Foodie Friday

Today’s Foodie Friday post is a delicious pasta dish that you could make this Labor Day weekend to impress your guests! It’s super easy.. I based this recipe off one of my favorite pasta dishes at the restaurant Brio. I invented this dish because unfortuneately the pasta pesto dish I loved so much at Brio was discontinued! How rude. But anyway, here is the recipe!

Ingredients Needed: Sun Dried Tomatoes – Pesto Sauce – Pine Nuts – Baby Spinach – Penne Pasta (or whatever is your favorite pasta!) – Parmesan Cheese/Feta Cheese (optional)

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This is literally one of the easiest pasta dishes. First, cook your pasta (follow directions on the box). Once the pasta is cooked, drain it, and return it to your sauce pan. Turn the heat on low. Next, add in the pesto sauce, sun dried tomatoes and baby spinach. (I don’t give amounts because it really is up to you and what you like most). Why you need to turn the heat on low is to slowly wilt the spinach slightly. Add in the pine nuts, and feta cheese/parmesan cheese(if you want). Some people might toast the pine nuts, but that seems like a lot of unneeded effort. Normal pine nuts taste GREAT! So that’s all there is to this dish! I mean seriously, how easy is that?!  Another addition to this dish – you could add in cut up chicken tenderloins chunks to give it more of a hearty taste (obviously cook the chicken before you add it).



Doesn’t that look SO delish!? Let me know what you think!



Reality Roundup

Reality TV has really stepped up in the last few weeks. Between Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Below Deck, Real Housewives NJ AND OC, Top Chef Duels, Jersey Belle, Million Dollar Listing LA…. the list goes on and on! So here are my top picks of the week:

Quote of the Week (from Real Housewives of Orange County): “The last time I saw him, he said he beat you and called you a whore!”  –  Tamra #RealityGold

Don’t Be Tardy – I mean honestly, Kim camping………that’s really all that needs to be said.

Real Housewives of NJ – I normally love the New Jersey housewives… but this season, I’m not totally feeling it. I hate the new cast members – the twins voices are just flat out annoying, and Amber bugs me. Amber’s husband is THE WORST! But, I love Dina & Melissa, so I am hopeful that the rest of the season will get better. There’s not even anything to discuss, because so far all that has happened is dumb petty drama with the twins that I just really don’t care about.

Real Housewives of OC – I know it’s already reunion time, but really the summary of the season is the following: Shannon Beador is the BEST, and Tamra lies A LOT!

Top Chef Duels – I like the new vibe. I actually have 2 episodes on my Tivo right now…so I’m not totally caught up. But… survey says.. I approve!

Million Dollar Listing LA: I love all the Million Dollar Listing shows (except Miami…that was dumb). I can’t wait to see what happens with Josh Altman and his fiancé! And Josh Flagg always makes me laugh. The British twins seem pretty funny, so I think it’s going to be a GREAT season.

So what do you think? Do you agree with me?? What is your favorite show of the moment?!

Let me know!





Relationship Wednesday

I have decided to instigate “Relationship Wednesday”. This is where I will post about my relationship. Why? Because my boyfriend and I have a very odd, yet very normal (I think) relationship. And I feel like I most people would relate. Also, I just kind of need to vent sometimes! You guys will be my therapy. haha. So here goes….

Today, my boyfriend called me annoying. And yes, I get that I am annoying, but you aren’t supposed to tell me that! I was like –mouth dropped open– “RUDE!!!” And he’s like “Well, you are being annoying!” And I get all huffy and storm off to the upstairs. And then I think, hmm what should I do now? And then I watch Real Housewives of New Jersey, and forget anything ever happened. So should I take these things that he says to heart? Probs not… but no one ever wants to be called annoying! And lets be honest, usually the only reason I am being annoying is because I don’t feel like he is giving me enough attention. So it really is his fault. haha. And I have told him this…but he doesn’t seem to get it. I guess I will just continue to be annoying and see what happens. 🙂

What do you think?? Does this happen to you too?? Let me know !



Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ) are unreal. I had heard of the brand for a while, but thought – as the name states – that they were more for moms. And then I was at Nordstrom Rack…and boom! There were a lot of the Not Your Daughter’s Jeans on the racks. I had just recently heard from my mom that my aunt raved about her NYDJ and said my mom HAD to try them. So I thought, why not. I’ll give them a try. I needed a new pair of jeans. I tried them on, and was so shocked. I have gained about 20 pounds in the last few months, and jeans/pants were just in general not looking good. But the NYDJ jeans looked great on me! Theyslimmed my stomach, and got rid of my love handles! They come up higher than normal jeans(around my belly button) but it’s perfect because then you don’t have the love handles popping out. They also have a hint of stretch, which makes them comfy and slightly more forgiving. I was shocked and very happy. It sounds corny, but my new NYDJ really helped my self confidence. I’ve slowly been working on loosing the weight I gained, but I am happy to know that I have a pair of jeans I feel comfortable wearing until that happens.

Not Your Daughter’s Jeans are sold at many major department stores. If they are too pricy for you, check out Nordstrom Rack. I got mine at a very good price!

To check them out, click here: NYDJ

So what do you think? Are you a fan of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans?! Let me know!


Mani Monday!

So obviously it is not Monday…but since I have been off for 2 months, I have so many exciting nail polish colors to show you! So today is an honorary “Mani Monday”. One of my fave finds from this summer was this gorgeous pink color by Essie. It is the perfect ‘ballet slippers’ kind of pink. I put it on, an immediately fell in love. The color is called “Muchi, Muchi”.


Let me know what you think! Isn’t this just the most perfect pink!? 


I’m Back!

After a few months off for summer vacation, I am happy to say…Powder Babes is officially BACK!! Get ready for new posts each day! I’ve missed everyone and can’t wait to get going again. As always, don’t forget to leave me comments! And tweet me @powderbabes!