A Rainy Day Recipe

In preparation for Hurricane Harvey, I stocked up on a plethora of non-perishable food items anticipating the potential for power outages. But as long as we do have power, we’re going to enjoy home cooked meals as long as we can. Last night, I decided to throw together an easy spaghetti so that in the event we did lose power, the items in my fridge wouldn’t spoil.


spaghetti ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1 box of pasta
  • 1 pint of portobello¬†mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • garnish with grated mozarella and fresh basil



Boil water in a pot with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sea salt. I typiclally use a penne or bowtie pasta because it’s easier for Liam to eat. Use your favorite pasta when preparing this dish.

In a skillet, saute onions on medium high in about a tablespoon of olive oil until translucent. Then add garlic, and saute until fragrant. Next add the Italian sausage and saute until brown. Finish with the mushrooms and continue to saute until the pasta and sauce are ready.

In a separate pot, add the jarred tomato sauce and spices. Simmer on medium.

Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet with the sausage and mushrooms. Then add the sauce and mix thoroughly.


Garnish with fresh basil and grated mozarella, and serve with your favorite crusty bread. Buon appetito!


final product

For my Houstonian friends, I hope you continue to stay safe and are blessed to still have power. I will continue to keep those most affected by the storm in my thoughts and prayers. Mother Nature, your kindness in the coming days will be greatly appreciated.

On a lighter note, it looks like Atticus and Liam may be following in their Mama Bear’s footsteps. Atticus proved he knew his way around the play kitchen, preparing a savory roasted garlic chicken with fresh lemon. He also seemed very interested in my blog post, pulling up on the side of the bed to make edits. Liam gave me an innovative dessert idea for dinner last night: smores made with a Snickers bar. Ingenious and absolutely delightful! My moustached wonder knows a thing or two about sweets. Who knows, I may just have to pass the cooking and blogging torch down to one of them in a few years.



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