Pumpkin & Prosciutto Gluten Free Pasta

When I first heard about TresOmega Gluten Free pasta options I will admit I didn't have the highest of hopes. GF pastas haven't been friendly to me in the past and the taste and texture of TresOmega was a pleasant surprise! It was as delicious as eating grain pasta and it is not only gluten free, it is organic as well. Score! While no one in my household is gluten free we have many friends who are due to varying reasons and I have purchased many products before trying to find a pasta that tastes similar to wheat pastas. Most have failed or been outrageously expensive. I am happy to know about TresOmega Organic & Gluten Free Pastas for the next time I cook for my friends who are Gluten Free.  Since it is organic as well, I will make it for us as well. Who doesn't want to be healthy when they can and not lose out on taste. It is a win-win!



This dish is the perfect comfort food and it is rather simple to whip up. When I think of pumpkin, my mind leans towards savory as I am just not a fan of pumpkin spice. Pumpkin itself tends to just add a subtle flavor to your dish and it a paired perfectly with the salty prosciutto. The pinch of red pepper flakes added just another layer of flavor.  Make this for a group or half it and enjoy a quiet meal at home!



This recipe is for using the whole box of pasta. If you like a thinner sauce, add a little more half and half and if you prefer a thicker sauce, feel free to add a little more cheese! Just remember if you are making this recipe for friends who are gluten-free that you make sure all other products are also gluten-free. Certain cheeses often times are not so I made sure to look for brands that are safe!


Pumpkin Prosciutto Pasta

1 box TresOmega Pasta
1 cup Half & Half
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup white cheddar
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
salt
pepper
garlic salt
red pepper flakes 
dijon mustard (optional)
sriracha (optional)
4 oz thinly sliced prosciutto 


In a saucepan, start your water to a rolling boil. With Gluten Free pastas it is imperative you follow directions for cooking time and amount of water to use. It definitely makes a difference in how they taste! Once it is boiling, add your pasta. 

In a separate saucepan add in the half and half and whisk in the pumpkin. Make sure they are totally combined and add in the cheddar and parmesan making sure to continuously whisk. Add your salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. This is to taste so choose the amount you would like. You can also add a dash of dijon mustard and sriracha if you like a sharper taste with a little more spice.  Make sure to whisk thoroughly so not to let the cheese become stringy. 

Chop the prosciutto and saute til crispy. set aside. 

Once the pasta is ready; drain and place back in the pan. Pour the pumpkin cheese sauce over the pasta and toss together making sure to coat all the pasta pieces with sauce. Place the pasta in a serving dish and top with the crispy prosciutto and sprinkle on more shredded parmesan. 



TresOmega offers a lot more than just pasta, they have fantastic organic coconut oil, sugar, and flour for your healthy cooking pleasure as well!

You can purchase TresOmega at these stores on line and follow along on their social media! 

Tresomega.com, Sams.com, Amazon.com, and at Walmart.com

www.tresomega.com
www.facebook.com/Tresomegafoods
www.twitter.com/Tresomegafoods

Safer Skincare & Makeup With BeautyCounter

Some people may say I have a slight addiction to anything and everything makeup and skincare. Those people would be underestimating my love. Nothing makes me giddier than new makeup or finding a moisturizer or other product that makes my skin look and feel its best. I have extremely sensitive skin and so it has been a process to find what works for my skin. I am pleased to say that Beautycounter fits that bill and is home to my absolute favorite foundation, Skin Tint. It offers medium coverage and doesn't dry my skin out at all!



 The best part is that they are a company that also takes your health into account. My friend Lindsay is hosting a party for me via facebook tonight and if you have any interest in a purchase of just learning a little bit more about Beauty Counter and all they stand for, this is your chance.

Here is a little bit about Beauty Counter and a few facts you may not be aware of!

Who is Beautycounter?
Beautycounter is a mission driven, education first company advocating for change in the personal care industry. They are leading the way in providing safer, high-performing products free of over 1,500 harmful, or potentially harmful ingredients.
  • or this is another description I like to use. It depends on what you think will be more compelling for your readers.
Beautycounter is a company that believes in making products that are safer, high-performing, and innovative with a strong corporate mission to educate and effect change.


Shocking facts about the industry (feel free to bullet these out or use the image I’m sending):
  • The European Union has banned or restricted more than 1,400 ingredients from use in personal care and beauty products. The U.S. has banned or restricted 30.
  • 1938 was the last time there was major federal legislation passed to regulate the ingredients in personal care and beauty products
  • Many of the chemicals in personal care and beauty products have never been tested for their impact on human health
    • Today, there are more than 85,000 ingredients on the market used in popular products and the majority of them have not been tested for human safety.

Beautycounter doesn’t just want to educate consumers, they are pushing Congress to pass laws to better regulate the industry - through 200+ meetings since 2014. They are fighting for change and can’t do it alone. Women of all ages want to present their best, most beautiful selves to the world, but over time they have been asked to make compromises. No woman should be harmed for making her own choices or living her own life. No woman should compromise her health and safety for beauty.

Reading this makes you think! People often spend time researching their foods and household products but don't take the time to investigate as thoroughly when it comes to their makeup and skin care!

If you decide you may want to purchase via my event, here is the link to the party and it will be open thru this Sunday. You can follow Lindsay along any day of the week and get more information and updates, plus learn about any specials and sales the company is having by joining Lindsay's Facebook group You can find it here.

Link to my party:) Let's Party!

Yule Thank Me Later

I cannot believe October is almost over and next week is Halloween! October is my favorite month and so I am a little sad about it ending but then we will be right into the swing of the holidays! I have the perfect libation to get you in the mood to jingle some bells. Or cut some turkey. Or you know, to help you deal with your relatives you want to hide from;)


I had been looking for a drink that would do well at both Thanksgiving and Christmas and one that is not too high in sugar as I am trying to watch my waistline and it is rather difficult this time of year. I found the answer though and there is no lacking in taste what you give up in calories when you use Steviva products.  This concoction is absolutely delicious. You could also make this as a cocktail and forgo the alcohol.

The base of this drink is just that: a base. Once you create the base, you can make a multitude of flavors and drinks and it is definitely more simple than it looks!


Yule Thank Me Later

Base
1 to 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 large orange (or 2 small)
1 1/2 tbsp Fructevia
1/2 tbsp Nectevia

drink
1 1/2 oz bourbon (chilled)
2 oz ginger beer (chilled)

In a small saucepan, add the cranberries, juice from the orange (make sure to squeeze out as much as you can) Fructevia, Nectevia, and 2 or 3 pieces of orange peel. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.  Once it has broken down to the texture of a compote, let cool. After about a half hour, push the cranberry/orange compote mixture through a mesh sieve. With the puree you have left, using a spoon, place 2-3 tablespoons in a glass.  Top with bourbon. Stir. Finish off with ginger beer and enjoy!


This whole drink takes about half an hour from start to finish but with only about 5 minutes of hands-on work. It really is simple but tastes like the holidays. I have made a lot of libations and I think this may be my favorite so far. The tartness of the cranberry is muted by the sweetness of the Fructevia and Nectevia additions and they pair so well together with the bourbon and the final bite of ginger beer! You can always do this to taste and use less or more of the Steviva products or ginger beer. The best part of making your own cocktails at home is that you control the taste! Forgo the bourbon for a family-friendly treat.

and thanks to Beth for the pics!

I am in love with all of these Steviva products.  They taste great with no aftertaste like you often find in some low sugar alternatives. You can find more about their products at www.steviva.com

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Happy Fall Y'all

Hello everyone. I am pumped to take part in this week's Fall Home Tour with some lovely bloggers. There are new posts every day this week! Be sure to check them all out! 



It never fails, each year I wholeheartedly declare my love of all things Fall, how I can't get enough football, sweaters, boots, and scented candles from Bath & Body Works. And while I do love pumpkins, you can keep the pumpkin spice;) 
This year my adoration for Fall has reached new heights because we finally own a home versus a townhome and I may have gone a little overboard in the decorations. My house is still slightly under construction so I am showing more o highlights of my home and Autumn decor versus total rooms. Not having curtains or blinds when you were supposed to will do that to you.  

Welcome to our abode and I hope you enjoy your visit! 

I will say that one of my favorite parts of the house is our steps leading to our homey front porch. These steps are perfect for mums and we love to sit on our porch and chat with new neighbors who are walking by! It is also the perfect spot for wine. 



Meet Wilbur, our guard pig. He is my buddy. Always happy to see me. Haha


These white pumpkins and gourds with green and orange stripes are my new obsession. I love how atypical they are and add a little more flair to my front porch!

The living room is one of my favorite spots in the house. It is so bright and airy. I kept this room mainly neutrals with a few pops of color.  This space is so comfy and I find myself drawn here with a book and the fireplace going...even in September. I am sure my husband is thrilled. I found this sweet propeller clock for 65% off at Kirklands and it was the final touch I needed for the room. One of my favorite pieces is the rug. It could be an Autumn themed rug for all intents and purposes with its muted greens, oranges, and grays. It pulls everything together and it was a total steal on Wayfair and even better...it is so soft and perfect to run your toes through!

The absolute adoration I have for these pumpkins may be a bit unhealthy. Ha, absolutely one of my newest Fall obsessions around the house. I just love them and the sweet addition they are to my home.

Next up is my tablescapes for my kitchen and dining space. Prior to this home, we had a really small kitchen table in our townhome. Due to the smaller space, it was difficult to decorate to the extent I wanted and therefore my kitchen tables were decorated for about a week before I had to put the decorations away to make room to you know, actually eat. Now space is in abundance and we have a kitchen and dining table and so was able to buy two small centerpieces and I love them. They match each room and my personality well. 
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the small peak into my home. It is coming together nicely and I hope to have a full-on tour available soon with the upstairs as well as the sweet screen porched area. I know it was not quite the extent of typical home tours but I was excited to show you what we have put together these last few weeks in our new home. 

Be sure to check out the rest of these amazing homes on today's stop of the Fall Home Tour and the rest of the week.

Happy Fall, Y'all!!


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Whiskey Woman

Most of you who follow my blog know about my love affair with all things bourbon. I am a country girl through and through. Bourbon soothes me and I prefer it neat; no ice or cola for this gal. I will enjoy it in a cocktail from time to time if it is done right. I have found a few bars in Raleigh that fuel my bourbon desire. 

First up is Whiskey Kitchen. I waited for months for this place to open, not only to dabble in their bourbon selection but because their patio is one of the best in all of Raleigh. It just screams for you to have a good time. 



Whiskey Kitchen has an amazing selection of bourbons and other whiskeys from all over the world. You can also eat dinner here but I will be honest and say I have yet to order anything other than cocktails and pie. I can say with certainty that you should try their shoo fly pie. Oh, it will do you good. I promise. 


If you haven't yet been over to Whiskey Kitchen, grab a bunch of your girlfriends ( or any friends for that matter) and head over to Nash Square and grab a table on their fabulous patio. The summer is winding down which means it is perfect outdoor weather here in Raleigh for the next month or two. 


I also suggest Dram & Draught off of Hillsboro St. They constantly change their cocktail menu up to suit the season so you will always be able to venture out of your usual libation and try something new. Kevin is probably one of the best bartenders in all of Raleigh and he will steer you in the right direction that is suited to your taste. They do not offer food but there is usually a food truck on site. 


Last but not least for a fabulous whiskey selection is the often over looked Blind Barbour. This is actually one of my go to bars for tried and true bourbon cocktails. It is a smaller, more intimate bar tucked away from downtown but they offer great service and one of the best Old Fashioneds around! This place gives off more of an old school vibe and I love it. 

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