Linguine with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Chaotic mornings

SONY DSCThis morning started off a bit rough…well, it actually started great, I was on a mission getting things accomplished while making sure my kids were getting ready for school and it’s funny how so quickly one (or 2) things can truly get under your skin and get you feeling so aggravated. Suddenly my ambition that I had for the day was gone and all my happiness that was just overwhelming me had left me and I was feeling angry and used. What happened you ask? Probably the same thing that happened to thousands of moms or dads all over the world, after nagging and nagging my kids, both of them left for school without their lunches. Now if this happened to anyone  else I would probably think, big deal, they will learn a lesson or really, that got you so upset? But it’s not the fact that they forgot their lunches and refuse  to eat the school lunch (which, even though they are the pickiest eaters ever, I have to defend them and say those school lunches are nasty!) it’s the fact that at 13 and 11 mom shouldn’t have to remind you a million times to put your lunch in your bag and still have them walk out without it. My daughters lunch was actually sitting ON TOP of her backpack and she still managed to forget. I brought my daughters lunch to her, but my sons middle school made a policy last year that they no longer will allow school lunches to be dropped off if the child forgets it so he learned the hard way. As no child will be allowed to starve, he was left having to eat the cafeteria food. I think all parents feel at times like we are just talking to a wall, that our kids don’t take in anything we are telling them.

With this, I took a nice long walk and just prayed and soaked in the sun and I realized that I should not feel bad that they didn’t listen, that they were not responsible for themselves. My day shouldn’t be full of anger and resentment because of my frustration over something they have to suffer consequences for. I realized that God was using this as a lesson for my kids, particularly my son who before that was not ready when his ride showed up even though for 20 minutes I told him to get his shoes and socks on and bag packed. God wants that moment to be a learning experience for him/them. We have to learn the hard way. Because I am a stay at home mom right now, they think I am at their beck and call and that it doesn’t matter what they forget, mom will bring it to them. Stay at home moms so often get accused of “doing nothing”. It’s a hard job! They don’t realize that we clean up all the dishes, do their laundry, make grocery lists and do all the grocery shopping, as well as many other things and on top of that mine forget I do run an online eBay store, volunteer, cook and bake them treats on a regular basis and keep up with my blog when I can! So after that beautiful walk this morning and time to recollect, think and pray, the answers were all right in front of me. This is THEIR lesson to learn, not mine. So that was the start of my Friday morning! Moms and dads, if you deal with these same struggles, always remember, we are in this together and our children must learn from moments such as this!f

Ok, so we are done with the Chaos part of the blog, now onto the cookies! Well, not exactly cookies this time around, but the food! I’m extremely pumpkin obsessed right now, as I am every year at this time! I made an incredible dinner last night, it was a nice simple pasta dish, linguine, with a delicious creamy pumpkin sauce. It was a perfect “almost” fall dinner! Yesterday was a big cooking day, I just couldn’t get out of the kitchen! I made 2 loaves of homemade bread, pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting and this dish I’m about to give you the recipe for!



1 can of pumpkin

1 cup half and half

1 cup milk (I used skim)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cloves

3 tbsp parsley

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

2 small to medium sized garlic cloves

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cups pecans, crushed

shaved Parmesan cheese (for topping)

ground black pepper to taste

1 box linguine




Boil your water for your pasta and cook per package directions. In a medium sauce pan mix and cook the pumpkin, milk and creamer on medium heat. When it’s mixed well and smooth, add the rest of the ingredients. When the pasta is cooked and drained mix the pasta and sauce together in a large bowl. Top with crushed pecans and Parmesan cheese and served!



SONY DSC SONY DSC IMG_6336This was so yummy and next time I think I may actually cook some of the Parmesan cheese into the sauce as well as top it with more! This is a perfect fall dish. You can also add chicken to it if you wish and that would be delicious too!


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