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.
Monday, June 20, 2022
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.
Sunday, April 17, 2022
It had been years since I made a good batch of manicotti! I have to admit, I originally wanted to make stuffed shells.... but man, oh man, in those years things have certainly changed. "Jumbo shells" have shrunk over the years, I mean really shrunk, I wouldn't actually consider them Jumbo by any stretch of the imagination.
So, I opted for manicotti. With all the work it takes to fill the pasta, putting a spoonful of filling into what was now going to be a significant amount of shells was going to be way too tedious for me. Finding manicotti took a visit to more than one grocery store....but in the end, it was all worth it.
Thursday, March 10, 2022
I've been making this quiche recipe for years, and have never taken the time to share it. Since I just made it again for a family brunch, I made it a point to take some pictures so I can show you how it looks, as well as share the recipe.
Monday, February 7, 2022
One of the details I really wanted to be a part of for my daughter's wedding was to create a bridal robe for the morning of her wedding day. I visualized something very unique and sought my inspiration from "Old Hollywood". Specifically the '40s. At that time, robes were often referred to as dressing gowns or peignoirs, and they were "dreamy".
Below are some pictures of the chiffon robe in various stages of completion. As well as the Rita Hayworth inspiration. It has a wide "cumberbund" style waistband made of satin to match the nightgown. The chiffon of the robe, created a beautiful drape, just as I had hoped. I left the back extra long to resemble the train of a wedding gown. The extra full sleeves were super fun. My daughter said they were "wizard sleeves".
Thursday, January 27, 2022
My daughter's wedding was a very intimate event, with just twelve family members witnessing and celebrating with them. The day itself was absolutely gorgeous. Cold, crisp and sunny. It had snowed the day before, so there was a beautiful skim coat of snow on the ground and flocking on the evergreens.
The intimate ceremony was followed by a lovely dinner. Close friends of the bride and groom just also happen to include event planning expertise and a chef. A delicious menu was developed by Chef Joe. Three absolutely scrumptious appetizers, followed by an equally delicious main course. It was bliss.
I decided I needed to make a menu so that the guests could see exactly what Joe had prepared and also to provide a keepsake for the Bride and Groom to remember this amazing dining experience they had on their wedding night.
Monday, January 3, 2022
I was looking for a hot dip recipe for Christmas Eve and landed on this one....and boy, I'm glad I did! It has a great flavor---but be forewarned, once you start you can't stop eating it. I literally had to wrap it up and put it in the fridge because none of us could stop eating it and I was afraid we wouldn't have room for dinner.
My advice, make it for a day of "grazing", a snowy day, the superbowl, a cocktail party.