Thursday, September 25, 2014

Guess what? I'm a Creative Life Coach!


Updates here have been sporadic but life has been absolutely fab!

Rather than writing a loooooooong update I'll simply say, our little family is in good health and my brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first baby soon!

In 2012 I enrolled in the life coaching program at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. I graduated in 2013 and am now a certified professional creative life coach.

This was the best decision I've made since moving to the east bay and marrying Brian.

I have truly found my calling and LOVE being a coach!
I'll be adding more content to my website but you can learn more about my coaching practice at:

I continue to enjoy playing music with my brother in the Sweet By and By. 

Check out our gospel, bluegrass high lonesome harmonies as: 


Happiest of fall to you - 

Heidi Bennett  


Monday, September 30, 2013

Basil Chicken Coconut Curry

photo: Simply Recipes

What would I do without Simply Recipes? Any time I'm looking for inspiration and a sure fire dinnertime success story I hop onto Simply Recipes and find something delicious.... case in point.... this Basil Chicken Coconut Curry comes together quickly and fills the home with a delightful scent.... ginger, garlic, coconut, lime....yuuuum.  I added more ginger and also some cubed yellow squash.... will make again soon!

From Simply Recipes...

We use chicken thigh meat because of the deeper flavor, but you can use chicken breast meat if you prefer. This is a mild curry. You can increase the heat with more cayenne. Please note that jalapeƱos vary greatly in heat.  Check the spiciness of your jalapeƱos and adjust the recipe to taste. Continue to full recipe

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rainy Day with my Lil Buddy

Poki the Wonder Dog
Poki has taken a liking to Brian's family blanket, a bright red vintage wool number that's large and warm...perfect for this chilly weather and rainy day. We spent the morning cruising around Alameda and chasing squirrels so it's time for her to relax in her new favorite blankie while I work in the office.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sauteed Chard & Onions w/ Caraway Seeds

Photo from Simply Recipes
Another delicious looking dish!

I'm making this tonight to go with rib-eye steaks. Looking forward to trying chard since I've gotten used to grabbing kale every time I see a tasty bunch at the store. 
Find the full recipe at -

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chili Coloradooooo

photo by Cary "Hambone" Miller
My brother has been seeking out and perfecting delicious recipes inspired by our family trips to Mexico. Here he shares one of his favorites...thanks Hammy!

Ok, you asked for it... here is my current Chile Colorado recipe.
I hope you enjoy!

  • 8 New Mexico Chiles  (dried)
  • One bottle of beer  (what's your poison?)
  • 8 pounds of beef  (Boneless Beef Chuck Roast. Preferably already cut into cubes.)
  • One large yellow onion
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic  (finely minced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Bring three cups of water to a boil. Place your dried chiles in the boiling water, cover, and turn off the heat. Let sit for 20 minutes, or until the chiles are re-constituted.

In the mean time, dice up your large yellow onion, and saute it in a pan with 1 Tbs butter. Cook until it starts to caramelize, then set aside.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Eats - Cajun Chicken Salad

Photo by Simply Recipes
The transition to cooking food for summer takes a few weeks for me. I poured through cook books and magazines and then went to my trusted resource, Simply Recipes to find this delicious recipe for Cajun Chicken Salad! I added more lime juice and opted for red and orange bellpeppers over green. My hot sauce of choice was Crystal. This was absolutely delicious, my husband loved it and so did I! Full recipe at Simply Recipes...