Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pasta Recipe and shop talk......

Here is the Roasted Broccoli and Goat Cheese Pasta recipe I promised.   I just love this and I hope you do too.  This is from PBS foods which I follow on Pinterest. 

Linguine with Roasted Broccoli, Pine Nuts and Goat Cheese

You will love the way the roasted broccoli plays with a creamy goat cheese sauce. Food blogger Jenna Weber shares why she loves to roast her broccoli in a full post on the Fresh Tastes blog.
·         8 oz dry linguine pasta
·         12 oz broccoli florets (about 4 cups)
·         5 oz soft goat cheese
·         ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
·         2 garlic cloves, minced
·         1 ½ tbsp olive oil, divided
·         salt and pepper to taste


1.     Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and place the broccoli florets on top. Drizzle with a half tablespoon of olive oil and toss to coat. Roast broccoli for about 25 minutes, tossing occasionally.
2.     Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a big pinch of salt and the linguine. Cook until pasta is al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water.
3.     In a large skillet, heat up the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant and toasty. Add the goat cheese and stir to melt, drizzling in some pasta water to create a smooth sauce. Add the hot linguine and roasted garlic. Toss well, adding more pasta water if dish seems dry. Season with salt and pepper and scatter pine nuts on top.
4.     Enjoy immediately.
Yield: 4 servings

I can't get goat cheese around here so I use feta instead and you could replace the pine nuts with walnuts or another nut I'm sure although I haven't tried that yet.

Remember my bathroom I was working on?  Well, I took all the hardware down and spray painted it after I saw the cost of replacing it, lol!
This is a "before" picture....I should've taken  more but you know how that goes...you're half way through the project when you remember to do it.

Here's the "after" ........

This is the paint I used and this nifty gripper/sprayer attachment that fits on any spray paint can and is worth every penny (I got it at Walmart but it is also on Amazon...I think it's called "Sure Grip")!  I used Krylon's Satin Nickle and it went on very nicely with about 3 very thin coats so it wouldn't "run" or have drip marks. It dries in about an hour.  I also used a piece of styrofoam to push the screws into so they would stand up and then I sprayed the tops of them.
I also removed my faucets so I could give them a good cleaning........
I also removed the light switch plates and took a "slightly" damp toothbrush to them so I wouldn't electrocute myself......
I washed the plates themselves and they're back up and looking much better.  You'd be amazed at what a difference that makes although I know you can't really see it here.  I'm sure they hadn't been removed or cleaned since the house was built 40 or so years ago...maybe 50 now.
 One of the best tools around!  An old toothbrush.
 Looking for a GREAT Father's Day present for someone?  Look no "father"!  LOL!  This is the best household screwdriver around......
All the tips are enclosed so they never get lost and are always available......you pull up and there they all are.............
You turn until the red marker sits below the tip you want, push it back into the handle and VOILA!  The screwdriver is ready to go.....straight and Phillips head are included.  I have had this for several years now and love it.
 I gave one to my son-in-law and he's a "tool guy" and he loved it and had never see one.  He was telling everyone about it.  I felt pretty "puffed" about that.....it's so nice when you give a gift that someone really loves.
I forgot to show you this the other day with my rummage sale stuff.....a gorgeous, super soft pale yellow (my favorite color) blanket.  It is so soft I almost thought it was cashmere but I washed it and dried it and it didn't shrink so I have a really nice, new to me, blanket for next Winter.  I think it might have been $1.00?  The binding is all on.  It might need replacing down the road as you can see it is starting to wear in places but that's a cheap fix compared to the cost of a brand new blanket. 
Well, I'd better get going as "I have miles to go before I sleep".   HappyTrails!


  1. What a difference the spray paint made. I probably should do that to some of my brass fixtures. I use an old toothbrush for all kinds of cleaning, too. Love your pretty new blanket..washing makes things so fresh and nice. Enjoy your day! Thanks for the recipe! Hugs!

  2. Looks like a tasty recipe, and good one for summer nights.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Like the way that your hardware turned out!
    I've seen those gripper things for spray cans, but I've never tried them.
    Now, I think I need one!

    That's a great screwdriver. The big plus is that the tips can't get lost!!

    Enjoy this summer day, my friend.


  3. Sounds like a delicious meal. Well done with your renovating

  4. The tool looks like something I would like for myself. Good deal on the blanket.

  5. Hey Sam thanks for the get well wishes! I am feeling better after a nap and a sauna! Your project turned out great! :)

  6. I mentioned you on my blog this morning! I have black cats! heehee! Enjoy your day my friend! Hugs!


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