Monday, August 22, 2011

Celebration Pasta

The day is short and time sweeps by.  Are you making the most of the time at hand? 

Is there celebration for the gentle breeze through the trees or the shimmering light of summer?  Taking time to pause and reflect, opening hands to be thankful for what is right in front of us.  The still of the day or the chaos at night.  We are growing thankful.  Slowing down to take in the slightest glimpse of glory; right here in our midst.

These past few weeks we have had much to celebrate.  For us there were the big and the small, intertwined.  From the closing on a new rental property to the cooling days of summer.  From a glass of red wine to the unexpected gifts given.  For answered prayers and the gentle laughter amongst community.  There is much around to be thankful for and this meal is perfect for the breaking of bread with two or twenty.  Taking in the bounty of summer and placing it on the plate; it’s summer in a mouthful.  Bright, playful, and awesome all at once.

Celebrate today.  The littlest of things to the grand, once-in-a-lifetime achievements.

”…giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father 
in the name of our Lord Jesus Chrust…”  
Ephesians 5:20

Celebration Pasta
Inspired by Me
Serves 2-3

3 Large Ripe Tomatoes, diced
2 Cloves of Garlic
3 T Olive Oil
Splash of Balsamic Vinegar
1 t dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Dried Pasta

Fresh Basil
Parmesan Cheese

1.  Prepare pasta.  While the pasta cooks, add oil to pot set at medium high.  Let the oil heat for a minute or two and then add the garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes being sure not to burn the garlic.  (I add a tsp of kosher salt to the oil at this point) Add more oil if necessary.

2.  After the garlic softens and is aromatic, add the tomatoes.  Stir occasionally and let them break down.  Add the splash of vinegar and oregano and let simmer for aobut 10 minutes.  Taste.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Plate pasta, add sauce, and finish with fresh basil and cheese.

3.  Enjoy pasta and life to the fullest.


  1. I like this post. and btw, I like your writing style of late- it's unique and refreshing and full of thanks.

  2. so similar to my pasta post today :) Looks like we are on the same food wavelength! Thanks also for the reminder to appreciate the moments...needed that today.