Monday, December 9, 2019

Pasta with Shrimp, Olive Oil, Garlic and Chili Flakes

This post is in partnership with Moms Meet. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

Shrimp Pasta








































Hey friends! It's been awhile since I've shared a dinner recipe around here, so today I'm
sharing a shrimp and pasta entree that is so delicious! It's pretty easy too -  cleaning
the shrimp is the hardest part!

The ingredient list is pretty minimal, which I love - especially for a weeknight dinner!
Shrimp, pasta, tomatoes, fresh spinach, a few spices and extra virgin olive oil is all
you need.

I use European extra virgin olive oil almost every day - it's a pantry staple for sure.
Sometimes I use it instead of butter when baking bread or cakes.  Have you ever stopped
to think about where the olive oil that you use comes from? The olive tree has been revered
in Europe for thousands of years - farmers have evolved hundreds of varieties of olive trees
and optimized them for different environment conditions - producing the most delicious
olive oils in the world. The Flavor Your Life campaign is trying to educate consumers
about authentic extra virgin olive oil from Europe - you can read more about it here.

I never realized how many different types of extra virgin olive oil were available! So many!
For this recipe I used two different types of European extra virgin olive oil - one for the
shrimp and another one recommended for pasta. Both are delicious.









































This dinner is light and delicious - perfect for weeknights when you're trying to get dinner
on the table quickly so that you can make and taste test Christmas cookies!

Have you started your holiday baking yet? I've been sharing a few Christmas cookies
on my Instagram account - baking cookies is one of my favorite holiday traditions!
You can find some of my favorite cookie recipes here, here and here.

Have a great week!



Shrimp and Pasta

Pasta with Shrimp, Olive Oil, Garlic and Chili Flakes

7 ounces whole grain spaghetti or other shaped pasta
3 small garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp. chili pepper flakes
4 T extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
8 ounce cooked prawns
2 tomatoes, with the skin removed and diced
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Handful of baby spinach leaves
Freshly grated parmesan

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Stain pasta and return to the saucepan over low heat.
Add the minced garlic, chili pepper flakes, olive oil, cooked shrimp, tomatoes,
salt and pepper and mix together well.  Place in a serving dish and scatter over the
spinach and Parmesan cheese.

Serve warm in bowls.

Serves 4.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Yay! It's holiday baking time!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Paint and Shake Christmas Ornaments


Paint and Shake Ornaments








































Let's get crafty!
There's just something about the holidays that gets me into a crafty mood.
I don't know why - it's not like I don't have a million other things to do, but cleaning,
baking and shopping can wait. Let's make some cute new ornaments for the tree!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Fans

Hey friends! Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I'm sharing my Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Fans.
I'm a huge fan of essential oils (you can read why I love them so much here) and I know
that many of you are as well, so share this with your significant other or use it as a guide
to buy a gift for a friend who loves oils. They will love you!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fall Fun with Solo Stove

This post is in partnership with Solo Stove.  All opinions stated in this post are my own.

Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit
If you need me this weekend, you'll find me here, sitting by our Solo Stove Bonfire.
It's my new favorite thing to do!

We've had an outdoor fire pit for years and it's been nice, but after sitting by it for
awhile you and your clothes begin to smell like a fire pit and no one likes that!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Paleo Cranberry Clementine Muffins

This post is in partnership with Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs
All opinions in this post are my own.

Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins








































Most Sunday afternoons during the fall and winter you will find me in my kitchen making
a big pot of soup, followed by some type of muffin or corn bread. Sometimes I stick to our
favorites like vegetable pastachicken noodle or lentil soup and other times I try new
recipes that I've pinned or found in one of my many cookbooks.  My muffin Pinterest board
has close to 300 recipes that have sparked my interest, so I have plenty of new recipes to
try!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sweet + Salty Halloween Chex Snack Mix


Halloween Chex Mix Chocolate Bark.








































It's time for another festive and fun sweet + salty Chex Snack Mix!
Chex snack mixes are a family favorite, especially around any holiday.
With all of the cute and colorful Halloween candy and sprinkles available right now
I decided to whip up a batch to show you just how easy this Chex snack mix is to make.