Monday, April 15, 2013

Beach Reads

1. Ring of Endless Light Madeleine L'Engle 2. The Mermaid Chair Sue Monk Kidd 3. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares 4. The Pelican Brief John Grisham 5. The Prince of Tides Pat Conroy

Monday, April 8, 2013

Recipe & Song

Zucchini-Mint Pasta
Adapted from Southern Living April Issue
2 T butter
3 T olive oil
2 shallots, diced
1.5 lbs (about 5 small) zucchini, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 package of fettucine, cooked
1/2 c. thinly sliced fresh mint
1/2 c. chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
1/4 c. shredded parmesan
optional: 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
Melt the butter with the oil in a large saucepan or skillet. Add the diced shallots and saute about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and saute about 7 minutes, until tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
Add in your pasta and toss all together with the mint, nuts, and cheese. It tastes like springtime!
While you make it, enjoy turning this song up loud in your kitchen and open the windows to let that sunshine in...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring (really?) Break

Phil and I got to take off to Waynesville, NC for a week to celebrate his 30th birthday and just have a change of scenery for a while.

It snowed and snowed and snowed, leaving us with about a foot and a half of white powder. Waylon (our collie dog) was in heaven.

My sister, niece, and Waylon watching it snow

Do you spot the man, baby, and dog?
To celebrate Philip's birthday, I picked up a few treats from The Chocolate Bear in downtown Waynesville...including Wild Turkey chocolate shooters and bacon toffee chocolates. The point was to find the manliest chocolates possible.

Mostly we did a bunch of lazing around while it snowed. Glorious!

I have an Easter recipe to share soon!