With some out-of-time family coming to town I always plan out meals, snacks, goodies. So when I was thinking of goodies, homemade cookies came to mind. I decided to bake a variety I haven't made in quite some time.....and that's gingersnap cookies. I have to say, they tasted especially good having not had them for so long.
Friday, September 15, 2023
Friday, June 23, 2023
I landed on this recipe after looking for a simple dessert that also wouldn't be too heavy after an Italian meal. There's a bit of prep work involved, but it can all be done ahead of time and assembled quickly when you're ready.
Monday, May 1, 2023
Since this recipe was said to have the same flavors as that fabulous spinach artichoke dip we all love, I thought I'd give it a try! And....it did have a lovely flavor. The recipe calls for it to be served over rice, although I think I might perfer angel hair pasta next time.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
I had the pleasure of working on another project that involved taking my Bride's Mother's wedding gown and re-styling it so that she could wear it. Originally she planned on wearing it on her big day, but after finding a gown at a bridal shop that just spoke to her, she decided she would like me to re-style Mom's gown for her rehearsal dinner.
This is Mom's circa 1980's wedding gown. Having gotten married in this same era myself, I knew when she told me the year her folks were married that I'd be getting a very large gown....large sleeves, large (and long) train and a large full skirt.
The majority of my workload was in the disassemby of the gown. I chose to start with the bodice. I removed the sleeves and the netting for the front and back bodice.
I had it easy from a fit perspective since Marissa and her Mom were virtually the same size. Other than adding some additional structure to the bodice due to the fact that it was strapless, the circumference was perfect! I chose to change the shape of the waistline by eliminating the deep point at the center front. The largest amount of workload came when I had to remove the ruffles and appliques from the back train....that literally took hours. Once that was finished, I created the pattern for the shape of my skirt and then laid that on top of the existing gown to cut the new skirt. As you can see, the skirt has the same layers as her Mom's....satin underlayer, chiffon overlay. There was a gorgeous lace on the train that truly was lost in all the ruffles. I showed Marissa that I wanted to use that at the hemline once I removed the ruffling and laid it flat you couldn't even recognize it.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
This recipe goes back a long time.....My Mom introduced these one year at Christmas. I don't know exactly when, but she specifically noted that "my husband loves these".....and he does!
I chose to make them for his birthday. They're a bar cookie and the recipe uses a 9x9 pan. So, if you're like me and you really don't want a lot of cookies in the house, this one might be the one to reach for from time-to-time.
It's a great combination of coconut, caramel sauce and chocolate.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
I was searching for a pasta recipe that was a little different than the typical red sauce variety and decided to try this one out. Not only was the sauce delicious, but I loved the rigatoni....those thick ribbed noodles allowed the sauce to stick to them so nicely. I made this for a recent dinner and everyone loved it. I added a salad before dinner and freshly baked bread with dinner and it was delicious!
recipe c/o: www.letsdishrecipes.com