Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Secret to the Best Chicken Ever!

I hate chicken, don't like it at all. Fred likes it, in fact he LOVES it when I make it. I make the best chicken ever, the secret, you ask? I make it in the crockpot.

This picture doesn't look particularly appetizing but trust me (actually, trust Fred since I won't eat it), this is so good. I based it on this recipe. I coat the chicken in onion flakes and then pour a whole bunch of salad dressing on it, then some more onion flakes. Also, I had a mini jar of strawberry jam that had been sitting in my fridge for a while so I threw that in too (the jam, not the jar). Also, I squeezed an orange and a lemon on the chicken. The result is moist, tender and very tasty chicken. You should try it.

You Should Make This

Fred and I were so hungry last night we gobbled this up and I totally forgot to take a picture of it. Oh well, you'll have to settle for the picture in the magazine. This is from Better Homes and Gardens 2006. This was incredibly quick to throw together, it took 30 minutes from start to finish.
To go along with the fish I steamed asparagus from the farmer's market and topped it with my awesome sauce recipe. For a great sauce for veggies I use some plain yogurt mixed with my favorite mustard and some flax seed oil. Very creamy and good. Also served this with a slice of crusty sourdough topped with goat cheese. If you want the recipe, e-mail me and I would be happy to send it to you in a pdf. Or, click on the photo below for a bigger version -

UC Botanical Gardens

The UC Botanical Gardens are beautiful and if you haven't been you should really check it out. The weather was gorgeous yesterday and we could even see the Golden Gate Bridge while we explored the grounds.





Felting




Yesterday, Christina, Mom and I went to the Berkeley Botanical Gardens for a felting class. It was interesting, I am excited to learn this new craft and try it out. I mad a potholder, pretty exciting, I know. I am going to decorate it a little more and then send it off to my swap buddy, Gail. Here's some photos from the day.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Noe Valley

I haven't spent much time in Noe Valley but I really like what I have seen there. Noe Valley has such a great atmosphere, it feels like a true neighborhood. I absolutely love the plant arrangements hanging from the lamp posts.

The Windmill




Fred and I also checked out the Windmill in Golden Gate Park, it is one of my all time favorite things to visit when I'm there. The garden surrounding the windmill is gorgeous, there are so many tulips in bloom right now.



San Francisco



Fred and I took the day off of work today and went and had some fun! Our first priority was to see the Rainforest exhibit at the Cal Academy of Sciences. Done! It was a gorgeous day today and we also went to Twin Peaks and walked around.

Had lunch in Noe Valley. Rounded out the day with a trip to Sports Basement and some shopping on Fillmore Street. Went to the San Francisco Junior League's benefit shop, bought some really cute tops and skirts. That place always has great deals.

Buttercup the Bunny




Buttercup has moved in! Christina brought home Buttercup, her long hair angora rabbit. She is in the process of moving back to mom and dad's for a while. She even has a leash that she walks her on.

Monday, March 23, 2009

You Should Make This

I did a lot of cooking this weekend. For breakfast I highly recommend this, it is a giant apple popover, very yummy. Next time I make it I will cut down the amount of butter and add another apple.

Also, I highly recommend this. It was soooo good over vanilla ice cream. I actually used frozen blueberries and blackberries. It turned out great and only took a few hours in the crockpot, so even though I started it late in the day it was ready when we wanted dessert.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

View From my Window

My office has a courtyard behind it, it's pretty nice. Here's a picture!



I also went to the farmer's market that is held at my work every Thursday. I love that we have a farmer's market! This week I bought a bag of produce that had a sampling from each of the vendors at the market. I just finished eating the strawberries, they were so good.

Here's the azalea that Laurie gave me for my birthday, every other day I put it outside for some sunlight!



I hope my posts this weekend are more interesting!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tiny Toy Storytelling

For my Storytelling class at DVC I had to create a digital story. Here it is. This is the story behind Team Lexington's Tiny Toy Burly-Q performance (see last post for more info). Let me know what you think of my first digital storytelling attempt!

video

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tiny Toy


Here's a little info about an upcoming performance my sister is in. Pictures at the top are of her.

The Tiny Toy BurlyQ Extravaganza: A Burlesque Opera

Created and Performed by
Team Lexington Productions

Witness the true story of Snow White, as she escapes certain death through a mechanical theatrical wonderland, risking everything to get away.

Filled with giant toys and broken dreams, The Tiny Toy BurlyQ Extravaganza
is a dazzling ravagement of the senses that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about the fairy tales you've grown to love.

Wednesday, March 18
&
Thursday, March 19, 2009
8pm

The Garage
975 Howard at 6th
San Francisco, CA


$10 - $20 Sliding Scale

Go Team Lexington!

Home Redesign

I just "discovered" this blog last week. Layla is an interior designer in Alabama. I absolutely love how she decorates. One of the best parts is that she does over the internet designing, you just paypal her and send your photos. Her prices seem very very reasonable. I think I might send a picture of my studio to her, I could definitely use her help!

Flora


Oops, I'm a week late posting this. A, M and I enjoyed dinner together last week at Flora in Oakland. Yum! Although I was not too impressed with my salad the salted caramel pudding totally redeemed the entire meal.

The Fox Theater is just down the street and I am so looking forward to going to a concert there. Maybe The Decemberists on May 20th?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour

I am involved with the Lafayette Juniors, a group of women who volunteer in the community and raise money for different charities. This year the main beneficiary of the funds will be "Youth Homes." The 10th annual Kitchen Tour is coming up on Saturday, May 16th. Consider this your "Save the Date!"

We had our monthly meeting last night and got to see photographs from all six of the different homes. The kitchens are absolutely gorgeous. The tour is not to be missed! There is more information about the tour here. Of course, if anyone is interested in buying tickets, please feel free to e-mail me. Hope to see you there!

Visit with Julie


Yesterday R and I went to the city to visit Julie. R is currently taking classes at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and I thought it would be great for her to meet Julie. We both had a great time, her studio is amazing. The place is huge and it was so cool to walk around and see everything in it. She even has a pilates studio! The photo above is of Julie looking at one of her French design books.
I asked Julie about how she has Weston Wear stuff archived. The short answer, she doesn't. I see a prime opportunity to put some of my library skills to use! R immediately said "sounds like an internship!"
If you haven't checked out Weston Wear, you should. The retail store is located on Valencia Street, it has loads of fun stuff in it.
Afterwards, R treated me to lunch at Metro, such a treat to go there in the middle of the day (or really anytime). We had the whole restaurant to ourselves and to top it all off, a cute waiter! Can't beat that. For dessert? Salted caramel pot de creme, yum!

Monday, March 2, 2009

We're Going to Seattle!

Fred told me last night that M & D set a date for their wedding, it will be August 29th. It will be up near Seattle which means Fred and I get to go on a trip, I can't wait! We're thinking we may take a week or two off and rent a condo up there. Fred was asked to be in the wedding party.

I'm going to be checking out a whole mess of books about Seattle and plan some fun things for us to do. I can't wait! I've never been to the Space Needle so that is one thing on my list. Check out some museums and maybe some new trendy restaurants.