We are having a few of Madeline’s friends from the city for Easter and this means a little extra prep needs to be done for the table. Madeline mentioned she wanted succulents for her window sill at her apartment so I thought why not make them and also use them for Easter table decor. Madeline described what she had in mind and a few minutes later I had my paints out mixing up a beautiful shade of blush. I used the same paints to create art for this post.
DIY Painted Pots with Geometric Shapes
She asked for geometric shapes so I used painters tape to make the shapes on each pot and used the white paint to first paint a coat of primer. Then I painted each with the blush paint. I repeated the same idea onto place cards made from thick card stock. I added a tiny potting stones from Terrain to finish the look.
Continuing the Geometric Shapes for Place Cards
It’s all in the details . . .
Blush, Gold & Black
We’ll be doing a very non-traditional menu which includes a charcuterie board, a few pizzas, one with asparagus and prosciutto (to represent the more traditional ham), cacio e pepe, a salad and chocolate mousse for dessert. What’s on your menu or do you prefer to go out to brunch? Have a lovely one!
Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e pepe is nothing more than pasta, two kinds of cheese, butter and pepper, but combined perfectly with a little reserved pasta water and it makes it a creamy delicious bowl of pasta.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 - 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 - 6 Servings
- Category: Italian
- Bring a large pasta pot of water to a boil and add salt, then the pasta.
- Cook pasta according to package directions, but checking it about a minute or two before so that the pasta is cooked perfectly al dente.
- Remember to reserve about a cup of the pasta water (after the pasta has cooked for at least half the time or as you drain the pasta)…but don’t forget!
- While the pasta is cooking, melt 1/2 of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the pepper and swirl it together until the butter is lightly golden, about a minute.
- Add one half of the reserved pasta water and the remaining butter and the pasta.
- Reduce the heat to low and add the cheeses tossing together until cheese has melted. You may need to add a little of the reserved pasta water until the pasta is coated and creamy.
- Transfer to warm pasta bowls and serve right away.
We make Cacio e Pepe when we’ve been traveling and come home with nothing in the house…all of the ingredients can be kept on hand and last for weeks if not months. It’s so good that it’s perfect for company too!