It's hard to believe that I started babysitting when I was 9 1/2.
I babysat for all of the kiddos on my block. I have twins that are 11 1/2 and we just began to let them stay home alone for small periods of time.
Crazy how times change?
There was one family I babysat for at the top of the street, and she was a good cook.
A lot of times when there is a babysitter, kids are given mac 'n cheese, or PB&J, but
this mom liked to cook, and she would prepare food for me to warm up for the kids.
One time, she had goulash.
It wasn't anything that my Mom ever made, and so when I tried it and I liked it, I asked for the recipe.
I still have the VERY recipe on a note card that was put in my hope chest.
Did you have a hope chest?
In my opinion it's something all of us should have.
I don't know why, but I hadn't made this recipe for years.
(B.C. even... "Before Children")
My Mom still makes it for her and her husband quite often.
I came across the recipe in my cookbook, and thought I'd give it a whirl.
When I was making it, my youngest daughter asked me how I got it "printed like that on that note card?"
Well, I used my electric typewriter.
"YOU had a TYPEWRITER?" she exclaimed.
Yes, yes, dear, we did.
How cool was I?
Back in the dark ages, a.k.a. The 80's, when we took typing class not "keyboarding."
typing class, picture taken from my freshman year yearbook
Like everything else, I switched up the original recipe.
We love our veggies, so I added more.
Plus, there are more of us to cook for, so I made more.
I hope that you won't wait 20 years to feed it to your kids, mine loved it.
Easy weeknight meal.
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium sized sweet onion, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
1 1/2 cups celery, chopped
1 - 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 - 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
12 ounces macaroni noodles, or what you have on hand
Brown ground beef with onion and celery, sprinkled with salt and pepper.
Drain any excess grease.
Return to pan, add carrots, tomatoes and tomato sauce.
Simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While sauce is simmering, boil, drain and rinse noodles.
Add to sauce, combine and serve.
May be topped with Parmesan cheese.
**Note: Feel free to add more veggies if you like, my Mom always puts corn in hers. Use your imagination. Can be cut in half easily. I have a big family, so I cook big!