Cooking with a Wallflower – Basil Garlic Noodle

Just the right thing foir a Crazy Pasta Child


Basil Garlic Noodles with Bacon and Parsley Basil Garlic Noodles – with Bacon and Parsley, too

Like Rachael Ray says, it’s a method AND a recipe! Thanks to Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, I have a new method for dinner.

I’ve made her Basil Garlic Noodles recipe twice now—both times with a couple extra ingredients because I can never leave anything alone—and both times it’s been even better than expected.

Tonight the extras included bacon bits, a splash of seasoned rice vinegar, and a handful of fresh parsley. Thanks, Andrea!

Here is Andrea’s recipe for Basil Garlic Noodles »

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Year Three

Pictures & Plane Tickets

WordPress so graciously reminded me yesterday that it was my three-year blog-a-versary, and with as busy as life has been, I welcomed the opportunity to slow down and reflect on the last three years here at Pictures and Plane Tickets. When I hit “publish” on that first day I would have never imagined all that would happen over the next three years, let alone all the fun adventures we’ve experienced, crazy things we’ve done, and the interesting people we’ve met from all over the world. There are a lot of great memories crammed in to those 36 short months.

Enjoying Cocoa Beach before our first cruise Enjoying Cocoa Beach before our first cruise

I’m actually in slight awe thinking about all that we have accomplished (travel-wise) over the last three years. One of our first adventures documented on the blog was our first cruise to the Bahamas. Since then, we’ve been on three cruises, visited six new states, traveled to twelve different…

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The best way to find the cheapest flights


Seriously, how have I only recently discovered this?! With all the hours wasted endlessly comparing flight-comparison websites with travel agents and airline websites, I only wish I had known about this sooner.

Google’s ITA Software provides a Flight Matrix, which allows you to search for the cheapest available flights that fit your exact specifications. It doesn’t show you where you can purchase these flights, but it gives you a great bench mark as to which price is the “true” cost of the flights you’re looking for. And it doesn’t take long from there to find the website that those flights are on when you can quickly eliminate any price that looks a bit too much.

Give it a go now; it’s worked brilliantly for me so far!

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Nearing midnight, I was still awake. As I tossed and turned in my bed, I thought of different ways to approach her without being too obvious that I was overly attracted. I knew she could read my actions if I came on too strong.

It was not the first time I courted a girl. I was not as amateur as I looked at age 26 although my calm disposition often painted a picture of an insecure man, unsure of his worth when facing the opposite sex. In some way, the image worked in the past because some women found it a sign of being down to earth.

I decided to perform a well-disguised serenade, something totally unorthodox that she would not even suspect I was starting to influence her feelings toward me.

Months earlier, I bought a portable DVD player, the successor of the Walkman cassette player. One of the…

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A Festive NYC Tradition: Holiday Windows on Fifth Ave

WOW, these are great


This year, the Christmas windows on Fifth Ave are another unforgettable display.  If you’re visiting the city during the holidays, definitely don’t miss out on seeing the iconic NYC tradition.  Department stores in cities all over the world dress up their windows in elaborate displays during the holidays, but nothing compares to the holiday themed windows of NYC that started it all. 

Saks Fifth Avenue 

“We want to leave our audience breathless. The Experience is Everything.”

                  – Marigay McKee, President of Saks Fifth Avenue 

This year, the theme for the Saks holiday windows is An Enchanted Experience, which features six animated windows displaying scenes of classic fairy tales with iconic NYC locations as the backdrop.  In honor of the history of Saks Fifth Ave, each holiday window is composed of a classic fairytale scene with Snow White, Cinderella, Little Red Riding…

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Ten Great Reasons why I hate Frosty the Snowman

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Ten Great Reasons why I hate Frosty the Snowman!

It is the Christmas season and the wonderful time of holiday TV specials has begun.  I like most of the Christmas TV specials like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, the Grinch who stole Christmas, etc.  However, the one Christmas Special I can’t stand is Frosty the Snowman.

  1. Really what is Frosty the Snowman?  He is a bad LSD trip of some whacked out meth head.  The only redeeming quality of Frosty the Snowman is Andy Griffith is the narrator of the cartoon.  The rest of it I hate.
  1. Frosty always says “Happy Birthday”.  Really?  What is he a homeless bum who thinks every day is his birthday?  Is he too drunk to remember it isn’t everyone’s birthday?  Does he need a reason to drink?  “Oh, it’s someone’s birthday!  Let’s go out to Appplebee’s and get…

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How to Survive Long Flights

Needed advice

Edibles and Travels

Guess what? Ok, you’ll never guess. It’s one week until I’m off to the UK, Europe and Vietnam! Are you as excited as I am!? Probably not, because all you’re thinking is “gosh darn I wish it were me!” That’s what I think whenever one of my friends jet sets off across the globe.

But before a trip, my excitement is always mixed with some serious nerves because despite having traveled quite a fair bit in my life I am still a nervous flyer. Always have been, always will be.

So, when one must be tortured to travel 24 grueling hours 35000 feet up in the air on a plane, one begrudgingly must learn to entertain one’s self and keep their anxious mind occupied by whatever means necessary.

This is how one traveler (me, duh) manages to survive 24 hours on a plane.

In-flight entertainment

When you’re so broke back…

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