Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Love is Sweet" Dessert Table Banner

I just got back from a family wedding in Minnesota. I helped the bride with decorations by cutting out decorations with my Silhouette. We spent many hours cutting and assembling everything. I decided to try my hand at making a banner for their dessert table. I used the vintage sheet music that was left from the paper flowers we made to fill the burlap cones that adorned the aisle seats during the ceremony.

The banner was pretty simple to make and I have lots of  cardstock on hand and jute twine. I really love the way the banner turned out so I decided to make a few more to sell in that etsy shop I keep wanting to open.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Seafood Linguine Recipe

This is one of my favorite recipes from I think it has been in my recipe box for about 10 years. It is fast and easy to make. I think it takes a little over the time it takes to boil water and cook pasta.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 8 ounces uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 8 ounces bay scallops
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 ounces linguine, freshly cooked
I almost always modify this recipe with whatever seafood blend I have on hand. I usually use the Trader Joe's Seafood blend. This time I used scallops and langostinos. This time I did not have any parsley.

Here's how to make it:
Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is golden brown, about 6 minutes.
 Stir in flour and coriander and cook 1 minute.
 Add wine and cream and bring to boil, stirring constantly. 
Add shrimp and scallops and simmer until shrimp are cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. 
 Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over linguine and serve.

I took pictures of what time I started and what time I ended. 

See, not too bad. This is after a long commute and a 10 hour workday. This took less time than it would have taken to call for take out and go and drive to pick it up. We enjoyed it with a nice Chardonnay and Caesar Salad.
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