A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Everyday Stuff.

July felt both oddly relaxing (we stayed close to home for the whole month) and crazy busy at the same time. Spending time outdoors on the weekends was a theme for us this month.

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. July 2014 Edition | PepperDesignBlog.com

Around here we are taking little opportunities to sneak away and enjoy this beautiful weather. A trip to the beach, the children’s art museum, SD’s new waterfront park or for an outdoor concert. We are watching movies under the stars, enjoying melting ice cream, serving up local cuisine (like farm local), painting shoes, planting, baking sugar cookies, working hard, playing hard.

It doesn’t feel like August should be here already! This past month has flown by pretty fast. I love these posts because it reminds me that life is full of so much more than all work and no play. Even when it feels like a very stressful week or even month, we still manage to do something amazing in the little seconds we have to be creative and free. It could be an actual something, or it could be just lying with my girls in the grass at our neighborhood park and watching the clouds. The girls are such a wonderful reminder of what’s most important!

Happy relaxing, productive, beautiful weekend :).

PS more Everyday Stuff posts. Because sometimes life goes by so fast that you forget to capture the good moments.

Good Eats: Summer Squash & Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta

Good Eats: Summer Squash & Goat Cheese Pasta | PepperDesignBlog.com

Kevin was out of town last week and I was inspired by this series on three ingredient pastas to cook something very wholesome and easy with the girls. That same day we finally harvested two yellow squash that were each the length of Liv’s arm (crazy) and that became our starter point. Wanting to keep pulling from our own garden box, I added a red bell pepper and a handful of sage leaves to the mix. Plus goat cheese, cotija cheese and pasta from our stash on hand. So fresh! So easy.

A Garden Box Harvest | PepperDesignBlog.com

Last week’s mini harvest to choose from:

A Garden Box Harvest | PepperDesignBlog.com

 

Yellow Summer Squash & Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta

Ingredients: pasta, yellow squash (though any squash will do), goat cheese (or really any cheeses of your choice), sage (or any herbs you have on hand – there’s a pattern here), bell pepper for topping, butter

Cook your favorite pasta just a few minutes shy of package directions. When straining, reserve ½-1 cup of pasta water for sauce (do you know this trick? I can’t believe I just learned this easy diy sauce trick this year). Saute slices of yellow squash in butter until slightly translucent (watch for over cooking here, al dente is better than smashed) and spoon out squash into a separate bowl. Add reserved pasta water to melted butter in the sauce pan that previously held squash and sprinkle cotija cheese (or any melting cheese like parmesan, cheddar) and sage en chiffonade (see below) while stirring. Continue to stir until the sauce is slightly reduced and resembles a watery, cheesy, buttery broth. Mix in pasta and cook for 2-3 minutes more allowing all ingredients to simmer together.

Serve pasta in bowls with sliced squash layered on top, sprinkle sliced fresh red bell pepper and creamy crumbled goat cheese over squash.

A Garden Box Harvest | PepperDesignBlog.com

Cutting leafy vegetables or herbs en chiffonade is a fancy way of saying that herbs are stacked, rolled up tightly, and then finely sliced to produce slender ribbons. It’s pretty and effective, and I use it all of the time.

This pasta is also delicious without the cheese & pasta water sauce, and instead tossed cold with olive oil and vinegar to make a pasta salad. Yum!!

Enjoy your beautiful week :).

PS our over-zealous yellow squash plant (why cocoa hulls and marigolds made the difference) and more ‘good eats’.

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