Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Italian Chicken Pasta

My second trip to Texas this month was full of fun! I took my CAbi clothes to visit my childhood friend/bestie, Stacie, in the Woodlands. I had never met her sweet daughter Makena and we had a blast! Here we are with her beautiful food spread for the CAbi party.
 Towards the end of the party, after too much wine..haha! She is always the life of the party!
 Day 2 in Texas we drove to her parents house on the ranch! We spent the evening with all of Stacie's family who are like a second family to me. This is her Grandmother, Go-Mom, who was my grandmother, Gongie's very best friend! She is so special to me now that Gongie is gone. 
 Stacie's brother's ranch house, I LOVED their back porch!
 The ranch is so beautiful. I kept gushing over the skys and big open landscape, oh how I miss Texas sometimes. (I flew into a smog filled skyline yesterday, yuck!)
 Here is Pops, Go-mom's husband with his granddaughter, Stacie!
 If you know me at all, you know I am not a big animal lover. Stacie's sweet dog Louie kept wanting to cuddle me. I would say "Stacie, Louie is cuddled under my legs and I can't move! She would say, Shelbi, you can handle it!" Hilarious!
 I sure don't mind cuddling with this sweet girl!
 Look at those eyes, cheeks, lips!
 Our friendship has stood the test of time. We have always been able to start up right where we left off. Years will go by and we jump back into those goofy, girly girls we were as children. Love you so much Stacie girl, thank you for having me down! 

Italian Chicken Pasta

For chicken:
4-6 chicken tenders
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp pesto
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
salt and pepper

For Pasta:
3 Tbsp basalmic vinegar
1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded mozzerrella cheese
1/2 pound pasta

Stir together the marinate for the chicken.
Allow chicken to marinate for 30 minutes. Boil pasta until al dente. 
Slice tomatoes and basil.
Grill chicken.
Slice into bite sized pieces.
Drain pasta, stir in chicken, tomatoes, basil, cheese, pesto and balsamic vinegar. Taste and see if you need more vinegar or salt and pepper.
Serve warm or cold!
It is one of my favorites, I love these flavors together!

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