5.26.2010

Ravioli Caprese


Since I had off all day today (finally, first day off in 10 days!) I decided to cook Brice up a yummy dinner and try something I had never tried before, making ravioli! Yes, rolling out the dough, using the little ravioli cutter...etc. It's a lot harder than it looks! I made a MESS! I absolutely LOVE Giada DeLaurentiis, everything she cooks looks amazing. I thought I'd share the recipe with y'all! So here it is..

{Ingredients}

Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 cup very hot water

Filling:

  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded store-bought rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

For the dough:
In a large bowl combine the flour and the water. Using a wooden spoon, stir to combine into a large ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.

For the filling:
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
To form the ravioli, cut the dough into 4 evenly sized pieces. The dough should be slightly sticky. Add extra flour as necessary for rolling, but use only a little as necessary. Form each piece into a 2 by 6-inch rectangle. Recover the dough with the plastic wrap.
Lightly dust the work surface and a rolling pin. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, roll the dough into a 4 by 19-inch rectangle. Place 9 rounded teaspoons of filling about 1-inch apart down the center of the dough. Fold the dough over the filling. Press down around the edges of each of the ravioli with your fingertips. Cut the ravioli into small squares and press down around the edges again with your fingertips to seal. Place the finished ravioli on a baking tray and continue forming the remaining ravioli.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add half the ravioli and cook until the ravioli float stirring occasionally, about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain into a large bowl and cook the remaining ravioli.
Pour the olive oil over the cooked ravioli. Add the basil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Gently toss to coat and serve immediately.

I must admit that I had to go out to Bed Bath & Beyond and buy a rolling pin, yes, that's right... I didn't have one! Who doesn't have a rolling pin?  have all of these fancy gadgets, yet no basic rolling pin. So of course I had to then get a ravioli cutter, next thing you know I'm looking at every single kitchen gadget wishing I could get one of those little guns like they give you when you're creating a registry, and click everything I want for my birthday/Christmas! haha! I should invent that, Birthday/Christmas registries! While perusing,  I found this precious little pink flower pot scrubber, so I thought to myself "I really think I need this b/c pesto is so aggrivating to get out of my pots and I scrub and scrub forever..." yes that is a great excuse to buy this precious little gadget! (Let me also add, that last time I cooked a meal for Brice, he proceeded to take my potato scrubber and scrub pots with it! NO! I had to correct him!) He had fun washing dishes tonight with my cute little pink scrubber :) haha!



We have a winner!

First of all... who all is watching American Idol right now? {TEAM LEE!} Is it just me or does Janet Jackson sound creepily like Michael?? I've never noticed it as much as I did just now! Ok so on to the monogrammed frame winner! duh duh duh....


First of all I'd like to apologize for my hideous handwriting! I gashed open my knuckle tonight trying to grate some cheese, and can't bend it. :( I really should be at the emergency room getting stitches right now, but I'm too stubborn and cannot miss IDOL! I also had to finish cooking my dinner which I will blog about in a minute b/c it was delish! Anyways... the winner goes to... Sadie's Momma! Congratulations! If you will email me at ashleybrooke83@gmail.com, I can get the initial you would like along with your shipping information. :)

Going pink & GREEN?

It seems everyone is going green these days, why not add some pink to it and get this adorable Lilly Pulitzer tote?! Juleps and Jon Jons is giving away one Lilly Pulitzer tote in their adorable Crème Fraiche print! I would feel so cute grocery shopping with this! :)
Oh, and if you were wondering... I will post the winner to my monogrammed frame giveaway this afternoon. So if you haven't entered yet... hurry hurry! Also, there will be another one coming soon! :)
 
I got another blog award!! This one was given to me by my sweet friend Jaime at Fried Pink Tomato Be sure to check out her blog if you haven't already!
 
The rules for this award are to list 10 things I love and pass the award on to 10 other blogs
(that you LOVE!). 

Ten things I love:

1. My wonderful family
2. My sweet boyfriend
3. My friends
4. My dog Sophie
5.God
6. Jimmy Buffett music
7. The Beach
8.boating
9. cooking
10. vacations/traveling

I'm passing this lovely award on to:
10 blogs I LOVE!!! So check them out! :) 
 

5.25.2010

Lilly Pulitzer Murfee Scarf Giveaway!

I am in love with these scarfs! This is such a great giveaway! Check out this super cute blog,  Pink Preppy Lilly Lover to enter! :)

5.24.2010

Monogrammed Wine Glass Giveaway!




Look how cute these monogrammed wine glasses are! Check out this cute giveaway at Sweet Carolina Girl!

Self Tanner Crisis!

I've decided to give up on self tanner for a bit... it started getting the "fake" look. But now, I'm left with these splotches all over me b/c it's coming off in "pieces" I guess you would say. Does anyone have a remedy that can take it ALL off at once?! HELP!

5.23.2010

Obsession with Pesto

I have a ridiculously crazy obsession for pesto. It doesn't matter what time of day, I could eat it. If you have it made already, it's a very quick meal! (which is sometimes a bad thing!) My favorite way to eat it is over bowtie pasta, but sometimes I mix it with a little bit of mayo on my sandwiches. My mom bought me two basil plants, so I've been waiting for them to grow up enough to make some pesto! I also needed THIS...

 
My grandma bought it for me, and I am so excited I want to cook something everyday! My  basil plants finally grew enough for me to make some pesto, they were so pretty I hated cutting them back! :(

The recipe my mom always uses is an Ina garten recipe, so that is what I used as well. Except I omitted the walnuts, I just didn't think they were necessary. Also, I only used 4 cloves of garlic and it was plenty garlicy! I think 9 might be a little much! So here's the recipe!

•1/4 cup walnuts
•1/4 cup pignolis (pine nuts)
•3 tablespoons chopped garlic (9 cloves)
•5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
•1 teaspoon kosher salt
•1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•1 1/2 cups good olive oil
•1 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Place the walnuts, pignolis, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Serve, or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.

My favorite is boiling up some bowtie pasta then mixing some pesto into it... heaven!


I'll try to post as much as I can this week, work has me working extremely long hours so it is a little hard! On that note, I'd like to give a little shout out to my wonderful boyfriend for sneaking flowers and a sweet card into my apartment while I was at work... after a TOUGH day this is just what I needed! :)

5.19.2010

Monogrammed picture frame giveaway!


 Look how precious these monogrammed picture frames are? My mom actually makes and sells these, and I'm going to give one away to a lucky winner next Wednesday, May 26th! To enter you must:

•Be a follower of my blog
{for extra entries} 
•blogging about it, and linking to my blog
    •tweeting it
• putting a link on your sidebar 

(comment and let me know which of these 4 you have done!) 

Good luck everyone!! :0) and Happy Hump Day! 

5.18.2010

Tote Giveaway!

Check out this cute tote at Sweet Southern Prep! Enter the giveaway to win a monogrammed Scout Mini Deano Tote in whatever font and pattern you would like, from Preppy in Paradise! I know I would LOVE this tote for the beach!! Also, when you enter, don't forget to mention you heard about this from me! :)

5.14.2010

And the winner is...

Ok so I had to end the giveaway a little earlier than expected due to production/shipping reasons. The winner of the personalized notepad giveaway is.... Suburban Prep!!
Please e-mail me your first and last name along with your shipping address to ashleybrooke83@gmail.com.

Thanks to everyone for entering, look for another giveaway soon!! :)

5.13.2010

B is for Bird!

A - Age: 26

B - Bed Size:Queen... I LOVE my bed, it is the most comfy bed in the world!

C - Chore you hate: washing dishes

D - Dog's name: Sophie

E - Essential start your day item: COFFEE!! It is the first thing I do in the morning, after making my bed... which is a pet peeve of mine. Bed has to be made!!

F - Favorite color: I love pink! But, I will have to say when it comes to clothes, makeup, nail polish... I lean more towards coral

G - Gold or Silver: Gold

H - Height: 5'4"

I - Instruments you play(ed): I took piano lessons for 3 years... but quit :( I probably should have kept it up!

J - Job title: Graphic Designer

K - Kid(s): ZERO... one day!

L - Living arrangements: Just me!

M - Mom's name: Rebecca "Becky"

N - Nicknames: Brookie Pooh, Cookie, The Cook (short for cookie... what Brice's friends call me haha), wookie, Snookie (NOT to be confused with Snooki from Jersey Shore. My parents call me this and it's pronounced differently)

O - Overnight hospital: nope, I hope I never have to do this until I have kids one day!

P - Pet peeve: When people get on power trips, bad drivers, girls that are snooty towards you when they don't even know you.

Q - Quote from a movie: "Don't play hard to get, you might miss something"-Buzz Ravenel, "Shag"

R - Right or left handed: Right

S - Siblings: I'm the one and only!

T - Time you wake up: 7 am on work days.

U - Underwear: Yes, my name is not Britney Spears.

V - Vegetable you dislike: I guess those little green peas... but I like them cold in pasta salads. Really, I love all veggies!

W - Ways you run late: Getting distracted with something on tv, checking facebook,  or just not being happy with anything I put on. Thank goodness I don't really have a dress code at work now.

X - X-rays you've had: teeth

Y - Yummy food you make: Everything I make is delicious! I love cooking! :)

Z - Zoo favorite: the little monkey's with the sweet little faces and the seals... they have sweet faces too! I just really love all animals!

5.11.2010

Girl Beer! (kind of)


Sometimes when you've had a long day at work, and its 95-100 degrees outside nothing seems to feel better than a nice cold beer! Well, the other day at work one of my co workers told me about Strawberry (!!!) Harvest Lager by Abita. Abita is a craft beer brewed in Abita Springs, Louisiana. Apparently this Strawberry beer is only available around Mardi Gras, and usually sometime in April/May. So really, 2 months of the year. That is not long enough! So I ventured to the grocery store... I love trying new flavors of beer (Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat!!) Not to mention it just sounds so cute, "strawberry beer". So tonight I finally got to try some. It is very light and crisp... with just a hint of strawberry, so it isn't sweet or an overwhelming flavor. I call it girl beer, but I'm pretty sure guys will love it as well! (my 2 co workers are guys  and they are obsessed) Everyone needs to hurry hurry hurry to the store right now and get it before it is gone off the shelf! I got the last one in the refrigerated section at Publix, but I did see some that were not refrigerated. I also heard they are sold at Total Wine. I am so excited, yet sad at the same time! Why can't they make this year round!?

5.10.2010

My first giveaway!

I have so enjoyed entering giveaways recently (in hopes that I will eventually win one!) that I decided to have one of my own, and hopefully continue to have them pretty frequently. My first giveaways is not as big and expensive as something Lilly Pulitzer, but I think it's really cute! I go through these personalized notepads like CRAZY! And they are way cuter on your desk or kitchen counter than yellow post-its :) The winner will receive a lime green notepad (name in hot pink) with pink polka dot ribbon! The only thing you have to do for this first giveaway is follow my blog (and comment that you follow my blog... that will be one entry). The giveaway will end pretty soon, I'm going to have that be 12pm this Friday, May 14th! I will contact the winner, and then you can e-mail me your name & address.

5.07.2010

And the happy award goes to....

And the "Happy" goes to... Sweet Caroline!

My best friend Jaime at Fried Pink Tomato
gave me this award today, Friday!

It's my turn to share 10 things that make me happy 
& then pass this on to someone else.

OK here it goes.. 
(in no particular order)
1) My sweet dog Sophie, who I don't get to see often enough!
2) My sweet boyfriend, Brice! (Bricey Pooh!)
3) My wonderful family!
4) My most amazing  and sweet friends
5) Makeup
6) The Beach
7) Jimmy Buffett music
8)Photography
9) Chick fil A
10) Sweet Tea
I thought this quote was appropriate for the "Happy" Award:
"Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been. " -Jimmy Buffett



I am going to give this award to:
A new friend, Caroline!
Sweet Caroline
(BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HER BLOG)
I recently met Caroline this year. She used to work with my boyfriend Brice at Blackbaud on Daniel Island... and is now working with him again at Atlantic Bank! (Gotta have someone making sure he is in line!) She is a very sweet girl (despite being a Clemson fan...) who shares a love for Charleston and the South as much as I do! Please check out her super cute blog!

Here are the rules:
) Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2) List who gave the award to you and use a link to her blog (or hyperlink).
3) List 10 things that make you happy.
4) Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know about the award.

5.06.2010

Holy Guacamole!

Yesterday was one of my favorite holidays, CINCO DE MAYO! I love it for many reasons, eating Mexican food, drinking margaritas, wearing silly sombreros, chips & queso, and just the excitement in general of Americans celebrating this "holiday" of Mexico. I've been to Mexico during Cinco de Mayo, and was astonished to see that they do not celebrate! I guess it's just another excuse for crazy Americans to drink and party. So yesterday my friends all had a fiesta, and my contribution was guacamole! When Marisa and I were on The Amazing Race we got sent to Acapulco when we were eliminated. (How horrible....) Gabby & Victor took care of us, and we all fell in love with Gabby's guacamole! We even had a contest one night to see who could make the best "guac sauce" as Marisa called it. Well, yay... WE WON! So last night I tried to remember everything that we had put in it. This is my recipe, it turned out amazing!


{Brooke's Guacamole}
•4 Hass Avocados
•Juice from 1 1/2 limes
•3 cloves of garlic, minced
•2 roma tomatoes, diced
•1/2 red onion, minced
•cilantro (to taste)
•salt (to taste)

Mix all of this together, chill & serve!

5.04.2010

Giveaways Galore!

If there's one thing you must know about me, it's that I LOVE free stuff! I have only recently found out about how many fabulous giveaways there are on blogs. One of my best friends, Jaime, is pretty much addicted to them (sorry Jaim... you are!) But I don't blame her, if my work didn't own half of my life I probably would enter more myself! Especially when they have such awesome brands like Lilly Pulitzer (I die!). It isn't every day that you can splurge on a $300 + dress! At least, I can't. I thought I'd share some cute giveaways that are currently going on.

Happy Anniversary to Village Palm! This month, Village Palm is celebrating a one year anniversary. This lovely specialty boutique is located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. This week, in honor of Village Palm's anniversary, there will be a giveaway on Maryland Pink and Green Monday through Thursday. Here are a few of the items that some lucky winners will recieve (hopefully ME!) 

Lilly Pulitzer mini round umbrella from LeSportsac. It's a perfect size to put in smallest purse or tote.  How cute! I might actually look forward to rainy days if I had one of these umbrellas! Retail is $25, so if I don't win... this is a possible future purchase. Ok... GUARANTEED purchase :)
                                             




One lucky winner will receive a Murfee scarf in Purrfect Paradise Lilly's Pink! AHH I MUST have this! This scarf is worth $115. This is an AMAZING giveaway!


A new item will be placed each day this week, remember... if you enter, tell them I referred you! :)