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I made these super easy little treat bundles for both Miss F and Miss E to hand out to their classmates.

Halloween Treat Bundle1

I found the small black tulle circles in the wedding section at Michael’s (who has black as a color for a wedding?) and also found the thin orange ribbon there. Joann also sells tulle circles.

Halloween Treat Bundle 2

I filled them with little skeletons from Target, some candy and some loose candy corn.  Use what you can find – erasers, little toys, candies…  I tied them up with an orange bow.  I tied on little tags that I made using Clip Art I found on the web (pun intended, get it? sorry).  Done.

Halloween Treat Bundle 3

The Misses helped me fill the circles, assembly line style, and loved the end result.

Happy Halloween!

So, I stumbled across this little series of videos that Vogue Magazine put out with celebrities answering 73 (why that number, I have no idea…) rapid-fire questions while giving you a little glimpse into their lives.  I watched them all and, while totally silly, they were fun little snippets.  My favorites were Sarah Jessica Parker (the question:  “Heels or flats?” is good), Anna Wintour (who I want to be when I grow up), and Reese Witherspoon (fun).

SJP Vogue

SJP’s 73 Questions

AW Vogue

Anna Wintour’s 73 Questions

Enjoy the total timesuck.  :)

Back to school, back to Year 2 of Operation Dinner Table in which I try to bring some quick, yummy dinners to my Misses after school and work schedules become hectic.  Total success all the time?  No way.  A for effort?  Most of the time.  Sitting down together for a few quiet moments during the day.  Absolutely.

Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo

This recipe is bound for heavy rotation on school nights.  The original recipe (link below) calls for fresh pasta, but I used dried.  Easier for an “on hand” dinner! Once you put the pasta in the pot to boil, start the sauce and the whole thing is done in about 10 minutes!.  If you don’t want to defrost the peas in advance, put them in the strainer and they will thaw as you pour the drained pasta water over them.  So easy!

Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo

3/4 cup half and half, divided

1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg

1 Tbsp. plus 1/4 tsp. salt, divided

1 tsp. cornstarch

9 oz. fettuccine

2 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated (about 1 cup)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Frozen green peas, thawed (optional)

1.  In a large pot, bring water (about 6 quarts) and 1 tablespoon of salt to boil for pasta.  Once you place the fettuccine into boiling water, cook to al dente according to package directions.

**Disclaimer – I skipped step two for 8 and 10 years olds…  2.  Ladle 1/2 cup of the boiling water into the serving bowls and set aside (the boiling water warms the bowls which will help the sauce keep a warm and creamy as long as possible).

3.  In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup of the half and half, the nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a simmer.

4.  In a small measuring cup, whisk the cornstarch with the remaining 1/4 cup of half and half until smooth.

5.  Add to saucepan, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens, 1 to 2 minutes.

6.  Remove the pan from heat and cover.

7.  Remove the cooked pasta from heat; reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water before draining, then drain the pasta.

8.  Return the sauce back to the stovetop over medium-low heat.

9.  Whisk in 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.  Gradually add the cheese, whisking constantly to incorporate, until the sauce is smooth.

10.  Add the pasta, and peas if desired, to the cheese sauce and heat for about 1 minute, or until the sauce thickens enough to lightly coat the pasta. (Add some of the remaining 1/4 cup pasta water to thin the sauce if it seems too thick.)

11.  Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

12.  If you heated the serving bowls, empty the water from them.  Divide the pasta among the serving dishes and enjoy.

Source:  Adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures who cites (The Best Light Recipe)

Explanation…

I’ve been missing here for awhile…  I can’t explain it any better than a post my sister wrote on Facebook, so I am stealing her words:

“This is a strange post to write since I have not addressed this at all on FB… but my father passed away yesterday after a prolonged decline in mental health from advanced dementia and physical health from parkinsons. For the first time in years, his mind and body are finally calm and peaceful. As my mom’s neighbor said, “I know he is in heaven playing basketball and working in the yard again.” I hope that is true. He was a very simple man, and the few things he loved to do were robbed from him as the diseases progressed. I am thankful that my sister, my mom, and I were there when he died… after feeling very alone trapped in his own chaos and confusion for so long, he was not alone at the end. And a very heartfelt thank you to my friends who have supported me and my family throughout this time.”

Dad with F

 Love this photo of my dad, back in 2004, with Miss F after her baptism.

Friday Cocktail Wisdom

I shared the first couple of quotes that I have left for the Misses in this post.

This one is all for me.  :)

breakfast wine

Happy Friday!

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