Saturday, March 18, 2017

~Cooking with Girlfriends~

I love cooking,
 especially with girlfriends.
My girlfriends, 
Kim and Denise came over and we made homemade pasta.
I have the attachment for our Kitchenaid
 to make fettuccine, lasagna and spaghetti.
We made fettuccine. 
Denise brought her Nona's tablecloth that she gave to her. 
It was so special making pasta on her grandmother's tablecloth.
Stan made some butternut squash with dill earlier which we used to make butternut squash ravioli.
We made lasagna with the attachment then cut out ravioli.

They were so beautiful laid out on the tablecloth!


We also made ricotta cheese. 
It was so good and easy to make!!
Denise made the marinara sauce.
It was delicious!!
I also made a sage butter sauce.
The ravioli were so good that night!!
I also wanted to share with you a cooking class I went to
with the girls in February.
Sur La Table 
near us had a
 Girls Night Out Cooking Class!
Denise, Kim and Me
They grow their own fresh herbs with grow lights.
~Roasted Grape and Brie Crostini~
~Watercress Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette, Toasted Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese~
Chef Yapo taught us lots of cooking techniques in the kitchen.
~White Wine Poached Salmon with Tarragon Beurre Blanc~
~Mimosa Sorbet~
It was lots of fun learning new recipes!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

~Roses & Champagne Birthday Party~

I hosted a birthday party for my girlfriend, Yuri.
The theme was
 Roses & Champagne!
I decorated with pretty roses everywhere!
The centerpiece roses were real.
I had fun making the pink tissue & crepe paper ones.
If you go online there's lots of patterns to make them!
The purple roses are from a kit from Martha Stewart! 



The centerpiece was fresh roses.
The wine and water glasses are from Anthropologie.
The dishes are Royal Albert, New Country Roses and 
Royal Albert, Polka Rose.
I had little champagne bottles with their name tags on them.



When the girls arrived, 
I served gin & tonic drinks with
 pretty straws & rosemary sprigs!
I found rose paper plates and napkins for the appetizers.
I chopped up some pistachios.
I made Dates with Orange, Pistachios and Goat Cheese
 for an appetizer.
The recipe is from the cookbook,
The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson.
I made small caprese salads on a salt block.
I served cooked shrimp on a bigger salt block with lemon & dill.
I made Crostini with brie, walnuts and drizzled honey.
For lunch
 I made Ina Garten's
Zucchini Basil Soup from her cookbook,
Make It Ahead.
Served with Sugar Crusted Irish Soda Bread.
The entree was a 
Chicken Salad
 topped with candied walnuts & edible flowers.
For dessert, 
I made sugar cookies with rose edible wafer papers from 
Pink Chocolate Bark with Sugar Candies.
I used pink chocolate to write out the words,
Rose & Champagne
 to place onto the champagne glasses.
Mary made pretty Champagne jello shots.
She also made the birthday cake.
It was a work of art and delicious too!
Check out Mary's blog:
The birthday girl,
Yuri
Virginia, Mary, Tami, Linda and Yuri
Mary, Tami, Linda, Yuri and Me
We also made mosaic hand trowels for the craft!
Lots of fun finding vintage plates for the project!
We all had a wonderful time!
It's always fun celebrating birthdays in our group!
Happy Birthday Yuri!

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