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!

 

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

Tips for Visiting the Sunflower Farm

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On Monday, I took the kiddos up to a sunflower farm about an hour outside of Atlanta. I had been to a sunflower farm before, but I was dying to get some beautiful pictures with the yellow flowers, the blue sky, and my cute kids. And our trip was a huge success! The weather was perfect, and the sunflowers were gorgeous.

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So if you plan on adding a trip to your bucket list, check out my tips for visiting the sunflower farm.

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Exploring the Etowah Indian Mounds

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Last Friday, my friend and I took our kiddos on a field trip to the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville, Georgia. If you live around Atlanta or North Georgia, it’s definitely worth taking a day trip up there to explore. We learned a lot, and the scenery was gorgeous!

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The Etowah Indian Mounds historic site was “home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D. This 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast.” (http://www.gastateparks.org/etowahmounds).

We spent a lot of time climbing up and exploring the mounds that were used as platforms for the village chiefs and priests, and burial grounds for nobility. We also took a tour through the small museum filled with artifacts that were excavated around the area.

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Fun Volcano Kid’s Activity

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We had a wonderful low-key 4th of July! We hung out at the pool, ate tasty food, and went to a cook-out at our friends’ house.

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As far as celebrating goes, we didn’t feel like traveling far or fighting the crowds to see fireworks. But we did see an explosion – right in our front yard! We did a super fun volcano kid’s activity, and I’m not sure who enjoyed it more – the kids or my husband!

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5 Tips for Climbing Stone Mountain

If you’ve been to Atlanta, chances are you’ve heard of Stone Mountain, one of the largest exposed masses of granite in the world. (Fun fact – I worked at Stone Mountain Park for years!) We still live pretty close and visit often to enjoy the attractions and climb the mountain.

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Stone Mountain’s walk-up trail is located near the west entrance to the park and is a 1-mile trek up to the top of the mountain. The trail is open from dawn until dusk, and if you decide to climb up, you’ll get to experience some amazing views of the surrounding scenery and (on clear days) views of the Atlanta skyline.

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Here are 5 tips for climbing Stone Mountain:

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