Ice + Cream

Today was so long.

I stopped working at lunch time when my office closed, and the rest of my afternoon included:

  • tissues
  • snuggling with Maggie
  • One Tree Hill season 2
  • napping when I could actually breathe

Nick came home a bit early today because of the weather, and I made the meal I wanted to have last night for dinner.


I saw Rachael Ray make this pasta and wine-poached sausages a few weeks ago, and it immediately went on my meal plan.


I cooked up some whole wheat shell pasta while the turkey sausages were poaching in the wine. While everything was on the stove, I made a quick pesto in my blender with:

  • basil
  • parsley
  • pinenuts
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • parmesan cheese

Once the pasta was cooked, I added in a spoonful of the pasta water to the pesto and then mixed the pasta with the pesto sauce.

In the same pot I cooked the pasta in, I quickly cooked some kale with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic, and mixed that in the pasta.

Once the sausages were cooked, I just sliced them up to put on the pasta.


It sounds like SO many steps and things to do, but it wasn’t bad once everything was going.

The pesto is quick and easy, and the sausages + pasta can cook at the same time. Then, the greens in the pasta just take a minute right before serving!

I really liked this meal…and even with my sickly taste buds, I could taste the pesto.


and…yes, our deck is coated in ice and there’s more freezing rain on the way, but I HAD to have ice cream today.

All I kept thinking about was having a blizzard because I knew the cold ice cream would feel great on my itchy/scratchy throat.

And I was right :)


Nick and I just got back from picking up ice cream – a Hawaiian blizzard for him and mint oreo for me.

I still can’t breathe very well, my nose is stopped up, and my head still feels a little like a big balloon, but at least my throat feels better. Even if just for a minute.


I think there’s a new Office on tonight? I’m hoping I can stay awake for it.





  1. What do you think of One Tree Hill season two? It really starts to change in season two from a show about brothers to a crazy show about catfights and stalkers and psychos and craziness. It was a tough adjustment for me, but now I’m so used to it I actually miss the crazy when they go back to straightforward stories! LOL.

  2. Awww you poor thing, I am so sorry you are stuffy and not feeling well. But, I must admit, spending the afternoon in your pj’s watching one tree hill with Maggie does sound enticing! :)

    Feel better soon. Hope that blizzard helps. Ice cream ALWAYS does the trick! :)

    Love you!

  3. Awww, I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. Head colds are the worst!

    I love that you got ice cream! My mom used to always tell me ice cream would make me sicker. Whatevs. :)

    Get some rest and get better soon!

  4. ahhh season two is my favorite! soooo intense!

  5. Ice cream makes everything better!! Hope you are de-stuffed tomorrow…

  6. Haha the best part of having a sore throat…the absolutely essential ice cream!!

  7. wow. that meal looks amazing, brandi! i may have to replicate it sometime! mmm.. cookies & cream from DQ is one of my old faves. hope you wake up feeling better tomorrow. love your face!

  8. dairy queeeeen!!! wine poached sausages sounds flavorful and delicious. i wonder if it would work on tofurkey sausages. probably not.

  9. One Tree Hill cures anything. :)

  10. hope you enjoyed the office! definitely one of the shows i do not miss for anything :)

  11. I ADORE Blizzards – as a matter of fact, I haven’t had one in WAY too long…looks amazing, and so does your dinner :)

    Hope you’re feeling better – I’m sure the Blizzard helped ;) – this time of year sucks sickness-wise, ugh. Sending healthy vibes your way :)

  12. I am so sorry to hear that you arent feeling to well, but I am sure that you will quickly start feeling better as long as you relax and let your body heal!! I also think that it is great that you treated yourself to a Blizzard, because as the saying goes…. “Starve a flue and feed a cold”!! Hope you have a great night!! :)

  13. I hope you feel better soon!! I love ice scream on a scratchy throat. It’s so much more soothing than just plain liquid. Hopefully you get well soon enough to enjoy the weekend :)

  14. awee i hope you are resting up! and feeling spiffy soon <3

  15. I just got over something. It’s such a bummer being sick! Careful with the dairy…it will give you more snot (gross, I know)!

  16. Ooo a DQ blizzard sounds good anytime no matter what the weather is–I love the strawberry cheesequake!!!
    Hope you feel better soon dear–take care :-)

  17. That blizzard looks amazing! So does the pasta dish. Hope you start feeling better asap!

  18. Mm your dinner sound lovely! So sorry you’re still suffering through that head cold, but I’m glad the ice cream helped ;)

    If there was a new Office last night, I missed it! Need to get on that today.

  19. I totally crave ice cream in the cold. I remember growing up, having snow days, and my dad going out to get ice cream for us.

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