October 9, 2015

Cauliflower and Broccoli Tartlettes

Oh my it is Friday, it is FALL and there is nothing I lo-o-o-ove more this time of the year than a savory cheesy baked good. The original recipe came from the blog Sylvia's Simple Life and it is a fabulous tasting delight. 

Sylvia made this recipe as a tart, which I did make and devoured with my gal pal Peggy (or Pegs as I like to call her) while our kids and my hubby ate pizza. The crust of this tart is wonderful as it is seasoned with paprika and thyme which gives it a hearty flavor. Then there are the veggies and cheese...oh yeah, I used lots of 

We girls paired the tart with white wine, sauteed spinach and some crispy sliced apple to round out our evening meal. Everything worked just perfect together!

So today I recreated the same dish only this time I made individual crusts and baked them in a muffin tin. 

Makes 12-14 tartlets


1 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
1/1/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried thyme (I use a little more)
pinch of salt
5 1/2 T butter, softened
3-5 T cold water

1 /12 cups of cauliflower florets
1 cup of broccoli 
1 onion cut in wedges or as I happen to have on hand, 2 leeks sliced using only the white and light green parts
2 T butter
2 T flour
1/3 cup vegetable stock
1/2 c milk
3/4 c. grater cheese ( I used Asaigio cheese)
Paprika to garnish

In large bowl mix together the first four dry ingredients. Then using a pastry blender or forks, cut into the dry ingredients with the butter. Once blended add the water and then form dough into a ball. Place the ball in it bowl in the frig for about 30 minutes.

In the meantime place all of your veggies in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil, then let simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain and set aside.

To make the crusts, remove the dough from the frig and roll out onto a floured surface with a rolling pin. Once the dough is flat use a glass or round cookie cutter and cut out your circles. It's OK if the shape is a little smaller that the tin's muffin cups because you can just roll out each circle to extend it's size. Place each circle of dough into a muffin cup sprayed with cooking spray. Do this by gently pushing the circle down into the cup and press it up against its sides. Pierce the dough with a fork and bake for about 15 minutes in an oven set at 375 degrees F.

In another smaller pot melt the 2 T of butter and then add your flour to make a roux. Add the vegetable stock and milk and stir until thickened, then add 1/2 cup of cheese.

Once the crusts are baked, add the cooked vegetables to each crust and then spoon the cheese mixture on top. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses and bake until the top is bubbly and golden brown, about 13-15 minutes. 

Garnish with paprika if desired and enjoy!

While you are noshing on your freshly baked tartlets and enjoying it with a glass of your favorite wine, take a hop on over to Sylvia's Simple Life. Sylvia's blog is filled with beautiful images, wonderful recipes and stories. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

October 8, 2015

Share Your Style Link Party #34

Welcome to the Share Your Style Party.

I am Sherry with No Minimalist Here and I will be your party host this week. It's exciting to have you here and I can't wait to see what you have to Share.

It has been a little slow on my blog this week but I was able to do a quick post on the kitchen progress.

You may have missed the post about New Upholstery for our french chairs.

Debra at Common Ground announced last week that she will no longer be co-hosting the Share Your Style party.  She will be greatly missed but I hope she and her hubby have a wonderful time traveling.  Not to worry...you can still link up to the party at No Minimalist Here or any of the other six host.

Thanks to everyone that joined the party last week and remember if you link to any of the host it will be seen on all seven blogs!

Here are just a few of the great features from last week.

Every Day Living  created this beautiful Fall vignette.  Isn't the little chair adorable?

These pumpkin glazed donuts look delicious and Walking On Sunshine shares how to make them. Check out her blog for many great recipes. 

How gorgeous are these white ruffled pumpkins?  Ornate Splendor makes these beautiful pumpkins and sells them in her Etsy shop.

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October 1, 2015

Share Your Style Link Party #33

This week's host is Debra from the beautiful blog 

Welcome Friends,
Glad you're here to Share Your Style!

First, I have 3 great features from last week,
 then please read on, I have a little blogging news.

Nancy from Nancy's Daily Dish gave us

Rhonda from Ramblings of a Southern Girl shares

Mary Jo from Masterpieces of My Life shows us how
 to take Dollar Tree pumpkins and make them over 4 different ways!

pssst...I think the moss covered ones are my favorite!

And this last week was spent giving 
my China Cupboard a Fall Makeover, Here and Here

and now to my update...

I just wanted to let you all know, this will be my last week co-hosting Share Your Style. Nothing dramatic going on, my health is staying stable, but my life is changing, as it has a habit to do. Traveling with my Hubby and some family things are on the horizon, and I know I need to dedicate more time to those things. I'll still be posting, I just can't keep a weekly time schedule. Stepping down frees me up to post when it's easier, and hopefully no pressure. Don't worry about me, you all that have been with me over 6 years know I tell it like it is. I hope you'll still come visit me, and I hope you'll link up all the fun and inspiration with one of the other seven great bloggers who are still participating in Share Your Style. Thanks to the other co-hosts of Share Your Style! And thanks to all my readers, you know how much I love you guys! OK, hard part done...

So now,
Let's get on with the party!

September 29, 2015

Simple to Make Sweet Potato Ravioli

OMGosh this has truly been one of my latest guilty pleasures for an elegant and super easy lunch or dinner appetizer. The browned butter is flavored by sauteing in it fresh sage and letting it crisp up. Then using won-ton wrappers and an instant sweet potato mix, I am able to whip up this delicate seasonal delight in just minutes.

So what do you need to make these sweet little raviolis?

1 pkg of won-ton wrappers (they can be found in the refrigerator section near tofu)
1 pkg instant sweet potato mix made according to package directions
a little cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg
boiling water
butter, usually 2 T per serving and each serving is 3 raviolis
fresh sage, as much or as little as you like
toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh parsley for garnish 

Make sweet potatoes according to package directions. I like to add a little more spice to the mix like allspice, cinnamon or nutmeg. Pretty much what ever I have available. Make sure to allow the potatoes time to cool down before assembling your raviolis. 

Start with a won-to wrapper and add 1 T of sweet potato. Then dampen the edged of the wrapper with water and place a second wrapper on top. Press firmly to seal. 

To make it look fancy and to get a good seal, go around the edges with the prongs of a fork and press down. I also like to trim the edges with a pizza cutter to even them up and make them look pretty. Bring a pot of salted water to a slow boil and add the raviolis one by one. Be careful not to crowd them or they will begin to stick together. Let boil for about 2 minutes and remove from the water. In the meantime heat a pan and add the butter and sage. Let the butter brown but be careful not to allow it to burn. Remove butter from heat and pour over the raviolis. I happen to really like the crisp sage on top. It is loaded with wonderful flavor. Then garnish with the pumpkin seeds for some crunch and parsley for some added color.

And there you have it! One fancy lunch or an elegant appetizer for your next fall celebration! I hope you give these a try...really nothing can be easier or more delicious, and you are sure to totally impress your friends!

Wishing you a great week and please don't forget to stop by tomorrow evening for another Share Your Style link party!

The party goes live at 7pm est so be there to catch all of the wonderful creativity!!

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September 26, 2015

Easy Wreath of Bittersweet

Since I have begun blogging and getting more and more into creating wreaths and other decorative items for our home, I have been simply amazed at the wealth of materials available to me in my own backyard. It was just last year that I discovered these pretty berries growing within our forsythias. I didn't know what they were until my friend Judy from Gold Country Cottage left a comment telling me what a "treasure trove" I was sitting on. This year I discovered bittersweet growing in multiple areas of our yard, so I decided to use it around the house to decorate for fall and to make an easy peasy rustic looking wreath with these crimson beauties.

All I needed in addition to the bittersweet (with their leaves removed) was a simple grapevine wreath, a little floral wire, scissors to cut the vine and floral wire, and a few pine cones. The fresh cut vine is very malleable so it is easy to bend. You can make it even more flexible by soaking the vine in warm, not hot, water. I started by first taking a long piece of the vine and creating a circle with it, securing the ends together with some floral wire. I then anchored it with four pieces of floral wire to the grapevine wreath. The three pine cones were attached together with another piece of wire and tied onto the wreath. Then I just poked more pieces of bittersweet into the existing wreath. The wreath sat overnight and by the next day the little golden color pods had begun to fall off exposing the bittersweet berry. 

Then today I added more of the golden pods for a little color variation.

These too will shed their pods in the next 24 hours and then wreath will be really full of fall glory.

Take a look around your own backyard the next time you set out to decorate for the season, I bet you'll be surprised at what you find.

Happy first weekend of fall y'all!!!

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