Sandi is blogging from the WhistleStop Cafe kitchen. It's all about good home cooking; food, family and fun. Thousands of posts . . .

~In the south and around the world.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Beard

The PhotoHunt for today is Beard. I was digging through photos for a fabulous beard (isn't that what the photohunt is all about?)
I cam across these photos of my favorite museum in Florence

This is the monastary San Marco ~ 15th century church and convent that housed the dominican artist  Fra Angeleco and Savonarola.
The frescos are breathtaking. . .

Each cell was painted with unique stories of Jesus's life. The saints are all depicted with their identifying feature . . . Here you can see Saint  Lorenzo holding the grate he was roasted on. Saint Peter always has the blood mark on his head from the hatchet. (the stories always intrigued me)

This is a simple convent that is built around a beautiful garden.

Here again you see San Lorenzo and San Marco . . .

Check for all the other Bearded Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~

Saturday, August 15, 2015

PhotoHunt ~Kid

The Saturday PhotoHunt is 'Kid'

Yesterday . . . a popup on my Kayak showed that airfare to Italy was $600 LESS than it has been.

I resisted the urge.
But . . . I could be like a kid and just Jump!

Check for all the other Kid Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Travel Tuesday ~ Provincetown

Whilst I was in Boston, I was on an eating extravaganza. While I was near the cold waters of the NE, I wanted to tick all the boxes . . . Oysters, mussels and of course~

Lobster Rolls (minus the bread)

We went to the famous Bubala's . . . and had a great seat out on the patio. That is the best place to catch all the action in Provincetown.

It is Such a fun place to visit . . . you will see a little bit of everything.
(I would like to think that these are purple monkey's on his hat.  . . But I wasn't sure)

I Loved the fun and friendly atmosphere.

As we sailed back into Plymoth harbor . . .  I decided that the folks on the Mayflower were probably smart to get back on that boat and keep sailing.
That was one thing I learned ~ the pilgrams landed in Provincetown and stayed 6 weeks before they loaded up and headed west.
Maybe they should have planned their first winter in Mobile bay instead!

I am also joining Our World Tuesday
Y'all enjoy the ride~

Saturday, August 01, 2015

PhotoHunt ~Coin

The PhotoHunt for this weekend is 'Coin'

This is a story . . . about the need for the coin.
I was at the Vatican and wanted to Light a candle at the chapel of Saint Anna ( a beautiful little chapel behind the Vatican walls. . . where my friends were married several years ago)
I didn't have a Coin . . . and I have learned my lesson about lighting a candle without a coin. Especially at the Vatican.
This is the view from the coffee shop across the way . . . a braved the glare of the shop owner when I traded a 20euro for a cappuccino and lots of coins.

Check for all the other  Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Traveling Tuesday ~ to the Cape!

Over the 4th of July I took a little trip . . . to Boston and the North Shore.
It is so New Englad and a great place to be in the summer. (notice I haven't posted a single photo of a winter- time trip)

One day we took a boat ride to the tip of Cape Cod. Look at these great shots of the light house off of the Plymoth harbor. . .

The ride over on the ferry was Beautiful ~ we even saw a whale.

The harbor at Provincetown was full of ReaLLy Nice boats . . . Maybe Caitlin Jenner was on one of them?

We headed back after a fun day of lobster rolls and a shandy or two.

On the ride back, we went past the same light house . . . you can see how the tide has swallowed up the land around it.

A fun day ~ Next week . . . Provincetown!

I am also joining Our World Tuesday
Y'all enjoy the ride~

Saturday, July 25, 2015

PhotoHunt ~STOP

The PhotoHunt for today is STOP

I am always entertained by the signs in Italy . . . I think these mean STOP.
As in you are about to fall in the water.

This might mean stop before you slide off the cliff . . .

STOP ~ Before you encounter cute little Italian children crossing the road with pasta filled lunch boxes.

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Happy Hunting y'all~

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday ~ wishful traveling

A girl can dream . . .

y'all enjoy the ride~ Sandi

Saturday, July 18, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Cross

The PhotoHunt for today is Cross.

I had thousands of pictures to go through and picked some of my favorites. This cross is on the family chapel of my friend Anna Lisa's winery.

This is an unusual view of the cross at the tile dome in Positano.

The cathedral in Pienza was built to honor Pope Pius... and God of course.

So many churches and holy places across Italy. . . above is the magical dome that rises above Florence.
The quiet simplicity of the monastery in the mountains, Monte Oliveto.

It's hard to know which is my favorite. They all hold special places in my heart.

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Happy Hunting y'all~

Saturday, July 11, 2015

PhotoHunt ~Elegant

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Elegant' . . .
That doesn't describe me.

But, it did make me think of this Elegant hotel in Positano. If I had the $$$, this is where I'd stay. (It would probably cost my entire Italy budget)
The Hotel Palazzo Murat is the Perfect location on the entire Amalfi Coast. The pool appears to be flowing right into the church, and the beach below that.The entrance to the gardens is off the covered walkway into town.
Beautiful sculptures that are found in the garden are by the local artist Paolo Sandulli. He is known for these terra cotta busts . . . these hold a variety of plants and flowers.
His work is all very clever, with a whimsical look.
Of course in the gardens of the Palazzo they are simply Elegant.
Check for all the other Elegant  Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
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Saturday, July 04, 2015

PhotoHunt ~Time

The PhotoHunt for this week is Time ~
This photo was from YEARS ago . . . 1975 to be exact.
You can see that I was raised in a All American, Flag waving family.
Proud to be raised as a military brat.
How time passes!

The 4th of July still is a big holiday for us. We used to Always go to the beach, but this year I am escaping the heat and headed to Boston.

This year we will be celebrating the 4th on the North River.

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Happy Hunting y'all~

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The GooDness of Granola

I love a really good granola . . . and now that I am Gluten Free, Really Good Granola is not easy to find. So, I searched the internet for grain free granola.
You know what the secret is?


Lots of nuts.

I use a mix of Almonds, Pecans, Pumpkin seeds, and Sunflower seeds. If you are using roasted or salted nuts, you might want to cut out the salt in the recipe

NuTty Granola
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup dried cranberries
5 cups assorted nuts
2 egg whites
2 Tbs water
3 Tbs coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
Chop the nuts. They need to be a mix of choppedness. I did some in the processor, and some with my big knife. Combine the nuts with the coconut and about half the cranberries. ( I like my cranberries to be more fresh and moist, so had the other half later)

In a separate bowl, mix the oil, honey and spices. Whisk in the egg white. Add all of this to the nutty mess.

When it is well combined. . . spoon onto a baking sheet.

Bake at 300 for 30 minutes. Take out after 20 minutes, stir and add the remaining cranberries.
When it is looking browned, remove from the oven.

Important . . . Allow to SIT till it is cooled.
This is when it forms those nutty clumpy clusters

I love it on yogurt, but it would also be great on oatmeal or just by the nutty handfuls.

Y'all enjoy ~
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