Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Brunch - Sharing LOVE and Appreciation

Recently I was enjoying a lunch date with my my girlfriends when our friend, Becky, shared something that really was a wonderful idea! She said that she and her husband had decided to think every day about why they loved one another. If you know Becky, she's quite a jokester and I knew she had to be kidding, right? She was serious! Okay, I'll give it a whirl. Interestingly, I was just reading the same concept in a wonderful book, "The Compound Effect" (thank you Tricia Smith for the gift of this book). The author shares the story of how he kept a journal of all the things he loved about his wife. At Thanksgiving, he gave her the journal as a token of his love. He shared that the experience of writing this journal made him fall in love all over again with his wife. Okay, so where is this going? Well, I decided a while back to practice this with my sweet man and you know, it was amazing... I realized I had married an incredibly honest (brutally sometimes), dedicated, loyal, and hard-working man who was a great dad too! This past weekend I decided to renew this habit and to celebrate an especially hard week (95 hour work week) and how proud I was of his dedication to his job and making our world a safer place. So, I decided to FEED him delicious food!! Those of you who know us well, know we love to cook and EAT! So I popped on some jazz music and marched out to our crazy garden... my man can grow some tomatoes! I had to literally crawl under the plants to get to the herb garden!

Look how yummy and healthy...While I chopped veggies for omelets, Rob enjoyed the fresh fruit and bloody marys (his recipe of course).
The omelets were "custom-made" to order! Normally my health-conscious partner only eats the egg whites, but we do splurge once a week on something special. So this week it's the whole egg, but filled with fresh veggies, herbs, and 2% cheese! Hint... use the Willow House Tuscan Garlic Dip mix to add a punch of flavor to your egg mixture!!

Everything smells so delicious... I even turned the omelet without making a mess!
Brunch is served alfresco... another gorgeous day in Chicago! So much to be thankful for, including my husband! What a great meal we had together. It's those precious moments from our hectic lives that make life worthwhile! I would highly recommend this habit of keeping a journal or mental notes on your loved one! So, make time to appreciate your loved one and share your love... even if it's on plate!
Tuscan Omelet Recipe:
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup coarsely chopped spinach (optional)
1/4 cup chopped basil (or your favorite herb)
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup shredded cheese (Italian three cheese mix, or swiss, cheddar, again your fav)
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp Willow House Tuscan Garlic Mix

1. Blend - process eggs and 2 Tbsp of milk in a blender until blended. Melt butter in 8 in nonstick skillet over medium heat; add spinach, herbs, and tomatoes, and saute 1 minute until spinach is wilted. Add salt, pepper, Tuscan garlic mix and egg mixture to skillet.

2. Lift and tilt. As egg mixture firms, flip, add cheese, and enjoy!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring is Coming... I hope!

Here in Chicago, it doesn't feel like Spring quite yet. The temperatures are in the 30s today...brrr! BUT the sun is shining and I get the fever - Spring Fever! I run out to feed the birds and spot a few of my tulips and hyacinths peeking up from the ground!! There is hope...

It's all I need to get a jump start on Easter decorating and planning! (Stay tuned for recipe updates!)
Love that I don't have to invest in tons of plastic stuff I have to store for holidays. By simply adding the color of the season with linens, flowers, and veggies to my dinnerware collection, I'm good to go!

I LOVE Spring!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Welcoming Foyers

Organizing A Gift Wrap Station

Get Organized before the holidays hit!! One area of organization that saves me tons of time is having my gift packaging items organized and easy to move from one location to another. A tiered basket is perfect for holding bowls filled with ribbons, trims, tags, stickers, tape, pens, scissors, and festive embellishments. A container to store gift wrapping paper, gift bags, and tissue. Next time you want to wrap birthday gifts by the fireplace you have everything together to make gift wrapping fun rather than frustrating! Off to wrap gifts for a birthday "Winter Wonderland" party!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Think PINK Party for Breast Cancer

Recently I held a fundraiser, "Think PINK Party" for the Susan G Komen Foundation in honor of a friend and neighbor battling breast cancer. You could use this same idea for any Spring Celebration.

Using the simple, basic products makes doing a theme party so easy and fun. By simply changing the colors of flowers, linens, and even food, I could incorporate a beautiful theme for this special occasion.

A FUN day and all for a GREAT cause! Enjoy your Spring and sharing your home with family and friends!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Winter Wonderland Table Setting

LOVE simple white or creme dinnerware... so versatile! Here I created a winter wonderland tablescape using pottery and pops of icy blue.

Click here to see ideas