Wednesday, December 31, 2008
So here is my list:
rang in NY 2008 with my parents in Florida, introduced Bill to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, launched Designed By M.E. Stationery, worked A LOT, jumped up and down when I got my first customer who wasn’t related to me, Philadelphia Flower Show, opened my Etsy shop, my 40th birthday, saw Eddie Izzard on my birthday, still being told I don’t look my age, celebrated 5 years with Bill (3 years married), survived gallbladder surgery and can now eat whatever I want without pain, busted with pride when Bill crossed the 10K finish line, discovered I love working from home, vacation in Mexico, took Jackson to the dog park, bought Rock Band & am proud to say I can hold my own on drums, lots of fun nights hanging out with friends and playing Rock Band, celebrated Nick & Irene's engagement, my first bridal show, started this blog, realized it’s ok to let the housework go a little bit, found a great group of paper peeps who inspire me, went to the Phillies Parade, discovered and became addicted to Facebook, same with Twitter, helped my sister when she needed it, lots of long walks with Bill & Jackson, had a great day with my college roomies, Steven Lynch at the House of Blues, received the most beautiful holiday cards from my paper peeps, realized how thankful I am to have a husband and family who believe in me
Happy New Year! Here's to health, happiness and prosperity in 2009! Cheers!!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I am grateful for my husband who is almost always in a good mood and is always supportive and loving. I am grateful that (with the urging of my husband) I have finally started to let some things go and ask for help when I need it. I am grateful that my parents raised me to be kind and thoughtful, because that is how they are. I am grateful that my family is relatively healthy; nobody has anything that isn’t manageable. I am grateful for the small community of talented women I’ve found who inspire me to reach inside myself and become better. I am grateful for my sister who will never let me quit. I am grateful that people actually read this blog. I am grateful for being creative. I am grateful that I can honestly say that I love what I do for a living. I’m grateful for my dog who keeps me company all day and loves to hear me sing. I am grateful that I have a home filled with love and that I never miss a meal.
Please let me know if you have a list...I’d love to read it.
Monday, November 24, 2008
This recipe is from an old friend, Claudette, who I used to teach with many moons ago. Although I’m Italian (my maiden name is Nardello), and my mom has given me a bunch of fabulous recipes, she never made Pasta Fagiolle because she hates beans. I think the first time I ever had this delicious soup was when Claudette gave me the recipe because she thought I'd like it. It was love at first taste for me.
Claudette’s Pasta Fagiolle
· olive oil (enough to swirl around the bottom of a big pot)
· 4 garlic cloves, minced
· 1 onion, diced
· 2 celery stalks (with the leaves), diced
· 1 large can tomato sauce
· 1 tbs garlic powder (I don’t measure, I just eyeball it)
· 1 tbs dried basil
· 1 tbs dried parsley
· 1 large can cannelloni beans (with the juice)
· salt and pepper to taste
· pasta (I like to use small bow ties because I think they are pretty)
1. heat oil in pot
2. add celery, onion, salt and pepper and saute until tender
3. add tomato sauce and ½ can of water
4. sprinkle garlic powder, parsley and basil over top, stirring after adding each spice
5. bring to a fast boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes on low
6. cook pasta separately
7. add beans and juice and cook 5-10 more minutes
8. add pasta to soup and serve
Garlic bread, salad and a glass of wine (or 2) go perfectly with this! Best served on snowy nights. Enjoy!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Things are going to change because I found this...
A personalized cookbook! It’s from Secret Ingredients and you can submit up to 250 recipes. You can include photographs and a list of contributors. You can also choose your recipe layout and there are different font options. I haven’t started Christmas shopping, would it be too horrible if the first gift I bought was for me?
Because I work with fabulous brides every day, I can’t help but think how they could use this wonderful find! I think it would be a great gift for a bride. Guests of the wedding or shower could be asked to submit a favorite recipe along with their rsvp’s and the bride and groom can make a book that they will to enjoy until happily ever after. I’m off to start putting my book together!
Friday, October 31, 2008
photos courtesy of fabsugar.com
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Yesterday I made a page for Designed By M.E. Stationery. Here is the link if you'd like to check it out and become a fan: My Facebook Page . I hope to see you there!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
I love the Fall. I wish we were married in this beautiful season. We were married in June and it was a wonderful and beautiful day, but not full of the colors of Fall.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
1 bottle light Red Wine
1 bottle Sparkling Apple Cider
1/4 cup Apple Brandy
2 Apples (cored and sliced into thin wedges)
1 Lemon (sliced)
1 Orange (sliced)
1 Cinnamon Stick
1. Place lemon and orange slices at the bottom of a 2-quart glass pitcher. Top the lemons and oranges with the apple slices.
2. Pour the red wine and Apple Brandy over the fruit. Add the cinnamon stick and refrigerate overnight.
3. When ready to serve, add the sparkling apple cider and stir gently. Slowly pour the sangria over ice.
4. Garnish with a few slices of the apples from the sangria.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Whenever I go to their website, my ADD kicks in. I just love everything so much. I start out with coats and poke around and end up wanting to buy a new bedspread too.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
There are some rules:
You can't include a single person you know on your list. No "I love the way my husband laughs" or "I love hearing my little girl call for me." It'll be tough, I know. But this particular little exercise is about stripping away everyone who defines you and figuring out what you (not his partner; not their mother/daughter/sister/friend) love.
Here is my love list...this was the best homework assignment ever!
I love the way it smells outside after a thunderstorm. I love seeing new tomatoes growing in my garden. I love sitting on our patio for hours on a summer night. I love snuggling into bed early and waking up early. I love watching elderly couples kiss and hold hands. I love Dunkin Donuts coffee with cream and sugar. I love TV shows and movies that make me laugh out loud. I love weddings. I love taking the first taste from an ice cream cone. I love the way the house smells when I make my gravy and meatballs. I love winning at Scrabble. I love the colors of the leaves in the Fall. I love taking naps. I love wearing flip flops until my toes can’t stand the cold anymore. I love finding pants off the rack that fit me in length (I’m 5’0, not easy). I love finding the perfect pair of shoes in my size (I’m a 5.5, not easy again). I love using coupons at the grocery store and actually getting stuff for free. I love my quiet morning time. I love pink and brown together. I love the feeling of the first day of vacation. I love to dance (I’m a silly dancer but I still love it). I love finding a close parking spot in a crowded parking lot. I love walking my dog. I love making lists of things to do on pretty paper. I love paper- the way it feels and smells and the things I can create with it. I love going to the library and puttering around for an hour or two. I love having the freedom to do what makes me happy.
If you have a list, please share...I would love to read it!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Yesterday I organized my studio, completed an order for a customer, and took a long nap. I love Football Sundays.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
A comment was made to me that people will just throw them away after the ceremony. WHAT?!! Now, this may be true, but I choose not to believe it after all the time I put into designing and assembling each one.
Here is a program I made for a client this summer. Can you even imagine throwing this little program away? It will fit right into your purse (or pocket if you are a man)!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
We do a mile and a half walk every morning and it is my favorite time of the day. This morning there were children at all of the bus stops in our neighborhood for the first time in months, a special treat for Jackson. He loves to say good morning to the little ones who aren’t afraid of his size.
My love for this time of year started when I was a child. My mom would take my sister and me shopping for new school clothes and new school supplies. Oh, the brand new notebooks just waiting to be filled with doodles!! We used to cover our school books with brown paper bags and I could never wait to decorate them with my drawings. A clean slate, a new beginning.
When I graduated college and started teaching kindergarten I think I looked forward to the first day of school as much as the children in my class did. I taught for ten years, and every year I hardly slept the night before the first day of school. New children to teach and brand new crayons that were still pointy on top! There was such an excitement in the air on the brand new, shiny first day of school.
I stopped teaching about seven years ago, and although I do miss the hugs from my little kindergarten peanuts and the new crayons, I still love this time of year. It still feels like a clean slate to me. I feel more motivated about my business and have a ton of new ideas that I am going to start implementing. I look forward to wearing cozy sweaters, making a big pot of chili and trying new recipes on Sundays while Bill watches football (go Eagles!).
Here’s to the end of the summer!! I’m ready for the beginning of a shiny, new September!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I don’t want to keep talking about the gallbladder. In fact, I want to forget it. But I do want to mention that something good came out of the experience. I realized how very much I love food. I knew I liked to eat, but I never knew how much I would miss NOT eating. And I didn’t just miss eating food, but I missed cooking it too. I spent the entire summer miserable because I wasn’t able to be an active participant in food. I could only eat plain grilled chicken and pasta with one kind of sauce and fruit salad without having pain. So, that’s all I ate, and that’s all I cooked and boy was it was B-O-R-I-N-G! Thankfully, my gallbladder was truly the culprit, because since it’s been gone, I haven’t missed it. I’ve been enjoying food again! It’s like some kind of a miracle. I could list all of the food I ate this past weekend, but I’m slightly embarrassed by it. I will say that I definitely need to start working out again as soon as I’m all healed.
This realization has inspired me to write more about food. I hope I don’t bore anyone too terribly, but I’m going to be trying and posting new recipes and posting lots of photographs of food on this blog. I’ve decided it needs to be a bigger part of my life. I’m a much happier person now that I can eat whatever I want.
And to start off...I’m going to share a recipe for Rice and Beans with Pesto that I made last night. It is from my old Cooking Light, Five Star Recipes, The Best of 10 Years cookbook. I changed the recipe a little bit and I make this often. It’s quick, good for your body and your budget, and pretty tasty too!
Rice and Beans with Pesto
1 tbs olive oil
1 ½ cups chopped onion
1 ½ cups instant brown rice, uncooked
2 ¾ cups water
1 (15 oz can) diced tomatoes, drained
1/3 cup pesto basil sauce (I like to use Classico...I hope to be making my own soon with all of the basil from my garden)
2 (15 oz cans) red beans, drained and rinsed
Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion and sauté 2 minutes; stir in rice and water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
Stir in tomatoes, pesto sauce, and beans. Cook over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Spoon into a serving dish; garnish with fresh basil, if desired. Makes 4 servings.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Bill and I watched it the other night and turned to each other and asked, “Why didn't we do this?!?"
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
my trusty papercutter...and my not so trusty assistant, Jackson. He keeps falling asleep on the job.