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Because if you feed your husband bacon, things will go well for you.

We ate this while we went over the items on my Moleskine Discussion List for the day, and things could not have gone more smoothly!  Of course, logic would point out that it could have been another factor besides the bacon, but I figure it could only have helped. ;) 

I suggest you try it. 

This meal in particular is wonderful because it is quick and easy.  I came home from work tonight wanting to do nothing but eat chocolate covered pretzels.  In case you’re wondering, that means I wished I lived in a magical world where cook fairies whip up dinner in a flash.  But once I realized that that simply would not do, I pulled out my recipe book and was delighted to remember how simple this recipe was.  Dinner was on the table in half an hour.  Definitely worth adding to your repertoire for Chocolate-Covered-Pretzel-Nights. 

Lemony Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto
Martha Stewart Everyday Food

Ingredients:
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 1/2 lb. cheese tortellini (frozen or fresh)
10 oz. frozen peas
2 TBSP olive oil
4 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped (we use BACON!)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice

Directions:
1) In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook tortellini until al dente.  Reserve 1/2 c. pasta water.  Add peas to pot; drain pasta mixture and set aside.

2) In the same pot, heat 1 TBSP olive oil over medium-high heat; add garlic and prosciutto (or BACON!).  Cook, stirring frequently until browned and cooked.  (If using bacon, drain the grease after done cooking.)

3) Add pasta mixture, pasta water, 1 TBSP oil, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper.

So what do you do when you’ve accumulated years of issues of Martha Stewart, Everyday Food, and Real Simple and you no longer know where to find that awesome idea you saw….once….in one of those issues……in September?  Of 2007?  Maybe?DSC05037 

You ORGANIZE!  Because that is the solution to ALL of life’s problems! 😉

See, I don’t like all the ideas I see in these wonderful magazines.  Only some.  And I tried post-it flags, but that proved to be a fruitless effort.  I simply transitioned from flipping through thousands of pages to searching through hundreds of tabs.  And I could never find what I needed.  At least not in a timely fashion (which means…I wanted to cook that recipe I saw BEFORE 10 o’clock at night.)

So I went out to Barnes & Noble and picked up these Moleskines.  Can you tell it snowed today and I had plenty of time to find more ways to organize my life?

I gave them three categories:

1) Hospitality & Presents – gift and entertaining ideas

2) Food – recipes that either we would eat or that I would make for events

3) Home Life – household tips + decorating & organization ideas

And then I decorated them.  Because they were a boring cardboard brown and needed some lovin’.  And, again, because it snowed today.

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So, it’s SIMPLE!  When I go through an issue, I clip what I want to try and leave what I don’t.  Then, using photo tabs, I paste them in the book along with any notes I may have.  Such as which of the following chicken ideas Michael would eat for lunch.  I convinced him pesto was a good thing, but had no such luck when it came to parmesan cheese.  (The extra space also comes in handy if you want to write any helpful hints you discover along the way of trying out your new idea.)

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Never again will I have to page through tons of gross recipes that make me gag (remember, I’m pregnant, pot stickers, for example, make me want to lose it all…) and waste eons of time searching for that one tablescape I saw for Easter in….2008???

I admit, it’s a bit time consuming to get it up and running.  But if that dissuades you, try doing it while your husband reads to you by a fire, or while you watch 27 Dresses, or while you ignore the chores that pile up and up and up.  And drink tea.  Plenty of tea.  And pray to God that it snows.  🙂

When I saw this in Real Simple, it was love at first sight.

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All of you organizing freakazoids out there are agreeing with me right now, I know.

It is a daily planner, a separate notebook and color for each month.  This is exactly the kind of thing I need.

It is $40.00.  But it is for 12 months worth of notebooks. Which is……it’s Saturday…I’m not doing the monthly cost.  But it’s not that bad! (Mike just told me it’s a little more than $3 a month…I could have figured it out….I really could have….but like I said…it’s Saturday.)

Is it worth it??????

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