Thursday, November 06, 2014

BA Turns 3: Spaghetti Carbonara

Last year, when talking about our October birthday boys, BA's mom told us she discovered a great idea for a birthday party.  One of the local pumpkin patches had party tents.  It happened to be a pumpkin patch filled with rides.    It was really a brilliant idea.  So I was pretty excited when she decided to go through with it this year.

Thatbaby was most excited about the rides.  As soon as we got there, he rounded up his buddies and headed for the carousel.

All through daycare, we were informed that Thatbaby was more of a follower than a leader.  He must be very comfortable with his friends then, because he definitely took the lead.  Dictating the rides and the order in which they would be ridden.

The cutest was when Lexus, BA, and Thatbaby all scrunched in to the car ride so they could sit together.

When Little Parrot showed up, the party moved to the train.  Which I think was the only ride Little Parrot went on.  Over and over and over.

Thatbaby, Lexus, and BA all ended getting their faces painted.  They were an amazingly cute puppy, butterfly, and tiger.

I think I've mentioned before that BA has a lot of allergies.  So his mom made him a special egg-free birthday cake.  A chocolate egg-free birthday cake.  It looks pretty amazing, right? And based on BAs reaction, it tasted pretty good too.

My only complaint about the party was the fact that it was on a Sunday afternoon, which is generally when I like to be getting ready for the week.  Which meant I had to put together a pretty quick dinner.  Pasta is always my go to for quick dinners.  And carbonara is one of the easiest pasta to make.  You don't even have to heat a storebought sauce!  Just beat some eggs and let the hot pasta do the warming for you!  Thatbaby decided he hated the bacon.  Not to worry, last night he had a bacon grilled cheese and asked for another bacon sandwich for breakfast, so it must have been an off night for him.

Spaghetti Carbonara
8 ounces spaghetti
2 eggs
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
4 slices bacon, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced 
salt and pepper
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.  Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat a skillet over medium high heat.  Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy.
  3. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and Parmesan.
  5. Stir pasta and egg mixture into the bacon, and gently toss to combine.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 
  7. Add reserved pasta water just until desired consistency is reached.

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