Guys, I really like Fall. That feeling of slowly transitioning from warm, carefree summery days to cool and crisp, autumnal evenings, all cozy-ed up with
homework a book and a cup of hot coco…seriously. And then you add to all of that loveliness the pumpkin and apple themed goodies, the GORGEOUS leaves, not to mention the anticipation of CHRISTMAS (!!!). This time of year is truly special.
A few weeks ago, my roommate, Marisa, posted this note on our apartment bulletin board:
Holy smokes…we’re having a pasta party!! And I don’t just mean a box-of-spaghetti-plus-sauce kind of pasta party. I mean a from-scratch, flour-up-to-your-elbows, homemade-sauce kind of party. Count me in!
Finally, after much anticipation…the blessed afternoon arrived! What a perfect day – sunny, mild, a few clouds…that, combined with the amazing fall colors and fabulous company made for a most enjoyable drive to Marisa’s home.
Are you ready for an onslaught of photos? Good! ‘Cause that’s what your gonna get 🙂 More pictures, less words shall be the nature of this post.
…and the table…BEAUTIFUL!
Let the fun begin!!
Before anything, and I mean ANYTHING touches the dough, it must be floured. Hands, surfaces, tools…ANYTHING! Elizabeth did a rockin’ job making sure the flour reached every inch of that board! And Mandi did excellent work kneading the dough after Marisa had her share of the fun 😀
Here’s the key step in the process…watch and be amazed! (Click to enlarge the pictures)
Ravioli, ready for a hot bath 🙂
Now it should come as no surprise to you that I forgot to take some photos that would have been quite nice to have…such as the final product! But alas, in our great hunger and excitement to dive fork-first into the fruits of our labor, I completely forgot to take pictures of the actual meal until after….sooooo uh yeah. You’ll get an idea 🙂
Remember the sneak-peak of dessert? Well…here it is in all it’s glory! Let me tell you about this dessert.
Jocelyn, Marisa’s mom, makes the BEST chocolate pudding cake I’ve ever had (okay, maybe it’s the only chocolate pudding cake I’ve ever had, but there’s a VERY high standard set!) Dense, gooey, with melty chocolate chips…and ‘lots of love 🙂 Top it with fresh whipped cream and raspberries and you’ve got it made (if you’re sitting at our table, that is). Man-oh-man, this cake is amazing!
And there you have our pasta party in a nutshell! After dinner, we were tired but satisfied and happy. How can you not be happy after spending a lovely afternoon with dear friends creating delicious food? I cannot give an answer.
What a blessed afternoon, celebrating the creation of food – good food – culminating with the joyful consumption of said food. Thank you, Lord!
Have a great week!