Dinner = Done

Coming in to the end of summer, I am getting slammed every day. By the time dinner rolls around, I’ve typically worked all day, made 2-3 trips to school and spent NO time thinking about dinner. I’m still loving quick and easy summer recipes, and I’ve found the perfect summer pasta recipe. I don’t know how the idea of One Pot Pasta dishes got by me, but I’ll admit, I’ve never tried it. As the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons would say, “Best. Dinner. Ever.” (…and my kids agreed.) I am officially a One Pot Pasta fan.

One Pot Pasta Ingredients:
  • 12 oz linguine
  • 12 oz halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 onion thinly sliced (comes out to 2ish cups)
  • 4 cloves thinly sliced garlic
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 1/2 cups of water (some folks use vegetable broth)
  • diced mozzarella (amount desired)
  • salt and pepper to taste
All you have to do is combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, olive oil, water, salt and pepper in a large skillet. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring a lot. It takes about ten minutes for water to boil off. Once you have removed from heat, add in mozzarella. (Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan cheese) Serve and enjoy! (Dish served my family of 4 perfectly.)

Coffee-n-Cream Popscicles!

I'm not going to lie...it's hot. I'm a winter runner, and I'll be the first to admit it. Running in the heat, it gets to me. While I love my one cup of coffee in the morning, some days after a long run, I just can't do it. BUT...I've got these Popsicle molds...
Where's the harm in trying coffee Popsicles?
Oh. My. Yum! That just hits the spot, and it could not be easier to make. It's easy peasy, all you need is heavy cream, your favorite coffee and sugar to taste. Mix a little sugar in with cream and pour into bottom of Popsicle molds and freeze. Mix cream, 3 cups of coffee and sugar to taste. Let cool. Pour coffee cream mixture into molds and freeze overnight. Bam...Coffee-n-Cream Popsicles!
I don't know what it is about Popscicles, they just make me happy.
How are you staying cool this summer?

Stranger Things #StreamTeam

August has been a busy month. Between work, and kids in Chicago not going back to school until after Labor Day, there has been a lot going on in our house.

We did however find a moment to sit down and binge Stranger Things.
I had NO IDEA what a treat we were in for! This show is magic with a side of creepy. Think Goonies meets Super 8 and add a pinch of E.T. I can't say enough about it. It's a given that I'm going to love anything set in the 80's, which Stranger Things is. These actors were perfection as 80's kids.
It was SO wonderful to sit with my kids and watch pieces of my childhood. Their entire mode of transportation is their bikes, AND there isn't an adult in sight through everything they do. We spent every waking moment on our bikes AND our mother wouldn't know where we were until sundown. My kids are having such a different experience.

Nostalgia aside, Stranger Things brings the creepy for sure. Without ruining anything, let me just say "Oh Barb!!!!" PLUS OMG, I haven't mentioned one of the best parts...
Winona Ryder as the mom!!! I miss her. I have no idea where she's been. Who didn't love her in Heather's?! Girlfriend NAILED it as the mom who refused to believe her son was gone.

I can not share enough how much I loved it. The best movie of the summer in my book...that wasn't a movie ;) Well done Netflix!
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