Sunday, November 8, 2009

Add some new favorite wines

Erin and I first discovered the Marlborough Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc at our favorite sushi bar. We both love it. I recently found it for purchase at World Market. That totally made my day. Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a more expensive wine but the favor is unbelievable. Very smooth. Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc can be found at Safeway. It a yummy wine, and I always look forward to a great glass. Check out any of these new favorites.

Oversize fabric message board

I can't keep track of all the paperwork! It's driving me crazy. I decided to create an oversize message board using the same concept that I created for the monkey's rooms. The only difference is I connected 2 cork boards with a staple gun, and wrapped both with fabric. My friend Steph gave me these beautiful flower which I made thumb tacks out of with a hot glue gun. I feel more organized, and I love that my message board matches my curtains perfectly.

Coffee press

I love the coffee at World Market. It's a new find for me, and I can't get over the selection. We have switch from a traditional coffee maker to the French coffee press. It's one of the most delicious decisions we have made. I can't imagine ever going back.

Pesto grilled cheese sandwich

A local restaurant here in town makes these delicious pesto sandwiches. I think about them and crave them often. I decided to put myself out of misery, and learned how to make it.

Ingredients: Fresh bread, butter, favorite cheese ( I like Brie), pesto sauce, spinach, and tomatoes.

Butter your bread place face out on to hot grill. Add shredded cheese to one slice, and spread pesto on the other slice. Let toast, and melt. Remove from grill. Add slice tomatoes, and spinach to sandwich, and eat. Yummy!!!

Spinach Pesto Salad

OMG I've fallen in love with pesto! Since I've started school I don't always have the chance to make my lunch so I order out. One of my favorites is a spinach pasta salad with pesto dressing.Yummy. I finally figured out how to make this incredible salad.

Ingredients: spinach, tomatoes, pine nuts, feta cheese, spiral pasta, black olives, artichoke hearts, olive oil ,and pesto sauce.

Cook pasta, and cool. In bowl place spinach, sliced tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, cooked pasta, black olives artichoke hearts, and pine nuts. Mix olive oil and pesto together and toss into salad. That's it. It's so easy and totally yummy!

Sweet Potato Enchiladas

My friend Erin is vegan, so lately I've been eating a lot more none meat dishes. During one of our salon night she made sweet potatoes enchiladas. Holy Cow I was blown away. I loved it! Since then I've added my own touch to her wonderful recipe. Here's how...

Ingredients: 4 sweet potatoes, corn tortillas, enchiladas sauce, green onion, black olives, whole green chili, longhorn cheese, and 1 can black beans.

First wash and microwave the sweet potatoes until cooked through, remove skin, and mash in bowl. Open black beans, and drain can. Mix with sweet potatoes. Dice green onions, and shredded cheese. Open red enchiladas sauce pour enough into baking pan to cover bottom. Use a spatula, and spread sweet potato mixture on to corn tortilla. Add green onions, cheese, chili, and roll. Place in baking dish. Continue until pan is full. Cover with remaining sauce, cheese, green onion,and black olives. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
This dish is very satisfying, and usually an unexpected treat to non vegan. Give it a try.

Quick BOO Bags

It seem each year I forget about BOO bags. The night before Halloween the kids and I made chocolate covered nuts. It's easy and tasteful. Whatever nuts you have in the pantry lay on a cookie sheet lined. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave a minute at a time, and stir. Pour melted chocolate over nuts, and let harden. I put mine outside. Then break apart and stuff bags. Delicious Halloween treat!