Homemade Pasta Using the KitchenAid Mixer

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I mentioned in the recipe for my caramelized onion bolognese that we served the sauce over homemade pasta. If you’ve never made homemade pasta – you should at least try it once. It’s not that hard – I promise! Our kids love helping us make pasta, almost as much as they love eating it!

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Although on this day, Maddie was the only one interested in cooking. Graham decided he would rather play on the iPad. Silly boy.

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We’ve always used the recipe that came with the pasta attachment for the KitchenAid mixer. It turns out great! (Although we use a tiny bit more water than the recipe calls for – just so the dough binds together easier.)

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Josh is always in charge of kneading the pasta.

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I’ll stick to chopping the herbs and grating the cheese.

Homemade Pasta Using the KitchenAid Mixer | Sunshine and Holly

Homemade Pasta Using the KitchenAid Mixer | Sunshine and Holly

Pasta time!

 

Homemade Pasta Using the KitchenAid Mixer | Sunshine and Holly

 

So much fun! Want to have your own family-fun day of pasta making? Here are the tools you’ll need:

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Pasta Roller and Cutter Attachment Set

The recipe included with the pasta attachment calls for just 4 ingredients – eggs, water, flour, and salt. And of course, you’ll need a yummy sauce to go on top! The process is simple, and really doesn’t take too long, when you consider you’re making enough pasta to have leftovers, or even freeze some for later.

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Homemade Pasta Using the KitchenAid Mixer | Sunshine and Holly

Have you ever made fresh pasta? What’s your favorite pasta dish?

Caramelized Onion Bolognese

Caramelized Onion Bolognese | sunshineandholly.com

To me, comfort food is a big bowl of pasta. It speaks to me all about love, home, family, laughter, warmth, and togetherness. The twirl of a fork, the sprinkle of parmesan, the slurp of a noodle – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Caramelized Onion Bolognese | sunshineandholly.com

One of my favorite sauces is a hearty, warm, meaty bowl of bolognese. My recipe is slightly sweet from the caramelized onions, but still savory and filling. The herbs give the recipe depth, and I love how the chunky diced vegetables give the sauce great texture.

Caramelized Onion Bolognese | sunshineandholly.com

Caramelized Onion Bolognese | sunshineandholly.com

My caramelized onion bolognese is perfect over a larger pasta, like linguine, pappardelle, or tagliatelle. But it’s great with spaghetti noodles too, and that’s what we usually have in our pantry. You could also pile it on top of polenta. I’ve also been known to eat it plain out of a bowl, like chili. It’s that good!

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10 Adorable Cooking Tools You’ve Gotta Have

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I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Most days at home with the kids just drag on, and I’m literally counting down the minutes until I can turn on some Paw Patrol for the rug rats and escape to the kitchen to cook dinner. It’s my “me time.” Some days I turn on my Dolly Parton Pandora station, tie my apron around my waist, and channel my inner 50’s housewife while I whip up something tasty for my family. And some days, I throw my dirty hair up into a messy bun, adjust the waist band of my tattered old yoga pants, and boil up some water for boxed mac and cheese. Just keepin’ it real here!

But regardless of whether you love cooking or hate it, cook like Julia Child or cook like a child, we can all agree that having cute kitchen gadgets makes cooking more fun.

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Here are 10 adorable cooking tools you’ve gotta have.

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Quick and Easy 4th of July Cookie Pizza

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We’ve been making cookie pizza for years. I remember making one to share with my classmates back in college and it was a huge hit! And while there are tons of different recipes for cookie pizza on Pinterest, my quick and easy 4th of July cookie pizza is great because it starts with a pouch of store-bought sugar cookie mix. It’s also a super versatile recipe – you can customize it for any holiday. A heart pizza for Valentine’s Day, a Christmas tree for Christmas, a margarita shaped pizza for World Margarita Day. Ha! (It’s in February FYI.) The possibilities are endless!

My kids absolutely love making fruit pizza. They like spreading the frosting, placing the fruit, and drizzling the topping. And the fruit totally makes this a healthy recipe, right?

My quick and easy 4th of July cookie pizza is a perfect dessert to take to a 4th of July potluck or barbecue. Just wait and arrange the fruit and drizzle the marmalade at the last minute. It doesn’t keep well (it starts to get mushy) so make sure you eat all of it in one sitting. Which isn’t hard for my family to do!

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Where to Eat, Play, and Stay on Tybee Island

Where to Eat, Play, and Stay on Tybee Island | sunshineandholly.com

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We’ve been visiting Tybee Island for years. It’s only a 4 hour drive from Atlanta, so it’s one of the closest beaches around. It’s a small island with a family-friendly atmosphere. There aren’t a ton of attractions or restaurants, but the few they do have are wonderful! And it’s a quick drive to Savannah, where you can find tons of great restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.

 

Here are a few of my family’s favorite places to eat, play, and stay on Tybee Island.

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