Annette’s Holiday Spaghetti

A couple of days ago I stopped at Arby’s for dinner. My sandwich was missing the important ingredient, cranberries. Adding insult to injury the guy was very rude when taking my order and the sandwich was dry. So I went to bed upset about wasting money, as I was very disappointed and still hungry.

The next night, I got home around 6 in the evening, again! I’d left my house around 8 that morning. I was tired from running errands. But! I got a ton of stuff done and product purchased for my mom’s house renovation. Well, any-who-how, I had nothing thawed for dinner. So! On the fly I made up this delicious and quick recipe.

This recipe is so easy that a kid can make it.


1 – 24 oz Traditional Barilla sauce

1 – 1lb chub/roll Jimmy Dean’s Hot Sausage

1/4 cup of diced yellow onion

1/2 teaspoon Lawry’s season salt

1/2 cup frozen collard greens

1 table spoon or less Bertolli light taste olive oil

Pasta – your choice, I used Barilla’s angel hair pasta.


Sauté sausage and onions in Bertolli’s light taste olive oil. My sausage was frozen. I thawed it in the microwave once for a minute. I didn’t want to cook my meat. After the meat and onions were almost done I added frozen greens. Let greens sauté with onions and sausage for about 5 minutes. Then add Barilla’s Traditional sauce and salt to taste. Allow mixture to simmer for about 30 minutes to allow greens to cook. Cook your favorite pasta and top it with this delicious sauce. Then yell dinner for those that can’t smell! Enjoy!

Inspirational Fridays: Giving Is The Best Communication . . .

The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis...
The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I am at a lost for a dinner menu.


Honestly, I am so over turkey and dressing, collard greens, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes covered in turkey gravy, corn, candy yams and sweet potato-pie with a dollop of cool-whip.  But if I met one person that has never feasted on such a lavish Thanksgiving meal I would find the strength to prepare it and cultivate an appetite to eat it once again.


Yesterday my cousin Theresa told me I was not the person she once knew.  She said, “You’ve changed.”  She went on to express how she remembered my tearful outbursts and moments later how I would be extremely happy, or short-tempered.  Honestly, I had forgotten those moments and the young woman that felt life was not worth living.  And I find it spiritually amazing how God will allow others to remind you of days gone by.  And how the kindness of others helped transformed your life during difficult moments.  As a result of my transformation I am grateful for all things.


So today I am taking the time to search for and post inspiring messages to help someone along the way.  If the message I share is not for you please pass it on.  You never know who will need words of encouragement.  So to kick off my inspirational Friday messages is the below video of a businessman’s compassion for humanity.


Happy Friday!