Archive for November, 2008
These are the dresses from our Project Runway challenge. We each were tasked with choosing a fabric we hadn’t worked with before and making a dress without a pattern. There were five contestants and all the dresses were so cute. Mine isn’t pictured, but I’ll post a picture soon. Sarah worked with silk and I thought had the most well made and well tailored dress. It’s the burgundy one with the pretty trim. Kate’s won the cutest prize, and who wouldn’t have guessed with that baby in a matching dress! And Emily’s was the most fashion forward with the vintage-inspired top and Pucci-esque bottom. I don’t know what mine was, ladies?
The oohing and aahing was followed by dinner at my house. We had a salad, white beans with pecorino and sage, and manicotti. The girls were so kind as to bring dessert. We also had apple crisps with ice cream!
We’re going to continue with our own, personal project runway. The next project is lingerie, inspired by Angry Chicken who made the most gorgeous slips and what she calls “tap pants.” We mentioned our plan when the boys came to pick up their wives and they were all giddy with thoughts of lace and ties and frills and were very disappointed to find out that lingerie can mean PJs, slips, and boring things, too! At least one in the group has plans to make maternity flannel pajamas.
November 20th, 2008
It was my sister-in-law’s birthday last weekend so I made a big dinner and had my in-laws over. I wanted to use the pumpkin–the biggun’–that we bought at the farm and debated over stew versus risotto. The stew was sounding a little bland to me, so I made saffron risotto and stuffed the pumpkin with it. The only thing I didn’t take into account is how long it would take to make enough risotto to feed twelve–about an hour and a half! I cleaned the pumpkin and baked it for about 30 minutes before stuffing it with the risotto, after the risotto was in I cooked it for another 30 minutes at 300, based on this recipe. It was delicious! And very orange! Continuing with that theme, I made roasted carrots with thyme, a delicious salad with orange vinaigrette, and butterscotch cake from the Nigella Lawson book. I think my favorite part was the salad. It was made with mixed greens, walnuts, shaved pecorino, shredded red cabbage, and pears sauteed in butter and brown sugar. The dressing is as follows:
1 small shallot, minced
2 tbsp. squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp. orange zest
4 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
The cake wasn’t as good as I imagined it would be. I wouldn’t make it again–it wasn’t very sweet, was too dense, and tasted a bit more like a biscuit with unsweetened caramel cream cheese frosting. I did have fun making my own caramel, a first for me. It was pretty easy and very delicious on its own!
November 11th, 2008
Ryan and I spent a few hours at the pumpkin patch on a lovely autumn Saturday two weeks ago. There were kids, a corn maze, and kettle corn popping. The weather was sunny and brisk–a perfect day for a stroll through the farm. We decided on the South 47 farm in Redmond.
I had originally wanted to get all dark green pumpkins to mimic a spread I saw in Martha that was beautiful and dark. I had white pumpkins last year, so it seemed like a good change of pace.
But, they didn’t have any quite dark enough and I really liked the “Cinderella” pumpkins, partly because of the name and mostly because of the gorgeous orange color and the creamy white stripes. So we loaded our wheel barrel with these.
The had this gorgeous wooden box full of gourds. They had stools pulled up next to it so kids could climb up and pick out the ones they liked. I always chose the half and half ones. Doesn’t it seem odd that something could be split so perfectly like that?
And then there was this spread of edible squash–you can see the mini Cinderella pumpkins in the middle there. I just love all of the coloring on squash. It’s so pretty!
We headed home with about 20 pounds of edible pumpkin and a large bag of kettle corn–that was completely emptied by the time we got home.
November 4th, 2008