Simple Summer Lemon Pasta

Simple Summer Lemon Pasta

This summer pasta with lemon and cream has a prime spot in my heaven. I love it for so many reasons. One, it reminds me of days in Italy. At school the wonderful Sicilian cook would make her version of this pasta at least once a week and it was truly everyone’s favorite meal. Well maybe only second to her homemade pancakes smothered in Nutella.

Eating this pasta made me realize that good food doesn’t have to complicated. In fact, all the recipes I gravitate towards are simple recipes and I think I owe it all to this pasta. In Italy, we devoured this pasta all through the winter and spring. Now, my favorite season to make this recipe is summer when lemons are extra ripe and you don’t want to turn your oven on!

The simplicity of this recipe makes it an easy weekday meal, plus my picky toddler completely devours this summer pasta. Another reason I keep this recipe in rotation is because it’s an amazingly filling meatless option, especially when paired with a vegetable side, like this simple arugula salad. We typically eat vegetarian a few times a weeks and this summer pasta is so delicious, you don’t even miss the meat. And now, the recipe. I hope you love it as much as me.

summer pasta with lemon and cream

INGREDIENTS:

Pasta
A guzzle of olive oil
A half a cup of white wine
Juice from half a lemon plus lemon zest
A few tablespoons of heavy cream
Shredded parmesan cheese, lots of it

DIRECTIONS:

Boil the pasta. While the pasta is boiling, mix together the olive oil, wine and lemon juice in a big pan. Let it combine over low heat for a couple minutes. Then, when the pasta is done add it to your sauce, along with the cream and some shredded parmesan. Serve with lemon zest and more parmesan on top.

That’s it! Use the best and freshest ingredients you can find to make this simple summer pasta pop.

What about you? What are some your favorite simple summer meals?

 

Summer Rhythm // Family Movie Night + Homemade Popcorn

Summer Rhythm // Family Movie Night + Homemade Popcorn

When Lewie turned two we took him to his first movie. We assumed he would last 15 minutes but to our surprise he was enchanted through the ENTIRE MOVIE, eating popcorn like a pro and everything! It sounds silly, but it was truly a magical experience. One of those “firsts” you never want to forget. I actually saved the movie stub for his baby book. Curious what movie?

Paddington 2! Which, is you haven’t seen, you need to remedy immediately. It’s unbelievably charming. Here is a great review about why children and adults need more movies like Paddington 2. Also this quote from the Wall Street Journal made me laugh, but it’s also true:

“Paddington 2 is “The Godfather Part II” of Peruvian bear movies, a sequel that surpasses the superb original.”

Completely impressed by Lewie’s attention span through the movie, we decided to implement family movie nights on Friday evenings. Of course we can’t do it every Friday, but when we can I like having a sweet ritual to mark the end of the week. I usually make something simple for dinner, pasta or pizza (the best pizza dough recipe here) and eat in front of the telly.

I pretty much always make popcorn too, which is one of my all time favorite foods. It’s a very simple routine, but I’ve found that it’s something to look forward to. While Paddington 2 tops this list, here’s a few more family movies we’ve found worked with Lewie, aka not too scary, and that we also don’t mind watching on repeat.

Cars & Cars 3 – Underrated Pixar movies, especially Cars 3 which has a sweet message.
Toy Story 2 – Toy Story is terrifying through toddler eyes. Toy Story 2 is pretty perfect.
Monsters Inc. & Monsters U – Both have a couple scary parts, but overall super fun.
The Muppets – The newer one, although I would love to re-watch the classics too.
Mary Poppins – This movie is way too long for toddlers, but the parts we watch he loves.

And some movies on the watchlist: Lady & The Tramp, Lost & Found & Fantasia

My all time favorite movie as a child was Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, but watching it as an adult I realize it’s pretty terrifying, so I’ll probably wait a bit before letting Lewie watch the whole thing.

P.S. – Here is an easy recipe  for homemade popcorn. There is a ton of popcorn advise out there that involves extra steps that I never do. I just throw in some coconut oil, let it melt, add the popcorn and shake. Does it burn? Sometimes, a bit. Do I eat it all anyways? Absolutely. Finish with her favorite seasoning and try to share.

What about you? Do you do family movie night? What are your current favorites?


PLUS: OUT OF THE BOX KID’S GIFTS & A RHYTHM FOR THE SEASONS 

 

 

 

Weekend bakes // Easy pizza dough

Baking is one of those luxurious activities  I said goodbye to after my baby. I feel like I never have time to bake, and when I do have sprinkled minutes of free time, I tend to fill it with the more practical needs of living. Baking is not a practical need of living, at least not anymore. But there is something satisfying about baking–the slow process of the task, the kneading, the time waiting for it to rise, the smell of it baking in the oven. Continue reading “Weekend bakes // Easy pizza dough”

Currently // Summer of ’17

Currently // Summer of ’17

Currently is a seasonal series where I recap some of the simple things I’ve been doing / making / reading / listening and such throughout the season. Thanks for reading along.


Making //  Roasted Plums with Brown Sugar & Balsamic with the plums from our backyard tree. This recipe is so simple and refreshing. Perfect for those warm summer nights with a dollop of ice cream on the side. 

Listening // Harry Potter on Audible. It’s my summer tradition to re-read Harry Potter, but this year I’m listening to series read by Jim Dale. I feel like i’m experiencing the magic all over again. Over the series, he performs over 300 different voices for all the characters. You can watch his interview about the experience here.

I hate the word actor… Act means putting on something fake, you’re acting it. I just think the word should “be.” You just go up there and be.

Wearing // ThredUp finds. I actually love thrift shopping but it’s difficult to shop with with a toddler in tow, so I did my first online thrift shopping at ThredUp and bought shorts, two silk tanks and a skirt all for under $40. I was trying to find clothes I could wear for the summer and could also transition into cooler months. ThreadUp can be a little overwhelming at first, but I found the best luck by searching for specific brands and fabrics that I know are higher quality and will last.

P.S. If you’re new to ThredUp you can get $10 off your first order with this code: 
http://www.thredup.com/r/RH97X5

Reading // The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. My friend gave this book to me a couple years ago. I finally picked it up and devoured it in two days. The message of grace is truly humbling and outstanding.

“Mama’s love had always been the kind that acted itself out with soup pot and sewing basket. But now that these things were taken away, the love seemed as whole as before. She sat in her chair at the window and loved us. She loved the people she saw in the street– and beyond: her love took in the city, the land of Holland, the world. And so I learned that love is larger than the walls which shut it in.”

Using // Cloth Napkins — eco-friendly and beautiful. Using a cloth napkin is such a simple but lovely way to make any meal feel more festive. I bought both these pink ones and the printed ones (top photo) at a thrift store, and wouldn’t these yellow ones be ideal for a summer picnic?

 

Weekend bakes // Summer Roasted plums

Weekend bakes // Summer Roasted plums

We have a plum tree now. And a completely overgrown peach tree. An another unidentified fruit tree. All crowded in our tiny green space of a backyard. I know nothing about caring for fruit trees. I actually had no idea the plums were ripe until I saw a squirrel perched up on the tree eating his fill of plums. He’s been back everyday, despite my threats. I’ve named him Pippy.

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