We had a crazy few days over Memorial Day weekend and I wanted something pretty easy but delicious to make on Monday night for dinner. Eggplant cut into slices and baked until pliable, then stuffed and rolled with a delicious filling baked in marinara and cheese…. these were not only a perfect way to end such a good weekend, they made great lunches the last couple days! I served ours with some homemade garlic bread and spaghetti tossed in the leftover marinara sauce, but you could serve it with anything you like! This recipe makes 6 rolls (if you cut the eggplant slices a little thinner you can easily make 8). Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
I hope all of you are having a great holiday… and to any of you that serve our country, a very big thank you! We’ve been busy enjoying family, friends and spectacular weather… so far we’ve managed to dodge the little bit of rain they were predicting! This recipe is really easy and it can be tailored to suite just about any food preference. I like making individual pizzas on naan bread… it’s delicious and thick which makes it really easy to throw on the grill! We had leftover bean dip from this weekend (which I’m sure almost all of you have come across at some point over the last 3 or 4 days) so that served as the “sauce of our pizza” which was then smothered in salsa verde and grated cheese and topped with grilled chorizo sausage and cilantro. Kind of random combinations (especially the fact that it’s a Mexican pizza built on an Indian bread) but trust me, it is SO good! Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
I had never had a mojito until a few weeks ago, wow was I missing out! My husband would occasionally get them when we were out to dinner and I just never tried them, Im glad I finally did. This is one of the most deliciously fresh and bright cocktails you can make, which is perfect in the summertime. We experimented the other night (well I did, my husband wasn’t interested in being adventurous lol) with different flavors and came up with some good ones! Orange basil, the original Lime Mint flavor and even a strawberry one… getting the freshest ingredients possible is key to perfecting these! If you’re hosting people this weekend and are stumped for clever cocktail ideas, set up a mojito bar! All you need is containers with wedges of limes, oranges, strawberries, etc… some sugar, mint and basil leaves, rum, club soda and a giant bucket of ice. That way people can create there own flavors and you don’t have to play bartender all night… just type up a couple cards with the instructions and let them make the mojitos themselves! CLick here to get the recipe and see how they’re made!
I made these for our trip to Indianapolis for Superbowl weekend back in February and in the craziness of that trip totally forgot about them! French baguette spread with a homemade chive remoulade piled with italian ham and soppressata, fontina cheese, arugula and fennel… these subs were out of this world! I made a whole baguette into one giant sub and cut it into pieces which we packed in a cooler and enjoyed the whole way there. If you’re going to be picnicking this weekend or traveling to see friends and family, I really suggest packing these for your trip… you’ll be amazed what a different it makes having great food on the go! Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
Continuing my posts to help prepare everyone for Memorial Day weekend, here is the perfect dessert! Homemade rosemary shortcake stacked with fresh whipped cream and strawberries… whether you’re hosting people or invited to bring a dish somewhere, this is the perfect one! The best part is that you can make the shortcake and whipped cream ahead of time and pre slice the strawberries so all you have to do is build the trifle on the day! These can easily serve 10 people and even more if you build individual trifles in small clear plastic cups! Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
As promised via twitter, here is my first post to help get you ready for Memorial Day weekend… an incredibly simple maxi dress! I have had this pattern (McCall’s M6558) forever and completely forgot about it. I stumbled across it while looking for a different one and immediately wanted to try it. I live in maxi dressed in the summer time and I’m always looking for great patterns to make my own (I collect fabrics all winter long just waiting for warm weather to hit!). This fabric is a silk blend that I got from our red tag fabrics at Joann’s for 2$ a yard. I honestly didn’t think this fabric would work for this dress (the pattern called for knit, broadcloth and gauze fabrics) but I’m so glad I tried it because it worked wonderfully! When I tell you that this dress took less than an hour to make, I’m not exaggerating! There are only 3 pattern pieces to cut (4 to sew) and aside from making the casing for the 2 elastic bands, it could not be easier! Since it’s such an easy pattern, it would be perfect to make for this weekend. Lightweight and flowing, it’s a great way to look stylish while beating the heat!! Click here to see more pictures!
We’ve been making good use of our grill since the weather has gotten nicer, and this was a good dinner from the other night. Shrimp tossed in basting oil and curry salt then grilled and brushed with an indian simmer sauce served with an asian chopped salad… if you want an easy and extremely flavorful dish, this recipe is for you. This made about 48 shrimp and 4 servings of the chopped salad, but can easily be multiplied or divided. Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
We have a window above our kitchen sink that overlooks the golf course we live on and I have never really known what to do with it since we moved in (which was over 2 years ago lol). During the holidays I have hung wreaths (I did posts on my vintage book leaf one and my fabric scrap one) but in the spring and summer time when there really aren’t big holidays I never know what to put there. I didn’t want to block the window, since it’s a big source of light in our kitchen and plus it’s a spectacular view! I decided to use the leftover fabric from this dress I made to create a super simple valance (seriously, it took me less than a half hour to make) to hang up while I decided what I really wanted to put there. After all was said and done, I’m really enjoying the valance and I think it’s switched from a temporary solution to a more permanent one! Click here to see how it’s made!
We have had unbelievable weather here this weekend. Sunshine, heat and not a cloud in the sky for days now… it’s been wonderful! I had bought these pork chops with the intention of just grilling them, but I decided to spruce them up a little bit instead. I love feta (see posts here and here) and, if you ask me, there’s nothing better than fresh basil pesto in the summertime. Both of these are incorporated to make the filling and then the pork is rubbed with herbs and spices, then brushed with balsamic vinegar at the end of cooking to create a really flavorful chop. Now that our farmer’s market is open, we grill vegetables almost every night; it’s such an easy way to make a great side! This recipe makes 2 chops but you could easily multiply it to accommodate more people! Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
I made these a couple of months ago so that they’d be ready to go once spring hit, but I wanted to wait until it warmed up a bit before doing my designer DIY post on them. It’s a sunny 72 degrees here in New York today so I couldn’t pick a more perfect time! I have been wanting to learn how to bead for a while now and I’m glad I finally bit the bullet and went for it because it truly is beautiful and the possibilities are endless. I bought Creative Beading Volume 4 and started learning different techniques and projects. I’d really encourage people to do what I did here- if there’s something you want to learn how to do, go to the library or research online… there is literally an endless amount of resources out there and there is no reason you can’t teach yourself to do it all! I had started seeing beaded sandals and embellished sandals ALL OVER and I really liked them. I took the basic idea from the book which was actually beading cabochons to make a bracelet and made it work for these sandals. Instead of using cabochons, I used rhinestones which I already had from a giant bag I bought at Joanns. These took a while, but they were MUCH cheaper than the designer ones and it really is satisfying knowing that you made them yourself! Click here to see more pictures and get the tutorial!