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Festively Fall

This past weekend, we had Ale’s family over for his mom’s birthday. With a table from Ale’s bro and some folding chairs borrowed from my mom, we cobbled together a dining room set for the event. And then I got to work, sorting through my serving pieces to best showcase the menu I was to serve the group of eight.

Let me tell ya though, the menu was pretty spectacular itself. Inspired by a menu suggestion from the Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook, I pieced together the following:

Starter: Butternut Squash Soup from The Bride & Groom First Cookbook

Entree: Pork tenderloin with Fennel

Side Dish: Celery Root and Apple Puree

Green Salad made by bro-in-law

Dessert: Apple Tart

How festively fall, right? Luckily, my efforts were rewarded because everyone raved about how delicious everything was. I definitely brushed my shoulders after that one. But as happy as I was to make the meal, I was more ecstatic about how pretty my table looked:

Probably should have ironed those napkins before snapping this pic…

I love mixing and matching white dinnerware: it’s such a fun touch that doesn’t take away from the food presentation. Oh good grief, now I’m starting to sound like Ina 😛 Just call me the Boatshoe Contessa 😉 I realize my table isn’t very festively fall but I’m sure a few trips to Homegoods and Hobby Lobby will change that for future events.

What’s your favorite dish to make for guests?

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Williams-Sonoma Home Baked Comfort Cookbook

from williams-sonoma

Lucy was sweet enough to gift me this great baking book recently and I’m going to tackle its nectarine pie recipe for tomorrow’s festivities.


TJ’s Pear Sauce

from What’s Good at Trader Joes

This is a new-to-me treat. I picked it up while mindlessly wandering the aisles during my last trip. What I really like about it is that it’s not as sweet as applesauce. Things you should stay away from though is that new brown butter and lemon herbed popcorn. Just keep walking, Trust me. No me gusta.


Red, white, and blue!


I’m pretty much obsessed with Essie In the Cabana and try to wear it every chance I get so I paired it with Zoya Maura (aka Essie’s Geranium) in honor of the holiday. I also put my Groopdealz nail decals to good use and finished my mani with Essie’s Good to Go quick dry top coat.

Wishing you all a great 4th of July!


Good Eats

Hey there strangers! Sorry for the extended absence! I never intended to be gone for so long but it happens right? Since the wedding, the husband and I have been busy almost every weekend having fun with friends!

With all these gatherings, there comes a lot of eating so of course I’m back in the kitchen cooking and baking like old times.

Just this week I made Strawberry Rhubarb pie (recipe from the Joy of Cooking cookbook) with King Arthur Flour pie crust:

Ina’s peach and blueberry crisp with a vegan topping (courtesy of Joy the Baker)

Emeril’s clam fritters:

as well Emeril’s ceviche:

They are all great show stopping recipes perfect for your next potluck!