30 May 2010
28 May 2010
Creamy Lemon Pasta
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
4 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup sour cream
zest and juice of 1 large lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Bring large pot of water to boil.
2. Meanwhile, melt butter in frying pan over medium-high heat.
3. Add garlic, onion, and mushrooms to pan. Stir lightly to coat with butter, then reduce heat to medium and let 'em sizzle for a while. Stir every four or five minutes. The mushrooms should get a nice golden brown color and the onions should become translucent.
4. Add spaghetti noodles to boiling water and cook according to package directions.
5. Meanwhile, whisk together sour cream, lemon, salt, and pepper.
6. Remove mushrooms and onions from frying pan when done. Add sour cream mixture to hot pan, but remove pan from heat-- you only want to warm the sauce, not curdle it. Put a lid on the pan and let sauce sit until you've drained the pasta.
7. Speaking of which, drain spaghetti when finished. Shake in colander to remove excess water.
8. Toss together the whole caboodle: pasta, sauce, and vegetables. Serve immediately with freshly grated Parmesan.
I'm so glad we have leftovers.
HT: Prudence Pennywise
24 May 2010
Oh, and the whole riding-a-bike-in-Milan thing. That's pretty cool too.
They are easy to grow and boisterously cheerful. They don't put on airs-- sometimes they look beautiful and sometimes they look awkward, but you don't mind the awkward stage because they never promised to be 100% elegant in the first place. The seeds taste great. And of course, sunflowers have that awesome tendency to turn towards the light.
(Were I in a Chestertonian frame of mind, I'd turn this post into an essay on how a Christian's heart ought to follow suit, taking Christ as sunlight. But I'm too sleepy for eloquence. You're welcome.)
Yes, I know. This image is not of sunflowers. But by jiggety, if boisterously cheerful is what you want, they fit the bill. (from Emmelines blogg)
ALSO: Awesome wedding with sunflowers!!! Super classy, yet the joy spills all over the place.
18 May 2010
What keeps us under trouble is either we do not expect what God has promised, or we expect what he did not promise. We are grieved at crosses, losses, wrongs of our enemies, unkind dealings of our friends, sickness, or for contempt and scorn in the world. But who encouraged you to expect any better?
We expect life to be easy. God never said it would be. Thankfully, though, He did promise to be with us.
HT: The Blazing Center
14 May 2010
08 May 2010
05 May 2010
If you like tart yogurt you will like siggi's skyr. It's thick Icelandic-style yogurt sweetened with a bit of agave. To increase its appeal, it comes in quirky flavors like grapefruit and pomegranate, and the labels are very pretty. (Yes. I am a sucker for pretty labels.)
There's no substitute for King Arthur's white whole wheat flour. I love this company, period. From the flours to the blog to the customer service, it's one fine establishment.
Sobe Lifewater has zero artificial sweeteners. Thus, zero weird aftertaste. Fuji apple pear, cherimoya punch, and strawberry dragonfruit are my favorites.
I've tried a lot of gum, and Orbit beats them all.
Imported Italian pasta rules: better flavor and texture. Delallo is excellent, but Allegra is another great brand I just discovered (thanks to Ben Beiler's, which is also where I found siggi's . . . yay cheap food).
04 May 2010
Furthermore, I am quite happy with what we registered for. I think there were only two or three items I'd take off the list if I had a second chance. From what I hear, that's a fortunate conclusion-- apparently a lot of new couples end up piling up tennis ball racks and handy-dandy retractable serving forks in a corner of the basement, realizing that they aren't so useful after all.
Yet with that said, here are some things I'd totally put on the registry, were there a round two. I'm sure there are several non-essentials I could remove from the original list in order to make room for these lovelies.
Awesome dishes from Royal Copenhagen.
Steak knives! Because eating steak (no matter how delicious) gets a little difficult with butter knives.
More Rubbermaid. You can never have enough bins, and plastic beats cardboard for durability and prevention-of-bug-invasions. I've only got two people's worth of belongings to store, but gee whiz, we already take up a lot of room.
Uh, basically everything from Three Potato Four.