Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pancetta Carbonara, Tablescapes, and a Kitchenaid Giveaway


Today's Foodie Friday double feature begins with Pancetta Carbonara, adapted from one of Giada De Laurentiis' recipes, and it ends with my hair on fire.
Really.
Pancetta Carbonara
8 oz pancetta, cut into bite-sized pieces
4 strips bacon, cut up
1.5 cups heavy cream
1 package fresh linguine
salt and pepper to taste
fresh chives, chopped
1/2 package sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
Boil the linguine according to directions. Drain. Pan-fry pancetta and bacon, about 6 minutes on medium flame. Add sun-dried tomatoes and chives. Lower heat and add cream. Add pasta and stir. Simmer.



I used a red toile duvet for a tablecloth.

Then I tried an old tapestry--with pewter accessories.

Next up, an Italian plaid blanket.

The pewter is Wilton--from the 70s.
Candlelight brings out the highlights in the metal, doesn't it?

My mother called while I was lighting the votives. With the phone propped under my chin, I began tablescaping. A scorched smell rushed up my nose. I'd set a tiny strand of my hair on fire. I told Mom I'd have to call back. Luckily I was wearing flannel and smothered the flames. No harm done, my hair's curly anyway, and I don't really mind Eau du Charcoal. The moral of this story: Don't talk on the phone if you have long hair, have a chatty mom, and if you are playing near an open flame.

A icy-soothing dessert was served and a good time was had by all.

Don't forget to enter the KitchenAid mixer contest. It ends November 1st (just in time for Thanksgiving). Just leave a note.

If you're participating in this week's Foodie Friday, Mr. L awaits your recipe:





Recipe adapted from Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis, "Cinnamon Pancetta Carbonara," p. 172.

93 comments:

  1. haha! That sounds just like something I would do. At least you caught it quickly! PS - pick me for the kitchen aid, please, please, please! :-) - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

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  2. I love a good carbonara recipe and this sounds wonderful! The sundried tomatoes and pancetta must be delicious together.

    My favorite is the first tablescape with the duvet! Very lush and romantic-looking. I have quite a bit of Gorham pewter from the 70's too ;)

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  3. Love the fall touch that the meatal adds to the table. And I LOVE that Italian blanket.

    - The Tablescaper

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  4. The tables are so Beautiful and romantic...oh the carbonara looks delicious!

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  5. I just saw the part of about the singed hair! Whew, that was close!

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  6. That sounds delicious!! And I keep my hair short so I don't set it on fire --- I have been known to get it caught in the hair dryer though!!

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  7. The recipe sounds wonderful and I can't decide which table I love the most! I am so glad that the HAIR RAISING incident wasn't worse:):) XO, Pinky

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  8. Love the red toile! Sorry about your hair but that is a funny story.

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  9. Love the red toile! Sorry about your hair but that is a funny story.

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  10. And singed hair smells so delicious! :)

    They all look beautiful! I have no pewter, another collection that passed me by!

    Dinner looks wonderful!

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  11. The recipe is very colorful and looks yummy! Funny story about the hair, sounds like something I would do.

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  12. I like all the tablescapes but my favorite is the red toile. You gave me a good laugh, Michael.

    It's dinner time and what I wouldn't give for a plate of that pasta.

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  13. Your pasta is TDF, and I am starving for it now!! Every thing looks beyond gorgeous Michael. You are so classy and elegant with such a kindness that shines threw.
    xx
    Bunny

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  15. 3 different table settings! You are amazing!! I can't even seem to get one done!

    Your mention of your hair on fire brought back a memory of when I was a candle lighter for a wedding of a friend. One of the bridesmaids got to close to the candles and before we knew it she was aflame- I can't remember exactly how it got put out but it was definitely a memorable wedding!!

    Oh please sign me up for your great giveaway too!!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  16. The pasta really looks delicious! I caught my hair on fire once in the kitchen too...Yowza! I am lovin' the first of your tablescapes. Thanks for hosting!

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  17. This is my first time joining in for Foodie Friday. I have so enjoyed reading your posts and that pasta looks wonderful!

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  18. Your carbonara looks delicious!! Be careful around those candles -- your tablescapes and photos are beautiful!!

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  19. Oh, I love the tartan plaid with the pewter. Reminds me of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Oh, my just thinking of Jamie makes me swoon. Oh, sorry this was about food. Love the recipe too. I love Giada and her food. So glad your hair is not damaged too much. Thank you for hosting another delicious Friday.
    Sherry

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  20. I love the pewter. It's one of my favorite things to see in a kitchen or dining room.

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  21. Oh, I have had that happen before and how the kids laugh. I was afraid of gas stoves for ages since I had my parent's gas oven blow up on us when my sister was lighting it and waited too long to throw in the match. She and I were teenagers and we lost all the hair on our faces, arms and legs.

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  22. photos and table scapes are beautiful, Oh I wish I lived at your house :) Of course the food looks tasty too.

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  23. It is hard to choose a favorite but I am partial to toile so my pick is the toile table. Love the pewter accents.

    Your pasta looks wonderful. Everything you do is so elegant and looks delicious.

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  24. Dinner looks very inviting! I love your creative use of the tapestry and throws. My favorite is the toile. Glad you and your hair are okay. Happy Foodie Friday!!

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  25. Oh, I can't wait to make the Pancetta Carbonara! It will be this week for sure. Love your giveaway and your always inspiring tablescapes!!!

    sharijune@gmail.com

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  26. The pasta look delicious! My favorite table covering...the plaid, although each has a personality of its own. I'm so glad that you weren't hurt...it is so easy to get too close to the flame.

    I'm sure I've mentioned here or on facebook that the only way I'm ever going to have a Kitchenaid Mixer is if I win one from you! Count me in!

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  27. Pasta carbonara is a family favorite. My favorite table is the red toile.
    Mimi

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  28. The icy drink looks delish...some details please :-)

    Please enter me in your giveaway!

    and I've done that with my hair and it's not even long...lol.

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  29. Hi How wonderful. Please pick me for the mixer. Thanks, Stanna
    (shabbyloft@aol.com)

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  30. I love Giada's recipes! Great pics!

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  31. Yours looks delicious Miss "G". I did pasta too only I used Black Spaghetti in honor of Dinner with a Vampire...

    RaineyGhoul!

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  32. OKAY...I'm trying to stop laughing...but I'm laughin' with ya and not atcha ;) My husband will not let me light candels around the house anymore cause ONCE a long time ago I lite one and put it on my bookcase and HOURS later I started smelling something HOT and sure enough...hubby found the candle and the top of the bookcase was all BLACK with soot...we didn't sleep well that night cause the wood was still hot and he thought it would combust and ingnite while we were sleeping....lmao I can laugh about it now ;) So we only light them together and never leave the room...ahhh memories! Thanks for envoking them Michael Lee. My post this week really isn't a real recipe...but I had to share just the same. Have a wonderful weekend, fondly, Roberta
    http://con-tain-it.typepad.com

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  33. Hello. I've been reading your blog for a while now, but in that Lurky McLurkington way. Not sure you'll be pleased that I finally became public after I tell you that those pictures looked so wonderfully delicious that I tried to taste them by licking the monitor. This might have been okay if I weren't using the library's computers at the time.

    (I wasn't really at the library. They don't let me in there anymore. Strange, huh?)

    P.S. Any recommendations as to what kind of cleaner works best on monitors?

    P.P.S. Oh dear. Now I'm going to be known here as Patrice the Monitor Licker, huh? Let this be a lesson to us all to formulate a plan before coming out of Lurkerdom. :D

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  34. LOVE the tablescapes.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRIEND!

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  35. That looks like a wonderful carbonara recipe! Love your photos!

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  36. Your pancetta carbonera is absolutely gorgeous! It's after midnight here, but I'm wanting some of that pasta right now!

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  37. I love the pewter dishes in the candlelight - so warm and inviting!

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  38. I love the tapestry with the pewter, and the recipe has been saved! Yum...

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  39. Hello Divine Miss M Lee West! Happy friday! Your tablescapes are wonderful and that pasta is calling my name! I would LOVE to enter your kitchen aid giveaway. I do not have a great mixer and would love one. My recipe this week is for a spicey no-mayo cole slaw fashioned after mark bittman. Alex@amoderatelife

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  40. Beautiful photographs (as always!) and the recipe sounds wonderful too. I love sun dried tomatoes!

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  41. The photos are delicious...it's 7 am and I want pasta!!!
    Gorgeous intimate little table...
    xoxo
    Happy Foodie Friday Dear One

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  42. Oh my goodness, hair on fire!! The things we do to set a pretty table!

    Pleae enter me in your giveaway I would love to give one of my daughters a mixer!

    Also....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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  43. OMG, I've done the same thing. One of the hazards of having long hair :(

    The table looks gorgeous (I especially like the silverware), love the recipe, and LOVE the photographs.

    Thanks for the giveaway - I've got my fingers crossed! :)

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  44. The pasta looks delicious. Pa might even like this with the bacon; he's more "meat & potatoes" than pasta. Pretty tablescapes and that dessert looks good too... lime??? Yum.

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  45. Oh my goodness, Michael, that pancetta carbonara is making my mouth water! A boring breakfast won't do after seeing that. Hmmm, wonder what I can come up with to satisfy the craving I now have ...

    Beautiful table settings ... fun, but sorry about the hair. Such an icky smell, too. :-(

    I linked up a new flourless cookie recipe I created out of necessity, which came out even better than the original. Then I made the cookies into S'mores! They are a great concept for anyone who is gluten free or who just wants to step up their S'mores game. ;-)

    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Shirley

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  46. Love the red toile duvet. La

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  47. I haven't made carbonara in years!! this looks SO yummy!
    I linked up my Halloween cookies!! Thanks for hosting!!

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  48. The food looks delicious, the pewter is stunning and the story is *sorry* hilarious!!! Such a fun post. Thanks for hosting & the Giveaway
    ~Holly

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  49. Looks inviting! Yum! Happy Weekend!

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  50. Wow, a kitchen aid mixer! Someones gunna be super lucky!! I hope I posed my link right - first time here :)

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  51. Hi Michael!
    Even though I haven't blogged (I do visit tho')in ages..(working with my son on his college applications and doing last year of PTA stuff!)I had to comment on this delicious recipe! I think a trip to the market is on my agenda! Sorry about the mishap!
    I have always wanted a Kitchen Aid-would love to be chosen!
    ~Nancy

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  52. Hi! I'm a first time visitor and I must say, your home is absolutely beautiful! I live in Florida and like many Floridian homes, our's does not have a staircase... So sad. The duvet has such a romantic look to it! It's simply stunning.

    http://joshuaswife.blogspot.com/

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  53. I enjoy reading your blog - and would certainly enjoy a KitchenAid mixer.

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  56. I just love the red table Michael. Red is one of my favorite colors. Your carbonara looks so divine!

    Glad you weren't badly burned! Doesn't burning ahir smell so awful?

    Sorry my FF was late ...blogger was giving me LOTS of trouble..sigh

    ♥ Pat

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  57. First, I had three comments and now I have none--it's gone crazy (or it could be me :). Love all three of your table coverings and that pasta is calling my name! One word of advice: speakerphone--or is that two? Glad you are okay!

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  58. Facebook just told me it's your birthday...Happy Birthday!!! :-) Hope you are throwing yourself a party.

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  59. Hi, I am a first time visitor... First let me start off by saying "Happy Birthday to You!" I hope that you have a beautiful day. Second, I have to tell you that all the tables are absolutely gorgeous, but that my favorite is the red toile. Third, my husband would just be delighted if I made him this Carbonara. Carbonara is his absolute favorite dish. I haven't been able to find a recipe that we love, but this just looks absolutely divine. Fourth, I am so sorry about your hair! (I have curly locks too, hopefully you can't tell too much) and last but not least....

    Fifth - Please enter me for your Kitchen Aid Mixer. I am just dying to have one!

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  60. Looks and sounds delicious! The table are gorgeous. Glad to hear you still have hair...how scary!! Would love a new mixer!!

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  61. I see from the above comments that it is your birthday - have a great birthday! I linked my Crispy Panko-Coated Ranch Chicken to Foodie Friday.

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  62. Your carbonara looks amazing!! And love all your tablescapes!

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  63. Gorgeous red toile duvet for a tablecloth!

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  64. New to your carnival and site. Love it. I love the tablescapes...they are very inspirational. I would love to win the kitchen aid giveaway...pick me!

    Wendy
    Around My Family Table

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  65. Hair on fire? Uh oh! Your tablescapes are gorgeous. I don't know which tablecloth I like the best! The carbonara looks incredible too. Thanks for hosting and please pick me for your giveaway! please? (little voice!)
    I'm 56 years old and have never had a KitchenAid...! (insert violins...) ~Delores

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  66. Oh, the food looks wonderful! The Tablescapes, I love each one! So glad you didn't burn your hair badly!
    Have a lovely Birthday!

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  67. Happy Birthday Michael!

    Thanks for the giggles, how's your hair doing btw???

    Hugs!
    Diane

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  68. enjoyed the story about the hair. I enjoy all your post.
    Please enter me in the contest for the mixer. Mine just broke yesterday. I went to walmart today and bought a $6.00 one.

    I am a new blogger who has followed you for quite some time as well as on FB. If you have time drop by my blog and take a look. Thanks ginger

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  69. Pasta looks delicious... Yes I would love a kitchen aid please enter me in the contest!

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  70. I love the recipe and the table designs. Please enter me for the Kitchen Aid compo. Thank you ! Kooky Girl.

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  71. Love the pewter - only have a few pieces but I treasure them! Pasta looks wonderful..but what really caught my ice was the lemon ice dessert..
    Maybe November 1st will be lucky for me since it's my birthday!

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  72. I'm glad your tablescaping mishap was not worse than it was!

    My husband was just saying last night that he would like some pasta carbonara, so I'll have to try this recipe!

    The tablescapes are all beautiful! I think my favorite for this meal is the red duvet. Those red-checked napkins make me think of a cozy Italian restaurant.

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  73. so glad you only lost ONE strand, it could have been worse! I am forever having close calls as I speed from one thing to the next, last week involved a train that I barely missed as went over the tracks. Heads up to all of us who "run in circles!"

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  74. Gollum I am trying to get my sidebar buttons organized and was wondering if you have a button with the HTML code that I could use. I am making the buttons smaller and haven't figured out how to do it with just using your picture and web link yet.

    Sure want it on my sidebar. I remember when I first started reading your blog - you kept us in suspense forever about your identity as a writer! You've been one of my favs since the beginning even though I am not as fancy in the cooking department!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  75. I know it is'nt funny catching on fire but I can chuckle now that no real harm was done!
    I love the red toile setting but all are so beautiful!
    Put my name in the hat for the awesome giveaway!!
    Thanks.

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  76. Amazing photos. Love the tablescapes but that pasta has me wanting to take a big bite out of my screen!! Just beautiful and so tasty looking. It's one of my favorite pastas too of course. :) On the farmers market photo at my blog - I left a comment back on my blog for you about the origins and such, but sure wish I had known that you lived there - would love to have met you on that 2nd trip.

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  77. That recipe was delicious! My foodie son got the ball rolling but my family ate it up before we could make a beautiful presentation! Foodie boy is only 17 but plans on living on his own next year so plz put us in for the KitchenAid giveaway. He won't be getting my hand-me-down without a replacement ;-)

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  78. I enjoyed seeing the side by side comparison of the same table dressed for different occasions or seasons.

    Your food styling makes everything look so delicious.
    Carolleegail

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  79. LOVE THE RED toile too, please enter me in the mixer giveaway

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  80. OOh wow, i've done that but never thought of it as eau de charcoal! I can't wait to try the carbonara! Looks exceptional. And ya know, i could use the kitchenaid!! thanks for the chance.

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  81. The table settings are beautiful, as always, and the recipe looks mighty tasty !

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  82. I always love reading your beautiful blog. The pictures look like a magazine that would never be reality here. The fire- that I could see happening, glad it wasn't worse. I'd love to win the Kitchen-aid mixer.

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  83. I love your site. I just don;t know how you do it all.

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  84. Happy Birthday! Everything you do is always so much fun and beautiful. Your pewter is lovely. Changing up the tablecloths is a lovely idea.
    I suppose you are right about talking on the phone too long near a fire....I would love the Kitchenaid mixer. Enjoy your day! Linda

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  85. I just love you tablescapes!You must have so much fun! ~Prairie Story

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  86. Love the pictures. What a nice giveaway

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  87. well, golly gee willikers, **how** did i not know this blog even existed?! just found it this morning. man alive what a great site. you're saved on my favorites and i'm putting you on the sidebar of *my* blog - and hoping that's just dandy with you. :o)

    love the fancy pot pie recipe from the 10/29/10 post. gives me ideas.

    would ~*~*(love)*~*~ to have my name thrown in the hat for a chance to win a kitchenaid mixer!

    jAne

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  88. The pasta dish looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    When I was a teenager, I singed off my eyebrows lighting the a fire in the fireplace. I now to this day will not start a fire!

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  89. I love all the tablescapes. Each one has it's own personality. Please enter me in the drawing. I never win anything but maybe this time? Hope, hope, hope.

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