• Home Improvement

    November 27, 2010

    Hi, Mal!! :mrgreen: Whatcha doing on the roof?

    My husband was en fuego with the home improvement projects today. He got so much done!! His “Honey Do List” is looking really good! 😉


    First, Mal tackled the gutters.


    Which made a mess of our yard.


    And totally confused the pug. Murphy even started whimpering at one point! I guess he was really worried about “Dad.”


    Then, Mal accomplished a bunch of indoor tasks. I had no idea he was so handy!

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    I’m not very skilled when it comes to home improvement projects, so Mal sent me to Lowe’s to buy “cool” things like flood lights and a Shop-Vac. I also purchased a couple of new floor lamps, so that part of the trip was fun! 😉


    I only made one recipe from Rocco’s 5 Minute Flavor (as part of my Cookbook Challenge), so, tonight, I whipped up another dish from his book: Gnocchi with Toasted Garlic, Walnuts & Bitter Greens. But, as usual, I did my own thing and substituted a few ingredients and changed some measurements, so here’s my version of the recipe!

    Tortellini with Toasted Garlic, Walnuts & Collard Greens

    Serves 2


    • 1 (9 oz) package of refrigerated tortellini
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 cup walnut halves, slightly crushed
    • 3 cups collard greens, chopped
    • 1/4 grated Parmesan


    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add tortellini and cook according to the package instructions. Drain.

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    While pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan until hot. Add the garlic and walnuts and cook until the garlic is golden brown and the nuts are aromatic, about 3 minutes.


    Then, add the greens to the pan and season with salt and pepper.


    Cook, stirring frequently, until the greens are wilted.


    Add the tortellini to the pan and toss to coat. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and serve immediately.


    Another great recipe from Rocco! 😀

    I really like that this meal came together so quickly. From start to finish, it took about 15 minutes and it was soooo simple. I love these kinds of recipes! 😀


    For dessert, I enjoyed a glass of eggnog and a dark chocolate Adora disk.


    Thank goodness eggnog is only a once-a-year treat because I just want to keep drinking it! But, sadly, too much makes my stomach very unhappy. One small glass is all it can handle.

    I’m chilling with M & m tonight. After the day we had, we’re in the mood to relax.

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    Georgie @ Georgie Goes Healthy November 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    The dinner looks delicious – I have never actually had eggnog! I guess I will have to try it out some time soon :-)


    Amanda (Eating Up) November 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I don’t know why, but I am exhausted today–good thing dinner is easy! Scallops with champagne sauce. Yum.


    janae@hungryrunnergirl.com November 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I love making ‘Honey Do lists.’ Your tortellini looks amazing! Enjoy the rest of your night:)


    Christine November 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I love pasta with greens. thanks for the share! and yay for handy men!!


    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 27, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Looks like you got a lot done! Nice work!


    Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) November 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Yumm that tortellini looks delicious!


    meemsnyc November 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I always cut my eggnog with some low-fat milk. It’s so rich otherwise. We’ve been doing a lot of house work too. It’s amazing how handy men are!


    Erika [FoodFitnessFun] November 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I made a To Do List for myself today and got everything done! I’m always more productive when I have a list to hold myself to. :-)


    Lesley Lifting Life November 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    The tortellini looks awesome! And props for all the accomplished house projects :)


    Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle November 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    mmmm that eggnog sounds amazing :-) LOVE a good glass of eggnog this time of the year


    Ashley November 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I love nuts + greens + pasta. I’m also a big eggnog fan, but can’t handle much dairy. Try Silk Nog. The taste is pretty close to the real thing.


    Marisa November 27, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Silk Nog is great. You get the same flavor with out the heaviness of egg nog.


    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I love eggnog but it is SO rich.


    Daisy November 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Eggnog does the same to me! I usually thin it out with some booze. rum does the trick!


    Laura (Starloz) November 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    eggnog, damn it, i want some


    Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat November 27, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Ooh, I need to try pasta with greens. It looks so good!


    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I hear ya on the eggnog. My boys want a constant stop in the fridge until the season is over. Have a great night Tina…enjoy your boys!


    Heather (Heather's Dish) November 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    you had me at toasted garlic! holy yum :)


    Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Good luck with all the improvements!


    grocery goddess jen November 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Is that real egg nog? Sometimes I buy the Silk soy nog stuff, but it’s still delicious and addicting!


    Hannah November 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Do you know, I’ve never had tortellini in my life?? That’s what you get for growing up in a family with wheat, beef, tomato, and dairy allergies! I’ll have to rectify this soon :)


    Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Any kind of greens and pasta always look so beautiful together… not to mention tasting wonderful.


    Gina November 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I love how easy yet delicious all of your recipes are!


    Lynn (The Actors Diet) November 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    i love those kinda recipes too – esp. involving packaged pasta! if you ever get a chance, i highly recommend my gnocchi n eggs which uses packaged gnocchi and takes 5 minutes:


    Katie November 27, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Love tortellini! I find that easy pasta recipes always taste the best too!

    I WISH I did anything productive enough to feel like relaxing!


    Laura November 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Mmmm your dinner looks so good!


    Paige @Running Around Normal November 28, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Talk about productivity!
    I’m not a huge eggnog fan! I’ll drink a little of it, but it’s never something I crave.


    the blissful baker November 28, 2010 at 2:18 am

    what a delicious dinner!
    i’ve actually never tried egg nog before. i’ve had an eggnogg latte at starbucks before, but never plain. i definitely want to try it thought!


    kim @ girlevolving November 28, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Hey Tina, my husband and I just bought a house this year, too (in June). A good website for you: consumersearch.com. It compiles the reviews of people (and Consumer Reports, I think) and gives you the best products. It’s been really helpful for us as we’ve bought tools, etc. Hope it helps!


    Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) November 28, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I used to love eggnog, back before I didn’t drink it in moderation like you do. I felt so sick, that I haven’t been able to go back since. 😉

    Your dinner looks so yummy!! 😀


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Your dinner looks delicious! I love having pasta with greens so that my meal doesn’t feel TOO carb-heavy. 😉


    Lauren November 28, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I could never get into Egg Nog. It reminds me of a liquid Creme Brulee which I was never a fan.

    Glad you got so much done today. Have a wonderful Sunday!


    Balanced Healthy Life November 28, 2010 at 10:34 am

    That pasta looks great! I love the added greens!


    Natalia - a side of simple November 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

    That dessert looks like the perfect cure for any post-Thanksgiving blahs. Well, that and an array of Christmas lights, also found at Lowe’s :)


    Jenny November 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Mmm tortellini, my favorite food! I’ll def give this dish a try, thanks!


    Ann November 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Eggnog is so good but definitely best in doses!


    Bekah @ runtrackmind.com November 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Owning a house means the work is never done….you will be so happy that Mal is handy. 😉


    Lacey @ Lake Life November 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Lol I thought maybe Mal was just really depressed about your IT band and that’s what he was doing on the roof 😉

    So sweet that Murphy was that worried!


    Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Wow – the house is coming along really nicely! And that dinner…..yummo!


    Mimi November 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I’ve never had eggnog before, but for some reason, I’m not too upset about that…


    Linda November 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I like tortellini! When my grandmother homemade them , I always eat 2 plates =)


    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    The tortellini looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. Also, my husband and I tried the eggnog-in-coffee thing yesterday and it was like a Starbucks Eggnog Latte but significantly cheaper and less calories!!


    Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear November 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Ooooh, I looooove tortellinis! I also love Rocco DiSpirito 😉


    fajriyansah December 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    success for you


    putra December 10, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Good luck with all the improvements


    putra December 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    good job for you !!!


    putra December 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    good job for you !


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