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Pasta Salad Recipe

Hey y’all, so for those who don’t know me too well, I am slowly getting back into cooking. I was super into it for a while, then it became this big hassle. I mean, it takes a lot of time out of your day, and let’s face it, with working full time, there’s barely enough time to keep up with everything. But, I’m really trying to improve myself, including my health, and that means cooking some healthy recipes up again. I am also a huge fan of Italian food, so anything that I can make with pasta, sounds delicious to me. For those of you shaking your head and saying pasta isn’t healthy, it’s not the worst thing I could eat, and sometimes, carbs are good. So don’t try to ruin my pasta 🙂

I put together a super quick and easy dinner the other night, which had enough for leftovers for another meal or two. Which is perfect, cook one night, get the other night off. Sounds like a good plan to me. Well, for my fellow pasta and veggie lovers, here you go, some delicious pasta salad.

What you need:

1 box pasta (I use organic whole wheat)

2 whole zucchini- sliced

1 squash- sliced

Several handfuls of baby carrots- sliced

1 whole tomato- diced

Various spices- I use turmeric, basil, black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper

Lemon juice

How to prepare:

Cook your pasta according to the box

Take all of your sliced veggies, besides the tomato, and put them in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil.

Add some of your spice mix (this is really personal and what tastes you like) to the veggies and cook on medium heat until zucchini is squishy and carrots are medium softness.

Drain pasta and put in big bowl.

Add cooked veggies to big bowl.

Add tomatoes and lemon juice (again, add some taste, and then add more, I prefer mine to have a strong lemon taste) and the rest of your spices and toss.

Enjoy!

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This is a quick and easy recipe that I originally saw on Pinterest, but I changed it up a bit to fit my tastes a little better. It’s healthy, it’s delicious, and depending on your mood, you can add broccoli (tastes really good, but start cooking that a couple minutes before the zucchini and squash) or spinach, that’s also a great option to add to it. However you want to cook it, it’s perfect for summer time, it fills you up and you know you’re getting some good veggies in there.

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An Afternoon Tea: An Absolute Delight

An Afternoon Tea: An Absolute Delight

Hey y’all, it’s been a while. I have been so slammed with house hunting, working like a crazy lady, and still trying to have a life, that the blog took the backburner a bit. But you know I don’t like to not write for too long, so I’m baaaack.

One of the things I’ve really been focusing on is finding some time to just relax. Whether that is sitting outside with a glass of wine and enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having or working on a puzzle for a little bit, I’m really working on making sure that I have time for both work and play. One of the things that I set aside some time for was an afternoon tea. Ever since I was a little kid, my gram, whenever she was babysitting, would sit me down, around 2 or 3, and we would have tea. She always used this pretty tea set, and we had a cup of tea, and usually a snack, either something we had baked together earlier that day or cookies or something from a bakery. No matter what we had, it was delicious, and it was always a fun afternoon. I loved just sitting down, talking with her, hearing her tell stories, and just enjoying the time together.

That’s something I was lucky enough to grow up with, and to this day, I still enjoy sitting down for a good cup of tea, especially in good company. Well, this restaurant, called Tea World Cafe and Tea Room offers an afternoon tea. It has two pots of tea, as well as an assortment of delicious savories. I went with my grandmother once before, and went again more recently. It is one of those things, that once I discovered it, I can’t get enough of. But if you decide to try out an afternoon tea, make sure you do so with an empty stomach!

One of the things I really love about afternoon tea is that it is a bit of a formal affair. You dress up a bit, which is really nice because I love a good excuse to dress up. Then you sit, and you get served these amazing tea brews served in beautiful antique china, and lots of delicious snacks from little sandwiches to amazing scones. And you just sit back, talk and enjoy those you came with, and can spend a couple of hours just having a good time. It’s a relaxing environment, but more than that you can learn a little something too. The hostesses of the tea will gladly share information as to why it’s called high tea, and nuances and common courtesies of the time when high tea was a daily occurrence.

It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and I highly recommend taking some time for an afternoon tea if you get a chance to.

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