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Oops, It’s Fall

….Aaaaand let the fall festivities begin.
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Yep, already decorated for fall (two weekends ago). Torrance was shocked when he got home to see that I had already put up fall decor… considering I haven’t even gotten regular decor for our house since moving. Yeah, most of the walls are still pretty bare. But pumpkins are a’plenty.

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(Yes, super awkward pic) But yeah, I already got rid of my ombre hair. It was fun and all, but I’m back to my good ol natural dark. Not necessarily because of fall, but the blonde just made my hair really unhealthy.

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Yep- already baking pumpkin things. I’m not one of those crazy pumpkin people, but I was ready for something to get me in the mood (hubba hubba) for the season. Go make this recipe, now. You can thank us (or her) later.

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And lastly – you know how it’s fall? Because you got home from work and it was cold as F in our house and you had to whip out a hoody. Why am I smiling then? Three words: Hot Toddy, bitches.

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  • Are you feeling fall-ish yet?
  • Do you decorate for fall/harvest or Halloween? Or both?

Shrimp Pasta in a [Lighter] Rose Sauce

I don’t even remember the last time I shared a recipe.

I actually threw this together last night. I was inspired by a seafood pasta my dad used to make all the time. With them being in town last week, we were reminiscing about all the delicious things he used to make (we are a family of food nerds) and it got me thinking bout some new recipes.

It was a total win. Even Torrance liked it, and he’s always skeptical of “creamy” things. PS- he hates cream cheese…and yogurt – ignorance is bliss in this house though.

And I even ate it leftover the next day for lunch – and I am weird about leftovers.

(Also, I realize the picture below is possibly a little debatable on wether it looks really appetizing or not, but since the consensus was that it is in fact, delicious; who really gives a shit, right?)

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Shrimp Pasta in a [Lighter] Rose Sauce

Yield: about 4 large servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Pasta of choice (I used angel hair)
  • 1 lb of peeled, cleaned, and dry shrimp (would be great with chicken too, which I would cube)
  • 1/2 stick butter (this is the unhealthy part, but it’s needed!)
  • half a small(ish) lemon
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • fresh or dried herbs (I used dried parsley and basil flakes)
  • sliced raw veggies of choice (I used mushrooms, zucchini, and broccoli)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup light (or reduced fat) cream cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Start cooking pasta (you will need a 1/2 cup of pasta water later too!)
  2. In large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Squeeze the juice from the lemon in there and add the minced garlic.
  3. Season the shrimp (or chicken) with salt & pepper and then add to heated butter mix. Toss around a few times until almost done.
  4. Add veggies to mix and sprinkle it all with herbs. Let it all cook for a few.
  5. Now, add the can of tomatoes – liquid and all. I don’t like a ton of tomato chunks so I only used about half the tomatoes but all of the liquid.
  6. Add the cream cheese in a few globs (mmmm globs is an appetizing word, I know) and also the greek yogurt. Stir around until the cream cheese and yogurt are melted throughout and it is starting to look more even and like a sauce.
  7. Add the 1/2 cup of (hot) pasta water and stir more.
  8. Let this simmer for a bit on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. This will allow the sauce to thicken some; however, this is not meant to be a real thick and hearty sauce, so the end result will still be on the thin side – that’s the point.
  9. Serve over pasta and enjoy!

Things I’ve Been Loving… This Summer

Rather than recapping anything and everything this summer (psh, I can barely remember last week), I figured I’d just share some of the things I’ve been diggin’ lately:

#1 – Actually getting to spend some time in my backyard. The beginning of the summer was very hectic and I didn’t get to spend a lot of time at home, but once things have mellowed out I’ve actually gotten to enjoy it some.

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#2 – Grilling all the things. Seriously, I have cooked 80% of all dinners this summer on the grill. So easy and delicious. I can definitely tell I have been without a grill the last 3 years (since we couldnt have one at our apartment), making up for lost time!

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#3 – Wine. But this is nothing new. (Hey, at least I am recycling, okay?)

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#4 – Packing my lunch for work. I have been doing excellent with this all summer!

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#5 – My parents coming to visit. It was the first time I have seen them in 2 years – and it was a blast! They actually just left yesterday and were here for about a week.

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#6 – This new Thai restaurant down the street. It’s my new fav. – everything is so fresh too!

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#7 – My FoodSaver. Seriously, love this thing. I used to hate freezing food (because I felt like it just didn’t taste the same to me). So much easier and definitely saving me some money (and trips to the store!) PS – vegetarians, look away.

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#7 – Birchbox. Yes, I am not the most exciting in my beauty regimen, so it’s fun to get new stuff to try!

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  • What are some of your favorite things from this summer?
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