Thursday, August 4, 2011

the perfect pasta for summer

this pasta recipe is perfect for summer because it is super light, fresh and begs to be enjoyed out on the patio!

lemon garlic angel hair pasta:

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
8 oz. cooked angel hair pasta
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp fresh grated parmesan
fresh ground black pepper to taste

As water is coming to a boil, place olive oil and garlic in a non stick sauté pan and cook over medium heat just until garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat and pour in wine. Return to heat and cook on high heat for another 1 to 2 minutes until reduced by half. Stir in lemon juice and tomato and remove from heat.

Place pasta in the boiling water and cook to desired doneness, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Angel hair doesn't take long. Drain the pasta and put it into a warm serving bowl. Add the wine, garlic and tomato. Add the basil, Parmesan cheese and black pepper. Toss and serve immediately.

{ and best of all, you have leftover wine to have with dinner }

recipe from: lowfat lifestyle

Monday, August 1, 2011

try a trend: oversized clutch

the last few months there has been a reoccurring item in many bloggers photos: the oversized clutch. so, instead of paying the $68 american apparel wants me to give them in exchange for one, i decided to make it myself!

1 yd vinyl in color of choice (sale for $4 yd)
16" zipper in complementary color ($4.95 and a 40% off coupon)
spool of matching thread ($1.95)

1. cut the vinyl to the size you desire (i chose 16"x12")
2. sew the bag inside out so the seam is hidden
3. flip it right side out and admire your work
4. sew the zipper on

(mind you i have minimal sewing skills and i was still able to can do it!)

here's how it turned out:

if i went to AA: $68
my handmade total: $9
total SAVINGS: $59