Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Blue Monday




Daughter Sheila works at the high school with students. She is currently helping students complete their senior projects. One of her students is in the Culinary Arts program. As part of his Senior Project he prepared a complete meal. Sheila asked if they could use my kitchen. Although there are not blues in every photo, I think that there are enough that we appreciate both the blues and the talent put into the Senior Project.




Sheila does not prepare the meal but works with the student. Here are some of the ingredients that he used in preparing the meal.





The cheese stuffed shells served as the basis of a delicious pasta dish.



Here he prepared the delicious Italian bread.


There was a scrumptious cavatelli soup with bits of tomatoes and Italian spices.


This is a pasta casserole with a rich sauce and sweet Italian sausage.


The student arranged the napkins.


He began to set the table.


Here the student is teaching me to fold napkins.

I think that he set a lovely table.


As with every good meal there was a big mess.


We were served a delicious meal consisting of of a variety of h'orderves (the stuffed mushrooms were my favorite), wonderful warm Italian bread, a delicious Italian salad, cavatelli soup, pasta casserole, stuffed shells, and tiramisu, an Italian dessert.

Sally at
http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ hosts Blue Monday. Blue Monday participants increase each week because of Sally's hospitality. Thanks Sally!!

52 comments:

Carol said...

Well Sweetie, that must have been so fun. He did a set a beautiful table ! Sounds like a tasty meal too.

Judy said...

Lots of blue in the pictures and a wonderful meal to go with it. WOW, the food sounds great. I am sure this was fun to do and then you get to eat it!

Chris said...

How sweet that you loaned out your kitchen for his project. And did that food look delish, yummo, wish I could have been a judge on that one. Have a wonderful day.

Hugs,
Chris

squawmama said...

Wow Sweetie how great of you & your daughter to help this ambitious young man with his project... From the looks of things I think he succeeded... Isn't it wonderful seeing the young follow their dreams for the future... I bet he will be an awesome chef... Not to mention Italian is one of my favorite cuisines...YUMMO!!! Have a beautiful day

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I really enjoyed this post! How gracious of you to open your home to this young man and your dd. It looks and sounds as though he has learned much as your dd's student. How cool that her school offers a culinary arts program that includes boys. I hope with the popularity of famous male chefs on Food Network, it encourages the boys to take those classes. Culinary arts just isn't for girls!

Have a good Blue Monday.

Smilingsal said...

High school was my area of teaching; I love those kids! The napkins look so perfect, the food looks yummy, but I sure hope that he cleaned up your kitchen. If he did, I'd say he got an A+. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Bridget said...

What a nice treat. Everything looked wonderful.
Have a lovely week, Bridget

Susan said...

Looks like alot of fun. How sweet of you to offer your kitchen. I hope they did clean up.

What a great way to spend a few hours... memories for all!

Connie said...

I have to smile when I saw that you and I have the exact same sink w/cutting board and the same tupperware bowls, chickee! Handsome and sweet young man you've got there.

Hope you are feeling better after your tragedy.

Oooooooh, I have a blog post I think you will enjoy reading tomorrow. Better bring your tissues though. I sobbed the whole time I was posting the story, honey. My heart is very tender at this point in my life.

Smooches, sweet thing
Connie

ellen b said...

What fun! I'll donate my kitchen for the next meal :0)
Happy Blue to you!

Linda said...

Sweetie, What a cool thing to do! I will venture to say that this will be a moment in this young man's life that he will remember always. You truly are a sweetie!!
Happy Blue Monday!

jeanne said...

Sweetie, what a fun project to participate in. You are a dear to use your kitchen but the reward is great. Mmmmmm I want some now.

Hugs...Jeanne

Happy To Be said...

GM Sweetie...what a wonderful post girl...I just love the way you are so into your family..the food looked YUMMY!! and he did a wonderful job on all of it..hope you have a safe and blessed day dear friend..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Stacey said...

Looks delicious. That was so sweet of you to host this event. I bet everyone really enjoyed it.

Tammy said...

What a great idea for a Senior Project and also for Blue Monday.

I'm new so I can already tell I'll need to keep my eyes open to the "blue" ;D

Blessin's♥

Neabear said...

What a great experience for the student to practice at your house! I imagine he will become a great chef. Thanks for visiting me too. Happy Blue Monday!

bj said...

Oh, Sweetie....I love love love your post today. He did indeed set a lovely table and his menu sounds just delicious.
All this takes me back a few years to when our home fellowship group had a young man that was going thru cooking school. He fixed dinner for all of us several times and it was so good and such fun.
Happy day, bj

Love Bears All Things said...

What an exciting project to be involved in. I would have volunteered my kitchen, too. Best of all, you were able to eat a meal cooked by someone else and enjoy the fellowship.
Mama Bear

debbie said...

DEAR SWEETIE,
I JUST FOUND YOUR BLOG AND I HAVE CRIED AND LAUGHED. IT WAS VERY SPECIAL THAT YOU OPENED YOUR HOME AND KITCHEN UP TO THIS GENTLEMAN...ONE OF THE LEADERS OF OUR FUTURE.
MY AUNT JUST LOST HER HUSBAND IN NOVEMBER AND IT IS VERY HARD..I CAN ONLY IMAGINE...TO LOSE HALF OF YOUR BODY AND STILL BE ABLE TO FUNCTION. SHE SAID IT IS AT NIGHT WHEN THEY WATCHED TELEVISION THAT SHE MISSES HIM THE MOST....AND YOUR PRECIOUS DAUGHTER. YOU ARE ON MY PRAYER LIST FOR SURE...AND YOU SURE ARE A STRONG WOMAN. SOMEONE TOLD MY AUNT THAT AND I TOLD HER EVEN A ROCK WILL SPLIT A PART IF THE PRESSURE APPLIED IS GREAT ENOUGH AND HERE I HAVE TOLD YOU WHAT A STRONG PERSON YOU ARE. FORGIVE ME.
YOU HAVE WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND FAMILY, THAT CAN HELP CARRY YOU WHEN YOU ARE WEAK.
I WOULD BE HONORED IF YOU VISITED MY HUMBLE BLOG AND I WILL SERVE YOU A CUP OF TEA.
I WILL PUT A LINK TO YOUR BLOG FROM MY BLOG
HUGS TO YOU PRECIOUS SWEETIE
debbie

Raggedy Girl said...

What a wonderful ting to do. May God bless you all for opening up your home and giving your time.
Have a great Monday
Roberta Anne

kbbryant said...

This was a fun post! I think there was plenty of blue. When I went to school these classes were called Home Economics and I was a Home Ec major in College. Now they have a new name but are teaching similiar subjects. Great Senior project.

Kathy b

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I enjoyed that post so much and it actually made me hungry enough to get off my arse and make myself some breakfast! Seriously! LOL!
I think you are just awesome for letting that young man come into your home to complete his senior project :0)
I hope your day is great!

Linda said...

How fun and the menu was wonderful...everything looks so yummy. The table looks so pretty with your blue dishes..Happy Blue Monday to you...hugs, Linda

Cherdecor said...

What fun!!!!! I need some lessons on cooking. I don't think I ever made stuffed shells. You must have a wonderfully big kitchen. I love the table setting. Nice work! I love the blues.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sweetie, this looks like you had such a good time! But you made me hungry! LOL! Oh, I would love to dive headfirst into that pasta dish! :-)

Happy Blue Monday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Lady Katherine said...

Oh! What a fun day! That is looks so fun and I loved the food! A great way to spend a day!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Sweetie, How nice of you to let them use your kitchen. He did a great job. And the food looks yummy. Hugs, Terrie

Jan Parrish said...

Italian food is my comfort food. Great post.

CC said...

How wonderful to help a young man with a school project. He did set a beautiful table and the food sounds great. Happy Blue Monday and have a lovely week.

Charli and me said...

Love all the blue and the meal looks delicious! Happy Blue Monday!

Carlotta said...

Hi Sweetie. That meal looked scrumptious. Love the table setting.
~Carlotta~

Tootsie said...

you are so kind to allow them to use your kitchen!!!! I love it! and he did a fantastic job...I only hope my son grows up to be able to do such wonderful work! This week I spent two days in bed with a migraine headache...my 9 year old son became the mom for two full days....(I only got up to cook a bit)...you should have heard him...."do I look like a Maid?"..."I am not your slave ladies!"..(said to his sisters)
"Boy...I sure feel sorry for mom...she puts up with us all the time!!!!"
I think he got a new eye full of what I actually do for him. lol

Magnolia Memories08 said...

Gosh Sweetie I hate I missed that meal. How sweet of you to open your kitchen for such a great cause. You have a beautiful family. I am so glad you stopped by. Please come again.
Vikki

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Lucky you!! You deserve to have someone make you a complete dinner and enjoy it. I just hope you were not left with all the dishes too!

Blessings,

Sher

Belinda said...

How wonderful! Cooking skills will serve this young man well throughout his life. He'll be all set to impress his *sweetie* one day with a nice home cooked meal. I love your blue dishes and the beautiful table setting. And I love that you loaned out your kitchen to your dear daughter and her student for this project. It looks like everyone had a great time...and what a yummy sounding meal! :-)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

You are very generous to have opened your home like this! I enjoyed reading about it.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Carrie said...

The food looks delicious...the blue and white plates are very nice.

Bo said...

Well Sweetie...you were a sweetie to let them use your kitchen...I'm sure the young man really appreciated it. The meal looked & sounded very good... a nice reward for you... ;-) Bo

Nancy said...

First, I like your new song. I love that song no matter who is singing it.
How nice you were to let the students use your kitchen. That meal looks soooo good. The table looks really pretty.
I hope they cleaned it all up for you.
Love Nancy

Lisa said...

That looks like a lot of yummy fun and a great learning experience for the student.
What a great husband he will make some day!

Sharon said...

How wonderful of you to loan out your kitchen.
That young man did a fabulous job with his project.
Have a great day
God bless

Jill said...

That food.... OMG! Yummy I am hungry now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He did a great job and it looks like you guys had fun!

Melissa Miller said...

Oh Sweetie how lovely and so delicious looking! YUMMY!
What a coincidence...I am making stuffed shells for dinner toinight.
They are one of my all time favorite foods.

I hope you are doing well. I think of you often and pray.
~Melissa :)

Nancy said...

Hi Sweetie, That is so wonderful that a highschool student would want to do this! He did a great job! Oh, and how wonderful that you would let him use your kitchen! I saw lots of blue too! Blessings,Nancy

Betty said...

Pretty pictures for Monday's theme. And all the food looks so delicious. Makes me hungry, especially since it's getting close to time for supper here.

I hope your week is going well for you.

Mojo said...

Some tasty stuff in those early shots!

Ruthie said...

That looks like a fun evening and good food. I'm sure you enjoyed it immensely. Looks like he did a good job.

Hugs. Ruthie

Shelia said...

Hi Sweetie! Oh, what fun and good food. I loved it all until the last picture! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Kathy said...

What a great post, Sweetie! It looks like for for all of you.
xo...Kathy

Anne said...

The food looked yummy. Yep but the clean up is never fun. But what a beautiful table setting.

Marie Antionette said...

Hi again sweetie,No I have not read that one,but I did read a book,with the same title,but it was a historical romance novel.Amber is a beautiful name.Thank you for coming by Hon.I enjoy visits.Hugs Marie Antionette

The Muse said...

What a delight!!!!!