Christmas! It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the YEEAAAR!!

Buon Natale a tutti!  Merry Christmas, Everyone!! I am ever thankful for my family and friends.  They are the best gifts that I could ever ask for in my life.  Especially my husband and two children.  We have had a great season celebrating with everyone, and, after weeks of hectic planning and worry, am happy…

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Hope you all had a wonderful night to kick off the new year. Really looking forward to 2013. ….. Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta 1.5 lbs Brussels sprouts (prep directions below) 1/2 lb pancetta chopped 1 shallot chopped 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tspn salt 1/2 tspn freshly ground black pepper You will need…

Oven Roasted Leeks with Herbs de Provence

Oven Roasted Leeks With Herbs de Provence 6 medium leeks, cleaned and cut lengthwise into quarters 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 tbsp. Herbs de Provence 1 tsp salt 1 tsp freshly ground pepper 2/3 cup of vegetable stock You will need a baking sheet covered in parchment. Pre-heat oven 400°F. To Clean Leeks Remove the…

Decorative Orange & Lavender Ice Tray

This tray adds whimsy when serving cold foods. The best part is that you can use any decor and shape to fit your party theme. It’s super easy and it’s my favorite way to showcase a cold appetizer! This tray was used on Christmas this year. Decorative Orange and Lavender Ice Tray 4-5 slices of…

Christmas 2012 Recap

Hope you all had a great Christmas, and are gearing up for the New Year celebrations! Thought to recap Christmas. Though we had a wonderful Christmas, it wasn’t without the downside of my sister and her family falling extremely ill.  They all fell ill Christmas Eve night, which meant they were note able to attend…

Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom and Shallot Gravy

Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom and Shallot Gravy One (3 pound) beef tenderloin roast, preferably trimmed and tied 1 tsp of each salt and freshly cracked black pepper 3 tbsp of butter cubed 3-4 sprigs or 1 tbsp dried lavender 3-4 sprigs or 1 tbsp dried thyme 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil For the Gravy…

Christmas Dinner Menu

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Thought to share the menu we finalized today for Christmas dinner.  You will definitely see our holiday photos once I am vegetating next week. The pre-dinner drink and main course recipes will be shared for sure. ********************************************* Our Menu for Christmas Dinner Mixed Drink- Shaken Side Car -Antipasto- -Mini Quiches- -Shrimp Cocktail- —…

Easy Roasted Potatoes

Oven Roasted Potatoes 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 large red bliss potatoes scrubbed clean and then cubed 1 tbsp dried oregano 1 tbsp dried rosemary 1 tsp of each S&P You will need a baking pan covered in parchment. Preheat oven 375F In a bowl add all the ingredients and toss until the…

Pork Loin Roast with Mushroom Gravy

Pork Loin Roast with Mushroom Gravy 1 lb pork roast For the marinade: 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oi 1 tbsp dried lavender 1 tbsp dried thyme 1 tbsp dried rosemary 2 cloves of garlic chopped roughly for flavor 1 tsp of each S&P For Gravy: 15 baby bella mushrooms, washed and cut in thirds…

My Christmas Card Tree

Every year I try to be clever with how to showcase the holiday cards. Hanging them everywhere; around windows, doorways, closet fronts, etc. The idea for today’s post comes from an idea from way back in 2001, our first Christmas married.   The apartment we first lived in was, itself, not terrible, but it had…