Homemade Ravioli w/ Tomato Cream Sauce

Hello folks!  Southern Sawdust here.  I enjoy spending time outdoors and in my garage working on my wood projects, but I love my kitchen even more!  And I spent a lot of time there this weekend!  For starters,  I got a head start on my contribution to our pot luck Easter Sunday meal at my sisters.


a meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish.

“a potluck supper”

I made a 7 layer salad, a classic green bean casserole, Conestoga yeast rolls and Dirt cake. YUM!  It was great creating some of the traditional springtime foods but my culinary highlight of the weekend was THIS…Homemade Ravioli! IMG_0902

I am 1/4 Italian (paternal grandmother) and true to my roots, I LOVE Italian food.  One of my brothers and I have a tradition of making pasta from scratch every so often.  He lives closer now (YAY!) so hopefully this tradition will become more frequent.  Next time, my plan is to visit my Nonna and cook with the master.

It takes very few ingredients to make pasta…flour, (Semolina or All-Purpose) egg (slightly beaten), salt and water/olive oil.  A pasta machine is not necessary but helpful.

Mix the flour and salt then make a well in the middle.  Add the beaten egg then incorporate the flour a little at a time until a stiff dough forms.
On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for several minutes.

Hand roll or use a pasta machine for desired thickness. YES…we are messy cooks!


We made a meat filling using lots of garlic, pepperoni, ground beef and sausage, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Romano cheese and Italian seasonings.


Lay one pasta sheet flat and lightly brush water over the dough.  Spoon mounds of the filling, about 2 teaspoons each, onto the damp half of the dough.


Leave about 1/2 inch between the mounds. IMG_0902

Lay the dry half over the sheet lengthwise to cover the filling. Press the sheets together and use fork tines to seal the edges.  Use a knife or pastry cutter to cut individual ravioli. Cook, uncovered, into salted, gently boiling water until the pasta is al dente, firm to the bite, 2 – 3 minutes.  IMG_0899

Serve with your favorite sauce.  I used a tweaked version of this Tomato Cream Sauce. Ahh mazing!


We shared our labor of love with family, friends, great wine!  Just like Nonna would do. (My Nonna lives less than 2 hours from me so I’ll be seeing you soon!  Ciao Bella)

Here is a picture of her birthplace, Trieste, Italy….wow, that was a trip of a lifetime!


Have you ever made pasta from scratch?

Have you ever visited Italy?  If so, what region?

Ps….Don’t forget to visit my cousins new blog Delight & Flourish

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DIY Sugar scrub

It’s been a long time since you’ve heard from Southern Sawdust / Alabama Spice but no worries, we are still alive and kicking.

You can thank my cousin for the comeback story.  She’s a Nashville native and has started her own blog Delight & Flourish!!!  I’m so excited to share her food, travel and fashion stories with you.  Please show her some love!  Congrats Sara and happy posting! Love YOU!!!

On to the DIY!  For Easter I wanted to make something for the older bunnies in my life and I decided on homemade sugar scrubs.  I ended up making 2 to choose from.
(Links are provided (click on the name)
1. Cinnamon Coffee Sugar Scrub

2. Vanilla Pumpkin Spice 

For some reason I had fall scents on the brain last night.  However, I do have the ingredients to make myself some refreshing summer scrubs.  🙂

I would venture a guess that most of the ingredients you already have on hand but if not, they are readily available and inexpensive at your local market.

Pictured below are my ingredients.  I tossed everything into my stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment then mixed until all the ingredients were well combined.


I spooned the scrub into small jars


Then sealed them tightly.


I just need to pretty them up with some twine and tags and they are ready for the Easter baskets.
The smells are divine and all ingredients are edible so in case you get hungry in the bathtub>>>>>(keep that to yourself)!

I hope you try this super simple recipe!  Be sure to carve out some time for yourself to enjoy the softness of your skin and delicious aroma!

Happy Easter!


Luke 24:2-3 “And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.”


From Grilling to Drilling

SO I did it! It happened! Wait what? I finally built something. Ok ok with the help of the hand dandy Southern Sawdust behind the scenes here. Let me explain…

My grandmother just recently did some remodeling and she gave me her old farmhouse table and chairs. Well, the seats of the chairs are the kind that look like sack string were sewn in the bottoms. They are finally falling apart. I’m 27 years old and they are finally throwing in the towel. (I know she had them long before me)

I was talking with Mrs Sawdust and told her I needed something to put there so my children were not sitting on the floor eating dinner. Now, I already have one white bench on one side of the table so I was thinking why not make a simple bench to go on the other? HA! Simple?? What was I thinking? This was one of the hardest things I had ever done. I panicked a few times, drilled my hand, dropped the screws… need I go on? So without further adieu, i’m pleased to introduce to you the new addition to my kitchen. The kid was already there but isn’t he just the cutest??image

So here we go, first her hubby had the boards cut to the correct length for me. Thank you Mr Sawdust!! Now they made me do all the cutting with the jigsaw. It was not all that bad once I got used to it. Which was the last part of the last leg 🙂 Just kidding, no really. imageimageimage

Next we had to assemble the bench, this is where my little helper came in to play. imageimageimageimage

Next thing I knew, my bench was COMPLETE! image

All joking aside, it was the most rewarding feeling. I was so proud of myself. I didn’t realize how hard that was and what detail goes into DIY. Mrs Sawdust BRAVO!!

So I now have another project going on for a Window Pane Chalkboard. Thank you Lauren over at Bless’er House for the idea.

Have a great day!

Mrs Alabama Spice

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Hello world!

Hey everybody welcome to Southern Sawdust/Alabama Spice. I’m Chase, the food guru behind the posts. Food has always been a passion. I remember sitting in the kitchen with both grandmothers cooking anything from delicate dishes to down home dishes. I am married to the most handsome man in the South and have five children.. If I have time to cook for a big family-anyone can. Let’s get cooking!

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by Southern Sawdust/Alabama Spice.  Grab a seat & sip on some sweet tea while I introduce myself.  My name is Malissa aka Southern Sawdust.  I’m the rookie carpenter in this duo and have always had a creative side.   However, my mediums have changed over the years.  I’ve made the switch from delicate cakes to 2×4’s and power tools.  Building something out of nothing can be pretty intimidating, especially if you’ve never worked with power tools before. I’m here to teach you the basics that I’ve learned and help you build that piece you love, but can’t afford.  Let’s get building!