Things have been hectic around our house. Now, they are about to get a bit more crazy. On Friday, I received an invitation to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference in Walt Disney World! I am over the moon excited. I never thought I would see that email. I was hoping to use this year to build my blog, FB page, Pinterest and Twitter pages. But, I got an email invitation for this year!
So, my daughter and I will be heading to Walt Disney World in May for the conference and a girl’s trip. This is something that I have always wanted to do with her but never quite thought it would all come together. She is getting older and in 3 short years will be heading to college. I am very aware of the time we have left with her in our house. I am going to savour each moment and try to build a stronger bond with her.
In the middle of all this, my parents are coming to visit us for a month. I love my family. I feel horrible that we will be away for part of their visit but I called and explained that this is only for about 150-200 social media moms and I may never get another chance to do this again. They understood and were happy for me. I still feel a bit guilty about leaving but this is like getting my dream job.
So, I have been thinking about my blog, FB page and all the other social media I have. I need a better focus for what I am really interested in doing. I want to share stories of having a child with autism, life’s big and little moments, travels with a teen and a tween, our love of Disney and life. But, through it all runs a ribbon of our love of food and adventure. We still say to our kids every once in a while when they ask where we are going, “On an adventure!” Now, an adventure could be a trip to the library for a movie, a car ride to a farm stand to pick out food for tonight’s dinner or a trip to Washington DC. You just never know. It is a reminder to them and to us that all of life is an adventure and no matter where you go, enjoy it.
So, I hope you will continue to follow along on our adventures while I see where life takes me.
I am still playing my dinner game though not with the same strictness I did before. The kids have asked to repeat some of their favorite meals and now I will not just reserve that for weekends but relax a bit and share our love of the food and time together.
The other day we had a Creamy Italian Sausage Skillet dinner. This dinner came about because it is almost the end of the month and in our house payday is the last day of each month. So, this is about the time we start to have to get creative with what we have on hand. I had a package of bulk Italian sausage, a jar of tomato pesto, cream and a wedge of Parmesan cheese. I really wanted that tomato pesto with pasta and thought I could make it work.
This was delicious! It was an easy, one pan meal that had tons of flavor. The entire meal took about 30-35 minutes to cook with very little preparation.
By the end of the meal there was a discussion over who would have the leftovers for lunch the next day. My children don’t like sandwiches for lunch so most often they eat leftovers, salads or we make a quick pasta dish in the morning for the thermos.
I served this with green beans and a green salad to round out the meal.
- 1 – 1 1/2 lbs. bulk Italian sausage, or remove links from their casings
- 1 (10 oz) jar of sun-dried Tomato Pesto, this is usually found near the regular pesto in the store
- 12 oz. mini Farfarelle pasta
- 1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 cup heavy cream and 1 cup fat-free half and half or 2 cups fat-free half and half
- black pepper and salt, to taste
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly shredded
- chicken stock, if needed to thin sauce
- In a large skillet or wok cook the Italian sausage over medium heat until well browned and cooked through. Break it into little pieces with the side of the spoon as it is cooking.
- Add jar of pesto, diced tomatoes and heavy cream and half and half to the pan and stir well to combine.
- Allow the mixture to simmer slightly before adding pasta to the pan. Stir well.
- Cover and cook until pasta become al dente, about 8 minutes.
- Stir several times while the pasta is cooking so that all the pasta cooks evenly. If sauce is absorbing too quickly add 1/4-1/2 cup of chicken stock and stir.
- Once pasta is cooked to your liking add 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.
- Remove pasta from heat and stir well. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese over the top and cover until it melts.
- Serve hot.