Easy Homemade Pasta

There is nothing more delicious than homemade pasta. Anytime we go to an Italian restaurant with homemade pasta on the menu, I get more excited than a child in a candy store! Since my husband shares my love for carbs, he bought me a Kitchenaid Mixer Pasta Attachment for Christmas. What a smart man, buying his food-loving-wife a tool to cook. Although you may think he was buying a gift for himself, I had been saying I’ve always wanted to make homemade pasta at home plus he did his fair share kneading the dough to the perfect consistency (which is the most difficult part) and taking all the photos to document our first time making pasta from scratch. I love recipes like this because it is a great way to bond and do something together as a team that doesn’t involve the TV.

Since it was our first time making pasta we decided to go for an easy homemade pasta dough but go all out on the sauce to make one of my husbands favorite recipes, Spaghetti Carbonara. To mix things up we went with thick noodles to make our own creation: Bucatini Carbonara!

Note: For equipment, you will need a mixer, a pasta attachment, and a little muscle.

Easy Homemade Pasta Ingredients

Easy Homemade Pasta

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Unbleached Flour
4 Large Eggs
4-6 Tablespoons Water
1/2 tsp Salt

Bucatini Carbonara

Ingredients
8oz chopped pancetta
1/4 cup + 1 TBL spoon extra virgin olive oil
3 large eggs
4 cloves garlic chopped
1/4 cup parsley finely chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/2 cup dry white wine (I used a Sauvignon Blanc I had in the fridge)

Pasta Directions

1. Sift flour into a mixer bowl.
2. Add in salt.
3. In a separate bowl whisk eggs together with one tablespoon water.
4. Using the hook attachment, slowly mix in the egg mixture into the flour at a slow speed.
5. Add in one tablespoon of water at a time until the pasta mixture begins to hold together but is still crumbly, about 1 minute.
6. Move pasta dough to a clean flat surface to hand knead the dough until smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. Do not add to much water, add minimally 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is smooth but not sticky. If the dough is too sticky to go through the pasta attachment, add a little flour.
7. Shape dough into walnut sized balls and slowly feed through the pasta attachment. I put my mixer on speed 10. (Note: the pasta takes a lot out of the mixer so don’t do more than one batch at a time so your machine can rest.)

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You can’t have pasta without wine! This is my favorite wines I brought home from one of our favorite wineries in Napa, Castello di Amorosa. I have been waiting to bust this baby open and the night felt right to enjoy it at last. By the way, if you like food and wine and you haven’t been to Napa yet, it is a must! I opted for this delicious Dolcino while my husband enjoyed a rich red Cabernet.


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Bucatini Carbonara Directions

1. Heat olive oil in large pan until hot but not smoking.
2. Add chopped pancetta and cook until crisp.
3. Add in wine and simmer until reduced by half.
4. While reducing the pancetta, boil water in a 4 quart pot with a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
5. Cook pasta 6-9 minutes until desired softness.
6. Reserve half cup of cooking water and drain pasta.
7. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, cheeses, garlic, and parsley.
8. Add pasta to bowl and coat with egg mixture.
9. Poor pancetta and oil into the pasta bowl along with the reserved cooking water as needed to make a creamy consistency. Stir together until pasta is completely coated and the cheese has melted.

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The finished product is so worth it. As they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! I’d love to know your favorite pasta recipes if you have any of your own. Next up on my list is creating pasta from alternative flours and really pushing the limits of my new found pasta making skills. As the Italians say, “buon appetito”!

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Incape You Didn’t Know

Incape you didn’t know (see what I did there?) capes are all the rage right now on the red carpet. I love idea of wearing a cape out on a Friday night. It’s like saying “I’m a super hero!” amongst all the normal people in the world who aren’t wearing capes. My super powers consist of finding amazing sales online, eating copious amounts of chocolate and pasta, and knowing whats trending on social media at any given time.

Here are some of my favorite capes on sale for the modern day superwoman on a budget just in time for Valentine’s Day

Fashionable Capes On Sale

Nasty Gal Cape Bod Mini Dress $44.00

Nasty Gal Cape Bod Mini in Red

Nasty Gal Catherine Cape Dress $61.60Nasty Gal Catherine Cape Dress

Kendra Plunging Cape Dress $47.60Kendra Plunging Cape Dress

Nasty Gal Night Fire Cape Top $17.40
Nasty Gal Night Fire Cape Top

Nasty Gal To the Sky Cape Crop Top $17.40

Nasty Gal To the Sky Cape Crop Top

So put a cape on and brave the world with a new found fashion. Comment below and let me know what you think about this, trend or fabulous?

Savor Life’s Little Moments

Recently, I have been reminded how short our lives really our. Sometimes it takes a loss or a sickness to bring us to our knees to recall how fragile life truly is. My grandpa, who has won the battle against cancer twice is now in his third fight, just found out that it is now made it’s way into the bone. When I think about my grandpa, I think about the special memories we have had together: from the laughs we’ve shared, to planting my first flower garden, to the time he helped me paint my entire room like a blue sky (even the ceiling). I cherish each and every memory we have together and today I immediately booked a trip to Iowa to make another before the time is gone.

One of my goals this year is to make my interactions with people more meaningful and to savor life’s little moments.

Savoring moments with grandparents.

I want to be a person who is thoughtful and purposeful in relationships, someone who spends more time with people than on the couch watching TV. It is so very important to wake up each day and be mindful of how you can impact those around you versus how you can get the most out of life for yourself.

Savoring the beauty of a rose. I encourage you to reach out to a family member you don’t get to see often or call a friend just to tell them you are thinking about them. We create our lives and our memories. We cannot control what happens in life, but we can control how we react. So savor the moments you spend with your loved ones. Say I love you more often then not. Book that trip you’ve been on the fence about. Make time for meaningful interactions instead of saying, “Oh I am just too busy right now” because I guarantee you will always be too busy. Savor life’s little moments and make a conscious effort to live like each day is a blessing.

How to Truly Enjoy The Holidays

We are already deep into holiday shopping, party going, and full fledged family get-togethers. The holidays can be really stressful in many ways: financially, emotionally, and even physically. For most people money is tight, family tension is high, and Christmas can leave you feeling spent. Over the years I have found a few tips to help you enjoy the holidays more just by changing the few things you do have control of.Enjoy The Holidays

Here’s my advice on how to truly enjoy the holidays:

1. Loose Your Expectations

It is easy to build Christmas up in your mind about how it’s gonna be, what your significant other is going to get you, or even how your family is going to act. Leave your expectations behind and go into the season expecting nothing at all. If you have high expectations that are unlikely to be met, the holidays can leave you feeling empty, disappointed, and depressed.

2. Ditch the DIY

Yes, it is so nice of you to try to spend hours and hours knitting a scarf that no one is every going to wear but honestly it probably takes more time and money to knit it than it would to buy something cool on Amazon. Homemade gifts are so thoughtful but they can be really time consuming and stressful. Skip the crafting and go for something simple.

3. Give Back

Make an effort this year to give back to your community, church, or family by volunteering. I guarantee you this will give you more happiness than any material gift could ever bring you.

4. Be Extra Nice to Family

Make an effort to be twice as nice to your relatives this season. Go the extra mile and really make a conscious effort to be patient, kind, and forgiving during this stressful season.

5. Don’t Feel Pressured to Buy

I have lots of friends that I don’t buy gifts for and I still love them just as much as the friends I do buy gifts for. If money is tight, don’t feel like you have to ring up your credit card to buy them a cashmere sweater. Talk to your friends and see if you can do an activity together instead, or just buy them a cup of coffee and enjoy a good chat.

6. Put Down the Cookies

The holidays can make you pack on the pounds quick with all the parties and Christmas Cookies. Enjoy a treat or two but be mindful that overeating will make you feel lethargic and unsatisfied in the end.

7. Pay it Forward

Do something generous you wouldn’t normally do for others like doing the dishes for your parents, cleaning your significant other’s car, or even offering to cook dinner for a friend. Think of ways you can make this season extra special without spending a ton of money.

If you are an expert at yule tide greetings, I’d love to hear how you celebrate the holidays! Leave me a comment with how you make the most of the season.

Delightful Black Friday Deals

It’s Black Friday! I love shopping but I love shopping even more when you can sit in your Christmas jammies on the couch and score delightful Black Friday Deals from the comfort of your own home. Here’s some of my favorite sales this season.

LuLu’s

Up to 90% off and free shipping hooray! Here are some of my favorites…

$27 Comeback Baby Dress

I have it in Black and it is so comfy I need it in every color.
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$20 Work of Heart Midi Ivory Bodycon Dress

I love this one for holiday parties!
Work of Heart Midi Ivory Bodycon Dress

Teeki

These yoga pants are perfect for heated classes and are extra patriotic.
Get 25% of with code: teeki25

$62 Star Power Hot Pant

Star Power Hot Pant

Tinyprints

This website has the most thoughtful gifts for the loved ones in your life.
Get 30% off all gifts with code: CYBERGIFTS30

$14.99 Sandstone Paper Notebooks

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BaubleBar

Get 30% off with code: THX

$48 Odette Tassel Pendant

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$34 Crystal Triangulum Ear Crawlers

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Tory Burch

Get excited because Tory Burch sales are a big deal!
Get 30% off + Free Shipping with code: THANKS

$450 Thea Mini Backpack

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$339 Junction Riding Boot

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If you have any awesome codes, deals, or Black Friday sales you adore, please do share!

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