Did I forget to mention….

So, bear with me while I shamelessly self-promote for a moment… but did you see that Romantic Homes Magazine named me one of their “Top Romantics” this year? I was so honored and overjoyed when Jacqueline asked me to be one of them, and it was certainly fun to get to write my own blurb and provide my own photography for the article. Here’s a peek at my article, in case you haven’t seen it:

Top Romantics

I think I still blush a little when I tell my family about it, as I am anything but “romantic” in their eyes. (Especially my husband who I’m pretty sure chuckles quietly to himself every time he hears me mention it). I guess they have some lower standards this year and consider pajama wearing, domestically challenged, computer nerds the latest in romantic crazes…. lol…

Speaking of domestically challenged. I have to share a recipe with you all that I heard of on Oprah… (yes, I tivo Oprah, and watch it late night, romantic isn’t it?)

It is one of the Cristina Farrare’s Roasted Chicken recipes found here: Click here.

Well you know how Josh loves to bbq whole chicken’s for us to eat? (Seen in a prior post here). Well we always seem to get stuck in a rut with the same five or so recipes we always make (I say “we” very loosely here, as “he” really cooks everything in our house). And when I saw this episode of Oprah I knew these easy meals were for us (Uh, I mean “him”)! The episode was about making your budget stretch with easy meals for a family of four. Cristina showed us how to roast a whole chicken and then use the leftovers to make three additional meals for your family. (Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust, and Pesto with Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Chicken). We tried all three recipes with the chicken Josh makes on the bbq and loved them!!!! But my favorite is the Pesto with Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Chicken.

We are having Pesto with Farfalle Pasta with BBQ Chicken tonight, as a matter of fact. Please, please, go to the Oprah site and download these yummy recipes. I highly recommend them, as they are all easy to make and so yummy! The pasta is especially easy if you freeze your leftover pesto sauce, and use it the next time you make the dish. Anywho, I’m terribly hungry now, thinking about all this, so I am off to snack, so I can tide myself over till dinner time.

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Jackie - January 9, 2009 - 12:26 am

Congratulations!! I finally got my issue and am so excited that so many blog friends are so “romantic”. Your pictures are great (I haven’t actually READ anything yet) and your house is so lovely. What a fun thing!! Thanks for the recipe tips – I love to cook, but fast recipes are what we do during the week, so these sound great!

Denise - January 9, 2009 - 1:19 am

CONGRATS! You have gotten in so many magazines this year and so well deserved…..that has to be so exciting for you! You take such wonderful pics!

Teresa Sheeley - January 9, 2009 - 3:47 am

Yay you!! Way to go Sara!! I would agree you are one of the top romantic homes. :) Can’t wait to see your article.


Isabel ~Maison Douce - January 9, 2009 - 4:25 am

I was very excited to see you included in the Romantics, as you so deserve it!! Your pictures alone speak a thousand words!! Thanks for the recipe ideas, I’m on my way to go check them out!

cathy - January 9, 2009 - 10:03 am

You definitely deserve to be in Romantic Homes your style is just so gorgeous!!!!! What issue is it???? Will go and check out the recipes they sound yummy!!! Love C xxxx

Zita - Mlle Magpie - January 9, 2009 - 11:38 am

Congratulations! Saw your story in Romantic Homes and it was my favourite! LOVE your photos.

kasey - January 9, 2009 - 1:43 pm

you so deserve every little bit of notice my friend. I’m heading out to find the magazine today.

runway girl - January 9, 2009 - 1:45 pm

How wonderful! I would love to do blurb on my blog and have a pic of you in your p.j.’s! That would be fun.

Tara - January 9, 2009 - 3:29 pm

What a wonderful compliment to you Sara…your home is amazing and i bet there is a hopeless romantic in you dying to come out! All your work is amazing and you deserve it! :)

Happy weekend!

deb hodge - January 9, 2009 - 5:06 pm

I’m so in love! Beautiful!
Congradulations to you!
XOXO & Blessings,

Tina - January 9, 2009 - 5:23 pm

Congratulations! I just recently found your blog and really enjoy it. Sitting at work I feel like I’ve gone on a mini-vacation just browsing through it – thank you for that.

Jeanne - January 10, 2009 - 12:11 am

What a sweet honor. I can’t wait to pick up the magazine and look at all your lovely photos.

jamie - January 10, 2009 - 2:06 am

Oh My Gosh.. Ive got to pick up this Issue. Congratulations. Your House is Beautiful and has such a Perfect style and very compfortable appeal. So Happy for you.. Jamie

Carrie~LoLaEnChAnTeD - January 10, 2009 - 3:49 am

I know!!!! I saw it today! I got the magazine!!!! You are the reason I got it!!! Looks fabulous!!!!!

Enjoy your weekend!

kathi - January 10, 2009 - 4:42 pm

WOW! How cool is that?! So happy for you.
Love your new site too…well done!

paige - January 10, 2009 - 5:14 pm

oh yeah for you!!
you are such a rockstar & have long been one of my most fave’s–congrats sara!
& the recipe sound wonderful

RobinfromCA - January 11, 2009 - 4:52 am

Well, those of us who love to read your blog would disagree with your assessment of yourself. And remember, the subheading of the article is “Annual Roundup of People Who Inspire” – that definitely describes you Oh Shades of Inspiration Guru!

Raised In Cotton - January 11, 2009 - 3:13 pm

Simply beautiful as always Sweet Sara:) Congratulations,

LeahC - January 11, 2009 - 10:57 pm

Oh Sara…what joy! Congrats to you:)

amelia - January 11, 2009 - 11:03 pm

Congratulations!! You completely deserve the recognition and do not fret about self promoting, I LOVE to read about you and see all your gorgeous work!!!!


Jen r sanctuary arts - January 12, 2009 - 3:22 am

Congrats! You deserve it!

Jeanne - January 12, 2009 - 7:23 am

Sara, I picked up a copy of Romantic Homes today and your pictures and article are beautiful! I love the photos you took and they represent you and your home perfectly.

caren - January 12, 2009 - 4:44 pm

Sara ~ I finally saw your article…….it’s beautiful! And yes, I think you are a romantic at heart! Congrats!

Daisy Cottage - January 13, 2009 - 10:41 pm

Yea YOU!!! ((hugs))
SO deserving and I love seeing your home in print..
I’m so happy for you Sara!

Shannan - January 14, 2009 - 12:18 am

I need to check out the mag. How exciting! I can only imagine that it never gets old. Your home is lovely, as are you. And hey, romantic is a state-of-mind, right?!

Donna - January 14, 2009 - 3:22 am

A well-deserved honor! Luv your stuff!

Briana - January 15, 2009 - 1:42 am

congrats- finally picked up an issue today! How exciting!!

The Beautiful Life - January 27, 2009 - 9:27 pm

Hi Sara,

From another of the “Romantics” this year, congrats! Fun, huh?
You’ve really come so far during this past year — and the photography side of you has really blossomed! Aren’t you glad now for the event that triggered your self-employment? Funny how life does that, isn’t it? :)
Take Care!

Lori Madrid - January 29, 2009 - 4:10 pm

Hi Sara,
It was great to see so many familiar faces and stories in the Romantics. Congratulations to you as well!

Karen Zera - February 16, 2009 - 12:34 am

I really enjoyed viewing your store….so many great things I can’t wait to make a purchase. I love the song on your blog page. Can you share with me the name and artist.
Thank you,

KV Creative Designs - July 16, 2009 - 12:08 am

Congrats!!! How exciting!

Artful Blessings,