Winter in the Wineries

 We are planning a winter trip to Napa with my best friend and her husband this January, so recently I have been in vacation planning mode.  For me this involves scouring the internet for any destination related websites, making lists, itineraries, and spreadsheets.  Half the fun of travel is in the planning.  It allows you to explore before you even get…

Stuffed Mushrooms

   Time for a super easy super yummy holiday appetizer. This is one of the most requested from my friends and family, and I always oblige because it’s one of my favorites as well.  I usually make these with turkey sausage and low fat cream cheese so they are also fairly diet friendly. Here’s what…

Guest Bathroom: Ideas and Inspiration

Time for some Design Brainstorming!  We have lived with our bathroom as a disaster area for long enough. For the back story, click here.   Just after the first of the year, it will be full-steam-ahead for fixing and finishing the guest bathroom.  As much as I love to design, and paint and decorate, this will be my first completely…

Front Room – Part One

We started thinking about redoing the front room in our house a few months ago, and have ever-so-slowly been chipping away at the work, and making quite a bit of progress.  I almost don’t want to share the before pictures I have because at the time I took them the room was a complete MESS.  Please keep…

California Harvest Salad

I wanted to share a recipe for a salad you can serve at your Thanksgiving dinner.  This is a California twist on a fall salad.  Fall salads usually include thing like pears, dried cranberries, and nuts, this one is similar but with a few delicious twists.    I first had a version of this salad nearly ten years…