October 28, 2011

Creamed Corn Au Gratin {Summit House Recipe!}

This summer we celebrated our third wedding anniversary.  We went out for a lovely lunch at The Summit House in Fullerton.  I have never been a huge fan of creamed corn {I love corn by itself, but creamed corn has always seemed a bit gross to me}.  

That was - until I met THIS creamed corn!

I don't know how else to say it.  YOU - HAVE - GOT - TO - TRY - THIS.

I personally didn't even order the creamed corn at The Summit House - but my husband did...and I devoured his.  Afterwards,  I told the hostess as we left, "Thank YOU - that creamed corn was SO good!"  To which she replied, "Oh, please take a recipe card.  You can make it yourself!"  

WHAT??  This is so good that they GIVE it out to their guests...for free?  Yes, indeed. 

I'm going to try to make a big batch for my sister's Rustic Fall Bridal Shower tomorrow.   I am literally going to pray that it tastes as good as it did when I had it at The Summit House.  

Here's the recipe:

12 oz whipping cream
1 lb. frozen kernel corn
1 1/2 T. melted butter
1 1/2 T. flour
2 T. sugar
1 pinch white pepper
3 T. parmesan cheese

Combine corn, cream, salt, sugar, and white pepper in a pot and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Make a roux from butter and flour; add to corn, mix well, and remove from heat.  Transfer corn mixture to casserole.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and brown under broiler.

 {Serves 6}

Can't wait to make it!

By the way - remember these cupcakes/cake I made for Kyle and Danielle's wine-themed wedding at The Summit House last year?

They just celebrated their first anniversary - can't believe it's already been a year!  I had so much fun making these goodies for their beautiful wedding ~ happy anniversary, you two!


October 19, 2011

Rustic Fall Bridal Shower & a Little Vegas!

My oldest sister is getting married in December!

She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and her wedding will be held at the beautiful Regale! At DC Ranch

My sis is coming out for a visit next week and we are going to throw her a beautiful rustic Fall Bridal Shower.  Here is some of the inspiration:

{Pinterest...how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  You have made event planning so much easier!}

Stay tuned for photos from the shower!

Other than shower planning, I've been SUPER BUSY at work.  As some of you know,  I made the move from teaching to event planning at an awesome high school here in Orange County.  We are gearing up for our ELVIS Day (Elementary Visitation Day), in which about 1,000 kids (+parents and teachers) will be visiting our campus for a day.  TALK ABOUT CRAZINESS! I am already dreaming of Saturday morning where I will wake up....

Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas...I will see you soon!

October 10, 2011

Latest Obsession...

It's no secret that I love having my nails painted.  I don't really know why - I've loved it ever since I was a kid.  There's something very feminine about a shiny coat of nail polish.  My husband wonders why I take the time to paint my nails myself.   I am a big fan of pedicures, but when it comes to my fingernails...I always paint them myself.  I suppose it reminds me of my grandma and my mom...it's a bit of a nostalgic feeling for me.

I've tried just about every brand of nail polish out there - from dirt cheep to really pricey.   And I dare say I've found the PERFECT brand - ESSIE.  At $7.79, it's a bit more expensive than a brand like Sally Hansen's, but it's much more reasonable than OPI nail polish - which can cost anywhere between $9 and $14.  I do love OPI, don't get me wrong (I'm a big fan of the color Miami Beet thanks to a kind friend who lent it to me at the Nail Salon).  But I have found Essie polish to work just as well for nearly half the price.  SCORE!

This color, Carry On, is my latest obsession.  It's the perfect Fall color - on the nail it's not too red, not too black.  And available at TARGET!  The Good To Go topcoat is also a must-buy.  It literally dries in seconds!  LOVE!

October 6, 2011

Homemade Fall "Oreos"

Is it me - or do these look AMAZING?

 {Photos courtesy of Confubilation}

These are looking more and more like a MUST-MAKE the more I stare at them.

Find the recipe over at Smitten Kitchen!
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