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Turkey Spaghetti Bake

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So it snowed last night. This sounds familiar. Does it sound familiar to you? Well, it should, since we had snow into May last Spring! Surprisingly, this isn’t the earliest it has ever snowed in this area. Crazy, I know. You don’t realize how extreme the weather is in Colorado, until you have lived here for a couple of years. I’m not kidding when I say that it was literally 90 degrees F three days ago. I try to explain to my family and friends that we hardly ever get precipitation, but here we are, and we’ve had terrifying floods and snow in early October. I’m actually kind of ready for snow. I can only take so much of the heat. Snow is just one the gajillion reasons I love living here, but anyway, let’s move along with the whole point. With snow, comes warm and comforting foods. Soups are a big one, but we’ve already done soup, so hearty casseroles are the next best thing. We love baked ziti around here. We equally love lasagna. Sometimes you just crave the stuff. More recently, we decided to make a spaghetti bake. It’s comforting and delicious and perfect for these cool temps.






Do you guys ever use this tubed basil stuff?! We just started using it because my basil plant has been dead for months and I’m sick of paying 2.99 for 3 basil leaves. Seriously, I don’t understand how it can be so expensive. You literally can buy a plant for cheaper than that. ANYWAY, I decided to give the tubed stuff a try and I was pleasantly surprised at how EXACTLY the same it was! I think this will be my new go-to until next Spring when I can plant a new one.

This recipe is pretty self explanatory. It’s not really a recipe that I think I need to explain. It’s extremely easy to make and pretty inexpensive as well. I do suggest that you make it though. It feeds like 50 people, and in our case, we have leftovers for the next 2 weeks =).

As we were browsing the beer section of our liquor store, we came across something that I have yet to see in Colorado since we moved here: Speakeasy! Speakeasy is super solid. They come from the bay area and we are really excited that we can get their beers. I didn’t want to go too hardcore for this beer pairing, that’s why their Prohibition Ale is just perfect. It has warm notes, which helps with the cool weather and compliments tomato sauce very well. It’s a beautiful color and reminds of Fall in some ways. If you can get your hands on Speakeasy, I suggest giving it a go. You won’t be disappointed.

Have a great weekend everyone! I’m going to go back to cuddling up in a blanket and drinking cinnamon, hibiscus tea. =) Talk to you tomorrow!






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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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