Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My Grandma Robertson's Spaghetti Recipe!

Grandma Robertson’s Spaghetti

  • ·         1 package Coiled Vermicelli
  • ·         1 pound Hamburger, extra lean (do not strain)
  • ·         1 Cloves Garlic
  • ·         1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ·         1 can Chopped Olives (4oz)
  • ·         2 cans Mushrooms, pieces and stems (4oz)
  • ·         16oz canned tomato sauce (DO NOT USE PASTE)
  • ·         4oz Water
  • ·         1 tablespoon Johnny Salt (seasoning salt)
  • ·         ½  tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • ·         1 tablespoons Celery Salt
  • ·         1-2 tablespoons Spicy Spaghetti Seasoning
  • ·         1 tablespoon Parsley
  • ·         3 tablespoons Dried Chopped Onions
  • ·         2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • ·         Tabasco to taste
  • ·         1 ½  pounds Sharp Cheddar Cheese *(to taste)

Cook and crumble hamburger into small, bite-sized pieces. Season hamburger with garlic cloves, olive oil, and Johnny salt, then poor into large pan. Mix in the rest of the seasonings, adding tomato sauce and half a can of water (about 8oz). **To thin sauce further, add V8 Juice 1 cup at a time.** Stir and add more seasonings to taste. Cook until heated through, or can stay in a warm oven longer if necessary. (Sauce can be made a day ahead if desired.)

NOODLES: use COILED VERMICELLI ONLY to get the right consistency. Crush them thoroughly. Cook noodles and rinse in cold water. Drain well, put into pan and add parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese mixes thoroughly with noodles. **(Can use plain Vermicelli, coiled is just easier to break up)

Mix spaghetti with the sauce, add chunks of sharp cheese and mix. Put a thin layer of cheese on the top, heath through in the oven at 325° for 30 min.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Pecan Pie!!!

Annie Brown + Tricia Watts = Baking Pecan Pie at Bedtime

My cousin, Annie, and I made some Pecan Pie a few days ago because I had been wanting to have/try to make some and she was visiting from Cali. We used the recipe suggested by Lilian Wilson (aka: Grandma) and it worked out great! Pecan Pie is actually a LOT easier than I thought it would be, we did cheat a little and use Pillsbury pre-made pie crusts though. Thanks for cooking with me Annie!

Home Made Pecan Pie

 Here is a link to the recipe as requested by a few other family members that enjoyed the finished product :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

2013 Salt Lake City's First Ever Comic Con!!

On September 4th I left to stay in Salt Lake with Chelsea and attend Salt Lake Cities First Comic Con!! While it was full of kinks and the crowds were beyond anything I have personally every seen, I had a blast! I will definitely be attending again next year! If you love ANYTHING geek then you should consider going yourself (just make sure to arrive early and bring plenty of water).


Some of the Costumes 

There were hundreds more I didn't have the opportunity to stop and get a picture of

Convention Floor

My Favorite Panels

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

And that was only a tiny fraction of what I saw and experienced at SLC Comic Con.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Watt's Family Stew!

Passed down from Grandfather, to father, to son.


3 Large Tomatos
4-5 Large Potatos
2 Cans Corn
3 Bell Peppers (we use red and orange)
1/2 Large White Onion (or one full small one)
6 Carrots
3 Cups Green Beans
1 32 oz. Chicken Broth (low sodium)
1 32 oz. Beef Broth
1 24 oz. Bottle of Mild Pace Picante Sauce (salsa)

* In our picture you see some frozen and some canned foods. This is because they are not exactly in season. Feel free to substitute canned and frozen veggies when needed. 

Feel free to experiment with different veggies and meat combinations. We would love to hear how they work out! One of our favorites, that we aren't using this time (out of season), is to add summer squash. 
Start browning the beef while you get everything else ready

Dice the peppers

Slice the sausage

Dice half of the onion

Brown the sausage
Throw the stew meat and sausage into the large stew pot (don't drain)

Add all the veggies
Bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil for 5 min.
After you have brought it to a boil for 5 min., turn heat down to low. Simmer for 4-5 hours with lid on, stirring every 30 min. For the last 45min - hour, remove lid and let some of the excess liquid cook off.

Serve with Sodium Crackers and/or dinner rolls. ENJOY!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

More Fun with Guns!!

Fantastic Weather and Fun with Friends

   Evan, Josh "Dante", Colby "Napoleon", and I went shooting today! We shot some .45's and broke in Evan's brand new Ruger 10/22 Takedown. It was a fantastic little gun, pretty accurate right out of the box. A slight problem with the sites (which is to be expected with a collapsible gun and it is nothing that can't be fixed. That or you could just override with a scope). Colby is working on getting used to his 1911 Para. There was a fantastic view, an ugly surprise, and some good old fun shooting water bottles :)!

Fantastic View!
Fantastic View Panorama
Some poor mountain goat got caught in all the snow :(

Colby and Josh

Evan shooting the Ruger 10/22 Takedown

Colby sporting his new 1911 Para

Time to clean the gear! Evan is a master at breaking down and managing his guns. Everything is pristine before it gets put away again.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


In case anyone was wondering, here's a list of board/card games me and the wife own.

Board Games:
Elder Sign  (Video)

Mansions of Madness (Video Tutorial)

Pandemic (Video)
Scotland Yard
The Game of Life
Taboo (even a spot online that gives you random cards if you want to play around)
Zombies!!! plus Zombie Corps(e) and Mall Walkers
Last Night on Earth (video of it being played)
D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
D&D: Castle Ravenloft
D&D: Legend of Drizzt
Munchkin plus Unnatural Axe and Clerical Errors (video of it being played) (and yes, I know Munchkin is technically a card game, but we have a board for it, dammit, so it's a board game)

Card Games:
Smash Up (NEW!)

Phase 10

Friday, December 7, 2012


New Game!

We just got a new board game to play. It is a great, inexpensive game that is full of crazy monsters and goofy items. Even if you don't win you will be laughing the whole time.

It has several variations and expansions. I would suggest going the extra 5$ and get the game board (isn't required) but it helps for visualization for people who don't live in their head as much as I do. Check it out HERE