Mercy....life has been crazy busy, too much going on, too much to learn and too much to absorb.  But you know what?  I am one happy girl despite all of this craziness.
Since I have been asked...now for some personal information...
Back in 2001 I worked for a company that I loved, providing Mobile Spa Services to various high end hotels in our downtown area.  Soon my own business took off (mobile spa service to high end B&B's) so sadly I had to leave this company as I was too busy to do both.
By 2008, a new owner had taken over the Mobile Spa Service to the downtown hotels.  Then nearing the end of 2009, with the down turn in the economy, and a lack of tourism in our city, my B&B business slowly began to slow down - as it did everywhere. (I think our B&B's were harder hit than our local Hotels were)
So in 2010, I returned to the Mobile Spa Services in our downtown area to work with this new owner.  I love it... the hotels are fabulous and the owner is a delight to work with.
Here we are two years later in 2012.  Recently the owner approached me asking:  "Would I like to take over the business?"  Deep breath Ina....deep breath. (although I am not "religious" I prayed for this back in 2010, and way back in 2002)  Dreams do indeed come true.  It may take 10-15 years but they do come true if your intention is true and strong.
So here I am 11 years later, owning and running the business I worked for back in 2001.  I could not be happier.
There has been a lot to learn, a lot to absorb, a lot to process.  But wow, what an amazing opportunity...one I am very grateful for.
Have I had time to properly cook?  At least what my version is to properly cook?  No.  No, I have not.  However, that does not mean that food can not still taste exceptionally delicious.  (luckily, I have a few extra posts to share during this busy phase in my life...at least until I get used to this new routine)
This is not a recipe but more of a method - a great way to have two meals out of one:
10-12 chicken pieces cut up - thighs, wings, breasts, skin on bone in (I made extra to have left overs for next day.)
seasonings:  Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sweet Paprika
a good drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
generous amounts of Pesto - yes I cheated and bought freshly made store bought
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, add the cut up chicken pieces.  Drizzle in EVOO to cover lightly.  Add all of the seasonings to coat well.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with tin foil.  Bake for 1 hour, basting the chicken half way through at the 30 minute mark.
Then transfer the chicken to a platter and generously add a good dollop of Pesto to each chicken piece.   Serve with steamed vegetables...mow down...then crash because you are too tired to do anything else.
p.s.  if you are as busy as I am right now, please ask your significant other to do the dishes...especially if he wants to eat dinner tomorrow, I am sure he will be most helpful.  I must give a huge shout out of thanks to my DH...he has been such a support during my new crazy life phase!  🙂

Ina Gawne
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  1. Wow! It is so cool that you are running your own business, and even better that you are still updating your blog - as busy as you must be!
    It's great your husband is so supportive, he must be thrilled for you.
    Like Kiran, I'm so proud of you! Well done my sister XO

    1. Janet - Thanks my kind sister! I am thrilled, and Jim has been an angel....although some nights I must admit he is getting tired of tuna salad. Soon we will come into our slower season - Dec./Jan. by then I hope to be back in the kitchen creating. Thankfully, I have a few posts up my sleeve. hugs to you! 🙂

  2. I'm not sure I knew what you did for a living, Ina. How awesome that you now own the business you love, and I wish I could be a customer! Congrats, dear! I am sure you will do wonderfully and dinners will return more to normal once you make the full transition. But I'd never complain about this dinner; it looks delish! Anyway, I'm so happy for you and love your prevailing message ... If you visualize and believe, work hard, etc., dreams really do come true.

  3. Ina, congrats on owning your own business! That's fabulous! And kudos to your DH for being supportive and making you meals. My DH has stepped up in the same way as I've gotten busier too. And your chicken dinner looks yummy. 🙂

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September 27, 2012