Sometimes you find an item that you know you will wear a lot. That is the case with everything I am wearing in this outfit. I find I am constantly reaching for this black and white silk blouse because it makes any outfit polished but it is still interesting. I am completely in love with the fit, length and neutral colour of this skirt, and have already worn it a couple times since I picked it up. The most recent piece here are these amazing heels, which I spotted over on one of my fellow canadian bloggers here, and lucked out to find the very last pair in the store in my size a couple weeks ago. The ankle strap is always a favourite with me, and the wider heel makes these sandals comfy for an entire work day, definitely making them winners in my book.
This recipe is a serious staple of my mom’s. In fact, it was the very first meal she ever cooked for my husband. Like any good signature meal, there is of course a good story to go along with it as well. The first time she made it for him, she accidentally burned the sundried tomatoes to the point they were basically charred. However, since he was trying to make a good first impression, he proceeded to eat them all (even though they basically tasted like ash), and then saw we had all pushed them to the side of our plate only after he was finished. Since then, we affectionally call it the burnt sun dried tomato pasta, but we all admit, it is one of our very favourites.
It is a very easy pasta to whip up, and relatively light compared to some pasta dishes, which makes it great for warmer nights.
Hope you like it as much as we all do!
You will need (serves 4):
- olive oil as needed
- 2 TBSP chopped garlic
- One jar of pesto sauce
- ½ cup of Sundried Tomatoes( sliced makes it easier)
- 4 cooked Chicken Breasts (cut into bit size pieces)
- ½ cup of sliced kalamato olives
- 6-8 frozen/ cooked shrimps per person ( omit if there is an allergy)
- 1 small package of goat cheese
- 1 large packet of linguine
Start the water for the pasta, but do not start cooking the pasta until the chicken breasts are added –see below for timing.
- Place shrimp in a colander to gradually defrost them by running cool water over them every 3 minutes or so
- Use a skillet or electric frypan to make the sauce
- Combine 4-6 TBSP olive oil/garlic cook on low for about 2 minutes
- Add the sundried tomatoes/olives
- Cook over med heat until tomatoes are soft – 5minutes – start the pasta cooking now
- Add the chicken breasts , stir and cover the skillet for about 2 minutes
- Gradually add the basil sauce ( turn the heat down/off while you add the sauce otherwise it will really splatter )
- Stir the Basil sauce so it coats the chicken
- Let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes ( add more olive oil if the sauce seems dry)
- Cut the goat cheese into small servings to be added to the final dish
- Shrimp should be defrosted enough and can now dried off and de”tailed “
- Add shrimp and stir so they are covered with the sauce
- Once the shrimp are soft and pinkish the sauce is ready
- Pasta should be ready now – drain and place on plates
- Spoon out the sauce on top of the pasta ensuring that everyone gets some shrimp
- Any left over sauce (oil) distribute evenly on top of each plate
- Add the goat cheese in 2-3 small pieces on top
I bought this skirt back in the fall when I was dying to add a fall coloured maxi to my wardrobe (see winter styling here). However, I think I like it even better now that the warm weather is finally here. This outfit is exactly how I like to feel on a summer night, relaxed yet still a little bit pulled together. I had never thought to tie some of my boyfriend fit shirts at the waist before, but realized this is a great way to mix and match the pieces I already have, and give an outfit a nice, relaxed, summer feel.
Photos By: Jess Bellmore (thanks so much xo)
I can’t believe it is Mother’s Day again, it literally just feels like yesterday that I did a round up for Mother’s Day last year (you can see them here if you are looking for some other specific types of gifts) but I love looking for nice gifts for mom. Mother’s Day is a great excuse to spend some quality time with your mom and treat her to something special she probably wouldn’t buy for herself.
I tried to round up some picks to help if you are stuck with what to get this year, but I would love to hear what else you are looking at for your mom this Mother’s Day.
- Tory Burch Mix Print Brigitte Cosmetic Case $78 – A beautiful makeup bag to use daily would be a great special treat
- J.Crew Leather Colorblock Passport Case $54 – I am still in love with this special passport case, such a wonderful treat for someone hard to buy for
- Selima Elizabeth Sunglasses for Club Monaco $185 – I think these would look fantastic on every mom, and the tortoise frames are super versatile
- J.Crew Infinity Scarf $48 – Stripes and an infinity scarf together, any mom would love this for the summer
- Anthropologie Hobnail Pitcher $78 – A classic, coloured glass pitcher would look beautiful on display and is equally functional
- Coach Saffiano Medium City Tote in Honeybee $298 – Any mom would love the classic tote shape, but the unexpected colour helps to make it an extra special treat for Mom
- Le Creuset Bloom Mini Casseroles (set of 4) $45 – Any mom would love some Le Cruset in her life, but these beautiful bloom coloured mini casseroles are extra special
- J.Crew Sunflower Necklace $60 – All mom’s love jewelery, and this gorgeous statement necklace would be the perfect, wallet friendly piece to add to her collection this mother’s day