Mexican Stuffed Shells

My wedding is in 10 days. I seriously can’t believe it’s happening next weekend…and that my dress isn’t done!

To say I’m stressed would be an understatement. I’m sure it’ll all come together but I’m not the kind of person who likes to wait until the last minute to get things done.

Nate and I both knew from the beginning that if we got married it would be in the autumn. So I subtly mentioned to Nate sometime last year that if he was going to propose, he better give me at least a year to plan the wedding. Luckily, he picked up on my demands hints.

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I’m the type of person to arrive 10-15 minutes before I need to be somewhere. I like to allow myself way more time than necessary to do simple tasks. I know that I’ll probably end up finishing tasks with time to spare, but I’d rather have too much time than not enough. I do not like to wait until the last minute to do things!!! Oh wait, did I say that already?

So when I went to the dressmaker to ask about the sleeves that she knew (for months) that I wanted put on my dress and she told me that she’d have to order extra lace for them, I calmly told her ok, but freaked out on the inside because she should have ordered it MONTHS ago.

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When she then told me 2 weeks later (and 3 weeks before my wedding) that they had shipped the lace, I felt much better…until a week after that when it still hadn’t appeared and I called her for the 20th time to ask about it. She finally told me yesterday (a week after it had supposedly shipped) that they “promised” they’d ship it that day…as in they hadn’t actually shipped it when they said they would!!!  This was on yesterday. Oh, and the dressmaker who will be making the sleeves only works on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I asked her if they had expedited it and she said that it was going from Manhattan to Manhattan, so it should get there next-day anyway. I don’t understand why, if it was less than 5 miles away this ENTIRE TIME, why she didn’t just go and pick it up?!?!?!? or ask me to, as I would have been more than happy to.

Yesterday afternoon I checked in to make sure they had received the lace, and the woman told me that she called the lace place and that despite the fact that they PROMISED it was going to ship the night before, it didn’t go out until yesterday morning (or so they claimed). And, she told me, she couldn’t even pick it up now because it was already shipped.

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So all day today I’ve been anxious, waiting for UPS to come to her store so that she could tell me she has the lace. Well I called at 2pm and UPS hadn’t come yet. I called again at 4pm and they still hadn’t had a delivery. I sent an email and said that if the lace didn’t get there they better move to plan B.

I checked my email at 6pm today and there was an email from the dress lady saying “I’m going to pick up the lace tomorrow.”

WTF!?!?!?!? Didn’t she say she couldn’t pick it up because they had shipped it?? Did they not really ship it even though they said they did?? Did she lie to me?? I don’t even know who to believe anymore That lace better freaking get to the store tomorrow one way or another!!!!

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Can you tell I’m really angry?

So now here it is, 10 days before my wedding and the material to make the final parts of my dress is missing.  AND I’M FREAKING OUT.

I wish i could say that eating this recipe that I made last week, which incidentally was absolutely delicious, would help, but I seem to have lost my appetite. Hopefully it’ll come back before the honeymoon…

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I do feel a little better by venting to the world wide web :)

***UPDATE as of 12:00pm on 10/12, the dress store has the lace! They went to pick it up…and told me that someone was lying because when they got it, it wasn’t even in a UPS box. So they apparently had no intention of ever shipping it! But again, I don’t know why the dress store didn’t just go and pick it up a month ago. I told them that I have to come in this weekend because I have my brow appt on Tuesday, but they told me the dress maker is on his honeymoon and won’t be back til Monday so I have to leave work early on Tuesday so they can finish it and I can try it on. So my dress isn’t going to be done until TWO days before I leave for the wedding. Oy. I’m just praying that nothing goes wrong between now and Tuesday to prevent my dress from getting finished.

***UPDATE #2: As of TWO days before my wedding, in which I spent 5 straight hours in the store and the dressmaker made me cry, I have my dress. By the way, the dress store is called Adrienne’s and is in downtown nyc. I’m telling you this so that if you’re thinking of buying a dress, you can avoid it at all costs. I’m going to write a scathing review on every website I can find. I’ll give you updates after the wedding after I have time to calm down about this and how I was treated.

P.S. I do realize that people in this world have far worse problems that they’re dealing with right now, and I am by no means comparing my “little” problem to theirs. I’m thankful that this is the worst thing going on in my life right now (knock on wood), and if my dress doesn’t have sleeves my wedding will still be beautiful. But right now, I’m frustrated…

To see our wedding photos, click here!

To see Nate’s AMAZING wedding video/ story-of-us, click here!


Mexican Stuffed Shells

Slightly adapted from The Way to His Heart

Print this recipe!

Serves 8-10

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 package taco seasoning
2- 8 oz containers of sliced mushrooms
1 cup frozen (or fresh) corn kernels, thawed
4 oz. cream cheese
20 jumbo pasta shells
1.5 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce (This is a smooth, tomato based sauce found in the Mexican section)
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup monterey jack cheese
3 green onions
Sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a frying pan cook turkey; add taco seasoning and mushrooms and prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese and corn, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Blend well. Set aside and cool completely.

While turkey is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board/baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.

Pour salsa on bottom of 9×13 baking dish. Stuff each shell with the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Cover shells with taco sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes, with the foil removed. Top with any condiments you’d like (green onions, black olives, etc.) Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa.



  1. Holy crap! This was an epic tale! I’m totally stressed out for you! I can’t wait for the next dress update – because I just know it’s all going to work out perfectly!!

    Sending you lots of love and best wishes…

  2. Oh no Amy… I’m glad you have this ‘venting’ avenue as well… I would not want this stress to affect your actual day as it’s all small potatoes in the bigger love/life picture (I know you know that). It’s understandable that this is getting to you. I hope that all goes calmly and without event this week and that you can put it all behind you and enjoy your actual WEDDING DAY next WEEKEND!!!! YAY!!

    Your shells look positively *scrumptious* – perfect comfort stress food! ;-).

    • Hi Kelly. I know you’re right…it really is small potatoes. It’s really hard to step back and assess everything as a whole when you’re so deep in it. I’m so excited for the wedding, but I can’t wait til the planning aspect is OVER! hehe.

  3. I can’t believe that! I can see why you are so stressed about the dress. I can’t imagine something more aggravating! Hope it finally starts coming together for you.

  4. Even I am frustrated for you! Don’t be too hard on yourself for making a big deal out of it – it is your wedding, after all. Sending you lots of good wishes and good cheer. I’m sure everything will come together beautifully!

  5. Yikes!!! I hope you have that lace in your hands very, very soon!!! Till then, scoop up another serving of this amazing pasta! You photographed it beautifully…I had a heck of a time getting anything I wanted to even share. You’ve inspired me to try again…maybe with a Mexican version next :)

    • Thanks! I’m going in today for the final fitting and the sleeves are supposed to be done…then I’m leaving for the wedding in 2 days! Nothing like waiting til the LAST minute to finish the dress. You know, my photos came out well because i actually had daylight to film them :) Also, I’ve found that having a complementing color garnish really makes the colors pop!

  6. I’m so sorry to read this. This is just awful. It was so like this with my own wedding. My dress wasn’t ready until a few hours before the wedding and by then it was too late to make any changes (in terms of making it fit me properly). I was devastated but I was very young and way too trusting and just didn’t take charge. I’m sure it will all come together perfectly but they have caused you a lot of unnecessary stress and heartache. Best wishes for your wedding that must be now, in just a few days time xx

    • Oh my gosh…a few hours before the wedding! Well we’re leaving for the wedding 3 days before and the dress is in NY and the wedding is in Pennsylvania, so that better not happen to me! I’m sorry you had to go through that :( It’s so frustrating. I’ll have an update this evening as to whether the dress is done and fits! Thanks for the wishes, Charlie :)

  7. AH! Girl I would have gone absolutely hands down CRAZY. Hopefully it is all turning out okay though. How are people just so irresponsible?!?!? Especially when this is their PROFESSION. Ugh.

    At least this pasta looks UBER comforting!

    • You have no idea. I tried to yell at the dress store, but they’re so manipulative that they always make me feel bad! I feel like people are SO incompetent and irresponsible…i’ve dealt with it every step of the way here.

  8. Breathe, honey, breathe!! I hate how they always try to throw the “bride-zilla” label out there, but then the vendors always do something like this! The bakery making my cake called me AT my wedding rehearsal to ask what they were supposed to be doing again..? Just remember, you are paying for this, and if they don’t come through, then complain, complain, complain – they would much rather give you a discount than get a bad review!

    • Haha, thanks Jenni. I know, seriously! These people have been so impossible to work with. I want to start my own bridal business that does every AND manages to return emails and phone calls! omg, if that happened to me with my cake I’d have a heart attack. It’s nice to know that all brides I’ve talked to seem to have at least one horror story ;) I tried complaining and the woman wasb’t in the least bit sympathetic…i’m def going to write a bad review

  9. What a delicious twist on an Italian favorite – I’ll have to try this jazzed up Mexican version soon!

  10. Yay Amy, just saw your Mexican shells on FoodGawker and had to stop in to say hello! (I clicked on the image of course… :)).

  11. Oh my god – I would of LOST IT! I think you’re far calmer than I would of been. I would of gone down to the lace store weeks ago and just demanded they hand it over. I’m not engaged and not sure about if I will get married, but I tell you, I’d be 10x more stressed than you. And now you’re only three days off! Thinking of you and hoping it all goes well!!

    • I think that because I’m so calm (on the outside), that people take advantage of me. I can only be mean over email. This is when I could have used my mom here in NY to kick some butt for me. Thank you, Aimee!!!

  12. Where’s a mom when you need her? You were probably way too nice about it and I would have ripped someone’s head off by now. Amy’s Mom

    • Mom, I seriously could have used you there. I couldn’t fall asleep last night because I was so upset that I had no one with me at any of my appts. When I was there yesterday some other bride who’s getting married in two weeks was there with her mom. I know you would have reamed her out!

  13. amy, i’m so happy you have your dress!! i got so stressed for you reading your post; my wedding was five years ago and i STILL remember being very anxious like this about a few of those last things which needed to be wrapped up. i’m so sorry you had to go through that. and yeah, maybe there are bigger world problems, but right now, you have every right to be throwing an epic flip-out over your big day. :)
    i love these stuffed shells; total comfort food. my mom used to make the italian version when we were kids and they remind me of her. i love this take on them!

    • Aw, thank you Shannon. I’m pretty happy I have it too, given how it all went down. Hehe, I’m sure there will be at least one epic flip-out on Sunday…I’ll keep you posted ;)

      I love Italian stuffed shells too! These were a fun change.

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