Sometimes you just need an easy dinner idea, loaded with lots of flavor. Here's an "adult" grilled cheese that I came up with that you may find as enjoyable as I did.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Thursday, September 8, 2022
I'm always looking for unique pasta recipes, so this one caught my eye. I rarely use Prosciutto and I don't remember every using Fontina cheese.....so, this one hit all the marks for me. It was absolutely scrumptious!
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
I just recently learned what a "golden birthday" is, and promptly went into creative mode when I learned that my daughter was hoping I could make her a dress for her golden birthday. She had told me she wanted a gold dress, and sent me some pictures of dresses that were loaded with all sorts of "bling".
Now that I knew what she was looking for, she went to work purchasing all sorts of jewels, chains, etc., and I went to work looking for some flashy gold fabrics....sequins, laces, etc.
I found this super cool fabric which was a heavily embroidered nude mesh fabric with what I referred to as "fish scale" sequins. I also found some gold lace thread appliques that I felt would make some nice accents. While my daughter found some beading, and gold rhinestone chains for some added embellishments. I chose to add a side zipper knowing that the two non-stretch fabrics were going to make it difficult to get into. I layered the fish scale fabric on top of the spandex, only catching it in the zipper. Then I began adding on the appliques....cutting them and pinning them to appear as if they were part of the original fabric.
Sunday, July 3, 2022
I spent the first sixteen years of my life in the Chicago area and northwest suburbs. Not a tremendous amount of time, but long enough to have had the classic Chicago style Italian beef sandwich make an impact on me. I mean how many could I have possibly had in that short amount of time? But, I can still remember them....the flavor, the parchment paper wrapper, the juicy messiness....so yummy!
I've found some recipes online and first shared them with my family a few years ago. I got that crazy craving just recently and made a huge crockpot full again just the other day. Man oh Man! Those beautiful aromas wafting all day long as the flavors slowly simmer together. This one was slightly different than the first recipe and I enjoyed it even more than the first......so, fair is fair right? I'm going to share it with you.
- giardiniera comes in many varieties....I chose the classic, which is cauliflower, celery, carrots, pickles and pearl onions. There is a "Chicago" variety which also includes hot peppers. Also, you can choose from mild, medium, and hot. Also, the only version of giardiniera I could find was the version with very large pieces of vegetables....I brought it home and used my food processor to chop it into small pieces.
- I ended up with a lot of meat juices in addition to the broth that I had already added. You may need to add additional flavoring to your liking. I added in some black pepper, oregano and basil.
- the true Chicago style sandwich does not include cheese, but I chose to put some shredded "Italian blend" cheese on the side for folks to sprinkle on top if they wanted.
- This freezes well....and, I'm going to look forward to some sandwiches this fall/winter while watching Sunday football!
Monday, June 20, 2022
I've been wanting to try this recipe for sometime now. Frankly it looked like a lot of work.... and it was a considerable amount of work... but the work paid off. These babies are awesome.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
What do you do when you find you have a can of pumpkin which is close to expiring and some craisins that are getting pretty stale? Well, you find a recipe for pumpkin cranberry muffins, of course!
The one I found is pretty darn good. The batter is thicker, so you can really fill up the muffin cups and they're not too sweet. Plus, the recipe makes just 12 so you don't have tons of these puppies calling your name when you're watching TV in the evenings.
Friday, May 6, 2022
This post is a long time coming since it has to do with a custom gown that I created in 2020 for a Spring 2021 bride. As we all know, 2020 and 2021 were difficult, turbulent, stressful, and unfathomable for everyone. But when it came to couples who were hoping to get married during those years, it was a never ending nightmare!
I actually had three brides/custom gowns I was working on in 2020. Two of those brides I've been able to post about since somehow, someway, they were able to sneak their weddings in during that year. It took lots of modifications, sacrifice, planning and re-planning, but they did it!
My third bride and her fiance' had their hearts set on a 2021 spring wedding in Telluride. And unfortunately, they just couldn't have the wedding of their dreams even by March of 2021. There were so many restrictions still in place, that they decided to postpone for another full year so that they could host the celebration with family and friends that they really wanted to have.
Isn't that amazing! You can see how she slipped her arms out of the straps to board/party, and has her arms inside the straps for the portraits/ceremony. They had an absolutely gorgeous wedding weekend (I was watching the forecast). The weather was bright and sunny so they could have their outdoor ceremony and take some gorgeous portraits. It also sounds like many of the guests arrived early so they could get some skiing in with the bride and groom ahead of the actual wedding day.