Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Carrot Ribbon Fettuccine

Carrot Ribbon Fettuccine

My little deck herb garden is doing great this year. I love being able to walk right outside
the kitchen to snip fresh herbs for my recipes! I also have two tomato plants and two
strawberry plants as well.  I can't wait to see pretty little strawberries on my deck!

I try to go to our local Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings when I can.  My parent's
plant a huge garden and are very generous, so I don't buy many vegetables at the market,
but this pretty bunch of carrots were calling my name.

Carrot Ribbon Fettuccine

Spring Carrot Ribbon Fettuccine

I decided to make a recipe that I had pinned a couple of years ago from The Forest Feast.
I already had everything I needed to make carrot ribbon fettuccine and my basil has been
going crazy, so I finally went for it and I'm so glad I did! The meal was delicious!
I will definitely make it many more times over the summer months.

Carrot Ribbon Fettuccine

Carrot Ribbon Fettuccine

Carrot Ribbon Fettuccine

4-5 medium carrots
8 ounces fettuccine pasta
4 T extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 sprig of fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste

Peel the carrot skin and discard.  Using a vegetable peeler, working from top to
bottom, peel thin ribbons from the carrots. Spin the carrot as you go to get similar
width strips.  Use remaining carrot in a salad later.

Cook pasta and drain.

In a large skillet, saute the carrot ribbons with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch
of salt for about 3 minutes or until they become slightly limp.  Turn the heat to low
and add the cooked pasta to the skillet.  Add the juice from one lemon, 2 more
tablespoons of olive oil and the parmesan cheese.  Toss to combine. Season with
salt and pepper and basil.


Recipe from The Forest Feast

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mini Chocolate Cake

Mini Chocolate Cake
My parent's 57th wedding anniversary was the perfect excuse to make this adorable
mini chocolate cake.  I pinned this recipe in January, right after Christina posted it
on her blog, Dessert for Two. I thought it was the cutest thing ever!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

Today I am sharing a recipe I found a few weeks ago on Pinterest that I've been making
once a week since the day I discovered the recipe. Everyone in the family loves it and
it's super easy to make. My kind of dinner!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl Recipe

The warmer temperatures here in Virginia have me craving smoothies and smoothie bowls
much more frequently.  Dragon fruit (Pitaya) smoothies are one of my favorites because
they are so pretty! They're also nutritious and taste delicious too!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Oven Baked Crinkle Cut Potatoes

Homemade Crinkle Cut French Fries using a mandoline

I remember my mom making homemade french fries for us, cutting the potatoes by hand
with her favorite paring knife.  It was so hard waiting for her to slice all of the potatoes,
but they were the so good once they were done! We had one of those Fry Daddy deep
fryer's on our kitchen counter - they were really popular during the late 70's, when we
weren't worried about hardening our arteries - ha ha. Anyone remember them?
Do they still make Fry Daddy's? I need to find out. They did make the best french fries,
but they weren't the healthiest that's for sure.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Salad in a Jar with Creamy Balsamic Yogurt Dressing

Salad in a Jar with Creamy Balsamic Yogurt Dressing

Now that summer is almost here and the weather is nice, our weekends are packed with
pool time, graduation parties, picnics and more. I just love this time of year!

Grilling and salads become the norm for dinner because who wants to be in the kitchen
when it's nice outside - not me! I also pack salad in my lunch for work much more during
the summer months too.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Inn at Meander Plantation

The Inn at Meander Plantation

Several weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our thirty-first wedding anniversary at
The Inn at Meander Plantation. This stunning plantation, located in Locust Dale, VA
offers fine dining and beautiful accommodations perfect for a cozy get away!