Monday, September 26, 2011

Pumpkin - Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Spotted this yummy recipe in the October edition of Country Living magazine.
If you like pumpkin - try it! The kids loved it too. I don't usually make tomato sauce for a pumpkin pasta but the recipe called for it and it was great.  I made a couple of changes to their recipe - I made my own sauce (I just can't use jar sauce) and I omitted sage (only because I didn't have any). Served it with some grilled sausage. Delicious!

Look for the magazine in stores - it's a good one!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Beachy Affair

This past weekend I was hired to decorate a Bat Mitvah at our local Atlantis Aquarium- such a cool place for a party. My girlfriend and our teenage daughters came with me to decorate the space. I wish I had taken more pics but the photographer was taking family pics in the room so I didn't want to get in their way.

Linens were aqua and cream. The host collected all of the decor over the last year. There were oversized hurricanes in 3 different shapes on the adult tables filled with sand, shells, starfish and colorful beach glass.  We included many shells that the family had collected during their summer vacations on Nantucket Island. A little fishnet went on the center of the tables and were topped with more shells and votives.  I used a paint pen on the large clam shells for the table names - which were various island vacation spots - cute idea!

The place cards were printed on colorful card stock and tied to sand dollars which we placed in a large table top sandbox.

Such a beautiful backdrop of built-in fish tanks. The kids' tables surrounded the shark tank. I'm sure they loved that!

Another very cute idea - the mom had a photo book printed and included photos of almost every guest in attendance. Every other page was left blank for signing. Such a nice keepsake for her daughter's special day!

And I just loved the sign - Friends...are like seashells we collect along the way.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Goodbye Summer

Montauk, Long Island, NY

Sad to see you go...

The kids started school this week and we already had fall - like weather. Which I don't mind too much - because I love fall cooking. This week we made Lentil Vegetable Soup - a quick and easy recipe from Lucinda Scala Quinn - Mad Hungry. Great for busy school nights - and easy for the kids to eat in a thermos on the way to dance, soccer, etc.

photo credit:  Martha Stewart - Mad Hungry Show