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15 Apr

I’ve been cooking this a lot and I just had to post it here. It’s one of Jason’s FAVORITE meals ever. I hardly ever cooked it at home because the jarred Alfredo sauce, in my opinion, is GROSS. So I just never really made it. OR I would occasionally purchase some of Olive Garden’s Alfredo sauce to use on my own noodles at home. OMG YUM. Even though this recipe is great, I still need to do that again. It’s a treat for sure, but soooo yummy.

Anywhoo. It’s an easy and quick recipe to make. So I usually always keep these things on hand. However, I’m trying to do Weight Watchers again, and this is HARDLY healthy for you. HA. But, it’s really amazingly good, so try it on a night when you’re craving some Italian food, but don’t want to go out.


– 1/2 cup butter

– 1/2 cup whipping cream

– 3/4 cup parmesan cheese

– salt and pepper to taste

– Fettucini noodles


1. Melt butter and whipping cream together over low heat, stirring constantly.

2. Prepare noodles while the butter is melting.

3. After butter has melted mixed well with the whipping cream, add in parmeasan cheese and stir completely.

4. Salt and pepper to taste.

5. Pour over the noodles once they’re finished cooking and ENJOY.


*Image found on Pinterest.


first night away

5 Dec

This is my very first night away from Cruz. It’s the first time I’ll be away from him for a full 24 hours, actually. I’m currently in California- my dear cousin Sarah is having a baby and I am out here to attend her baby shower and to take her maternity pictures! I’m so excited about these pictures, it’s not even funny.

It’s a quick trip- I flew in tonight where she picked me up, we picked her husband Jake up and the three of us went to Olive Garden for dinner- where we all agree that we just ate WAY too much! But how could you not? It’s just so yummy and although I am doing P90X, I am allowing myself one cheat meal a week.

So there.

I’ve just been having a blast with those two. They are such a cute couple and compliment each other so well- we just laughed over so much during dinner and all the way home and in the hallway of their house. It’s just so great to come hang out with family. I don’t see them nearly enough. Sarah is pregnant with their little girl, Jillian, AKA ‘Jillybean’, and I just love her to pieces already! I can’t wait for Cruz and Jilly to play like I used to play with all of my cousins. We are going to make sure that they know each other well and that they are great friends. Sarah is due in a couple months, and I just can’t wait to meet Jillybean!

Sarah and Jake have been so gracious to let me stay here. Tomorrow we have fun pictures planned all over town- and I even found the sweetest car down the street that we are going to try to use. I’m completely stoked.

It’s been a great few hours away so far, even though it is a quick trip. It’s crazy to think that I haven’t had a night away from Cruz since he’s been born. And although he is only one year old, that is a long time to never be apart from somebody. I think a night away was completely needed, but I also miss the little guy like crazy! He’s with Jay, and I of course know that he is being well taken care of, but it’s still hard to let go and relax.

But I’m going to try! I’m heading to bed because I have a long and extremely fun day ahead of me tomorrow! We are getting up bright and early to take those maternity pictures all over Cali.

After we get coffee.

And on that note, I am going to leave you with the most adorable picture of the most adorable boy on the face of the planet, who I miss terribly. I will see him tomorrow, and I have to remember that space and time away is good for me every once in a while.

Even if I do miss those chubby cheeks.

happy 30th birthday!

4 Nov

30th Birthday

Today was Jason’s 30th birthday!! Even though Jason isn’t sure how he feels about it, and even though I’ve made him feel like an old man these past few days, 30 is not old! It’s the new 20 and I’m pretty convinced that Jay is going to look as young as he does for a long, long time. He’ll just be that lucky.

I wanted to plan something special for him, but we don’t have a whole lot of extra cash these days. We have some really amazing friends who all helped me throw Jason a surprise party on Tuesday evening, the night before. He had absolutely NO IDEA and just thought we were going to our regular Bible study that we have each week. Our great friends Katelyn and Casey hosted and Katelyn helped me to get everything set up before we got there (thank you Katelyn!!). It was so great to hang with friends and about 25-30 people came, which was absolutely perfect.

I do have to say that Jason’s cake did look like it was on fire with the amount of candles we put on it! I wanted to make sure he blew out 30 candles and no less! So we all ate cake and relaxed for a little bit and Jason was totally surprised!

It's on fire! Ha!Birthday Boy

Today, Wednesday the 4th we spent time together as a family! We’ve had a lot of those days lately but this day was extra fun! We didn’t have too much planned, but we did manage to make our way into the Apple store. Jay decided that it was time to exchange the phone that he’s had for our ENTIRE MARRIAGE for a brand new iPhone!! I’m not kidding- that phone that he had was seriously one that Zach Morris from Saved By The Bell probably used during his time at Bayside. He’s had it forever! So it was completely time for him to upgrade to the new millenium and join the rest of us with an iPhone. Ha! I’m glad he did!

Jay trading in his old phone

Our little man crashed from ‘partying’ to hard with mom and dad. We hadn’t even left the Apple store yet and he was already zonked out!

So sleepy

We ate lunch at Liberty Market after our time at the mall. When it’s your birthday, they give you a meal up to $10 for free!! So Jay got an amazing pizza made by none other than Andrew Sterbenz and we visited with Andrea Alley while we were there too!

Our evening was pretty simple- we had a family dinner at Olive Garden (one of Jay’s favorites!) and then headed home. After we put Cruz to bed, we sat on the couch with baseball on TV and worked. Yes, we had to work on his birthday. We don’t have the luxury right now of having a day off- THAT’s how busy we are! But we are super grateful to have each other and to be able to celebrate another birthday together! Birthdays are super special to me- life is too short and you never know how many birthday’s you’ll have together. Gotta make ’em count for sure.

Happy 30th Birthday to the love of my life, Jason! I love you and I can’t wait till we turn 60 together! I love you!