Time is just flying these past few weeks and I haven't been a very good blogger lately. So today I am just going to list a few things that have been going on here...
1-Today is Cinco de Mayo and it's also my daddy's birthday! I am so thankful for him and his love and advice and for being such a good example to his whole family and all the people who know him. He is a wonderful preacher and pastor, counselor, friend, husband, father and grandfather! I know I am blessed to have him in my life!
2-Laura came home yesterday! I can't believe her freshman year is over. Oh my word...it went by so fast! This is what the back of her car looked like yesterday when she got home...
She and Ashley met me at Starbucks yesterday after school.
I am so glad she is home and Lindy will be home tomorrow. Let the girl time begin!!
3-Speaking of "Girl Time"...Ashley and Laura and I went to Cantina 1511 for Cinco de Mayo tonight while Steve was at his Bible study and got guacamole and fish tacos. Yummmm! They win for best guacamole (made right at your table!)
4-While we're on the subject of good food...I wanted to share a reeaaallly good recipe I tried this week from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Comfort Table by Katie Lee Joel.
It was her Mediterranean Pasta and it was so good. Very light with lots of flavor and that's what I like this time of year!
Here is the recipe if you are interested...
Boil 12 oz. linguine for @8-10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 c. cooking water.
Meanwhile, heat 3 T. olive oil over medium heat and sautee 1 medium red onion (thinly sliced) and 3 garlic cloves until tender. Add in 1 1/2 pints grape tomatoes (halved) and 1/2 cup pitted black olives. (I left off the olives just because I don't like olives.) Sautee until tomatoes are wilted (about 5 minutes). Add 1 lb. large shrimp, pitted and deveined.
Return pasta to the large pot with 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water. Add the tomato and shrimp mixture. Stir in 3 cups loosely packed baby spinach, 1 T. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, and 8 oz. feta cheese. Toss until spinach wilts. If needed, add more water until pasta is moist and saucy. Transfer to a plate and drizzle with olive oil.
5-Have you heard of the Courtyard Dogs?
It's the Dixie Chicks minus Natalie Maines. I know the Dixie Chicks are controversial, but I personally love their music! So I have missed them since they haven't been recording any music lately! But now the two sisters, Emily and Martie have decided to record an album on their own. I love their sound, so I am definitely buying this one!