Honey Garlic Angel Hair

If you’re looking for a versatile side dish, this little number could be just the ticket! So delicious, easy to throw together, and full of staple ingredients – it’s especially divine in the summer, when your garden is overflowing with fresh basil!

Honey Garlic Angel Hair

8-10 oz whole wheat angel hair or thin spaghetti
1/4 c honey
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
2 T butter
1 T basil
1 1/2 t garlic powder (or 2 cloves, minced)
pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions on packaging. Drain and stir in remaining ingredients, tossing until well coated. Garnish with extra cheese and basil if desired. Serves 4.

As always, you can find a printable version of this recipe over on Victuals, my online cookbook. If you haven’t already, be sure and follow me so you never miss a recipe post!

Chef Salad – Company Style!

If you’re anything like us, you are full to the gills of the deliciously rich holiday foods that come along this time of the year, and are beginning to desperately crave some fresh, living, healthful nourishment for your bodies. Am I right?

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Well, here’s a simple presentation idea for that old staple: Chef Salad. I love to make it on a huge platter like this when we’re having company especially – that way everybody can pick and choose the ingredients for their own salad. Not to mention that the beautiful artistic colors and textures of the food can stand alone as a stunning centerpiece!You can include all sorts of wonderful things in a Chef Salad. Some of my favorites are: heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, a variety of peppers, hard boiled eggs, a variety of meats and cheeses, pasta tossed with evoo, spinach, lettuce, herbs, olives, nuts.

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This is perfect served as a meal by itself, or alongside some soup and crusty bread.

 

Glimpses of Christmas – The Game!

We’re not yet finished with all of our merry-making around here…we’ve enjoyed 3 out of our 4 Christmases – and our last one is in a couple of days – but today I thought I’d share a tiny glimpse of our holidays thus far. I just love extended celebrations!!!

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In the Christmas spirit of fun and giving, you also have the chance to play a little Christmas game with me today (I love games almost as much as I love extended holidays)! For each photo below, there is a caption with lyrics from a Christmas song. In the comment section, leave the names of the songs numbered 1-8. You don’t have to know them all to enter. Whoever has the most correct guesses will win a little gift package from yours truly! In the case of a multi-way tie, the names of all the correct guessers will be placed into a hat and a winner will be drawn.

Have fun with it (I hear it helps to gather your family around the computer and sing the songs aloud so that the titles will come to you more easily…just a suggestion ;-))!

"For yonder breaks...a new and glorious morn..."

 

"Tiny pups (tots) with their eyes all aglooow...will find it hard to sleep tonight"

 

"Then we'll pass around the coffee and the pump - kin pie, it'll nearly be like a picture print from Curier and Ives"

 

"I don't care about the presents, underneath the Christmas tree...I don't need to hang my stocking there upon the fireplace..."

 

"Christmas, at our house, warm memories. Bright colored presents, and Christmas trees..."

 

"Come and gather around at the table...in the spirit of family and friends..."

 

"Spending time together with the family...the greatest celebration of them all!"

 

"Won't be wrapped under the tree, I want something that lasts forever...so kiss me on this cold December night"

 

You have until New Year’s Day to get your entries in! Good luck!

 

Christmas Miscellany…

Some of you asked to see my finished Christmas card design for this year...so here ya go!

Hello Friends! Not to be the bearer of potentially panic inducing news, but…

ONLY FOUR DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS!!!!!

I know. I had a little panic attack there too. But just a little one. This year I am so not typically me as regards the holidays. The house is barely decorated, we don’t have a live tree, not one single gift is wrapped yet, my take along dishes for our family gatherings aren’t made and in the freezer, for crying out loud, I only got my Christmas cards in the mail TODAY! What has become of me? (major chest heaving going on here – breathe, Kristin –)But then I have to stop and remind myself that 80% of the world flies by the seat of their pants through the holidays, and by golly (there’s that strange southern typetress coming out – I don’t really talk that way…I just type that way) they make it to the other side just fine!This year, I guess I’m gonna see what that feels like out of necessity. Turns out you can’t go to school, remodel your house, and be ultra organized for smooth holiday sailing all at the same time. Who knew?But you know what? So far, I’m ok with that. It’s certainly helped me prioritize what’s most important to me, and it’s also helped me to let a whole lot of other things go. 

Of course I’m missing a lot of things that have resulted from my poor planning (calm, quiet nights cuddled up by the fire watching White Christmas for one, enjoying lots of company for another), but perhaps that’s a good thing – because come next December, I’ll appreciate them sooo much more…For this year though, Christmas will come whether I’m “ready” for it or not. We will be surrounded by family and loved ones as we celebrate. We will think of those who cannot be with us…and squeeze those who are, just a little bit tighter. We will sing carols and exchange gifts. Then, we will pause and lift our grateful hearts to the Lord, in speechless awe of His humble arrival onto this tainted planet – and his even humbler exit. What an inexplicable gift to an undeserving world!That, Charlie Brown, is what Christmas is all about.