Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanks and Giving!!

I hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving!! I am busy making two of my favorite pies to share with my family... Bourbon Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie. I wanted to leave you with a few words that I hope will inspire ...

Happy Thanks and Giving!!!

*picture taken at Miette

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tea for Two

Do any of you want to join me for tea today? We could share this scrumptious little cup of tea! I hope all of you are enjoying your Monday. I have a busy week ahead of me, but I know I am not the only one. What do you have planned? Are any of you baking anything tasty for Thanksgiving? I have a couple of recipes up my sleeve but you will have to wait and see!! Enjoy your day!! xo 

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Weekend

What do you have planned for the weekend? I am so happy the weekend is finally here!!! I will be going to a college football game, running a 5k race in my favorite college town and spending time with my family. After a week filled with stress, I am in need of a fun weekend.  Any who, I thought all of you would enjoy this sweet little cupcake picture. I snapped this photo at Miette.... a sweet shop in San Francisco that I could easily spend hours in. Miette in french means small crumb or small sweet and the shop itself is filled with a variety of small sweets! I hope your weekend is lovely and sweet!! 
Happy Weekend!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November, November

In my neighborhood it seems to me that all the pretty little autumn leaves are getting ready for winter. How are they getting ready you might ask? Well, for their last hurrah all the little leaves in my neighborhood are dressed in the most vibrant colors. I just wanted to personally thank them for brightening my November days, because in a couple weeks they will cover the cold winter ground. Ahhhh, I love November!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Irish Stew

I can not believe how quickly these last couple months have gone. I feel as if it was just August and with a couple blinks; it's now NOVEMBER!! I have the perfect recipe for all of you that is quite fitting for November.... IRISH STEW. If you love potatoes, carrots, onions and beef this stew is right up your alley.  And, to make this recipe even more enticing one of the ingredients for the broth is... GUINNESS. My husband and I made this dish together and we devoured every spoonful. Irish Stew is perfect for a chilly weekend and I am sure you will love it!! ENJOY!! 
*click on the link above and it will take you directly to the Irish Stew Recipe

Monday, November 16, 2009

And the Winner is:

Melissa from Sew Melly is the winner of the Joie de Vivre recipe contest. Her recipe was flavorful, original and all together... SIMPLE GOODNESS!! Melissa makes this meal for her hubby and it has become a family favorite and now one of my own favorites. What I love is that this was her first time actually writing down the recipe and I feel honored she shared it with us. Some of the best recipes are those that you know by heart and Melissa definitely knew this one by heart... CONGRATS MELISSA!!
*This dish can also be made for Vegetarians... just use the Mango salsa and some cheese mmmm!!

Fajita Chicken Quesadillas (the kicker is how the chicken is marinated) 
Cube a few boneless, skinless breasts and throw them in a Ziploc with lime juice, a splash of tequila, fresh cilantro, red onion and fajita seasoning 
Let this sit in the fridge for a few hours then throw it in a pan with a little canola oil and cook
until browned and has nice crispy edges
For the Salsa
1 can of pineapple tidbits ( I used the bag of frozen pineapple from Trader Joe's) but if you have time USE FRESH PINEAPPLE
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can of corn (again, if you have time fresh is better)
1 diced jalapeno
1 diced tomato
1/2 red onion
chopped fresh cilantro
lime juice

In Melissa's words italicized are my notes
Mix together the salsa and let sit in the fridge for a few hours. Inside the tortillas ( for the tortillas, you can use wheat, flour, corn, spinach etc) put any cheese of your liking (Monterey Jack was the perfect addition)
add cheese, chicken, salsa and more cheese!!
I like to serve these quesadillas with homemade guacamole and a good beer :)


* for all of you that entered the Joie de Vivre cooking contest, email me at  and I will put together a collection of the recipes for you, and if you haven't seen your recipe posted I will be posting the rest of the recipes in the next week or so. Merci Beaucoup!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


I hope all of you are having a sweet weekend!!! I am craving a trip to one of my favorite sweet shops ... Icing on the Cake in Los Gatos. I could easily gobble up any of their sweet treats!! Enjoy your weekend!!! XO

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Thursday Treat

For all of you with a sweet tooth, I know you will appreciate these caramel apples. Treat yourself to something sweet today because you deserve it!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I scream, you scream, we all scream for SORBET!

If you live in the bay area you must try SCREAM SORBET. I tried their Cashew Caramel Sorbet at the Mountain View Farmer's Market a few weekends ago, and fell in love!!!  Some of the flavors include simple goodness like:
Raspberry Chocolate
Apple Cinnamon
Honey Almond
Lemon Lavender
Sweet Potato Coconut
Anaheim Chile
Hazelnut Chocolate

I was a bit apprehensive when tasting the Cashew Caramel but the savory sweet combination was all together TASTY!!! 

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy, Happy Birthday

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!! I am headed down to Carmel to celebrate my sister's 24th birthday with my mom and sister. I can't believe my little sister is 24!! It seems like just yesterday when we would run around our house with big bird slippers singing to Bette Midler. Happy Birthday Amanda.... I love you dearly!!! xoxo

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Recipe 3: Liz's messy but tasty open faced sandwich

Here is the third recipe in the Joie de Vivre contest: Liz's messy but tasty open faced sandwich!! I have made this sandwich three times and completely love it. I love that the recipe includes simple ingredients and all of the ingredients dance together to make a fantastic sandwich. I hope all of you try it because it is pure simple goodness!!

Liz's Messy but Tasty Open Faced Sandwich
Herb (rosemary) foccacia-bread (trader joe's)
Chevre (goats cheese)
Fresh Basil- coarsely chopped
Fresh Spinach
Vine Ripened Tomatoes - sliced
extra virgin olive oil
garlic salt
sea salt
ground pepper (Liz prefers mixed but black is fine)

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 150 degrees
cut focaccia into squares (approximately 4" x 4") and cut squares into slices so you have two slices
drizzle extra virgin olive oil and season with garlic salt, salt, and pepper to taste
place focaccia onto cookie sheet (crust side down)
put seasoned bread into oven until warm
prep basil, spinach and tomatoes
warm a frying pan with butter and begin to fry eggs over-easy (poached will also work)
once warmed, spread chevre onto focaccia
next, "plate" the focaccia and layer with basil, spinach and tomatoes
top with and egg

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

French Films

For all of you that love French Films and live near or in San Francisco... tomorrow night is the closing night of French Cinema Now.  Tomorrow's film is the adaptation of Villa Amalia!!! I will not be able to go but I will be watching Amelie on Thursday night!!!