Craving Carbonara? I have a great recipe for you :)

Today is the 10th, obviously…reason I mention it is this…in exactly 9 days My Wife will turn 23, so I have decided to do a fun little inexpensive (cuz we’re still broke…lol) present for her that will span out over these next nine days…I am calling it…the 23 reasons I love my wife project. So to kick things off today I bought her 6 chocolates from Ginger Elizabeth’s (an amazing specialty chocolate’s shop in down town sac…) with a little card that said “Reason #23 why I love Elizabeth Kelly” inside the reason was “Because you are a Ginger Elizabeth” hehehe I find myself so clever.

Just thought I’d share. ūüôā

Anyway…On to the FOOD!

As I said in my last post, Carbonara is not exactly the healthiest of meals, but since I love it soooo much, I wanted to make it a wee bit healthier. In the end, it did taste a lot lighter (I’m not sure if it was in fact healthier but I felt better about eating it) and didn’t feel as heavy after we had eaten. Boy was it still delicious though, creamy and salty just the way carbonara should be!

~Pasta Carbonara Ala Sarah~

Ingredients:

5 or 6 handfuls of Pasta (I used Farfalle…Bow Tie Pasta)
1/2 Onion
1 Slice Bacon
1/2 Cup Half and Half
1/2 Cup 2 % Milk (Not Pictured above)
2 eggs
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese (Not Pictured Above)
2 Green Onions
1/4 Cup Dill
2 Cups Peas
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Chop the onion finely and slice the bacon into small pieces. Saute together in a large (12″ or larger) Non Stick Saute Pan, until the onions are soft and slightly brown and the bacon is browned

2. Add Peas to the onion bacon mix and saute until the peas are cooked. Cook pasta at this time as well.

3. Mix Milk, Cream, Eggs and Cheese in a small bowl along with some seasoning (Salt and Pepper) and your herbs and green onions!

4. Drain your pasta and add it to your peas and bacon mixture. make sure your pasta is REALLY HOT before moving on to the next step

5. Once your pasta is HOT, TURN OFF THE FLAME OR HEAT TO THE PAN! Then add the egg mixture

6. Stir carefully but briskly. The key here is to keep the egg mixture moving so that it cooks but you don’t end up with chunks of scrambled egg in your pasta, so keep¬†stirring¬†until the sauce is thick.

Viola PERFECT light Carbonara with a yummy twist!

Enjoy!

~ Let your adventurous Chef Thrive!

S.

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Tips on Budget friendly dates! and Summer Corn Soup Recipe

Happy friday! I am so excited its finally friday, tonight is DATE night for me and Beth!

Growing up with the parents I had, date night is a very normal concept for me. My parents went out weekly every thursday night come hell or high water they went out to dinner. I grew up thinking every couple does this, its just what you do when your married. Haha little did I know, this is a foreign concept to many people. So I will say my 2 cents on why I believe date night is important, and then get to the list of cheap date ideas!

My two cents on marrital dating. It is probably the single most important weekly thing you can do with your spouse or significant other. I think its ridiculous that couples either with children or especially without don’t go out on dates on at least a weekly basis. We spend all this time “dating” and getting to know our potential mate, and then get married and decide “oh I know everything I need to know about you now, nothing new to learn here” suddenly your interesting spontanious exciting relationship becomes mundane, boring, and ordinary. Why!? because you stopped striving to know each other. Through many talks with my mother I have come to understand one thing, you can live with, be married to, and be in love with the same person for over 25 years and STILL not know everything there is to know about that person or ever fully understand them. So why would you stop trying just because your married and living together, you should be trying even harder now! Yes I know relationships will still ebb and flow, be exciting one season and slightly drab the next, but that doesn’t mean you need to let your interest in your partner cease to exist. So basically all I am saying is for me, in my relationship I view dates as one of the most important parts of our weekly routine. It gives us a chance to catch each other up on anything that was missed in our nightly talks over dinner, and it is an opportunity to get away from the stress of life for a few hours and remember why we are together. It strengthens our bond as friends, and as partners. It lets us laugh together, and come up with funny inside jokes. Its all around just a good idea. So i guess that was more like 2 dollars worth than 2 cents, but you get the idea I hope. I would encourage you couples out there, to keep on dating your significant other, even after marriage, and after children.

Now after I’ve said all this I have to explain a few things about where the inexpensive date push came from. You see we have been having a really difficult time making this a part of our weekly schedule, not for lack of time, but for lack of funds! So after a very long talk about our future together, we have decided to make our friday night dates¬†MANDATORY…lol which means I now have to figure out how we can afford a date every single week, which has actually been super fun. So I have a simple list for you all to check out. Please comment below with your favorite inexpensive date ideas and let me know what you think of ours! Feel free to try them out or make use of any that you think sound fun or interesting. I will include overall date prices for the Sacramento Area, everywhere else is up to you!

I have ours divided into categories

At home:

Game Night ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†– Free (unless you don’t have any games)
Some great two player games are:
– Scrabble Blink (card game)
– In a Pickle (Card game)
– Zombie Dice (Dice Game)
– Farkle (Dice Game)
– You can also adapt games like apples to apples or cards against humanity into a competition and just ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†decide between the 2 of you who’s is funnier

Movie and Homemade Pizza                     РPizza Supplies for us about $5 + $1 redbox movie
This is a great reusable date, not only is it fun to make pizzas with your sig. other but its also fun to do theme movie nights. Make your pizzas to match the place the movie is set, or dress in character or even have a movie marathon. Some movie categories and theme suggestions:
– AFI top 100 Movies (this is a fun ongoing weekly or monthly date, watch 1 or 2 classics until you make it through the list)
РClassic Musicals night  (singin in the rain, Wizard of Oz, Cabaret, Sound of Music, Chicago, All that Jazz and so many more)
– Disney movie night ūüôā
– Slasher Movie night (great time of getting closer and closer as you get more and more “freaked out” lol)

Spa Treatment                  Р$8 depending on what you buy
sink into a bubble bath for 2 add a glass of wine and finish the night off with a massage for your honey ūüôā

Outdoors/Sports:

Hiking:                              Р$8 (gas) + $10 (food)
Places to hike in the greater Sacramento Area: The American River (from Sac County all the way up past Placer county there are BEAUTIFUL hiking/walking trails)

Picnic:                              Р$10 (food)
In the City of Sacramento we are SPOILED for choices of parks. We usually picnic at Fremont park on P&16th Streets but there are parks EVERYWHERE just pack a few sandwiches and a salad, grab your blanket and your set! This is a fun one to combine with game night, or pack a frisbee or guitar. There is always the option to sit and people watch as well, this is particularly fun in Sacramento because we have A LOT of “interesting” people.

Concerts in the Park        РFREE!!!!
Cesar Chavez Park offers free Concerts in the park every friday for those of you who live in this area.

Silly Tourist Photo Day:      РFREE!!!!
Grab your camera and head out, hit up all those touristy spots that you usually laugh at when you see people taking pictures in front of. Stop and strike a pose, have fun experiencing the city as a tourist and get some AWESOME memories from the day! Added fun, stop in for a coffee at one of the local shops and pretend that your in from out of town and know nothing about coffee or talk in ridiculous accents, BE OBNOXIOUS!

Stores/Shopping:

Thrifting:           РFREE (unless you buy something lol)
Take a camera with you and dress each other up in Obnoxiously ugly clothing.

Garage Saleing      РFREE (Unless you buy something lol)
This is only for you early saturday morning people. Great summer activity, and an excellent way to find quirky little gifts for your love.

Flea Markets      РFREE (Unless you buy something! lol)
Flea markets are fun because you never know what you will find or WHO you will see, seriously¬†every time¬†I go to the flea market I am reminded of the website “People of Wal-mart”.

Restaurants/Places/Day Trips

Sac Comedy Club                   Р$16 (2 tickets)
Sacramento Comedy Spot on 20& K Street does an “Up and coming comedian” Show on wednesday nights about once a month plus many other small shows on weeknights. They all average about $8 a ticket

Crocker Art Museum           РFREE (for Bank of America Customers on Eligible dates) $20 (2 tickets)
O & 3rd St Sacto

California State Railroad Museum         Р$18 (2 tickets)
I St Old Sacramento
I love the Railroad museum…I just have to say if you haven’t been GO!!!! It is completely worth $9 a ticket!

Drive in Movies
Bradshaw and hwy 50                          Р$13 (2 tickets 2 movies)

Library Events                РFREE
I & 9th St. Sacto
check Saclib.org for events!

 

Woooooo ok that list took longer than expected ūüôā So Onto an AWESOME RECIPE!!!

 

Summer Corn Soup

3/4 lb Corn
5 cups Chicken Stock (or veggie stock for vegetarians)
2 stalks Celery
1/2 Onion
1-2 Med Potatoes (I used one small one but that was because thats all I had)
1/2 Cheese (Optional)

Put your stock in a med sauce or soup pan bring to a simmer over med-high heat
here is the brand of stock concentrate that I use

 

Add corn 1/2 lb (about 3/4 of your total for the recipe) (I used frozen), potato, celery and onion. Let them simmer for at least 20 mins until the potato is cooked

SOMEHOW puree the soup I had to get creative for this part. I have 1 SMALL blender so I did it in batches dirtied up another pot but it worked.

Add the rest of the corn and return to a simmer. As soon as it simmers add the cheese and remove from the heat.

Season to taste and serve with a sprinkle of cheese on top. SO GOOD!

Alright So thats it for today! ūüôā Hope you enjoy the recipe and the date ideas! What do you and your significant other like to do on your date nights!?

 

– S.