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Spinach Alfredo Pasta

If you are looking for a YUMMY quick recipe for the family this one is fab.

I found it here.


1 lb box of your favorite pasta (penne, fettuccine, papardelle, etc)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (I use light butter)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pint of heavy cream (I use light cream)
1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese (not the kind in the green canister!)
2 tbsp cream cheese
6 oz bag of fresh spinach, roughly chopped
salt (to taste)
freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
pinch nutmeg
1. Cook pasta til al dente. While pasta is cooking, make the sauce.
2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for two minutes, then add heavy cream and cream cheese. Heat until sauce is slightly bubbling, but not boiling.
3. Add Parmesan cheese, spinach, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook until spinach starts to wilt. Add cooked pasta to Alfredo sauce and serve.

We also added chicken on top for those non-vegetarians in the family.

Hannah - That looks good! I used to make something similar but it didn’t call for Cream Cheese. I bet that makes it super creamy and rich! Yummy.


Shortly before Christmas break we got some snow.


Cole was so excited because he had just gotten his skis for ski club so of course he had to put them on


He has turned into a really good skier and I love that he loves it so much. Ski club starts after Christmas break.


Hudson loves the snow so much and loves for anyone to be outside with him.


But of course he kept trying to bite the skies. Eva is still loving skiing as well but didn’t think it was worth it because we don’t have a hill.


I realized I haven’t done an iphone dump in a while. Keeping the iphone shots on instagram these days. It’s just easier that way.

Anyone gearing up for a new 365? I have been pretty good this year with it and also my Project Life book is up to date for the year for the first time EVER. Of course I have years of unfinished ones still…

Hannah - You guys have gotten so much more snow than we have! We just recently got maybe 1/2 inch…if it’s going to be cold I’d just assume some pretty snow be here.

Benelli tries to bite anyone who is sledding. I think he thinks the sled is attacking us or something. It’s kinda funny…but kinda annoying.

Stay Warm!


Christmas is over, Andy is back at work, Austin is back to volunteering at the hospital all day, and I am ready to pack up all the holiday stuff.


It happens every year. Once Christmas is done, I am done. No lingering decorations. Although I do like to keep the outside lights up for a bit.


Yesterday was super warm and today it’s back to cold and I am already dreaming of beach trips.


Winter can be long in these parts- and I have to plan my sanity savers ๐Ÿ™‚


Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

Hannah - My inside and outside decorations were down the day after Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I was just kinda over it this year. I’m ready for Spring but trying not to wish away days.

Hope you had a great Christmas!

Decking the Halls

I seem to be continually behind in my posts but at least I am trying!


These three were the light checkers


Although Hudson and Cole spent more time wrestling in the grass and Shiloh just stood there looking at them like they were total losers.


Just a little bit cute


It was so warm and then bam it got really really cold.


Now we are expecting a warm and wet Christmas. I would rather have snow!




The Sunday after Thanksgiving we went out to Timbuck Farm to cut down our tree.


Austin had to study for finals so he didn’t go with us this year ๐Ÿ™


Eva found a birds nest in our tree (all the birdies had flown the coop)


Cole cut down the tree this year


Every year someone falls apart. Eva wasn’t feeling that great and she kept it together for most of the trip.


We should have filled her belly full of food. I think she just got hangry.




Blake did some supervising

I was there too ๐Ÿ™‚

Eva insisted on pulling the tree to the bus to load up and take back

She’s not only strong-willed but super strong!


Getting them both on the rock…of course they were arguing.


7 going on 17



We went to have dinner and things improved


It’s not always easy but I am always glad we make the effort.


Susan/Gramma - Great looking tree and the kids (and you two older adults) look like it was a fun outing. How about posting pictures when it’s decorated?