Friday, March 13, 2015

Ham and 3 Cheese Tortellini Primavera - Use Your Words-March

March is here and half over can you believe it? How many times have you written or typed 2014 instead of 15 and three months are almost over with?! Wow
Now here's the exciting part, SPRING is almost here! WOO HOO I have been loving the weather the past few days unlike last week or the week before when we were having sleet, snow, rain and just pure yucky weather.
Wednesday here it was 86, YES, 86 degrees so it was a perfect day.
As you can see my mom's flowers know Spring is around the corner, they are starting to bloom and I love it. However, the part I don't love is that soon everything will be a yucky greenish yellow color due to the pollen, fun fun but that's okay.
Today I'm sharing with you the flowers above, 9sorry for those of you still buried in snow but maybe this will give you hope),and my UYW post along with a recipe.
Wait, you don't know what UYW post is?!?! HOW can that be, oh wait, if you're new then you don't know, if it's been a while since you were here it's the Use Your Words post. Which by the way for the last year has been an ongoing love story about Pearl and William...missed it? Here are the links:
Installment 1 :a love story
One year - number 12

Your words are:
silk ~ paper ~ dragon  ~ paint  ~ wood
They were submitted by:     

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

Several months have passed and Pearl is growing and glowing....

Pearl walked out to the barn and passed a large pile of wood and on top she stopped to see a paper with a sketch of a dragon? What in all that is good is this she thought. She continued into the barn to find William at his carving table hunched over what appeared to be a piece of oak that he was diligently carving, alongside on the table she saw paint, more paper, wood, another dragon drawing and her silk handkerchief given to her by his grandmother on their wedding day. Now why was that out here in the barn she wondered.
She walked up behind him and cleared her throat, not wanting to startle him for he could make a deep gash in the wood or his hand.
Hearing Pearl close by, William tossed the silk handkerchief over the wood. He turned and smiled at her. Oh...her heart did a flip flop and melted like it always did when he looked at her.
He stood and met her at the middle of barn, looked about and kissed her square on the mouth. She took a sharp intake of breath and smiled. Oh this man, thank you Lord for him she thought. She reached up and touched his face. He reached out and placed his hand on her ever growing belly. They both smiled. It was moments like these that she cherished and held dear to her heart.
They stood for only a moment but it was an eternity in their hearts.
They moment was broken when they heard the children running and calling "tag you're it, am not, are too" and they both laughed. They did love Sarah and Abe's children as their own, but this wee baby growing in Pearl was their's, not one to be shared, but loved by all and they could hardly contain their happiness.
Pearl paused for a moment, then dared to ask. "William my love, what are you working on?" Oh she had become so bold in her speech, I'm sure Pa would not approve she thought to herself.
William smiled and said "this will be a surprise for you and our babe". "Now go on with yourself so I can return to my work" and he turned her around and led her out of the barn.
She giggled, just couldn't help herself but marched on over to Sarah's to see what she was up to this fine afternoon.
Abe walked into the barn and said "well old man, she almost saw didn't she. She is quite the wild one she is. Not conventional at all in her ways or speech." this sat none to well in William's spirit for he felt that the ribbing that Abe was giving was speaking none too highly of his Pearl. She was an intelligent woman and yes given to speaking her mind but he loved that about her. She wasn't a dowdy woman, she didn't just cook, sew and mind her manners, she had a brain and wasn't afraid to speak it. He smiled and turned to return to his carving, rude as it was, he ignored Abe and his comments.
As William ran his hand over the wood, he admired the dragon and thought Lord I do hope this is pleasing in your sight and does not bring more ridicule on my house but I believe you put this vision in my head and so I am following through. This cradle will hold our wee one and I'm praying that you bless this child to be your warrior like the one on this wood slaying the dragon. A warrior for you Lord. A strong child of God and a protector of your people.
He lifted his head, wiped the mist from his eyes and set to work again.

Ham and 3 Cheese Tortellini Primavera
Saute veggies
Add the ham
add the broth, butter, cream and pasta

Ham and 3 Cheese Tortellini Primavera
4 TBSP butter ( cut into 2 TBSP each)
1/2 lg yellow onion, diced
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 cup chopped cauliflower florets
1/3 cup white wine
1 cup chicken broth
4 oz heavy cream
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
ground pepper to taste
1 cup finely diced ham
1/2-3/4 cup frozen peas
1 lb package fresh 3 cheese tortellini
extra parm to serve on top

Dice the onion, carrots and cauliflower. In a large skillet add 2 TBSP of butter and the evoo (extra virgin olive oil)sprinkle with the garlic, saute the veggies. Once they are softened to your desired tenderness add the ham and frozen peas. Stir well. Add the broth, wine, butter and cream. Stir well and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the parmesan cheese and ground pepper to taste. Add extra broth if needed and simmer until the pasta is done.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:                                 Baking In A Tornado                          Spatulas on Parade                        Stacy Sews and Schools                      The Bergham’s Life Chronicles                                   Battered Hope                    Eileen’s Perpetually Busy                             Someone Else’s Genius                    Confessions of a part-time working mom                            Southern Belle Charm                        Searching for Sanity                                  Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                             Climaxed                       Evil Joy Speaks                         

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