Friday, July 22, 2011

Okay, so I previously promised pasta photos. Let me say, pasta making is hard! Like anything else, I'm sure it will get easier as I do it, but it was hard. If you plan on making homemade pasta for the first time my suggestions would be to stay calm and allow enough time! We made a double batch of pasta dough because we planned on making ravioli, spaghetti, and fettuccine. We also did pasta sauce that night. It took us six hours from start to finish! Thank goodness my husband is patient!

Pasta Sauce Ingredients

Before the Oven

All of the Tomatoes Before the Oven

After the Oven
Finished Sauce

Travis' Italian Sausage Ravioli  

Homemade Pasta Drying
The pasta sauce is amazing and freezes very well. I will say the spaghetti was my favorite. We rolled the spaghetti out very thin and it turned out wonderfully delicate! The dried pasta only lasted us a few weeks since we at it all up, but we still have frozen ravioli in the freezer.
I was considering making pasta for when Travis' parents and grandmother come in a couple of weeks, but with him in the field pretty much up until they arrive I'm not sure that is a project I'm willing to take on by myself quite yet!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hello all! Sorry to have been away for so very long! Things have been a bit hectic so there is lots of catching up to do.

First off, Hawaii!!!! Best vacation ever! We had the most wonderful time. I so wish we could have stayed longer. We ate tons of amazing food, hiked to Diamond Head Peak, went snorkeling and snubaing, saw a ton of sea turtles, visited Pearl Harbor, and much more! It was amazing. Having that time together was such a gift! At the same time, it made me a little sad. We do not get a lot (if any) stress free time to really *really* enjoy each other. It took a few day in Hawaii to really relax and it was so refreshing to see that side of both of us. That was priceless! I just wish we could be that way more often.

Just a few photos from Hawaii!
At the Peak of Diamond Head Crater


At Alan Wongs for Our Anniversary

Two Years! :)

Sunset Near Our Hotel

North Shore

North Shore

Now we are back and things are in the normal hectic full swing. I was sick over the 4th of July. Though Travis really pushed for me to go to the ER, I was obviously not bleeding out or anything so I just stayed in bed for a few days. That was no fun! The following short week, which was his first days back from vacation, was a very stressful week! Lot's of trouble with other people not planning training. Glad that's over. Then we celebrated my 23rd birthday with some friends. Travis got some good training last week. We went to a play and The Melting Pot in LA this past weekend. And now he's off to 29 Palms for a few weeks before his parents and grandmother come to visit. Whew!
Despite all that has been going on, I have started school!! My first day was actually our first full day in Hawaii but I've managed to stay on top of everything and I have As in both of my classes!!! I'm super proud I'm doing so well since it's been over two years since I left my college in Ga. This week is the halfway midterm week, which I am a bit nervous about. While I'm glad to be back in school, I already can't wait till it's over! Taking small breaking in semesters has made it feel like I've been in school forever!