Avocado Pesto Pasta

Avocado Pesto Pasta

Last night I made a new dish – Avocado Pesto Pasta. Seeing as Mark and I are both not the biggest avocado fans, we were shocked when we both loved how it turned out.

I don’t think I’ve ever bought an avocado, much less turned it into something for a meal. I had seen a recipe online that made a pesto sauce out of avocado, but I didn’t really like all the ingredients they put into it, so I modified it and made it my own.

This was a super quick meal (it took all of about 10 minutes) and made a ton of pasta so Mark and I will have leftovers for lunches during the week. I also had pretty much all of the ingredients already in stock, except for avocados and arugula. Super simple, yummy, kind of healthy meal. Those are my favorite kinds.

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DIRECTIONS

1.Bring pot of water to a boil and pour in Rotini pasta, cook until al dente. Drain and set aside 1 cup pasta water. Drizzle olive oil over drained noodles.

2. While you wait for the pasta to cook, mix all other ingredients (except tomatoes) in a blender or food processor. Mix until completely blended.

3. If the sauce is too thick, use the pasta water you set aside to thin out sauce to your liking.

4. Mix sauce with noodles and warm through on the stove.

5. Serve and cut cherry tomatoes on top. Sprinkle extra Parmesan cheese if you’re anything like me!

Five On Friday

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Wahoo, it’s Friday!!

It has been a HOT PINK second since I have joined in on the fun that is Five on Friday, and I’ve missed it! I feel like the Five On Friday posts allow me to tell y’all all the random tid bits going on in my life and, to me, those are the most fun to read.

We have an exciting weekend ahead of us and I can’t wait to share the adventure with all of you. One of our couple friends and us (is that English? I don’t think so, but it’s the easiest to write.) are headed to Charleston for the weekend and I am so excited. None of us have ever been before, but we rented an Airbnb house close to downtown Charleston and we are just going to wing the rest of the trip. We’ve done some research and have a few ideas in mind, but we are just going to explore and see where we end up.

I’m going to try my best to take a lot of pictures but I am terrible at remembering to take pictures because I just get so caught up in the moment. But I’m going to be better this trip, or at least I’ll try.

ONE.

If you have a pulse, I’m sure you are aware of the trend that is essential oils. I only have one essential oil from Publix that is a relaxation one and it smells really good, but I wanted to get a few more but didn’t want to spend our life savings.

I did some research and ended up on Eden’s Garden. I feel like so many people are obsessed with DoTerra and Young Living, but 100% pure aromatherapy oils is 100% pure no matter what price tag you slap on it. If I was planning to ingest the oil, I may consider getting the biggest, baddest oil out there, but eating them kind of weirds me out so Eden’s Garden works perfectly for me.

I ordered the 12 Synergy Blend Set from Amazon for $49.95. I only got them about five days ago and have been obsessed with them. I want to do a more in depth post on them, but want to try them out for a bit longer before I write my review. But so far, so good.

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TWO.We have roses!!!

We have a couple of rose bushes in our backyard and they just started blooming again after a long, cold winter. Mark picked a few for me the other day, so I put them out for display on our counter. The fun ended when we picked me a few more a couple days later that had bugs all over them :( Either way, they are still pretty!!

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IMG_0332 Sophie being a model by the roses.

THREE.We hosted our “Just Married” church small group at our house the other day and we grilled burgers and just hung out. It is so nice to be around people in the same stage of life as us who have similar beliefs. We really enjoy our small group and it really helps to make our huge church feel a little smaller.

Someone mentioned this fun game called “Fibbage” they had played, so we downloaded it on our XBOX so we could all play. Everyone signs in on their own mobile device and uses that as their way to answer the questions (you go to fibbage.com to login with the code they give you).

Basically you fill in the blanks of a question with what you think is the answer and everyone else has to choose from everyone’s answers. If your answer gets chosen, you are awarded points and if you guess the right answer, you are awarded points.

I was literally crying from laughter at some of our group’s answers. It is definitely a game we will play whenever we have friends over. If you have an XBOX I would suggest downloading it.

FOUR.Chewy sent Garth and Soph some Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Treats last month and they are loving them. They are grain free, gluten free and are packed with protein.  Sophie has been a little pickier than normal when it comes to treats, she will pick them up and then spit them out about ten times before she actually eats them, but she gobbles these treats right up! They are Sophie Approved. Thank you, Chewy!

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FIVE.I was mopping the other day and I straight up snapped the handle of our Swiffer. The sad part is that this isn’t an isolated event. I have done this before. Apparently, I am a very aggressive mopper.

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Tree Hut Products

TREE HUTHappy Tuesday, y’all!!

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet, but the Tree Hut products are just so good they are worth the mention.

I haven’t been to Ulta in a long time. A girl can only have so much makeup (you know it’s true), which explains the lack of beauty posts on BTB. I haven’t really purchased anything new, in fact, I’ve been trying to use up what I do have before I get anything else.

I’ve used Tree Hut products before, but it’s been at least a year since I last ran out of the goodies I bought from them. When I was in Ulta the other day I stopped by the aisle that houses their products just to take a look and of course I walked away with stuff.

They have amazing sugar scrubs and body butters so I sat there and smelled every scent (two times each) before choosing which one I wanted. I’m pretty sure they have new scents, either that or my Ulta just never carried these scents before. I ultimately decided on the Lychee & Plum Sugar Scrub and the Moroccan Rose Shea Body Butter. The Lychee & Plum scent is definitely my favorite and I almost got that scent in the body butter also, but the Moroccan Rose had argan oil in it which is really good for your skin so I chose that one. That was my second favorite scent though so it didn’t really matter anyway.

I love to use the scrub in the shower before I shave and then apply the body butter after I get out and my skin is so smooth it is ridiculous. The body butter is non-greasy which is really nice because I can’t stand feeling like a greased chicken throughout the day, or worse, getting into your bed at night and sticking to the sheets – yuck!

Both of these products were only $7.69 and Ulta almost always has a $3.50 off $15 coupon available on their website that you can use.

So if you are looking to be extra super smooth in summer, these products are worth a try. They are so affordable, last a long time, and smell incredibly good!

*Coupon below is only valid through 5/28/2016.

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