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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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Super Simple Summer Supper

Or...What to make when you realize it is 6:30 and you haven't thought about supper. I am all about meal planning, except when I'm not. Luckily, I keep enough staples around that enable me to throw together a simple, delicious supper for the family.

Last night I grabbed some garlic, onion, and zucchini and sauteed them in a bit of olive oil. Meanwhile, I boiled some veggie pasta and gathered some oregano, parsley, and basil from the garden. I threw the oregano in with the veggies and added some pre-cooked chicken breast pieces and salt and pepper. Then I drained the pasta, remembering to set some aside for a certain little girl who likes everything plain these days and added it to the veggies and chicken. Once this was nice and hot, I added some grape tomatoes, the basil, parsley, and some freshly grated parmesan cheese. 

Soon enough, Madison, Nicolas, Steve, and Rhett came home from work, and Peyton and Flynn came in from outside. Everyone washed up and sat down to a fresh family meal on a cozy summer evening. Do you have a go-to
meal for those nights when you want something fast? I'd love to know!

Thanks for visiting, my friends.
And Thank You for your kind and supportive comments on my last post. 
I appreciate every single one.


  1. That looks good, Billie Jo. We have been having a lot of those "free days"--no one seems to know what's for dinner, smiles.

  2. That looks so yummy! Figuring out what to have for dinner is always difficult for me! Will be copying you!

  3. It looks wonderful! I have two little girls who like plain pasta, too. ;) We have fresh herbs in our container garden this year, so I will have to try this meal idea!

  4. Marvelous looking salad! I think that salads are the perfect food for Spring/Summer! Beautiful bowls and plates makes it even better!

  5. That looks delicious. My last minute ideas are grilling hot dogs and pancakes. Yours is definitely more impressive!

  6. Pasta is a great go to meal fast and simple. Yours looks delicious and the addition of fresh herbs from the garden a real delight.

  7. It looks delicious. I have to set pasta aside for my girl too as she prefers it plain but with plenty of parmesan on top! xx Susan

  8. My go-to meal is a visit to the local sub shop. Jersey Mike's can turn any sub on their menu into a salad... sub in a tub, they call it. It is just Joe and me these days so I'm not cooking for the entire family. You pasta dish looks and sounds yummy!

  9. Yes! Meal planning is great until I either feel like being spontaneous or get a craving for something other than what I had planned!
    I grew up eating my pasta with butter much to the dismay of both my 100% Italian grandmothers. Now I practically lick the sauce out of the pan! =p

  10. My kind of meal! Looks mighty yummy! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  11. Pasta Bar is our go to if we didn't think ahead. We got the idea on the cruise last summer. I loved going to the Pasta Bar when they cooked it right in front of you and they put in any toppings / add ins you wanted. So we like to do the same. Spinach, veggies, pepperoni, what ever each individual person wants, top with Trader Joes sauce and put it in the skillet for a few minutes. It's one at a time but it's fun and reminds us of the cruise!

  12. This looks delicious! Pasta is always a good idea in my book!!! It's always a go to around here also. Especially with fresh veggies and lots of cheese! YUM!


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