Thursday, November 15, 2018

Spaghetti Bacon Carbonara

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The first time I had carbonara, I was in Paris, France. I'm not sure what the name of the noodles they used are, but they were big and fat and a bit curly. It was smothered in a creamy sauce with mushrooms and peas and bits of ham.

The second time I had carbonara, I was in Santorini, Greece. It was made with spaghetti noodles, large chunks of ham and mushrooms. The sauce was delicious but different than what I'd had previously. Instead of a soupier sauce, it was a thicker coating on the noodles.

Both ways were delicious!

The THIRD time I had carbonara, I made it myself! I'm not one to toot my horn too often, but it is so good!!! Doing a bit of research and using bits of each past experience I dare say, I have perfected my recipe to my family's taste.

Carbonara sauce is made with whipped eggs, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. I think you can probably add whatever protein, or not, to it but it seems ham is most common - the saltiness of the meat is a part of what gives carbonara it's distinctive flavor.

Personally, I prefer crispy bacon and I'd love to try it with shrimp! Peas, while not authentic to Italy, are a wonderful addition! I also think asparagus would taste amazing in it.  Do try cooking the pasta this way - it makes them incredibly flavorful and come out a perfect al dente.

Spaghetti Bacon Carbonara
Serves 4-6


1lb Spaghetti noodles
5 cups chicken broth
1 lb bacon, chopped
Fresh Mushrooms, chopped/sliced
½ cup heavy cream
1 can peas, drained
2 large eggs
½ cup Parmesan cheese
4 cloves minced garlic
4 tablespoons chopped parsley

Chop bacon into pieces and pan fry. Remove bacon and set aside, but do not drain the grease from the pan.

Add mushrooms to bacon grease and saute. Add bacon back in, and set the pan of mushrooms and bacon aside.

Whisk together cream, eggs and Parmesan. Set aside.

Boil 5 cups of chicken stock and add spaghetti noodles and minced garlic.  Cook, stirring often, until the noodles are al dente.

There will be about 1.5 cups of liquid left in the pot once pasta is cooked. Lower temperature to medium without draining the pot.

(If you want a drier coated noodles, feel free to drain the pasta.) If you'd like it a bit creamier, keep the broth and pasta in the pot and SLOWLY add egg mixture while stirring (otherwise you might get a scrambled egg situation going on).

Add in the bacon and mushrooms, the drained can of peas, and the chopped parsley, stirring to combine.


For even more flavor, sprinkle red pepper flakes over the top to serve.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Party in Your PJs! #234: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on two different blogs each week.

 Meet the Co-Hosts

Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda's Features!

While the turkey takes center stage on most Thanksgiving tables, delicious side dishes that aren't overly complicated make the meal a feast!

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 to see their features - we each pick our own!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Review: Luvsy Blankets

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How many kids do you know that have one of those blankies that just won't leave their side for years? I know that all three of my kids have had them. Theirs are soft and satin(y) on one side and minky fleece on the other side. I really wish that they had adult sized ones of them, not that I would carry it around like they do (or would I?)

So, there's a fun company that was featured on Shark Tank awhile ago called Luvsy that has come up with the cutest little blankets and sleep sacks for little girls that I have ever seen! They are so soft, double sided with a design on each side and the inside is so cozy, you could easily curl up and take a nap.

The Princess blankets come in designs geared towards the pretty little princess in your life.

One in Lively Yellow (like Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Perfect Pink (which reminds me of Aurora from Sleeping Beauty), Rainbow (which is well, a rainbow dress) and Brilliant Blue (but of course, like Cinderella or even Elsa from Frozen).

They also have a Unicorn sleep sack!

I was given the Unicorn sleep sack to review and unless you live under a rock, you know how popular Unicorns are right now!

My 5 year old daughter almost had a panic attack when I pulled it out and showed her. She screamed and begged me to let her sleep with it right away. I gave in of course and she carried that thing around everywhere.

On one side of the blanket, there is a happy open eyed Unicorn. On the other side is a closed eyed sleepy Unicorn that we obviously used at bed time.

This review took me a while because, well, I could not tear this thing away from my daughters. They would constantly fight over it and I had to designate days that one could sleep with it and the next to the other sister.

Between the two of them fighting and sleeping with it, I had to wash it (twice). This blanket held up so amazing in the wash. I did not machine dry it, but hung it on the clothesline.

I am not sure how it would hold up in a dryer because there are sequins scattered over the blanket where the Unicorns hair (mane?) is.  It would probably be fine - I just haven't tried it.

Either way, the clothesline worked fine for us and there is no sequin out of place after weeks of constant love.

I cannot even tell you how much I recommend this product for the little girls in your life. Be it your daughter, niece, or granddaughter, you will be the BEST!

The Unicorn sleep sack costs a mere $34.99 and a really cool thing that they do is size it by age. 3-9 years old get one size, while ages 10+ get a bigger size.

The Princess blankets cost you $29.99.  Shipping is free for orders of $50, so get two!

Luvsy also regularly gives away blankets to specific shelters and hospitals around the country, and you can read up on who they're currently sponsoring on their Giving Back page.

According to their FAQ, they can also work with schools and organizations to provide products for fundraisers.

I am so impressed with the quality and designs on this product. I would definitely tell all my friends and family with little girls that they should check this company out!!