Cute Baby Boy Stuff

My new nephew is so cute! It’s hard to resist buying him everything I see for little boys. Here are some of the cutest things I have found:

1. Kangaroo Stripe One Piece from Old Navy
2. Embroidered Jacket from Zara
3. Stripe Roll Cuff Pant from Janie and Jack
4. Seersucker Onepiece from Velevet & Tweed
5. Big Stripes Birth Announcement from Tiny Prints
6. Shark One-Piece from Gap

Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta

This is a delicious, easy hors d’oeuvre that my sister makes. I have made it a few times and I always end up eating a ton of it before it gets out of the kitchen. You just need 4 things, plus a loaf of french bread to serve it on:

12 oz jar of roasted red peppers, diced
6 oz provolone cheese, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil

Mix the cheese, peppers and garlic together in a bowl and toss with olive oil.

That’s it – you’re done.

We like to eat it on grilled chicken (if there is any leftover).

I made a quilt! (sort of)

My sister had a baby on Wednesday, a little boy named Patrick. He is so cute and I got to spend some time with him this weekend. I have been wanting to try making a quilt, so I thought this was a good time to go for it. Here is how it came out:

I used solid flannel for the back and the white stripes on the front. The whole thing took about 3 hours, and I did it on my sewing machine (no hand stitching involved). The inside is a little thin, and the next time I will probably make the stripes smaller, but it’s not bad for a few hours of work, and the flannel makes it really cozy.

I had a really busy (and super fun) week!

My friend Maury got married yesterday in Scranton (where I grew up) and it was an amazing wedding.
I helped with some of the paper stuff (menus, programs, placecards) and the out of town boxes. Here’s what we did for the guests:

I made the peppermint patties and blueberry muffins, and assembled all the individual pieces.
Then we got together a few days before the wedding to put together 75 boxes for all of the people coming in from out of town. They were great and everyone was really excited to get them when they checked into the hotel.

The reception was directly after the ceremony, so I made programs that folded up small enough so they could fit in suit pockets or evening bags. The program was 17″ wide by 5.5″ tall flat, and 5.5″ x 4.25 folded.

For the place cards, I lined bulletin boards with fabric that was printed with drawings of buildings from Scranton and used map pins to attach the cards to the boards. Here’s one of the boards in-action:

I also made the menus, which were folded into the napkins at each place setting:

The bride looked amazing and Anthony got some really great shots of the happy couple and the amazing venue – The Scranton Cultural Center.

I picked a FANTASTIC dress from Rent the Runway and couldn’t have been happier with the whole process. I got lots of compliments on the dress and it was so much fun to wear something new and different. I picked the short sequined one:

Mother’s Day Brunch

We just finished a really great Mother’s Day brunch – Anthony and I made Eggs Benedict (his favorite) with Crab Cakes (my favorite) and Crème Brûlée (his mom’s favorite). It worked out really well, but I think we used every pot and pan in our tiny kitchen.

The hardest part of serving a meal with lots of different pieces is making sure that everything is hot and ready at the same time. After a little panic during the final cooking moments when the potatoes weren’t browning and one batch of crab cakes got a little too crispy, somehow we made it work, including poaching the eggs and making a delicious Hollandaise sauce.

I wanted to continue the heavy, buttery, creamy theme of the meal with dessert, so I made Crème Brûlée (I had to look up how to do those accents) for the first time ever, which meant that I got to use my torch, which was tons of fun.

Now the kitchen is clean and I am exhausted and full and happy.

Happy Mother’s Day!