With the exception of Super Bowl Sunday, the Sunday Suppers have continued at the Perry Household. I’ve just been a bad, bad blogger!
This past weekend we invited 2 sets of fun friends over and Will cooked up a feast. I wanted to contribute with a pretty, Valentine-y table setting. So I whipped up these placemats on Sunday afternoon before our guests arrived. In fact, I will still sewing the last one when our friends walked through the door. I know – ridiculous. But I’m pretty happy with how they turned out! ‘Cause let’s face it: table linens in stores are either ridiculously expensive or super ugly. You can see the very simple instructions that I stole to make these placements here.
With my new placements, I paired some pink napkins I already had plus some red tulips and votive holders. And la voila!
We started with a Lobster Salad that Will dreamed up. It was lobster, heirloom tomato, avocado, celery, mixture with champagne tarragon vinaigrette and topped with baby arugula. Y’all read that right … he MADE THIS RECIPE UP. And it was delicious. Will’s kitchen creativity is really taking off. YUM.
Beef Wellington with Fondant Potatoes
This is a shot of the lovely Beef Wellington in the kitchen prior to our carving it up. We skipped on the foie gras (nearly impossible to find in Nashville as it turns out) but still used a traditional mushroom duxelle and some parma ham to hold it all together.
Will made these lovely fondant potatoes which were cut with a food mold and then cooked in stock. He made a little veal stock sauce to plate them on. I mean seriously … who is this gourmet chef and what did you do with my husband?
We finished dinner with a lovely creme brulee and organic blackberries.
Another successful Sunday Supper. This one a Will original! Bon appetite!
My awesome grandparents live in a retirement community nearby. Momoo, my grandmother, is in large part to thank for my craftiness and creativity. So, it’s only fitting that she be the recipient of some of my handmade creations. Thus, I’ve taken to making Momoo and Daddy Tom seasonal wreaths for the door of their apartment. I mean come on, what is better than having the best looking door in the retirement community AND be able to brag that it’s your granddaughter that is responsible. It’s grandparent heaven and fun for me too.
My previous wreaths have mostly been concoctions made up of faux florals and doo-dads from the seasonal aisle at Michael’s. Not so steal-worthy, my friends.
You can steal this blogger’s instructions for making felt flowers here and use these adorable baubles for all kinds of applications. I really like this craft because you can cut and fashion the flowers while sitting on the couch (felt sticks to itself – so with just a round object to use as a template, a pen, and some scissors, you can make a whole mess of these little flowers before you ever get out the glue gun).
Once I had them all rolled up, I moved from the sofa to the dining room table and in 30 minutes, they had all been hot glued to the grapevine wreath. I decided that some leaves were in order so I halved some green felt, placed a towel over it and ironed a crease before cutting out the leaf shapes (I learned the hard way that the towel is a big deal – synthetic felt does not like heat!).
Pop on over to Little Things Bring Smiles and steal some inspiration for a lovely Valentine’s Day gift!
Will and I have decided to make special dinners on Sunday nights. We spend a nice chunk on Saturday planning and shopping and sometimes prepping. Then Sunday we invite guests over for a nice, long, leisurely dinner.
This week’s dinner is highly inspired by our recent trip to Paris. We’re majorly digging French food right now, y’all.
Escargots de Bourgogne
Our big souvenir from Paris was an escargot set with all of the accoutrements (see below) that we bought at a store called Guy DeRenne. I would liken it to the kitchen/tableware department of Crate & Barrel but with all things French. We ordered our snail shells and canned escargots from Amazon.com and Will whipped up a traditional Bourgogne compound butter.
Roast Chicken with White Wine, Lemon & Herbs de Provence
Will used our beer can chicken rack to make this roast chicken. Instead of beer in the can, we put dry white wine and some slices of lemon. Then he stuffed butter and Herbs de Provence under the chicken skin and generously all over the outside and roasted it in the oven. It was seriously the most flavorful, moist chicken ever. And so beautiful!
Gateau de Crepes
I’m a huge fan of crepes. While we were in Paris, I vowed to learn how to make them. Thanks to my fantastic birthday gift of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child and Simone Beck, I had all of the instruction I needed. I made up the crepes yesterday and kept them in the fridge until today. Then I carefully followed Julia’s instructions to make a Mornay sauce, a spinach filling and a mushroom filling. Then the crepes get layered with alternating fillings, covered with the Mornay and a bit of extra Swiss, and baked in the oven like a cake. Amazing!
Orange Almond Cake
I saw this Orange Almond Cake on Laura Calder’s French Food at Home and decided I needed to steal the recipe. It only contains eggs, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, almond flour, Grand Marnier, and candied orange rind. I used orange marmalade instead of candied orange rind and it was too bitter – do not recommend. But the cake itself was delicious and seriously as easy as making cake out of a box – no joke.
We are moving into a new era of food adoration in our house. This also means we need to move into a new era of gym attendance. But it’s sure fun to plan a menu that’s not so everyday, work together in the kitchen to bring it to the table and then enjoy it with people we love.
When faced with taking a tot on a trip, new moms are always looking for ways to make it easier. So when my mom friends extraordinaire Macki and Kathy collaborated on this Kid’s Travel Toy Blanket with Velcro Loops and Ribbon Tags, I took note of the idea and filed it in the Klepto Files.
The genius behind this blanket is that it is both cute and functional. The ribbon tags with different textures and colors give baby something to concentrate on. The Velcro loops can be used to catch little teethers and other small toys. The tiny pockets are perfect for tucking away a pacifier, stray pair of socks, or even a tot-sized book. Aren’t Kathy & Macki brilliant?!
Lately, I’ve been bitten by the sewing bug again, so I spent the last couple of weekends whipping up 2 of these adorable blankets. I did all of my fabric and ribbon shopping in the clearance section of the sewing store and came away with so many adorable fabrics, ribbons and ric racs that I bought more than I need so I’ll be ready to make these for many munchkins to come!
One was for a very special little girl on the way so I opted for lots of different pinks, whites and a touch of coral and brown.
Following Kathy’s perfect instructions, I completed the little girl version of my blanket in an evening and a morning.
Once I had a better handle on the process, I was able to whip up the baby boy version in about half the time. And I think it’s twice as cute!!
Plus, it will be perfect for this little monkey …
Thank you Kathy, Macki and Merriment Design for the adorable idea! Rip-off accomplished!!
… know how to make a peach cobbler. Do you? It’s as easy as falling off a log. If you don’t know how, check Paula Deen’s recipe. It’s identical to my grandmother’s recipe and probably every other grandmother in the South. If you have ripe peaches, then you have most likely have everything else you need in your pantry staples.
You dump it all into the pan*, it bubbles when you take it out**, and then just like that it’s deliciously golden brown***.
I suggest that you march yourself to the nearest Farmer’s Market, buy a bushel of peaches, rush to eat them before they get wrinkly, and the ones that inevitably do get wrinkly you must cobblerize immediately. It’s my most favorite taste of summer.