Hello, friends! I have some good news/finds this week (along with Annie and Cindy’s tips) like a garden baby shower, easy butternut squash ravioli, FREE knife sharpening, and more for you. This is like our weekly telephone call so please respond with your good finds!
Today, I am on my way to San Diego to see my mom. It’s hard with COVID. I get it that nursing homes have to be strict but that means I can’t hug or even get close to my mom. It has been touch-and-go for her but she is tough for a 95-year-old lady! This is a process and we will persevere!
1. Intimate Garden Baby Shower
My daughter, Alie, and her friends, Jackie and Danielle gave a baby shower for their friend Staci recently (bottom left, so cute). During this time extra steps were taken. Alie got a COVID test before the party (they have a fairly easy drive-through system in Los Angeles that Howard and I have used too). The party was outside and kept small to family and intimate friends.
- Tie-dying is in again, especially as an activity during quarantine! Alie’s friends organized a tie-dye station for the family to make custom onesies for the baby boy.
- Then, they displayed them on a clothesline.
- For lunch, they ordered miniature paninis. Along with mini Caprese (cherry tomato, mini mozzarella balls, basil) skewers, and watermelon and feta skewers (all drizzled with olive oil).
- Alie purchased the oh Baby! burlap banner from Etsy and strung it on the bushes tucked with white flowers.
Footnote: Staci and Matt had a beautiful, healthy baby boy last Tuesday!
2. Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Ravioli Recipe With Corn And Garlic
Last week, I talked about My Favorite Fall Items From Trader Joe’s. Well, on that list was their Butternut Squash Ravioli. Here’s how I made it with ingredients that we already had (corn). You could seriously make it with chopped fresh tomatoes or any vegetables that you have on hand. Howard liked it so much I will make it again.
This is a quick dish using Trader Joe's raviolis and fresh or frozen corn. Serves 2+ as a main dish or four as a side dish.
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 2/3 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels I used fresh corn off two corn cobs.
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
- 3 tbs. chopped parsley or basil
- 1 package fresh butternut squash ravioli from Trader Joes
- 2 tbs. butter
Heat the oil over medium heat and cook garlic and corn until lightly browned (about 10-15 minutes). Meanwhile, cook ravioli according to instructions.
Drain ravioli, put back in the pan with butter to prevent sticking (it will melt), and gently stir. Add corn mixture. Top with parsley and serve.
3. Free Knife Sharpening
It makes cooking so much easier with sharp knives! Did you know that you can take one knife into Williams Sonoma for free sharpening? Each knife after that costs $5 to sharpen. So we took in our knives (mostly Wusthof and Henkels) on two separate occasions. And they are like new!
BE SO CAREFUL when you get them back so you don’t cut yourself.
4. Foot Friendly Fall Shoes
Fall Shoes Ranked By A Podiatrist from Pure Wow was interesting. I don’t think I will be wearing any combat boots this season, but I’m so glad loafers and block heals made the list.
5. This Book Was A Birthday Gift
And I love it…(thanks, Alie).
This book is good for everyone who enjoys decorating but especially for young people finding their style and not wanting everything brand new.
Antiques give your home a collected look. Tara Shaw shows how to choose the right pieces and display them in a contemporary interior… “antiques in a modern world.” She purchases a lot in Europe. I like her flea market and antique store shopping advice (“go early”). And there is even a shopping guide in the back of the book.
Go see what
Annie from Most Lovely Things
have in store for us!