Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Random Happenings...

This is probably going to be the most random post ever. But I finally got my photo gallery hung the way I like it in the living room. It makes such a statement and I sure like it.

In other news I have been doing pretty well with my no meat diet. I have had chicken a few times over the last 3 weeks or so. So I feel like I am doing pretty well. I found this great recipe on the back of a penne pasta box and tried it the other night. My husband totally turned his nose up at it, lol!
Going veg for him is quite the challenge, since he really isn't a big veggie eater. That's okay, more for me =)!

Penne with Fresh Vegetables
1 bx of penne pasta
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic (I used 1 and a half)
1 c. yellow bell pepper
2 cups zucchini, diced
2 cups yellow squash, diced
1 bunch asparagus, cut to inch pieces
2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta, meanwhile heat olive oil in a large skillet. Using the side of a knife, press and peel garlic and saute in skillet for 1 minute, until slightly brown. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash and asparagus and saute until heated but not completely cooke. Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Drain pasta and toss with veggies.

*My substitutions* I had a green bell pepper on hand so I used it instead of the yellow. Also I substituted roma tomatoes for the cherry tomatoes.  And since I'm not a big squash girl I left that out.
So mine wasn't nearly as colorful, but it sure was delish!! I love garlic so if a little is good a little more will be better! =)

For those of you local girl, this dish (the way I made it) tasted a lot like Charleston's Shrimp and pasta dish minus the shrimp, just to give you an idea.

It is a beautiful day here, so we are going to get finished up with school early and enjoy the weather. 
Yay for spring!


micah said...

Your photos look AWESOME!!

I have been meat-free for almost four months now (except fish) - I don't even miss it! That recipe looks delish.

Unknown said...

Your photo gallery looks great!

Emily said...

Your photo wall is breathtaking! I want to redo mine now.

Unknown said...

Wow - I love your photo wall! Are those the low/no profile frames from Michael's? I saw something very similar at Michael's a few months ago and between a sale and a 40% off coupon I could've gotten them for next to nothing - and I'm kicking myself that I didn't after seeing your beautiful gallery wall!

- Danielle

Mise said...

The gallery looks great - the orderliness and consistency of framing gives it such added impact. Well done!

Sharstin said...

i love your photo gallery! it's perfect! and that pasta dish looks delish! enjoy that fab weaterh--it is snowing!!

sara said...

Your gallery wall is phenomenal!

Jess said...

I'm so glad you commented on my blog. Yours is SO cute! I am totally going to follow in google reader!

Karen said...

Your photos look so professional!

I did the vegan thing for about 3 months once. It was just too difficult selling my family on the idea of sticking with it. Hope it works well for you.

Cate O'Malley said...

love the gallery!

Freckles Chick said...

Stunning photo gallery (how can you not love the subjects in those beautiful photos?)!! I loooove it, J!

So proud of you for going mostly veggie! Wish we were neighbors; we could totally form a veggie support group. =]

Dayka Robinson said...

LOVE your photo gallery. :)

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