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Ravioli with Balsamic Brown Butter

28 Nov

I’ve had this Giada recipe since college. I think it may have been one of the first meals that I cooked for Le Roux {trying to impress him with my skills of course} and it has been a go-to ever since. The best part about it is that I usually have 90% of the ingredients already in the house which is always a plus!

Ravioli with Balsamic Brown Butter

What you’ll need:

18-20 ounces of store-bought ravioli {Any kind will do, but I usually get squash or cheese}
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Instructions:

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. Add the ravioli and cook 4-5 minutes until done, stirring occasionally.

2. Drain ravioli and place in a large bowl or platter. Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook the butter over medium heat, and stir occasionally. When the foam subsides, and the butter begins to turn a golden brown, about 3 minutes, turn off the heat. Let butter cool for about 1 minute.

4. Once butter is almost cooled, stir in the balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

5. Pour the balsamic brown butter sauce over the ravioli. Sprinkle the walnuts and parmesan cheese on top and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Xo Kim

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Weekend Wrap up: Lulu’s Birthday!

12 Nov

This past weekend was a lot of fun. The Family came to Charlotte for Le Roux’s 26th Birthday. We started the weekend off by heading to Skillets for a yummy breakfast Saturday morning. After we ate, the guys headed out to The Fork for an afternoon of skeet shooting. Le Roux invited 8 of his friends to go with him and they had a great time! While the guys were doing that, Kelly, Marisa, Mom and I went shopping of course! We covered all of Blakney at the green and popped into all the different shops and boutiques and definitely was successful as always.

Everyone met back at home and got ready for Le Roux’s Birthday dinner. His restaurant of choice was Del Friscos which is a steak place in the South park area of Charlotte. The food was delicious and it was a great atmosphere! I ordered a cake that we brought to the restaurant and surprised him with it after we were finished eating dinner.

Presents, balloons, and decorations followed back at home where Le Roux stocked up on some great gifts. Cards, a DVD, clothes, and his favorite work-out gear.  Our Birthday gifts to each other this year is a trip to Boston! We leave this Friday through Monday so we are looking forward to celebrating both of our Birthdays with a trip for just the two of us.

We had a relaxing morning Sunday with breakfast at the house complete with bagels, fruit, and the infamous Monkey Bread which is an old family recipe {Recipe coming to the blog soon!} The guys then headed to the Broncos vs Panthers game at Time Warner cable arena downtown. The girls headed to do some more shopping and knocked out some Christmas shopping which was a plus!

Overall, it was a great weekend spent celebrating Le Roux’s Birthday and great Family time. Le Roux and I loved having everyone together here in Charlotte with us and hoping that everyone will be back soon for another visit! Only 11 more days  until we are all together again in Richmond at Marisa and Adam’s house for Thanksgiving.

Xo Kim

Five Things: Fall Addition

12 Oct

Here are five things Fall that we have been loving lately:

 1. Pumpkin Muffins that Kim made this week. So easy and so delicious!

2. Essie’s Foot Loose nail polish

3. Pretty mums outside the front door

 4. Bath and Body Works candle {Cranberry Woods}

  5. Inspirational Fall outfits via Pinterest

Xo Kim and Kelly

Hello World!

19 Sep

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We’ve been talking about starting a blog for quite some time and finally sat down and did it. We went back and forth about a name, but decided on aloveletteraway, because that’s just what we are. For the last 7 years we have been living in different cities, except for a few summers in college and the 3 months before Kim’s wedding/after Kelly graduated from college where we both lived with our parents {CAN YOU SAY BEST 3 MONTHS EVER!?} The distance never fazed us though. Aside from our parents being absolutely amazing and flying one of us to see the other every month or so {although recently it seems like we see each other every other week!}, we had endless phone convos, and a multitude of picture texts back and forth which basically made it seem like we were in the same place. We’re sisters, best friends, soul mates, partners in crime, two peas in a pod… you get the picture.

So who are we exactly? We are two twenty-something sisters who are typical girls: love shopping, cooking, baking, crafting, gossiping, and spending time with our friends and family. We wanted a place where we could share all of these things plus a little bit of our lives with our friends, both real life friends and cyberfriends. And if our blogging friends become our real life friends, well won’t that just be special!

So welcome. Stay awhile. Stalk if you’d like. We think this is a start to a beautiful friendship.

XO, Kim and Kelly