Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Birthday in Wine Country

     I've been married for 15 years and the oldest of our two kids will be turning 10 soon. My husband and I have never been away a night alone since the kids came a long. We have had opportunities to go, but just have not. After pondering "why not?" I figured out that I'm just content with being with my family. No other excuses. Definition of Content : satisfied <was content with her life as it was> :)
     January 24th I turned 40! UHG! First we thought big bday bash for my husband and I as be both hit the big 40 within a couple of months of eachother. Then we thought  about something else....Guess what? We went to Healdsburg, Ca without kids! I know. I know. I know. It's about time. We had a wonderful time visiting wineries, eating delicious food and spending time with friends. I really wished I had taken more photos, but I was having to much fun. Check out my pics..

Williamson Winery


View of Alexander Valley

check out those handle bars!

Zin Restaurant

Zin Restaurant was delicious!  Here are some of what we dined on ... Apple wood smoked pork chop with cornbread stuffing and apple compote, grilled hanger steak with wild mushrooms & homemade donuts with salted caramel sauce. It was wonderful!

40 is not so bad! There will definitely be a next time!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Parmesan Chicken

Parmesan Chicken


1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp thyme
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 T. parsley flakes
1/3 cup fine bread crumbs

Put 1T. oil and 1/3 cup water in shallow baking dish.
Bread chicken breast arrange in pan, drizzle with 1/4 cup melted butter.
Bake 350 uncovered 30 min
Add 1/3 cup white wine over chicken, cover with foil, bake 15mins
Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer
Pour broth from baking dish over angel hair pasta or rice. Serve with fresh parmesan on top.

Received this wonderful recipe from a friend. Delicious!  

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My White Kitchen!

Welcome to my white kitchen! Can I pour you a cup of coffee? I love white kitchens! I feel they never go out of style. I love to cook and entertain. It is not the fanciest kitchen, but it's my dream kitchen. Subway tiles, distressed wood floor, and Corian have held up with kids and dogs. I am dreaming of granite someday. :) I don't feel it is any harder to keep clean then any other color out there. Dirt is dirt! If you see it or not it's still there. We recently painted HUSH from the Pottery Barn collection of paints. It is more neutral from its previous gold french country look. Note the rooster light fixture from the french country decor. Anyways take a look. I hope it inspires you to consider white in your kitchen.


Art from Seattle trip

Colorful bowl from Cancun Vacation

My parents toaster from 1965. Makes the best toast ever! Look at her shine!

Glass with conch shell finds.

Thursday, January 6, 2011