yummy, yummy

i made this dish the other night and it was so good i just had to share the recipe.

basil and tomato pasta
prep: 10 min
total: 25 min

  • 2 lb. tomatoes, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup kraft special collection sun-dried tomato vinaigrette dressing
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) linguine
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

    toss tomatoes with dressing; cover. refrigerate at least 2 hours.
    cook pasta as directed on package; drain. place in large bowl.
    add tomato mixture and pine nuts; toss lightly.
    makes 8 servings, 1 cup each.

  • thin mints update

    so i just told joe about my thin mints post. he says i’m a jerk and he will take my thin mints back. let him just try…:)

    damn cookies

    i have decided i want to lose at least 15 pounds, even though i have no willpower whatsoever. joe does not think i need to lose weight. joe proceeded to buy me a box of thin mint cookies (my absolute favorite!) from the girl scouts. so while i am trying to eat well, i also am getting in my daily dose of thin mints. sigh. i think it’s a sign. i’m not supposed to diet! hehe.

    i am in love . . .

    …and i’m not talking about joe this time, even though i am in love with him(sorry sweetie!). let me introduce you to my new favorite place: mercier’s orchards . joe and i went there with his parents this weekend. they had told me it was great, but i had no idea how incredible this place is. they have many different kinds of apples, as well as other fruits when they’re seasonal, and the best apple cider i’ve ever had. they also sell every kind of jam, jelly and preserve known to man. i’d never heard of corn cob jelly and jalapeno jelly before. i had their dutch apple preserves on my toast this morning. it has chunks of apple in it and is the most delicious thing i’ve ever had. mercier’s also has a room filled with baskets, flowers and candles to decorate the home. alas, i must now trek back to the blue ridge mountains and fill my car with goodies.