Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sweet Sundays...

I just love the sweetness of a Sunday don't you?
The nice lazy feel of the day..... Like everything is in s l o w motion.

Here at Chez Newbanks, we really make the Sunday meals special. 
Home cooking is a BIG thing here.
From Sunday Brunch, mid afternoon coffee to dinner.
... it is done up BIG!!

We eat as a family as often as we can.

Sometimes we do 'dinner and a movie' and have a picnic styled meal in the family room. Relaxed and easy.
Always with china
, flatware and linen napkins.
I am a hoarder, ahem, I mean collector of dishes, flatware, crystal , glassware, and napkins.
Never too many napkins!!!

Nothing is 'saved for a special occasion' .
 After all,isn't everyday special?

But Sundays, oohh Sundays are very special ....
.... especially at dinner. Then I go all out. No holds barred.
Dinner is 'done up'.

The meal is a nice loong one. One to encourage good conversation and laughter.
Loads of laughter and sharing happen at meal times.
....... wonderful times .....

This Sunday was one such day.
 Chicken with fresh garden sauce over penne. With a garden salad and a nice red wine.
So simple... So delish!!

Chicken with fresh garden sauce.

3 chicken breasts (skinless, boneless)
1 large onion sliced
6 cloves garlic chopped
large bunch washed basil chopped
 1/2 cup olives (optional)
2 tables spoons fresh parsley chopped
2.5 lbs Roma tomatoes chopped
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
black pepper
garlic and onion powder
penne pasta. 
Wedge of Parmesan cheese
Slice chicken breasts thinly.
In a large skillet heat olive oil and add chicken slices seasoned with salt, pepper  garlic and onion powders.Saute until chicken looses it's pinkness.Add onions and garlic. Saute for about 5  minutes or until chicken is golden.
Add parsley and basil. Stir. When the basil has wilted add the chopped tomatoes and olives. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Serve over a bed of penne topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

Thanks for popping by and enjoying a meal with us. Friends are always welcome!!


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  1. You do meals right, Gee! I love your beautiful chicken dish with fresh sauce!!! Thanks for reminding us to treat our family like guests and sharing your delicious recipe at ON THE MENU MONDAY!

    1. :-) You are very welcome Yvonne.
      Cheers, Gee

    2. Oh Gee... i love this idea... with all that you have to share, goodness.. this is the way to go!

    3. Thanks Chrissy! Been toying with it for a bit. Finally got the nerve to do it while on orders to 'take it easy' I am having loads of fun!
      Glad you popped by...
      ((HUGS)) Gee

  2. Looks very delicious!
    I like your tray/platter you served the food on too!

    1. Thanks Liz. It was YUMMY!! :-) The boys refer to the serving bowl as the 'pasta boat' .
      Glad you stopped by. Click the follow button please :-)

      Trying to stay dry here.. feeder bands for TS Isaac pelting us with rain.
      Cheers, Gee

  3. It sounds like meals are about family and making memories at your house. That's the way meal time should be. It's even better when the meal is centered around great food like your chicken and pasta. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

    1. Hello Shannon. We try to. Sometimes we get too busy and miss the simple pleasures. Noting better than sharing and conversing with the family...
      Have a wonderful Tuesday!
      Cheers, Gee

  4. Hi there, Gee! I'm Alycia from Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One. I am visiting from Tablescape Thursday, and this is my first visit to your new blog. Congratulations!!! It's always great to see new talent come aboard! I've been peeping around your blog, and you have a lovely home. I love the red in the dining room! This is a really nice tablescape, and the food sounds absolutely delicious!!! I am totally with you on the family dinner thing. It's just my husband and me now, and he's at work most of the time, but when he's here or we have guests - be it family or friends or work acquaintances - we like to sit down to a nice table together. As you quite obviously know and practice, there is nothing quite like good food and conversation around the dinner table. Welcome to blog land!!! I look forward to seeing many, many more of your creative tablescapes. Have a great holiday weekend!

    1. Thank you so much. Such sweet words. I am really enjoying the experience and have quite a bit f quirks to work out. :-)
      Absolutely... nothing like great food and great conversations with good people.
      Thanks again... Looking forward to many more chats.
      Enjoy your weekend as well.
      Cheers, Gee