what's up monday

monday is almost over! i'm half joking here. if i'm completely honest, today was super slow. starting with a slow morning...you would think that sleeping 8 hours last night would leave me well rested? think again! this body of mine was just wanting more sleep. well in the midst of a slow day i of course picked out a new recipe to try. enter in: penne with roasted asparagus and balsamic butter.
my end opinion: it was okay, and a different taste. i'm glad i tried it, but not sure if i would make it again. it was a simple recipe, all you needed was the following:
-1 pound asparagus
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-2 tablespoons salt
-1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
-1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
-1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
-1 pound penne
-1 stick of butter
-1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for topping later.

yes, there is a full stick of butter in there. yes, there is a whole pound of penne-this recipe made so much!  i'm also glad kenny liked it-i sent him home with left overs for lunch! here is a nice little picture of all my ingredients lined up and ready to be used...

if you would like the rest of the recipe directions please click here!

while i was busy in the kitchen, shalie was busy putting up some christmas decorations :) i'm so glad that she has some because i have NONE! [whoops] i definitely wanted to give a sneak peak of the decor though!

snowflakes for the curtains  and a sweet little christmas tree for the corner of our living room (please excuse the wires...photo bomb.). i'm excited for more christmas decorating and more christmas activities to come!

until next time...


  1. looks yummy! thanks for sharing. :) and im lovin the snowflakes and mini tree!!

  2. oh that pasta dish looks amazing!! and great christmas decorations, i love the snowflakes :-)

  3. SO glad I happened to find your blog! :) I can't wait to keep reading! That dish looks delicious!


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