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Recipe: Tri-color Bruschetta Pasta with Pesto Balsamic Grilled Chicken September 27, 2012

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I did not take a picture of the actual recipe because I didn’t expect it to be quite so delicious, but these are the tomatoes that went into it. Great recipe for using up an abundance of garden tomatoes.

Tri-color Bruschetta Pasta with Pesto Balsamic Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:
2 boneless skinless chicken breast
4 tbls basil pesto (divided)
2ish tbls balsamic vinegar
3 medium large tomatoes, large diced (i used a red, an orange & a yellow from my garden)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 small red onion, finely diced
Olive oil
Sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper
Spaghetti noodles (cooked)

1. Combine 3 tbls pesto & enough balsamic vinegar to thin it for a marinade. Place chicken breast in marinade & leave to soak up the flavor for 1-12 hrs.
2. Grill chicken breast (outdoors, grill pan, foreman- they all work)
3. Combine tomatoes, garlic, onion, about a tbls each of olive oil, balsamic vinegar & pesto, sea salt & fresh pepper to taste. Gently mix.
4. Cool chicken for a few minutes & then dice.
5. Add tomatoe mixture & chicken to hot cooked pasta. Garnish with fresh parm & serve.
6. Enjoy with a crisp glass of white wine! It was perfect with the pinot grigio i had open already.

* this was very garlicky with 2-3 cloves of raw garlic, so adjust to taste.

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Fall Bucket List. September 25, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica @ 5:46 pm

As i believe i already mentioned, i love fall. While I like to celebrate the first day of fall with a hike, it was a bit to rainy & dreary for hiking to be all that fun :(. Instead I did this

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Drank a delicious, fresh Pumpking beer at Southern Tier Brewing Company. I am lucky enough to live pretty much down the street from the home of my favorite pumpkin beer! It was a nice alternative way to celebrate one of my very favorite days.

In my love of all things list, I created a Fall Bucket List and thought I might as well share.

FALL BUCKET LIST
1. Go on a hike
2. Go star gazing
3. Dress up for Halloween & give out candy
4. Go to a football game (any level)
5. Decorate pumpkins
6. Make hot apple cider, applesauce, apple nachos, apple pie & apple pecan bread.
7. Go to Pumpkinville
8. Go to Apple Festival
9. Have a family Halloween gathering
10. Send letters of gratitude to loved ones.
11. Pick apples in grandma’s orchard
12. Have a family movie night with fresh popped popcorn
13. Make pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice latest, pumpkin French toast, pumpkin spice pancakes & pumpkin granola
14. Make a list of 100things I am grateful for
15. Make soup
16. Host book club
17. Have a picnic
18. Drink as many different pumpkin beers as I can find (not at the same time!)
19. Rake leaves & jump in them with the nieces & nephews.
20. Go on a date with the honey
21. Go for a country drive
22. Buy mums for the stoop
23. Make a few Christmas gifts
24. Decorate for Halloween
25. Try a new fall cocktail ( i have several delicious looking ones pinned)
26. Watch scary movies (in the dark)
27. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade
28. Go to octoberfest (the local one)
29. Bake fresh bread
30. Read 5 novels
31. Make homemade caramel

Will I do every single thing on this list? It’s possible but not likely…. but i would rather have too many possibilities of adventure than not enough 🙂

 

Chalk Walking. September 18, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica @ 6:18 pm

Apparently ” chalk walks” are like a real thing. I couldn’t find anything about the origin in my limited research, but a quick Google search for chalk walks pulls up page after page of similar events around the country. I never knew.

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Anyways, my town had it’s very first chalk walk this past weekend. Local artists could register for (i believe there may have been a small fee) & participate in the downtown event. The public could wander around downtown to see the works in progress & vote fir their favorite. There was an awards ceremony Saturday evening. Awards were given in several categories including fan favorite, best rendering of a famous piece of art, best tribute to our time etc.
     I went down Saturday afternoon but many of the larger or more detailed pieces were not finished so i went down Sunday morning, grabbed some coffee & took a stroll to see the finished works.

Here are some of my favorites~

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Love the 3d quality of it.

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Just like the phrase 🙂

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Amazing detail.

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These 3 were done by a mother & her two daughters

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This one was really detailed & beautiful.

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Just gorgeous.

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The photo does not do the awesomeness if this any kind of justice…. you could only are what this was when standing at his feet. From the side it was just a bunch of random blobs. Seriously cool stuff.

Some of them had been a little trampled by Saturday night bar goers before i got pictures on Sunday morning but they still held up pretty well. The rain came late last night & like a friend said, the ” fleeting medium” made them all the more beautiful & precious to enjoy.

*sorry for the typos etc. I am blogging from my phone and the editing part of this app is not working well :/

 

Thursday Night Reading September 13, 2012

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I have only recently discovered the awesomeness of interlibrary loans and have quite the pile of books to read on my end table and more on their way. It is so awesome to be able to read almost any book i want without having to buy them. I decided to dive in to the pile tonight and started with this little gem. Local food is a huge passion of mine & i devour most anything i can on the subject. This book is a collection of short essays and recipes. It is warm, familiar and addictingly easy to read. I started it a little over 3hrs ago and I’m already 3/4 of the way through. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the local food movement or preservation.

 

My favorite season :) September 12, 2012

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     I know fall doesn’t technically start for another week or so, but September 1st is always the first day of fall for me. As much as i truly enjoy summer adventures, such as cook outs and beach days, I am crazy in love with fall.
     Mid July finds me dreaming of crisp air, cozy sweaters, crunchy leaves, cool evening walks and pumpkin spice everything! I am more than ready to dive in as soon as September hits.
     I have my favorite sweater on, my apple and pumpkin candles burning and a pumpkin spice latte in my hands. Life is good.