Friday, February 18, 2011

Recipe for Tortellini Amatriciana/ 30 Minute Meal

This dish was so delicious!! I did not take a picture of the meal in a dish like I usually do, but I served it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, a side salad and garlic bread.  The next day I had it leftover by itself and it was great just like that! Pasta always is! Click on the link for the full recipe at: tortellini-amatriciana-recipe-rbk1010


1 medium yellow onion finely chopped.

4 oz. of diced pancetta (or substitute with thick-cut bacon).

Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, pancetta and red pepper flakes.

Saute 2 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes with juices and some kosher salt to taste, breaking up tomatoes with the back of a spoon.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 13 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a saucepan of salted water to boiling. Add fresh or frozen tortellini and cook according to package directions and drain. Add tortellini to sauce, tossing to coat.

Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Makes 6 servings (or 4 servings with leftovers). Taste even better leftover!  Enjoy!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I love it!!! Thank you T you did a great job!!

My son made this fabulous cutting board for me at school!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Today I am sharing my Urban Market finds. In the picture above is my new patio table and chairs. I love that the table is shaped like a flower and the chair backs have flowers on them to match! My friend Jamie and I found the the table at one vendor and the chairs at another vendor. Thanks Jamie for all your help!

The chairs are iron with seat cushions wrapped in burlap.

I forgot to move the plant and show the hole in the middle for an umbrella. I can easily move it to the back yard and use it around the pool.

This map of Asia is hanging in my study. 

It is over 100 years old and is from Telluride, Colorado.

I love the texture of the map.

Last but certainly not least.....My Justin Brand, brown leather Cowboy are probably wondering why an Antique Market would have cowboy boots that aren't antiques?? It's a Texas thing. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Urban Market In February

On Sunday some of my friends and I went to the Urban Market Antique Show.  If you love antiquing, you will love this Market. There is so much to see. You can also get decorating ideas for your home. If you have never been, you really must experience it at least once. I think you will be hooked! Urban Market and Round Top are my two favorite shopping experiences. It is a really fun day out. You MUST go to the Urban Market with a group of friends for a guaranteed good time! 

Cant wait to show you my purchases from the Urban Market tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Tulips are my favorite flowers!

Instead of putting all my flowers in one vase, which is also lovely, I thought I would change it up this time and spread the love!

This is a job for my favorite mercury and glass pieces.

I measured my flowers next to the vases I will be using. Measured it at the height I wanted against the vase. I like the flowers to stand up right above the rim of the vase. I am careful not to cut them too short.

I put the flower in the vase to make sure I am happy with the height. Then measure that flower against the others and start cutting. Cut your flowers at an angle.

Oops, my white one is too tall so I will cut that tulip down a little more.

This is the finished product.

Gorgeous! I just LOVE tulips!

If you have a clear vase, do not throw away your wide leaf clippings.

Cut the smaller ends of the leaf off.

Fill your vase only half  with water. Roll the leaf up to the size of the opening of the vase. Do not roll too tight or the leaf will be hard to loosen in the glass.

Slide the leaf into the vase and put your finger in the middle and lightly press against the glass, making an opening for the flowers.

Now add a little more water to your vase.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous Valentine's Day! You deserve it!