Today, Husband Man and I have reached a milestone in our lives. Today marks 10 years we have been married :) It's a big feat...being married for this long. And we take it very seriously around here ;)
Even though today is our "official" Anniversary Day, we went out to celebrate two weeks ago while our children were in school. It was out to our favorite spot for brunch (Cracker Barrel) and then he drove me around town to hunt down the gift that I have always wanted....a Past, Present, and Future ring from a major jewelry store.
I'm happy to report that I am one happy mama right now........
....and I am rocking this ring every chance I get!
My official wedding ring was a one hundred dollar ring we found at Sam's Club 10 years ago. I felt it was time time for an upgrade and that 10 years was the perfect time to do it ;) As a little gift/treat to him, I made the casserole up above.
This recipe has a story behind it......
I made this one night for him on a summery July 4th weekend back in 2000. We were both working full time back then and loved to go out to eat after our work days ended. On this particular evening, I wanted to forgo the dinner crowds and opted for a nice homemade dinner instead.
While I was cooking, he kept trying to convince me to go out to eat with him. I started questioning why he was so adamant in going out to eat. He told me there wasn't any reason and that he just wanted me to have a stress free evening, away from the kitchen.
My decision was firm though and I wanted to stay home. We finished dinner, did the dishes, and then headed to the living room to watch some television.
He was acting really strange while we were watching tv. He couldn't sit still and told me he had to go out to his truck because he 'forget' to bring something in when he arrived that evening. I was totally clueless as I watched him walk out of the apartment.
15 minutes later, he comes walking through my front door, approaches the couch where I was sitting, gets down on one knee, and asks the question, "Will you marry me?"
He pulled out a 1/2 carrot, gold marquee engagement ring to show me. Shocked, surprised, and thrilled...I said "yes." The rest as they like to say, is history.
His original plan was to take me out to dinner and purpose to me at a restaurant, but he had to improvise since I didn't want to go out. Now I know why he was acting weird the entire evening.
We like to joke around and blame his proposal on this casserole, because it truly is a "Husband's Delight."
It has remained in our family for 11 years and we hope it will become a family favorite in your household as well :)
Husband's Delight Casserole
1 lb. Hamburger Meat
Half a jar of Spaghetti Sauce (we use the big bottle of Ragu)
1 envelope of dry Spaghetti Sauce
Half a package of egg noodles, wide or small
1 carton of Sour Cream (8 oz)
Half a bag of shredded Cheddar Cheese (16 oz.)
Bag of shredded Mozzarella Cheese (8 oz.)
Bag of shredded Parmesan Cheese (8 oz.)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
2. Brown hamburger meat and drain when finished.
3. While browning the meat, boil noodles and follow directions on the box. Drain when finished.
4. Mix the jar of spaghetti with the envelope of dry spaghetti sauce. Combine it with the browned hamburger meat.
5. Take the cooked noodles and spread them onto the casserole dish.
6. Spread about 1/3 of the meat mixture on top of the noodles.
7. Spread about 1/3 of the sour cream on top of the meat.
8. Sprinkle the sour cream with half of the Cheddar Cheese and Mozzarella Cheese.
9. Continue this layering process and end it with the cheese. Sprinkle some Parmesan Cheese on the top.
10. Bake for 30 minutes and serve :)
Happy 10 Year Anniversary Husband Man!
~You are the butter to my bread. You are the breath to my Life~