Noodle Riding

Today I am talking about noodles, but not the eating kind. I made three awesome $7.00 purchases at Wal-Mart Saturday worth sharing. We were heading to Clarks Hill for s-i-l birthday and I had seen swimming noodles with heads, tails, and seats at Wal-Mart a couple of days prior but didn’t buy them. You know how it is when something just stays on your mind, so I went to three different Wal-Mart stores before I found them again. (One in Lexington and they only had a few left.) I bought three to take to the lake and should have purchased more. They are awesome and were a hit with all the adults. I have used a regular noodle before to float on, but it kept slipping out from under me and I had to keep shifting all while trying not to get lake or pool water in my beer. These you just sit on the attached seat and you are good all day. There were four different designs and I purchased one of each except the whale. I refused to be in a bathing suit on a whale floating noodle; you all know exactly what I mean. I see that Academy Sports have them for $12.99. Would not have paid that, but $7.00 was money well spent.

swimming noodles noodles

Since we are on the topic of noodles, I will share a “noodle” recipe.

Black Bean Spaghetti

This is a recipe I make a couple of times a year. It makes a lot so there is plenty for lunches. It is adapted from the 1992 Southern Living Annual Recipe Book.

 1 large onion, sliced

1 large red bell pepper, cut into strips (Use whatever color you have, I do.)

1 8-ounce package slice button mushrooms

2 Tab olive oil

1 14.5-ounce can chopped tomatoes (I prefer petite diced.), undrained

1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 15-oounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 3.5 ounce jar capers, undrained

¼ cup sliced green olives

¼ tsp dried basil

¼ tsp black pepper

1 box thin whole wheat angel hair pasta cooked

Cook first 4 ingredients in olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until veggies are tender.

  • Add tomatoes and next seven ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve over pasta. (After the first meal, I add the pasta to the bean sauce and mix together for easy lunch prep.)

152 days and 22.42 lbs till Disney Food and Wine


About rosestancil

I am your average 50+-year-old who woke up one morning wondering how and where the extra 30 pounds suddenly appeared came from. I am a Mom to two grown children, an Environmental Engineer (go Clemson Tigers), and a farm girl. I was raised on a green onion and collard farm in what was then rural Lexington County, SC. I still live on a part of the farm and hope to stay there. I have had a subscription newsletter, Green Onion & Collards for several years. I published recipes using seasonal local foods. I became a bit overwhelmed at the responses (I know, this should have been a good thing right?) and stopped it about a year ago. Some of the recipes I post will be from the newsletter. I will not count calories or eat lettuce. Girl gotta eat. I also will not give up good craft beer and wine, I will watch my portion size however. I intend to cook healthy, full of flavor foods, which will allow me to eat more, exercise at least 4 times a week (no gym or gym contracts), reduce and try to eliminate processed foods, and have snacks handy. I am a work in progress and will always be. If I am crazy enough to post my weekly weight, you need to be crazy enough to tag along on this journey.
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