Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Vegetarian Potluck Link Up & Penne Florentine

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It has been a whirlwind week.

On Tuesday, a very close family member (he shall remain nameless) finally went to the dr.

As we suspected, he had a severe case of pneumonia. His white cell count was 39 (under 10 is normal), his oxygen levels were low, and his blood-thinning medication was too high.  Quite simply, he was on the verge of death.

Today, a mere three days later, his white cell count is normal, his oxygen levels are up, and his blood-thinning medication is where it should be.  He is sitting up for hours at a time, eating normally, and on the verge of being released from the hospital.

I can't believe that three days ago he was admitted to the local hospital, then moved to ICU, then transferred by blaring-siren ambulance 45 miles to the regional medical center.  After only two days in the new ICU wing of the hospital and under the care of a pulmonologist, he is miraculously better.  I am grateful for the help of all the nursing staff and doctors who helped his recovery.  I also know that dozens of people have been praying for him.  I'm thankful to God and those who prayed on his behalf.

I'm on 13 hours of sleep in three days, so I'm reposting a favorite recipe of mine instead of writing a new post and the bruschetta pasta recipe I had  promised. 

Penne Florentine



*13.5 oz. box of whole wheat penne pasta
*1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
*14 oz. can of quartered artichokes, drained
*8 oz. sliced baby portabella mushrooms
 *7 c. of loosely packed fresh spinach
*3 cloves minced garlic
*2 Tb. olive oil
*1 c. alfredo sauce
*1/2 c. pesto sauce


1. In a medium stock pot, prepare penne pasta as directed.
2. Heat a large skillet at medium heat. Add oil, tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms, spinach, and garlic. Stir often and cook until spinach leaves are wilted and mushrooms are soft.
3. Drain pasta thoroughly. Add alfredo and pesto sauce. Stir well.
4. Serve immediately.

In the spirit of a delicious potluck dinner, I’m hosting Friday Vegetarian Potluck. Mix up a batch of your favorite recipe and bring it over for supper. You can bring a main dish, a salad, bread, a dessert, any food you want to share.We do have a few rules for our meal.

1. Your recipe needs to be vegetarian, but it can also be dairy-free, vegan, or gluten-free. Any recipe made without meat will do.

2. Your blog does not have to be about vegetarian food recipes. If you regularly write about gardening, that’s fine. If you usually post recipes with pork and poultry, you are welcome, too.

3. This doesn’t have to be a new recipe post, but I ask that you bring it to the blog only once.

4. Since potlucks are all about sharing, I ask that you post this invite on your blog post. It fits nicely into your html.

(For help adding the html code above, click here)

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