These Are a Few of My Favorite Things …


It is often said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. I absolutely concur. That being said, I’ve decided to “imitate” an idea from several bloggers whom I admire, and create a list of my favorite things … this week.

Spring has arrived here in San Diego (truth be told it never actually left), and I’ve been scouring some pretty awesome blogs for fun backyard ideas. When I came across this Blood Orange Lemonade from Andrea over at Cooking With A Wallflower, I naturally set about planning a menu around it. Can’t you just imagine how fantastic a glass of that sweet yet tart blood orange lemonade would taste with a juicy burger grilled to perfection and piled high with lettuce, avocado, bacon and gorgonzola? Drool! (Speaking of Andrea over there at Cooking with A Wallflower, if I still resided in Colorado, I’d absolutely order a pair of those Alpine Thigh High Boot Socks from Grace & Lace that she posted about on her weekly faves list. Those are just far too cute for words!)

Now who in their right mind wouldn’t love a meal of Damn Fine Chicken?? It just so happens that Michelle over at Nom Nom Paleo has taken darn fine chicken and brilliantly elevated it to damn fine status. Honestly, how can a girl go wrong when she marinates and roasts (or perhaps grills??) a batch of chicken thighs in shallots, onions, balsamic vinegar, avocado oil, coconut aminos and fish sauce? She can’t – this is some damn fine chicken, peeps!

Bay Park Fish Company

After one of my bootcamp workouts this past week, I headed straight for Bay Park Fish Company and promptly treated myself to an order of the Tarantino Roll, a sublime sushi concoction of fresh yellowtail, ahi, jalapeño, rice, cucumber, avocado and eel sauce. I must warn that all of the sushi rolls (as well as the gut-bomb Jose’s Burrito) at Bay Park Fish Company are highly addicting, and you’ll frequently be returning there for your “fix”.

Saeco Espresso Machine

Any home chef is well aware that there are certain kitchen appliances which are highly critical for meal preparation. Refrigerator, stove, oven, sink, mixer, food processor, etc. But frankly, the one kitchen appliance I would SURELY DIE WITHOUT is my Saeco Espresso Machine. ‘Nuff said.

Can you even believe that St. Patrick’s Day is only two days away? Whaa??? For the love of Quinn, it’s the middle of March already! But try as I might, I simply cannot bring myself to stomach a slab of corned beef with pickled cabbage in honor of the Patron “snake-ridding” Saint of Ireland. Or a pint of green beer, for that matter. I can, however, devour the Shepherd’s Pie with Roasted Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes I discovered at I Am A Food Blog. Get In My Belly! Now! (Alright, I’ll wait ’til Tuesday if I must.)

Treasure & Bond Reversible Dress/Tunic

While birthday shopping at Nordstrom for one of my very bestest friends yesterday, I naturally came across a little something for myself. (Why does that always happen??) But when I discovered that this Treasure & Bond Dress/Tunic is reversible, I absolutely could NOT walk away. It’s two-dresses-for-the-price-of-one, for crying out loud!!!! I’ll surely be sporting this fantastic “LGD” on any number of occasions. Can’t you just imagine it paired with a denim jacket, a bright coral scarf and some super cute sandals? Spring has sprung – now bring on the party!

There is a certain 9-year old young lady bouncing through this house on a daily basis, and it recently came to my attention that said young lady had not yet seen The Sound Of Music. When my shock finally subsided and I officially decided against contacting the local authorities to determine if, in fact, this flagrant oversight could be construed as neglect, I quickly ordered up a copy of the original 1965 version and plopped down on the couch, in part to revisit my own childhood memories. The real joy, however, came from watching that 9-year old young lady become thoroughly captivated by the VonTrapp family’s story. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens; brown paper packages tied up with string  …

… Yes, these are a few of my favorite things.

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