Progress Report;


I'm not sure why I chose that for the title........just those two words give me a stomach ache. I used to have really bad progress reports in school, really bad, and even though I'm no longer in school and mom is no longer getting progress reports in the mail quarterly I still shudder and tiny bit. There are other words from my teenage years that give me that feeling that I'm going to vomit but we'll gloss over that for now.  Oh well, I'm past it and now onto the real PG. Fatima, the shawl I'm knitting/designing at the same time is moving along. It started wtih a seed stitch edge and bottom border. Then I switched to slanted open work while maintaining the seed stitch edge. Now for the main body of the shawl, I chose a fountain pen lace pattern from my book. I've only done 2 repeats of it so far but I think it's going to be AMAZING. I will need to make some notes tonight, like how many stitches I started with and how many I have currently on the needles (fingers crossed that it's the same number)
We have a busy busy weekend ahead and I am hoping the weather holds. Saturday is morning chores, making a HUGE batch of my tortellini salad, possibly giving Ghetto Jepeto a bath, followed by a bithrday party for a friend.
Sunday is a car show at the Imagine Childrens Museum in Everett with all the race cars topped off with a Fathers Day dinner at Buca di Beppo! Green Beans here I come!

What's that you say? You want my Tortellini Recipe, well of course, here you go :)

Carmel's Tortellini Salad
1 pkg of cheese tortellini (fresh is best)
1 container of cherry tomatoes (whatever brand you like, I prefer the Cherubs)
1 Sugar snap peas in their shell (a lot of stores now have these packaged and prepared now which makes this step super easy)
Pesto - you can use your favorite brand, make your own, or as I do, use the powdered, and cook it up on the stove. Use it to taste.
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
cook tortellini according to package directions, in the last minute of cooking add the snap peas, drain and rinse with cold water. Dump into a bowl
halve the cherry tomatoes and add to the bowl of tortellini and peas, add your pesto
Mix Mix Mix
Chill (but not before stealing a few bites of course)
It's good the first day
it's better the next day if it lasts that long!

alternative: Green Beans are also delicious but they have to be fresh and still crunchy!

Happy Friday

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