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!)

33 Week Highlights

33 Week Highlights

This little girl brings so much laughter into our lives. She’s so happy all of the time and is learning such fun things!

These first couple of pictures are from when I was gone to Hanson Day. She had a BLAST with her grandmas and daddy.  Tyler would go to my mom’s to hang after work and help put her to bed. Mom and Nancy played with her during the days. She loved it.

I did get to Facetime her one morning. She was smiley and happy. 

One afternoon, she took a long carseat nap (daycare play wears you out!) and she looked like an angel. So sweet. 

We wore some cute outfits this week! LOVE this cotton candy colored ensemble! (The bow came off before daycare. Ain’t no need for bows there). 

She is LOVING finger foods! She still gets some purees and yogurt and such…but berries are her JAM. This week she loved raspberries and cooked carrot slices.

We attempted the park after dinner one night. Not impressed. We only stayed for like 5 minutes because she didn’t care. ha!

And this cute outfit rounded out the week. Watermelon romper. I die. 

Just crazy fun together. She’s learning to crawl, playing so well with her toys, and working on some tricks (working on “bye bye” and clapping). Love her so much!

Ditching the guilt

Ditching the guilt

When I was pregnant, the guilt started. When I got gestational diabetes, I felt like it was my fault. Like I did something wrong. (Thank goodness for learning it was just a wonky placenta that was imbalanced. My doctor said women of all healths, sizes and ages get GD).

Then with the GD, I would feel so guilty if I occasionally indulged. Being pregnant and monitoring my carb intake was TOUGH. Have you ever been pregnant? There are cravings. I cried one time because all I wanted was strawberry cake. My husband told me to eat the darn cake. Was I hurting my baby? Turns out, I did such a great job managing it that she was TINY at birth (and overdue!).  My doctor commended my work, saying maybe I had been too good. ha!

Then she was born. The guilt started.  We didn’t get a breastfeeding relationship started. She wouldn’t latch (now I suspect a lip tie, but it’s a little too late now). I felt guilt because I wanted to do it, but couldn’t. I wanted to give her the “best.”  I pumped. I was miserable pumping. I couldn’t tend to her while I pumped…I hated being hooked up to that machine so often. After 6 weeks (and after having a suspicious mole cut off my breast), we decided to stop. It was hurting from the dermatological procedure and my sanity needed to stop pumping.

Then we were at home together. Was I talking to her enough? Was I reading to her enough? Was she sleeping enough? Was she securely attached?

Then I went back to work. Am I being selfish? Will she love my mom (who kept her during the days) more than me? Will she feel abandoned? And if I did anything after work, I felt so guilty. Guilty for getting a hair cut. Guilty for going grocery shopping on my way home. So. Much. Guilt.

I spent so much time worried, unhappy, frustrated, anxious and guilt-ridden.

I’ve let go of that. After a lot of praying, support, and self-seeking, I let go of that guilt.

She loves me. She’s happy. She’s healthy. I’m a better person for taking time for myself (and who wants an anxious, frustrated mama?) And I honestly think she’s a better baby for being flexible and around people. I NEED to work. I feel a purpose there. I need interaction with people. That’s something God has put inside me just as much as he purposed me to be her mom. I feel better working out. I feel better if I go out with my husband or my mom or friends once in a while. I am happier after taking a couple days off to do something I love (Hanson Day!). And I actually feel much better knowing it would all be ok if I were (heaven forbid) to be sick for a while or have to travel for work or be gone. It was nice to see our village do their thing.

I’ve felt like a few people were trying to lay the guilt on me for doing things for myself. For going out of town. For working out after work. For daycare. For being me. NOT GONNA HAPPEN. I realized that anyone putting those feelings on me were having their own issues.

I’m happy. I’m healthy. I love my baby more than she’ll ever know. And thankfully, I’m guilt-free.

Updated Hanson Concert History

Updated Hanson Concert History

I know that 99% of you won’t care, but this is for my history. It’s fun to hear a song for the first time and KNOW it’s the first time you’ve heard it live. Here’s my Hanson concert history…

  1. August 07, 2004 Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom
  2. October 27, 2007 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
  3. August 04, 2010 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
  4. September 09, 2011 Memphis, TN Delta Fair and Music Fest (no setlist available, but I remembered some songs that I heard and added them to the list)
  5. May 05, 2013 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom 1st show (MOE)
  6. June 08, 2013 St. Louis Uncorked  (no setlist in the database, but I kept my own)
  7. September 15, 2013 Antone’s Austin, TX
  8. September 16, 2013 House of Blues Dallas, TX
  9. May 17, 2014 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
  10. May 16, 2015 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
  11. May 17, 2015 Tulsa, OK The Hop Jam
  12. October 24, 2015 Dallas, TX House of Blues
  13. October 25, 2015 Dallas, TX House of Blues
  14. May 21, 2016 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
  15. May 19, 2017 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
  16. May 20, 2017 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom


Some highlights:

With You in Your Dreams in Austin
Madeline in Memphis
Scream and Be Free in Dallas
Never Been to Spain encore in Austin
Man from Milwaukee at MOE 2014
Thinking of You at MOE 2015
Chain of Fools at House of Blues on the RNR Tour
Yearbook at Hanson Day 2017

Here is my list of Hanson songs I’ve heard live according to HansonStage’s database:

144 unique songs live
324 songs live

Middle of Nowhere
Thinking of You – 4
MMMBop -9 (they only listed 7, but I know I heard this in
Memphis and St. Louis)
Weird – 2
Speechless – 1
Where’s The Love – 8
Yearbook – 1
Look At You – 3
Minute Without You -8
Madeline -3 (they only listed two, but I know I heard it in
With You in Your Dreams – 4 (includes Taylor’s solo performance at his lecture at MOE 2015)
Man from Milwaukee – 2

This Time Around
You Never Know – 3
If Only -4
This Time Around -8
Can’t Stop – 1
Wish that I was There- 1
Love Song – 1
Hand in Hand- 1
In The City – 7
A Song To Sing – 2
Love Song- 1
Save Me- 2
Runaway Run – 1
Lonely Again -1

Live From Albertane
Gimme Some Lovin – 1
Shake a Tail Feather- 1

3 Car Garage
Stories – 2

Strong Enough To Break -4
Dancing In The Wind – 1
Penny and Me – 10
Underneath – 2
Lost Without Each Other – 6
Broken Angel -3
Crazy Beautiful – 3
Hey – 6
Lullabelle – 1
Deeper – 2
Get Up and Go – 2

The Walk
Great Divide – 3
Been There Before – 7
Georgia – 1
Watch Over Me – 5
Running Man – 1
Fire on the Mountain – 1
Go – 1
Blue Sky – 1
Tearing it Down – 1
Something Going Round – 3
The Walk – 1
I’ve Been Down – 1
Got a Hold On Me – 1
Great Divide (acapella) – 1

Shout It Out
Waiting for This- 6
Thinking Bout Something – 7
Kiss Me When You Come Home – 2
Carry You There – 1
Give a Little – 5
Make It Out Alive – 2
And I Waited – 6

Musical Ride – 1
Voice in the Chorus – 4
Me Myself and I – 1

Live and Electric
Optimistic – 1
In a little while- 1
Rock N Roll Razorblade – 3 (one wasn’t in their count, but I
know I heard it at a concert before)

Fired Up -6
I’ve Got Soul -6
Get The Girl Back -6
Already Home – 4
Cut Right Through Me – 2
Scream And Be Free – 6
You Can’t Stop Us Now- 3
Juliet- 3
For Your Love- 2
Tragic Symphony- 2
Lost Without You- 2
Get So Low (Condor Sessions)- 1

Roots of Rock N Roll EP
I want to take you higher- 1
Hold on, I’m Coming- 1
Remember the Time- 1
I believe in a thing called love- 1
Thinking out loud – 1

Members Only EP
On and On – 4
Call Out My Name – 1
Roller Coaster Love – 6
Best of Times – 4
Sound of Light – 5
On the Road- 1
Show Me the Way – 1
What’s Your Name- 1
Panic in the Streets – 1
White Collar Crime – 3
Sunny Day/Cecelia- 1
Down – 1
Never Let Go – 1
Dance Like You Don’t Care – 2
Give Me Your Best Shot- 1
What are We Fighting For- 1
Heartbreaker- 1
Call Me – 1
Need You Now- 1
Grace Unknown – 1
Follow Your Lead – 2
Get Out of My Heart – 2
Up All Night – 1
No Sleep for Banditos – 1
Ooh La La La – 1
Stop Me in My Tracks – 1
No Rest for the Weary – 2
Something Loud – 1
Siren Call – 1
Do You Believe in Love – 1
Man on Top – 1
Joyful Noise – 1
Feeling Alive – 1
Somebody that Wants to Love You – 1
Ghostwriter – 1
Reach out for my Hand – 1
I Don’t Want to Go Home – 1
I Lift You Up – 1

Being Me – 1
The Ugly Truth – 1
Waiting For This / Watch Over Me / Rock N Roll Razorblade / In The
City medley – 1
Lonely Again -1
Sexy Robot (teaser) – 1
A life without you – 1

Its a Long Way To The Top – 1
Hole In My Life – 1
Let Love Rule – 1
Never Been To Spain – 2
Oh Darling -2
Dancing In The Streets – 2
Living on Tulsa Time – 2 (I know I heard one other time)
It’s a long way to the top (If you wanna rock n roll) – 1
Signed, sealed, delivered – 1
Teach Your children – 1
Hole in my life -1
Let love rule- 1
God Only Knows – 1
I want to take you higher- 1
Cecelia- 2
Twist and shout- 1
Whole lotta love- 1
You may be right- 1
Movin’ out -1
Me and Julio Down by the schoolyard- 1
Chain of Fools- 1
A Song for You – 1
I want you back – 1
Stand by Me – 1