Wednesday, March 4, 2015

roasted tomato basil soup

Nothing surpasses the combination of fresh tomatoes and basil. On the menu tonight, Ina Garten's Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, with grilled cheese sandwiches of course.  Look at how yummy the roasted tomatoes are!  Imagine them in a soup, heavenly!
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten


3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice
4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 quart chicken stock or water

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.

In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.

ciao! Fabiana

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

weekend getaway essentials

Packing for a weekend getaway is not that difficult, if you remember to include some of your favorite goodies.   For me, it’s my favorite Guess jeans, a few comfortable and cute tops and my favorite Tieks, which are foldable adorable flats that come in the most gorgeous colors and patterns.  My current favorite is my pair of leopard Tieks.  Leopard seems to go with just about everything!  A must-pack item is a travel size of Downy Wrinkle Releaser.  Once you have tried this product, you will see what I mean about it being a necessity for any trip.  I just leave one in my bag!  Just spray and forget about it!  No ironing required! I also coordinate any jewelry I am bringing.  Either all gold, or all silver makes it easier to throw on.  And, I always bring a scarf or two in case it gets chilly.
Look at how easy it is to pack jewelry and other small items in this Stella &Dot “Hang On” travel case.  Everything is now visible and ready to hang at my destination! 
And speaking of Stella & Dot, I can’t forget my favorite “Getaway” bag.  Look at how it expands for all the extra shopping I will most likely do.  It’s so pretty and practical!  
With Tieks, there are so many possibilities!

I always bring a good book or two.
Two of my beauty essentials are a good lip balm and my treasured rose water spray!  I have a bottle of rose water and lip balm on my night stand, in my bathroom, in my car and on my desk.  I am always ready for a spritz and a dab!  The rose water is perfect for spraying on before applying lotion on your face and body.  I love Burt's Bee's tinted lip balm for any trip.
I must have a sleep mask too, ear pugs are optional.  
Here's one like Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Of course, room service is always fun!

ciao! Fabiana

(rings and bracelets by Stella & Dot)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Downton Abbey's alternate finale

Did you know there's an alternate 
ending to the Downton Abbey finale? 
This is hilarious! (and there's a part 2)

ciao! Fabiana

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday home tour in Hollywood

Inside the historic Hollywood home of
the creator of Mad Men.


for details, visit luxe

ciao! Fabiana

Saturday, February 28, 2015

make your own terrarium

Doesn't this sound like a fun DIY class?  You will be able to create your own terrarium at Roger's Gardens here in Newport Beach! This is a really easy  workshop where you will walk away with your very own 'Garden Under Glass' creation. Create your own terrarium with a collection of compatible plants featuring indoor foliage for a natural woodland scene or a beach cottage design. There is a registration fee that includes the glass terrarium, soil, plants, and instructions. Go to for more info.
Terrarium Workshop
Saturday, March 14 at 11 AM & 2 PM

ciao! Fabiana

Friday, February 27, 2015

time out

I need a time out today, 
not because I've been bad, 
but because I've been good!

ciao! Fabiana
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