Pinterest Win! One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

If you’re like me, which is to say, addicted to Pinterest, then I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of the same recipes floating around. Certain recipes get pinned hundreds of thousands of times.

But I want to know, do they actually work? Or is it just a pretty picture with a bogus recipe? So I tried this one out for you. You’re welcome.

One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

zucchini pasta

The recipe can be found on the original blog here.

I made a few adjustments to the recipe, because I was only cooking for two (the recipe calls for 1 pound of pasta? Whew). Basically, I just added the amounts of ingredients that looked like enough to me, and luckily the recipe easily accommodates those changes. So if you’re cooking for one, two, or for all five of your roommates, this recipe is really adjustable.

Don’t have thyme? Don’t worry, I didn’t either. I used a couple dashes of oregano, which I really liked. Basil or Italian seasoning would work well with this dish.

Now for the most important part; how did it taste? I think that every dinner should have a protein, but I didn’t even miss it with this dish. It has a light, creamy, Italian taste.  All of the vegetables work really well together, and parmesan is always a winner. Those things, along with the pasta, fill you up better than I thought just vegetables and pasta would.

The only thing to be careful of is how much water you use, because otherwise, your sauce turns out a little watery and not so delicious. If I made this again, I would be sure to salt the water that everything boils in, add the other seasonings sooner, and drain off some of the water to avoid the watery taste my sauce had a hint of.

All in all, this recipe is easy to follow, easy to adjust, and you only have to clean one pot afterwards! Win win win.

By Sam Lund

Playing Favorites? Response to Parental Favoritism

I used to joke about being the “forgotten one.” Mostly because of this picture taken at my first Christmas. The focus of the picture was actually on my older sister opening her presents; however, there I was falling over in the background, “forgotten.”

I am not sure a parent could actually forget his or her child, especially mine, but apparently there is a possibility of favoritism. Favoritism meaning the parent shows a higher interest in one sibling above all the rest. How does this make the siblings feel?

To these siblings, as shown by the results of a recent study by Professor Alex Jensen, this favoritism in families can actually have an adverse effect on the children as they grow older. Effects including an increased drug and alcohol use as the children grow older. Jensen found that it isn’t actually that the parents would intentionally treat the children differently, but it is important what the children perceive.

267496_10150248781023877_1501226_nThere may have been times that I actually thought I was the “forgotten one” or second best compared to my sister. But the truth is that my parents and many others don’t really have favorites. How can they? We are all so different and unique that they will appreciate and acknowledge different things about each child. Parents should constantly be trying to find each child’s niche, or thing that the child excels at or enjoys, and then they should support the child in every way that they can.

One of the best ways to show support is finding the time for one on one informal interviews, or just time together. Building that bond is important and will help the child have the confidence and trust in the parent and the parent’s love for him or her. Each child will perceive a relationship how they want, but parents can try their best to make sure the child knows that they love them and that is what is important.

By Karee Brown

Pumpkin Patch Oreo Pudding Cups

pumpkin patch
8 Chocolate pudding cups
1 package of Oreos
1 package of mini pumpkin candies
First split 8 Oreos into halves, leaving one side with all the cream filling. Set the cream filling ones aside. Take the remaining sides of the Oreos and crush them to make Oreo crumbs.
Open the pudding cups and sprinkle Oreo crumbs over the pudding. This layer can be as thin or thick as you like.
Then take the Oreo sides you set aside. Partially wedge each Oreo side lengthwise into the back of a pudding cup so that it looks like a full moon.
Finally, place two or three mini pumpkin candies into each pudding cup on top of the Oreo crumbs.
Take a picture of your edible pumpkin patch and enjoy with friends and family!
By Ashley Smith

Wedding Wednesday: Picking the Perfect Dress

My name is Bryn Adams and about a month ago I got engaged to my best friend!

Over the last month, my fiancée and I got a lot of planning for the wedding done. One of the major things that happened two weeks ago was that I finally found my wedding dress! After searching for a while for the perfect dress, I believe that I have finally found the one. Through this dress shopping experience, I feel like I’ve learned a lot. So, allow me to share my newly gained wisdom with all you future brides.

wedding dress shopping

  1. Don’t feel pressured: Although the employees at bridal shops are usually helpful and nice, they want you to pick one of THEIR dresses. Bridal shops will tell you things in order to convince you to decide on a dress that day. However, don’t let them pressure you into a decision unless you’re sure about the dress. Check out other dress shops and pick the dress YOU want. Don’t let your friends or family members pressure you into a decision either. It’s your dress; you are the one who will be wearing it on your special day.
  2. Temple Appropriate: When picking out your wedding dress, you should consider the rules your temple has. Different temples have different requirements for dresses and you should look over them and know what is and is not appropriate. If you want to wear your wedding dress in the temple, then make sure it follows the guidelines. You could even talk to the matron of your temple to double-check. A word of advice, though—if you find a dress you love that is modest, but perhaps has too many sequins, or is ivory instead of white, don’t worry about it. Wearing a temple dress for your sealing is perfectly fine and may even make it more special. You will most likely wear that temple dress again when you go to the temple to do ordinances. Every time you wear it you will be reminded of that special day.
  3. The one that goes WOW: By wow, I mean pick the dress that makes you feel and look amazing. You’ll know when you find the one, your mom will start crying, and you won’t be able to stop smiling. There are a lot of pretty dresses out there, but pick the one that feels like a wedding dress, not just another prom dress that happens to be white. Picture yourself in the temple, in that dress, with your future husband staring back at you and you’ll know.

Just have fun! It’s not everyday that you get to try on tons of beautiful dresses and have people tell you how awesome you look. Good luck, I hope these tips come in handy.


The Ten Commandments of Procrastination

  1. Start your diet… tomorrow.
  2. Push the snooze button four times. Out of bed—7:45am. Class/work—8am.
  3. Avoid putting your clean laundry away until it’s all dirty again.
  4. Leave the dishes in the sink until you bring out the paper plates because nothing is left.
  5. Fill up your car with gas only when your friend rescues you on the side of the road with a gas can.
  6. Go to the grocery store only after you have consumed your food and your roommate’s.
  7. Wait to cash that check until your card is declined on a date.
  8. Stall for bed until just before you would have to get up anyway.
  9. Delay replacing the one light bulb out in your bathroom until you have to shower in the dark.
  10.  Refuse to mow the lawn until people ask you if you live in a forest.

Procrastinators! Unite tomorrow!


By Chelsea Jamison, Junior Editor