The Olive Oil Pasta of Happiness

This is one of my new favorite meals in our house. It is pretty simple but extremely tasty. We got this recipe in our CSA newsletter (which is the coolest newsletter you can imagine) and they got it from BUCA DI BEPPO. I believe they call this meal plain old “Olive Oil Pasta” But I prefer to call it:

“The Olive Oil Pasta of Happiness”

¾ C of Olive oil

2 T of chopped garlic

2 tsp crushed red peppers

2 boneless chicken breasts diced into 1 inch pieces

2 C broccoli florets

1 C your favorite veggies

1 tsp salt  (DON”T FORGET THE SALT!!)

1 pound of pasta (Radiatore is the best!)

1 medium tomato chopped (optional)


  1. Heat Olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Add garlic and pepper flakes cook till aromatic (30 seconds).
  3. Add chicken–sauté until brown.
  4. Add broccoli and veggies and SALT. Cook till tender (about 5 min). Set aside.
  5. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta. Prior to draining pasta reserve 1/4 cup of water from it and add it to you “sauce”.
  6. Drain pasta, add sauce, and cheese. Toss well and add tomato if desired.
  7. Serve with more cheese.
  8. If desired add even more cheese (you can repeat this step as may times as you wish).




Happy New Year


We are amazed at how fast the year has gone by! There have been some big things going on in our world this year. The election of President-elect Obama, the Beijing Olympic games, changes in the economy, and the list goes on and on.

I know for some of you it is a yearly tradition to set goals for the new year. We just want to encourage you to not just set goals that will please yourself. Set goals that will bring glory to God and please him! Happy New Year!

Becca, Bronte, and Grace

Back to School: Do Hard Things

Titus 1:16 “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.”

Once there was a man named Robert, we call him Mr. Bob. He once told us this story about when he was in the air force. He had to completely memorize over 100 enemy plans, so well that when they were flashed on the screen for a 1/8 of a second he could name what plane it was. Well during all of this he got laryngitis and he had to stay in the medical center for 11 days. When he was able to come back, they told him that he was to far behind and would have to go home because they didn’t have time for him to catch up. Mr. Bob asked if he could try on his own and they agreed to let him. So off he went with a 2½-inch stack of papers. Each sheet of paper had one airplane on it. The day of the test came. Out of 600 men who attended every class, guess who got the best score: Mr. Bob! He only missed one question.

Why? Because he had something to do and he worked hard, to the best of his ability.

A few months ago Bronte, Becca, and I attended the Rebulution conference along with several others from our church. Brett Harris, one of the speakers, told a story about this guy who went in to take a big test. Brett heard this guy say that he received 90% on his test and didn’t even study; at first I was like “Wow that is a crazy smart guy!” But I started thinking that he could have probably gotten 100% if he had just studied hard, to the best of his ability. It was very neat that he did that well but he probably didn’t try that hard. What matters is working hard, even at something that is easy for you.

We could be really good at something and think we don’t need to put any effort in to it because we will do well no matter what. Even if that is true just think of we could do if we pushed ourselves to the limit of what we can do. We could be great at something instead of just good. Even though I am one of the worst examples of doing this, I am trying.

There is no way that we can do this on our own. We need help from God who will help us work hard even when we don’t feel like it. We also need help from the godly friends around us. Ask each other how they are working towards accomplishing this goal. Make sure everyone is relying on God’s strength and not their own.

So, do hard things to the best of your ability. This glorifies God.