Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Beautiful Kitchen and An Easy Recipe


Please click on the links to visit the new posts at my main site The 21st Century Housewife.


Come and visit my friends’ gorgeous kitchen in The Heart of the Home.


And check out this easy, quick and Delicious Yogurt Cake recipe – perfect for using up your favourite flavour of yogurt. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

More from The 21st Century Housewife


Click on the links to catch up with everything that is happening at my main site!

For my latest on the Royal Wedding, please click here.


Check out my Spicy Mango Chicken, and a fantastic idea for using the leftovers (if you have any!).


And this week’s Meatless Monday recipe? It’s a delicious and healthy Pear and Walnut salad.

Hope your week is getting off to a great start!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home Friday



Once again, I’m very pleased to be co-hosting this foodie blog hop with Alex of A Moderate Life and Hella D of Helladelicious.

The linky is called Feed Me, Tweet Me, Follow Me Home and it is a true blog hop. This means, that if YOU wish to run the hop on your blog, all you have to do is get the linky code from the bottom of this page and put it on your blog for your readers to join in.

Hopefully this will help us all gain new visitors to our blogs and expand our audiences while giving us new places to explore and making the bloggiesphere a more friendly place!

The rules are very simple, because it is a “follow me” linky.

Just enter your link to your blog below (you can link to your home page or to any particular page you like), Follow me on Twitter and ‘Like’ The 21st Century Housewife on Facebook. Or you can follow me here or at The 21st Century Housewife’s Kitchen. If you drop me an email or comment letting me know where you have followed or ‘liked’ my blogs, I will follow you back in all those places. You can use your blog badge - or any other photo from your blog that you like - as your thumbnail and you can link up any time during the week.

It’s that simple! Visit as many other blogs as you like, to make new friends and follow their blog, grab their tweets and RSS feed if you do not already. If you do grab their info, please leave them a comment so they know they have a new friend. If someone visits you from Feed Me, and grabs your info, please return the favour. This is a great way to increase your followers and promote your blog, so please pass the word around!

Have a wonderful weekend!





Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home Friday



Once again, I’m very pleased to be co-hosting this foodie blog hop with the Hella D of Helladelicious and Alex of A Moderate Life.

The linky is called Feed Me, Tweet Me, Follow Me Home and it is a true blog hop. This means, that if YOU wish to run the hop on your blog, all you have to do is get the linky code from the bottom of this page and put it on your blog for your readers to join in.

Hopefully this will help us all gain new visitors to our blogs and expand our audiences while giving us new places to explore and making the bloggiesphere a more friendly place!

The rules are very simple, because it is a “follow me” linky.

Just enter your link to your blog below (you can link to your home page or to any particular page you like), Follow me on Twitter and ‘Like’ The 21st Century Housewife on Facebook. Or you can follow me here or at The 21st Century Housewife on Blogger. If you drop me an email or comment letting me know where you have followed or ‘liked’ my blogs, I will follow you back in all those places. You can use your blog badge as your thumbnail if you wish and you can link up any time during the week.

It’s that simple! Visit as many other blogs as you like, to make new friends and follow their blog, grab their tweets and RSS feed if you do not already. If you do grab their info, please leave them a comment so they know they have a new friend. If someone visits you from Feed Me, and grabs your info, please return the favour. This is a great way to increase your followers and promote your blog, so please pass the word around!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St Patrick's Day




Please click here to read my post about what St Patrick’s Day means to me, and why I’m just a little bit Irish every single day of the year!

And whether you are Irish in body or just in spirit, I wish you a very Happy St Patrick's Day!

Did You Miss Anything?


There’s loads going on at my main site The 21st Century Housewife this week. Please click on the links to visit so you don't miss out!

There is an easy and delicious main dish recipe for  Maple Glazed Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables




and a wonderful risotto for vegetarians or those who are trying to eat less meat Easy Veggie Risotto for Meatless Monday


For a treat, there is Devilish Peanut Butter Cake


And please do join in on Let’s Do Brunch, Chaya from My Sweet and Savory and Bizzy B. Bakes’ recipe linky which she has now asked me to co-host with her.  Please pop by and link up your favourite breakfast, lunch and brunch recipes!


Hope you are having a great week!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Seven Day Meatless Meal Plan from The Vegetarian Society

Photo The Vegetarian Society

I’m not vegetarian, but I am keen to limit the amount of meat my family and I eat and am always looking for ideas for great vegetarian meals. However, for those wishing to make a more sweeping change to their eating habits and completely embrace a vegetarian lifestyle, the problem of what to eat on a daily basis can be a real stumbling block.

The Vegetarian Society has posted a Seven Day Meatless Meal Plan on their website which looks absolutely delicious, and which I am sure could help both families like mine and those who wish to become totally vegetarian. It highlights the nutritional benefits of many of the foods chosen, and provides a great variety of things to eat, along with links to recipes.

Looking through the seven day menu, the only thing I’m not really keen on is the “Green drink” suggested for Thursday’s snack. It’s made from a powdered mix containing blue green algea, and honestly, I think I would skip that despite it’s great nutritional benefits. Other than that, it all looks really yummy, and with three meals and two snacks each day, there is definitely no way you would go hungry!

So whether you are an omnivore hoping to decrease the amount of meat in your diet, a long term vegetarian looking for inspiration, or a newbie vegetarian wanting a bit of help getting started, do go on over to The Vegetarian Society website for some great ideas.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home Friday



Once again, I’m very pleased to be co-hosting this foodie blog hop with the Hella D of Helladelicious and Alex of A Moderate Life.

The linky is called Feed Me, Tweet Me, Follow Me Home and it is a true blog hop. This means, that if YOU wish to run the hop on your blog, all you have to do is get the linky code from the bottom of this page and put it on your blog for your readers to join in.

Hopefully this will help us all gain new visitors to our blogs and expand our audiences while giving us new places to explore and making the bloggiesphere a more friendly place!

The rules are very simple, because it is a “follow me” linky.

Just enter your link to your blog below (you can link to your home page or to any particular page you like), Follow me on Twitter and ‘Like’ The 21st Century Housewife on Facebook. Or you can follow me here or at The 21st Century Housewife’s Kitchen. If you drop me an email or comment letting me know where you have followed or ‘liked’ my blogs, I will follow you back in all those places. You can use your blog badge as your thumbnail if you wish and you can link up any time during the week.

It’s that simple! Visit as many other blogs as you like, to make new friends and follow their blog, grab their tweets and RSS feed if you do not already. If you do grab their info, please leave them a comment so they know they have a new friend. If someone visits you from Feed Me, and grabs your info, please return the favour. This is a great way to increase your followers and promote your blog, so please pass the word around!

Have a wonderful weekend!





Monday, March 07, 2011

Marriage Monday - Trust In Marriage



It’s Marriage Monday over at Chrysalis Cafe and today we are discussing trust in marriage.

My husband and I are about to celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary, and I can say without hesitation that I love and trust him even more today than I did on our wedding day. However if you had told me I would be writing that statement all those years ago, I would have expressed doubt as to whether it was possible to love and trust him any more than I did in that moment. What I didn’t understand then is that a healthy marriage is a living entity, something that never stops growing and developing, just as we as human beings never stop growing.

Trust is is an integral ingredient in a happy and strong marriage. In order to move forward in trust, it helps tremendously if you are both of the same mind – and while sometimes being of the same mind happens as a gift from God, it often has to be worked at. And in that case, the only way to accomplish it is by prayer, and communication. In fact, in the opinion of my husband, myself, and many of our long-married friends, communication is a key to developing and maintaining trust.

While there is nothing more beautiful than a husband and wife sitting or walking together in companionable silence, too much silence in a marriage can be a dangerous thing. And while it is important to trust our husbands to know and fulfil our needs as they should trust us to fulfil theirs, my husband and I have talked to too many couples with  broken marriages who have said, “But he/she should have known…” or “If only I had known...” .We are all flawed human beings, and we can’t possibly know everything our partners need – sometimes we have to be told, sometimes we have to ask, and most of all, we need to listen.

Sadly in today’s modern world, when we hear the word ‘communicate’ often the first thing that pops into our mind is talking – when actually one of the most important parts of communication is listening. Men are notoriously less communicative than women yet years of experience have taught me that men are wonderful talkers, but only if they believe they are really being listened to. And it is this listening side of communication that often falls by the wayside, both on the part of women and men. How many times have you heard a woman say that her husband doesn’t listen to her? Or a man say that his wife doesn’t understand him? Or vice versa?

Communication – with a healthy balance of talking and listening – is one of the keys to trust in any marriage. While a certain amount of trust in a loving relationship can only come from the love God gives us for one another – part of the trust that you need for a strong, happy marriage is something you have to work on by communicating with one another. Sharing your deepest heart’s desires with your spouse and having them honour you by listening to them and helping you to fulfil them, is one of the biggest expressions of trust I know.

People express amazement when my husband and I finish one another’s sentences and we ourselves find that one of us often brings up a topic of conversation or suggests doing something the other one is actually thinking about at the same time. I think part of this is because we have spent over twenty years regularly talking and really listening to each other. It has been a joyous experience for us to discover that when you are courageous enough to share your deepest thoughts, dreams, needs and desires honestly and openly with each other, trust and of course, love, flourish within your hearts and within the marriage.

 “Love...always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres...”
- 1 Corinthians 13

“For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together.”
- H. L. Mencken

Please do join in this discussion - I’d love to hear from you. If you want to link an entry in your blog about this topic, click the Marriage Monday link at the top of my post for more details.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Hennessey House Bed and Breakfast Inn



Hennessey House is a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn on a quiet residential street in Napa. It’s a fantastic place to spend a few days, or a quiet weekend, enjoying beautiful accommodation and fabulous hospitality.

The owners, Kevin and Lorri, are incredibly friendly and helpful, as are the rest of the staff. The bright and airy reception areas of the house are beautifully decorated, and the painted tin ceiling in the dining area is just stunning. Accommodation is spread over the house and an adjacent carriage house. Photographs and detailed descriptions of each room are available on the easy to navigate hotel website, and you can select the actual room you wish to stay in when you book. Some include four poster beds and /or Jacuzzi baths.


We chose the Mary Delight, a beautiful room in the main house, built in 1889. It is furnished with exquisite Belgian antiques and a wonderful four-poster canopy bed. The room was sumptuously decorated, with gorgeous gold toned linens and we were surrounded by luxury during our stay. In the window alcove there were two antique chairs, perfect for relaxing in, either side of a small table with a decanter of complimentary sherry, tiny crystal glasses and some chocolates, which were replaced daily.

It’s this attention to detail that we loved. Nothing is too much trouble for the owners or staff, and they do everything they can to make sure your stay is a memorable one. There is always coffee brewing in the dining room, along with a pretty decanter of iced water and cakes or cookies on the antique sideboard. They recommended restaurants and made dinner reservations for us, offer a complimentary wine and cheese hour every evening, and the breakfasts are just amazing.  Homemade granola, grapefruit with sherry sauce, pineapple with red wine sauce and lovely hot dishes are only a few of the delights on offer. In fact, the breakfasts are so good I’m going to devote my next post entirely to them!

There are also special events arranged for guests. When we arrived Friday night, we were just in time for a special wine and food pairing tasting. Given by Chris Rota from V Sattui vineyards, generous tastes of wonderful wines were paired with complementary foods. I have to confess I was so enjoying myself I didn’t take detailed notes, but the wines were just beautiful. We tasted over eight, including a crisp Sauvignon Blanc with artichoke dip, a full-bodied Riesling with salty smoked almonds and a rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a delicious cheddar and also with chocolate! We finished with a wonderful Madeira matured using very old barrels and a special technique that means some of the wine contained in the blend we drank was 128 years old. It was like nothing I had ever tasted before – rich, full bodied, and gorgeous.  This tasting was such a wonderful opportunity to learn more about wines and the foods they go with, well beyond the old-fashioned  and sometimes erroneous ‘red wine with red meat and white wine with poultry and fish’ we’ve all grown up with. It also started the evening off on a wonderful note, and gave us the opportunity to chat with other guests and get to know them a little.

Hennessey House is the perfect base from which to explore the Napa Valley, located as it is in the town of Napa itself. You can strike out easily from there to explore the beautiful nearby towns of St Helena and Calistoga, or go further afield if you choose. The scenery in this area is just stunning, with green rolling hills leading off to the mountains in the distance and incredibly blue skies. Wineries open for tastings are around virtually every corner, and when you return to Napa at night there are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking distance of the Inn.

I highly recommend staying at Hennessey House when you visit the Napa Valley. We had a marvellous time during our weekend there, and look forward to returning in the future.  Be sure to check back for my next post about their wonderful breakfasts – along with a special recipe from Lorri for one of the tastiest breakfast dishes I have ever eaten.

Friday, March 04, 2011

The Royal Wedding


Photo Mario Testino

Excitement is beginning to build here around the Royal Wedding. With the promise of a bit of joyous pomp and ceremony, and a day off to celebrate it, most people in the United Kingdom are following the preparations for Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s big day with great interest.

It’s hard not to be happy for this lovely couple, who are clearly absolutely besotted with each other. And they are making it very easy for everyone to keep up to speed with all the plans, and the excitement, with the launch of an official Royal Wedding Website. Not only does the site contain lots of background information and information about the actual wedding, it is being regularly updated with photos and videos of the happy couple in the run up to their wedding. Most recently, Prince William and his bride to be have been pictured at the launch of celebrations for The University of St Andrews’ 600th anniversary. It must have been a very special day for them as St Andrew’s is, of course, where they met. This was also their first official engagement in Scotland. There is a video of their visit on the website, and both are smiling, happy and relaxed, walking amongst the crowds and seemingly enjoying themselves thoroughly.

So even if you cannot be in London for the Royal Wedding, you can still feel a part of things and keep up to speed with all the official news very easily. If you are planning to visit London for the wedding, there is also a link to another website run by the British government on the Royal Wedding website. This site also contains some very helpful information, although it is not nearly as beautiful as the official Royal Wedding website which is beautifully laid out, very easy to navigate, and the best source possible for accurate information about this very special celebration. It is well worth a visit.

Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home Friday


I’ve been travelling home from California these last couple days, but I’m back home now and looking forward to blogging about all the wonderful places we visited and some of the great food we enjoyed!  And I’m very pleased to be co-hosting this foodie blog hop with the Hella D of Helladelicious and Alex of A Moderate Life.

The linky is called Feed Me, Tweet Me, Follow Me Home and it is a true blog hop. This means, that if YOU wish to run the hop on your blog, all you have to do is get the linky code from the bottom of this page and put it on your blog for your readers to join in.

The rules are very simple, because it is a “follow me” linky.

Just enter your link to your blog below, Follow me on Twitter and ‘Like’ The 21st Century Housewife on Facebook. Or you can follow me here at The 21st Century Housewife on Blogger or at The 21st Century Housewife’s Kitchen.

If you drop me an email or comment letting me know where you have followed or ‘liked’ my blogs, I will follow you back in all those places. You can use your blog badge as your thumbnail if you wish and you can link up any time during the week.

It is that simple and hopefully this will help us all gain new visitors to our blogs and expand our audiences while giving us new places to explore and making the bloggiesphere a more friendly place!

Visit as many other blogs as you like, to make new friends and follow their blog, grab their tweets and RSS feed if you do not already. If you do grab their info, please leave them a comment so they know they have a new friend. If someone visits you from Feed Me, and grabs your info, please return the favour. This is a great way to increase your followers and promote your blog, so please pass the word around!

Have a wonderful weekend!




Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Off To A Great Start This Week at The 21st Century Housewife



For my take on fashion and the Oscars, please click here


And to learn more about the Welsh celebration of St David’s Day (including recipes) please click here


There’s also a great Cheese and Chutney Salad



Hope your week is getting off to a great start too!