Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The real name for this recipe is "Three Vegetable Penne with Tarragon-Basil Pesto" ...which was entirely too much for my mind to wrap around at the end of the day let alone get a two year old to pronounce (though I tried it and it was really funny)...so I renamed it Pesto Pasta. It rolls off the tongue easier.
This recipe is fabulous for pesto lovers. It's got a little kick to it. Non-pesto lovers...you're missing out. ( I'm pretty sure my mother told me that a million times growing up. )
1 pound Penne rigate
1/2 pound asparagus (cut into pieces)
1 small zucchini cut into long pieces (or round pieces whatever is easiest)
1/4 pound haricot verts (thin green beans) with trimmed ends
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cup basil (about 20 leaves)
handful flat leaf parsley
1 lemon zested
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (plus more to pass at the table)
coarsely ground pepper
1/3 cup virgin olive oil
Boil pasta in salt water to give it a little extra oomph, or if you're watching salt intake....don't use salt. Add vegetables to pasta after the pasta has been cooking for about 5 minutes. (I think they taste best when they are a little crunchy, but that's a personal preference)
While pasta is cooking, toast pine nuts in small pan until golden, then cool. Place nuts, basil, tarragon, parsley, lemon zest, garlic, cheese, oil and a little salt and pepper in food processor (I just use the little magic bullet...less mess)
Add a ladle of hot water from veggies to the pesto and then toss with the drained pasta. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve with extra grated cheese.
** I cut this recipe way down, because it's pretty big*****
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Missing teeth and perfect hair.
Soul searching eyes.
These are just a few things that make me love what I do.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thanks B. for letting me torture you. Literally. (Poor thing came out of this one with war wounds)
This little town was just like a Country Time Lemonade commercial. It's a sleepy lazy town. It doesn't move fast. It never has and it never will. You can hear the guy with the soft voice narrating a summers day spent there on bicycles and swimming in the river and playing in the sprinklers. Nights full of scary stories, sleeping bags and full moons.
These are photos of the surrounding area of Saratoga. It's beautiful in every direction. I got to share it with my sleeping son this morning. I'm pretty sure he loved it even though he didn't see much of it.
I played in this river for uncountable hours as a kiddo. Swimming. Looking for treasures and pretty rocks. Running from little boys with snakes. Probably hitting them if they ever touched me with one. Playing make believe games....the best kind there are.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
And the wind blows, and blows and blows. I spent the fair share of the afternoon locked in the downstairs bathroom with two cats, a dog and a two year old. We've been under tornado a watch for most of the day and when the sirens blew, we had to take cover. We have been surrounded by a dense, thick fog and tornadoes weren't visible until they were right on top of us. It has been the most odd weather I have ever seen. One was spotted two miles from my house, but never touched ground. Typically this part of the country doesn't have tornadoes, but today we were literally surrounded by them. Two towns just a little farther south of me were hit badly and my prayers go out to anyone living there.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
This is the conversation I got to have today
Me: Park what did you make me today at school?
Park: A Kracker-Roo!!
Me: A Kracker- Roo!!! That's the most awesome Kracker-roo I have ever seen!!!!! What do you think a Kracker-Roo eats?
Park: Mac and Cheese
Me: Does the mamma keep her baby in her pocket?
Me: What else does she keep in that pocket?
Me: Really? That's very interesting. Where do you think the Kracker-Roo lives?
Park: In Twees.
Me: In trees? No way!!!!
Park: Yeah....in MY twees. Parker's twees mamma!!!!
Me: We should see if there are any Kracker-Roos in our back yard.
Park: There are.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
You can eat the whole thing. Put it on everything you eat if you want. It tastes exactly like what comes in the box. (I did a taste test) I was so happy when I found this. Almost as happy as I was when I found out they brought the pudding-pop back. Now if they could just bring the original orange trident back, I would be happy as a lark!
Monday, May 12, 2008
I wanted to photograph the whole house a million times over, but felt a little silly. This is in the house. It's a portion of the wall without the finishing over it. Amazing.
Oh... and this is the reason I was there. He graduated. Finally. (Just kidding A. ) Congrats!! He and his dad built the house together. Some pretty talented men, that's for sure. They are sure inspiring.
To me in the summer there is nothing better than grilled Eggplant Parmesan. It's my all time favorite. I could eat it everyday, three times a day, seven days a week. okay, maybe only six. But I do eat it often in the summer.
All you have to do is throw a little olive oil on the the slices of eggplant. Toss a mound of Parmesan cheese (and don't skimp) and grill on one side until the cheese melts. My mouth is watering just looking at it!!!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
This was the only part of my body I was willing to show today. I'm pretty sure I'm covered in dirt from the tip of my head down between my toes.... (Park had it in his belly button apparently!) it was a garden day!
Happy Mother's Day Mom....and yes, that is a hole in my jeans, and yes I like it there. All my love.