Shrimp with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Ahhhhh shrimp!!  I love it so much but we have not had it a lot the last 19 years since our last son had a shrimp allergy, but now he is in South Korea for two years serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Bring on the shrimp…….. yeah baby!

The inspiration from this recipe was Food Network, but like we were told at the Harmon’s Cooking School…….a recipe is just a guide :).  I love to cook with this in mind.  Here’s the scoop.


Homemade Pasta

1 C. Flour

1/2 C.  Napoli 000 Flour

1/2 t. salt

1 T. Olive Oil

3 Eggs

Optional ingredients: 3 c. fresh spinach blanched & pureed

2 T. Tomato (in a tube)

1 Fresh beet, roasted and pureed

Place flour and salt in a mound on the table.  Place in olive oil and slightly beaten eggs in the middle of the mound.  Place the colorings in the middle if you have them.  Gradually work the flour into the wet ingredients until a stiff but moist dough is formed.  Knead until smooth.  Let rest.  Roll in machine or by hand for specific recipes.  Let dry one hour on pasta rack or hangers.  Cook in BOILING water until pasta raises to surface.  Taste test to be sure it is cooked to your liking.

I got this recipe from a Harmon’s cooking school class that I went to in the Fall.  If you haven’t gone to one of those yet, you should!  What a treat!!  In this batch of pasta, I actually used semolina flour for the all purpose flour and I didn’t like the texture, so the next time, I will stick to the original recipe.


These shrimp are the farm raised shrimp from Costco.  Farm raised is the best kind of shrimp to get from the grocery store.  Shell shrimp and devein.  Sprinkle kosher salt and some red pepper flakes on them or I used cayenne pepper to give them a little kick. Cook on medium high heat in olive oil for about 5 min or until they are nice and pink.  Remove from heat and put on a plate.IMG_5227

Saute 1 small or 1/2 large onion in olive oil until golden brown.IMG_5228

Add 1 C. dry white wine and let the alcohol burn off for a couple of minutes on medium high then add 1 can of diced tomatoes.  Let simmer about 10 min or until thickens.IMG_5229Add basil and parsley– about 1 T. of each.  These herbs are some my sister raised in her garden and dried for me.  They are so delicious.  Fresh herbs are the best if you have them, but these are next best if you’re in a pinch :).IMG_5230

Cook dried noodles until they rise to the surface.  I actually should have rolled out these noodles thinner.  They are a little too think, but we loved them anyway.  Live and learn :). Taste to make sure they are done to your liking.IMG_5231The tomato sauce is looking real nice in this pic :). At this point add salt to taste and also a bit of sugar to reduce the acidity.  I added about 1 tea. Salt and 2 tea. Sugar. It is better to add less than more, so be conservative and add to your taste. Everyone is different.

Add the cooked shrimp.IMG_5233

I like to add a bit of cream to my tomato sauce–a scant 1/4 c. YUMIMG_5235Sprinkle a little parm cheese on it and serve it with a veggie and you are golden!  Enjoy :).

Run and Yoga Workout and Recovery

Today was a great 10 mile run with my bestie, Sheryl.  She moved into my LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) ward in 1997 and I was HUGE with baby Caden in my tummy.  I had him and he was a beastie 10 lbs!!  Yikes!  Anyway, back to the story, she brought me the most delicious dinner.  I still remember it to this day–roast beef with potatoes and carrots, salad, homemade rolls and some delicious cookies and boy, oh boy, did that hit the spot.  I think that my body was craving some good old fashioned home cooking.  That sealed the deal and we were best friends from that time on.  She has been such a strength to me and I to her and we have been though A LOT of trials together but also a lot of happy moments too.  She ran the Boston Marathon with me in 2013, but was not able to finish because she was  little bit behind me and was whisked off the course after the blasts happened and we was so scared that I had been injured by the blast.  She knew I would have been close to it. When we finally found each other we embraced and cried and were so happy we survived that day without injury.  We continued to support each other throughout that difficult time to recover from what we had witnessed that day.   More on that story in a later post that will devoted fully to my story about that day.  Love this amazing friend!  Everyone needs a friendship like we have developed throughout the years

This mornings workout was an easy 10 miles at about a 9 min/mile pace and lots and lots of chatter :).  We had much to catch up on.  We both said that we could have run another 10 miles because we needed to talk about so many things that have happened recently.  My hips were tight on the run, so I broke out my “Yoga for Runners” DVD.  If you don’t have this and you’re a runner, you are missing out!  It totally has helped me with stretching and strengthening my hips, core and upper body.  You can order it from Rodale and it’s under the Runner’s World tab at the bottom.  AND I have to say……….after I had a little nap after our run (I had to wake up at 4:55 a.m. YIKES), I went to my favorite place called Swig and got a big fat diet coke and had one of my favorite snack bar that I got at Costco.  They are from a company called “Cave Man” and they are filled with nothing but delicious goodness :).  Also, when I get back from a run, I love refueling with these products from JDJ Nutrition.  I seriously LOVE the protein powder because it’s made from 10 different sources of protein!  Can you get any better than that? The BCAA Shock is what I fuel with before working out and you can use it with a pre-workout powder.  The glutamine is to be used after your workout to help with muscle recovery.  During a workout glutamine is depleted from your body which decreases strength, so glutamine restores glycogen and restores energy.  I have noticed a difference in the couple of months I have been taking it.




The official email came today!!!  I can’t tell you how excited I am for the NEW YORK MARATHON!!! Eeeeeeek! It will be my first time running this incredible race and I couldn’t be more excited! Of course, I wish my running friends from STG were coming with me, but hopefully they can come another year and I can learn the ropes this year. November can’t come soon enough!




A Little About Me

My name is Peggy but all of my friends call me Peg, so that is what I’m going to go with :). I have a love for many things….. first my family is my world.  I have a wonderful husband of 32 years and 5 wonderful children, who are all grown and have lives of their own. My husband has been my biggest supporter throughout the years. He travels with me to races, does some with me :), loves it when I cook a great meal and recently, we have been attending the Harmon’s Cooking School classes and love to cook together. He is a wonderful father and so dedicated to our family. In 2014 we did the St. George Ironman together (top left pics and oh my, look at my honey’s farmer tan LOL), which was crossed off my bucket list, never to be revisited again, haha, never say never.  It was an amazing experience training together and accomplishing that goal. That year, I ran the Boston Marathon in mid-April and 4 1/2 weeks later, did the Ironman with my honey. I don’t recommend doing two big athletic events that close together, but the recovery from the IM was a lot faster than the recovery from the marathon.  The top left pic is one of my honey and I after the IM. We felt great and very accomplished, as this was our first IM.

I have run many marathons and half marathons, the most recent is Dog Town Half Marathon in Washington, UT.  It was a beautiful course and I ran it with my friend, Tia. She and I have blog called, “” We hope to inspire and recognize the running community that are in their “golden years” and highlight several of them, as well as post some of our events.

Another love I have besides my family and active lifestyle is COOKING!! Some of my kids fondest memories are of our meals together. I hope to inspire others to gather around the table more with your family and make it a priority. Nothing is more rewarding to me than gathering all of my family around the table and having a good nutritious meal. We have had so many good moments and memories around our dinner table and I hope to have many more. It’s just a little more difficult now that all of the children are grown and have moved here and there, but when I do get those moments together, it is a cherished one.