Writing is hard for me. I’m an introvert and an internal processor, so I have hundred of thoughts swirling around in my head at any given moment. To write those thoughts for the world to see is a different story. Each thought gets sifted through filter after filter before it leaves my mind and if there’s anything left over to convey to you, it’s really a miracle!
I’ve been listening to podcasts on improving my writing skills, and even have a list of writing exercises I’m working on. I don’t think writing will ever be my strong suit on this blog, but I’m finding that you (my readers) are ACTUALLY reading what’s on each page. That’s scary. Ha! In my mind I thought you would just be scrolling through the pictures and skipping over the words, but it turns out that you’re interested in more than the recipes and the photos. So, that’s why I’m thinking I need to learn how to write.
Last night we started up our Wednesday date night again after too long of a hiatus. Yes, we’re hanging out every day anyways, but Wednesday night is different. It’s focused, it’s intentional, and it’s a time where cell phones are put away and we remember to ask each other pointed questions about how the other is doing and what they’re looking forward to in the future.
Date night doesn’t have to be fancy. For me, the act of Kevin taking a few minutes to plan an outing, regardless of what we do, says so much to his love for me and our marriage. We’re alternating weeks for whose turn it is to plan the date, so last night I kicked us off with a trip to a Gelateria and then to an old walk-up hamburger joint for fries! (Kev always has to end on salty). The original plan was to go to the Star Party at UT to look through their massive telescopes, but Austin decided to pick last night to be cloudy, so we’ll have to try that again some other time!
Alright guys, what are your thoughts on the one pot pasta trend? Have you tried it?? Are you in love?? Do you even know how amazing it is to only make one dish dirty?? Are you ecstatic that it only takes 30 minutes to get a dinner on the table that everyone will love??
I’m answering yes to all those questions. When I only have to spend 5 minutes chopping meat and veggies and I don’t even need to fire up the dishwasher to clean up afterward, it’s a winner! You can totally adapt this recipe depending on what veggies you have on hand, but I’m going to be strict and say that you HAVE HAVE HAVE to throw in some fire roasted red peppers. The smokiness mixed with the salty bacon and fresh tendercrisp veggies kills me. I got my jar of roasted red peppers from Trader Joe’s, but I’m sure you can find them at your local grocery store as well.
This recipe is getting added to my monthly meal planning rotation. It’s so easy, a great way to throw some more vegetables in your dinner, and doesn’t make any kitchen mess!
- 1/2 lb bacon, chopped
- 2 large chicken breasts, sliced
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 head broccoli, cut into medium large florets
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tomato, roughly chopped
- 1 jar fire roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
- 1 lb pasta (Penne, Linguine, Bowties)
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 6 cups water
- salt to taste
- 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- In large pot, cook chopped bacon and chicken until bacon is starting to crisp and chicken is cooked through. Season with black pepper.
- Set chicken aside and add broccoli, red onion, tomato, roasted red peppers, and pasta to pot.
- Cover with chicken broth and water.
- Place lid on pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente.
- Drain liquid from pot, add chicken back in, season with salt, and stir in half and half and parmesan cheese.
- Serve warm!