This past week was all about bad weather, Valentine baking, and Chicken Spaghetti.
This spaghetti was so good. We thoroughly made pigs out of ourselves….in the privacy of our home!
Now concerning the recent weather, bad stuff, I have proof!
Sir Streusel and I had made plans to go visit Sweet Mama and Daddy in the promised land which we all know is Mississippi. As I was dressing that morning and watching the morning news, I noticed a lot of red, I mean A LOT of red, on the weather map. I mentioned to Sir Streusel that I didn’t think it would be too wise for us to travel that day. We would be driving directly into this mess. His answer, “Nah, we will be fine. It will more than likely break up before we ever reach it.” Now make no bones about it, I am crazy about this man, but sometimes he makes me scratch my head.
So we load the car, pack up Stella and Paloma, and hit the road. About 40 minutes down the highway we ran into this mess.
I asked Sir Streusel again if we might need to turn around and go back home. Sir Streusel in his wisdom responded, “Nah, once we get through this rain it will be over.”
Less than 60 seconds later…….
You can hear Sir Streusel say, “Look to the left.” Uhm, no kidding dude, I have BEEN looking to the left and I am scurred!!!!!
At this point, the clouds start to circulate and dark ‘points’ began to dip from the sky. The trees looked as if they were performing a hula dance. Folks, there was no mistaking a tornado was trying to form. We were about to get on a very long bridge in Mobile and I stated in a very loud voice, similar to a scream, that there was no way I was driving onto a bridge in the middle of this storm!!! I would like to tell you I was cool, calm and collected but that would be a lie. I would like to tell you I was brave but that would be a lie.
We pulled off the road and looked for shelter, none to be found, but the circulating stopped and the demon-looking dark points shriveled back into the sky.
Finally, Sir Streusel agreed we needed to turn around and go back home and stop this nonsense of driving directly into this storm that would continue all the way to my parent’s house.
As we turned around and headed back home……
The weather was still bad as we turned around and headed back towards Florida, but at least I would be in my own home when it hit. If you watched the news over the weekend, you saw all the tornados that hit in the south. One touched down just right down from my parent’s home but they made it just fine.
Let me recap this for you. We are travelling to Mississippi, I notice really bad weather on the weather report, I suggested we better not go, Sir Streusel says it won’t be a problem, 40 minutes later I am talking very loudly telling him to TURN THIS CAR AROUND RIGHT NOW AND GET ME HOME!
Sigh, if he just would have listened to me in the first place. #thatisthestuffdreamsaremadeof
When we returned home, Chicken Spaghetti happened and I knew I wanted to share it with you. I am thoughtful like that.
Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
Cook and cut chicken into small pieces or shred a rotisserie chicken.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13″ pan with a non-stick spray.
In a medium skillet, heat olive oil.
Add onion, celery and garlic to the pan and cook until tender. Add onion mixture to chicken.
**Or you can cheat like I did. Use a bag of seasoning mix. Save yourself some time and throw the entire bag into the skillet.
You will need two cans of Ro-Tel and one jar of Chicken Gravy
In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, chicken, onion mixture, chicken gravy, tomatoes, cheese, salt and pepper.
Add shredded cheese to the mix. You can bet I am going to go heavy on the cheese after the morning I had in my car!
Mix everything up and get the ingredients all happy and smiling.
Spoon into prepared dish. Top with crushed crackers.
Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
Bake 20 minutes.
Remove foil and bake until top is browned, approximately 10 minutes.
The Chicken Spaghetti was delicious and needs to make an appearance on your table pronto!
As for the weather experience, I am finally going to say the truth to Sir Streusel. I have been holding it in but I going to let it rip………
Jody and Edna
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 (16-ounce) package spaghetti
- 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
- 1 (12-ounce) jar chicken gravy
- 2 (10-ounce) cans tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
- 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese blend
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 sleeve buttery round crackers
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
- Prepare spaghetti per package directions.
- Heat olive oil in medium pan.
- Add onion, celery and garlic.
- Cook until onion is translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, chicken, onion minture, chicken gravy, tomatoes, cheese, salt and pepper.
- Spoon into prepared dish.
- Top with crushed crackers.
- Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
- Bake 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake until top is browned, approximately 10 minutes.
- **1 bag of frozen seasoning mix may be substituted for the onion and celery.