Monthly Archives: June 2014

Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo

The past few months I’ve been on an Alfredo kick. Usually with just a bit of salt and pepper, sometimes with a few sun-dried tomatoes thrown in, but never anything else. Well the other day I was admiring the basil in our window box and thought about how tasty Alfredo would be with a little pesto in addition to the sun-dried tomatoes, so I tested it out. I was right, it was divine!! I used this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens as a base, and just added 2 extra ingredients. Mushrooms and garlic, roasted peppers, or even a hint of lemon would be a great addition to the basic Alfredo sauce as well. Mmm!
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Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup pesto
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat, being careful not to brown the butter. Carefully pour the cream into saucepan with butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the butter-cream mixture to boiling; reduce heat to a simmer and cook the sauce gently until it begins to thicken, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. This will take 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Stir in pesto and sun-dried tomatoes, until they are incorporated and heat for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and stir in Parmesan. Continue stirring until cheese is incorporated into sauce.

3. Toss with 8 oz of hot, cooked, and drained pasta. Serve immediately.

Projects Using Chalkboard Vinyl

One of my favorite Silhouette accessories to use lately are the vinyls. There are numerous projects that you can make using them, and most of them so simple! Most of the projects you can find online that have to do with chalkboard vinyl involve labels for things (which I do love and have made), but there are also other fun things that can be made with it. Here are a few of the crafts I’ve made so far using my chalkboard vinyl, starting with the label crafts. First is using vinyl to label a canister or other container.
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Second is using it to label a memory jar! Each year we can add the current year to our memory jar that is filled with memories from the year. On New Years Eve we will read them and reminisce about the great year.
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And now for a chalkboard vinyl craft that isn’t label related….a birthday card! I made this for my nephew who turned 2 a few months ago. Since the front is chalkboard vinyl I included two pieces of chalk for him to draw with. This could easily be modified by not including the birthday sentiment and the number 2, into a simple portable chalkboard for road trips or car rides.
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There are numerous more! I’m sure I’ll have fun coming up with more ways to use chalkboard vinyl as well.