Posts by Stephanie:
- 2 lemons
- 4 large (3-3 1/2 pounds) artichokes
- 1 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Chevron Obsession……it’s official- I LOVE this pattern and I keep seeing it more and more. Here are just a few of my recent finds:
Mini Gable boxes @ Party Starters
Chevron Table Runner @ A to Z Celebrations
Chevron Bunting @ Rock Pile Bindery
Chevron Cake Stand @ Aedriel Originals
Chevron Printable Invitations @ Andrea Gerig Designs
Chevron Pattern Cake @ Sweet and Saucy
Chevron Pinata @ Oh Happy Day
I just finished printing the Chevron Pattern invitation from Andrea Gerig Designs. They look adorable! I will share them at a later post….lot’s of party planning underway.
These amazing cakes are by Maki’s Cakes. I fell in love with her Signature Cake “Temari”. Temari is a thousand-year old craft. A threaded ball was created by weaving colorful silk onto a small ball for a single toy for children. Her cakes are inspired by this Japanese art. Gorgeous!
Make sure to visit Maki’s Cakes and check out her amazing designs.
Caprese Pasta Salad
I love caprese salad. In my opinion there is nothing better than fresh mozzarella and tomatoes together. Yum! This is a great variation of the traditional caprese salad. I made it the other night and everyone loved it. The kids have been eating it like it’s Mac & Cheese (their #1 favorite meal).
1 cup- Pesto
8 oz. penne pasta (I used Gemelli Pasta)
1 cup- grape tomatoes
4 oz.- Fresh Mozzarella cheese diced into 1″ cubes.
Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain and immediately rinse with cold water. Toss with remaining ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4-6
A great side dish. Enjoy!
This is my favorite Farmers Market buy. I love Artichokes and I had 4 I needed to cook last night. We had a Tri-Tip on the BBQ and we decided to try grilling artichokes for the first time. Here’s the recipe we tried from Delish-
- To prepare artichokes: Fill a Dutch oven with water; add the juice of 1 lemon. Trim leaves from the top of an artichoke. Remove the outer layer(s) of leaves from the stem end and snip all remaining spiky tips from the outer leaves. Trim an inch off the bottom of the stem and use a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous outer layer. As each artichoke is prepared, drop it into the lemon water to prevent it from turning brown.
- When all the artichokes are prepared, cover the pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the base of the stem can be pierced with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium. Slice the artichokes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke and first few inner layers in the center until the bottom is revealed. Brush each half with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the artichokes until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter, squeeze half a lemon over them and garnish with the remaining lemon half cut into 4 wedges. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.
Variation: For boiled artichokes, add 5 minutes to the cooking time in Step 2. Serve whole or cut in half and scoop out the chokes.
Next time I will try a Garlic Aioli sauce. This one looks good at Culturistas-
That’s all for now. Happy Grilling.
Modern Hostess is launching party printable packs in the upcoming weeks. I couldn’t resist sharing a sneak peek of what we have been up to.
Stay posted for more to come from the Modern Hostess etsy store. We will keep you informed on when we are ‘officially’ open for business.
My friend Tracey made this amazing french toast with berry butter for the baby shower we hosted this past weekend. It was SO delish. She scouted the recipe on Pioneer Woman and tried it out a few weeks ahead of the baby shower. After the approval of her 3 boys we decided this would be our main dish at the shower. It was fabulous and according to Tracey the butter was easy to make. I’m going to try whipping some up myself this weekend for my kiddos. For the recipe and easy to follow pictures, visit Pioneer Woman.
Have a great day!
images via Pioneer Woman
I hosted a baby shower this weekend along with my friend Tracey and Lori. We created an intimate shower for a dear friend who is expecting her 2nd daughter in October. Here are some of the details:
The brunch started at 10:30 so we made sure to have some Mimosa’s flowing. I attached a cute little paper flag to the flutes for some added flair.
Brunch is served…..we had 3 different quiches, french toast with blackberry and raspberry butter, bacon, muffins and berry salad.
Amazing strawberry shortcake cupcakes made by my friend Caroline. They were SO yummy!
Lori made these adorable party favors. Morning Tweets- Breakfast Scones.
The table was set up outside. The weather was perfect for a morning brunch.
Here is the big sister Mylee waiting for her baby sister to arrive. Isn’t she the cutest?!
Congratulations Melinda! We look forward to meeting the new addition to your family.
I pretty much LOVE this idea from Martha Stewart. A scratch-off save-the-date card. I’m going to try this out myself and see how it works. Check back for a follow-up post. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a creative save-the-date this is a fun one!
Visit Martha Stewart for the DIY tutorial and supplies.
I know, I know…..I’m a little obsessed with tissue poms and hanging lanterns. I saw this adorable DIY paper lantern on Martha Stewart and just had to share. This is my next project for a party. How adorable are these?!
You can find the DIY step by step tutorial here.
Have fun creating!
Like many couples with young children your life begins to revolve around them. Sometimes we begin to lose sight on what brought us together in the first place. I’ve been there and here’s my solution. Date night! My husband and I decided it was time to bring date night back. No kids, just a few hours of alone time together. I vow not to even mention one of my adorable little munchkins during our date (that’s a hard task for this proud mama). So this week we headed out on Saturday night at 6:00 on the dot. Seriously…..as soon as the babysitter walked though the door Tad and I bolted for the car. Ha! We started the evening off wine tasting in the Paso Robles square. We had a quick bite to eat at our favorite Sushi spot then headed over to the Pour House in Paso Robles. My husband is a huge beer fan. He brews, drinks and talks beer…..it’s basically his 2nd love. The Pour House is awesome! Great live music and wonderful beer selection. It brought us back to the days when we first met. It’s this awesome tap room in an industrial park decked out with these cool Beer Garlands like this…….
Being the Modern Hostess that I am….I couldn’t help but think how great these would be for a party!
A friend of mine told me our husbands should be called the ‘Modern Hostages’. Isn’t that the perfect name for them? They have stood by us all and I’m thinking they need a little recognition (Modern Hostess style). My mind is already going with ideas, stay posted……
Happy Monday everyone!