Saturday, May 29, 2010

Amazing Lemon Fusili Pasta and Key Lime Tart

Yesterday was such a fun day. We went up to my moms and had dinner. She made Ina's lemon fusilli pasta. It was delicious! So yummy, I can't wait to make it again. For dessert I made a key lime tart (however, I just used limes). I love this tart recipe, it's so delicious and so easy. We threw some whipped cream over the top and some raspberries. I think the raspberries really took it to another level, we are making this tart again for Sunday dinner tomorrow:) You can find the recipe for it here. Pasta recipe is bellow.

I have some great news! Eleni slept from 12-5:15 last night! It was a miracle! Her sleeping increments at night have only been about 2-2 1/2 hours, and then when she gets up I have to feed her then try to get her back down for 45 minutes or so. I've felt like I've been running on fumes, but I know it comes with being a new mommy. But she was such a good girl last night and gave me a decent nights rest! I feel like a new person today, much more rested:) I had energy today to clean my house so it no longer looks like a war zone. Cross your fingers that she will do it again tonight! :)

Lemon Fusilli with Arugula


  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 lemons
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1 pound dried fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 pound baby arugula (or 2 bunches of common arugula, leaves cut in thirds)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved


Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the garlic, and cook for 60 seconds. Add the cream, the zest from 2 lemons, the juice of 2 lemons, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until it starts to thicken.

Meanwhile, cut the broccoli in florets and discard the stem. Cook the florets in a pot of boiling salted water for 3 to 5 minutes, until tender but still firm. Drain the broccoli and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the pasta, and cook according to the directions on the package, about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the pasta in a colander and place it back into the pot. Immediately add the cream mixture and cook it over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, until most of the sauce has been absorbed in the pasta. Pour the hot pasta into a large bowl, add the arugula, Parmesan, tomatoes, and cooked broccoli. Cut the last lemon in half lengthwise, slice it 1/4-inch thick crosswise, and add it to the pasta. Toss well, season to taste, and serve hot.

O little Eleni, please sleep like an angel tonight! :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A chicken pot pie recipe that will solve anything...

I wish I could post more, I was hoping to have Eleni's birth story up by now with pictures and everything, but my recovery has been harder than I thought it would be. I'm hoping things will turn up soon. Micah is taking a huge load at school so it's been a bit stressful, but luckily I am blessed with the best mom ever-she has been taking such good care of me. She has slept over and allowed me to sleep through the night and she would stay up with Eleni. She get her when she cried, bring her to me when she needed to eat, then I could go back to sleep and she would take care of Eleni. I am so grateful to her I don't know how I could make it through these times without her.

My mom has also been making us dinner, and one night she made us Ina Garten's chicken pot pie. Talk about amazing! With each bite I took out of this amazing dish, it lifted my spirits and made me forget my stresses and the pain I was in. I can't wait till I am feeling better so I can make this myself. So here's the recipe, and be patient with me, I promise I will be blogging more soon:)

O...and just cause I can't help it, here are some pics of Eleni's first bath, which she hated by the way. She screamed bloody murder the whole way through, I don't think she will be getting too many baths:)

Ina Garten Chicken Pot Pie
my mom made this into two regular sized pie pans


  • 3 whole (6 split) chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups yellow onions, chopped (2 onions)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots, blanched for 2 minutes
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas (2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen small whole onions
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

For the pastry:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
  • Flaked sea salt and cracked black pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet and rub them with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then remove the meat from the bones and discard the skin. Cut the chicken into large dice. You will have 4 to 6 cups of cubed chicken.

In a small saucepan, heat the chicken stock and dissolve the bouillon cubes in the stock. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter and saute the onions over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the flour and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add the hot chicken stock to the sauce. Simmer over low heat for 1 more minute, stirring, until thick. Add 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and heavy cream. Add the cubed chicken, carrots, peas, onions and parsley. Mix well.

For the pastry, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add the shortening and butter and mix quickly with your fingers until each piece is coated with flour. Pulse 10 times, or until the fat is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water; process only enough to moisten the dough and have it just come together. Dump the dough out onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Divide the filling equally among 4 ovenproof bowls. Divide the dough into quarters and roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Brush the outside edges of each bowl with the egg wash, then place the dough on top. Trim the circle to 1/2-inch larger than the top of the bowl. Crimp the dough to fold over the side, pressing it to make it stick. Brush the dough with egg wash and make 3 slits in the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day to all you Wonderful mothers-especially mine:)

I can't believe that this mothers day I am actually a mom! It's so sureal I can't get over it. Now that I'm a mom I am realizing everything that mothers do for their children. I am very new to this mom thing, I've only been a mom for 4 days but am already realizing the sacrifices mothers make for their children. I am so grateful to have a mom who has always put her children first. I am amazed at how much she does and has done for me. I'll never forget her walking up and down the hospital floors with me while I was in labor. I'll never forget her staying up all night with me while I was laboring and telling me I could do it and how I was doing amazing. I'll never forget her helping me push my baby out, and just looking at her gave me the strength to know I could do it. Since I've had my baby she has already made my husband and I dinner, did my laundry, and slept over to take care of our little Eleni so Micah and I could get some sleep. She is sleeping over again tonight so we can catch some shut eye. Isn't she amazing? Anyways, just had to express my love and gratitude for my mom on this mothers day. I love you so much mom! I appreciate everything you do for me.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

There's someone I want you to meet...

She has the most precious hands

the cutest little tootsies

the sweetest head
and the most alert, beautiful eyes,

her name is Eleni Mae Lisonbee, and she decided to come
May 5th, Cinco de Mayo!

She is perfect, last night was her first night home and she
even slept through the whole night! I love
my little girl so much. Full birth story coming soon:)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hello due date...and operation get baby out!

So today is my due date, I can't believe it's here! I remember first finding out when I was pregnant and finding out my due date would be May 2nd...I never thought it would come! But it's here, and I can't believe it:) Still no baby, but hopefully anytime:)

Yesterday I went to Salt Lake with my mom, dad, and little sis to grab some lunch. But not just any lunch, my most favorite meal ever! Fish Tacos from the Red Butte Cafe, I figured I should eat something a little spicy to try to get her out:) After fish tacos we went to Hatch Family Chocolates to grab something sweet, I don't think chocolate has anything to do with natural induction, but it was yummy:) I've been watching "The Little Chocolatiers" on TLC, and it's fun to be able to go to the actual chocolate shop and see the people on TV in the shop. Both Steve and Katie were there working yesterday and they both are so sweet. My favorite chocolates there are the coconut caramels and peanut butter truffles. I also had a raspberry truffle that was delish!

Fish Tacos from Red Butte: these are seriously the most amazing fish tacos
ever. I have yet to find any other fish tacos that can even compare.

I've been going on lots of long walks, eating lots of pineapple, pretty much doing anything in the book to try to get her here. Hopefully she will decide to come soon:)