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spicy chicken pasta {YUM}

::KATRINA’S Spicy Chicken Pasta::
{make it a Chicken Chipotle Pasta “knock-off” from Cheesecake Factory by reading my notes below}

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4-1/2 T crushed red pepper (depending on how hot you want it)
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 T chopped garlic
6 oz chicken, sliced
3/4 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup alfredo sauce (you can substitute plain Greek yogurt or sour cream)
2 T butter
1/4 cup peas
1lb rigatoni or penne {I used gluten-free penne}

Cook pasta as usual…

Saute oil over medium heat.  Add crushed red peppers, salt, pepper and garlic.  Saute just long enough for garlic to caramelize and red pepper to release flavor into oil.  Add sliced chicken and sauté briefly to coat in spices and garlic.

Add Marinara sauce first.  Then add alfredo sauce.  Cool until sauce thickens and chicken is thoroughly cooked.  Turn off flame and add butter and peas to sauce.

Mix sauce and pasta and garnish with red pepper flakes (just be careful, it gets hot quick) 😉

*to give it a chipotle flavor I added some ground chipotle pepper seasoning {about 1 tsp at a time} that I always have in my pantry…sprinkle, taste and add more if you like a good chipotle kick!

*I also love to crumble a few tortilla chips on the top of my serving {that’s what I love about the Cheesecake factory dish}! Yum!

I hope you can appreciate this yummy recipe that my friend Katrina sent my way after our last visit!
She is an amazing cook. She throws great parties and always serves delicious food! I knew we would be good friends when I first met her and saw that she owned several of my favorite cookbooks. In many ways her and I are opposite.  She is neat & tidy…and I am a mess. She is a planner & always get’s things done way in advance…and while I am a planner I tend to do things at the very- last-minute. She is organized…and I am disorganized! But we just click. We get each other. We are good for each other. She took me in like a sister when I moved to Fresno. I was lonely and pregnant with Paige and I did not know a soul. Honestly, if she had not pursued me & checked in on me in those difficult, early months of living there I may have crumbled. She was God’s hand in my life in the most tangible way and I will always be so, so grateful! And…she fed me. When Aaron was working long hours…she fed me. During holidays away from our families…she fed me. She always feeds me. Good food. My kind of food. She is my kind of friend…and I just love her {oh and I love her little family too}. Thank you sweet friend!

HOLIDAY randomness {tea parties, birthdays, kids & new year fun}

Christmas, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Tremper Fam, Birthday Fun, a Hot Chocolate Tea Party & a little New Year’s dinner!
Here are some pics of Paige making cookies with Daddy!  They made them for Auntie Mishawn’s birthday request…Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
 (try saying that 3 times fast)!
Don’t you love her apron (another great gift from Auntie Shannon)?
I made this crown with a $1 store paper crown that had a little girl princess design on it.  First I painted it and then while it was wet I covered it in glitter!  I added the flowers with rhinestone brads & the numbers are just a print out from our computer that I cut out with special scalloped scissors. This project is easy and quick and special!
To make the cookie sandwiches we used the Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe {it is the BEST}…find it HERE! To make the sandwiches be sure to let the cookies cool to room temperature and then just add good vanilla ice cream (like Bryers) & chill!
We love Auntie Mishawn!
Annual Christmas Time with the Trempers! Wooohooo! We had so much fun (although getting a good picture was impossible)!
I even had time to squeeze in a little tea party for the girls…complete with PB&J sandwiches in Christmas shapes, Candy Cane Scones and Candy Cane Hot Chocolate! Yum! You could easily do this for Valentine’s Day with heart cookie cutters instead!  I told the girls to make sure they put their pinkies up…so cute!
I basically just put a bunch of red things that I had in the cupboards on their plates!
New Year’s Day “Fancy Dinner” with just the four of us!  Paige got all into it and helped me set the table…we talked about our “high’s & low’s” of 2010 and it was a great night!
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