Garden Rigatoni

With a few goodies from the garden, dinner was exceptionally good tonight!

The recipe couldn't be more basic, but what made it taste so good were the fresh zucchini and basil that I have been trying to keep alive during this seriously HOT summer!


1 package rigatoni
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 kielbasa sausage, sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 cups zucchini, chopped
2 chopped fresh tomatoes or 1 can petite diced tomatoes
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
olive oil


1. Cook rigatoni in a pot with salted water according to package instructions. Make sauce while noodles cook.

2. For sauce: In a large skillet, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add onion and kielbasa and cook over medium heat until onion is tender. Add zucchini and cook a few more minutes.

3. Add garlic, saute for a minute or two. Then add tomatoes and basil. Allow to cook while pasta is still cooking. Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep the salt light, the sausage already has a strong salt presence.

4. When pasta is ready, add it to the sauce, as much as you like. To serve, transfer to bowl, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and keep fresh pepper on hand. Because of the sausage, you shouldn't need more salt.



separation anxiety

despite the fact that we spent several hours together earlier in the day, and shared on skype call that evening ... these girls still had to connect one more time before going off to bed.

thank goodness for skype,

thank goodness for fun cousins whom we love,

thank goodness for silliness in general - it keeps us entertained to say the least.


so long shaggies

the boys were starting to look like ... well ... how do i say this? ummmmm - how about just  some long-haired boys? now, the king has to maintain a longer style, as i have outlawed buzzes on him for the next year. and the boy has only ever worn buzzes and to our surprise, has been rockin' this longer style. so, i sent them into our hair lady to trim them up so that they would look like boys ... er, i mean, like the cute boys they are!

definitely better! and the king is really rockin' the beiber look - i've started calling him baby beiber - even though he hardly qualifies for "baby" anything anymore. but i love the alliteration ... and he was free at disneyland and seaworld! so, i can kind of get away with it ... for now, at least.


making quite a splash

i hate to admit it, but after a few hours at seaworld i was really beginning to think that it is way overrated, until i saw him ...

it was love at first sight!

oh, and happy birthday to my mom - wish you could have joined us!


pink heaven

i just can't seem to get enough of these beauties ...

those soft, luxurious feathers in more shades of pink and coral then i could ever dream up ...

what fun, gorgeous creatures

that san diego zoo never disappoints


a tale of two disneylands

the first is a happy story - a mother and daughter riding space mountain and the tea cups - enjoying the sunshine and drinking in every last minute they had in the magic kingdom.

the second tale is not so happy, it is of a father in the process of losing 18 pounds due to intestinal difficulties, and his two sons and oldest daugher forging their way through disneyland so that the above mentioned mother and daughter could enjoy their last day at the park. sweet little thing 1 just rode in the stroller the entire day, the boy was not chosed to be among the jedis in training, and the king was just done.

so which tale do you want to hear?