The Go-To(Kelly’s Pasta)

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This is my go-to pasta when I’m in a rush, or it’s Girl’s Night, or really anytime, because this pasta is fabulous! It’s very simple and can be modified countless ways. I named it “Kelly’s Pasta” because it’s my sister-in-law Kelly’s favorite pasta dish that I make. 

Hi, Kelly!
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You will need:

4 T. Olive oil                                           1 Bag of frozen or fresh spinach

4 T. Butter                                              1 Lb. of pasta (I used medium shells this time)

2-3 Cloves of garlic, minced                 S/P       

@ 1 C. Chicken broth                            Sprinkle of crushed red pepper

1/2-1 C. Grated Romano cheese

That is the base recipe; you can stop there, but I like to add:

1 Can of chick peas

1/2-1 Cup Goat cheese

Some people don’t like beans or goat cheese, I get it….but you don’t know what you’re missing…..

Let’s get started.

Heat enough water for 1 lb. of pasta in a medium/large pot.

In a large frying pan or deep sauté pan with lid, melt butter with oil over medium heat.

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When the butter is melted, add the garlic and cook it just until it’s translucent, NOT BROWN.

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Now you’re ready for the spinach and the chicken broth. Put them both in the pan with some salt and pepper and the crushed red pepper.

 

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Cover your spinach, turn down the heat, and let it cook for about 5-10 minutes. If you’re not going to add any other ingredients, this part is done. If you’re going to add the beans and/or goat cheese, now would be the time to drain your beans(don’t rinse) and add them to the spinach.

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At some point, your water should be boiling and ready for your pasta. Remember to salt your water well before putting your pasta in.

Drain the pasta and toss it with the grated cheese-this really lets the cheese STICK to the pasta. 

Now, you can toss your pasta with the spinach mixture.

This is the time you’re going to add your Goat cheese: I use a cutting board and two forks(I’m sorry I don’t have pictures). 

Flake the cheese with your forks and sprinkle over or mix into your pasta, and…Voila!

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Some other options are:

Fresh tomatoes         Sun-dried tomatoes

White Navy beans

Cannellini beans 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What People Think When You Have 4 Kids

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Great post-take a look!

The Perfect Dad

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I will soon have four kids. Therefore you assume that I:

1. Am Mormon or Catholic

2. Like to have sex but don’t know how to use birth control

3. Have plans to start my own farm and therefore need a cheap/free child labor force

I know you’re thinking this because I have thought these things. There is no reason to have more than three kids. TV has taught me this with all-American shows like Modern Family, Roseanne, Different Strokes,The Simpsons, Family Ties, Family Matters, and Growing Pains. These shows illustrate three is the normal number for a family. If you have more than three it’s the whole premise of the show (see The Brady Bunch or the ever expanding Duggar family).

The lesson is clear: Big families are freak shows.

The only explanations for having a big family are the ones I listed at the top of this…

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Summer Days

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Our family came up from Texas for a couple of weeks, and I had the privilege of having my niece stay with me for two weeks.
She and my daughter shared the quintessential “Cousins’ Summer”: giggling at night, movies, swimming and chasing fireflies…

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There is something to be said about the classics- about coming back to that thing you’ve known so well for so long…
We don’t see our family very often but when we do, we pick up right where we left off-and it seems to get better every year.
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Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that have the biggest impact on us; chasing fireflies and s’mores did it for me this year(and I don’t even like s’mores!)
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Enjoy your summer; stop and smell…well, something besides the poop in your life, and never stop letting the little things amaze you.

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Come Together

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It’s going to be a great weekend for Salem’s women: dinner and ice skating on Saturday night, and Bible study on Sunday night. This isn’t going to be one of those dry Bible studies where the teacher drones on about what each scripture means to her and how it applies to HER life…hopefully.
Instead I would love for all of our women to bring all of their questions, confusion, and downright LAUGHTER to the party. It’s time we got to know one another better, and it’s time to enjoy being together.
There is truly something to be said about a church family that is functioning EXACTLY like the body of Christ moves: a body that can walk, run, and rest properly because all of its parts are operating completely in sync with each other.
Have you ever been so close to someone that you could see in their eyes what they were thinking, or you finished their sentences?
What if I told you that God intended His family to function like that on a regular basis? That Jesus, our Brother, died so that the church could thrive as a FUNCTIONAL family…yeah, close like THAT.
This may require some release on our parts; honesty, forgiveness, and just some plain letting go of some things we’ve been holding on to for too long. And that’s what this is all about-let’s START.
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Spread the Word

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I’ve been really impressed to invest 1.5-2 hours a month into the women of Salem IN ADDITION to just our LIFT meetings.
There has to be more to what we do than just living our lives day to day, getting by and trying figure out how to get to the next “happy place”. God NEVER intended for us to journey through life as tired, mediocre, just-getting-by-type creatures. We were created for EXCELLENT works and frankly, I’m ready for that!
Our get-togethers will consist of the following:
Study: Learning how to study the Bible, glean from it, and keep what we’ve read/learned always at the ready…
Apply: Taking what we’ve learned from the Bible and applying it to everyday life: this means not only learning to act on spiritual issues, but also getting to know the “in’s and out’s” of how the Body of Salem should be working together. This can be anything from how to run a ministry or how to talk to your children, to what to do about a burned cake in an emergency or “how should I present food when coming to a church event?”
In “Application”, we intend to cover a MULTITUDE of life activities that will not only equip you spiritually, but will enable you to thrive and be enriched in the Body of Christ as well as at home.
Enjoy: Once we have “entrenched” ourselves in the muddy swamps of learning and application, I am anticipating our emergence as evolved beings…people who have, through dedication and experience, broken out of our cocoons of comfortable slumber and fought to become the beautiful and properly functioning creations Christ intended.
Our first meeting will be on Sunday night, February 16th at 6:00pm. I’m looking forward to what God wants to do with us…

Up, Up, and Away…

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 Not really. I’m sitting in La Guardia airport wondering when my flight is going to take off.  I was supposed to leave at 6:30pm, then it was 8:00pm, and is presently 8:27.  It’s the first time in my eighteen years of marriage that I have “ventured” out for a weekend retreat and left my husband and children to engage in their feral activities whilst I am not in the house.
 For the most part, I’m generally not the type of individual prone to worry or fret.  It seems that this week, Mark and I just happened to get bombarded with a number of the most INSANE and seemingly unnecessary nonsense. I’m talking about things that just absolutely make your life that much more hectic…Kinda like when you were a little girl at the beach, and you got tossed around all day by waves you couldn’t control and, to top the day off, you went home with this abrasive sack of sand caught in-between the lining of your bathing suit and your actual bathing suit in the crotch.
Estimated departure: now 8:45pm.
I’ve noticed while I sit here,that there are two types of flyers: the people who are always annoyed about something, and the people who are getting off the plane.
“What can ya do?” I want to say. Why do we get so angry and flustered over things that we can do absolutely NOTHING about? Life, IN GENERAL, is COMPLETELY out of our hands. We have to work with what were given and after that, WHAT CAN WE DO?
Paul said to just stand, having done all I can…..but my knees are buckling….
But how can I forget this one thing: “If God be for us, WHO Can be against us?”!
The weight of that is beginning to set in; this is a win/win. No matter what comes my way, I CANNOT lose.
God is in YOUR corner. The same God who touched His finger to this earth and painted blue into the seas; the same God who shaped the man Adam with his very own hands; the same God who, for the love of many, killed the One He loved most…
The God who fed thousands from a meager lunch and raised a dead man is knitting together the events of MY life, and YOUR life …FOR OUR GOOD.
So love Him, because He loves you, and only by the delayed flights and abrasive sand wads in our lives is God ever going to be able to accomplish anything through us.
ESTIMATED DEPARTURE:8:54pm.
Happy Birthday, Mark…I love you.

Radishes: Keep them Secret, Keep them Safe…

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Quick tip:

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If you’re wondering how to keep radishes fresh, crisp, clean and ready to eat-all at the same time, here’s how:

1. Rinse/clean your radishes under cold water, carefully removing all the dirt.

2. Cover radishes with cold water and store, covered, up to two weeks in your refrigerator.

~If you want to serve your radishes with the stems on (for display), I would recommend washing them the day of/or night before use and patting them dry with a paper towel and storing them in the refrigerator, rolled inside of dry paper towels (to absorb excess moisture.

3. Sprinkle with salt and enjoy!

 

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

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Yesterday was my parents’ 46th wedding anniversary…WOW, folks!Image

This is their prom….  MY dad still likes to shake his hips, although he he doesn’t like people to know that….Shhhh…

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Where has the time gone…???

My mom:

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…She whooped my tail in bowling and makes the best meatballs in the Tri-state area.

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I love you guys!

Starting Over… AGAIN

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I began the new school year yesterday…a little tired, a bit overwhelmed, missing my mother-in-law 

(she has just retired from being my boss for the last five years-we had good run😢)…
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It will be an adjustment, not seeing her every day…We all are “starting over”, in a sense…
I had thoughts throughout the day of what it must have been like for her to wake up on Monday morning, after THIRTY years of teaching and administrating (having babies literally toddle through the hallways of that school, having broken limbs in casts and still making it in…). Yesterday morning, my mother-in-law opened her eyes to CHANGE.
The truth of the matter is, we are ALL waking up to change every day. The question is are we acknowledging that or not? Every day the sun will rise with fresh options-circumstances that will be handed to us to help us grow. All we have to do is realize they are there and appreciate the potential those opportunities hold.
My mother-in-law could have woken up on Monday and said,”UGH. What am I going to do with myself?”
My mother-in-law could have woken up on Monday and said,”I don’t have enough time for all of the things I have been waiting to do!”
What are we doing with our time? Are we “UGH”-ing through it all? Or are we trying to see each day as that ever so slight opening in the door that we can push open and find something awesome on the other side?
Don’t be afraid to start over…change is GOOD….Right, Mom?
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This is just a little something my mother-in-law did when my husband was young…now she has some time on her hands…