About this time of the summer, especially this year, when our last few days have been in the high 90's, and a little muggy, I start to yearn for winter. Elliott will laugh when he reads this, because last year I couldn't wait for winter to end, but I do love that Indiana has 4 noticeable seasons!
My favorite part of winter is the first decent snow we get. Everything is beautiful and white. Usually, the first snow is in December, and in the evening, when the neighborhood is decorated in Christmas lights, it makes a very pretty scene.
I also love winter because it is the season of Christmas. I love the joy of celebrating the birth of Christ, the wonderful music of the season, and the beautiful decorations that envelope my home.
This winter Elliott and I will be celebrating our 10th (!) wedding anniversary. Usually, our anniversary consists of us sending each other cheesy cards, and me making the dinner that won Elliott's heart (recipe to follow).
This year, I would like to try to get away for one night... doesn't this place look loverly:
Look at the amazing grounds that surround it. We might almost feel like we are in England, except the food will be better! In fact, the inn has won awards for it's amazing breakfasts.
The way to a man's heart:
Shells and Proscuitto (recipe)
16 oz. package medium shells (I use Barilla). Cook according to package directions, adding 3/4 c. peas when pasta has about 5 minutes left. When done cooking drain, but do not rinse.
Sautee 4 minced cloves of garlic in 2 tbls. butter. Add 1 cup of half and half and 4 oz. proscuitto, sliced paper thin, and then sliced into 1/2 inch ribbons to the garlic. Cook until very slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Add drained pasta and peas and stir until completely covered in sauce. Add 1 1/2 cups finely shredded italian 6-cheese mixture to pan and stir again.
Serve with your favorite sourdough bread, salad, and garlic green beans (okay, you know by now these are what accompany our italian dinners!)
This recipe makes enough for a crowd, or lunch again the next day!