I've got eight stupid fabulous things for the month of November! Are you ready? Then let's begin!
Death Star Pumpkin
It is too late to carve this pumpkin this year...but it is SO ON for next Halloween. That is, if I can convince Scott to do it. My pumpkin carving skills are much less stellar than his.
Seriously though, isn't that the coolest?!? [/end Star Wars Geek Alert]
Prosciutto and Chicken Penne Pasta
I found the recipe for this dish in last month's Hy-Vee Seasons magazine, and I've made it twice since then. It is delish. Not for the faint of heart, though - bring on the heavy cream!
Prosciutto and Chicken Penne Pasta
All you need:
2 tbsp olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 c. whole-wheat penne pasta
1 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 (3 oz) package prosciutto, chopped
1 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
1/4 c. dry white wine
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
3/4 c. grated Asiago cheese
1 c. chopped Roma tomatoes
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil
All you do:
In a medium sauté pan. heat olive oil and sear chicken breasts on both sides; reduce heat, cover and cook until juices run clear. Remove chicken to a cutting board to cool. Slice into strips; set aside.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside. (Pasta should be timed to be done just as the sauce is finished.)
While the pasta is cooking, heat butter in a large sauté pan and sauté garlic, shallots and prosciutto until shallots are transparent. Add cream, white wine, cayenne pepper and white pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring almost constantly, for about 5 minutes. Stir in cheese and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Add pasta, sliced chicken breast, tomato and basil into cream sauce and toss.
"If It's Love", by Train
I loooooove this song. Every time it comes on the radio I get all happy and sing along. Which I apologize for in case you're driving next to me when my windows are down. Any song that can reference both Winger and My Fair Lady is all good in my book.
Our New Media Center
Um, yeah. This is what I'm the most excited about - our new media center. That my husband BUILT from scratch, after I told him I liked this version in the Pottery Barn catalog. So he just whipped one up for us. Oh, and he only spent about $500 making it versus the $3,000 Pottery Barn wanted. Bazinga! He shall henceforth be known as "Scottery Barn."
"Blackout Cake" from Lo Sole Mio
I'm sorry to put this one on the list for those of you who aren't local, but if you ARE from Omaha then I'm sure you've heard of this insanely good Italian restaurant on 32nd Ave. But what you may not have heard about is the insanely good Blackout Cake on the dessert menu. OH.MY.GOD. This dessert is beyond delicious. It's chocolate cake filled with hot melted chocolate that oozes out and good lord do I love it. I found the above pic from some random site on the internet since I couldn't find a picture on Lo Sole Mio's website, which frankly, is unbelievable to me. If I were doing marketing for Lo Sole Mio I would just put a big picture of this cake on the building with a big arrow pointing to it. YUM.
I just bought this coat from Old Navy for the winter ahead and I LOVE it. Isn't it cute?? And it was only $60! Now that is a steal for a cute winter coat, I am telling you.
I have this friend Molly, who keeps a lovely home. And one of my favorite things about her home is that she always has happy Bath and Body Works handsoap in her guest bathrooms. I once asked her how she was so organized to get to Bath and Body Works so frequently to replace her handsoaps, and she informed me that she buys it in bulk at the "Buy Ten Bajillion Bath and Body Works Items for $20 Sale" or whatever you call it. Seriously, duh. Anyway, a few months ago, Molly generously offered to pick up some soap for me at the next sale since she knows I am nowhere near organized enough to handle that much planning on my own. And true to form, Miss Molly showed up with a big bag of soap for me at our Halloween shindig on Sunday. Now I can impress my houseguests too! Thanks Moll!