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E: Shrimp, Snap Peas & Pesto Pasta

Posted Dec 22 2010 6:30am

Hi guys! Are you still working or schooling away or are you off for break? Today was my first day off and I am SUPER excited. I apologize if I get a little more MIA as the week goes on.

In terms of cooking & baking,  there still has been a lot of both going on in our household. First up, I made a great and EASY semi-homemade pasta dish for dinner on Monday. I cooked up whole wheat pasta and, in the last minutes of cooking, I added in a bundle of pea pods. The pasta & peas were drained and then returned to the pot. I added a few tablespoons of store bought pesto:

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and shredded parmesan and called it dinner! For Josh’s version, I also added roasted shrimp a la Ina Garten. I tossed deveined & tailless shrimp with olive oil & salt and pepper. I placed it in a 400 degree oven for approximately 5-6 minutes until cooked through, the result:

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Since we’ll be spending time with Josh’s family,I wanted to bring a container of sweet treats. I USUALLY make my big oatmeal chocolate chip cookies , but decided to mix it up. This time, I made Diana’s chocolate chip cookie dough balls .  I spent a few minutes chatting with Diana about her recipe via gchat yesterday to make sure I got it jusssst right. Thank you Diana :). I made one batch with big chocolate chips and the other with toffee chips. The outcome:

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I don’t think anyone will be complaining about the change up ;).

And a HUGE thank you to the fabulous Ms. Lauren who sent me chocolate and Espresso Maple Salted Pecans . They are AMAZING! And how cute is her card & packaging?

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Do you find yourself going out to eat a lot this week? Or are you still baking & cooking at home?

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