January 19, 2015

Noodle…Don't Noodle…Happy Birthday, Noodle

Hey there and morning, dear friends. I hope your weekend was wonderful and you're ready to attack the week. It's Monday, but it's a fresh start to a new week so let's get after it with a smile, yeah?

This weekend was Le Husband's birthday weekend and it was the perfect mix of celebration, down time, get after it time, family time, friend time and fun time. We hadn't really planned much and as usual just flew by the seat of our pants, but it suited Le Husband so it was perfect.

This weekend I learned…

Birthday dinner with the family is such a fun night. Despite the look on Mr. I Won't Smile Face ;)!


Being honest about feeling really tired is important because a bad attitude isn't any fun.

Diners, Drive ins and Dives can change our whole food outlook for the weekend.

Le Husband likes to try new recipes and I'm often just along for the ride.

Noodle attachments for Kitchen Aids AREN'T cheap.

Staging food pictures can be a lot of fun and home made spaghetti sauce is SUPER easy in the Ninja!


Non hand crank noodle rollers are my JAM! #easypeasy

Fettucinni noodles are easier to make than spagetti noodles. #nexttimewewilltryspagetti


A decorative piece can double as a noodle hanger in a pinch.


Homemade noodles taste a bazillion times better than store bought noodles.

I have memorized the recipe for homemade meatballs. #winning

A homemade birthday dinner is more delicious and satisfying than a fancy dinner out. #oldpeople

Bowling and wine makes for a 142 point game by yours truly.

Smoky pictures still turn out cute.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY LOVE!!!
I'm stronger than I realize. I can now square 150 lbs 5 x 5 and bench 105 5x 5.

Purging and organizing makes for a happier [and prettier] home.


Laundry is easier to do in small chunks instead of all at once.

Chili and football is better with my BOFF. I miss you, lady! #soulmates

Planning a fun surprise for family automatically has them thinking babies. #notprego

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? How are you going to ROCK it out today?

Linking up with these beautiful ladies  < 3

30 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

You made your own pasta?! Amazing and I'm waiting for my delivery in the mail!! So glad le husband had a wonderful birthday and hope you have a great Monday girl!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

Happy Birthday to your guy!!! I am so jealous you can make homemade noodles. SOOOO fun and tasty. Your speghetti dish looks beyond delicious!

Thanks for linking up today!

~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Jealous! I want to make my own pasta! I agree, homemade pasta tastes so much better! Glad you guys had a good weekend!

Meghan said...

Love this post! I totally agree that any surprise = are you about to tell us you're pregnant? #no Love your homemade pasta! I've been wanting that attachment! Happy Birthday le Husband! xoxo

Gentel McKenney said...

I love me some mason jars, and yet I NEVER thought to use them to store pantry items!! Nothing makes me happier than an organized pantry :)

And YUM to homemade pasta -- looks delicious!!!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

We love our pasta maker for the Kitchenaid! Honestly, we rarely buy pasta anymore. Have been playing around with it!!!

~Dawn~ said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby - sounds like you had a great weekend. :)

Elle Sees said...

will someone please make me some pasta!! this half italian girl could use a bowl! ;) it all looks great.

The Siberian American said...

Happy birthday to your hubby! Sounds like y'all had a wonderful weekend! The noodles on the decorative piece cracked me up! Love your quick thinking. :)

Jessi @ Jessi's Design said...

SO fun! The food- ahhhh gimmme ALL of it! Glad ya'll had a great weekend! xo

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

That pasta looks so good--homemade noodles are the best!

Caitlin Elizabeth said...

Happy birthday to your husband!! Your homemade pasta looks so delicious!!

Meghan @ Me as Meghan said...

That pasta looks incredible! We have made homemade pasta with my family before, and it was so tricky/time consuming, but the fresh pasta was definitely worth it in the end. Also, love that you mentioned that laundry is easier to do in small chunks instead of all at once...last semester I never seemed to do laundry, but when I did, it would be an all day affair! Since I've been back this semester, I have done a few smaller loads throughout the week, and it was surprisingly easier! Glad you had a good weekend!

Brianne said...

That pasta looks amazing! Even more so because it's homemade!

Ashley said...

Happy Birthday to your husband! Sooo wishing I had a KitchenAid! Maybe one day... Love the mason jar organization! My husband actually just did that with our pantry. Guess he couldn't take it anymore! Ha! Happy Monday!

Dorrie @ Bear Den Plantation said...

Happy Birthday to your husband! The meal looks amazing, and the fact that it's all by scratch is even better! I'm with you on the organizing/ purging… I need to get back on track with that!

Kristen said...

happy birthday to your hubby! i totally agree about being honest about when you're tired - i'm so crabby when i'm sleepy!
and oh my gawd, those meatballs look ahmazing. the whole dish does, actually. yum.

Emily said...

The meatballs look amazing! Yummy! That's so cool you were able to make everything from scratch!

Julia said...

Wow I am so impressed you made your own pasta! Those meatballs look SO good! I'm glad your hubby had a great birthday weekend!

Katie Elizabeth said...

Eek you got the noodle making attachment!! I've been wanting to get that baby but it's a bit intimidating. Love the idea of making it into a date night! Glad your husband had a good birthday weekend :)

Illegally Blonde said...

I wanna make pasta! and i miss you and chili and football watching too.

Courtney B said...

Oh my gosh, super woman!! Homemade pasta noodles and meatballs?! Yum! For some reason, I'm totally scared to try making homemade noodles.
What a perfect weekend celebrating your husbands birthday!

Jen said...

Happy Birthday to him!!! Homemade pasta is definitely the best!

Jessica said...

I am so impressed with your pantry and labeling skills. You go, girl! It looks awesome. And homemade noodles? Sounds DELISH! I would be wanting noodles all day, err day with homemade noodles around. Happy belated birthday to your hubby! :)

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

Le Husband's birthday dessert (I think that's dessert) is so cute! His face is priceless.

Brettni @ Bringing Up Brumfields said...

Homemade noodles! I'm so impressed! I don't think I have the skills required to make that work. =/

Tori G said...

ohhh that pasta looks delish!! Happy Birthday to the husband! Glad you guys enjoyed

Jillian said...

im so impressed with the homemade pasta!! i need to try that sometime (im glad all the work was worth it!) i hope your husband had a happy birthday! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly said...

You are food mavens! The dinner looks delicious and I'm now trying to find a reason to try and make pasta myself :-) Happy Birthday to your hubby!!

Kay R. said...

Totally impressed by the pasta! Looks like a great birthday weekend for him!