For Valentine’s Day I thought it would be best to steer clear of the crowds. It is rare these days for Nick and I both to have a full night off together so we both thought it would be nice to enjoy dinner and a movie at home. I took control of the meal, while Nick was in charge of dessert.
I wanted to make something a little more special. You know, not the typical weeknight meal of burgers or tacos. I came upon a brilliant idea of recreating the delicious meal we enjoyed in Tampa, FL at Bella Cafe. The pear sachets in saffron cream sauce were really to die for. So I embarked on an adventure of recreating this delectable dish. Though I had a few setbacks, I am confident that my dish was pretty close to the original. Practice makes perfect though, so stay tuned!
I had some cranberries leftover and decided to bake up a batch of scones. By adding in a little lemon zest and a sweet glaze, I ended up with a sweet but flakey scone to enjoy on this snowy February afternoon. (more…)
As I have previously mentioned, we hosted a bridal shower for Miss Dianna a few weekends ago. I must say, it was a great success. Having a larger bridal party allowed for multiple ideas and suggestions and also more people to share the tasks and preparations.
I utilized my contacts at the restaurant I used to work for. They always put on a lovely event and the atmosphere you just can’t beat. You may recognize the location from my friend Cara’s bridal shower. So we booked a Sunday afternoon brunch.
This past weekend we celebrated Dianna’s upcoming wedding with a Bridal Shower. This was the first of many exciting events to come in the next few months. Along with the bridesmaids, Dianna’s mom planned a lovely afternoon brunch for Dianna and her closest ladies. Even a few of Di’s best college friends made the trip up from downstate to help celebrate!
Dianna has a larger bridal party, so it was nice to have the afternoon to spend together before the Big Day. We were just missing two bridesmaids who live out of town, however this is one of my favorite moments from the day.
This past week the Northeast got slammed with a few winter storms. Particularly the one that swept through last Sunday hit our area pretty hard. We ended up having a snow day from work, which is unheard of! You can imagine the excitement Quattro had when he saw the mounds of snow outside. After clearing the driveway and sidewalks, I had a quick photoshoot with the beast. It was still snowing so I ended up with a few really cool shots. This one in particular is my favorite.
For Cara’s birthday, she decided she wanted to head north to her old stomping grounds and spend a few days skiing. Back in high school and college she used to be a ski instructor with her Dad, in fact her Dad still is! Liz and I took a day off work and met Cara and her husband Chris up at the mountain. It was a great day! We had beautiful conditions and being that it was in the middle of a non-holiday week, we basically had the mountain to ourselves.
After lunch we were hit with some fresh snow. It made for awesome skiing! At the top of the mountain, Cara and I stopped for a quick photo in front of one of the more difficult trails. We refrained from taking a run down, well mostly because of the CAUTION sign. Not to mention the fact that this was my first time on a mountain in about three years. I was not quite ready for such difficult terrain. This picture really just shows how hard the snow was coming down at this point. Still a fun, memorable shot!