Rays of love.

Today I spent about 80% of the day outside. It’s March, and warm, and I’m not quite used to it. I’m getting there though.

I’ve been trying to restrain my food compulsions lately, so today I only ate about 3 servings of chocolate covered peanuts (as opposed to yesterday, when I ate everything in sight). Trust me, it’s an improvement.

Luckily, with the commencement of daylight savings, we are able to take a walk after dinner! It’s heavenly. Gets all of that food moving around, so we only feel slightly guilty for crushing half of a pound of  pasta between the two of us!

Today looked a little something like this :Image

Did you notice Grace’s ball in the pic, not sure that we even have a pic of her without a ball in it!

CK was not sure what the camera was all about, or possibly, a pre “raspberry” shot:Image

Then she caught on…

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Poor kid had a rash on her face, because her idiot mom tried to give her some organic multi-grain cereal. Apparently, it doesn’t mix will with baby, too healthy.

I wasn’t too worried, but when everyone that sees your kid gasps and tells you to take them to the doctors, you start to get a little anxious. Reluctantly, I took her to the docs, after about a week. Needless to say, it was exactly what I thought. Hives. For which, the doctor can do nothing, aside from tell you to go buy some benadryl. I opted out of the drugs and it cleared up within a day or two, but….

We’ll be sticking to apple cinnamon yogurt for breakfast until further notice.

A little taste of my afternoon:ImageThis is Rose. She is the cat embodiment of the devil. She likes to attack things, knock this over, and break pretty much everything she touches. She is the cat that does NOT land on her feel when tossed.

Camera string, obviously worth a bat at:

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Fail, as usual. She is just so damn smug it kills me.

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Pantry Pasta

A big “oh shit” moment in my household is when the clock strikes 6 p.m. and there is nothing cooking for dinner. This happens about 2 out of the 5 weeknights. I just don’t feel like thinking about what to make. As you are already aware, I’m not big on thinking. Impulse is my middle name on most occasions.

Last night, was no different.

I took the sausage out of the fridge, opened the pantry, and then stared for a good 10 mins. That’s when this little gem came to me.

Pasta with artichokes, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and sausage.  I’m calling it pantry pasta, because I usually have most of these ingredients on hand.

I browned some turkey sausage, threw in some spinach, and added lots of garlic…

Dumped the entire jar of artichoke hearts in (and ate some along the way).

Pureed some sun drieds for added flavor…

It all came together wonderfully (somehow) and I topped it with some Locatelli cheese.

Then we proceeded to eat this faster than anyone should. Our meal was followed by an hour of sitting on the couch complaining about our tummy aches. It was worth it.

I’m going to attempt to give you the recipe. Just know that about 75% of the time I make things up and don’t measure. You shouldn’t either. It makes every meal a surprise!

Pantry Pasta:

1/2 lb penne

4 sweet italian turkey sausage links, casings removed

olive oil maybe 1/4 C. ? (enough to coat pasta with after it absorbs the flavor of the sausage)

3 large cloves garlic

1 jar TJ’s Marinated Artichoke hearts WITH marinade

4 handfuls baby spinach

1/4 C. Sun Dried Tomatoes

CHEESE!

Preparation:

In a blender mix sun dried tomatoes, enough water to coat, and a dash of oil. Blend to form a paste like substance. Set aside.

Preheat a large skillet to med-high. Add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, then add a bit more. Brown sausage on all sides.  Remove from oil. Lower the heat to about med.

Meanwhile, bring water in a pot to a boil for the pasta. Add pasta at about the same time the sausage has finished cooking.

Toss in the tomato mixture. Stir. Add Spinach to pan with oil. Wilt for a minute or two, then add garlic. Dump a little salt and pepper in now.  Next pour in all of the juices from the jar of artichokes to de-glaze the pan.  Toss around for a minute, then add the chokes. Add 2-3 ladles full of pasta water to pan. Let this simmer while you cut the sausage into chunks. Add the chunks into the mixture to reheat.

Finish cooking the penne in the pan with the toppings! Plate it and add a boat load of cheese. Then eat, but not too fast please!

Update: Nala’s incident has not hindered her desire to tumble dry on low. And, she is recovering well from last week.