I am loving this idea!  I think it’s a great addition to a morning brunch and really gives your guests the freedom to choose how they indulge with their champagne!  I, personally, LOVE strawberries and peaches in my mimosas!  Not necessarily together- but I would choose either one or the other.  I don’t care too much for raspberries so I would probably forgo that option.  The point is- your guests can be creative and  an added bonus is that it provides a gorgeous display for your party!  I mean- how beautiful and colorful is this table!?  It’s the perfect way to start your Sunday morning amongst friends!


By the way, I found this pretty little thang on Pinterest!



Pretty Purple Arrangement

Gorgeous Purple Arrangement

I love this purple flower arrangement.  This was displayed in a barn-like building with a combination of wood, steel, and stone.  I think it works perfectly!  The bright purple and greens alongside the twigs with small purple flowers  give this arrangement a barn-yard feeling.  The sticks add some height and depth to the floral piece and I think it really completes the look!

I have to do it!  I’m sorry!  I have to post some wedding pics because my wonderful photographer and florist did an amazing job on everything!  …and hey!  It qualifies as “pretty” so cut me a break! 😉  I will post various things every once in awhile from the big day, I don’t want to BORE any of you pretty readers with photo-album after photo-album!

First thing’s first: INVITATIONS!

I made my own invitations and am very proud of them!  I found an inspiration image and I tried very hard to get the same feel for my own without copying the idea completely.

I'm inspired! Are you??

Credit: I found this image on Style Me Pretty and I contacted the invitation designer to inquire about her services.  I was disappointed that she didn’t call me back, but I ended up doing a fabulous job without her!

So I started with the color scheme which I had already known was going to be plum/eggplant and gold based on my bridesmaid’s dresses.  I wanted a black tie affair but I didn’t want the traditional ivory and gold combination so I thought this was a nice compromise.  It remains elegant and beautiful without being overly traditional and not-me!

So I designed my own invitation layouts on Photoshop:

And then ordered all of the supplies!


Special Thanks to Kellen at The Paper Orchid who was the sweetest person to work with!  She was a huge help and was sweet as could be!  THAT, wedding vendors, makes a HUGE impact on us girls!  Keep that in mind for next time, “wedding stationary lady that didn’t call me back!”

Now as a final note, I would LOVE to make some invitations for you brides out there!  If there is any interest from you girls that would love a handmade quality to your invites without doing them yourself, I would LOVE to help!  Comment on this entry and LIKE me on Facebook I will be sure to email you back so we can chat!

So Hubby and I were in Sonoma this past weekend and we had the time of our lives!  I will be sure to do a Sonoma post in the next couple of days, don’t you worry!  Coming back from a delightful vacation is never easy especially when you have little to no food in the fridge and you need to make dinner.  So I scanned the fridge and saw:

  eggs, zucchini, onions,turkey meatballs, roasted red peppers (in a jar), and scallions.

So I:

1. sauteed the veggies, added some chopped-up turkey meatballs that I previously made and froze for easy eating

2. In a separate bowl, whisked 6 eggs, salt, pepper and scallions

3. Added it to the pan with the veggies

4. Wait for the eggs to “set” (meaning: wait until you are able to lift the edge of the egg off of the pan and maintains it’s shape)

Mix it all together and this is what you got!


5. Add cheese to the top (I used Smoked Gouda with Black Pepper) Stick the whole pan into the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the egg looks cooked.

6. Pull it out of the oven, put a large plate on top of the pan and flip it over so that the egg lands upside down on the dish.

7. Voila!  Your fritatta is complete!  Serve with some toast and you have yourself a delicious dinner with plenty of leftovers for breakfast tomorrow!

The best part of making fritattas is that there is really no rhyme or reason to what can go in!  You can use anything that you have leftover in your fridge!  Veggies, meats, cheeses- whatever!

Get creative and ENJOY!

Yummy Left-over Make-over

So the other day I went to Sprouts and wandered through their bulk items department and picked a starch for us to have for dinner that night.

Here's an image so you can get the idea...


I found Country Wild Rice.

Country Wild Rice

So without knowing anything about it, I bought it hoping that it would nicely accompany my pork and brussel sprouts.  It did… AWESOMELY!  It was so delicious and way more complex than rice which is what I liked about it.  It was like- nutty and crunchy and just….had a super nice texture and an awesome buttery flavor.

So anyway- back up a little bit… I looked up online how to make it and it was a simple and risky recipe because it takes 45 minutes to make.  We had friends coming over for dinner and I thought- ya know…if this doesn’t turn out well, I need a backup plan!  And a quick one!  So I had a box of instant cous-cous on standby.

So I followed the directions:

  • 1 cup Wild Blend®

  • 2 cups water or bouillon

  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine

  • Salt to taste

Rinse rice. Put all ingredients in pot with tight-fitting lid. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 45 minutes. Do not remove lid. Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for 10 minutes. Serves 4 to 6. A rice cooker may be used with the same rice-to-water ratio.

It’s THAT easy!

It looked like this


Soo good!

So naturally, we had leftovers because I made far too much… I’m Italian, sorry…

And then I jazzed it up a bit!

Using these items!

It was like my own little mystery basket!  I was on Chopped! (In my head)

Chopped up some scallions, added a few drops of lime juice (don’t overload it- you want a subtle taste of lime) and sprinkle some salt and pepper!  It was sooo good!  And such a great re-use of awesome leftovers!











Pretty Wall Accent

I love this.. I love it and I want it- badly.  This wall accent piece is delicate yet powerful and is classy at the same time!  So since the page that I found it on doesn’t have too much information about it, the search is ON!  I’ll keep you posted…… don’t you worry your pretty little heads off!

Gorgeous wall accent!

GORGEOUS! I'm in LOVE.... again!

I’m seeing this on a wall full of black and white/sepia toned pictures in faded gold frames with white matting!

So this particular Cooking Light Recipe would be a great one for a Sunday night!  Prepare this guy in the morning, stick it in the crock pot and don’t let making dinner ruin the day you had planned!  While it’s cooking, go for a hike, bike ride, to the beach, shovel the sidewalk, go to the mall- whatever!  My point is- enjoy your Sunday while dinner makes itself!  Weekends are too short!

You’ll need:

  • 1 (1-pound) top round steak (1 inch thick), trimmed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms (about 2 cups)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 (8-ounce) container low-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups hot cooked medium egg noodles (about 4 ounces uncooked)

1. Cut steak diagonally across grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place steak and next 8 ingredients (though garlic) in a 3-quart electric slow cooker; stir well.

Add onions, beef, mushrooms, garlic, pepper, salt, dill, dijon mustard, and fresh parsley to crock pot

2. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a small bowl; gradually add broth, stirring with a whisk until blended.

Put flour in a bowl

Slowly add beef broth

3. Add broth mixture to slow cooker; stir well.

Add broth mixture to beef mixture

Mix well

4. Cover with lid; cook on high-heat setting 1 hour.

5.  Reduce to low-heat setting, and cook 7 to 8 hours or until steak is tender.

6.  Turn slow cooker off; remove lid. Let stroganoff stand 10 minutes.

7.  Stir in sour cream.

8.  Cook your egg noodles and serve Stroganoff over noodles.