Monday, June 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Last night, I made Three Cheese Manicotti! It was so yummy and I am not even that huge on red sauce. Actually, I hardly like red sauce at all. But this is so light on the sauce (and heavy on the cheese)! I found the basic recipe on All Recipes (amazing site), but I adjusted it a little. I changed the order, cook times, and I added spinach. Here is my recipe:
Three Cheese Manicotti:
- 1 package manicotti shells
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 2 cups ricotta cheese (my favorite!)
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 T. minced fresh garlic
- 1 egg
- 2 T. dried basil
- 1 package frozen spinach
- 1 jar pasta sauce
1. Pre-heat over to 350 degrees. Soak manicotti shells in salted, warm (not boiling!) water for 15 minutes.
2. In a bowl, mix together 3 cups mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parm cheese, garlic, egg, basil, and spinach. Stuff manicotti shells with cheese mixture.
3. Coat the bottom of a lightly greased baking dish with half of the jar of pasta sauce. Place the stuffed manicotti shells on top of the sauce. Cover shells with remaining sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese.
4. Bake for 20 minutes; sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, and continue baking for 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Here is a picture of our dinner...Michael loved this one too. I think it would have been a little too boring without the spinach. We had plenty of leftovers for lunch today:
Tonight, I'm cooking Balsamic-Glazed Salmon Fillets, green beans sauteed with pine nuts, and baked potatoes. I'll let you know how it turns out!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We added some pretty wrought-iron porch furniture, as well as a wreath (Restoration Hardware outlet!), and a doormat. I also hung some beautiful ferns and planted some colorful begonias in the flower bed.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I had so much fun spending the weekend with my college girlfriends...I'm sad it's over!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday was our "1 month" anniversary...cheesy, yes. But we wanted to eat the top layer of our wedding cake at 1 month rather than 1 year, because 1 year just sketches me out. Anyways, we cooked a big dinner Tuesday night, drank champagne, ate wedding cake, and watched our DVD from our wedding. It was so nice!
Michael cooked pan-seared steaks and I made couscous with fresh tomatoes, garlic, feta cheese and parsley. We also steamed some broccoli, but that wasn't quite as exciting:
We have so much leftovers! Have a great day!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The resort was really small, but very upscale. Every meal was at least 3 courses and dinner was usually 7 courses...I think I gained 5 lbs in one week! Our suite was amazing and huge. Our balcony was right over the ocean, so we had an amazing view.
Lunch at the beach cafe...the coconut shrimp was AMAZING!
Picture in our room (with a timer):
I would HIGHLY recommend the Royal Plantation for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing honeymoon. We had so many extras included, like snorkeling, glass-bottom boat tour, kayaking, high tea in the afternoons, turn-down service...I could go on and on. Michael and I had such a good time just relaxing, reading, laying on the beach, and eating yummy food. I want to go back!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, we went to church for the first time since we got back from our honeymoon. It was a great service and lots of young people in the congregation. Last night, some of our newly married friends cooked dinner for us...it was delicious! They started with a calamari appetizer, before a dinner of red fish, zucchini, and mashed potatoes. We had apple crisp with ice cream for dessert...it was amazing.
Also, we got a new piece of furniture in last week, finally! We are in desperate need of storage, so we ordered this console table from Wal-mart...YES, that Wal-mart. It is AWESOME and just what we wanted. The quality is really nice and it was really easy to put together. What do you think?
We have a buffet for our dining room coming this week, so hopefully we can finally unpack our crystal and the rest of our wine glasses. I will post updated pictures of our house later this week...have a great Monday!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Our reception was FABULOUS (at least I thought)! We had a really nice cocktail hour after the ceremony, then the guests moved down to the topiary garden for a seated dinner reception. The menu was amazing. During the cocktail hour, we had several passed appetizers, including stuffed mushrooms, grilled shrimp, mini pimento cheese sandwiches, and beef wellington. We also had a big fruit and cheese display...I wish I had pictures of it! The seated dinner started with a Southern greens salad (with peach vinaigrette), then we had grilled chicken stuffed with artichoke, spinach, and boursin cheese. And of course, dessert was wedding cake!
Our band was SO much fun. We had an eight-piece band that played everything from classic rock to Motown hits. Everyone stayed till the end, for the most part...Michael and I left by horse and carriage at the very end. We were going to do a bubble exit, but it was raining. Anyways, here are some pictures from our reception:
The groom's cake (very popular and yes, everything was edible except the beer bottles):
Our candy buffet:
Michael and I entering the reception:
My Dad and I dancing:
That's all for now...eventually I'll have a wedding details post, but otherwise, I'll be back to my regularly scheduled blogging. I'm sure you're getting tired of my wedding posts, so I will definitely be writing about something new and different soon. I hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed recapping everything! Have a great day!