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Monday, October 6, 2008

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

My holidays have unfortunately come to an end. It was enjoyable to spend a couple weeks at home. It allowed me to get things in order in the new house such as finish the basement, as well as to see many friends and family.

This past weekend I was able to enjoy spending time with my nephews (3) at Saunders Farm. Saunders Farm in autumn offers harvest fun by day and haunting activities by night and is a great place for kids, families and those that like to get a little spooked this time of year.

With my nephews being 9mths, 2yrs and 4yrs old the daytime harvest was of course the best time to see the farm. During the daytime Saunders Pumpkin Farm offers pumpkin patches, puppet shows, harvest hayrides and mazes. There is also a haunted house available to older kids and adults during the day. I am pretty much a wimp when it comes to these things, but am always willing to try them. So clutched to my partner we made our way through the dark corridors, where things jumped out at us, screams could be heard (other then my own), chainsaws and spooky children chanting. It was spooky enough during the day that I am not sure I could endure the Field of Screams at night, which is basically a haunted field you walk through at night. Eerie!

Being in a pumpkin patch can certainly put you in the mood for fall fare. Last year was the first time I tried a spaghetti squash and just loved substituting it for pasta, that way I could indulge in more garlic bread. It makes a nice autumn dinner when topped with spaghetti sauce.

1 3/4 pounds extra lean ground beef
1 cup chopped chopped onions
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 (14 1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (14 1/2oz) can beef broth
1 (6oz) can tomato paste
1 tsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp salt
1 large bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 can or chopped fresh mushrooms

1. Cook meat, onions, celery and garlic in a large saucepan over med-high until browned. Drain mixture. Return meat to saucepan stir in tomatoes and next 7 ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 35min. Stir in parsley cook 5 min.

Aerial view of mazes at Saunders Farm.

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Adam said...

Wow, those mazes look incredible. What a beautiful view! It's weird, getting lost in the woods or a giant store isn't fun, but mazes are ok :)

Love the squash, it's a perfect lower carb spaghetti :)

Kerri said...

Definitely will have to take the kids. We've never been. As for the spaghetti squash... its not my fav. Maybe the addition of meat sauce would convert me. I do love the acorn squash that is fresh right now. YUMMMY.

Helene said...

I'm sending the link for the Saunders Farm to my daughter. I'm sure she'll like to go there. This is my kind of meal.

Ruth Daniels said...

What a fun farm. I can't wait until my little grandson is old enough to really appreciate it.

As for the Spaghetti would be perfect to share with Presto Pasta Nights.

Kimi said...

That farm looks like a great place. Love the pictures!

nicisme said...

Oh those mazes are so cool! I've not see pumpkin farms like that over here.:(

Kevin said...

That spaghetti squash "pasta" looks good. It has been too long since I last had some spaghetti squash.

Jude said...

Wow a sea of pumpkins. I'd be in the mood for something squashy myself if I saw that.

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