Life lately — and goulash!

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{hydrangeas from my sister’s wedding last summer}

Things have been trucking along just fine around these neck of the woods. I have to admit, I’ve gotten my second wind of loving all the snow that we are having. It looks so bright and fresh. I love it!

I’m probably going to be getting a new phone sometime soon. We are looking into moving me off of our old Sprint plan and going to Google Fi, so that will be pretty neat. I haven’t had a new phone in a few years and the one I have now will die pretty soon. We haven’t had much luck in our family with these types of phones (I won’t say it because I don’t want to be rude) so it will be nice to have a phone that won’t try to kill itself once it reaches its second birthday.

March is filling up pretty quickly, so I’m looking forward to spending time with friends and family. We have 3 birthdays in March, so our friend group is getting ready to celebrate. I’m not sure what we’ll do for Evan’s birthday, but I know it will be a fun time either way. We might have our friends over for dinner, since that’s something that we try to do on a regular basis, though we haven’t done that in several weeks.

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{dining room before dinner}

One thing that Evan and I try to do is get together with my in-laws every week for family dinner. There are some weeks where life gets in the way and we go a few weeks missing it, but we end up always coming back to the table together. While some folks might think that once a week is too much, I think it’s great. I love my in-laws and I am so happy that we have a dedicated time each week to get together and catch up on what’s going on with our lives. We alternate the locations each week — at our place and theirs — so that means that every other week I don’t have to plan for Thursday meal!

This week is our week for hosting and I was trying to think of something that was both quick, easy and filling. Since Evan and I work until 5, get home around 5:20 or 5:30, I don’t have a ton of time until the in-laws are walking through our front door at 6:00 pm.

I had forgotten about goulash until I was browsing Pinterest and I came across a recipe that reminded me of what I ate growing up. This was the ultimate comfort food for me as a child and I haven’t made it in years. While the recipe below was inspired by another, I changed things around. I don’t like onions that still have their *crunch*, so I cooked them down and I didn’t do any Italian seasoning or a large amount of olive oil, amongst other things. I’m sure that the recipe that was written is so delicious, but what I have below is more of what I ate growing up. If you are wanting the original, just click the link!

Old Fashioned Goulash — recipe adapted from My Incredible Recipes

Serves 4 – 6 adults

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 T kosher salt
  • 1/2 T fresh black pepper
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, add your onions and olive oil and saute until translucent.
  2. Now add your garlic and your ground beef to your onions and cook until meat is fully cooked.
  3. Add water and broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bay leaves, kosher salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Lower heat and cover – allow to cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add in the uncooked elbow macaroni to the skillet, stir well until everything is combined
  6. Cover once again and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes
  7. Add corn in the last 5 minutes
  8. Once cooked, remove the bay leaves
  9. Add the cheddar cheese and mix until combined
  10. Enjoy!
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One Comment Add yours

  1. Sadah says:

    Well written.

    Like

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