Monday, July 11, 2011

a tent, summer pasta, and fun drapery fabric

This post is all over the place...but, it's Monday so hopefully you'll forgive me.

On the 4th of July we had some friends over and Mark thought it would be fun to set up a tent in the backyard for all the kids to play in.  It was perfection!  Reid immediately filled it with his favorite chotchkies and toys and the boys were in and out of it all night.  And for the next few days, Reid and Grant would both head out there in their pajamas first thing in the morning to read books, play games and wrestle around.  Free entertainment for hours = mama gets a break = pure awesome.  I highly recommend it.

And about a week ago, I made this:

I decided to double the batch and we enjoyed the leftovers all week long, which was perfect, because we are having an unusually hot summer in San Diego and the thought of turning the oven on is almost too much to bear.  There have been nights where Mark and I have fed the kids, gotten them to bed and started cooking at 9:30 because it's just way too hot to consider it before that time.  Anyhow, I am running off on a tangent, but the pasta was seriously delicious.  The cream sauce is lemony and the tomatoes and arugula make it fresh and light.  You could also add some grilled chicken, but I never do.  With cherry tomatoes in season, this is the best time of year to make it!  It's a Barefoot Contessa recipe, and if you'd like to try it I copied the recipe below.

Lemon Fusilli With Arugula

1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic {2 cloves}
2 cups heavy cream
3 lemons
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound dried fusilli pasta
1/2 pound baby arugula {or 2 bunches of regular arugula, stems removed and leaves cut into thirds}
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the garlic, and cook for 60 seconds, then add the cream, the zest and juice of 2 of the lemons, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until it starts to thicken. 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta, and cook al dente according to the directions on the package, about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.  Immediately add the cream mixture and cook over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, until the pasta has absorbed most of the sauce.  Pour the hot pasta into a large bowl and add the arugula, Parmesan, and tomatoes.  Cut the last lemon in half lengthwise, slice it 1/4-inch thick crosswise, and add a few slices to the pasta.  Toss well, season to taste, and serve hot. 

I like to serve it with crusty french bread and a glass of wine. Yum.

And, lastly, after about 8 weeks of debating fabrics, I finally ordered the yardage of this print for our Living Room draperies:

Premier Prints Indoor/Outdoor ZigZag Blue Moon

I saw that was having a 25% off sale and so I decided to bite the bullet and make a decision.  I have been back and forth about so many fabrics, but I think this one will be a perfect pop of color in the room and I love that it's an outdoor/indoor...I am hoping that means more kid resistant as well as stain and sun resistant...we'll see!  I am going to DIY them with my mom {thanks mom!} so I will definitely post about how we do it.  You can rest assured there will be minimal sewing involved!

I think that's all the randomness for today!  I hope you have a fabulous Monday!


  1. Choosing fabrics online can be the worst! But that fabric is awesome and your draperies will be lovely! :) Happy Monday.

  2. Oh yum!! I will sooooo have to try this. :)

  3. i am making this tonight thanks to you!!! :) :)

  4. Randomly fabulous, but I love it. The tent idea is brilliant :) can't wait to see how things turn out with your drapes. You do the best things that I would never even consider. I am sure it will be great!

  5. Delish Amber! I love that you post recipes on your blog.I have yet to make it myself but it's nice to know I can go to your blog and its there :) Happy Summer to you and I love the photos. I should have done that too. Next time :)


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