Thursday, January 22, 2009

Who's Top Dog?

The American Kennel Club lists the most popular pooches in America:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Yorkshire Terrier
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle ( I'm working on getting one of theses dogs, but don't tell my husband!)
6. Boxer
7. Dachshund
8. Bulldog
9. Poodle
10. Shih Tzu

Here's our baby boy, Shep the German Shepard! He's a year old and he just loves our daughter Ella... She loves him too, most of the time!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

History Was Made Today...

God bless our 44th President of the United States of America! I am proud to be a American...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Great Container Gardens

Wow, what a beautiful day it was today! As I was cleaning up the kitchen I kept gazing into the backyard and thinking of friends, family and a big, juicy hamburger off the grill… I was hungry, what can I say. Then I noticed an empty container and my mind went into backyard mode:

Bird house – Check. Just finished painting the post.
Finish planting the bulk head. Mmmm, what plants?
Build Thumper a new bunny house.
Plant Thumpers area with plants he won’t eat.
Plant that empty container.

Needless to say this all lead me to my computer to start looking up backyards, backyard ideas, container gardens, plants bunnies won’t eat.

Well in my search I found these great container gardens. NOW, I just need to decide how I’m going to plant my container.

Foggy Mornings! For or Against?

I am one of those people who LOVES foggy mornings! And we sure get a fair share of them here in Sonoma County. So this day I decided to grab my small camera and take a few pictures...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Napoleons = Yummy!

I made this for dinner the other night and I will say even with my limited skills in the kitchen, IT WAS GOOD!


2 (9 by 10-inch) sheet frozen puff, thawed and cut into 12 (3 by 5-inch) rectangles
4 (4-ounce) boneless and skinless chicken breast halves
Kosher salt
Olive oil, for drizzling
3 tablespoons reduced fat mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 large avocado, thinly sliced into 8 pieces
2 cups baby spinach leaves


Place an oven rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the pastry on the prepared baking sheets. Using the tines of a fork, prick the top of the pastry all over. Cover the pastry with parchment paper and place another baking sheet on top. Bake for 25 minutes until golden. Remove the top baking sheets and parchment paper. Set aside to cool.

Preheat a grill pan or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Season the chicken with salt and drizzle with olive oil. Grill until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and cayenne pepper.

To assemble the Napoleons: Place 4 pieces pastry on a work surface. Slice each chicken breast diagonally into 6 (1/4-inch thick) slices. Place 3 chicken breast slices on each piece of pastry. Place 1/4 cup of spinach and 1 avocado slice on top. Spread 1 teaspoon of the mayonnaise mixture on the underside of another 4 pieces of pastry to create the middle layer of each Napoleon. Place on top. Repeat the layering. Each Napoleon should be completed with a piece of pastry as its top.

Arrange the Napoleons on a platter and serve.

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

A Holiday Tradition

We moved from Southern California to Northern California in September 2006. Since the move we have started a holiday tradition (thanks to Auntie Kira, go Auntie) of going to San Francisco to see the Velveteen Rabbit the weekend after Thanksgiving. After the show we go to the Cookie and Milk party and eat cookies, make crafts and take picture with the cast members. This year Missy and Isabella joined us for twice as much fun! Ella is already planning for 2009!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Laundry Room Inspiration...

I am on a mission to dress up my Laundry Room! Okay, I confess it more to finish what I started. My husband laid a beautiful travertine floor on a diagonal check pattern, changed out the hardware and painted the walls. I just need to get off my butt and paint the cabinets so we can install the new countertops! Here are some laundry rooms to inspire me! I will post pictures of my laundry room before and after shortly! Wish me luck…

Sonoma - It's Beautiful...

This is just for those who may want a little background info on this amazing little town! Sonoma, located about 40 miles north of San Francisco, is known as the birthplace of both California and the California wine industry. In 1846, Sonoma was the capital of the short-lived Bear Flag Republic after a group of 33 men staged a revolt and raised the first "bear flag" in Sonoma's town square. Today, Sonoma has a population of about 10,000 and boasts thriving wine and tourism industries, the nationally recognized Sonoma Valley Film Festival and numerous other cultural events. Nestled between low mountains in the Valley of the Moon, Sonoma is also filled with wildlife and natural beauty.

HGTV Dream Home 2009

The 2009 HGTV Dream Home is located in the picturesque town of Sonoma, Calif., the birthplace of California wine country.