Baby Number Three

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Did you see? Did you see?

WE’RE EXPECTING BABY NUMBER THREE!

Come Christmas time we’ll be welcoming a sweet little baby to our family and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Especially Jemma. All of us, of course, but especially her.

Jem actually predicted her little sibling 3 days before I took a pregnancy test. Last Tuesday I picked her up from the class she attends while I’m at Bible Study and the teacher informed me that Jemma had shared that our family was having a baby after Christmas. I laughed off the thought, because, nope – no baby for us yet! Then, a few days later, that precious double line appeared on a test! Jemma knew! And quite accurately too as we’re due just days after Christmas.

My heart has already grown. Pregnancy is hard and I’ve learned that the motherhood gig that follows is often harder. But it’s all worth it. Every little bit. The heartburn, the labor, the engorgement, the extra weight, the sleepless nights, the heart wrenching love for someone else – all treacherous territory that has empowered me greatly over the years. Knowing how much being Jemma and Max’s mom has changed me, I can only imagine that this new little one will change me once again. I welcome this experience and this sweet baby with big, open arms. My new, precious baby fills me with wonder and love and so much awe. The Lord has blessed us with a growing family and I’ll be forever thankful. 

I hope you’re all ready for the onslaught of pregnancy posts! I already have a list of fun things to share about choosing a midwife (picking a provider is a MEGA big deal in my book), Jemma’s round up of baby names (you guys, she’s more hippie than me!) and of course, the very few things I’ve deemed as necessary purchases for baby tres (already ordered this)!


No creative credit goes to me for our announcement post. I saw this on Pinterest and couldn’t help but re-create :)

 


That Mom Of Mine

Hello May 1st! It Mother’s Day Month! And no better way to start off a new month than a little post just for my favorite lady, right?

You see my mama around the blog often. She’s my sidekick on adventures, the gal who cooks dinner for my family almost once a week, the one who now has her own Tula to wear her grandchildren when we’re out and about. She’s one in a million, my best friend and the woman I aspire to become.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

Every Mother’s Day, especially since becoming a mom myself, I get mega sappy about her. She’s just so … fabulous. From her chic, new “over 50″ hairstyle to her excitement over finding an Instagram shop that is “just so cute!”. Her fabulousness doesn’t stop there. She reads nonfiction , journals, attends Bible study, has a counselor and a life coach. She is the most applied person I know. Nothing seems to through her step or her inner peace. Sometimes she’ll stop by my house after her day of teaching and I think, “Wow, if only I could look like her today! Her cute outfit, her genuine smile.” She rocks her StitchFix and Noonday and her face still looks fresh and full at the end of a day with 20 kindergarteners. I, on the other hand, am wearing elastic waist sweats and my wild hair is unsuccessfully tamed in what she affectionately recalls as a “banana clip” from her SAHM days in the 1980s. 

Oh, the seasons of motherhood.

When she looks at me now, with two young kids shrieking about and cereal crunching under our feet while we visit, I know she seems part of herself. Not only because I’m her daughter, but because she was once me. Twenty five years ago she was at home with her littles ones. She has lived my days. She has said my same prayers. She has glanced in the mirror and whispered to herself, “Tomorrow, I’ll tease my hair, hairspray it high and tuck this banana clip in my bathroom drawer.” :) Even though she is in a different season of mothering now, I see it in her eyes – she can time travel at a moment’s notice. She has juggled as I have. She has slept few hours like me. She has carted children to doctor’s appointments and grocery shopping. She remembers. I’m guessing that’s why she often says all the right things to boost my spirit. 

People who have known my mom and I for years say we look alike. Even more, they say Jemma looks like her grandma. As flattering as it is to emulate someone so wonderful physically, I hope more and more people begin to see her IN me. I want her peace and patience; her draw to care for others. More than anything though, I want to be like her on the inside. She’s kind and brave; persistent and faithful. If you ask her, she’ll rattle off her faults, her misfortunes, but all I see is how she turns those things into good, into learning lessons.

This mom of mine. She will forever amaze me. Happy Mother’s Day, sweet mama! May you feel extra loved this whole entire month :)


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To enter the giveaway, leave a comment sharing a special beauty or character trait that you inherited from your mama by Sunday, May 10, 2015. Palm Beach Tan is responsible for selecting, notifying and fulfilling the giveaway so keep your eye out for them after the giveaway ends!

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Coffee Breaks, Near and Far

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetRemember how I wrote yesterday that my two besties aren’t really social media gals? We don’t keep in touch on Facebook and I’m not really sure they know how to tweet. We text as much as our children will allow, but mostly, we try to schedule intentional mom dates. Always with a cup of coffee. Always.

Scheduling is a joy with one friend being a full-time teacher and another living a time zone away. But we manage. Because it’s important. Because it’s sanity. To find time to breathe with someone else who understands. Someone who knows what it is like to be kicked in the ribs all night long. Someone who gets what a struggle it is to complete one thought or task or potty break without being interrupted. It’s something we need as moms, as much as sleep, a moment to rest in connection and camaraderie.

Whether I steal away for 20 minutes or 2 hours, every moment in companionship with these friends fills me up. We fill up coffee at home and walk the lake, because nothing is better than hot coffee and a cool breeze. We tuck the kids in bed and log on for a Skype session with decaf in hand. And sometimes, it’s a whole gaggle of moms with a bevy of kids in my living room. Because even in that chaos, it’s nice to look across the room and see someone else like me. Someone who has mascara on just one eye (oops), someone who is reminding their son not to push (again) and someone who thinks they’re the luckiest despite it all.

To celebrate those little moments of rejuvenation thanks to coffee and friendships, Hamilton Beach is giving away my new favorite product – the 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker. This thing is fabulous because you can brew a single K-cup for one on one mom time or Skype dates as well as a 12 cup pot for a larger gathering. You get both in one machine. Brilliance and multi-tasking perfection if you ask me … Hamilton-Beach-49983-2-Way-FlexBrew-Coffemaker-2

The 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Maker is available online and at Walmart and you can read more about all it’s features here.

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment answering this question before May 7, 2015 … How do you take your homemade cup of coffee? Anything that makes it extra special?

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A Dozen Things About Me

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 Lily Jade purse + StitchFix dress + garage sale cardigan

It’s a home day here! Woohoo! Jemma loves them because she gets to wear sleeveless (I have no idea why this is os exciting, but she loves tank dresses most of all and always requests these “with NO sweater, please” on home days). I love them because it’s just a touch after 9 and I’m still sipping coffee in my favorite sweats. Max? He’s a fan because the kitchen is at his beck and call all day long … so far this morning he’s had a banana, cereal, water and 2 pieces of toast on constant tap. I no longer don’t doubt the phrase, “Boys will eat you out of house and home” now that I have Max.

Because I have nothing better to do while I sip my coffee, here are a dozen random facts about me … you’re welcome, now you too can have a wonderful Wednesday :)

ONE /// I love turbie towels. If you don’t own one, you must. Like, can we even be friends unless you have one?

TWO /// I didn’t eat beef until I was pregnant with Jemma. Hated the taste, texture, idea of it … now steak is one of my top picks for fancy dinners!

THREE /// One year ago I never ever ever would have thought I could run 5 miles. Now I can. A lot can change in a year and that makes me smile at the future.

FOUR /// Low fat dairies don’t sit well with me. Bloat city. But heavy dairies like cream are just fine. Is the over processing hard on your gut or something?

FIVE /// Both of my kids have been born on dear friends birthdays. It makes me feel like God gave each of them special soul mamas to watch over them a little extra.

SIX /// At midnight I get a second win and it carries me until at least 2AM. No wind arrives to carry me when Max rustles awake at his newfound hour of 5:30AM. Cry me a river and float me to nap time.

SEVEN /// When we were in Austin I fell in love with real cowboy boots. I did not fall in love with the price. So, to eBay I went … and there I found a pair of black beauties for $40!

EIGHT /// I’m not a pet person. There, I said it. I might be the mom who never gets my kid a pet. The only one they may be able to convince me of is a giant rabbit

NINE /// Nothing puts me to sleep like Serenity. Nothin’. Just a swipe or two on my feet and big toe and ZZZZZZzzzzzzzZZZZZzzzzz.

TEN /// I’m good at a bunch of things. Great at nothing. And I’m finally ok with that. I like to think of it as being diverse in my own unique way. Want to talk cooking? I can jam. You’re an outdoors person? I hiked Mt. Adams once. Cars are your thing? I drove an ’81 Mercedes convertible for years. You sew? Me too, but only if there is an element of freehand and flexibility in the pattern :)

ELEVEN /// Salt and vinegar chips (specifically the really thick ones from Trader Joe’s) are my weakness. And pretty much the only chip I like.

TWELVE /// My best friends are absent from social media most days. One isn’t even on Facebook; the other doesn’t have Instagram!

Tell me something about yourself!


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (and Everyday) with Delimex and Creamy Verde Salsa

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DelimexFiesta #CollectiveBias


If you haven’t guessed yet, I get a lot of inspiration for our homeschool lessons from our daily life. Random things we have going on like dentist appointments, obscure holidays and anything that peak Jemma’s interest … which is why I’m currently reserving books about armadillos from the library. 

Right around the corner is May 5th. A regular day for most, but a BIG celebration in the Mexican culture … May 5th is Cinco de Mayo! We’re using this upcoming holiday to spur some themed projects and best of all, some meals. 

On the docket we have some fun library books and I’m using Cinco de Mayo to launch my favorite subject … geography! A little know fact about me? I love memorizing state and country capitals! Last summer we were gifted some giant maps from a retired Montessori teacher and thus we are delving into the USA and our neighboring countries Canada and Mexico. cinco de mayo books usa mx

But, even though I love geography, and Jemma is coming around to it (she REALLY loved adding abbreviation stickers!), we love food the most :) Cooking together takes extra time, and we don’t always have it, but when we do, it’s always extra special. On our last grocery shopping trip to Walmart Jemma and I picked up some Delimex tacquitos and tacos. She is quite the tacquito fan! And I convinced her that they would be even better if we made a fancy dip for them. She was skeptical, but interested so we proceeded to get some other ingredients … tomatillos, avocado, cilantro. All things that scream Mexican deliciousness. I figured that while our Delimex treats cooked in the oven we could whip up a creamy verde salsa that was full of flavor, but low on heat so the whole family could enjoy it. 

While we danced along to Pandora’s Salsa channel Jemma asked TONS of questions about our salsa prep … “Does tomatillo start with a t-t-t-t-tee?” and “Where do they grow?” and “Can we sing the salsa song?” I love her questions – they’re always creative and born out of true wondering. Questions mean she’s learning and learning means I’m doing a small part of my job as her mama. Instead of wishing for quiet during her constant chatter, I take those questions as a confidence boost in mothering.

So, the salsa … it’s more of a thick dip, easier for kiddos that way and there isn’t any added spice, so, again, great for kids or those who love the flavor of salsa, but not the fire. Everything is blended smooth so there is no picking out anything that looks too new or too green or too crunchy or too whatever. It’s delicious and wholeheartedly approved by our family. Well, not Max … he’s in that 2 1/2 year old stage of only loving nuggets, toast and bananas :/  But he doesn’t count because cross my heart, this dip is magnifico … I never want a tacquito without it!creamy verde salsa

Creamy Verde Salsa

 Supplies + Ingredients

  • Food Processor or Blender
  • 3 tomatillos, peeled and rinsed
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/3 onion
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and pressed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, combined
  • 1 lime

Directions

First step, roughly chop tomatillos, avocado, onion and cilantro and place in a bowl. In a second bowl, measure out cream cheese, garlic, honey, salt and pepper. 
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Put your first bowl into a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add the second bowl the the blender and blend again to add flavor and creamify your salsa :) 

creamy verde salsa ingredients blendedPour into a serving bowl and top with squeezed lime. Get ready to dip your Delimex beef and cheddar rolled tacos and chicken and cheese tacquitos, sing the salsa song some more and try to explain to your kiddos why the capital of Mexico is Mexico City, but the capital of the United States of America is not United States of America City :) 
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Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? In the least I’m SURE you enjoy some Mexican food! We’re loving the duo of Delimex and creamy verde salsa, but I’d love to hear your recipes for yummy salsa and dips too! While you make your grocery list for salsa ingredients, don’t forget to pick up Delimex Tacquitos, Tacos or Tamales … they’re easy to find in the snack + appetizer aisle at Walmart.PicTapGo-Image


Jemma’s Favorite Audiobooks

Jemma adores her alone time. It’s weird, because at her age, I never ever ever left my mom alone. Bless her heart. Jem and I are alike in a lot of ways, but her love for time in her room to imagine and play is all her own. It’s darling to see her entertain herself and be absorbed in her thoughts and projects. She plays with her MagiClips for hours, sets up LEGOS, reads books and then, get this, cleans everything up!

She has been napping less and less, maybe only once or twice a week now, so her quiet time has increased quite a bit since she stays in her room for Max’s whole nap. She’ll start laying down and then when she gets out of bed she writes down what time she woke up … thanks to her nifty little digit clock and a piece of paper we keep next to it :) Then, she turns on her lamp for “calm light”, picks out a CD and listens to audiobooks while she plays. 

We check most of her books on CD out from the library, they’ve got a pretty good assortment. I’ve also collected a few winners from garage sales and kid’s consignment events. Audibles (via Amazon) and our library’s free download rental program have been other avenues for finding good stories to download and burn onto CD or upload to the iPad. 

Today we wanted to share a handful of her recent favorites books on CD … Jemmas Favorite Audiobooks

Ling & Ting Share a Birthday /// Imogen’s Antlers ///  Library Lion /// The Cinnamon Bears /// Snow White & Rose Red /// The Kissing Hands /// Tallulah’s Tutu /// The Story of Ferdinand /// Finding Nemo

My personal favorite, Imogen’s Antlers … because, hello … the name Imogen is awesome! Jemma is all about Ling & Ting because the concept of twins just blows here away. 

Has your preschooler tried out books on CD? We’d love to hear your recommendations!


Homeschool Adventures … Spring Nature Walk

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Much of what we do in regard to homeschooling falls into the “play” category. With Jemma and Max being 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 respectively, book work just isn’t necessary most days. They’re at the age where play is their best teacher and so, that’s what we often do. During the week and as often as we can, on the weekends with Daddy in tow.

To be completely honest though, I’m eager for the book time … where we can all sit at the table and work in quiet together. I’ll make double cocoas for them and drink my coffee in one sitting while they plug away at math worksheets and essay writing. I’ve told my mama a few times that I love the idea of homeschooling come 4th, 5th, 6th grade, but am SO daunted by these early years where such foundational concepts need to be accomplished. 

There’s my homeschooling vent for now :) We’re plugging away at play and I’m constantly picking the minds of mamas who have gone before me on how to juggle the early elementary years. Opening up the comments now for all your insights and “you can do it even though it seems scary” cheers!

The gorgeous Northwest weather has turned much of our play lessons outdoors. After a long winter of building and crashing towers inside with Max and keeping him out of Jemma’s delicate, small piece projects I am breathing a sigh of relief as I shuffle us all out the door. Here in Washington there is a thing called a Discover Pass and it gives us unlimited access to all the state parks. We have one very close to our home, and although there were signs about a cougar siting last year, I’m feeling bravely cautious as we hit the trail for some Spring exploring.

With homeschooling plans, I’m constantly pinning resources and worksheets, because there is no reason on Earth for me to recreate something that has already been done. Enter this FREE worksheet from Teachers Pay Teachers and I had no preparation other than printing and appropriately dressing the littles for our Spring Nature Walk last weekend! Oh, and binoculars and magnifying glasses … because those make outside I Spy 10x more fun :) nature walk 1nature walk 3 nature walk 2 nature walk 9 nature walk 6 nature walk 10

As we traipsed along the path and bridges in our sturdy footwear from the awesome team at Rack Room Shoes we followed our Spring Nature Walk worksheet taking note of what we saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted. Yes, SMELLED, the poor teacher who made this darling worksheet must have been creating a bit too late in the evening because smelt is a fish, not a sense.  It looks like I’ll turn out to be an awesome homeschool mom/teacher after all, lol! Jemma was fascinated with our conversation about the 5 senses and wanted every line filled in with her precise descriptions. Max? He was beyond happy to bop everything he saw with a giant stick. He even tried to spear a little salamander! Which we promptly saved from Max’s attack. nature walk 7 nature walk 5 nature walk 13 nature walk 8

A family homeschool adventure wouldn’t be complete without a silly face photo. These are always Jemma’s request and let’s face it, asking everyone to smile in the same direction at the same second is a feat not worth my efforts. After all, I’ve got senses to teach and salamanders to save!nature walk 12In love with our shoes? We sure are! They all proved to be super comfortable and sturdy and will transition beautifully from our Spring to Summer outdoor adventures. Here’s exactly what we wore and where you can find them … Dominic’s Nike Torch 4 tennis shoes /// Gretchen’s B.O.C Levina strappy platform clogs /// Jemma’s Sperry Biscayne HL boat shoes /// Max’s Crocs Baya slip ons.

What learning adventures do you have planned for the nice weather this year? We’re mapping out our Spring & Summer Bucket List and I can’t wait to keep our learning outdoors!

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    A big thank you to Rack Room Shoes for sponsoring our fabulous footwear. These shoes will carry us well through Spring, Summer and hopefully Fall if the nice weather sticks around :) 


The Next Book You Need To Read


IMG_8123We’re all on the young adult fiction train, correct? It’s one train I don’t plan to ever get off of anytime soon. I’m pretty sure I’ll be 80 years old and traipsing my way into the bookstore to find the latest and greatest teen novels :)

It started with Twilight, then Hunger Games and Divergent too. Loved them all, but a bit dark and definitely ones I’ll introduce to Jemma when she’s in the latter part of her teens. But my new favorite? The Selection! It’s an exciting, romantic read with little worrisome content … one I’ll introduce to Jemma earlier on. In fact, as I read through the series she would get the biggest grin whenever she saw me holding the book because “Oh my goodness, Mama … just look at her dress? Isn’t it just BEAUTIFUL?!?”

And yes, yes it is … IMG_8122

But even more beautiful than the dress on the cover or the others described within the pages of The Selection, is the main character, America, and her heart. She’s not a flimsy girl one bit. She’s hearty and full of dreams and she is tossed into a wild adventure that she could have never imagined. You see, in America’s world the prince is in need of a wife and a selection process begins amongst the various casts. This alone makes for an interesting read. I adore how authors can dream up entire worlds that function in new ways. Keira Cass, author of The Selection, is no exception. Girl has a fabulous imagination and I’m smitten with the world she created.

Pause. I know, I know. You’re thinking The Selection is a storybook version of The Bachelor! But I promise, it’s not. It’s ten times more realistic and, well, appropriate. You’re going to love it! Even better, I read once in some anecdotal writing (because when you’re a fan girl of an author you do that), that Keira Cass was actually inspired by Esther’s story from the Bible and Cinderella. 

So, if you’ve read The Selection, I’d love to know what you thought of America and her relationship with Maxon. And if you haven’t … well, stop back by this post in a few days when you’re done with The Selection and tell me :) It will really suck you in that fast and you’ll be reaching for book #2. 

That’s right! The Selection is #1 in a series and the 4th book comes out May 5th — EEK! Fly through The Selection, The Elite and The One so you’re ready to read The Heir along with me next month! 

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Our Whole Life Is Like Spring Break

Spring Break has come and gone and you know what? It was a lot like every other week we have around here. It’s one of the greatest gifts of being a stay at home mom. I can take little adventures and long naps any day I want for the most part. I love this part of my life – that we’re flexible and available and, well, living a never ending Spring Break.

It doesn’t come without sacrifice, of course. But this stay at home mom gig? No matter how hard it is and how wiped I am as midnight draws near each night – it is awesome. And choosing to own that perspective is a constant goal of mine. 

School breaks and holidays are often a little extra special for us because my mom, sister and best friend are all teachers. So even though regular weeks are full of Spring Break greatness around here, the REAL Spring Break has an extra boost of special thanks to Aunt Kiki, Mimi and honorary Auntie Leah. And yes, Jem has officially started calling her “Auntie” or “Aunt” Leah … it’s the sweetest! Leah’s son also thinks Jem is his sister most days :) It’s going to be so fun watching these munchkins grow up together. I’ll be that sappy mom graduation after graduation pulling out photos of “way back when” while simultaneously asking Leah “I still look like that, right?”

A now, a quick little explosion of this year’s Spring Break shenanigans …

  • spring break 2015 collageMax fell in love with Hot Wheels, he officially loves them more than My Little Pony, we think.
  • Children’s Museum, bc it’s the poor person’s Disney. Even better, we went the last hour they were open when it was by donation … then we ate here. OMG. Oh. Em. Gee.
  • Jem got her first bike with matching Elsa crown helmet
  • Pacific Science Center outing in Seattle, the greatest. I took field trips here when I was little and it’s just the best reliving those memories with my kiddos now. 
  • The beginning of night walks, our favorite nice weather tradition. And since everyone asks, this is the newer version of our wagon train :)
  • A little house rearranging/decorating … Dominic was in Houston for the week and I gave him an office makeover and moved our homeschool room into the rarely used dining room. 
  • Lily & Mama loveliness
  • Training for a 5 mile “race” gym selfie
  • Obligatory Space Needle photo with friends
  • Fake camping at REI in Portland on our day adventure south with Mimi … I used a gift card I won to get this and another I was generously gifted for these. I’ve been dreaming of both and figured that tax free somewhat justified the gift card splurges :) 
  • Leah and I saw Insurgent on our mom date, accidentally in 3D
  • My front porch got it’s Spring makeover compliments of my mama
  • Max, being the man of the house while Daddy was on a work trip, was on his best ninja turtle behavior
  • Easter, of course!
  • Deep cleaning with this gem, and yes, you can win one from a fab partnership I’m a part of
  • Indoor camping with a fabulous aunt

Most of all though, our Spring Break capstone was the birth of our nephew! Dominic was able to detour on his business trip to visit the little cutie’s 5 day old self and I’m so so so jealous! Dom taunted my baby fever with the snuggliest baby photos – uh! So darling and precious!!! Thankfully, my jealously was curbed when one of our small group families invited us to visit their day old son :) Gosh, new babies are just the best!

What was your Spring Break like? If you’re a SAHM do you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot with a never-ending Spring Break? Obviously splattered with chores and regular craziness, but still … no official school or work, right!?!


Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

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My Texas sister is the ultimate cook. When I was pregnant with Max she had just graduated from college and was living at my parent’s house. We were too. It was that whole “we’re buying property to build a house but the county doesn’t want to approve anything to help move the process forward” time of our life. Anyways, Hannah fed me most of the summer because I like big breakfasts and by afternoon I was usually stuck horizontal thanks to awful heartburn. I will let this be a testament her her kitchen skills … preggo g and han

On our Texas trip I couldn’t wait for Hannah to introduce me to something new and of course, she didn’t disappoint. Inspired by this, she whipped up the most amazing creamy pesto pasta and we’ve since had it twice at home. So fabulous! It’s Jemma’s new favorite and has been appropriately named, Hannah Pasta in our home :)creamy pesto pasta

CREAMY PESTO CHICKEN PASTA

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup basil, fresh and coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup parmesan
  • 4 tablespoons pine nuts (walnuts are an ok substitute, not near as good as pine nuts but acceptable and more budget friendly)
  • 3 cloves garlic (nothing presses garlic better than this, you don’t even have to peel it!)
  • Dash of salt, dash of pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces cavatappi
  • 3-4 chicken breasts, cubed
  • Extras: parmesan and diced tomatoes

DIRECTIONS

First up is making your pesto. In a food processor add basil, parmesan, pine nuts and garlic. While the processor is on, drizzle in olive oil until smooth and well mixed. Set aside and prepare pasta according to package directions.

In a large skillet or cast iron melt butter, add cream and whisk. Scoop pesto in and swirl it all around. Yum – pesto cream sauce! Drain your pasta, add it to the skillet of sauce and toss to combine.

Pan fry your chicken cubes in a drizzle of olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper, a dash of Italian seasoning if you want too. Add to your pasta and sauce, toss once more. Now your fabulous meal is ready to plate up and top with parmesan and diced tomatoes. 

Seriously, get this on your menu. It won’t disappoint!