Sunday, 21 August 2016

Parmesan Pasta Salad

Summer is in full swing, lot's of BBQ's and we are surrounded by our loving family and friends nearly every week! Reunions are happening, both family reunions and class reunions, it is a fun time of the year! 

If you have a gathering coming up and you want to take something that will have attendees begging for the recipe....this is it! Look no further! We have eaten this everyday since I made it, opening the refrigerator and scooping a bit into our mouth...yum!

Parmesan Pasta Salad

4 oz medium shells
4 oz large elbow
3/4 cup cucumber, diced
3/4 cup red onion, diced
Red pepper, diced
garnish with 1 T cilantro
season to taste 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper 

Creamy Parmesan sauce: 
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 T lemon juice
1/4 tsp grated garlic
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
season to taste with salt and white pepper

Prepare the sauce, set aside to allow the flavors to marinate.  Prepare your noodles according to package directions (don't forget to salt your water), drain and rinse in cold water.  In a large bowl, add everything and toss in dressing.  Garnish with cilantro.  You could refrigerate this, if you want, allowing the flavors to really come together.  But with something this good, you won't want to wait.

We are enjoying our Summer in Seattle with family and friends. The weather has been beautiful and we have been socializing a lot! We also have tackled a facelift to our 11 year old home, refinishing the walnut floors, re carpeting, complete exterior paint, interior doors repainted, reorganizing cabinets, deep cleaning everything including taking apart our 300 piece glass chandelier washing the pieces and placing them back!! YIKES!!! We also have a furniture re-finisher doing a keepsake coffee table that Wee Bears mother made and a bombay chest I bought some 40 years ago. It is busy at JJ's house with all this going on, but, we are so happy, it is going smoothly with the sub's that we organized and hired.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Salmon Stir Fry

Who doesn’t love a healthy dinner that literally takes no time at all to throw together? There are times when I just want a tasty, quick dinner that is healthy. This one can be done in 30 minutes, that includes the chopping! 

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Puppy Adoption Birthday Party!

When my daughter Holly (AKA Tink) asked Madison Lee what kind of party she wanted, Madi simply said, a puppy pawty! Madison loves her dog Maia and she loves her stuffed doggies so much they travel with her everywhere. She has a little doggy travel case that she puts her dog in for travel and a veterinarian bag to doctor her dogs. Nearly every time I visit, Madi wants to take me to her play room to show me her doggies. Yes, she loves doggies and she loves animals!!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Fruit Galette

Are you about to make a pie? Do you have an excess of fruit? How about you have just a few minutes? Let's face it, I love pie, but, I do not always have the time for all the pastry roll out, crimping, filling etc. I love a rustic galette! They do not care if they are round or square  or any shape for that matter! Requiring less of everything, they come together in about 15 minutes and bake for about 30-45 minutes depending on the fruit. It is kinda fun putting a galette together, very creative!

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Blueberry Scones

Blueberries are in season and I found myself salivating for a scone last week while on holiday with family in Chelan, Washington. I had packed flour and most of the ingredients, so, after our power walk one morning I made some of the most delicious scones I have ever tasted! Quick to make and only 20 minutes in the oven, I delivered a few to my grandson and his family next door! Wee bear was so happy, he hid one to have the next morning!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Ginger Stir Fry Chicken

The third recipe in my series of 15 minute chicken dishes. This is my favorite! Light, figure friendly and delicious!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Mushroom Lover's Chicken

This is the second in a series of three, non boring, fifteen minute or less chicken dishes. This one is Wee Bear's favorite of the three. Don't tell him, it only has a 1/4 cup of cream or half and half in the sauce!