December 5, 2014


Oh the magic of the Christmas season.
 I like how this is going. Easy and slow......
Miss Tessa, over at Here There Be Musing, made a comment 
that we need not get in a "tizzy" over decorating our homes for the season! 
She was so right!
How heart warming to take a peek out the windows
 and see Christmas lights all aglow in the neighborhood! 

Each day, the kitchen is taking on a few more pieces of Christmas decor!
This is setting the mood for the beginning of delicious food being prepared for our
 infamous Christmas Eve gathering! 

So as we all go about the task of creating the special feeling of the Christmas season,
this delicious recipe will help you serve up a fabulous meal for your loved ones, 
with the ease of your slow-cooker!
The fantastic aroma of a good spaghetti sauce simmering away, and
Judy Garland singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas"....
it's home for the holidays! 


1 lb. lean ground chuck
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
21/2 cups tomato juice
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 bay leaves
Hot cooked spaghetti
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker,combine the tomato sauce, tomato juice, tomatoes, tomato paste,
sugar, seasonings and beef mixture. Let cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve over hot spaghetti and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese! 

Have A Warm and Cozy Weekend Y’all!

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  1. Oh my! -happy sigh-

    Every visit here, is like a warm note from home. Your words and your photos, and peeks into your lovely home..... Visits here are simply good for the soul. :-)

    Thank you Dear One, for giving us, this beautiful, beautiful blog.

    Gentle Christmas Season hugs,

    1. Miss Tessa....how I love having you as a long-distance girlfriend....wishing you and yours a most lovely weekend!

  2. Oh, my dear sweet new friend that I am growing to love...we, too, have our large family gathering on Christmas Eve...
    and I've been wondering for weeks what to serve that would be easy, delicious and you have come to my rescue. This, with a great salad and, of COURSE, some killer garlic bread will be on the menu this year. They will all LOVE it...and I'll have the ease of a slow cooker meal...I'm excited....and thank you for the inspiration and the recipe.

  3. That's going to be perfect BJ! It smells divine and tastes even better. I like a bit of a kick to spaghetti sauce and add cayenne pepper to the ground beef! This was my mother-in-law's secret and she made a divine sauce! Sounds like it will be a Christmas Eve spectacular!!! Hugs!!!!


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