Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cheese Dreams & Curry Pumpkin Soup and weekend recap

We had a bridal shower today for one of my friend's, Janna, at Rachel's (new & gorgeous!!) house.  These Cheese Dreams were the biggest hit -- zero came home with me.  I've been making a batch and freezing and then popping 8-10 in the oven when we have another couple over for dinner.  Easy and absolutely delicious appetizer.  Thanks mom for introducing me to these gems!

Cheese Dreams
2 cups finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 c. butter, softened
2 T. heavy cream
1 egg
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. dry mustard
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1 16 oz. package firm sandwich bread (I used Pepperidge Farm White Sandwich bread)

Preheat oven to 375.  Beat cheese & butter with electric mixer.  Add cream, egg, Worcestershire, salt, dry mustard cayenne pepper and mix well.  Cut crusts off bread and then slice each piece of bread into 4 squares.  Spread about 1 t. of the cheese mixture onto one square.  Top with another square of bread and spread cheese mixture on top and a little on the sides.  I then did one little small tap of cayenne pepper on each cheese dream.  Place on greased cookie sheet and put in freezer for them to set up for at least 30 minutes prior to baking them.  If you want to bake later then still put on cookie sheet in freezer and then once frozen you can transfer to freezer bag.  Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown.  I take out of oven and put on paper towels to get some grease off and then transfer to platter.  Enjoy!

Curry Pumpkin Soup
This is a recipe my mom and Bailey came up with and served at Caroline's bridal luncheon.  This was my first attempt at making it and it was really pretty easy and something different (aka not chicken salad) for a ladies luncheon.

1 c. sweet vidalia onion, diced
2 T. butter
1 T. olive oil
1/2 jar red curry paste (about 2-3 T.)
1 T. chopped candied ginger
1 1/2 t. salt

Saute the above ingredients together for about 10-15 minutes over medium heat.

Then add the following ingredients and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.  

2 cans pumpkin
1 can light coconut milk
1 c. vegetable broth
2 T. PB2 (dry peanut butter - I found this at Whole Foods with the peanut butter)
2-3 T. honey
2 sticks dried lemon grass (HT carries this; I actually couldn't find it and bought fresh lemongrass from Whole Foods and bashed with back of knife before adding to pot)

Remove lemongrass after about 20 minutes and continue to simmer for another 45 minutes.  Then take batches and put in blender to really puree to a smooth consistency.  Whip one can full fat coconut milk and top with a dollop of that and roasted pumpkin seeds (can find at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods)

A few more from the shower.  How stunning is Rachel's home???

The beautiful bride-to-be

Josh's firm had a 1920s themed party at a Speakeasy last night - really fun night out.  Josh's mustache wasn't exactly the right shape... :)

Charles was really not feeling this outfit....he's turning into more boy than baby every day.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Little Charles man update

I've been so bad about blogging.  We have just been working hard and playing with our sweet boy. Even though I haven't been sharing them, I have taken a weekly pic of Charles to put in a book.  Here are a few from January.

41 Weeks

42 Weeks (he loves sucking his thumb while holding his blabla)

43 Weeks

44 Weeks

Can't believe he is 10 months and before we know it we will be celebrating his first birthday!!  As you can see, his two front teeth are coming in.  He's been officially walking (20+ steps in a row) the last few weeks -- I was not ready for this!

Back with some project updates soon.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Brass Tinkering

I got my buffet a few years ago for a price I won't even tell you.  I'm serious, it was that good.  I still love it - great shape, size and wood grain, but sometimes I lust after styles a bit dressier.

Like the one I blogged about from Caroline's bridesmaid luncheon.  I mean...I drooled over this piece of furniture.  I adore the brass and inlaid details of this piece.

As a refresh here is mine.  

I started thinking one of the characteristics I loved about the sideboards I was pining after was their beautiful brass hardware, so I did some web browsing and bit the bullet on some new lion pulls for my buffet.  I am loving it!!

I purchased 2 large lion pulls and 4 smaller lion pulls - all for about $70.  Much less than a new sideboard!

In other news, I'm still mad at myself for not buying this barcart ($129!!!!!) I spotted it at Homegoods last Saturday night.  After dreaming about it (literally), I rushed over as quickly as possible on Sunday morning.  I parked quickly and felt myself practically running through the automatic doors and down the aisles.  It was gone.  My heart sank.  I literally almost shed a tear.  I then proceeded to call all the Homegoods in Raleigh, Charlotte (mom volunteered to pick it up) and Richmond (sister volunteered to pick it up), to no avail. Lesson learned - buy it the second you truly consider something at Homegoods and you can always return it.  I have no real spot for this barcart, but it was such a beauty and such a steal!  Would have been fun for parties on my screen porch and patio.  I'll keep hunting!  Raleigh peeps- if you see it again, please buy it for me and I'll pay you a finders fee.

Charles has taken to crawling in the powder room and tinkering in there - he tries to flush the toilet and open the cabinets under the sink...can't take my eye off this little sweetie!  We are taking him to meet Santa tomorrow at RCC.  I'm guessing he will try and yank his beard, but be mostly uninterested.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Charles is baptized!

Almost two weeks ago, Charles was finally baptized.  He was so big he could have eaten the other two young babies.  He was "chatting" during the prayer, was happy during the actual sprinkling and then was screaming in the arms of the minister by the time he reached the end of the very long aisle at our church.  He cried the entire way back down that aisle until he reached my arms.  Sweet little guy! It was Thanksgiving Sunday, but we hosted a few close family and friends (ones that were in town) at our house for a casual southern lunch following the church service.

My sisters took some illegal pictures in church.  Oops...they didn't know.

 The sweet baby afterwards

And this is reality.  The majority of my pictures look more like this...

The kid is all boy

These Etsy cake toppers were so festive and Courtney was nice enough to expedite over Thanksgiving weekend since I procrastinated on this entire lunch.

I tried to keep it really easy and used paper plates with gold chargers.  Luckily it was a gorgeous 60+ degree day, so we could seat people outside on the screen porch and patio.

I asked my dad to read the same blessing that my grandfather (Charles' namesake) read at my baptism.  So special to me.

Maternal Grandparents

Paternal Grandparents

Olivia has officially lost her mind...

Somehow I didn't get a picture of my sister and brother-in-law, so here's one of them from Thanksgiving.  Thanks for coming!

One more of our little ham

Charles, I hope God blesses you and that you use the talents He's blessed you with for the good of others.  I pray God blesses your father and I to always be the best and most Christian parents we can possibly be and to guide you to be a Godly man.  We love you so much and are so proud of you today and always.