September 28, 2010

Cajun Shrimp Fettuccine

Last nights supper from Cuisine at Home magazine!

Here's the recipe!

1/2 lb. fettuccine
1 T. olive oil
1/4 lb. kielbasa, sliced into coins
1/2 lb. shrimp
2 t. minced garlic
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 t. cayenne
2 egg yolks, beaten
1/4 cup parmesan, grated

Cook the fettuccine while preparing the sauce. Saute kielbasa in olive oil over med-high heat until browned, about 2 minutes. Add shrimp and garlic; cook just until shrimp is pink in color, 1-2 minutes. Remove shrimp and kielbasa from pan. Deglaze the pan with sherry, scraping up brown bits from bottom with a wooden spoon. Add cream, butter, broth and cayenne; add the cooked pasta, sausage and shrimp. Heat briefly. Off heat, stir in yolks and parmesan; toss to coat.

September 27, 2010

I Did It!

On June 7th I started the C25K program and this weekend, almost 4 months later, I ran my first race, a 10K.
At the hotel before the race.
Two miles down, 4 to go!
Coming up to the finish line.
I did it!
I am proud of the fact that I signed up for a race and then finished it! I also learned a few things...1) If I run in another race most of my training needs to be done on pavement. Of all the time I've been running, 3 days a week, the majority of it has been on gravel roads. I ran on pavement once and 3 times on a treadmill. By the time I got to the finish line, my legs felt as if they were full of cement and I could hardly lift them. The next day, my quads hurt so bad I could barely move. This has never happened to me before and I'm attributing it to the pavement. 2) My biggest cheerleader (AKA Tim) met me at different points throughout the race to snap pictures and offer words of encouragement. I have been trying to run so that the middle of my foot strikes the ground first rather than my heel. This is supposed to be easier on your joints. I thought I was doing that...until I saw these photos.

Clearly a heel-strike. Now I have something to work on and practice before my next race!

September 23, 2010

10 Years

Today is our 10 year anniversary! Although we're not doing much today to celebrate, we are heading out of town this weekend. I will be running my first race, a 10k, and we plan to do some golfing, eating and drinking...hopefully a little shopping too.

September 21, 2010

I Can See Clearly Now

Do you know how awesome clean windows are? Pretty awesome. Almost makes doing dishes enjoyable awesome.

September 19, 2010

Livia and Reese

Some of my favorites from today...

I still have one item left on my list for today, clean Jake's room and my craft room. I better get busy!


Yesterday I deep cleaned the house, starting with the utility room and moving my way through the rest of the house. I enjoy cleaning, of course I wish I didn't have to do it so often, but it's such a nice feeling when everything is in its place.

In preparation for winter, and the muddy boots, coats and snow pants that go along with it, I tried to make our utility room/entry more functional. The final piece I need before the snow flies is a large boot tray.

Today's agenda includes:
  • finish cleaning Jake's room and my craft room
  • make apple muffins
  • take photos of my nieces
  • run 5.5 miles

September 17, 2010


Jake started piano lessons last week. He has been very anxious to start, sitting down at the piano several times and asking me to teach him to play. Although I took lessons from 2nd grade through graduation I wouldn't know where to start in teaching someone else to play.

Right now he practices willingly, which is nice as I imagine there will be days when it will be a struggle. I am glad he is showing enthusiasm for something I enjoy!

September 16, 2010

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Tonight we had Cajun Chicken Pasta for supper. You can find the recipe here.

It's very easy...just fry up some chicken that has been sprinkled with cajun seasoning (I got mine from Pampered Chef) and add some peppers and onions.

Once that's done you make the sauce and serve it over linguine pasta.

So yummy!

September 7, 2010


I spent some time this weekend making cards. I made an effort to try and use up some of my older paper packs so I could make room for some new ones!






September 1, 2010

Getting into a Groove

School has started and we're getting back into the groove of schedules and activities. Our September calendar is filling up. This is hanging in our kitchen and is color coded as a way to see each person's schedule at a glance.


Our fridge, which was clear all summer, now displays the school calendar, the weekly household chore list and my running plan.


The chore list I use is from Motivated Moms. The idea is to do 4 or 5 household cleaning/organizing tasks a day rather than tackling the whole house on one day. It's a great system and I've been using it for a few years. I tend to let it slide in the summer but am trying to get back on track with it now.