Want to be a voyeur in to my heart & soul? These are the things that make me smile, can brighten my day and can make my heart race at just the thought of….
My Kids, My Family
Travel – I love to travel. I used to do so much more of it pre-twins. Snow skiing in the winter, beach bumming in the summer, hiking in the fall & typically someone was always getting married in the spring. 4 to 5 trips a year. As much as I loved most of my trips there are a few favorites… Hawaii, Napa & Grand Cayman. Taking the twins to Riveria Maya, Mexico when they were 11 months old was even great. Several business trips have had great weekend travel perks to Paris, Luxemburg & Germany. Overall my last trip to Europe was possibly the biggest and most event filled trip hitting Nice, Cannes, Aix-en-Provence, Eze, Monaco, Portofino, Florence, Venice & Lake Como.
All Things Tuscan & Provincial – This is not to be confused with things that are Italian & French because they are different. Provence & Tuscany have their own defined way of life & sense of being that make them truly unique. I could stay and linger indefinitely in either place taking in the sights & smells & delighful tastes of the regions, which brings me to my next topic.
Cooking – I love to cook! I love food! So that works out well for me and whoever is my guest! Can you guess what I love cooking the most? Yep, Italian. Then next in line is what I would call Napa-Style Cuisine, Provincial, Traditional American Comfort Foods, Seafood & Thai. I think that covers it all in order. I think the best method of cooking for me is picking the fresh veggies & herbs from the garden & letting my imagination run wild. Sometimes I will get stuck in a cooking rut, but cooking burnout of one thing will often lead to a break through somewhere else. Now don’t get me confused with someone who bakes, as in cakes & pies, etc. I can if I absolutely have to fix something, but it is not a joy for me by any means. Probably because it requires following detailed directions. I’ve never really been very good at following directions (baking or otherwise).
Wine – And let us not forget the wine. My favorite vinter is Cakebread – Chardonnay – YUMMY! And I recently had the pleasure of trying Molly Dooker – Carnival of Love – Shiraz – OOOOHHHHH Words Cannot Describe! For an unemployed SAHM, Cakebread is a luxury purchase and Carnival of Love is not gonna happen unless someone else is buying. So overall I’ve turned in to a lover of the boxed wine at Costco – particularly the Delicato Pinot Grigio. It’s inexpensive, please note, I didn’t use the word cheap. It’s refreshing on a hot summer day. It makes excellent fresh peach sangria for friends to enjoy. And it kicks off this girls evening every summer night. [They have also sold Fish Eye, Le Faux Frog & Black Box. This topic will make a good post one day. We’ll save this for another debate.]