Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
For the second summer in a row now, our backyard garden puts out monster squash and I'm constantly on the hunt for new recipes in which to use it. From boats to breads, soups and salads, there's only so much zucchini bread and squash boats a family of four can take!
Thankfully, it was during a recent lull in couch-surfing and stair-diving that I had a few moments to look through one of my recent editions of Real Simple magazine where I stumbled on a delicious recipe for gnocchi and summer squash.
You'll note that I altered this recipe a touch, mostly because I didn't have any gnocchi on hand and despite my alterations, this dinner was delicious! The perfect light and fresh meal for a warm summer evening on the deck!
What You’ll Need:
1 package frozen three cheese tortellini (about 20oz)
Salt, Pepper (to taste)
1 cup crumbled Feta (or more!)
2 large yellow squash, sliced into small to medium pieces
3 garlic cloves, diced
What You’ll Do:
Prepare tortellini as directed on package. While tortellini is cooking, generously coat a saute pan with olive oil and heat pan over medium-high heat. Toss in garlic and squash and season with salt and pepper. Let cook, tossing occasionally, until slightly browned on the edges, about 6-8 minutes. You want your squash to be cooked enough that it's crisp not mushy! Drain tortellini and toss with squash and Feta. Garnish with chopped basil and enjoy!
Edited to add: Even though both my husband I loved this meal, we did think of a few things we might add the next time around. Pancetta or even crumbled mild Italian sausage would taste divine. Maybe throw in a handful of fresh cherry tomatoes, too! We paired this dinner with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Yum!
Tell me, do you have any great recipes that include summer squash as the star? Judging by the size of this year's garden, I have a feeling I'm going to need to have a few more recipes on hand!
Friday, July 26, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Unofficial Official Stats
Height: 31.5 inches (2 inches shorter than Carter at this age)
Weight: 26 pounds (2 pounds heavier than Carter at this age)
*we'll see the doctor for your 1yr appointment in August when Carter goes for his 3yr.
Brown Hair (like your Mama)
Brown Eyes (like your Mama)
Size 5 Diapers
18-24 Month clothes
*we prefer to say you're husky
Doing: Climbing Running Dancing Babbling Couch-Surfing
Loving: Carter, Sheepie, the beach and playing with cars and trucks.
Saying: "Hi!" (first word) "Up, up, up!" "Dog" "Dada" "Mama"
Eating: Everything except crab meat and avocados.
Learning: To travel backwards down stairs and to drink (and enjoy) milk from a sippy or straw cup.
*you are becoming far more successful at one over the other
Still: Nursing 4-5x throughout the day, waking up once over night around 3am and after waking, sleeping in our bed.
*oh, the things you say you'll never do
You are sweet, happy and so very mellow. You are charming and funny and you go with the flow but can turn feisty on a dime. You do not like to share and you always want what your brother has. Thankfully, he's much better at sharing than you are.
You are silly and loving. Sneaky and fearless and it has been nothing short of an adventure watching you grow and develop your own unique personality. It's amazing how you are truly everything we never knew our family of three was missing.
Nicknames: MacAttack, Mackie, MacADoodle, Meatball.
*we're sorry about that last one but it's so fitting