February 16, 2012

Vintage Wedding

It has taken me awhile...but I am finally posting these pictures to my blog:)  
On 11.11.11 I got to be the Wedding Planner for one of my Best Friends, Shannon.
We planned everything together...we had lots of craft days and lots of pinning on Pinterest:)
I love how everything came together and had the BEST time doing it!  
This is the sign in table and the first thing that the guest saw when they came in...we had an old, vintage door with some twin hanging from it...guests got to leave LOVE NOTES and attach it with a clothes pin. 

I think this old typewriter completely adds to the vintage look:) 

The wedding ceremony and reception all took place at Los Vaqueros Restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas.  They have this beautiful garden, which is so perfect for a wedding!   

 These plant hangers were on both sides of the isle.  We used old mason jars and filled them with baby's breath and daisy's.
This is the reception part of the wedding where everyone ate.  You can see the burlap bags...they have vintage lace and buttons on the bottom corner and we filled them with salt water taffy. 

Each little table setting was different.  We scoured all Antique stores to find all sorts of turquoise Ball jars and glass items.  Then added embellishments, like lace and keys.

 Swanky Pear Events also designed the Dessert Table.  We made all the cake stands and signs.

We were able to borrow some vintage luggage from some fabulous friends in the area. 

This was the flower girls basket that I made...it is burlap and lace doilies.  

Vendor Credits:
Photography: Jenna Marie Studios
Flowers: Swanky Pear Events (plus friends)
Dessert Table: Swanky Pear Events
Vintage Rentals: Alicesun Michael
Cupcakes: Susie's Sweet Boutique
Set up: Swanky Pear Events with help from Marcia Vigil
Signs: Swanky Pear Events
Location: Los Vaqueros

January 29, 2012

Crock Pot Ravioli Casserole

 I have to say that I am truly indebted to Pinterest!  I have gotten so many fabulous recipes, like THIS one, from there!  My family completely devoured this meal and asked for seconds.  It is just one of those recipes that you will make over and over...and I don't do that.  I usually make it once and try something else.  I get bored of making things frequently...I'm weird like that;) 

This says that it is a crock pot recipe...I have tried it both ways...with a crock pot and with out...and they taste the same either way.  So if you are running out of time...just nix the crock pot.  In fact, I will probably never use the crock pot...since I feel like there's just a lot of dirty dishes while using it!  Serve it with a salad and some hot, buttery French bread and you are in business!  

Crock Pot Ravioli Casserole

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1-2 handfuls of fresh spinach (depending on families taste..take off stems)
16 oz. bow-tie pasta, cooked
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded

Crock Pot Directions:
Brown ground beef with onion and garlic.  Put in crock pot and add sauce, tomatoes and seasonings.  Cook for 6-7 hours on low.  Add spinach, pasta, Parmesan and 1 c. mozzarella during the last 30 minutes of cooking...stir really well, turn crock pot to high.  Then add the last 1/2 cup of mozzarella to melt on the top.

Stove Top Directions:
Brown ground beef with onion and garlic.  Add sauce, tomatoes and seasonings, let simmer for about 15-20 minutes.  Add spinach, pasta, Parmesan and 1 cup mozzarella, stir really well.  When its all mixed together, plate it up and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.  Enjoy!