Pasta and emoti(c)ons

AHH! How are you guys doing? I am SO close to being done with this semester, and unfortunately I’m [over] it a little too early. Ya feel me?

I have a case study I’m supposed to working on, so this is going to be a short one.

First, a shout out to my friend Cindy, for inspiring this delicious pumpkin ricotta pasta bake!!!

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I adapted the recipe to what I had on hand, but I mostly stuck with her directions. I love how pasta recipes are so easy to personalize! I used onions instead of mushrooms and whole wheat spaghetti noodles for the pasta. I also added spinach on top, so that when I broiled it at the end of baking the spinach became nice and crispy.

I love when a pasta isn’t too saucy, but when the parmesan cheese coats the noodle. Ah.

Buzzfeed’s Snapchat story had this little chart on it one day and I think I want to print it out and put it on the fridge. Let’s talk about our emotions, eh?


So Friday night was the last episode of America’s Next Top Model. I watched this show since I was a pre-teen, so it was bittersweet saying goodbye. I’ve known for a while that I’ve outgrown it, but I could not stop following along. I can’t tell you how many marathons I’ve watched, but I can say I’ve seen every episode. Don’t know if I should be proud of that or not. My favorite winners were Dani, Nicole, and Keith. Any other fans out there?


Terry shared this on FB this day and I just had to laugh. I remember those days of gathering enough quarters so my friends and I could take a trip to Taco Bell. Their bean burrito will always be in my heart.


Lastly, I will leave you with this inspiring quote.


^I think the same thing ALL the time.

What face are you on the chart? I’m exhausted and happy all at the same time!

15 thoughts on “Pasta and emoti(c)ons

  1. Yay!! for finals being almost over!!!!
    I love one pot meals like this! They’re so convenient!
    I wold say that I’m exhausted, anxious, and happy.

  2. I love that taco bell FB post! I am totally posting it to my friend’s wall! 🙂 I am feeling satisfied this morning, except I wish I put chocolate chips in my oatmeal instead of cacao nibs. Fail on my part.

  3. Oh my goodness! Your rendition of the pumpkin ricotta pasta bake looks amazing! How did I never think of putting spinach on top and broiling it? You are a genius. I’m sure the onions added a blast of awesome flavour as well – I never buy onions because I’m just terrible at chopping them. 😛

    Fantastic post as usual, Kate! I am so happy you enjoyed it. What cheese is that on top?!

  4. That bake looks awesome. I may give it a try once my lasagna is done. Unless I just go to Taco Bell, because now you have me craving mexican. Man I love taco bell….its delicious but also a nostalgia thing for me. Those soft bean burritos will never get old.

    My emoticon right now….. I think it’s actually confused itself as to what it is. Its probably about 10 emotions smushed into one.

  5. I think I am the exhausted and anxious emoticons, but after Thursday I will be estatic. I’m sure you feel the same with finals and case studies! I want that pasta bake like NOW! Good luck with finishing up strong, Kate!

  6. I actually thought it was a joke when Tyty didn’t say at the end ‘Do YOU think you’re America’s next top model?” Then google told me otherwise.

    Although….Alison. Why didn’t Alison ever win?

    Hope things are close to or on the up already!

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