Showing posts from February, 2010

Just found out that...

one of my favorite Food network stars has a blog! And her new cookbook is being released on March 30th!!

Here's a link to Giada's blog

And this is the cover of her new cookbook...

And here is a recipe from the book...

Stuffed Baby Peppers
From Giada at Home

4 to 6 servings

My mother always loved to serve stuffed vegetables; she stuffed zucchini, potatoes, onions, and, of course, all kinds of peppers. It may have been her way of getting us to eat our vegetables, but we loved them so much we ate them right out of the fridge the next day. I've used pancetta in the filling, but this is an easy recipe to vary and you could certainly substitute ground beef, sausage—almost anything savory that you like. These taste better the longer they sit, so they make great leftovers.

Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, finely chopped
½ medium onion, finely chopped
¾ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1/3 cup fresh…

Very Valentine

I just adore this author. I have read 3 of her books so far and if it wasn't snowing like crazy outsdie right now, I'd be picking up the sequel to this brilliant novel.

I'm not sure if it is because I can relate to the characters in her book being an Italian American who grew up in downtown NYC or because she writes so vividly that I can actually see and feel what she is describing. I think it is a combination of both.

Altho, I must admit this one did not make me cry as Queen of the Big Time and Lucia, Lucia did. It was more of a feel good story. I was rooting for her to find love and success and at the end of the book she finds one and not the other. I am hoping in the sequel she gets it all.

I'll give you a little bit of the story without ruining it. Valentine is a 33 year old Italian American who lives and works in Greenwich Village making custom wedding shoes. She was engaged but that was a few years ago and since hasn't found love. Well, she finds a man b…

Simplify Supper

I am big on family meal time. I had it when I was a kid and we have it now that I am a Mom. We lead such busy lives these days that it is so nice to have some down time with each other that doesn't include the television.

I like to cook and try new things and I am blessed to have an adventurous family who will try anything once.

I am a cookbook and gadget junkie. But I also like to have a clean uncluttered kitchen. The two normally don't go hand in hand but I make it work. And, it is not as hard as it sounds. It just takes some work.

Marcia Ramsland is a wonderful author and speaker whose main focus is on simplifying lives. I recently got this e mail about simplifying supper and I thought it had some really good tips that I would pass on to my friends. :)

Here you go:

What's for Dinner Tonight?

Every day millions of women are asked the same question, “What’s for dinner?” That can be the worst question of your day if you don’t know the answer.

That’s because you are busy …

Project Life Kit Contents

So, I've decided to take this journey with the fabulous Becky Higgins. I have been trying to remember to take a photo a day and I've been doing pretty good. I think I only missed 3 or 4 days tops. And for those days I will just include a piece of memorabilia or journaling.

I will post my photos here on a monthly basis so I can have a place to refer to in case I get backed up with photo editing, printing, etc.

For now, I'll share with you some of the contents of the kit.

The album and the page protectors. Isn't it gorgeous!? And it's favorite color. :D

Monthly dividers. I love that they are acetate!

More embellies and a date stamp too!

Some samples of the little journaling cards and the cute boxes in which them come. :)

A couple of the papers that are included in the kit.