Random Thoughts & Recipe for Fettuccine Bolognese

1. My Facebook and blog might as well be a photo journal of Caleb. 

2. I have always been known to take a lot of pictures. I have several albums dating back since middle school days as proof of this.

3. I have always wanted to take Photography classes. Also, graphic design.

4. I used to solely love peanut butter. Now my enjoyment of almond butter makes this a 50/50 ratio between the two. Maybe realistically more like 70/30 since I use almond butter so much more.

5. I am going to be age 26 this year. I am trying to panic less about this. I have noticed that it's not just me who is not happy about this aging. I have talked to a several people in my age group who are disheartened with where they are at in their life. The common theme is that we all thought we would be further in life financially and with work in one way or another.

6. I say this a lot, but I have the coolest friends. So caring, creative, passionate and smart. Love it.

7. I love LA. We went there for Jessie's birthday on Sunday, and enjoyed seeing all the different kinds of people on the streets. I loved walking through the Farmer's Market and around the city, seeing different forms of art on the walls or just randomly around. Such a great place.

8. Sugar is addicting. I don't think I am literally addicted to sugar, but I will say that I have a serious sweet tooth. Sweets just call out to me. The past two days I have made it a goal to eat no sweets. The most sugar I had was in the cranberry sauce from dinner the night before. Caleb loved it.

9. Awhile ago I wrote a post about mama guilt. I am definitely doing better with this. It can be sad, but it is also really nice to have a night to myself, or to sleep in a little later the next morning when he is at Spencer's. 

10. Last night I made Fettuccine Bolognese with ground turkey. I am a pretty big fan of this recipe that I found on Weelicious. I have only made it twice thus far because it takes a good hour to make. Usually Caleb is hungry, so it can be hard to hold him off. It was yummy though and I ate way too much.

Here is the recipe for Fettuccine Bolognese. I wasn't planning on sharing it here, so my pictures of the process are scarce.

1 medium onion -I cut it in half and chopped it up with my onion chopper.
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground turkey meat 
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large carrot, grated
16 ounces can of chopped tomatoes with juices -I had a 12 ounce can and it was fine.
1 tablespoon of Italian herbs -I didn't measure. Caleb just threw in different herbs I handed him. He threw in Oregano, thyme, and basil.
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 package of Fettuccine pasta

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or pan over medium heat. Add onions and saute for a few mins. Careful not to burn them, like I so often am prone to doing.
2. Add garlic and saute for another minute. 
3. Add ground turkey and salt, breaking apart the meat and mixing everything together until the meat is cooked through.
4. Add grated carrots and the can of tomatoes with its juice. Add the Italian herbs and the tomato paste. Mix it all up well.
5. Cover the pan partially with a lid and let it cook for 20 minutes. 
6. Uncover the lid and cook for an additional 20 minutes, so that the sauce thickens and the liquid reduces. You can add 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese at this point, but I never have. I am sure it would be good though.
7. At some point while the sauce is cooking, boil your fettuccine pasta. My pot of water takes awhile to boil, so I like to start this sooner.
8. Serve Bolognese sauce over the fettuccine with salad and/or bread!
Caleb loved the garlic bread. He was a little skeptical of the pasta, but once he had a bite, he kept saying, "Yummy!"