Monday, November 12, 2012

The Never Ending Birthday Celebration...

Although my birthday was at the end of October. . . I was still celebrating last week, with a hurricane thrown in the middle of it all for good measure!

Hilarious cake mishap. . .
came all the way from Maryland to New Jersey intact. . .

 Super storm Sandy unleashes her wrath. . .
 The Capital Grille for one of my lunch celebrations

More cake. . .

Thank you to my family and friends for celebrating my birthday with me!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pasta Pasta ~ A Little Taste of Italy

I come from a very large Italian family. My great Grandmom made her pasta by hand.
Great Grandmom

My Grandmom and my Mom did as well. I dabbled in a little bit of ravioli making myself, a long time ago. I thought the results were yummy. I rolled the dough out the old fashioned way. . . with a rolling pin. Not an easy thing to do.
Rolling pin . . . I'll keep it for rolling out pie crusts!
Last year, I went to see the Martha Stewart Show  in New York City with two friends. Hi Lynn and MariaElena! Didn't we have fun??!! 
Martha Stewart
 We were in the audience for the taping of the show.
There's me in the audience!
    Her kitchen was beautiful!
  Chefs Scott Conant and Lydia Bastianich were guests on the show. Couldn't have been at a better show! Now if you've ever watched a talk show, you know they are always giving out goodies to the audience members. Woo hoo! We received a nice selection of pasta...
Pasta pasta!
 and. . . wait for it. . . KitchenAid pasta making attachments, for the KitchenAid stand mixer!!
 My first attempt at making ravioli resulted in 16 measly, albeit very tasty ravioli. That was months ago. I found another recipe and decided to try my hand again on Saturday. The new recipe was very well written and came out perfect. Thank you Tyler Florence! I made ravioli and fettuccine . . . for days . . . it seemed like it anyway!
The ingredients
 Rolling out the dough
Look how thin! I could never get it that thin with a rolling pin!
 Ready for the filling

Filling and an egg wash to keep those edges closed!

Ready for cutting

 I used a 2" ravioli cutter for mini ravioli

 Looking good!

For larger ravioli, I used a biscuit cutter and crimped the edges with a fork.
Years ago I made them this way, but  I used a juice glass to cut them out.
There was enough dough to make fettuccine!
Don't adjust that dial . . . it's blurry!
Hard to hold the dough and take a picture!
Fettuccine on the drying rack
Ready for the freezer
Made some sauce

Mangia buono!

Here's a link for purchasing the flour I used . . . it's "00" flour, finer than regular flour. Makes perfect pasta!
Ecco a amici, di famiglia e buon cibo!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Designer Mystery BOM Part Two

The battery light is flashing on my keyboard, so I'll make this short and sweet. I have finished all of the blocks for the Fat Quarter Shop 2011 Designer BOM. Hooray! Here are the last six blocks, hurriedly pressed, it was getting hot up in my studio!

I'll be back when I have all of the blocks finished into a top. The setting for this quilt is really fun. . . you'll see. Thanks for reading. . .

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Handprints On My Heart

On a beautiful day in May, my oldest daughter Lauren got married to her wonderful fiancĂ©e Bryan.

The newlyweds

  My beautiful daughter and my grandson

Nana (me) and Julian
I got to spoil my adorable grandson Julian while they were away on their honeymoon.
He is four years old. We had so much fun!

Julian and Bailey. Bailey is totally in love with Julian.

 Bradley got his hair combed with my comb. Sammy was waiting for his turn.

The best pumpkin muffin ever!

We spent the day in a great little town in Pennsylvania called New Hope.
Lots of history and quaint shops

Historic mansions. . .

. . .and homes

We rescued a fledgling, he was about to take a ride on a UPS truck.

Saw a turtle sunning on a rock

Lovely garden gates

 Ate lots of goldfish crackers around the three crumb catchers

Built Lego houses and played with cars

Curled our eyebrows. His eyelashes are beautiful, no curling needed.

Helped Nana cook, with a colander hard hat

Went to the "bouncy place" (Bounce U)

Gave Bailey a bath to soothe his allergies

Combed his hair with the dog's comb

Ready for a visit to Great Grandmom and Grandpop's house.
There are cars in that little bag.

Helped plant flowers

Julian phographed the finished product.

Splashed in the tub for days!

And made a special gift for Mommy and Bryan.
Julian picked out fabric, I traced around his hand. I framed it for a lasting memory
of little hands that are wrapped with love around our hearts.