Monday, July 28, 2008

Grilled Chicken Pita...

One day last week my girlfriend and I went out to lunch at a local eatery. When we walked in, the specials were written on a small board. I immediately knew what I was getting. Never had it before, but it sounded good. "Grilled Chicken Pita" -- OK that was the BEST! So, I just knew I had to make it to share with my family. And everyone agreed, this was a winner! Here is the recipe. Try it, I'm sure you will not be disappointed!

First season your chicken breast and cook on the grill. When the chicken is close to being done, brush olive oil on the pita and toast a little while on the grill.

Next put a strip of lowfat mayo across the pita

Cut up the chicken breast in strips (I used one whole boneless breast per pita)

Garnish with lettuce and tomato

Roll it up and enjoy!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Cancer Causing Countertops....

Are you kidding me? Have you all heard the latest news reports that granite counter tops can pose a cancer risk? WHAT? Yes, they are natural stones that emit radiation and radon, higher levels found in more exotic stones. Ok, this is insane. You can't tell paranoid Rose this kind of news and expect me to sit and just laugh or shake it off. Not when I've got two beautiful angels living in my house! So, yes I ordered the radon testing kit, in fact I ordered two of them, one for the kitchen and another one to check the basement. Husband sitting by nervously because HE KNOWS that if they are loaded with this stuff what is going to happen. So, he's quiet yesterday as I am telling him what I read, then starts laughing at me telling me I'm nuts. AND as I am telling him the report comes on the tv. Shhhhh he says, raise the volume....haaaaa! So, after hearing the news report he turns to me and says (voice quivering), "So, what are your plans if our counters are radioactive?" - Haaaa, rip them out of course what do you expect - (DUH I'm thinkin)? I respond. Have you ever seen real fear on a grown man's face? Yep, he had that look. Relax I said, you won't have to do it, we'll have the new countertop people pull it out. Um, that didn't change the look, or the dollar signs that reflected from his enormous pupils. So, tell me how could such beauty cause cancer? What next?

Boy, I'm really going to miss you!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Dark Wood Affair...

Well, I guess it's no secret that I LOVE dark warm woods in my decor. Never had an interest in anything else really, except I do adore the cottage chippy paint pieces too. But my true love is dark finishes on wood, something about the richness and warmth. I've had my living room tables since we were first married 18 years ago. Yet, I never get tired of the wonderful simple richness of my queen anne tables. But like anything, I like to change things around, and I've looked around at replacement tables for a long time. I'm not ready to start on that project, but when I am - boy I know exactly what I want. I found this gorgeous furniture collection at Thomasville Furniture. It's called "Coterie" - the coffee table is just stunning. And it will fit right in with my queen anne dining room. I think you will agree that this collection is simply beautiful! If I could redo my entire house I would get each and every single piece of this collection. A few "dreamy" pictures to share of my love for these pieces.

This is the coffee table I want from Santa this year!
Here is the side table to match

and we can't forget the stunning lamp table...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Lovely Fruit Prints...

I like to browse for artwork -- one of my weaknesses, and I came across these lovely fruit prints. They would look great with my kitchen wallpaper don't you think? The artist is Diane Ulmer Pedersen, I've seen her work before, but never these prints. They are adorable, so I thought I'd share them on my blog. I also like the fruit bowl print don't you? I don't know if I'll get them yet, but they are filed away in my decorating file wishlist....

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Back in Business...

Boy....I think this is the longest I've ever been without internet service at home, and was it rough. For some reason we were having a big issue with our router and wireless, and finally I was able to get it figured out, and so now I've got a lot of visiting to do with all of you. So, it will take me a while to get around to saying hello, but I'll get there.

I had a rough week, mom spent the past five days in the hospital and finally came home yesterday. She is on the road back to recovery, but in a lot of pain. They determined she has a tear in her rotator cuff, and boy let me tell you it's no picnic. But we are grateful she's doing well otherwise, and of course we're so happy she is home.

I don't have any new pictures to share, so I'll put a few snapshots of our backyard, where we do spend a lot of time during the summer. My boys have been night swimming almost every evening, and then they sleep really good!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New York Trip...

Home sweet home we are.... Glad to be back, and we had a fabulous time in New York City as expected! The weather was great, the hotel was wonderful, and the game was spectacular. My older son was mesmerized, and never once left his seat during the entire game -- later he told us that the whole time he was announcing the entire game in his mind!!!

On our way home, we took our time. We drove through Philadelphia and made a stop at Phillie's Stadium. It was a baseball vacation I suppose. And you can imagine how much the boys enjoyed this trip! I managed to make several sandwiches in the car like mom used to make, and my boys requested we stop for "picnic" every so often. It was just great!

Nothing new on the homefront, still waiting for my family room carpet to be replaced. Never a dull moment I tell ya! Looking forward to the nice long weekend. Plans to spend it at my sister's house on Friday, then we'll have some family over on Saturday. Weather seems to be looking up! I've certainly missed you all, but I must tell ya, I've been one busy lady. Glad to be home, and hope to catch up with all of you really soon! A few pics to share.

Phillie's Stadium was closed, but we found two very nice gentlemen who work there who were gracious enough to let us in to see it. That was a nice treat!

This was taken outside of Phillie's Stadium

We spent an afternoon in Central Park, it's just beautiful!

Carriage Rides at Central Park - we didn't take one Yankee Stadium after the game
My handsome boys at Yankee Stadium after the crowd cleared out!
Notice they are sporting Yankee gear that we risked our lives
to find in a sport shop in the heart of the Bronx.
HA - it wasn't that bad.
Home of the New York Giants
Inside of the stadium - the night was perfect!
Here is our hotel - Doubletree in Fort Lee, just minutes
from Yankee Stadium
Some shots of downtown NYC - you have to be there to
experience the vibe!

Jeter - hummaaannnaaa

Right before game time
AROD - hummaannaaa