too. Thanks for posting it!

wooliegirl said...

I'm so envious of your spinning day! Great room to hold it in and love the swap idea. And I LOVE the malabrigo velvet grape, I have been eyeballing that for a few weeks :)
I'm going to try your recipe this week. Thanks!

auburnchick said...

Those stitch markers are beautiful!! Love that yarn too!