Monday, January 29, 2018

Baked Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Pasta with Bacon

What do you get when you combine pasta with bacon + goat cheese + pumpkin?  Perfect winter comfort food at it's best!  This dish was so good and best of all, it was a cinch to make. 

*Recipe adapted from the September / October issue of Taste of Home Magazine

- 1 lb. pasta (I used cavatappi)
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 shallots, minced
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup milk (I used skim)
- 4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
- 2 Tbsp. fresh sage, chopped

- 12 oz. bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2 oz. crumbled goat cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook pasta according to package instructions.

2.  Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and shallots and cook while stirring for 1-2 minutes.  Add the next six ingredients.  Reduce heat to low.  Cook, stirring constantly, until reduced, 6-8 minutes.  Add sage and remove from heat.

3.  Drain pasta and stir into sauce until combioned.  Transfer mixture to a baking dish.  Top with bacon, goat cheese, and Parmesan.  Bake, covered, for 15 minutes.  Remove cover and bake for 5 minutes more or until cheeses are melted.



I really liked this one - It's been added to the regular pasta rotation list!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Christmas Wrappings 2017

I know Christmas seems like a long time ago now, but I still wanted to get my 2017 Christmas wrappings up on the blog.  I love wrapping presents and try to go with a different theme every year.  This year I added navy to the mix.  I've never considered navy for the holidays before, but I really love how the navy pairs with red and green.

I only bought one new roll of paper this year - the pretty navy blue pattern in the photo below.  It is a Tommy Bahama brand wrapping paper that I found at Homegoods.  It almost has a vintage feel to it.  Everything else I used was from my stash....I'm a bit of a wrapping paper and supply hoarder.

Here's a photo I posted to Instagram:

I love using initials as gift tags.  I buy wood or chipboard initials and then cut a patterned piece of paper to fit and glue on.  I think it's fun to use instead of a traditional gift tag.

I love initial stickers too - just slap one on a tag and you are good to go!

I also like to buy floral picks at the craft store.  They are inexpensive and really add so much to your packages.  Just tie a pretty bow, and slide in one of the floral picks - easy and beautiful! 

And just so I don't forget it, here is my 2017 Christmas Tree...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Gingham Sheet Set - Serena & Lily

Do you agree that one of the great simple pleasures in life is a new set of sheets?  I just love the feeling of new sheets - it's such a treat!  I've had my eyes on the Serena & Lily Gingham sheets for a while, so I was absolutely thrilled when the lovely people at Serena & Lily offered me a product to review.

Serena & Lily offers so many beautiful and timeless sheet sets, so it's hard to choose, but I really, really love the simple gingham pattern.  I choose color Fog.  I love the neutral color and it works well with my existing bedding and pillows.

The sheets are made in Portugal (love that) and are 100% cotton percale.  The cotton percale gives the sheets a nice crisp feel.

I've been using the sheets for almost a week now and am really enjoying them.  I love that the scale of the gingham on the fitted sheet is different than on the pillowcases and top sheet.

I had to throw in a few dahlia photos.  I bought these at the farmers market last weekend.  They are just so pretty.  I'm growing dahlias for the first time in my garden this year, but they must be a little behind because I've only had a few open so far. Lots of buds though, so that's a good sign!

For 20% off your first order at Serena & Lily, use this link.  Big thanks for Serena & Lily for the opportunity to review these lovely sheets!  I have a feeling I'll be enjoying these for a long time to come.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Orecchiette with Green Olives, Capers and Breadcrumbs

I loved this pasta so much I've already made it twice - It's definitely getting added to the list of regulars on rotation.  The flavors are unique and robust and of course I love all the pretty green ingredients.

{Recipe adapted from this one from Bon Appetit}

- 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup panko or plain breadcrumbs
- Salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
- 12 ounces orecchiette or pasta of your choice
- 5 oil-packed anchovy fillets
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 2 cup green olives, pitted and sliced
- 3 tablespoons drained capers
- 1/2 ounce freshly grated Parmesan, plus additional for serving
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1.  Heat 1 Tbsp. of oil in small skillet over medium heat and add breadcrumbs, stirring until golden, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt & pepper.  Remove from heat and toss with dill and lemon zest.  Set aside.

2.  Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked al dente.  Drain and reserve 1/2 cup cooking water.

3.  Meanwhile, using a chef's knife mash garlic cloves and anchovy on a cutting board to create a paste.  In a medium bowl, add paste, parsley, basil, 1/2 of the olives, and 1/2 of the capers.  Chop the remaining olives and capers and add to bowl along with remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil.

4.  After draining pasta, return to cooking pan.  Add sauce and 1/4 cup of reserved cooking water.  Toss and slowly add Parmesan and stir.  Add additional cooking water if needed until sauce coats pasta.  Add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

5.  Serve pasta topped with breadcrumbs and additional breadcrumbs.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stationary Love

I just ordered a new set of stationary from Minted and had to share.   Minted has been my go to for a long time now for my Christmas cards and stationary - their products are all just so pretty and I always appreciate the quality and detail and the many choices and personalized options.  

I liked so many of the foil-pressed personalized stationary designs - it took me a really long time to decide which one I wanted!  I finally selected this design called Watercolor Delight.  You know I had to pick a design with green!

The green watercolor paired with the rose gold foil is really, really pretty.

I also love the design on the back of the note cards and the envelope wrappers.  

Minted is currently holding their semi-annual Foil-pressed event.  Now's the perfect time to order any of their beautiful Foil-Pressed products!  Check out all of the details of the current promotions here.

If you like the Foil-Pressed stationary, you might also want to check out the Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations, Foil-Pressed Wall Art, and Graduation Invitations & Stationary.  Trust me, you'll have a hard time picking just one design!

*This is an affiliate post - all opinions are my own.  Big thanks to Minted for being a great partner and sponsor!


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