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Have you ever loved what you do, but hated the surrounding that you worked in? That is me right now. By day, I am a phlebotomist, and I been one now for 16 years, and I really like being a phlebotomist. I am very good at my job, I can find the tiniest veins. I get told constantly that I am painless. They never felt me stick them. I am good at what I do, how I got to be good is by watching and learning every day from people who have experience in my field.

I have been lucky in my phlebotomy career to work for 2 huge health systems, not many can say that. I work ed at one in PA and I work for another here in Ohio. That alone is an impressive feat. I moved to Cleveland because my ex-husband was doing his residency here. We divorced and I got stuck. I have no family here at all, it me all by myself. People do ask why do I stay, I say my job and I have great friends here. Well Now I can honestly say, i have great friends here, but my job, that another story.

I like being a phlebotomist it the surroundings that is getting bad. It very unprofessional atmosphere, I told you guys about what happened for my birthday by my co workers in the Crock Pot Cheese Soup recipe, that was small potatoes to what been going on. Most the problem is there is no supervisor on site to well discipline the younger staff members. So they get away with things that is in all honesty just unprofessional. When you try to be professional, let’s just say I work in a zoo like atmosphere.

I went to a dinner with a friend and we were talking because that day I got teased and ridiculed over my Pittsburgh accent very badly at work. They think it is funny, truthfully it really isn’t. In fact, what was said to me in all honesty would been said to someone who is say Indian for example, you would said that sounded racial to you. That how people are here in Cleveland though, not all, but the majority. They do not understand why it isn’t funny. I know it a football thing because the Browns- Steelers thing. Seriously they need to listen to what comes out their mouths. To try tell to stop it, oh my that is worse, trust me I try. It like Clevelanders like to get people upset. It is so weird, like they want to fight. I know not the only one to notice this. In fact many people I met who are like me, not from Cleveland originally, say the same thing, “why do Clevelanders have this chip on their shoulder?”

As I was saying, went to a dinner with a friend, and he works at a rival hospital, but he use to work at where I am. That was how we met. I see him when I was a float Phlebotomist and would be at the building covering. We developed a great friendship. He heard about the place having a reputation, and it wasn’t good. It is one of 16 of what they call a family health center, but it getting attention, not for being the newest, but for it being unprofessional. No one from the main campus wants to even work there or to cover it because the atmosphere there.

I told my bosses, they know how I get treated there, they don’t do anything. I love what I do, but not the atmosphere. So tonight, I did my first step, I want move back to PA, I been saying this. It just isn’t worth all this stress and aggravation anymore here in Cleveland. I been saying come May, I want move when lease is up. Well sometimes you need to do things sooner. I put my resume together, actually found a few jobs and I started officially looking for a job in PA. It time to go back home.

With all the stress I been having at work, I admit there are nights I want be lazy, I don’t want cook, but I want a nice, hot meal. That is one the reasons I love crock pot cooking. You fix it and forget it. What I like about this recipe you can make it all the night before. Put in the fridge, take it out in the morning, put on low and when you come home you have dinner ready. I made this vegetarian, but you can add meat to it, it real reason to do, just brown some meat and add it when add the noodles.

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Crock Pot Baked Spaghetti

  • Author: Deanna Samaan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 320 minutes
  • Total Time: 330 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


Tasty baked spaghetti made in your crock pot. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.


  • sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic roasted garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • a few flakes of crushed red pepper
  • cooked spaghetti


  1. You can saute the mushrooms and onions if you want to. Just do with a little olive oil until the onions are translucent. You can also add green peppers and other vegetables you want. That the beauty of making a homemade sauce, you make it how you like it. So add the mushrooms, onions, garlic and the tomato sauce to the crock pot.
  2. Next, stir in the water, vinegar, sugar, and seasonings. Taste the sauce see if needs adjusted too sweet add more vinegar, need more spice add it. Too tart, add a bit more sugar.
  3. Once you have the sauce where you like it, add cooked spaghetti noodles to the sauce. Stir it all up and put the crock pot on low and cook for 6-8 hours.
  4. Then, grab a plate and ENJOY!


  • Calories: 480
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  • Olivia
    March 25, 2018

    I made this in the Instapot and it was wonderful! Thank you!