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When you get an awesome day in December you celebrate

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We have had a house full of sickies. Canceled plans, layed low

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Today was one of those rare winter days, it was warm. It was good.

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He’s a chomper.

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These faces? Most important thing to me.

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Things are good at 470

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Andy and I just got into House of Cards which has been a great thing for a family that is stuck at home with sickies.

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This puppy is bad

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Sometimes we all get sick of him. But he’s just so stinkin cute

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So very happy to have these amazing kiddos celebrating our first Christmas in this house.

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Hannah - That first picture is just perfection. I couldn’t love it anymore than I already do!

Ready made and ready to go!

Yesterday was the last day to purchase custom orders but all the items left in the shop are already made and ship immediately.

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So if you have been slow with your Christmas shopping as I have, you can still grab an Elisalou bag or pouch.

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Have a great weekend!

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Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

Thursday night is a rare night when we are all at home and so I always try to cook a good meal on those nights.

Tonight we tried this one.

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

Any pasta with bacon is a hit with my kids

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 6 servings

Ingredients

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded with mallet to even thickness
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper, plus more for sauce
12 oz penne pasta
1 lb asparagus, trimmed of ends, remaining diced into 2-inch pieces and steamed
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 3/4 cup milk (I used 1%)
1/4 cup cream or half and half
3 oz Neufchatel cheese (aka light cream cheese), diced into pieces
1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
4 – 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled into small pieces (optional)

Directions

In a small bowl, stir together basil, oregano, thyme and 1/4 salt and pepper. Sprinkle half of the herb mixture evenly over tops of chicken. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add chicken to skillet, herbed side down, then add remaining herb mixture to tops of chicken. Cook chicken until fully cooked through, about 8 – 12 minutes, occasionally rotating chicken (time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts. If chicken is browning too quickly reduce heat to medium low as needed). Transfer cooked chicken to a plate, let rest 5 minutes then dice into pieces.
Meanwhile cook pasta according to directions listed on package, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water before draining.
In a clean skillet (large and deep), melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, add garlic and cook 30 seconds longer, stirring constantly. While whisking, slowly pour in milk then cream (whisk vigorously to break up clumps). Season with salt and pepper to taste (a fair amount of each) and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Once it reaches a boil and thickens, reduce heat to medium-low, add Neufchatel and parmesan cheese and cook, stirring frequently, until cheeses have melted.
Toss in cooked pasta, then add cooked chicken, steamed asparagus and bacon and toss to evenly coat. Add in reserved pasta water as desired (it will thicken as it rests and the pasta will absorb the liquids, so add up to 1/2 cup as needed). Serve immediately.

I should probably add that I don’t cook low-fat. I saw this on Pinterest and it sums it up.

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Scenes around 470

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The weeks are flying by as this year wraps up. I find myself canceling plans and trips just to slow down and enjoy this time.

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The fireplace has been blazing most nights- I build it so it’s nice and cozy by the time the kids get home from school.

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This dog is crazy trying to fit her whole body on those pillows

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Blake brought down a big box of books he no longer wants- the two youngers spent a good hour sitting at the table looking at them

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I only decorated one fireplace so far- we haven’t ever used this one- it’s the original one.

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When the dogs get tired of the puppy they jump up high- not going to work much longer

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He likes to drink the water for the Christmas tree

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And he is now potty trained.

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Off to try to wrap up my Christmas shopping. Got a puking girlie next to me- So thankful for online shopping!

Sarah - Sadie is potty trained now too… so cute with them looking at the door and baby gate to go out!! They are growing FAST!!!

Hannah - He is getting SO big. Does he bark when he wants to go out? Buddy just sits silently at the door. I wish he’d bark then, instead of every time he hears a noise.