3.24.2010

matilda

I got my camera out to take some pictures of my nephew Calvin but he kept moving around and they are all blurry. But until next time, here are some I got of darling Matilda!

Look at her little profile.



I accidentally gave administrative blog powers to my friend Amber. But it turned out to be a good thing because she shared this recipe with all of us. Speaking of recipes- sometimes I cook things and whenever they turn out pretty I like to take pictures- remember the plan at the beginning of the year. So here are some of the latest:

Macaroni grill's penne rustica. This time I used prosciutto instead of bacon but I didn't notice much of a difference. But for the record- it is not worth making if you don't have fresh rosemary to bake in with it.


My best friend Lindy is getting married! We decided to make her wedding invitations a little more funky than your traditional invite. I think they turned out very fun. Unique, just like Lindy :)

My mom and I made some soups for nephew Calvin's baby blessing. When I walked into the house, I beheld these most massivest onions. I had to take a photo. The can is supposed to help you understand the scale. Huge! Awesome.

Ok the latest. Last week Robert and I were looking through the Williams Sonoma catalog and they have those recipes in between all the neat tools so that you have something to cook once you buy all these fancy things. They had a recipe for chicken parmesan paninis and it looked delish. So we made them! Not too hard- but messy nonetheless. You cut the chicken into thin levels- like if you had a chicken breast you would make it thinner- I don't know the terminology but you would cut width wise rather than length wise. Then dip them in flour, egg, and italian bread crumbs with parmesan and put them in hot oil. After that you put them on the press with bread, tomato sauce, and mozarella. It was great because then I had leftover chicken to have with noodles and sauce the next day. Highly recommended. 4 stars. For sure.

Speaking of Robert- that is the name of my boyfriend. Now in case you don't believe me. I have proof.

See there he is with the chicken parmesan panini. Now your new shock is probably wow how did Rebecca score that cutie and is it for real, or maybe is that just a friend in the ward who she happened to be cooking dinner for?
No, it's the truth people. I even have more proof.

Anyway, I know it is weird to be that open on a blog but it's personal history. And he is just so cute, I have to share. It's my good deed for the day.

3.21.2010

HI BECCA


I'm just posting something because I can... i think you'd appreciate this because it looks really good


Eight-Ball Zucchini Stuffed with Rice, Basil, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

4 8-ball zucchini
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
1 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 cup basil leaves, chopped
5 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

Cut zucchini tops off about 3/4 inch from the top. Scoop out the insides, being careful to leave a wall about 1/4 inch thick on all sides. Steam zucchini and tops for about 8 minutes, until slightly softened.

Rehydrate the sun-dried tomatoes by soaking them in hot water until softened. Remove from water and chop. Reserve soaking water.

Chop the zucchini pulp. Spray a non-stick skillet lightly with olive oil. Over medium-high heat, sauté the garlic for about 1 minute. Add the zucchini pulp and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, brown rice and almonds, and if the mixture seems dry, add a splash of the tomato liquid. Add the basil leaves, Kalamata olives, and black pepper to taste. Cook until warm, about 3 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Using a spoon, carefully stuff the rice mixture into the zucchini, mounding slightly on top. Place in an uncovered baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot, covered with tops if desired.

3.16.2010

Fabric is Available!




Great news! Rainy Days and Mondays is now in store! It has been in stores for a week now, so I am a little behind on posting, but it is still very exciting a week later. So break out your machines and let's get brainstorming about some ideas to make. I am thinking a skirt with these umbrella tops.

The ladies up at Material Girls in South Jordan are working on an embroidery design with a little girl and an umbrella. They are also working on patterns for a toothbrush holder, trash can cover, and shower curtain. Darling. Any awesome ideas out there?