Recipe :: Shrimp Fettuccine with Spinach and Parmesan

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Another spring-y lighter pasts for warming nights – this one is also from Cooking Light and serves 4. I love their recipes- good fresh ingredients and quite simple – usually mostly made from things I already have in my pantry with a few fresh ingredients besides – yum. One note is that for recipes like this where you wilt a green I tend to prefer arugula (and lots of it!) while Jeff likes the Spinach – different strokes for different folks!

Shrimp Fettuccine with Spinach and Parmesan (Serves 4)

8 oz. uncooked fettucine
2 T. butter
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly slices
10 oz. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3/8 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
6 oz. fresh baby spinach
1 1/4 oz. Parmesan cheese, shaved

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Melt butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Remove garlic from pan with a slotted spoon; reserve in a small bowl. Increase heat to medium-high. Add shrimp, salt, and pepper to pan; cook 4 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring occasionally. Add pasta, spinach, and garlic to pan; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.

Gardening in the Spring

With the rain last week our garden is growing in leaps and bounds – it’s fun even just a few weeks after these shots were taken to look back and see how far things have come in such a short period of time. Jeff and I knew we wanted to add raised beds for growing vegetables to the garden mix this year. We had originally planned to construct our own but when we found pre-made Cedar beds at Home Depot for about $8 more than we would have spent building we decided to take the easy way out! The next step – filling them with dirt. No easy way out here….we borrowed a truck from a friend and spent the day filling and then emptying two loads of dirt and compost from the bed of it – good for the arms!
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The empty beds – we just mowed part of the very dry (!) field right near the side of our house
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We put a few layers of newspaper down as we’d read that that helps with weeds
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Strider supervised
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A few nights later I headed into the garden to take some pictures for my archive of progress….lots of dirt = lots of weeds
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The beautiful apple tree with the daffodils in full bloom
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And our stunning cherry tree which sadly is now all green (but still beautiful!)
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The lilac tree just starting to bloom
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Ahhh – home sweet home
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Since these photos were taken we spent a whole weekend weeding, planting, and mulching so stay tuned for those photos.

Newborn Lamb

Our friend Michael & Vera’s final lamb was born a few weeks ago and I ALMOST made it for the birth…..I jumped in my car as soon as I got the call but 5 minutes later when I arrived he had already made his debut! His first time Mamma Penny Plum was doing a very thorough cleaning job when I arrived
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About 20 minutes later Aldo was let back into the pasture to meet his newest charge Winston
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Amazingly he started cleaning up too immediately
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First attempt at standing
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And learning to nurse – step 1 – find teat!
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The sheep are still in the barn every night – getting them to follow when they are passing up tasty grass is getting more and more difficult!
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Ahhhh – one of my favorite Vermont scenes
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Next year I’m determined to make an actual birth!!!

Recommended :: Beachy Reads

Reading to me is mostly for enjoyment – occasionally I delve into a heavier book but since often I read as a way to relax before bed I’d prefer something with a good story and characters. The books below are all that – easy reads that I find grab you on page 1. Heading to the beach? Tuck these in your bag!
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Springtime in Pennsylvania

In late April we headed south to visit my Dad in Pennsylvania for the week. I got SO lucky and timed it just right to be there for the cherry trees to be in full bloom so we enjoyed lots of time outside in the garden – ahhhh!!

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Strider might be getting older but he still loves racing around and chasing/being chased by Sage – it never gets old!
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