Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe and A First Field Trip

Kennedy had her first field trip today. I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture of her boarding the bus from our hiding spot that my mom and I were hunkered down in... but it's alright. She was gone 5 hours and apparently had a great time because she's really tired and grumpy. She keeps telling me she wants to ride on the bus again. 

I didn't expect a field trip to be such an emotional thing for me. I was sad because I knew she was off to have fun and I would miss it, and I was anxious to trust someone else with her safety. But, I also tried to enjoy the free time with just Brynlie. We hit the gym, showered, and I got to watch a couple episodes of Revenge. It's my new obsession. 

She made it back safe and sound like I expected her to, and I am thankful to the ladies who are brave enough to take preschoolers out on field trips. 1st graders were hard enough for me, I can't imagine kids half their age. 

In other news, we had spaghetti on the menu for dinner tonight and I've been busting my butt to find a canned spaghetti sauce that doesn't have sugar or other additives in it. Try as I may, it hasn't happened yet. I guess I haven't "busted my butt", but Smith's hasn't had any that I've seen. So I decided to be brave and come up with a recipe of my own...

I have to say, I am highly impressed with myself. It turned out amazing!!
So I decided to share the recipe with you! I like my spaghetti sauce chunky, so that's exactly how this is.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

2 small onions, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
2 14.5oz tomato paste
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
couple shakes of red pepper flakes
1 lb ground turkey (or beef or sausage, whatever you like. Or no meat if you're vegetarian)

In a large soup pot, sautee the onion, garlic, and mushrooms in the olive oil until tender. Add the rest of the ingredients (except meat) and cook until hot. I cooked the meat in a separate frying pan so I could drain the grease and then I added it to the sauce and simmered it for about 15 minutes. 

Use with spaghetti or spaghetti squash! Cory had it with noodles and I had it with spaghetti squash and we both loved it. Very tangy and delicious. 

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