2014: Friends, Fashion, and Fun

Ahhh… F-words never looked so good!  2014 is starting off well.  Keeping me engaged and on my toes.  I am staying motivated, focused, and positive.  Tonight, we are having one of my favorite mother-daughter duo’s over for a peaceful, meditation, and relaxation dinner party.  A perfect way to start off the new year.  As usual, life happens and she is running a tad behind, so this was a great time for me to post this.  I  absolutely love hosting events.  I am very detail oriented and aim to ensure my guests are treated special.  Like family!

So, I polished the silver, cleaned the crystal, and set a fun and relaxed table for a fruit, prosciutto and cheese appetizer, stuffed shells, and   garlic bread dinner.   For dessert….sweet apple pie a’ la  mode!

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Stuffed shells recipe:

Cook 1 lb of ground beef, drain, and place in large bowl

8 oz of Ricotta Cheese

1/2 bag of Italian mixed cheese

1/2 cup of fresh diced cilantro

1/4 cup of fresh diced mint

1/2 box of large shells, boiled at the ready

Make fresh pasta sauce if you have time (I didn’t today, so Barilla it was)

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In the large bowl of meat, combine the Italian cheeses, Ricotta, cilantro, and mint.  Fold together till mixed.  In a large cooked shell, fill with about a tablespoon or so of the meat mix.

In a large oven safe dish, cover the bottom with a light layer of pasta sauce then place the shells in with space around them.  Place a dollop of sauce on top of the shells and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese.  Cover with foil and cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

When done, place a light layer of warm sauce on a plate, put the shells on top of the sauce, place a dollop of sauce on top of the shells, some fresh grated parmesan cheese, and a few leaves of cilantro for garnish.

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Drink:

Strawberry, mint, and lime infused water.

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Dessert:

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I thank God everyday for allowing me to share my life with all of you!  I thank him for always making sure I can provide for my family!  I look forward to a year of more food, friends, fashion, and FAMILY fun!  May you all be blessed as well!

XOXO Besos,

Anna Castillo

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