Making Homemade Pasta

Making Homemade Pasta

One of the last things on my 30 Before 30 list was to make homemade pasta.

I’ve wanted to do it for years, but just haven’t gotten around to it. I knew it would take time (and I had planned on buying a pasta attachment for my KitchenAid mixer).

Well, fast forward to the fact that Monday I turn 30 and I want to finish this list…so I needed to make pasta! I’m currently eating low carb/keto, so I had to find a recipe that fit.

I used this one .  It was very dry, so I had to add some water, but otherwise it turned out well.

We didn’t get the KitchenAid attachment ordered, so we had to do it all by hand.

I did the egg-well technique to mix it all together. (I did use a bowl because I didn’t want flour everywhere)

The dough had to sit for a while, which helped it come together. It was crumbly before, but worked well after sitting. 

Tyler helped me roll it out. Since the recipe called for sheeting the pasta several times, we would roll it out, fold it up and re-roll it several times.  I’m sure a pasta sheeter would have gotten it MUCH thinner (which would have been better) but we got it as thin as we could by hand.

And we just cut it with a pizza cutter into strips. Again, a pasta attachment would have been more precise.

But a couple minutes in boiling water, some basil alfredo, chicken and parm…and this was GOOD! I did it! I made homemade pasta!

All that’s left on the list is to eat at Emmy’s (a German restaurant) and we hope to go tomorrow night. Since I’ve never been, I don’t want my birthday dinner (either with Tyler or family) to be there….but we have to go before Monday- so Friday it is! (hopefully that plan works!)


Friday Five: Five Fun Things

Friday Five: Five Fun Things

This week (thankfully) has gone by pretty quickly. I’m ready for a three day weekend! Can’t wait to sleep in tomorrow, do some crafting, cleaning, and resting!

Here’s five fun things from this week:

  1. My sweet friend Holly sent me flowers on Wednesday.  Tuesday was rough- when I had the migraine- and she sent these as a “have a better day” pick me up. So sweet!

2. This morning I was up early…so I took advantage of the fresh blueberries in the fridge and made my coworkers breakfast! It’s the Blueberry Buckle from Foodie Crush.

3. I was at Hobby Lobby and found some fleece that I like/that goes with our nursery (PS. girly stuff that’s NOT pink/purple is hard to find!).  Mom is going to make Remi a tie blanket with this. It’s SO cute!  

4. This shirt keeps popping up on my FB.  Sorry for the pic of the computer screen…but it says “You can’t fix stupid, but my husband can give it a court date” hahahahaha

5. These behind the scenes videos from Broadway.com of the Tony Awards prep are MY LIFE at the moment.  Since I made 2 New York trips this year and saw 8 musicals on Broadway, I’m living and breathing the Tony Awards this year.  They are usually my birthday weekend, but this year they aren’t until June 12.  2 weeks, people!

 

So that’s it for this week.  Just ready for a nice, long weekend.  What’s going on with you?


Cookbook Challenge: Twice Baked Potatoes from Duck Commander

Cookbook Challenge: Twice Baked Potatoes from Duck Commander

We had family over for dinner Monday night, and I decided to use my cookbooks for inspiration.

I used Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen.  I was given this cookbook, and I’ve made a couple things from it (Hummingbird cake and some cajun something).

I decided to make Missy’s Twice-Baked Potatoes.  I liked that they sounded easy- most twice-baked potatoes I’ve tried involved stuffing potatoes back into the skins and they always fall apart.  This was more of a casserole.

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It had a unique method of cooking the potatoes that worked REALLY well.  Putting them in a ziploc bag and cooking them.  They were SO soft and fluffy!

 

To make this: You scrubbed and poked holes in the potatoes. Put them in a closed ziploc and cook for 20 minutes until soft.

Take potato flesh out of the skin, mix with 1 stick butter, 1 package ranch mix, 1 1/3 cups milk, 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese, 1/2 (4.3 ounce) package of real bacon bits, 1 tsp cajun seasoning, and 1/4 cup scallions (if desired).

Mash it all up well, spread it into a pan and top with 1 more cup cheese and the other 1/2 package of bacon bits, and 1/4 cup scallions (if desired).

I baked it at 350 for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Everyone LOVED it.  The top got crunchy and perfect. We hardly had any leftovers!

Cookbook success, for sure! I’ll be making this again.  Get out your cookbooks and get cooking!


Weekend Recap: Family, Naps, and Chocolate

Weekend Recap: Family, Naps, and Chocolate

We had a good weekend. My half-sister Paula was in town to spend the weekend with our dad (it was his 80th birthday!), so we had a little fun.

Friday evening, we went to ClueMasters, a local escape room. Oh my goodness, it was SO fun!  There were interesting puzzles to solve, twists and turns…and a fantastic finish.  We had a GREAT time.  Local friends, TRUST ME- go spend an evening there. 

After ClueMasters, we went to Bricktown Brewery for dinner.  We had a fun meal and enjoyed each other’s company.

Saturday, mom, me, and Paula spent the day together.  We did a little shopping downtown, visited with dad, and had lunch with Tyler.

I came home in the afternoon to nap, but I had a sweet treat first. I LOVE this Ghirardelli 72% dark chocolate.  A square is the perfect indulgence.

Saturday night, we all had dinner at mom’s followed by a movie.  I brought over the ice cream maker and make wine and chocolate ice cream! I used the Josh Cellars Legacy wine and we shaved the Ghirardelli 72% to mix into it.  It was sweet and wonderful! I used this recipe if you want to try it.

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Sunday was church, grocery shopping, nap time, and watching Grease Live!  Did you watch it?  It was SO good.  The best of the live musicals so far, for sure.

So…that was the weekend. Like most of them, they are gone in a flash! Here’s to a great week!