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December 19th

Ready, Set, Weekend with The Garden of Eatin’

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Growing up, my mom always made a dish using “bow” shaped pasta and a whole grain Kasha. Kasha is buckwheat groats and can be eaten as a soft cereal. It is considered to be a Jewish comfort food and is often served with little bow ties. This dish is referred to as “Kasha Varnishkes”. You can also use Kasha as a filling for Knishes and my mother throws some into her famous chicken soup. I have no idea why I have started this blog with a complete description of Kasha because it has nothing to do with the recipe I’m sharing with you below. I think I just got side-tracked because of the stupid bows.

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So, let’s talk about pasta shapes for a second. The past few months I’ve been walking down the specialty aisle at a local market eyeing the colored pasta. This is something that you probably may want to know. Colored pasta is made from natural food coloring and is only different from your regular pasta IN PRICE. I have a rule at my home which most of my kids know to a keep secret. They actually have been paid handsomely to keep some information under wraps.  If I buy a package of pasta to use in a photo shoot and it costs 11 bucks ….I don’t tell my husband Steve. We slip it in on the grocery bill and let him think it’s laundry detergent. Steve probably won’t have time to read this blog so I think my secret shopping list is safe. Today I’m using my beautiful striped bow shaped pricey pasta in a very easy recipe that I’ve been using for years. It’s a pink sauce that can be used on just about anything and I think you will love it so much you may want to schmear it all over yourself… it’s that delish.

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THE GOE PINK ONE:
Here’s what you need:
2 Tbls extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbls butter
1 Vidalia onion (for some reason this is the only onion I can eat, it’s sweet and doesn’t repeat)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cans of tomato sauce (15 oz. each) or I sometimes like to use plain old Ragu (large size jar)
1 tsp brown sugar
1 cup of heavy cream or if you want a skinny version use 1 cup of 2% milk
¼ cup grated grana padano cheese, parmesan or romano is fine too
½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

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How to put it together:

Heat butter and oil in a skillet, medium high heat. Saute garlic & onions for about 2 minutes. Add tomato sauce, season with salt and pepper. Add brown sugar and cook over low heat for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally just to make sure you don’t scorch the sauce. Remove from heat and add your milk or cream. Sprinkle in cheese and then taste your sauce. You may have to add a little more salt, pepper or maybe brown sugar. Add half of your chopped basil and then your pasta. Stir gently and garnish with remaining basil and a few shakes of grated cheese. Bon Appetito !!!

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See ya next week!

Debi @thegardenofeatin
xoxo

categories: Dinner Party, Food, Guest Post, Little Miss Foodie, Pasta, The Garden of Eatin', Uncategorized

December 18th

Straight up at the Drybar

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I’m not sure if gets more genius then the Drybar. A perfectly branded salon where all they do is blow outs. You are greeted with a glass of champagne, they give you a delightful wash and head massage and then you can choose from a book of gorgeous hairstyles for your blow.
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Michelle and I have a tradition with our two best friends from our days of working at J.Crew where we enjoy a steak dinner at the Strip House every Christmas season. It’s a time for us gals to catch up, throw back a few cocktails and celebrate the holidays together.
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This year I suggested we hit the Drybar first. Little did I know…Michelle had never been!
We sipped on champagne and sat back and relaxed which is always difficult for us to do. We left feeling pretty and ready for a night out.
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Well this holiday season we are VERY excited to tell you that we’re giving away a FREE BLOW OUT from the Drybar! So you can get yourself pampered too. Leave a comment telling us what you’ve got going on this holiday season and we’ll choose one winner at random on Tuesday December 23rd. Good luck!
*Entries must be residents of the United States.

categories: Fashion + Style, For Mom..., Little Miss Mommy

December 17th

Frozen in the Hamptons

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This winter we had the pleasure of doing three Frozen themed birthday parties. There was a whole lot of “Let it Go” being sung, princess dresses worn and tiaras set on top of little girls heads.
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Since Frozen paraphernalia is pretty much everywhere you turn we wanted to play off the characters and color palette of teal, purple and silver to make the theme a little more chic…
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This particular party that we are featuring today was for the sweet girls who belong to Colette Lettieri. We came in one night and transformed their kitchen into a Frozen wonderland for the girls to wake up to.
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A large marquee star from Restoration Hardware set the stage for bagels & schmear, our favorite way to serve up brunch. We styled purple and white flowers around the room. And of course we set up jumbo balloons from One Stylish Party with tissue tassel to boot.
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For the desserts we created a magical table with our friend Angela from Making that Cake. Cake pops topped with purple glitter, ombre rice krispie squares, mini cupcakes that we styled onto a bed of blue jelly beans and a cake topped with snowflakes!
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My favorite part of this party was the new discovery that we made with Imagination Lane. Deanna, the founder of this company creates custom crafts for kids tailored to specific themes or interests.
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She put together the most amazing activities for the kids at this party such as “Do you want to build a snowman”? Snowmen were waiting for the kids to stick with felt for noses and arms, googly eyes and fabric markers to decorate. Kept them busy and happy!
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Then…there was the tumble bus. Have you ever seen this? A bus pulls right onto your driveway and the kids can go inside and TUMBLE! Genius.
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Happy Birthday to our new friends, Lexi & Sloan. Hope you had the party of your dreams ladies!

All photos taken by Peahead Prints.

categories: Birthday, Brunch, Cake, Confetti, Decorating, desserts, DIY, Flowers, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, LMP On Long Island, Party, Party Favors, Party Stylists, Photography, Toddler activities

December 16th

A Pop Up Party

Ok have you ever heard of a Pop Up Party? I hadn’t. Until my friends over at Flatiron 27 put this together…you’ve gotta check it out…
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With the holidays fast approaching, having a fully stocked bar is a must - particularly if you are hosting a New Years Eve party. Flatiron27 was inspired to create a sparkling-chic cocktail cart by our friend Little Miss Party and Little Miss New Years Eve in a box. The black and gold themed party in a box couldn’t make hosting a New Years party any easier - or more stylish. It comes with everything you need to host a bash - from the decorations, to the champagne flutes and party hats. All you need to buy is the champagne! We found an incredibly cool vintage Italian bar cart on 1st Dibs (here is one more option) and stocked it full of fun bar essentials including a Bauhaus cocktail shakerShagreen Tray and lots of metallic accents. Read on to see how we plan to decorate – and celebrate New Years in style!

INSPIRATION

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FLATIRON27 NEW YEARS BAR CART
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1. Glass Bottles with Stoppers - West Elm | 2. Tom Dixon Eclectic Tongs - abc carpet and home | 3. Crystal Bottle Stopper - homenature | 4. Chocolate Shagreen Butler Tray - Aerin | 5. Bar Trolley - 1st Dibs | 6. Bauhaus Cocktail Shaker - Stardust Modern | 7. Lustre Bottle Opener - Kelly Wearsler | 8. Direction Bar Glasses - Crate and Barrel | 9. Resin Ice Bucket - Barneys | 10. Agate Coasters with Silver Trim - homenature.

categories: Cocktail party, Cocktails, Confetti, Dinner Party, DIY, Guest Post, Holiday, Holidays, Little Miss Foodie, little miss party, Little Miss Party in a Box, New York City to do, Party, Party Favors, Party Stylists

December 15th

A Wintry Chic Hamptons Baby Shower

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We are thrilled to be sharing this beautiful baby shower that we recently styled in the Hamptons for a fabulous ring of women. After meeting Karilyn Sanders who we quickly discovered is a wildly talented photographer, we were introduced to Colette Letterei who we connected with instantly.
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Colette was hosting a baby shower for her dear friend, and asked that we come in to style the event for her friend and Mother-To-Be to baby Shay.
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We immediately played off the chilly season and came up with a wintry palette of evergreen, birch, gold and white. We threw in pops of pink as a nod to baby Shay.
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The ladies were greeted in Colette’s great room with a roaring fire and hors d’ouevres served by Sydney’s Tailormade Cuisine.
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In this room we also set up a cider bar with a station of serve yourself toppings including star anise, gingered orange rinds and dried cranberries.
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The ladies enjoyed a family style lunch in what may have been one of the most beautiful dining rooms we have set to date. We found placemats from Crate and Barrel that looked like a shade of birch wood, gold flatware from West Elm (obsessed), pink with gold polka dot cloth napkins from Layla Grayce and of course we decked the table with pumpkins and owls that we sprayed gold. We filled some of our gold pumpkins and milk glass vases with eucalyptus which looked festive and smelled wonderful.
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Over coffee and tea the gals indulged in a beautiful pink ombre filled cake by Carolena’s Cakes. We found an “Oh, Baby” topper from the Pink Poppy Party Shoppe on Etsy and loved how it glittered.
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We were surprised to find out that Karilyn not only takes beautiful photos but also knits! She made these adorable booties and had also knit a pair of mittens for her friend Heidi’s new baby…
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For some fun, Karilyn’s friend who started a genius business called Craft Box DIY To Go created three personalized crafts just for Heidi and baby Shay. Each box contained a craft: DIY bows and headbands, hand painted blocks for Shay’s nursery, and an adorable banner that said “Hush Little Baby”. The guests got their hands dirty and had a great time with this.
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To send the ladies off with a little something special, everyone took home a large, deliciously scented candle from Pier 1.
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We were honored to be a part of this shower and to have met some incredible new ladies. We owe a huge thanks to everyone involved.

Credits:
Photography: Karilyn Sanders Photography
Venue: Private residence of Colette Lettieri in Westhampton Beach, NY.
Party planning & decor: Little Miss Party Planner
Craft boxes: Craft Box To Go DIY
Heidi’s hair and makeup: Firas Abdul
Heidi’s outfit was provided by Blue 1 in Bridgehampton, NY
Dress- sw3 Savina chiffon
Necklace- heather Hawkins black arrow head
Belt- Raina Fitzgerald wink navy
Ring and bracelet- G &B gold hook bypass
Catering: Sydney’s Taylormade Cuisine
Cake: Carolena’s Cakes
Candle favors: Pier 1
Napkins: Layla Grace
Placemats: Crate & Barrel
Photographs, Invitations and menu design: Karilyn Sanders Photography

And to top it all off…Heidi’s baby shower was featured on 100 Layer Cakelet. Bravo ladies!

categories: Baby shower, Beauty, Brunch, Cake, Decorating, desserts, DIY, Fashion + Style, Flowers, For Mom..., invites, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, LMP On Long Island, Party Favors, Party Stylists, Photography, Shower

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