Simply Perfect Add-in to any Cookout

Asparagus Pasta with Pan Fried Garlic & Lemon Cold Tomato Zucchini Pasta Salad with Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette

I created this pasta salad for my brother Steve’s Independence Day barbecue. I needed to bring a side dish that could sit out safely in the hot sun for several hours, and also fit in well with an American style cookout. An additional benefit is it gave guests a vegan option, and me an excuse to eat lots of cold pasta salad.

The vinegar base in this recipe would pair well with homemade buttermilk fried chicken, or even a store bought rotisserie chicken.

Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 cup Sherry Vinegar 1 Shallot, chopped 1/ 2 clove Garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon Salt Lots of fresh ground black pepper to taste

Puree the ingredients together in a small processor or blender. Set aside.

Tomato Zucchini Pasta 1 pound riccioli shaped pasta, or any favorite shape 2 medium sized zucchini, or 1 large thinly sliced into half moons 1 cup chopped scallions 3-4 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1 recipe Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette Salt and pepper to taste

1. Boil the pasta according to the package directions in heavily salted water. Drain and rinse in cold water.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette.

3. Toss the pasta together in a large bowl with the dressing and the rest of the ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator until chilled.

Notes: Next time I might throw in some dried or fresh parmesan, and a handful of sliced olives to add another element of flavor. Shredded asiago cheese might also work well.

Posted from my Android ~ Ami

DIY Tulle Flower Fairy Lights

I’ve been contemplating getting a set of flower fairy lights for quite some time now. But then I decided that making a set would be more fun :)

I knew that all I needed were a set of plain fairy lights and flowers. I could have bought pre-made fabric flowers that actually looked like the real thing, but I wanted to be a little more creative.

I then had to decide what to make the flowers out of… there were so many options! Paper? Fabric? and if so, what type?? – I very quickly decided that fabric was the way to go since I wanted these lights to last a little while.

The only fabric I could think of that would be stiff enough and allow enough light to pass through was tulle, so off I went to get some to experiment on.

As it turns out – SUCCESS! Tulle flower fairy lights are go! – So here I show you how you can make your own :)



Now repeat that as many time as you like. Place the flowers on all the lights or just a few to add some colour, either way, it looks pretty cute.

I tested them out on the staircase and I think they look pretty friggin’ awesome.I have an ulterior motive for creating these lights.  ❤ ~Ami

Make Your Own Body Wash!!

Make Your Own Body Wash

UPDATE: If you add glycerin will make this have more of a lotion feel but will make it cost more. If it lumps up, you can add more water and shake. 😉
As many of you know, I use to be a serious couponer. Now that is has become such a fad I have backed off and am using my stockpile up. I have a ton of bar soap and I don’t like it. I think it is germy and gets yucky and dirty. Plus it leaves a mess in the bathtub.
So I decided to make some body wash up!
I didn’t find much on this online so I decided to just make it happen by trial and error.
Here is my super simple recipe.
2 to 1 – Water to Soap.
You will need to gather up:
Your bar soap (2 Bars)
Cheese Grater
Large Pot
Water (2 Cups, filtered if possible)
Jojoba Oil (Optional)
and bottle to put your finished product in.
Kick back and get to grating your soap.

Add water and whisk while on medium heat until all the soap has dissolved.
This took 4 to 5 minutes.

Set pot aside to let it begin cooling off.
Add 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and whisk in.

When product has cooled you can funnel it into your bottle.
It will be a little frothy.
Shake well before each use, it will separate!
I used a pump bottle.
This is perfect for the kids, they know “Just one pump on the puff”.
Helps save! 🙂

One pump is about dime size and it suds up like crazy and goes a really long way!