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Monday, May 12, 2014

Our Mother's Day | Baked Shrimp Scampi, Cheese Bread & Crème Brûlée

On the Saturday night before Mother's Day, I hosted our Mom's (and Dads) for dinner.  It was a great little party of 6, which is the perfect number of guests for dinner.

I love homemade gifts for holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day (and Easter, and Valentine's Day...).  Emma and I made crab hand-prints on some of my Linen Tea Towels (available in Blue, here) for her Moo-Moo and Mimi.  I also included coordinating Tapers and Tablet+LePens from the store.  I gave Privet Berry Blue Mike's mom, and Mom's Hydrangea (of course) to my mom.

I had a silhouette cutout of Emma's profile made for each of them.  I'm working on designing Emma's "Big Girl" room, so I had one made for part of the gallery wall I'm planning, and just had a copies made because I thought they were so sweet.

My menu was all "girly food" - as I warned the men in our family.  There were no steaks and baked potatoes, and no chocolate cake for dessert.  All girly food.  My goal was to plan a menu that could be made completely ahead of time, eh, for the most part.  Since it was a family party, everything was very casual and help-yourself style... as you can see here, Emma is helping herself to garlic toasts.

Classic Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta is my favorite appetizer of all time.  It always tastes good - especially now that the weather is warming up and good tomatoes are popping up at the store.   I just large dice 2 tomatoes and 4 ounces of fresh mozzarella, then add fresh basil and drizzle over olive oil, sea salt and pepper.  For the toasts, I drizzle them with olive oil, bake under broiler for 4 minutes, then rub with a raw clove of garlic.  Very simple - let me know if you'd like more detail and I can do a separate recipe post. 

For dinner, I made the Barefoot Contessa's Baked Shrimp Scampi.  It was fabulous.  And so easy.  By far the best way to prepare shrimp for a party.  I made it in the morning, then it baked for 15 minutes just before dinner.  I followed the recipe exactly, except I left out the rosemary because I just wasn't in the mood for it - and I only had dried.  If I had fresh, I maybe would've added it.  I also used Meyer Lemons instead of regular because I can't help buy by them when I see them at the store.

I made a simple Angel Hair & Spinach Pasta with a light creamy lemon sauce to go along with the shrimp... and this cheese bread.  I was inspired by the Pioneer Woman on Saturday morning as Emma and I were watching her show when we were preparing dinner.  It is the same recipe my Mom made when we were growing up - Mike loves it, Emma loves it, everyone loves it.  I'll do a recipe post with the details later.

The grand finale (besides Emma's rendition of her favorite song "Carry On" by FUN. later in the evening) was the Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée for dessert.  I brûléed the tops just before serving, then piled on fresh raspberries.  A small but special treat.  Do you recognize these bowls?  I use them for everything.

And because a mother's day post would be complete without a photo of Emma and me, here are a couple of the two of use being silly and sweet on the beach a couple of weeks ago. 


Here is a flashback from our first Mother's Day at Duxbury Beach after the Brimfield Antique Show - a very relaxed day of multiple picnics.   I hope you all had a exciting fun relaxing Mother's Day : )

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  1. Looking forward to trying the bruschetta. Our grocery store used to carry a delicious store-brand version but stopped and I've missed it! This recipe looks like a good alternative!

  2. Please do share all recipes. It looks delicious. Also, kind of an odd question but do you remember what your flatware pattern is? I am in the market for new stuff and I love yours.

  3. can you share details of the recipe for simple pasta with light creamy lemon sauce? Sounds delicious!

  4. Dinner looked just perfect! Yours always do.
    Would love recipe posts!! The hand stamped crab towels look like such a good gift. Must say one more happy thought-I love seeing a little girl dressed like one! Your Emma is adorable =:*(bunny face)

  5. Those pansies are adorable!

  6. The shrimp scampi look amazing and what precious pictures of you and and your daughter! Know it was a wonderful day…

  7. Happy (belated) Mother's Day, Jenny! That was a really nice post! Excited to see what you have coming up in the store:)

  8. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I am not receiving email updates with my feed burner subscription. There is nothing in my spam folder, just no emails at all.

    1. Denise - Thank you for letting me know. I've heard that from a number of people, so I switched services this morning. You should be receiving them now... hopefully! Let me know if you do not receive them in the next couple of days. Thanks!


  9. What a sweet menu! Love that scampi recipe.


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