Artichoke and Olive Pasta | Recipe

Impress Your Honey Pasta Recipe

Impress your valentine with the super simple recipe for pasta that tastes complicated. Make this for your Valentine’s Date and serve by candlelight!

Impress Your Honey Pasta

  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil, for sauteing
  • 1 Can diced tomatoes, with Italian spices if you can find it
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Can artichoke hearts, again marinated in spices if you can find it, drained and chopped
  • 1 Can black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes, or more if you like it spicy
  • Pasta of Choice, cooked as suggested
  1. On medium heat, saute a tablespoon of olive oil and garlic for two minutes. Avoid browning the garlic.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and seasoning.  Bring to a simmer.
  3. Add artichokes and olives and stir until combined. Remove from heat.
  4. Toss pasta with sauce or top pasta with sauce.
  5. Break out your good china and serve with crusty rosemary bread and a glass of your favorite wine.

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8 Free Workouts to Do at Home

8 Free Workouts To Do At Home

I recently learned that Netflix is no longer streaming workout dvds. Which is a MAJOR bummer.  I always had these workouts on the back burner to turn to when  I wanted to mix it up or try a pilates workout.

I went on a search for free online workouts and found 8 videos for you to use when you need a change of pace. Some of the Exercise TV videos are a little cheesy but the get the job done!

Jillian Michaels Daily Dose: Booty Bootcamp

Jillian Michaels Daily Dose: Killer Abs Workout

Jillian Michaels Mini Workout – Lean and Mean Leg Workout

Jillian Michaels Mini Workout – Armed and Dangerous

Total Body Pilates

Six Pack Abs: Incredible Abs

Rock Hard Body by Jake:

Bikini Body Makeover Bootcamp Calorie Burn

Now you have no excuses to get off the couch and get active!  Check out Exercises TV on hulu for many more workouts.

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How to Lattice Top a Pie

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

Presentation is half of the fun of baking and eating! It’s very easy to create a pretty lattice top pie crust for your next pie.

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

Roll out your top dough and use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 3/4 inch slices.

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

For demonstration purposes, I used red and blue construction paper. Follow the photo tutorial below.

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

Start with the largest pieces in the middle of the plate.

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

And cross one on top of another.

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie. How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

Continue by overlapping on each side.

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

Keep going…

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

I liked to do a red on the right and left side followed by a blue on the top and bottom. Gently pull up each piece of dough to weave the pieces together.

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie. How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

Ta-Dah!  Tell me that wasn’t easy.

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

When you are satisfied with the pattern, pinch the dough into the lower crust. Go around the circle with a fork and create a pattern in the crust.

How to Lattice Top a Pie - A step by step photo tutorial for creating a pretty top to your pie.

Spritz with EVOO and sprinkle with sugar and a bit of cinnamon and bake.

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How To Prepare a Freezer Breakfast

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I love having a quick breakfast that tastes like it took a while to make. I’ve been making my Banana Oatmeal Waffles when I have a spare browning banana. If we can’t eat all of them, I make more and save them for later. Here’s how to save them and cook them in a flash. 🙂

  1. Follow the recipe for blender waffles.
  2. Set each waffle on a cooling rack.
  3. Prepare sheets of wax paper.
  4. Place a sheet of wax paper between each waffle and gently place in a freezer bag.
  5. Freeze on a flat surface, this way it will freeze flat.

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Quickly cook:

  1. Pull desired waffles out of the freezer bag.
  2. Pop in a toaster oven and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Cook until fragrant. You will smell the vanilla extract and the waffles will begin to get toasty brown.
  4. Enjoy!

This way you can have weekend waffles during the week!

Want more quick breakfast ideas? Check out these posts: A Quick Breakfast Sandwich, Quick Oatmeal, and this can easily be reheated during the week.

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How to Make Icing Cupcakes a Breeze

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This is an easy way to icing your cupcakes and you will keep your hands clean! Follow the step by step instructions below for perfectly iced cupcakes.

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 Use plastic wrap an place a generous dollop in the center.

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Overlap the plastic to create a plastic tube.

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Tighten the icing by whipping the icing in a circle.

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This is the result.

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Cut a hole in the corner of a ziplock bag and string one side of the icing plastic wrap through.

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Trim the edge of the bag and the plastic tubing.

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You’re good to go! Start with your icing on the outer rim of the icing.

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And work your way around.

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The Final Product and the Happy Mommy to be. 🙂

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Thanks to Lacie for icing the cupcakes!

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