Whew – busy weekend ’round these parts, what with testing out my new scarf wrapping technique (still needs a bit of work – I was slightly gagging here…)
And steam mopping all the hard surfaces in my home – YAHOO! (Those are slippers on my feet, by the way. They caused quite a ruckus on Facebook this weekend for some reason?!) I ended up purchasing the Shark Steam Pocket Mop from Walmart for $69 on Friday, then steam mopped my brains out on Saturday morning.
(Before I go any further, please know there are many steam mops on the market that I’m sure work great. This is simply my opinion regarding using this particular mop for the first time.)
Anyways, I have always been fond of Shark products – they just seem to work, and forever, I might add. Shark had several types of steam mops to choose from, but I went with the basic model. I just have tile to clean and steam is steam. After assembling the mop in less than a minute, I filled up her water resevoir, and was steam mopping 30 seconds later.
TICKLED, people. I was so. tickled. with how well this mop cleaned my floors. The steam got up everything! My grout even looks whiter and brighter. I was especially impressed with how the steam lifted all the hairspray gunk from the bathroom floor, too. Seriously disgusting/amazing.
I’m most excited about the fact that the steamer uses plain water to clean (I’ll probably use distilled from now on per a recommendation from a reader.) Whenever I use a cleaning solution on my floors I feel like there’s a residue leftover, which, not to sound like an infomercial, seems to attract more dirt.
After contemplating steam cleaning my walls (this close) I chose a shower instead, then headed out for an afternoon date with Ben, complete with a Thai lunch and antique shopping at all my favorite places in town – Porch Light Antiques, West End Architectural Salvage, and Found Things!
I was on the hunt for a funky mail sorter/organizer, but sadly came up short. Rats! At least the hunt was fun (I could go antiquing every weekend) with my bestie Ben.
After just slaughtering the last of our sushi rice for homemade sushi night on Friday, I moved it to Saturday night to we could pick up more rice while we were out. After getting home, we wrapped, rolled, and chowed our way through a million California Rolls for dinner. You have GOT to try these!
Click here for the tutorial > (It’s from a post back in 2011.)
This morning, after a quick trip to the gym followed by grocery shopping, I worked all day then broke to make dinner - Chicken-Sausage Pasta Toss with Broccoli and Feta. So simple and delish you guys (albeit not super attractive in photographs!)
I was inspired by the fresh, store-made Chicken Feta Spinach Sausage I spied at Whole Foods this morning, which I scooped up along with broccoli, rigatoni, and feta cheese, then whipped this quick and easy dinner in about 15 minutes tonight!
Start with the sausages. If you can’t find Chicken Feta Spinach sausage, spicy Italian sausage or any other kind would work great. Cook 2 sausage links (about 1/2lb) for 4-5 minutes a side in a large skillet over medium-high heat – it doesn’t need to be 100% cooked through.
Place the cooked sausages onto a cutting board then, when they’re cool enough to handle, slice ‘em up and set ‘em aside for a sec.
Meanwhile drop 8oz rigatoni into a large pot of salted boiling water. When it has 3 minutes left until al dente, add 4 cups broccoli florets into the pot. Drain everything then return to the pot and set aside.
While that’s cookin’ away, add 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in the same skillet, then saute 1 large shallot until tender. Add 4 minced garlic cloves then cook for 30 more seconds.
Next add the sliced sausage back to the skillet and toss to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the sausage is cooked all the way through. Your house will be smelling AMAZING right about now!
Pour in 1/2 cup chicken broth then let it bubble and slightly reduce for a few minutes.
Finally, add the chicken sausage mixture into the pasta and broccoli, season with salt and pepper, then toss to combine.
Scoop into bowls then top with 1 Tablespoon feta cheese each!
Chicken-Sausage Pasta Toss with Broccoli and Feta
8oz rigatoni pasta
4 cups broccoli florets
1/2lb Chicken Spinach Feta Sausage (about 2 links)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
salt & pepper
1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
- Add rigatoni to a large pot of salted, boiling water. When pasta has 3 minutes left until al dente, add broccoli florets. Drain then return to pot and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage links then cook for 4-5 minutes a side (does not need to be cooked all the way through.) Remove to a plate then slice when cool enough to handle.
- Add extra virgin olive oil to skillet then reduce heat to medium. Add shallots then saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic then saute for 30 more seconds, stirring constantly. Add sliced sausage then toss to coat. Add chicken broth then let bubble until slightly reduced.
- Pour chicken sausage mixture over pasta and broccoli then season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Scoop into bowls then top with 1 Tablespoon crumbled feta cheese each.
Seriously, just 15 minutes to make this baby! So hearty and satisfying, I had, uh, 2 servings. What can I say, pasta tosses are my kryptonite.
Alright friends, time to kick back and relax for the evening. I hope you have a wonderful week!