Archive for December, 2009

Decorating for Christmas & The Polar Express

Posted by: Frances

December 6th, 2009 >> Holidays, Movie Mania

This weekend was very exciting.  Matt and I decorated the house and the tree while Christmas Carols played in the background and Christmas Scent filled the air.  Christmas Spirit fills our house now and the dogs even joined in.  We also finished all our shopping!

our-best-reindeer-and-santa-dogs-7 This is our tree with our Reindeer and Santa Dogs!  I love Christmas time!!!

Now we are relaxing on the couch eating Campo De Montalban and Borough Market Cheddar cheese that is DELICIOUS with Tres Ojos Old Vines Gamacha 2007 red wine and watching The Polar Express.  It is such a cute movie, I love it!  But Aerosmith singing… Really!  That was hilarious!



Posted by: Frances

December 5th, 2009 >> Movie Mania

Tonight I watched Australia and I thought it was a cheezy Lone Ranger romance type movie.  The little boy Nulla was my favorite and I loved when he would say, “I will sing you to me.”  He was great and he is just beautiful.  Don’t think this movie is worth watching again.  Great cast, but not a great story line and very long and drawn out.



Posted by: Frances

December 3rd, 2009 >> Movie Mania

Tonight I sat down and ate my favorite dinner ever… Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo with Gnocchi and a bottle of Ste Chateau Michelle Riesling 2008 white wine.  It was delicious.  I watched Twilight while I ate.  I have to say, so far I am just not impressed.  It is a little over an hour into it and I am not sold on it.  Maybe in the next 60 minutes of the movie I will change my mind.


2009 Victoria Secret Fashion Show

Posted by: Frances

December 2nd, 2009 >> Holidays

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That was a great Victoria Secret Fashion Show for 2009 and totally beat last years!  It was totally entertaining and fun to watch.  For those of you who didn’t see it missed out on some really sexy fun show.  Love starting the holiday season with this show.



Turkey & Artichoke Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce

Posted by: Frances

December 2nd, 2009 >> Cooking

WOW, this was a magnificent dish!  It was incredibly appetizing and delicious.  Matt and I both made this dish and it took some prepping and some work to complete, but we had enough leftover to freeze for next time before baking.  I highly recommend you try this if you can find an evening to cook and spend some quality time with someone important to you.  Here is the recipe below (YUMMY):

Turkey & Artichoke Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce (Pictures Below)


  • 1 (12-ounce) box jumbo pasta shells (recommended: Barilla)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1 (8 to 10-ounce) package frozen artichokes, thawed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


5 cups Arrabbiata Sauce, recipe follows

  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella (about 5 ounces)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the
pasta and partially cook until tender but still very firm to the bite,
stirring occasionally, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain pasta.

in a large heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add
the onions and the garlic and cook until the onions are soft and
starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the ground turkey, 1/2 teaspoon
salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and continue to cook, stirring
occasionally, until the meat is slightly golden and cooked through. Add
the artichoke hearts and stir to combine. Remove from heat and let

In a large bowl combine the
cooled turkey mixture with the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs,
basil, parsley, and the remaining salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

stuff the shells, cover the bottom of a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking dish
with 1 cup of Arrabbiata sauce. Take a shell in the palm of your hand
and stuff it with a large spoonful of turkey mixture, about 2
tablespoons. Place the stuffed shell in the baking dish. Continue
filling the shells until the baking dish is full, about 24 shells.
Drizzle the remaining Arrabbiata Sauce over the shells, top with the
grated mozzarella. If freezing, cover tightly with plastic wrap and
place in the freezer for 1 day and up to 1 month.

bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake until the shells are
warmed through and the cheese is beginning to brown, about 60 minutes
(20 minutes if shells are unfrozen.)

Arrabbiata Sauce:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

6 ounces sliced pancetta, coarsely chopped

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups jarred or fresh marinara sauce

the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the pancetta
and saute until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute
until tender, about 1 minute. Add the marinara sauce and red pepper
flakes and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool until ready
to use.

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Wassail Spice Blend Drink

Posted by: Frances

December 1st, 2009 >> Cooking

My sister and i went to the Biltmore in North Carolina a few months back and we both bought the Wassail Spice Blend drink mix.  We were able to sample it in the gift shop and really loved it.   Well, tonight the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is on and I am watching it drinking my Wassail Spice Blend warm mix blend with Apple Cider and it hit the spot.

GO Angel Models and Black Eyed Peas!

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2009

Posted by: Frances

December 1st, 2009 >> Holidays

Tonight is the big night!! It is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS!  I can’t wait.  I was not all that impressed with last years and I am really looking forward to tonights.  It better be phenomenal!!