Birthday highlights and a pasta recipe

Hi Friends,

I hope you are all enjoying your Labor Day weekend. What I love most about holidays is having a day off to do whatever. Sometimes it’s a productive day organizing or cleaning. Some days it’s just rest.  I’m opting for rest this time because Saturday was my son, Dillans 10th birthday party.  We kept it simple (20 people) but it was still a lot of work. We got up at 730 and started cleaning the house and getting the backyard ready. The party started at 4:00 and went until about 7:30.

We are usually a gluten-free and whole food family but today was an exception. I let Dillan choose the junk food he wanted. So we had the following:


As you can see, we splurged on pizza. I felt guilty having all junk food so I offset it with a green salad, lots of fruit and a gluten-free pasta salad. Recipe below. Also on the menu was fried chicken (I didn’t have any) chips and dip, and cake and ice cream (I had some)

I have to say, it felt good to indulge in some bad food. I believe that a splurge is ok sometimes. As long as you keep your diet clean 80% of the time.

When I splurge I still follow the eat light to heavy rule. Start off with salad and fruit first, followed by pasta salad and then pizza. This makes digestion a little easier.

Another thing I feel good about is keeping this party on a small budget. Instead of renting a jumper or water slide, I opted for water games instead. This kept the cost down and the boys had so much fun.


Wet tug of war. Whoever got pulled into the pool first lost. It was a hit. Everyone got in on the action including myself. Sorry no one captured those pics.


The boys  had fun trying to all fit into this water bucket. The soakers weren’t bad either.

We spent around $40 in stuff for games. Much less than a jumper would have cost and just as much fun. I also like the fact that what I bought can all be re-used.

And finally the cake:


This cake from Albertsons was delicious!

We all had a great time with friends and family 🙂


Here is the pasta recipe:


I use this gluten-free pasta from Trader Joes


These are the ingredients I put into the pasta


1 bag of gluten-free pasta

1-2 cups of broccoli

3-4 celery stalks

1 can of Olives

1 bottle of Italian dressing

Follow cooking instruction on pasta bag, once pasta is rinsed, stir in dressing and ingredients.

Note: This was a very large batch. Feel free to cut ingredients in half.

Next time I will probably add in tomato and some onion,



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