Simple Shrimp Summer Pasta

These past few weeks since the honeymoon have disappeared in a whirlwind of activity - and at times, non-activity. After the honeymoon, I was home for just three days before heading to Miami for four days for one of my closest friend's bachelorette weekends. Since then, I've been trying to get re-adjusted to life post-honeymoon. But, because it is summer vacation, re-adjustment means setting up a routine. I haven't quite gotten into a solid routine yet, but I've been filling my days with thank you card writing and back-to-school planning, and watching Dexter (OMG I'm obsessed!). 

I've also been trying to spend more time in the kitchen, something I had less time to do than I would have liked as the school year began to wrap up and wedding planning got more intense. The other day, I was trying to use up some things I already had in the house and I came up with this super simple pasta dish.

1 large package pre-cooked shrimp, defrosted 
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper
1 lb. pasta of your choice - I used farfalle! (not pictured)

First, mince the garlic. If garlic isn't as much your thing as it is mine, you can reduce the amount of garlic. And if you like it even more than I do, feel free to add a bit more. After you've minced the garlic, begin cooking the pasta on another burner. 

Saute the garlic with the crushed red pepper in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat.

While this is sauteing, mix the shrimp with parsley and thyme leaves. Then add to the pan and mix well together.

Cover the pan and let saute over the medium heat until the pasta is done. 

Then, mix the pasta with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, and the shrimp saute, and serve.

I added a little bit of freshly shredded gouda over my pasta, but it would also be great with a little bit of parmesan or no cheese at all. This was a perfect summer dish - packed with flavor but not too dense. 

Have you been coming up with any simple summer dishes lately? Have a favorite cheese you like to add to pasta? I'd love to hear about it! 

Summertime and the Livin' is Easy

Over the past few months, a friend or family member would occasionally comment about my lack of blog posts. And it's true - I completely disappeared from blog life. I haven't posted since April, but it hasn't been because I haven't wanted to. I was just insanely busy and while I love blogging, and I love the creative outlet that it gives me with all of you - I couldn't give up something I was doing outside of blogging to make blogging work. Now though, with six weeks of summer (that could be a song title, I think) ahead of me - I am excited to include blogging in my plans again! 

Life this Spring somehow got even more amazing than it had been - I taught a winter school class, enjoyed being showered with love at my shower and by my bridesmaids and best friends in Vegas, finishing up my first year of teaching (where did the time go???) and finally, getting married to my best friend and going on the most incredible honeymoon to France and Italy. 

Our wedding was incredible - everything I dreamed it would be. The day went by in such a blur (just like everyone said it would), but the feeling of love from family and friends was a constant throughout the day. We took dance lessons and our first dance went off without a hitch and we loved our band and the food - though we didn't eat all that much - was delicious! We had family in from Florida and Canada and Kansas, and friends from as far as California (and Kansas too!). We were truly blessed to dance the night away with our favorite people.

Right after "I Do!" 
Our first honeymoon selfie - on top of the Arc d'Triumphe looking out to the Eiffel Tower!
The honeymoon was just as wonderful - we started our trip in Paris (the picture above is from our first day!) and then went on to spend time in Florence, Tuscany and Rome! We ate incredible food, fell in love with far away places and had some amazing adventures. We also took over 1000 pictures - so I'll be doing updates in waves over the next few weeks. If you want to check out our instagram pictures of the wedding and honeymoon, everything we posted is tagged with #joshandsara - so definitely check them out! If you don't have instagram, but want to see the pictures, it's super easy to get it. Just download the app on your phone and create a username. Then search for me @foreverandarecipe to add me (I'm private because of teaching if you don't request to add me) or just search for the label #joshandsara to see Josh's and anyone else's pictures! 

Next week, I'll be back with blogging full time - recipes and wedding recaps, summer adventures and summer reading, honeymoon recaps and apartment updates. For now, I hope that you all have a fantastic Wednesday! I know I'll be enjoying mine being productive at home and starting the name change process while Nashville and I enjoy this rainy day inside! 

Linking up with Belle in Boots!

The Bridal Shower {Wedding Wednesday}

On April 5, my future mother-in-law and future sister-in-law, threw me an amazing bridal shower! The shower was in Massachusetts at the Brook Meadows Country Club in Canton. The space was stunning and both Raisa and Jenna put so much effort into making it the most perfect day. From delicious food to bingo gift opening, each moment was even more fun than the one before it! So, in case you're wondering what it's like to have an incredible family of future in-laws, take a look at just a few of my favorite pictures taken by my Aunt Joan! (Note: All captions are for pictures going clockwise and from left to right!)

Me and Josh / Aunt Sara, Me, Jenna and Raisa / Me with my amazing cake
Lauren, Me and Beth / Josh, Me, Jenna and her boyfriend, Matt / Marion, Norma, Beth, Me and Barbara / Josh and Jenna / Me, Jordan, Emily and Jess / My Brother Jonathan, Mom, and Me
Me, Jane and Meg / Emily, Jess, Lauren, Me, Molly, Cait and Jordan (The Girlfriends League!)
/ Nicole, Emma, Jackie and Me
And one shot of everyone together - Jonathan, Phyllis, Dad, Mom, Raisa, Paul, Jenna, Matt, Josh and Me! 
These pictures don't even begin to capture how amazing the day was! I cannot wait to officially become a part of this family and celebrate so many more moments to come!

Tonight, I'm heading into NYC to stay with my matron of honor, Beth, and then tomorrow we're heading off to Vegas for my Bachelorette!!! Hope you all have a wonderful Wedding Wednesday, and I will see you next week with pictures from Vegas! And of course, if you want to follow along in this weekend's escapades, you can follow me on Instagram (@foreverandarecipe) and Twitter (@foreverrecipe), OR with the awesome hashtag: #sarasvegasbach! 

Linking up with Belle in Boots and Love Always, Nancy J!
Linking up with Little Bit of Class, Little Bit of Sass!

Updates & April To-Do List {Wedding Wednesday}

Oh my gosh - another Wedding Wednesday list update! I feel like all I'm doing lately is posting to-do updates. But, I guess in some ways that it's a good thing - so many items are getting checked off the list! Now that it is officially April, let's see what I was able to check off in March...

Buy Wedding Party Gifts - Bridesmaid Gifts Have Been Purchased! (Groomsmen Gifts Are Coming!)
Dance Lessons - On the schedule for this month.
Decide on Table Numbers - Decision Made!
Decide on Seating Sign - Decision Made!
Choose Favors - This is proving to be difficult! Ideas are welcome!!
Buy/Order Cake Topper - Moved to April Due to Indecisiveness.
Buy Wedding Shoes - Deciding between two different pairs.
Address Invitations - Thanks to my amazing Aunt, these are all officially done! 
Order Shower Thank you Cards - Ordered & Received! Can't wait to send them out!
Order Rehearsal Dinner Invites - Ordered & Received! Can't wait to send them out!

What's ahead for April? This month's list has actually been broken up into two parts...

I'll be in New Jersey for 5 full days towards the end of April, and I'm looking forward to a lot of hard work over those few days - makeup trial, hair trial, putting together welcome bags, getting our marriage license and my first official dress fitting! 

Then, the end of April has so much more in store - my Bachelorette party in Vegas, sending music selections to the band, officially buying our cake topper (for real) and making our table numbers. I cannot believe that April is here - and I'm sure it will be over before I know what's happening!

I'm looking forward to enjoying every moment this month - from the shower to the bachelorette party and each day in between. I am so excited that these big events are finally here and I can't wait to celebrate with some of my favorite people!

Linking up with Belle in Boots and Love Always, Nancy J!
Linking up with Little Bit of Class Little Bit of Sass!

Gallery Wall {Home Update}

There's nothing like family coming to visit that gets your decorating into high gear. That, coupled with a newly signed year-long lease on our apartment, made Josh and I decide that it was high time that we finished our living room gallery wall. For about a year, it's looked like this...

Yes, it looked this bad. For over a year. #bloggerfail
We've had pictures sitting around waiting to be hung up, but never quite got around to it. For no good reason, I just stared at them every time I walked into my office instead of doing something about them. So, today, we hung up 4 more pictures - and moved them around a bit to find the perfect combination.

Want to know where we got each picture?

1 - I picked up this Boston Harbor sketch from a local flea market 
2 - made this for valentine's day 2012 
3 - Josh and I bought this map at Monticello (we love maps!) 
4 - my Aunt gave us this awesome print from Israel 
5 - I picked this up at the same local flea market where I got number one 
6 - I made this map heart art two years ago when we moved into our first apartment together 
7 - my mother bought me this at a silent auction when I was in high school (and it's moved around with me ever since!) 
8 - we bought this print from PrintAid NYC after Sandy devastated so much of the area 
9 - one of our first art purchases, this is a Picasso reproduction print from Ikea - and it has Picasso's doxie Lump (pronounced Loomp) front and center! 

Josh focusing intently on Sunday afternoon basketball
We are so happy to have this up and excited to be making our apartment a little homier since we'll be staying here a bit longer. We're also excited to spend time with family this upcoming weekend as my future mother-in-law throws me a wonderful bridal shower!
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