. . . catch up to myself?! I feel like I'm always doing something just to stay on top of things. I guess that's the 'maintenance' part of life. It's all about maintenance! You maintain your weight (hopefully! Unless you're losing!) You maintain your lawn. You maintain your health. Maintenance is good and definitely NOT overrated!
I haven't blogged since last Tuesday and tonight realized that I had missed "Love Thursday". Made me sad, too, since I had planned ahead (in a spontaneous moment) what I was going to write about. Look for that to pop up soon! Here are a few random ramblings, then I'll include a recipe at the end. . .
- Do I remember reading that that Austrian pervert 'sperm-donor-of-a-messed-up-dad' is only spending one month in jail? Can I say that if that is true, something is messed up somewhere! He should be put away for life!! And can I also say that I love MY dad!!
- Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the US (and Canada—and maybe other places that I'm unaware of). Not sure what my own family is planning, but there have been some whispered conversations going on. There'll be no more secrets tomorrow and I'll be sure to share. Speaking of mothers. . . have you read about the Duggar family from Arkansas. They were on the TODAY show as a family and the parents announced to the other kids that they were expecting their 18th child. Oh, yeah, you read that right—18 kiddos. The oldest is 20 and the mom has been pregnant as many years! Wowsers. She was 17 when she married and honestly, the picture on the TODAY show shows her still looking 17! Maybe the best anti-aging secret is pregnancy! J Personally, I'll stick with my lotions and potions!
- As I've mentioned in the last few weeks, I'm new to digital scrapbooking. Be sure to check out the Album to your right if you're interested in what that looks like. I've also mentioned that I've done a class at jessicasprague.com and that I've really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Jessica wrote a blog earlier this week about the Photo-A-Day challenge (along with a darling story about her little Rowen child!) and asked anyone interested to link her to their blog if they had written about it. Check! I HAD so I gave her my URL and on Thursday, I had a comment posted by the DigiQueen herself. I was impressed to know that a busy person such as herself and a much-sought after expert in the field took the time to follow the leads she had asked for. Thanks, Jessica, for your kind words.
For the recipe. . . this is another quick dinner idea! I call it Pine Nut Pasta and even though there are exact measurements, I hardly ever pull the recipe card from the basket. I pulled it out tonight just to type it in for YOU! Use intuition, time restraints, and love to create a yummy dinner:
PINE NUT PASTA
- ¼ c. olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- ¼ c. pine nuts
Add 2 tomatoes or 4 Romas, cut in a fine dice. Or add a small can of tomatoes. (I usually double this due to the 15-year-old male I'm trying to stuff each night!) Sauté 1 minute. (The picture I took shows a can of tomatoes that I used my stick blender to break up. I broke them up too much! But it was still tasty! No worries!)
- 1 can artichoke hearts, cut in pieces (I rarely put these in. Not because I don't like them, but because . . . well, I think, actually it's because I forgot the recipe called for them! And since I don't pull the card out, I never get the brain nudge!)
- ½ t. basil, dried (use fresh, if you have it)
- ½ t. oregano, dried (ditto the above parentheses)
Toss with Angel Hair Pasta to serve.
I have to tell you that we eat this pasta dish probably once a week, or at least every two weeks. It takes about, oh, I don't know, 2 seconds to pull together. (you better have read that last sentence with the intended sarcasm!) Put your water on to boil for the Angel Hair, then start chopping the garlic and tomatoes. By the time you are ready to put them in the pan, the water is boiling and the angel hair cooks so quickly! Done! On the table! Happy Campers all around!