What a fun weekend! My Saturday was filled to the brim with pre wedding festivities. I started the day off at a bridal shower given by my Grandma and Auntie Karol.
We had lunch at the Ardmore Cafe with 20 or so of my family and friends and it was such a great afternoon. We ate lunch, chatted and then I was given so many thoughtful gifts. My cousin Jenny and Aunt Norma even put together a box of decorations for each holiday of the year. And they even included Eric’s favorite holiday…football season
Later on, my best friend Annie and her mom hosted a lingerie shower at their house. The night started off with a few cocktails. Namely an incredibly delicious Champagne Punch.
It was great to spend the night with friends from grade school, high school, college and of course my favorite cousins.
We laughed until my stomach hurt and danced the night away. And I was given some pretty things for when I’m a Mrs.
But the best part was just hanging out with so many of the girls in my life. I feel so blessed to have such amazing family and friends and was so happy to be able to spend so much time with them all this weekend. And before we know it, April 26th will be upon us. And we’ll all be together again to celebrate what is sure to be one of the best days ever. 2 months to go!
At the end of December my mom’s very best friends threw me a beautiful bridal shower. My “aunts”, as I call them, put so much thought and detail into the special day. From the green and white “Michigan State” color scheme to the perfectly festive Christmas centerpieces, everything about it was perfect. They even gave every guest a jar filled with cookie ingredients with an attached recipe.
But one of my favorite details had to be the Recipe Box that they gave me, filled with recipes from all the guests who were able to attend. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gift and will serve as a wonderful memory of such a great day. So now, well after the holiday season has calmed down, I am finally getting around to sampling the recipes that were carefully stuffed into my recipe box. The first recipe I tried was a recipe for Hasselback Potatoes from my Aunt Renee. You slice russet potatoes and sprinkle with herbs and cheese for a delicious and decadent side dish. Make sure you fan the slices out well, or the potato will not bake through all the way. I served these potatoes with a simple pork loin and it was an incredibly delicious dinner.
Ingredients: Makes 4 servings
- 4 medium russet potatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh herbs ( I used a combination of chopped thyme & sage)
- 4 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- Scrub and rinse potatoes
- Cut potatoes into thin slices but not all the way through
- Put potatoes in a baking dish, fan them slightly
- Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with melted butter. sprinkle with dried herbs
- Bake potatoes at 425 for 50 minutes
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheeses
- Bake potatoes for another 10-15 minutes until lightly browned, cheeses are melted and potatoes are soft inside