Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I made it

To help get us out a dinner runt.  I've been searching magazines and of course pinterest.  I know I have yet to share the fabulousness that is pinterest so you'll have to trust me when I say it's wonderful and fabulous. I'll give you a quick description.  You know when your going through a magazine and see something you like you either tear the page out and try to file it away into a recipe box or turn the corner down and then keep the magazine in the archive of magazines with pages turned down because you will get to it at some point?  Well, tear no more and turn down no more corners Pinterest is a digital pin board. You pin based on appearance and title and click on it to get full details (basically how to instrcutions).  Pinterest makes you feel like a fabulous cook, awesome DIY-er, funny as can be comic, and the best dressed person wherever you go. Ok so now that my wow that took forever quick description is complete I will proceed.

I came across the following the recipe from Woman's Day magazine:

Creamy Double-Cheese Sauce with Pasta:

Creamy Double-Cheese Sauce with Pasta (active 10min, total 25 min, serves 6)

1 lb pasta
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped (*I used onion powder)
salt, pepper
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
3/4 cup whole milk (I used 1%)
4 oz lowfat cream cheese, cut into pieces
1/4 cup parmesan  (1 oz)
Pinch ground nutmeg

1) cook pasta according to package directions.  Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid, drain the pasta and return it to the pot.

2) meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over med-low heat.  And the onion and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper and cook covered, stirring occasionally, until very tender, 6-8min.  Stir in the garlic and cook for 1min. *If using onion powder then start with the garlic

3) Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer.  Whisk in the cream cheese, parmesan and nutmeg *add onion powder and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 2-3min.  Toss with the pasta, adding some of the reserved cooking liquid if the pasta seems dry.

The good the bad and the ugly:
per serving: 1 cup 383 calories, 8g fat (3g sat fat), 16mg chol, 239mg sod, 14g pro, 62g carbs, 3g fiber

I served ours with chicken marinated in zesty italian dressing and parmesan cheese baked in the oven at 350 for 20-30min.  Now,  I don't reccommend making this during nap time (ie approx 4-5hrs before you will be par taking in it's yumminess) by the time we ate the pasta was pretty dry despite my efforts to cream it up a bit.  I ate it "as is", hubby on the other hand asked if he could put alfredo sauce on his. I obliged and thought too about adding it but decided against it. If I make it again I will without a doubt half the recipe.  We have enough leftovers for 2 nights worth of dinners or 2 lunches and 1 dinner.  We aren't that fond of leftovers...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


It's that time of year again in which it's time to uncover the jogging stroller in the garage and it get some more miles on the tires.  Have I mentioned this is one of the best purchases we made.

I'm back to following Hal Higdon's 1/2 marathon training program, I'm in week 3 at the moment.  This is the same program I followed in 2010 and it worked well with my schedule.  I think I should probably change to the Novice 2, but it doesn't work as nicely with my work schedule as the Novice 1.  And Sunday was our 1st longer run (5 miles), it was kinda misting rain on us. Each offer I made to have the rain guard on over the stroller was declined he was content in his rain coat and long pants, in fact he fell asleep.  My plan is to my own 1/2 marathon around June 2nd, my training is currently right on track for that to happen. Are you training for anything???

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

yap yaps

Have you broken out your yap yaps from the closet yet??

Friday, March 16, 2012

puppy dog, blankie, hat, and tractor

Those 4 things prefectly describe Ian's favorites things.  And what better way to document Ian turning 2 and his favorite 4 things than with a photo shoot with Knox Photography.  I would say I'm sharing some of my favorites shots but no, I'm sharing all of them because they are all my favorite.  Brittany did a tremedous job of capturing Ian and his personality.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


With temperatures on the rise (hey it's in the high 50's today) and spring break for schools quickly approaching. Stores are changing over there clothes line from long sleeves and winter coats to bikini's and tanks (better get some vit D on the skin and get a few miles ont he running shoes). Old Navy has redesigned their basic laying tanks and tees and Crowdtap invited myself and a friend to try out our choice of 2 tanks or tees.

I went with with the tri-blend racerback tanks in the following colors.  I've become somewhat a huge fan of grey and purple and I love them together even more.

And here a just 4 different looks, of course a cardigan or hoodie can always be worn with these looks as well. 

It's not to late for you to join in on the free stuff from Old Navy and Crowdtap it just takes a few moments to get started.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


I asked Ian a few questions and here's the results

I wanted to do this so that when he grows out of "Ian language" I can recall on how he talked when he was an early 2.  Our favorite word that he says is nauggy.