Alfredo Pasta with Shrimp

I have never had the cleaning skills as my daughter Hannah.  My Mom and I joke that I don’t know how Hannah came out of me because I was the kid whose room looked like a tornado went through it.  It could be like that for months until I couldn’t stand it anymore and then would do a clean sweep.  It may have lasted a week, or a year like that, I just never knew.

I of course have gotten better as I’ve gotten older.  Our house is pretty much always “company ready” meaning I wouldn’t mind if someone just knocked on our door without notice.

Saturday, however, my cleaning was out of control.  So much so that Tony thought that at one point I was going to start cleaning him!  I deep cleaned the kitchen, cleaned under the stove, and de-cluttered our back room.  With Tony’s help I moved our bed so I could vacuum underneath it – there was so much dog hair I am not sure how our dog still has any hair!

One thing I’ve noticed lately is that when Tony and I eat a late breakfast, neither of us has any lunch, so I felt I could splurge with deep dish pizza!  Here is the recipe for it – I know it sounds long and complicated, but it isn’t. 

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Yesterday was such a weird weather day – started out chilly, then got warm, then stormy.  I cooked up my SIL’s food for the week – she lost 3 pounds last week!  I watched some stupid shows while Tony watched football – here was a weird one: “Style by Jury.”   A woman sits in front of a one way mirror while a “jury” describes what they see.  The episode I saw was a woman who was 35, but they jury thought she looked 45, was weak, lacked confidence, etc.

Then the show spends 7 days with her to change everything about her, and then all of a sudden she looks like a model and the jury now declares her “strong, athletic, someone I’d want to be around.”  It was so stupid, but yet I stuck with it for an hour!

As I was going to the grocery store yesterday, I was flipping stations and stopped on a channel that had Journey playing.  Then a Phil Collins song came on – and yes, if you are wondering, I do sing at the top of my lungs in the car. Open-mouthed smile  I looked down to see what station I was on and saw this:


What??!!  I was on the “oldies” station?  Since when is Journey and Phil Collins considered the oldies station?  Ugh, guess I am just getting old!

Again, we ate a late breakfast Sunday, so dinner was a bit of a splurge too. 

Shrimp Alfredo Pasta

  • makes 2 servings, 623 calories, 21 fat, 68 carbs, 3 fiber and 41 protein


  • 4 ounces uncooked pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions, then drain.  In a small pan, melt butter.  Add flour and cook for 1 minute.  Slowly add the milk, stirring, until thickened.  Remove from heat and add the Parmesan cheese first (I mistakenly salted the mixture before adding the cheese and it was almost too salty – the Parmesan cheese is salty), then season to taste.

In a non-stick pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add shrimp and cook for just about 2 minutes.  Then toss the pasta and shrimp with the cheese sauce, stir, and garnish with chopped parsley.


I accidentally left my camera on all day, so this is from my phone – not the best picture, but this was super delicious and worth the calories!

And now it’s back to the grind.  Can I just say that after sleeping in these last three days the alarm going off sucked just a bit?!

Charlie, I was going through some of Dad’s old negatives and a while back got some of them onto a CD.  This must be about 1969 or 1970??  Mom, have any idea?


You look so cute!  I love you Charlie!   And, um, you really need to update your blog and let everyone know how you are doing. Just kidding

22 thoughts on “Alfredo Pasta with Shrimp

  1. ♪♪ Dooon’t stop beeelievvving….♪♪ That’s me, singing Journey 😉 All my music is “the oldies” according to my kids. I’d say I’m not old, but I just had to google how to make music notes in text. Whatever…we’re like FINE WINE baby, we just get better with age!!

  2. Charlie’s picture? He looks about two years old, so I’d guess spring or fall of ’68. And don’t you just love the fashion statement – checkered pants AND jacket! And cap too as I recall.

  3. Yes, we are old!

  4. Yeah, all the good music is considered “oldies” now…I’ll just shake my cane to the beat when it comes on the radio!

  5. Lately I’ve been tending to brunch and dinner on the weekends as well. I actually don’t mind that and it’s nice to allow myself to be good and hungry and really enjoy whatever I’m eating!

  6. Feels SOOOO good to get the deep cleaning done! And yayy for the pizza. hahah phil collins? Total oldies 😉

  7. I hate cleaning more than any other chore. I wish I kept up with it more but I feel like I never have time….and when I do have time I don’t feel like cleaning! It’s a vicious cycle!

  8. My mom used to make this! Except she’d add peas. Now I’m craving it. YUM!

  9. Tom went on a crazy cleaning mission on Saturday too, must have been something with the moon 😉 Have a great week!!

  10. I like cleaning – weird I know but I do! I mostly listen to the “oldies” station here too. I love to sing along but can’t carry a tune so usually only do that when I am alone.

  11. I adore Phil Collins, He is #1 in my book. He wrote the soundtrack to my youth. And that show sounds La-ame! I look like a mess most of the time but I am so happy!

  12. I’m a huge cleaner…it’s how I clear my mind…my daughter on the otherhand…not so much…kind of like you and Hannah in reverse! lol My hope is that as she grows older she gets better at cleaning and organizing…she already has a bit since she has been on her own. My middle son…MR CLEAN and ORGANIZED. He will either drive his future wife crazy or she will love it…it can go either way. My youngest son…hit or miss. Either he is incredibly messy or super clean…lol Weird right? lol

    Yup, oldies. I’m right there with ya.

    • Isn’t that funny how all the kids in one house can be so different?! I actually took pictures on my phone and sent them to Hannah and she gave me thumbs up! 😀

  13. How dare they call the music of our youth old!! I wish I had a cleaning obsession. I just hate it. Love things to be organized, hate doing it. It’s a bit of an issue…

  14. I know what you mean about dog hair…yikes!! Now, that I am home during the day you would not believe how many stupid shows are on. Right now it’s past 5 and I haven’t turned it on all day. I’m afraid too…lol!! Your shrimp alfredo looks delish!!! Cute pic at the end 🙂

    • When I was working out I passed by Maury – omg, one woman swore her two kids had the same Dad, turns out both her kids had different dad’s and the one that she thought was the baby daddy for both wasn’t the father to either! So crazy!

  15. I know, the oldies doesn’t seem old to me any more! I LOVED the oldies station in high school and at that time, it was 40s and 50s music. Now it’s creepin into the 80s. Nooooo! I’m not that old yet! Give me a break! lol

  16. What????? Journey is oldies? Get out! That’s classic rock – not oldies. I can’t sit still when Journey comes on, thank you very much.

    Love the photo of Charlie – adorable!

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