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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~
Sandi

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.

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

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.

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

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
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

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.


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

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?

NuTs!

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 ~
Sandi

Saturday, June 27, 2015

PhotoHunt ~Lavender

The PhotoHunt for today is Lavender
My first thought was to post my recipe for Lavender Ice Cream (but if you click on that link you can find it) It was yummy. . . in fact, I need to make it again.

I have some great pictures of lavender ~

The day we went to the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, the wisteria was crazy.

Lavender blossoms everywhere ~

It was So Beautiful . . .
You know a southern girl always has a thing for wisteria.

It was growing on walls that date back to the 11th century. The trunks were massive.

AmaZing.

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

Saturday, June 20, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ HoP

The PhotoHunt for today is 'HoP' ~
There is one way to get around quickly in Positano . . .

HoP on a scooter and hold on ~

I love to see all the scooters ~
It is a part of the charm of the Amalfi Coast

Not that you will find me Hopping on ~ it is a bit risky for me.

Check for all the other  Photo Hops on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Saturday, June 13, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Touch

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Touch'
I thought of the Lemon groves above Amalfi.


This is such a special place ~ I was touched when we were able to meet Salvatore's PaPa. In his 80's and still working on his vines. The same vines that his grandfather had planted.

Touched to see and smell the lemons growing on the hand made trellises.

Such a Fabulous place!

I don't think I will ever smell lemons in the same way again.
Check for all the other Touching Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi
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