Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I've been SLACK...and Merry Christmas!

I have had a busy month. Work, work, work, and no play! Ok, maybe a little shopping, but I am still not done. And when is Christmas? Oh yeah, in 3 days. Eeeeek! I wish you all a...

Merry Christmas and a HaPpy New Year!!!!

I will probably be posting some exciting news in the beginning of 2011, so stay posted.

This is not my house, but I wish it was. How cool are the wooden stockings?

My first New Year's Resolution:

To vamp up my blog, change up the content a little, and be really good about FREQUENT posts :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

30 is the new 20

My bestest friend Laurel (aka L-Train) turned 30 on the 30th of October and we took a girls trip to Atlanta! Of course the focus of our weekend was, as usual, food! The birthday girl got to pick the restaurants...and she did a GREAT job :)

Friday night we stoped in at Pura Vida for tapas and mojitos.

After dinner we went to a bar called the El Bar. Couldn't find a website. It's in the back of a mexican reataurant and we dropped it like it was HOT. Best Hip Hop bar I've been to. Fo sho. Unfortunately Fortunately I was not taking pictures at this point.

Saturday lunch. Have you been to JCT kitchen? If not, you should. It was sooooo yummy, and the atmosphere was amazing.

We spent some time shopping and hanging out at Phipps then headed back to our hotel (oops forgot to mention the st. regis in atlanta is awesome) for some before dinner drinks and then we got ready for the next great meal at Abattoir.

Ahhhh the lighting.

LOVE this sink.........

The girls...from left: Carla, Laurel, Trish, Me, and Caroline.

30 may be the new 20, but I think I will embrace my last 8 months being "in my 20's" :)

P.S. Almost forgot Sunday brunch. Don't miss this next time you are in ATL.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Anybody up for a road trip to Pennsylvania? Look what I found! These things are on my wish list (which is quite long at the moment, btw)...

Coming soon:
Anniversary trip to Athens, GA
Butternut Squash Soup
Shopping for Plumbing Fixtures

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fish Dishes

I am still working on the internet situation (it's been very hard to plan a vacation or check e-mail or stay up to date with people on facebook, so if you are sick, pregnant, or have any news...you will have to be old fashioned and just call me!) , BUT I have to tell you about 2 great fish recipes. I have made and tested both and both are blog-worthy...

1. Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream

2. Grilled Tilapia with Lemon Butter, Capers, and Orzo

I have pictures of both but I will have to post later!

Happy cooking :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

I have gone back in time to 1950...

or at least that's what I feel like. I have no internet at my house!!!!!!!!!!! We are in a new rental while we build the new house. And why we decided to move twice, I am not sure (ahhh!), but...I really do like my "new" house for now. I have a before and after dining chair project to share with you, and a GREAT appetizer recipe from someone else's blog that I am sure you read a lot. I still have not blogged about Puerto Rico either. Sigh. Seems I like to blog about not blogging more than I like to blog. :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bye Bye Bascom Drive

This weekend Robert and I will say goodbye to our first home. We have been here for 8 years!! No, our new house is not ready (or even broken ground) but we are moving into another rental while we build. It's in a safer neighborhood and right next to Robert's Grandmother Jan. We are excited about after work drinks on her patio! The colors in this new house are awful not my taste but I keep reminding myself this is temporary and I am trying HARD not to paint every stinkin wall. Yellow, blue, and "rust" please magically turn neutral!
P.S. Bonus: The new rental has shrubs :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Peach Salsa

Robert and I got married about 3 1/2 years ago. Wow! It seems like 2, tops. While we received a lot of gifts (which we appreciate :) one of my favorites is a cookbook. I learned (when my mom gave me the list of family guests!) that I have some cousins in Augusta, home of the Masters. They sent me Par 3 Tea Time at the Masters. I remember thinking, "What? We don't play golf!?" and it landed in the pile o' gifts. Well, let me tell you, it's in my top 3 cookbooks that I use OFTEN and this latest recipe is the perfect summer appetizer! So head out to your local farmers market (or if you live in Albany...Mark's Melon Patch or Publix) and grab some peaches. You will love this one.

Peach Salsa

3 peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into bite-size pieces
1 red or green pepper, diced
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
5 to 6 fresh Basil leaves, cut into ribbons
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine all and mix in a large bowl. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.


P.S. Other great recipes from this cookbook I have made:
Spinach Squares
Ultimate Breakfast Strata
Baked Corn Dip
Hot chicken and Sausage Dip

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mantel Mania

I often get into the conversation of which would be easier: remodeling or building a home? I haven't done either yet, so ask me in 6 months after I build. With that said, my vote as of now is remodeling!! Among many,many decisions (doors, trim, yada, yada) I have to make, one I am struggling with is the fireplace. New? Old? I have NOTHING to work with (vs. remodelers) so I have to come up with something from scratch. Some Inspiration:

I love the last pic with the brick. How cozy! Maybe I could find an old mantel here or here....

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I wish I had time tonight (or any other night) to blog about...

1. My trip to Puerto Rico

2. My favorite new recipe of Tyler Florence's

3. My house plans...I got them!! It's becoming real that I will, at some point, in the near future, have a house of my own!!!

3. The new season of Top Chef D.C.

4. Joining the gym with Robert. It's taking up a lot of our time...in a good way.

5. My bestest friend Laurel being in town for the summer!! (another reason for post slackness)

LOVE to all!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Chix Parm

Since I have recently learned that there are those of you out there who read my blog (and actually try my recipes...thank you!), here is another recipe. If you need something quick and easy and yummy, try this Chicken Parmesan. It's one of Robert's favorite meals so I think the hubbies (and kids) will enjoy it too!

Chicken Parmesan

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 egg plus 1/4 cup water
1 cup italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
6 slices mozzarella (I like the packaged mozz ball in the cheese section at Publix)
1 large jar tomato sauce of your choice

In a small bowl, mix the egg and water together. In another dish, mix bread crumbs and parm. Slice each breast in half lengthwise so that you have 6 very thin cutlets. Salt and pepper each. Dip each one in the egg mix, then bread crumb mixture.

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large sautee pan and brown each piece until golden brown. Meanwhile, pour the tomato sauce in an 9x13 baking dish and heat the oven to broil. After browning all pieces of the chicken, place them in the dish on top of the sauce and top each with a thick slice of mozzarella.

Broil until cheese is melted and slightly brown on top. Serve immediately on top of whole grain penne or pasta of your choice, and don't forget the crunchy french bread (see my favorite brand below). And maybe a salad. Just maybe -- if you have more time than me :)

You can find this yummy bread in the freezer section at your local Publix.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

She's a little bit country...

and a little over budget (on a LOT of things she (as in me) wants for her new kitchen)! So I have been tearing out pictures from magazines for about 5 years (ask Shanna) and putting them in a folder, which turned into a pretty binder, then got re-organized into categories, and now I realize what sink I want have to have because it's in 1/2 the kitchen photos. Here it is.

And then I saw this faucet.

And a little inspiration from my book...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Town

Robert and recently took a trip to Athens to see our dear friends Jon, Mandy, and Ernie. We went to the G-day game, played some spades (Robert is a cheater!), and had a really good time. My little cousin Ernie (or ET) is the coolest!! He was such a doll all weekend and we just can't wait to see him again. I know him and Uncle Robert will be best buds :) All kids love Robert. A few examples...My friend Brandi's son, Finn, knows Mama, Dada, Yaya (grandma), I am sure his other grandparents names, and Robba (Robert)! I do not think he knows who I am :) My sister's daughter, Anna Kate, loves me. I am sure of it. But who does she love more? Uncle Wobert! I went to my parents house Sunday to see my sweet neice and new nephew (with gifts for both might I add), and pretty much as soon as I gave her her new pink dress, she looked up at me with the most confused look, and said "Where's uncle Wobert?" I am convinced I will be my nephew Carson's favorite. He seems pretty laid back. Maybe one day we will go fishing together. Sooo back to Athens, here are some pics from our trip. Thanks Anderson clan for a fun weekend!

Mandy and Ernie (in red on red)
the boys
Jon and Ernie (*see Cali n Titos below)
me and Mandy and ET
my favorite!!
me and Robert

*Have you ever been to Cali n Titos in Athens? It's a little Latin American gem where you can sit outside, BYOB, and eat really good food. I like the empanadas and fish tacos. Pic below courtesy of http://www.yelp.com/. I couldn't find a website...