The other day I made this fabulous pasta recipe for my mom and aunt and it was really delicious. I tweaked a few things but it’s one of those recipes where you can just do what you want to it and it’ll be just fine. I didn’t even think to take a pictures of this when I made it but you can see a picture below from Food & Wine.
- 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes (about 3), seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup Kalamata or other black olives, pitted
- 1/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled
- 3 tablespoons drained capers
- 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 3/4 pound spaghetti
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
I used whole wheat pasta, kalamata olives and also added 1 1/2 jars of artichoke hearts (the small jars of hearts in olive oil). I also added some red pepper.
- In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, feta, capers, parsley, salt, and pepper.
- In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the spaghetti until just done, about 12 minutes. Drain.
- Meanwhile, in a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil over moderately low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta and the garlic oil to the tomato mixture and toss.
Try it – it’s very yummy!!
Last weekend Angela, Carolyn, and I decided to get a little crafty. I found a cool DIY project and decided it was easy enough and it would make a cool gift for the hubby for Valentine’s Day. The project was DIY mouse pads and I found it on Modern Day Moms.
The steps are pretty easy although I did do mine backwards the first time! Good thing I purchased extra fabric and Carolyn purchased extra supplies! Below is a picture of the one I made for our home office which is Tom’s work space. I hope he likes it!
The finished product:
One can only hope that Target is prepared for Jason Wu; from a server standpoint that is! You probably remember when just a few short months ago target.com’s website crashed within minutes of launching the Missoni for Target collection. Let’s hope they learned a lesson there! I am not hating on Target – I love Target! I just want to be able to get online at 12:01am on Superbowl Sunday so I can get my must-haves from Jason Wu’s line.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out. The clothes are fabulous – fresh and full of spring flair and at a very nice price. If you have deeper pockets than I do, you can also check out his line at Nordstrom.
My wish list
This flirty little dress is $60 and so wearable!
This is my favorite outfit from what I’ve seen online (which may or may not be the whole collection). The blouse is $35, the skirt is $30 and the clutch is $30. I can see myself wearing this to many upcoming occasions.
The plan is to make my first attempt at 12:01 am and if that is not successful, you better believe I will be waking up early Sunday to get my Target on!
T-4 days – I’ll let you know how it goes!
It’s been quite a few months since our last encounter! I have no real reason for not writing – just a lot of exciting stuff going on! Aside from all the usual holiday festivities with family and friends, we remodeled our bathroom (yay!), I started a new job AND I found out three of my closest girlfriends are pregnant with their first child! They are due in May, June, and July!
But now things have calmed down and to be honest, I really missed blogging. So…I am back in action and ready to write so stay tuned!
Also, I am looking for some guest bloggers so if you have a recipe to share, a DIY craft to talk about or anything related to food, fashion, or beauty, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss me? Well, I’ve settled into the married life a bit, and I’m almost ready to share some of my wedding DIY projects (I’m really excited to show you guys everything!) but I wanted to start off with a recommendation for our readers. Consider it my gift to you for being MIA for so long. First, though I must preface this with a very embarrassing confession. Ready for this? I am afraid of eyelash curlers. Very scared. I have this bizarre idea in my head that I’m going to rip all of my eyelashes out of one eye and will be forced to walk around looking like that creepster from Clockwork Orange. Horrifying.
So, despite my irrational fear of eyelash curlers, I still want curly eyelashes. Luckily, during the make-up session for my little sister’s wedding, I was introduced to an awesome product that allows me to stay far away from the eyelash torture device but still have beautiful curly lashes. What is this wonder-product you ask? This:
Virtuôse Black Carat mascaraby Lancôme Paris. It’s amazing. It curls my lashes better than any other mascara I’ve ever tried. You can get it at pretty much any department store, and it lasts quite awhile. My lashes are on the shorter side (my little brother and tomboy sister got the long lashes in the family – go figure) but this mascara makes them look long and thick and curly. I highly recommend you grab a tube and throw that evil eyelash curler in the trash :)
I made Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake bars the other day and they turned out delicious – a must try! When I cut one of the last pieces to take this picture, it didn’t come out of the dish that gracefully hence the sloppy presentation. However, I assure you it tastes just the same!
As most of you know from some of her recent posts, Carolyn has been busy wedding planning the past few months and this weekend she tied the knot! The wedding was beautiful and the bride was stunning! I will convince her to post a pic or two. In the mean time, here’s one pic that I can post so you can get a quick peak!
My guess would be that very few people would guess I would be a coupon-clipper but I am. I am nowhere near the level of couponing you see on tv but I do clip coupons every Sunday morning over coffee while Tom reads the paper and watches ESPN.
I thoroughly enjoy saving money at the grocery store – I get excited like a kid to see what it all tallies up to because that means I can spend that much more on fun stuff! Just because I am a coupon-clipper does not mean I buy only things I have coupons for or the off-brand every time. I just like to clip coupons for stuff I know I am going to buy or new products I want to try which is why my recent discovery of Shortcuts is pretty cool.
Shortcuts lets you sync up digital coupons with your local grocery store rewards card so you don’t have to clip (I probably still will since we get the Sunday paper). Alternatively, you can print the coupons which might work better for some since you’ll always know what you have and when they expire. Check it out!
Today is Angela’s birthday! Leave her a nice message and wish her a happy year full of good things.
In honor of Angela, I thought it would be fitting to include a link to a blog that is written by someone who has a lot in common with Angela. Tell Love and Chocolate is described as a blog for chocolate lovers, DIY junkies, and inspiration seekers. Angela is an inspiring person, she LOVES chocolate, and is into DIY projects (for a refresh check out the nightstand posts)!
I’ve been very delinquent in keeping up with the blog posts lately, but I have a pretty darn good reason – I’m getting married in 17 days!!! So much to do!! To tide you over until my next random recipe or heartwarming story about neighborhood animals, check out this hilarious wedding site.