Monday, March 19, 2007

Tutto Finito!

The invitations are all done and ready to be taken to Italy!! Yesterday, my mom and I worked an assembly line to finish the stamping of the envelopes and all 100 wedding programs.

In just 8 days I am making the big move back to Sicily. We have a lot of work ahead of us, in preparation for this wedding, and this new life together. I am ready for every part of it!

Cannelloni with Ricotta & Spinach (Cannelloni ricotta e spinaci)

I was reading a fellow bloggers page, Bleeding Espresso, and found this recipe for Cannelloni with Ricotta & Spinach. Her page is attached to the title. Needless to say, it was delicious!! Thanks Sognatrice.

400 g chopped spinach
500 g ricotta
30 g grated parmegiano reggiano
1 egg yolk
Salt to taste
Cannelloni shells

Start by making your sauce first. In the meantime, chop finely frozen spinach, and if using fresh spinach, you’ll need to boil it and then be sure it’s completely cooled off before adding it to the ricotta.
In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, egg yolk, salt, and grated cheese. Put a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking dish large enough to hold the cannelloni and then fill the shells with the mixture, placing each completed cannelloni in the pan. If you use cannelloni shells that must be pre-cooked, boil them before you fill them; be sure to leave them a little more than al dente because they will be cooking more in the oven.
Put another thin layer of sauce over the cannelloni and grate cheese on top. Then place the dish in the oven and bake at 390°F (200°C) for about 40 minutes. Let sit for a few minutes before serving, and then dig in.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Partecipazioni di Nozze

Our friend, Beth, flew in from New York to attend my Bridal Shower and also help us make my Wedding invitations!! And she did just that. She addressed all my envelopes, folded all the invitation jackets, and made the most amazing bows to wrap them in. Yesterday, Mom and I joined her to put the final touches on them. They look amazing!! Thank you Beth…

Dad sat in the distance enjoying his day. But, we were not alone… A family of seven deer snacked on Nana’s lawn just outside.

Bridal Shower

"Jill is packing for Sicily, she could surely use a hand.
Lacey lingerie would be lovely,
Luxurious linens would be grand.
Join us for her bridal shower,
As she heads to her new land."

We all had such a nice time last Sunday at my shower. To have so many friends and family share in this special day with me was fantastic!

My cousins were there to join in the day with me! (All but one, we missed you Ashley.)

Our hazelnut, dark chocolate fondue station was a hit! Mom also had French vanilla pound cake cupcakes made. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to enjoy either… My mother and I were recovering from an awful flu that knocked us out for a week. We were able to make it to the shower and that was the most important thing!