I never did a post about Joe and Mom’s birthday party at my parents’ house in September. I can’t even tell you how much I love these two and love celebrating their lives both within a few days of each other (Mom’s 25th, Joe’s 29th).
My parents planted every tree in their yard, and there are literally hundreds…it’s absolutely beautiful.
Some apps, including mini corndogs for the birthday boy. 🙂
Madelyn worked up an appetite.
Made a big salad with mixed greens, roasted beets, apples, veg, craisins, and Angela’s Better-than-Bottled-Balsamic.
Baked Pasta (this gets RAVE reviews!) recipe from Denise, the awesome mom I nanny for. 🙂
- 1 lb campanelle pasta (great texture and shape for this-I use Barilla brand)
- 2 jars pasta sauce
- 15 oz ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup parm or romano cheese
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 egg
Cook pasta until just at al dente then drain and rinse with cold water. While pasta is cooking, combine ricotta, parmesan, salt, pepper, and egg. In a 13×9 glass dish, layer sauce, pasta, then top with spoonfuls of cheese mixture around the pasta (I’ll do maybe 6 spoonfuls per layer). Top with more sauce, pasta, cheese, etc. The final layer on top should be the remainder of sauce. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes (unless refrigerated, then it will need longer baking time).
I’ve also made this pasta by adding cooked organic ground beef seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper.
These cutie pies liked it. 🙂
Someone forgot to bring birthday candles for the birthday cake. Oops. So, yes, I did stick a pumpkin candle in the middle of the bundt cake. It works!
I made this Super Moist Pumpkin Buttermilk Bundt Cake. Recipe can be found here. You really should make it. Thanksgiving, yes? My mother-in-law also made these amazing brownies that are part brownie, part oatmeal walnut cookie. They are so good! I think I had a picture of them in my last post..
Joe and Mom, you are two of the greatest gifts from God. I love you both so much!
“Praise the Lord, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me.” Psalm 103:2