Month: April 2012

healthy recipe: herbed ricotta tart

I’ve never been a fan of ricotta cheese, but since my diet, I experienced it while indulging in lasagna with ricotta cheese. It wasn’t that bad.  So to keep the diet going, while I ween myself off of Nutrisystem, I am looking for ways to incorporate ricotta cheese into my favorite eats. Hence the herbed ricotta tart which, once again, I found on my favorite site here. Check it out and let me know what you think? Oh and if you happen to be on a diet like myself, consider a smaller portion with 3/4 plate full of veggies. (see photo below) half-pound (250g) spring onions (See headnote) 1 tablespoon butter 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, plus more for sprinkling over the finished tart 8 ounces (285g) fresh goat cheese or fresh ricotta 1 large egg 1/2 cup (125ml) crème fraîche or heavy cream 1/2 cup (125ml) whole milk 2 ounces (55g) spicy Spanish-style chorizo sausage, finely diced salt and freshly-ground pepper one pre-baked 9-inch (22cm) tart shell (see Note) 1. Slice the spring onions into 1/2-inch (2cm) …

shifting gears to travel

By the beginning of April I am planning my next trip to (mostly) Europe. However, as we know it, the wedding got in the way 😉  But after taking a few days to recover I am now  mentally prepared to plan a trip. The problem is there are too many places I want to visit this year and not enough time to accomplish my goal, so while I click my way through the internet for ideas, I can’t help but include some of my favorite staircases around Europe from here to inspire me to make a choice:  

time to reflect while i descend from cloud 9

For the past four months, I have done nothing but run around while I organize “the wedding” and although it’s been a few days (mostly 3) since the occasion, I find myself periodically reflecting on the most beautiful event I have experienced in my lifetime. I honestly believe we were all on cloud 9 (as I smile from ear to ear). The most I want to remember is, the bride and groom’s humble smiles and blushed cheeks, the family and  friends who made an effort to be there, the laughter and sincere gestures of all the guests, and finally the most amazing Springtime weather San Francisco had to offer. Thank you everyone…

wedding day countdown

Tic toc, tic toc is the best I could jot down to express the number of hours and day remaining to the wedding of the century (at least from where I am sitting:) ).  And of course I don’t need to tell anyone, weddings are probably the most stressful thing to experience (I am still trying to figure out why that is) While we plow through the to-do list, I can’t help but go over the details in my head over and over and over again just to make sure we don’t forget anything. Being a wedding planner is a b**** (oops did I say that out loud). Anyway, through photos, I can give a glimps of what goes through my head, even while I am writing this blog entry.

what a difference 20 years makes

Being a part of the over 40 crowd, I tend to, like others in my league, occasionally analyze whoI am now when I interact with the 20something crowd. Don’t ask, it’s a woman thing. To sum up where I am going with this, I have included two photos which best showcase what I was  like as a person in my twenties (left) and how I see myself now over 40 (Right).  And to be honest with you, I like me now the best 🙂 What do you think about yourself, do you prefer your twenties or your forties?

bridal party in pinks and lavender

It is officially “the wedding season” and with it, the collection of beautiful pastel colored bridal party gowns are finally making their way, slowly but surely into the traditional department stores and boutiques (online doesn’t count in this case) and although there are many beautiful colors on display, I can honestly say various shades of pinks and lavender from here are my favorites:

boutique hotel pick – baglioni hotel – london, england

In light of the fact the Summer Olympics are in England this year, I had contemplated spending my vacation or holiday (I like that word better) attending some of the games.  I am still on the fence about it, but it doesn’t hurt to dream, just in case I can’t make it a reality. Anyway, here is my dream hotel pick for London: Baglioni Hotel , which according to the chain’s website  is “luxury with an Italian touch”. What more can I anyone ask for?