Sunday, December 13, 2009

She's In! An NYU Dream Come True!

When there is a Princess in your life, excitement reigns! She moves through the house like a whirl wind, baking, working and studying and texting. Because she likes to have a plan, we began the college journey early in her junior year. First she had her sights set on Villanova. Then nothing but Boston College would do. Finally after a visit to NYU she decided nothing, but nothing would be as good, wonderful, interesting, fabulous or as incredible as New York University. Without this school, her life would come to a crashing halt. There would be no future, no decent law school would accept her and she would live her life in despair wondering what could have been. She applied for early admission and we waited.......holding our breath. One night last week a packet arrived that created chaos in our house. 

No one got to sleep before 1 AM, the phone rang off the hook. Luckily the camera was on the table and I snapped a few pics of her Dance of Joy!

As she called her friends, their parents called us and finally I turned off my cell phone in hopes we could all settle down to a night's sleep.
A family celebration was in order. We decorated the dining room with purple streamers, napkins and a a lovely bunch of purple tulips. (Once in a Blue Moon would have been proud of me!) It's not easy finding purple napkins and decorations during the Christmas Season! Our center piece was the Statue of Liberty, representing New York.

Her father made a huge sign and hung it on the front door, just in case someone in town missed the big news!  

I cooked all her favorite foods, and we celebrated our Princess's achievement.
We started with a salad of baby arugula, romaine, oven roasted tomatoes and mozzarella cheese with a vinaigrette of her favorite Balsamic Vinegar.  
Marcella Hazan's Bolognese Sauce topped rigatoni ( Hungry Dog, one of my favorite Blogs has already posted this recipe, so here's a link to her site) and Uju's Chocolate Mousse was the finish. 

It was a wonderful evening, one I don't think my Princess will forget. Now if only I had Kate from Serendipity here to take photos with her new camera!

All pictures and Text are property of The Gypsy Chef


  1. Pam!! Congratulations to your lovely daughter for her hard work and getting into the school of her dreams! NYU is an excellent school and what could be more fun than college in New York?! Congratulations to all of you. And, glad you celebrated in style. And thanks for the link...marcella's bolognese is definitely party-worthy! :)

  2. congrats... my alma mater is a great place to go to school... the village is the best campus around.

  3. HD, Thank You! She is still jumping around the house. It's wonderful to live a dream! Loved giving you the link. I think your a terrific writer. I love reading your posts and I bet everyone else does too.
    LPR, What a small world! Can't wait to tell my daughter you are a NYU alum! Kate was born in the village and believes it where she belongs! And to your last question. Yes I think the NY bloggers should get together. Let's talk!

  4. Congratulations To your lovely daughter Pam! what a good reason to celebrate. You and your husband must be so proud and happy. And what a menu too. The princess will certainly never forget this day or you and you hub for making it even more meaningful :))

  5. Such fun! Congratulations to your daughter, Pam. You must be so proud and happy for her. She looks soooo over the top with excitement. And what a super celebration menu!

  6. i got goosebumps of happiness for you all, honest, now i am freezing in the cold dark with joy for all of you! LOVE the pics, sooooooooo darn cute, congrats all around!

  7. ps, i cracked up on the purple comment!

  8. What an uplifting happy happy post!

    Your joy ..and hers:) Shines through..

    Mes Sincères Féliçitations!
    She is sooo cute!!!!

  9. Zurin, It was a wonderful evening. She kept thanking us. We kept thanking her for being such a terrific kid!
    Barbara, It was loads of fun. It was a menu everyone could enjoy. Thanks!
    FWS, I am always showing her your tabletop pictures. We ooh and awe! We are aspiring to be you for Christmas. I'll let you know how it goes! I still get goosebumps everytime I think about it.
    LTDN, Thanks you! She's a sweetie pie. We are so happy! She worked very hard for this. It's nice when dreams come true! merci!

  10. Awesome! Congratulations to your daughter. I know that you are very proud. Your menu and celebration look fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Pam... How wonderful for you and your BEAUTIFUL daughter...The excitment has just begun!!! Thank You for stopping by and your sweet comments toward my friend Lila. I'm glad you did as I now have a new "Foodie" blog to aspire to! Have learned so much from you Foodies and has perked a new interest in cooking for me...So keep up the good work and Have the Merriest Christmas...Go NYU !!!!!, I should love to follow you to keep and eye on what your cooking!, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  12. Velva, Thanks for visiting. It was an unforgettable evening for many reasons!

    Kathy, Thanks for visiting Kathy. I too have learned a lot from other bloggers. It is a positive and supportive community. Aren't we lucky? I've always loved crafting so I know I'll be visiting your site a lot in the future. Thanks and a Merry Christmas to you!

  13. Pam, I'm late to this party--my blogroll seems to miss your posts! I'm glad you didn't wait for my camera, though. Your photos are wonderful. What a special time in your daughter's life. Her name is Kate? heh, heh, you have really good taste! (but we knew that).

    Thanks for the link. I'm having a lot of fun with my new toy, trying to figure out what it will do.

    Big congratulations to Kate from Kate!

  14. Congrats to your daughter!! Well done!! hoeray for her!!