Friday, October 19, 2007

Getting to know you: Fairlight

Hello! My name is Fairlight. I'm a stay at home wife and mommy. I have a 4 year old little girl and another baby girl on the way. For right now we'll just call her Baby Rose and she's due Nov 21. We live in Coastal South Carolina, which I love. My husband and I have been very active in our church children's ministries for the last three years, but we are now on maternity leave (finally!) until after Baby Rose arrives. Michelle, or Chelle as I know her as, is a dear dear friend to me and I don't know where I would be with out her loving and supportive friendship. I'm so thrilled to be the co-host of this swap. Below are some questions that she asked me to answer and some photographs. One of me and also some little corners of my home that I love. Please forgive them, professional I am not.

What is your definition of Home: Home is where my family is. Home is our nest, our haven. It's where we are safe, warm, fed good nutritious food, have soft snugly beds, and are at peace (most of the time.) It's a place where love is unconditional, curiosity and creativity are encouraged, and the every day business of life is recognized as having value and something to cherish.

Favorite Color(s): turquoise, lavender, pink, and green are the colors that our house is painted and that a wear most often. I draw inspiration from many different sources and bright colors make me happy and inspire me to create, I just don't have them in my house.

Favorite Decorating Elements: paint, fabric, photography, antiques. Paint is the cheapest decorating element there is, fabric is my weakness and I love to hoard it, I like taking pictures to display in my home and I love buying from part time photographers and displaying their work around my house, antiques (of real value or just something I love) are my decorating stand-by. Since I married my husband, we have been so blessed with lots of family heirlooms like our dining room table, the piano in our living room, an old fashioned secretary, armoire, and the list could go on. Thank goodness I love that kind of stuff to begin with. I'm always shopping the antique and consignment stores because they have the most unique stuff and I want our home to be unique.

Favorite Creative Outlets: Sewing. I sew, and knit, and quilt, design, embroider, and cook. I take photographs and blog. All my creative outlets are my favorites, that why I do them.

A Favorite Domestic Quote: "The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily living." ~William Morris

A tried and true Recipe:
Baked Ravioli (courtesy, without permission, of Martha Stewart Living)
serves 8 (or more)
Prep Time:30 min
Total time 1hr
2T. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 1/2 t. dried thyme, oregano, or Italian seasoning
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
2 lbs. store-bought ravioli (I do 1 lb. meat ravioli & 1 lb. cheese ravioli, but you can do whatever your family will prefer.)
1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 425F. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10-15 minutes. Add seasoning and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, until sauce is thickened, about 20-25 min.
2. Meanwhile, cook ravioli in a large pot of boiling salted water just until they float to the top (pasta will continue to cook in oven). Drain pasta;return to pot.
3. Toss sauce with pasta. Pour pasta into a 9 x13" dish or two 8x8" pans, and sprinkle with cheeses. Bake until golden, 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

This dish makes a lot, so I like to split it up and serve half, and put half in the freezer for a later time. You can also substitute tortellini for ravioli.
Favorite Domestic Tip: I have no idea. Follow anything Martha Stewart says religiously?

You can find more of me (if you wish) at my two personal blogs:
Under the Polka Dot Tree and Life in the Lowcountry
You can visit my Etsy store by visiting here
and you can see some of my photographes here on Flickr


Leslie said...

So wonderfull to get such a peek at you!!! So very very sweet.
I love all the soft colors throughout your home!

chelle said...

I have said this before, but the single most appropriate word that comes to mind in describing you is, DELIGHTFUL!

Anonymous said...

Of course I love the colors you chose in your house, they seem to be so you! I love all the white you use!