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Marriage is about winning

About five years ago my wonderful and happily married parents let me know the secret to staying married. They said it’s all about who is winning. I know that might sound like bad advice but they just celebrated 32 years of marriage and they are truly happy.

I believe the conversation about winning happened at the same time they got a new truck. Growing up we never had a mini van to go on vacation in, we had a truck. We also had a car  and while there was nothing wrong with the car, the truck was the nice vehicle. You know the one you take on trips, always road trip ready and there in an emergency.

The last time my parents up graded is when they shared their wisdom. Dad said was I want a new truck for hunting and I’m getting a new truck, I win. Mom said Dad’s work is too far away so I will be driving the new truck during the week and he will only drive it on the weekends so really it’s mine, I win. The conversation was between the three of us and full of sas, but they both said that the key to a happy marriage is winning. (They both we also convinced that they w0n.) 

I finally understand (and agree)!

Last night, after two years of marriage,  Hdubs not only ate spinach, asparagus, and zucchini but he said it was delicious! I WIN! I WIN! I WIN!

For you to fully understand how huge this really is you need to know that when Hdubs and I got married the only veggies he would eat where corn, green beans, lettuces and tomatoes. Besides a salad the veggies needed to be sparingly and there needed to be a whole lot of potatoes and meat to cover them up.

Last night was different, my friend… last night I made what I am calling an Italian Garden Pasta and Hdubs loved it! (Please picture someone dancing in the kitchen singing “I believe in Miracles”) 

So for the Love of Food and Winning in at Marriage here is the 20 min two pot recipe:

Ignore the utensils…. I use a lot of spoons when I cook

Italian Garden Pasta


  • 1/2 large Onion diced
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 10 spears of asparagus diced
  • One bag of medium size cooked shrimp (thawed and rinsed)
  • 6 oz or 1/2 a small bag of spinach
  • 1 knorr chicken bullion cube
  • 1 1/2 tblsp dry Italian dressing base spice mix (from Penzeys)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tblsp corn starch –(maybe)
  • Tortellini – I only boil a small pack because Hdubs doesn’t eat pasta.


In a large skillet place your water, onion, zucchini, asparagus, garlic, bullion, Italian dressing base spice mix and let cook on med-high (on my stove top that’s a 6/7) for about 12-15 mins or until the veggies are almost ready.

At the same time start your pasta water and cook your tortellini per the package. (Unless you made your own, then you should be smart enough to know how to cook them) 🙂

Once veggies look almost done add the shrimp and spinach. Let this cook for 3-5 mins until the spinach is wilted and then remove from the heat source. ** At this point you can add your tortellini to the dish and enjoy!

** So because Hdubs doesn’t do pasta and eats everything with bread this is when I would add the cornstarch mixed with water, IF the sauce was too soup like. Keep this part, skip this part do whatever you think it best. 🙂

Ok so now that you have my amazing recipe,  DO YOU SEE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT?!?!? Look at all those veggies he ate and told me that he LOVED yes my friends LOVED dinner! #marriageisaboutwinning



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