Making fresh pasta for the first time!

I am not a chef. I am just a stay at home mom, who also works part time from home. I decided recently to buy a pasta roller/maker so that I could learn to make more fresh meals for my family. I finally found a very simple recipe to follow online, you can view the video HERE that I learned from! But I will let you know step by step with photos here on how I made my own pasta!

Step one: Buy a pasta roller/noodle maker (I bought a hand crank one because I did not want to spend over $100 on a kitchenaid one.) I bought mine at target, but here is the link to the same one on amazon, you can click HERE for it.

Step two: Either use a Kitchenaid mixer OR a food processor to make this easier. (I chose to use my KitchenAid, even though I do have a food processor.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • (A little water if your mix comes out too dry)
  • (A little extra flour to dust the surface you’re working on and the pasta dough before you put it through the machine)

Since I used my Kitchenaid mixer, I will tell you how I did it and if you want to know how to do it with the food processor, you can watch the youtube video HERE. (Not my video all credit goes to “America’s Test Kitchen“).

Steps:

  • Break 3 eggs into your mixer & mix them for a few seconds with your paddle (this only took me about 10 seconds)
  • Next add in 2 cups of all purpose flour (In the video they said to aerate the flour, so I put it into my sifter and sifted it in to the egg mix and returned it to the mixer for a minute until it was incorporated)
  • Next I put the dough hook from my kitchenaid on and used it to knead the dough for about 1 minute.
  • Once I did that, I removed the dough and placed it onto a lightly floured surface and kneaded it a little more to make sure everything was well mixed.


  • Cover your dough with plastic wrap and let SIT for 15 minutes (the gluten needs to relax so you can work with it)
  • After your 15 minutes is up – cut your dough into 6 equal parts and take one (cover the rest with plastic wrap so they do not dry out)
  • Flatten dough into a disk and get ready to roll that sucker out! (set your dough roller on the largest setting, on mine its setting #7)
  • Start off with the largest number setting on the dough roller (mine is 7), and roll it through 2 to 3 times, then move the settings down smaller (to 6) and repeat these steps until you get to #2 setting, and you can see your hand through the dough a little, but don’t make it too thin. I liked #2 and #3’s texture and thickness.

  • Once your giant flat piece of dough is all rolled out you will need to decide what kind of pasta shape you would like
  • I chose Fettuccine, which was the middle roller. So I put a little flour on the outside of the dough so it wouldn’t stick to the rollers again and ran it through the fettuccine cutter once.
  • Since I still had the rest of the balls of dough to go through I lightly coated the finished noodles with flour and placed them under the plastic wrap so they wouldn’t dry out before I cooked them in a few minutes.
  • Get a pot of water ready and lightly season the water with salt
  • Bring to a boil and lower heat to med/high
  • Place the noodles in the water a little at a time so they won’t stick and stir gently
  • My noodles only took about 5 minutes to cook, but it may differ on how fast your stove top gets your water to boiling, I also live at high altitude.
  • My final product was delicious fettuccine – and my sauce was pesto/basil sauce that I had previously bought.
I like my food heavily sauced – my husband said it was delicious!

My husband hates pasta but he said he could eat these again. As for my son, he asked for seconds. I am really happy the recipe came out great. I just found it online by searching for easy to make home made pasta recipes and that is when I stumbled upon that youtube video, which explained everything! Check out the video HERE! I can honestly say that their recipe WORKS and is delicious. Though I am going to try other ones as well, which I will post at a later date.

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That’s life -quick post

This week has been a bit emotional for my family. My husband’s grandmother has been in the hospital for a few weeks and things went south last night when she had a reaction to something the hospital gave her and they had to do CPR on her. Later in the day she was unresponsive. A bit ago, I heard from my MIL that she did end up finally regaining consciousness and asked what was going on, but her health has been going down hill for a while now. We are really worried about her.

I also had to deal with some car troubles today. My oil light kept showing up and the car dealership found that FireStone put too much oil in my car (a whole quart too much!) so it was setting off my alarm for oil pressure. So that’s a thing.

I am training some women at work (remote) again… I am sort of frustrated with training right now because I want to get the new girl caught up instead but now I am training instead. I trained the women on this certain area before… but it seems like no one is catching on. I don’t know why they are not catching on so it just makes me a bit stressed.

I don’t really want to complain here but I wanted you all to know why I might not post tomorrow. I am just a bit preoccupied. But I am trying to work on getting a post about making my own noodles. I offered to work an extra day every week – for 2 months with my job, so I am a bit mixed up with my hours at home. I only work part time right now because of my children but until the girl is fully trained I have offered more time to help catch everyone up.

For those of you who don’t know what I do for work – I am a medical coder. I work from home for a hospital that is near by me. I have done this job for about 3 years now, and yes I went to school for it and I am certified. I love that I can have a legit job. I didn’t think that it would be possible to work from home, from a legit job, years ago. But look where technology has taken us 🙂


My Top 10 Favorite Audible Books

At the beginning of each month I get a friendly notification that I have 1 audible credit, ready for me to use at the beginning of the month. Sometimes, I have a book I have been waiting on, and purchase it immediately, but other months I have to search the audible website for something new to listen to. I tweet out to my followers on twitter for suggestions.

I have been using audible for a few years now (approx. 5 years). And I have over 100 books saved up now, and here are some of my favorites! (These include kids books and adult books, as I find myself listening to books with my 10 year old son often.)

Check out my pinterest for links to these books.


The Septimus Heap series is a wonderful series lasting seven books: Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke, and Fyre. This series takes place in a world where magic is real and there is dangerous activities going on, and Septimus Heap is taken from his family as a baby because he is the 7th son of a 7th son, which gives him great power. My son and I loved listening to this series together. The narrator does a great job telling Angie Sage’s story, and offers different voices for each character. I have listened to this series with my son 3 times already, and my son has read the paper back version of the book as well.

If you prefer to read the books instead of listening to them, then you can check out the paper back version of Septimus Heap on Amazon by clicking HERE.


Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. I can listen to him narrate practically anything. But this book was well written and really drew me in. But due to some parts in the book, I would not suggest this for small children. The story line follows a man who goes back to his childhood town and home, and runs into someone from his past – which brings back all his memories of his childhood and a dear friend Lettie. His childhood was no where near normal, and this story follows the time that he met Lettie and her family after some unfortunate events.

If you prefer to read your books instead of listening to them, check out this book on Amazon by clicking here.


Elon Musk – By Ashlee Vance

I generally don’t listen to books about other people, so this book will stand out in this list, but I have to admit that this book was great. I enjoyed learning about Elon Musk’s life and admire the work he puts into Tesla, Space X, and PayPal.

If you prefer to read the paper back version of Elon Musk head over to Amazon by clicking HERE.


The Maze Runner Series – By James Dashner

The Maze Runner book is the first book in a series of 5 books. A young man wakes up not knowing who he is, where he is, or why he was sent to a camp with other young men, where going in the maze could mean death. I loved this book more than the movie, if I am being really honest with you.

To read the paper back version of The Maze Runner series you can check it out at Amazon by clicking HERE.


Vampire Academy – By Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy was a series that Audible suggested to me, and I ended up buying the entire series (and the spin off series Bloodlines.) In a world where Vampires are real, Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, who is a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. Something is out to get Lissa and Rose is trying to figure out how to keep her best friend safe, while falling for Dimitri, her fighting tutor at their school. This books seems to be aimed at teens, but I loved the entire series. They created a movie based off the books, but it never got past the first movie/book.

For the complete Vampire Academy series in paperback you can find it on Amazon by clicking HERE.


Bloodlines- By Richelle Mead

“The first book in Richelle Mead’s teen fiction series – set in the same world as Vampire Academy. When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.”

This book is filled with Romance, betrayal, and revisits characters from the above mentioned Vampire Academy. This series was a bit more steamy with the love story between two characters, involving forbidden love between a vampire and an alchemist. I really loved this series.

To buy the paperback version of this book series, you can check it out on Amazon by clicking HERE.


Furiously Happy – By Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy is book #2 by Jenny Lawson. Jenny Lawson is an amazing author who writes about her struggles with mental illness/depression and awkward moments in her life in Texas. I found myself relating to Jenny Lawson so many times, laughing, crying and just feeling like I was not alone anymore while listening to this book. I have since bought this book for a few of my friends, who have both loved it as well. She narrates the book herself, which I love, because authors tend to read their books better in general.

To check out this book on Amazon, click HERE.


Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – By Jenny Lawson

Let’s Pretend this never happened is book 1 by Jenny Lawson. Jenny Lawson wrote this “mostly true memoir” about her life with depression, her struggles through life and sometimes hilarious crazy antics. She has a popular twitter account and she has a blog she updates regularly called “The Bloggess” .

To check out this book on Amazon, click HERE


InterWorld – By Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

A boy named Joey finds out he can walk between worlds, and finds different versions of himself. He ends up joining an army, made of different versions of himself once he finds out something is out to get him to take his ability to walk between worlds. This book series is pretty good and is 3 books long, it is kid friendly and my son enjoyed listening to it with me.

To check out Interworld in paperback format check it out on Amazon by clicking HERE.


Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain- by Richard Roberts

This series is about a young girl named Penny Akk who has superhero parents but finds herself in the path of becoming a supervillain once she starts to discover her own powers. One thing leads to another and she ends up creating a supervillain group with her two best friends, while trying to clear her name before her parents find out what she has been up to.

My son LOVES this series, we bought him all of the books (there are 6 books in the series.) And once he reads one book, we buy the audible book so we can listen to it together. The narrator did an amazing job performing this book.

Check out this book on Amazon by clicking HERE.


Those are my favorite books/series. What is your favorite book? Do you use audible? I am always looking to find new books so comment a few of your favorite books so I can check them out! I prefer audible books so that I can listen to them while I work.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award is a way to recognize those bloggers who create versatile, informative, inspirational and enjoyable content.

Thank you https://www.isalillo.com/category/blogging/ for placing me on your list! Go check out her blog and website!

The rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you. This is a given! Include a link to their blog as well;
  2. Lastly, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself;
  3. Select 15 bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly and nominate them for the Versatile Blogger Award.

7 facts about me

I love photography
I have been interested in photography for for about 15 years now. I really got into it between 2003-2006, and I find it to be a great way to relax. I do it just as a hobby but would like to practice it more to get better at it.

I used to be in Color guard / Marching band in high school
Back in High School I was in the color guard of my marching band for 4 years. It was probably the most fun I have ever had, and I got to enjoy it with some of my best friends.

I have 2 children
I have a 15 month old and a 10 year old. Yes I know that’s quite a gap, but my son’s father and I split up years ago and I met my current husband. We waited until we were both ready to have more children, and my son finally got to have a little sister like he had been asking for 🙂

I have lived in few different states
I have lived in California, New Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, Texas, New Jersey and Indiana. My family just moves a lot, we are not military (I get asked that a lot).

I have a job and I am a SAHM
Now a days you can do both. I work from home, online as a medical coder. I only work part time right now since my daughter and son take up more of my time but I enjoy earning my own income to pay off my car myself, while my husband works full time.

I am pretty good at singing
I love to sing but I don’t like to sing around small groups of people. I do like to sing in front of big groups of people though, and I am fine in front of my kids.

I am OBSESSED with Asian dramas
Don’t ask me if I watched any main stream shows lately – I actually enjoy Japanese and Chinese Dramas the most. I have found a few good ones on Netflix but I actually like quite a few that I have to locate online to watch since they are not (officially) translated or posted on an American network. I am always looking for a site that has more shows, so if you know any please share a link!

Nominations

So, here are my nominations in no particular order. These 15 blogs, that I’ve recently discovered, have impressed me, taught me something, made me laugh and simply stood out:

  1. https://allthingsfashionnbeauty.wordpress.com/
  2. https://laurapeat01.blog/
  3. https://pagesplacesandplates.wordpress.com/
  4. https://movieslover.home.blog/
  5. https://deliciousfamilyrecipes.co/
  6. https://bpddad.com/
  7. https://marieceline.co.uk/blog
  8. https://dakotasden.net/
  9. https://thatautisticfitchick.com/
  10. https://tastesofhealth.eu/
  11. https://www.pixelatedtales.com/
  12. https://loseweightnotfaithblog.com/
  13. https://hotmessgoestooz.com/
  14. https://asimplegeekylife.wordpress.com/
  15. https://wanderinglynn.com/

Go and check them out!!

Easy to make Irish Soda Bread (post 2 of 2) with out raisins

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I told you I would make a second post about Irish Soda Bread! This recipe is slightly different from the first one, and is very delicious.

I used to not like the recipe with out raisins until we found this recipe. It turned out beautiful! And it has a slight sweetness to it, even though it has no raisins or caraway seeds.

Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

This recipe – as the name implies, is AMAZINGLY easy. I didn’t want to spend all day making bread and this one was the fastest bread recipe I have ever made!

For the original recipe and more please visit All Recipes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

I used a baking mat – no grease involved. Plus it is super to clean. You can buy them on Amazon.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine.

Small note: I do not use margarine, so I substituted with sweet butter and it worked fine.

Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet.

I thought I was making this bread wrong because the dough I usually make tends to be more wet but this turned out great – probably from the next steps I took.

In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.

Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

I followed the instructions to brush the load with the butter mix mid way through baking twice- and the bread turned out great. I also felt I needed to do this so I was not wasting all of that butter and buttermilk :0)

If you love Irish Soda Bread – but you don’t want the raisins or caraway seeds, you will love this recipe. Have you made it before?

Please visit the page I got the recipe on HERE .

And have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day 🙂

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