Wednesday, November 11, 2009

mmmm...

awww. taylor swift just won entertainer of the year. cute :)

ps: i have no idea why we're watching the cma's as neither of us really listen to much country music, but really who doesn't love a darling gal who sings about wearing sneakers & tshirts?!

anyway, this is a multipurpose post here. i still don't have good pics of my latest projects, but i did snap one (terrible) picture of a new project from today. this week i'm trying to focus on finishing hudson's quilt, but i needed a little diversion/break today & i found a new project, so i went for it & came up with this...


a cozy flannel receiving blanket - in pink, of course! it's folded here, but it's really about 35x35 & i'm hoping will be perfect for swaddling.
here's a close up so you can see the cute elephants...



i got this fabric @ joann's (or "joy-ann's" according to hudson) because it was on sale & i just wanted to try this pattern out. and yes! that's a "mitered corner". are you impressed??! haha! i was nervous, but it wasn't so bad.

so that's a little peek into my day today! sewing & ironing & trying to keep hudson entertained while i finished up. he did well coloring, playing guitar, & cutting up random papers - i recently got him his own pair of kiddo scissors & he loves them.

and for the "mmm" part of this post, i was making dinner & thought i should share this recipe with you! it's pretty easy & yum & healthy (according to my standards, anyway!). i wish i had remembered to take my own pictures (wow, am i bad @ that lately), but i did adapt the recipe from THIS one from martha, so it does look kinda like this -


it's a broccoli spinach pasta

1 T evoo
3 bnlss/sknlss chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 T allpurpose flour
2 1/2 c 1% milk
salt & pepper (sea salt really does make a different & so does freshly ground pepper)
3 oz cream cheese (reduced fat works, too)
8 oz spinach spaghetti (really whatever pasta type works)
1 head of broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
1 pkg frozen green peas (because who the heck knows how to shell fresh peas?)
1/3-1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

In a saucepan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add chicken, and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost cooked through (and i like it browned). Add garlic; cook, stirring often, until fragrant & chicken is cooked through. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute.

Stir in milk, and season with salt and pepper (feel fancy because this is kinda like making a "roux"!). you'll need to add a good amount of s&p. cream/milk sauces are really bland & usually need lots of seasoning. Cook, stirring often, until mixture is slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in cream cheese; cook until melted, about 1 minute.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions, adding broccoli & peas during final 4 minutes (you may have to let it go a little longer - check often). Drain & return pasta/broccoli/peas to pot. Add cream-cheese sauce and parmesan, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

throw a quick salad together (my fav lately is spring herb salad mix + blueberries + raspberries + toasted pecans + some fresh feta + brianna's lemon dressing) & call yourself martha!

i'm always looking for quick, yum, somewhat healthy recipes, so i thought you'd appreciate one, too. and if you have links to your fav recipes, please pass them along - i'm making my grocery run on friday... :)


1 comment:

darrah said...

i like the pink elephants on parade. and yes, i am impressed with your mitering (is that what it is called?)! the pics from north carolina are great, too. i'm liking your hair and your baby:). you really look so good! can't believe you're in your 25th week already.

and jen and i attempted the biltmore a few years ago. we drove up to it and then realized that it was expensive and they would soon be closing for the day. we spent the money on skirts instead. i still have that skirt.

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