Pasta, Peas, Presents, Pesto?

I love Birthday-Eves :) There’s almost always something in the mail, and it just makes me excited!

All my food was good today, but nothing compared to dinner so I’m going to swing right through lunch.


I had the last of the quinoa/brown rice and refried beans on another big taco-type salad with tomato, avocado, corn, romaine, radishes and scallions. It was a HUGE salad and filled me right up!

As for my snack, I brought some more cherries from home.


Those cherries got me through the day…seriously.

Today’s been a little rough around the edges.

But. Then I got home.

And saw a huge box!!! It’s my birthday present from my mom and dad, and I already know what it is (thanks to the writing on the box), but I’m not telling until tomorrow ;) I’m SO EXCITED!!!!! Seriously.

After getting over my present shock, Nick and I took Maggie to the park for a while and then headed home to get started on dinner.

The meal itself turned out great, but we didn’t end up eating until around 8:30 because we needed more peas, which meant they had to be picked and shucked.

Garden fresh peas are worth all the effort, though.

And today was one of those days when I needed some time in the garden. I trudged up our hill, colander in hand, ready to pick what we needed for tonight’s meal. Crouching down to the plants and grabbing fresh peas by the handful gives me time to think. Sometimes, this is the best part of my day.


I’ve had this idea in my head for a week or so and knew I needed to make this soon.


I wanted to make a dish that tasted like pesto but have the parts still be separate from each other – deconstructed, if you will.

This pasta tasted like summer!


I cooked some Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta and some of our peas, then mixed them with some olive oil, fresh basil, and toasted walnuts.

Garden to table in 30 minutes.

As my Nany would say, delish.


I’m finishing Top Chef and heading to bed so my birthday will be here quicker ;)

Nick’s making me a surprise birthday breakfast! I can’t wait to see what it is…



  1. Happy almost birthday!! I love mail :-)

  2. So, I’ve lived in the southern U.S. all my life. I’ve been shelling peas. I had no idea I was shucking them as well. We shuck corn and oysters.

    At times, colloquialisms are mighty entertaining!

    I find your blog to be mighty enjoyable!

    And, a happy birthday to you! :)

    • Ha, I guess you’re right! It would be shelling peas…I just call it shucking for some reason. :)

    • NO! You’re not wrong. I looked it up. It seems to be a regional/colloquial thing. Like the northeastern U.S. stands “on line,” but in the southern U.S., we stand “in line.” :)

      Your blender looks like a BEAST!

      :) hhhhhaaaaappppppppppyyyyy bbbbbiiiiirrrrrttttthhhhhdddddaaaaayyyyyy!

  3. I am so into peas right now too! I had an amazing salad the other day with green peas, snap peas, and fava beans with hazelnuts, feta, and meyer lemons. Happy early birthday!! I hope it’s a wonderful day for you! :)

  4. happy birthday! I can’t wait to ready what your present is!

  5. haha so much for the suprise.. hehe.. yea ive seen writing through wrapped presents before. im always like “hey, why didnt u wrap it twice.. u know im gonna look to see if i can see through it” hehe.

    cant wait to hear what it was!!!

    mmm cherries.. i want some right now!!! <3

  6. I must say that pasta looks wonderfuL!
    And happy almost Birthday!!!

  7. YAY!!!! It’s your birthday because I’m reading this post this morning and today is your day!!! So Happy Birthday love! Can’t wait to hear about it and see what you got! :)

    Have a fantastic day!

  8. Happy Birthday!!! I hope your day starts with a fantastic breakfast!! Though, any meal you don’t have to make yourself is usually fantastic……….haha :)
    Have a great day!

  9. By the time you read this it’ll be the day so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! You sound like a little kid on Christmas Eve getting to bed early so Santa will come sooner! haha :D

  10. Can’t wait to see what the present is and that decontructed pesto idea is genius!

    Happy BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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