Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Designs!

Please help me welcome a few new designs to my hand stamped personalized collection. 
I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do.  
As always, I welcome new ideas and custom requests!

Violet Necklace, Mclaine Necklace and Wesley Necklace
Don't forget that my holiday deadline is November 22nd.  
Think ahead and enjoy this holiday season even more by doing some early shopping!
Visit my website to browse my new designs!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Apple Cheddar Soup

I took a {cooking challenge} hiatus last week due to my trip to Nashville.  It was a nice break to go out most nights in TN for dinner, but I did miss my kitchen. Is that weird? 

This week I made a soup for my MIL's birthday.  
Doesn't that sound just lovely?
Soup season is here, one of my favorite things about Fall.

Perfectly sweet and salty at the same time. Try it, I promise you'll love it.

I paired this soup with bread and a green salad. I tossed the salad with my new favorite vinaigrette. 

Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette  
(note: I "threw" together this dresssing, so amounts are approximate)

2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
juice of one lemon
a few tablespoons of water
1/4 cup of olive oil
salt n' peppa


Do you have an EASY but oh so yummy salad vinaigrette that you love?  
Newman's Own ain't cuttin' it anymore.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Howdy ya'll!

i'm back from Nashville TN where my hubby and i visited friends who recently left us here in  CT.
and i quite possibly gained 20 lbs.  
we enjoyed some
pulled pork,
hashbrown casserole...
those are just a few examples of the southern goodies we ate. 

our good friends paul and amity on the right

The picture above is at a mexican restaurant where we saw Ted Danson and his wife. you know, Ted Danson from Cheers!? he was sitting at the table behind us!

we toured downtown nashville one day and got a dose of real TN living.
 cowboy boots/hats, 
blue eye shadow, 
rhinestone belts
aspiring singers.

my husband and i fell back in love with little katherine (our friends 2.5 year old) whom we haven't seen in about a year, so a lot has changed!

our trip was plain ol' awesome! we got re-acquainted with close friends and just picked up where we left off...isn't it great to have friends like this?  i will miss them terribly.

some more pictures ya'll....

now off to catch up on for the end of vacation.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Recipe four: SUPER!

my father in law could not stop raving about this weeks recipe.  i would have to agree with him....this dish was outstanding!  if you love a good stir fry, then you will LOVE this. i promise.

the only adaptions i made:
  • we are huge broccoli fans here, so i added a bunch. i feel like it need a little more somethin' then what the original recipe called for.
  • this is a SPICY dish, so if you like a good burn, then the amount of pepper flakes would be perfect for you.  i may half the amount next time i make it.

(oh and the recipe is the perfect amount for two people. if you are serving four, double the recipe)

this weeks grade: