Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Recipes | Tre Colori Pasta Salad

     It's finally the Summer... and it's hot and sticky and well you may be wondering what can you cook that won't make you just want to get out of the kitchen and order takeout. Well I give you... Tre Colori Pasta Salad

     It is the perfect dish that is quick, easy, summer-approved and delicious. You can substitute the pasta with penne or any other that you prefer. You can also add other veggies, and the best part is it's eaten cold and that means you can save it for more than one day! Here is the recipe below... enjoy!

12 oz. Tricolor Rotini or your favorite pasta
16 oz. Italian Dressing or Oil and Vinegar
1 Red/Yellow Diced Pepper  
1 Cup Baby Carrots Diced
1 Cup Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
 Mozzarella/ Bocconcin   
Black Olives
1 Cucumber
Black Pepper
Parmiggano Cheese

1. Boil pasta according to box instructions. 
2. Once cooked, chop all the vegetables, mozzarella and anything else you would like in your salad. 
3. Drain past and place in a big bowl. 
4. Bring all ingredients together and mix.
5. Add the dressing and sprinkle with chopped Parsley. 
6. Refrigerate and enjoy!  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Grand Canyon and Sedona Adventure 2016

There are certain places that I've always wanted to see in person at one point in my life. That photos just wouldn't do it justice... and I had to see it through my very own eyes. 

The Grand Canyon was one of those places. It was just too surreal to take in through a photograph. And so within a spur of a moment (literally a week before), my sister, cousin and I made arrangements and booked everything in order to get us there. 

As many people probably would, we underestimated just how big the state of Arizona was. We drove from Phoenix to Sedona in just over 2 hours. As we pulled in closer, the Red Rocks were seen from a distance and we stared in absolute awe. 

Even in person, it just didn't seem real. The grooves and edges of the mountains resembled a painting in many shades of red.

The mornings greeted us with the smell of firewood, and the view of Snoopy and Lucy Rock from the Peanuts. The nights were illuminated with all of the stars that could be seen in the sky.

We stayed in the Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble on Main Street, Sedona which was pleasantly located on a very touristy street. Touristy in a good way though. It had hotels, a walkway, stores, and plenty of restaurants to choose from. 

When we finally reached the Grand Canyon, which was also another 2 hours... it was unbelievable. It looked as if someone had a television screen in front of us.

We visited the South Rim and other points including Yavapai Lookout. The Grand Canyon stretches over 1900 square miles and reaches over a height of 7500 feet above sea level.

Watching the sunset behind the Grand Canyon was my absolute favorite. It was a sight so beautiful and peaceful that I'll never forget. 

We also explored Sedona with Pink Jeep Tours and after got to go horseback riding on the hills and slopes in a desert. Besides my horse Pilot bringing me close to the edge... it was the most amazing experience ever ;). 

Sadly these photographs truly don't do the Grand Canyon justice, so you really do need to go for yourself someday if you can! But I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did experiencing this little adventure of ours.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

So We Wait

The past few days have been a blur. My sweet Nonno was taken to the hospital and has been there for over a week now. I was devastated when I first saw him. When I left, my Nonno whispered "pray for me". I came home that night and buried my face into the cold wooden floor and sobbed to God. 

Through mumbles, I promised God if He would just heal my grandfather and not take him away yet... I'd give it all back to Him. I promised I wouldn't let everyday life make me forget what's really important, and that I wouldn't waste anymore time.

The truth is, we wait. We wait for too long to spend time with our grandparents. We wait until that big party to see everyone. We wait until our lives are "placed together" to visit someone we love. And then something unexpected happens. 

I've realized that there are too many "I love yous" left unsaid. I want to love someone and talk to someone when they are alive... not just talk about how amazing they were when they're not there anymore. 

I'm praising the Lord today because while my grandfather is still in the hospital, he is no longer in the ICU. He's been healing and he was his old self again, joking and talking to everyone when I visited him. That's God's unending grace. 

And so we wait. We wait for the Lord to heal and to restore. But let's not wait to love. Let's not wait to run to God only if something happens. Let's choose to live and to love right now.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.// Philippians 4: 6-7