So lately I’ve had so many situations that I’ve allowed to bring me down. So many things from the past that have scarred me and caused me to be afraid of living my life and following my own happiness! But I refuse to let outside influences control my happiness and the outcome of MY life! It is true what they say, you can’t make someone else happy, unless you are happy with yourself.

So I’ve decided to take a completely different approach to my blog! I’m sure I am not the only person out there who falls into a low from time to time and we all need inspiration, positivity and joy in our lives! What brings me joy? Many things, but of course Food! So everything will still somehow incorporate this, but there will also be something inspirational to take from it!Β  I would also like anyone who reads to share their thoughts as well to the questions or ideas I share! Let’s draw inspiration from each other!!

Don’t worry, I will still keep my normal ~Eat Up Drink Up or Shut up~ and **Spotlight Fridays** posts!

This quote has inspired me so much today:

“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely! Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

I find that I am slowly but surely accepting the idea of loneliness! It doesn’t have to be a bad thing! As a young woman, living on her own, working FT, going to school and trying to keep up with the day to day life, I need that time to unwind and bask in my own essence! Sipping on a good wine and eating some great comfort food are some ways I “Sit With” my loneliness.

Penne A La Vodka
2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup vodka
1 pound penne pasta
1 pint heavy cream
Directions

1.In a large skillet over medium heat, cook garlic in olive oil until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, breaking up a bit with fork. Stir in basil, salt and pepper and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in vodka and cook 15 minutes more.
2.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
3.Stir cream into sauce and cook 10 minutes more. Toss with hot pasta.

I had this for dinner last nightΒ and it is one of my favorite comfort foods and so easy to make!!

Pair this with one of my favorite wines YellowTail Shiraz – Grenache!! A not too dry not too sweet Red.

What do you do when you’re looking for some quality alone time? Please share!

More simple recipes can be found at Allrecipes.com

3 Comments on Penne a la Vodka

  1. Island Gal
    August 24, 2010 at 1:29 PM (7 years ago)

    Love that recipe!!!! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing!!!!

    Reply
  2. Noemi
    August 19, 2010 at 2:45 PM (7 years ago)

    Well said!

    Reply
  3. Catie
    August 18, 2010 at 8:28 PM (7 years ago)

    Great post Jiselle! We are on the same page!

    Reply

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