Creating an Antipasti Platter

Creating an Antipasti Platter // shutterbean

Every few months, Casey and I host a wine tasting at our house.  He’s in charge of the get-together (it’s his wine group afterall!) while I work on the food. Bertolli recently contacted me to see if I’d like to be apart of their Bertolli Gold Label Progressive Italian Dinner Party with a few other food bloggers. Over the next few weeks, you can follow along to see how we all hosted our own gatherings and then brought them together through a virtual Gold Label Dinner Party menu.  I thought it might be a good way to show you what goes into creating an antipasti platter for one of our wine parties- from selecting the wines to pairing food items.  As the first blogger course of the #BertolliGoldLabel Progressive Dinner Party,  I came up with an original recipe (hope you love polenta & mushrooms!) using one of their Bertolli Gold Label sauces and will post that soon.  

Let the Sunshine In Cocktail

Let the Sunshine In Cocktail // shutterbean

We worked hard to meet our goal of arriving to Big Sur before the sun went down on Friday. But when we got there, the weather had another plan. There was an incredibly thick blanket of fog hovering over the water as we were getting settled into our hotel room. Casey poured a glass of wine and I made this drink and we went out to check out our view on our balcony and out of nowhere, this happened:

Let the Sunshine In Cocktail // shutterbean

AND IT WAS TOTALLY BECAUSE I USED AN ORANGE instead of the LIME I WANTED.

<oprah voice>

That’s TOTALLY it.

My On-the-Go Essentials:

MY ON-THE-GO ESSENTIALS // shutterbean

Casey and I went on a little trip this past weekend to Big Sur. It was magical and I’ll try to share more of that soon! Whenever I’m away from home I spend a good deal of time creating a little sense of home wherever we are staying. When I was transferring some of my stuff from one bag to another, I thought it might be fun to show you some of the things that I can’t travel without. I find it so fascinating to see what people’s essentials are.  Mine include:

And I Quote:

The more you praise // shutterbean
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A cynic is a man who knows // shutterbean
Whatever it is you're seeking // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 43

Here’s what this past week looked like:

Chaperoned a Kindergarten field trip to the pumpkin patch this week.

My Everyday Life: Week 43

Made friends with pigs.  Watched children run around like crazy.

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My in-laws were here.

My Everyday Life: Week 43

Getting over a cold at work.

My Everyday Life: Week 43

My husband is the pasta eater of the household.

I like it in small doses….Cooper doesn’t want it anywhere near him.

He will eat ramen though…

My Everyday Life: Week 43

I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. Can we just talk for a moment about this Renee Zellweger plastic surgery thing?
  2. I am an artist.
  3. If you work from home, these tips will help. The first one is my challenge.
  4. Adding marmalade to a cocktail is genius.
  5. I’m really excited to check out Food Photography School this weekend!
  6. Number 6…totally.
  7. 10 Commandments for a Clutter Free Life.
  8. Also related— create a landing strip! I’m in the process of transforming mine.
  9. The camouflage gif was mesmerizing.
  10. This will make you love cauliflower.
  11. This was such a good speech.
  12. I got Peggy... go figure.
  13. Most overlooked threats to marriage- a good read!
  14. The things we learn from our children.
  15. Grey Gardens NOW.
  16. I have no idea how Brad Pitt keeps a straight face.
  17. INA DRINKING GAME. So much YES.
  18. I found this magazine at the bookstore recently and am in love!
  19. Pumpkin S’mores Dip….I can’t even.
  20. You had me at butter.
  21. Three Signs an Employee is Out the Door.  The teeth thing…
  22. Crushing hard on this blog.

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE BITES

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE BITES // shutterbean

I feel like anytime you mix graham crackers with cream cheese and something sweet, you can call it a cheesecake bite. It totally cheesecake!  I had some pumpkin butter to use and we always have cream cheese because my son loves the stuff, so I made these little “Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites.”  When you’re looking for dessert but you’re concerned about eating a WHOLE slice of cheesecake, these are a good option. They’re totally festive too!

Pumpkin-y Things!

Shutterbean PUMPKIN Recipes!

Did you know that every time I type the word PUMPKIN, my fingers automatically type pumpking. That’s right. KING. Isn’t that bizarre?  When I typed pumpkin-y in this post header it was extra weird cuz it’s not even a word, is it? Pumpkin-y?  Things that involve pumpkin! Like…A LOT OF IT.  Everyone is blowing up my Instagram feed with their pumpkin patch pictures….and I’m gonna blow yours up with mine soon, so let’s all get PUMPKIN-Y, shall we?

PUMPKIN HAZELNUT GRILLED CHEESE

I just can’t deal with how good that grilled cheese was. DAAAANG.

PUMPKIN CAKE WITH BROWN BUTTER ICING

Once upon a time I made a pumpkin cake with BROWN BUTTER ICING. Sweet savory heaven.

You could also turn it into baked doughnuts…or muffins…. just saying….

PUMPKIN SPICE FRENCH TOAST

Because we all need pumpkin at breakfast time.  ALL OF US.

BAKED PUMPKIN PECAN DOUGHNUTS

Pumpkin and pecan are a winning combination, don’t you agree? Let’s make doughnuts!

PUMPKIN CREAM CHEESE

What to do with leftover pumpkin puree? Make cream cheese!  Perfect on toasted cinnamon raisin bagels.

PUMPKIN PARFAITS

Shake up your pumpkin pie game and make PARFAITS. Gingersnap layering FOR THE WIN.

Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream Cake // shutterbean

PUMPKIN GINGERSNAP ICE CREAM CAKE

We finished this ice cream cake in record time. Consider yourself warned.

FLOURLESS PUMPKIN SPICE PANCAKES

An all time favorite in my household. I need to get on this kick again. Right now I’m on a toast/egg thing.

PUMPKIN CREAM PIE

It’s like a banana cream pie….but with PUMPKIN! You’re gonna love those pecan crumbles and…

THE CRUST IS EVERYTHING.

PUMPKIN GINGERSNAP ICE CREAM

I finally got around to making a Jeni’s ice cream in my own kitchen. This one was epic.

PUMPKIN PECAN ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

Hummina Hummina. You’re gonna love the chewy ginger cookie base and the pecan bits!

PUMPKIN BOURBON MILKSHAKES

Because ice cream, pumpkin, and BOURBON belong together. TRUE LOVE, baby!