Sunday, November 9, 2008

The City Sage and Fall is Here!

I wanted to give a shout out to one of my favorite new blogs that I read daily, The City Sage , found here… Anne Sage, the superlative owner and editor of the blog, offers me my daily fix of fashion, design, cuisine and wonderment! Anne’s blog features some of the most wonderful images that I want to print out many of them and frame them for my wall (or at least put them on my refrigerator!).

Anne and I have struck up a friendship by email and I hope to meet up with her one day soon, since we don’t live far from each other, but in the meantime, I’m loving exchanging recipes and local interests with her. Visit her blog and be transported!

Fall is here!

My favorite time of year is here! Even though I live in California, I’m far enough north (Silicon Valley area) where the weather changes enough in the Fall that we have to pull out our jackets for the days and warm socks for the evenings! I get to wear all of my favorite sweaters and cozy up on the couch with my soft blankets.

And, of course, it’s soup season! So, in honor of that, even though this is an interior design blog (mostly), I am posting my number one all time favorite recipe that makes a wonderful meal. Serve it with crusty french bread and a nice cup of tea. Enjoy!

White Chicken Chili


2 cans Chicken broth
2 can white cannellini beans or great northern beans
1 (4-oz) can 'medium' chopped green chilies, drained
2-3 cooked chicken breasts, diced
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp cumin
1 (8-oz) container sour cream
1 cup whipping cream
1 bag corn tortilla chips

In a crock pot mix first 9 ingredients, and cook on medium for 2-3 hours. Before serving add sour cream and whipping cream to soup. Let set for 30 minutes ( it will thicken). To serve, crush tortilla chips in a bowl and pour soup on top. Delish!

And to help you get in the mood for Fall, here’s a few interiors (I had to get a few in!) for you! Can’t you just feel the warmth from these fireplaces?

Fireplace Designer Jed Johnson Associates Inc 1.

Designer Jed Johnson

Fireplace Designer Sills Huniford Associates

Designer Sills Huniford Associates

Fireplace Designer Sills Huniford Associates 2

Designer Sills Huniford Associates

I love this wall and linear fireplace. This is my current favorite treatment for a fireplace surround.

A much different look than the pic above, but if your style is contemporary, this fireplace is perfect. Love the recessed lights adding more drama to the fireplace.

The ambience in this room, created by the lovely fire and intriguing sconces on the wall make me want to enjoy a glass of wine with friends here.

I believe this is a room that Candace Olsen did on her Divine Design show. Love her – she is Über talented and I love her show. I’ve never met a design of hers that I didn’t like.

Seville Lite Cast Stone Mantel

Finally, a more traditional fireplace to leave you with dreams of evenings spent by the fireplace with loved ones.

Rester au chaud! (Stay warm!)


Ivy Lane said...

Yes, Fall is definitely here! We are experiencing windy and cold conditions today...almost all the leaves are down now! LOVE all the fire place pics. We have a gas fp..would LOVE to have a wood burner. There's nothing like the crackle and pop of a roaring fire!

Happy Sunday! :)

Anonymous said...

Becky---you're too kind! Thank you so much for this shout and and for your generous words. They've made my week (nay, the next three weeks!)

Not to mention the gorgeous warm interiors you've shared with us. I especially love that dining room by Sills Huniford Associates. How amazing would it be to have an exquisite fireplace like that to warm guests during a dinner party?!

And finally...chili is pretty much the best food on earth. It just warms your belly and satisfies on a cold day...and I love it not only for itself, but for all the sides and fixings that go with it! Plus it's one of those foods that just seems to be even better as leftovers. I can't WAIT to give this recipe a try!

Thanks again, and I hope you had an amazing weekend (did yesterday's icky rain hit where you are? blech...but at least today was crisp and clear!)


vicki archer said...

Becky - i loved your book reviews for Ann at City Sage and love all your choices.
The beautiful fireplace shots are just the thing too xv

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