Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recipe: Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce

Two things my life is real short on lately is money and time.
To save on both of those things and to keep my family healthy, I try to cook every night.
Except for Fridays.  I totally deserve at least one take out night, right? 

Growing up Madre used to make this butternut squash soup that was so yummy.
I loved it, but it totally would not fill up my 6'4 Cubano.
To solve that problem, I took my mom's recipe and twisted it up.
In the words of MushyFace "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!"

Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce

2-lb Butternut Squash
(5-7) Sage Leaves (I roughly chop them up with a scissor.)
1 Qt Chicken Broth
3/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
Dash of Nutmeg
1-lb Pasta of Choice  (I love a swirly pasta for this recipe.)
Molasses to drizzle

Stab the squash about 6 times in random spots all around.  Place on a microwave safe dish, and cook in the microwave for 8 minutes.  Let sit in the microwave and cool for 10 minutes. 
This will make the squash soft enough to work with for us weaklings!

Cut the squash in half and scoop out all the seeds to toss in the trash.  Peel the skin with a sharp knife and cube the squash.

Heat the olive oil in a deep pot.  Place the cubed squash in the pot.  Add the chicken broth, sage leaves, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.  Cook until the squash soaks all the broth.  Meanwhile, boil your pasta.  With a potato masher, mash the squash until it looks like a thick sauce.  Cook on low for another 5 minutes stopping to stir sporadically.
Your house is going to smell so yummy while you cook this!!

Once the pasta and your butternut squash sauce is done, mix together and serve in a bowl.  Drizzle molasses on top for extra perfection.

The next time I make this, I'll snap a picture to share.
It really is a pretty dish and very delicious.
...and when things are pretty, they always taste better!  Right?

What is a quick dish you make with Autumn flavor?

**I received an e-mail yesterday asking me how often I will post.  I will be posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday if you want to stop by.**

Monday, October 27, 2014

List: Let's get reaquainted!

Since it's been 2 years since we last heard from each other, I figured we'd play catch up.
...and what better way than a list...

While some things will never change, life always happens and people have to mold.

I didn't grow.  I'm still only five feet tall.  I didn't gain any weight or get crazy plastic surgery.
I still have anxiety and OCD, although it's sort of shifted.
Whoever told me that a baby would make me not care if my laundry is folded into a perfect rectangle totally lied!!
I still live in NY and I still have the same wonderful Long Island personality.
I'm still close with TheViking, Madre, Biff, Sis, and Cousin.
I even still kill bugs with hairspray and scream at the sight of strawberries.

But, none of that means that Jax didn't change!

1.  Long Live the Love Bug
Remember my cute little yellow Volkswagen with the eye lashes?
Yea, well, apparently they aren't appropriate to transport a baby in...
Phooey to whoever invented that law!  Love bugs love children!! now I drive a more mommy appropriate car.
Despite that I feel like I lost a little piece of myself, I now drive the LoveBug's cousin.
Meet Tessa The VW Tiguan.

2.  Move Aside Glamour
Remember when I used to obsess over Glamour and read through the pages like it was holy?
I would take it everywhere and reference articles months later.
Well, something happened...
It started as a fling, but it eventually turned into something more.
I dumped Glamour for Cosmopolitan and never looked back!
Cosmo is just like Glamour, but with just a little more balls...

3.  Priorities
Since MushyFace and My man came into my life, all of my priorities changed.
I'm no longer the most imporant thing in my little world.  She and him always comes first.
I know.  You're thinking that's a good thing, right?  Yea, well, I took it to an extrememe.
I stopped going to school and never got my bachelors.  I stopped blogging to watch them sit.
I left my career for a well paying job that makes me miserable.
I didn't even cook what I like anymore to make sure they are happy with their meals!
But, the good news is, MushyFace, MyMan, and I now all share the #1 priority spot!

4.  I'm Engaged!
No more horrible dates or looking for "the one".
I've been engaged since July 2013 and am due to be married July 2015.
Although I sometimes wish I can still go on a few more man-cations before the big day!

5.  Football
I used to be obsessed with football and the players.
And then Mr. Aaron Hernandez went and got himself arrested!!!!!!
My football idol turned out to be a murderer and ruined everything for me.
I haven't watched a full football game or played on a fantasy team since.
Maybe someone will miraculously prove his innocence soon?  No?  Ok...

6.  The Japanese
I no longer work for the Japanese company I was at when we last spoke.
I now work for a huge company that lays people off so often that I feel like I'm playing survivor!
No worries, my resume is out there and people are biting!
I will get my career back on track and stop working all those horrible hours of overtime.

7.  Boogers?  Who cares!
Mucas, spit, and all those other bodily secretions that used to make me say "bleh, gag, barg"...
...they no longer effect me!
Unless they make their way into my mouth.  Bleh, gag, barf!

8.  Pasta, Pasta, Everywhere
I'm of 100% Sicilian descent.  That means lots of pasta, and almost every day.
Pasta is no longer my filler of choice.
Since I've been living with MyMan of Cuban descent, I bought a rice maker!
Yes, that's right!!  Jax has been cooking rice!!
It's so easy, too.  You just hit the "on" button and it practically cooks itself!

9.  Bedtime
I used to stay up until all hours of the night either partying, blogging, watching TV or playing Isketch.
Now, I'm lucky if I make it past 9:30!
I'm so busy all day long, that all I want to do is  s l e e p...
Although, I'm watching Prison Break.  Wentworth Miller has been keepin me up past bedtime.  Yum!!

10.  Shampoo
Remember when I used to spend huge $$ on shampoo?  I even dedicated posts to it!
Well, that has certainly changed...and for 2 reasons.
The first reason is MyMan uses half a bottle every time he washes his short haired head.
He doesn't even squeeze the shampoo into his hand.  He squirts it right onto his hair.  Ug!!
The second reason is that Suave has made a professional line that's real good and real cheap!
But, no worries, I still use a different brand for every day of the week.
I mean, you need a shampoo to wash out the residue of the previous days shampoo, right?

So...catch me up!!
What has changed about you since I've been away?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Life: Something's Missing

It’s been years, months, days, and many minutes since the last time I’ve posted to R&W.
Raviolis and Waterworks was my home away from home.

Since I’ve become a mom, a student, a dedicated employee, and a fiancĂ©…
...I’ve had to cut out many things from my life.
The one thing that I regret cutting out of my life the most is blogging.
Blogging has helped me deal with anxiety, become a better person, make friends, and even help people.

First, I would like to apologize for my sudden, unexplained disappearance.
…and a thank you to those who sent out the search parties…
Second, I would like to beg and plead to come back.
I hope to become an avid part of the blogging community again.
I also hope to be welcomed back with open arms.

That's my man, my mushy face, myself, and my God son.

I will do my best to juggle the responsibilities of everyday life and to still deliver the fun site I had in the past.
You know, back when I was a youngin’.  ;)
I miss writing my lists, telling my silly stories, and venting about the world.
I cannot wait to start again!

Did you ever have a hole that needed filling and how did you fill it?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Life: It Changes Very Quick

Good morning, friends!!
It’s been a long, long time…but don’t think that doesn’t mean you weren’t missed.
I’ve missed you all and I’ve missed being a part of the blogging world.
Raviolis & Waterworks has been a part of my daily routine for over a year, making it a struggle to break from. 

That being said, I bet you’re all looking for some great excuse as to why my page has been on a hiatus.
Don’t worry sunshines, I have a great excuse and big, big news to share!! 

As of today, I am 5 months pregnant with a baby girl.
Surprised?  Not as much as I was when I first found out! 

When I found out the big news in August, Boyfriend and I were both shocked, petrified, and excited.
I’ll never forget his face when he looked at me and said “I’m going to be a dad!”.
I’ll share the whole story of the pregnancy test another time. 

No, we’re not married.  No, we’re not even engaged.
It’s been mentioned, but I’ve asked to take everything one step at a time.
Yes, we moved in together and worked out a family budget.
This has been the hardest experience of my life.  Independent Jax has to share a closet??  Um…
No, things aren’t perfect but we’re determined and happy for an amazing future.
Believe in destiny?  Everything happens for a reason. 

Now that you guys have the basic gist of what’s been occupying my free time, I hope you’ll all forgive me.
…and hopefully even welcome me back!!

I can’t promise regular postings, but I promise to share much more often than every 5 months!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ideas: Fall is Officially Here!

As you all have noticed, the air suddenly got a light, crisp chill to it.
The leaves are gracefully falling from the trees and people are starting to reach for boots and jackets.
As much as we all want to fight it, let’s give a big hello to autumn!!
Summer dresses and beach days, I’ll miss you…but I’m totally ready to welcome the fall.
Fall is my favorite season for many different reasons.
I’ll be spending the next 2 months with a jam packed schedule trying to get all the fall goodness in!
…and, yes, that includes gaining 10 pounds from eating my favorite fall foods… 

Jax’s Top 10 Favorite Things About Autumn
10.  Haunted Houses
I love to spend a few nights of the season going from haunted house to haunted house.
There’s nothing like spending some quality time with friends having ugly things jump out at you!
For those who don’t know me, I’m not as brave as I’m making you think.  I usually close my eyes and run…

9.  Squash
My favorite food season is the fall mainly because of all the yummy squash recipes.
Madre makes a butternut squash soup that I would DIE for, not to mention my spaghetti squash recipe.
Fall foods remain to be unbeaten.  They are even worth a 4 hour drive upstate to buy the best!!
8.  Hayrides
There's something so fun about taking a hay ride to a distant pumpkin patch and corn maze.
I love to take GodSon to do this every year.  He really enjoys it!!
7.  Classes
Fall means that classes are back in session and that I'm back to the grind.
Some people might hate this, but I love being busy and productive while meeting new people!
Ok, so I'm a nerd.  Let's act like we don't know this already...
6.  Scenery
Autumn is famous for the colorful leaves that paint the typical green horizon.
The change in scenery and addition of color is much welcomed after all those months of summer!
My family and I take trips upstate, NY just so we can really take in the beauty of the fall.
5.  Hair
Good bye to humidty and frizz!!!  I won't have to see you guys for almost another full year!!
Fall means less time with chemicals on my head and more time enjoying life.
Come on now, I'm a girl!  My hair decides what mood I'll be in despite how I actually am!
4.  Wardrobe
I'm excited to pull out the sweaters, boots, and blazers!!
My wardrobe will now consist of fun, earthy colors to keep me in the spirit of the season.
Ok, so I miss my bikini and sundresses just a little bit...but fall clothes hide so much more!!
3.  Pumpkin
This is the time of year to chow down on EVERYTHING pumpkin flavored.
I'm in love with pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones, pumpkin spice lattes and everything!!
I have to do a shout out to Dunkin Donut's pumpkin muffin.  The yummiest thing I've ever tasted!
2.  Season Premieres
Since the days are shorter and the nights are colder, the couch is looking real good!
That's why I'm so happy that all my favorite shows are back on.
So, who caught Once Upon a Time and Revenge last night??? Soo juicy!!!!!
1.  Football
Sneaking out to club in hot red dresses with open shoes are over.
Now it's time to go to the bar in your teams jerseys cheering for your favorite players!!
Not to mention fantasy football makes me happy and Aaron Hernandez makes me swoon...
What are your favorite things of autumn?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dating: Millionaire Match

Have you ever gone to a place where rich folk flock?
…I do. Manhattan and The Hamptons are two of my favorite places to visit…
You dress all fancy and practice rich people etiquette.
You learn to hide your expressions and be a little snobby.
Ok, so I fail at the second part and end up giggling!!
Every time I participate in one of these outings, I wonder what it would be like to not pretend.
What would it be like to actually sit there with a millionaire date sipping on a mimosa?
If you know the answer to that question, please share below! I’m dying to know the rich people juice!!
That’s when I decided that I would try and find a rich person to take me out.
The problem was that I had no clue where all the high ballers were out hiding!!
...ok, so I knew they were in Manhattan and The Hamptons. But that just wouldn’t work for me…
That’s when I discovered
It’s an online dating website where only the richest of the rich hang out.
The website makes all sorts of claims to be the dating home of many celebrities and millionaires.
Charlie Sheen was even rumored to be on there. Talk about a convincing fact!
After checking out the website, Peaches and I whipped out our credit cards.
We paid therich person fee $50 and signed up to be listed amongst the rich and famous.
Goodbye a week’s worth of gas or a new pair of shoes!!!
After a whole month of rocking, I found not one person that was worth an e-mail back.
Everyone on there was more than three times my age or from a faraway land.
Everyone that messaged me was overweight, middle aged men looking for a little girl to spoil!
This website is what I call a rich person date fail!!!!
That’s when I realized that maybe I should stay out of the millionaire dating pool.
Did you ever try to date for money?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Life: I need to breathe!

I'm sure you've all noticed that Jax has been pretty much missing in the blog world!
Although she has been trying real hard to keep up with you guys and your blogs!

For those of you who have noticed my absence, I am very much alive.
I'm alive and well.  I'm just really, really busy!
...but busy in a good way.  I totally love it...

Jax, what exactly have you been up to that has been keeping you from us?
I knew you all were concerned!!  No worries guys, I'll let you all know!

1.  School
The genius in my head told me to take a summer class to get a few credits out of the way.
Turns out squeezing a whole semester into a four week course is similar to ancient Chinese torture!
The fact that the first draft of my final was due by the second week of class was a great hint!

2.  Work
I've been working ridiculous hours because of internal changes within my company.
On top of my daily tasks, I have been given the workload of a second employee!
Goodbye blogging time during work hours!

3.  Family
My family has been sucking my very little spare time dry.
Between dinner dates, parties, chasing mice, and just spending quality time together, I've been booked!
These aren't complaints.  I love every minute of my family time.

4.  Boyfriend
I've been seeing someone new and really enjoying it.
Juicy details?  Eh, not yet!

5.  Vacation
Next week I will be taking a full weeks vacation to lounge on the beach and get some sun.
Because of this, I've had to be working double time on my personal errands to prepare.
Ohh, how I can't wait to get a tan and spend some girl time with my Mommy and SuperDebbie!

I apologize to everyone who's blogs I have been neglecting.
I'll be working super hard this week to catch up with you all!

In the meantime, please excuse my lack of posts.
I have a lot of things going on and am running out of time to do them!
If you really, really miss me then just shoot me an e-mail.  I always respond :)

What has been eating up your time this summer?

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