Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thank you...this is me

I was given an award yesterday by a very special woman, sweet Jessica from 24 corners.  It made my day,  actually it made my month...OK, OK, it's made my 2011!  Thank you so much Jessica.  I love your blog and your creative spirit.

I'm supposed share 7 things about myself, so here goes....

1.  A week after my husband and I got engaged, I was hit (literally) by a metro bus while crossing 3rd and Pike in Downtown Seattle.   Long story short, I ended up with a huge scar.

***These days, I love joking with the kids in the neighborhood or at the pool by saying that I was "munched" by a great white shark when I was surfing.  You should see their faces.  Priceless....

2.  My favorite "date night" place is Boat Street Cafe

3.  I did radio commercials for the same company from age 7 to 25.
They weren't as bad as the Abby Carpet ones but they come pretty close.  

4.  I worked at a drive through coffee shop in high school.  One day Tom Hanks pulled up (while filming Sleepless in Seattle) I served him and iced mocha!

5.  I dream of becoming a "paid" photographer, owning my own store one day and selling cool old furniture, linens and vintage treasures.

6.  By the time I was 21 I traveled around the world (Canada, Japan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Israel, Morocco, Greece, Italy) but haven't lived anywhere but Washington state.

7. In another life I'd love to be a surfer girl with a house on the beach, somewhere where I could ditch the wet suite.

Thanks again Jessica!

I heart my 27 followers, thank's for coming along on the ride!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Look who needs braces...

Little miss Gracie has quite the underbite....  

I keep telling her it's what's on the inside that counts!!!

Happy Monday!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Got home from Palm Desert Tuesday morning.  What a great break!  I let myself slow down enough to enjoy the peace and quiet.  I got to take lots of pictures and I read, I stayed up late and slept in. I relaxed in the sun and did a little shopping. 

*NOT at stores like these!

I was taken to amazing dinners every night and served breakfasts like this, regularly. 

I got to see a dear old friend and catch up with her (after almost 10 years)!  

But the best of all, was getting to spend time with this amazing man, also known as.....


He's one of the funniest, most handsome, sweetest men around 
& if you can't tell... 
I adore him!   

Anyway, I've been back in Seattle almost 3 full days and I'm telling you, I'm moving a little slow!  Part of me must not want to admit I'm home because I still haven't unpacked, seriously!  
Truth is, I missed my family and I couldn't wait to see all of them.  My kiddos were pretty happy to see me too,  I know this because they waited almost 5 whole minutes before starting in on the bickering.   I came home to a clean house, a clean car, clean kids and lots of hugs.  Now come on, what more could a girl ask for? 

Happy Weekend!
Thanks for checking in.



Monday, January 17, 2011

Today, this is where you'll find me.....

 Last full day here, then it's off to see my troops at home.  
Mama's relaxed, rejuvinated and ready to take on the world...or at least my busy household.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Scenes from a golf cart......

Cactus Love...

Beauty is everywhere you look here, in Palm Desert...
Tonight I jumped in the golf cart  and snapped some pics of these amazing desert beauties.  

Who knew Cactus's could be so pretty?

More pics soon....

Friday, January 14, 2011

A little slice of heaven.....

While the rest of the country is experiencing horrendous weather like this,
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I'm, here....

Thank you God!
 By the time I fly home tuesday, my vitimin D levels should be almost back to normal.  
Stay warm.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Soup's on....

Country Italian Chicken Soup.....

Hi guys, hope you're all enjoying 2011 so far!  For those of you who are working on "getting healthy", and for those who aren't, this one's for you!  This hearty recipe is one of my go-to"s on cold, rainy Seattle days.  It's good, healthy and it's super easy!  This has become a family favorite(my dad especially loves it).

Over the years, & many batches later, I've tweaked this soup little by little.  I've added a few more veggies and sometimes more broth, depending on what friend or neighbor drops by unexpectedly!

4 oz. Bow tie pasta, cooked

2 teaspoons olive oil

3/4 lb.  Skinned boned chicken breast...

joking! These girls hook us up with fresh eggs
this is more like it!

2 teaspoons minced garlic, about 4 cloves

1(16 oz. can of Italian style stewed tomatoes, undrained

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red peppers(optional)

1, 32 oz. box of chicken broth, more if you like

A hand full of corn and a hand full of peas

2 cups tightly packed, torn fresh spinach leaves

Top with fresh grated Parmesan

1.  Cook pasta according to directions on package, set aside

2.  Add 2 tsp. of olive oil & garlic to a large pot and brown cubed chicken, till done

3.  Add Stewed tomatoes

4.  Add dried crushed red peppers

5.  Add broth

6.  Add a handful, each, of peas and corn

7.  Add pasta and cook for 5 min on low

8.  Add spinach and cook until spinach wilts

9.  Top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese

I usually serve it with a yummy, crusty whole wheat bread.


PS.  Thank you to my gorgeous hand model & aspiring chief, Katie.... 

You rock!