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

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Curse

The PhotoHunt for today is Curse . . .
I don't think that a fortune cookie is exactly a curse ~ that would be if something bad was predicted.
But I couldn't find anything else.

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

Saturday, August 09, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Lacy

My photos for 'Lacy' come from our day at the Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm . . . Where pretty lacy patterns are knitted with the yarn made from Cashmere Goats
Nora Kravis is the owner/goat farmer/ inn keeper/ beauty and brains behing the place.

The 'fur' of these special goats is combed, cleaned and then that fiber is spun into cashmere threads. Local Tuscan women do the knitting and create the Lacy patterns.

This is such a happy place ~ even the puppies look like they could contribute a little to the pile of fibers.

Nora also has a villa for rent . . . if you ever wanted to wake to the sound of goats and watch Tuscan sunsets ~ Sounds like paradise.

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

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Cooking Light ~ August BarB~Q

For the Month of August, the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club is caught up in the heat of summer ~ no matter where in the country we are. We have decided to have a Summer BBQ (don't forget the Off)
I found  This Recipe for Potato Salad Bites It looked like an interesting combination of potato salad and roasted potato skins.

Potato Salad Bites
12 small red potatoes, halved (about 1 1/4 pounds)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, divided
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons finely chopped drained capers
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Slice the potatoes in half and cover with olive oil. Roast cut side down @ 450 for 20 minutes. Allow to cool.

Using a paring knife, carefully cut a circle in the cut side of potatoes. Using a melon baller or small spoon, remove pulp from potato, leaving a thin shell.
Combine pulp, sour cream, 1 tablespoon chives, and next 5 ingredients (through pepper).
Evenly fill potato shells with filling; sprinkle with cheese and remaining 1 tablespoon chives.
Broil until they are toasted
In my opinion . . . it was a strange mix of lemon/caper/Parmesan. I think when I make them again (and I will) I will either do the lemon caper or the Parmesan.

 

Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our August BBQ.
Jerry has a Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Onions and Almonds
Val is making a Berry Melody with Limoncello and Mint
Sara is making BBQ Pork Ribs
Shelby is bringing Clams Casino (clams with pancetta)
Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Traveling ~ from my laptop

This tuesday I am traveling from my laptop. . . Work will do that to you.
So, I can pick either one of these little FIATs ~ not that I would really drive on those crazy roads on the Amalfi Coast.


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

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Saturday PhotoHunt ~Cloudy

The PhotoHunt for today is Cloudy
Tuscany is beautiful . . . even on a cloudy day
Fields of poppies are all along the roads . . . The clouds make the photos even more amazing.
Bellisimo
Check for all the other  Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Traveling Tuesday ~ For Real

I have taken on a new position at Samford University as the Graduate Clinical Coordinator for the School of Nursing . . . lots of computer time and responsibilities.
Once of the 'perks' (in my opinion) is that I have to travel.

I have never minded packing my bags.
Especially if I can put my toes in the sand on occasion
If I have to make a visit . . . the gulf coast will be well covered.
Who can blame me?


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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

PhotoHunt ~WET

The PhotoHunt for this weekend is 'WET'
Some of my most favorite moments at the beach are where I don't even get wet.

I think I need some beach time. . .

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

Saturday, July 19, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Sheer

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Sheer'
I have lot's of little scraps of  'Sheer' fabric lying around . . .

I use them to make my little Wedding Cake Toppers . .  . you can find (and order) them on ETSY: Gimme Some Sugar Y'all

I never know what little scraps I might be using . . .

This one was a special Wedding Cake topper for my daughter a few years ago ~ for her wedding in the sand with the fancy blue shoes.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Back in Time ~ Civita

This was not the best weather for 'day-tripping'. . . but we headed out with GianMarco our driver, across Tuscany and Umbria to the town of Civita di Bagnoregio


Civita is a mid-evil city built high above the valley on the tufu rock. The only way to get there is a high footbridge that leads across the valley.
Not the easiest walk on a windy and rainy day.


One you pass through the walls, it is like a step back in time. The village is much as it has been for centuries . . . except for the constant erosion of the volcanic rock.  The fronts of some homes lead to nothing but cliff.
Every corner of the village is a postcard (If Walt Disney was to build Italy... this is what it would look like) As the church bells rang, the skies began to clear. . .


The views are breathtaking. Rick Steves wrote this great article about Civita . . . worth a bit of arm-chair traveling .


The skies did clear and we all had a wonderful time . . . this is one of my favorite photos of our 'Spirit of Tuscany' group.




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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Rest

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Rest' ~
This one is pretty easy for me. . .

Positano is built on the side of cliffs ~ Straight UP.

Steps, Steps and more Steps.

We were always looking for a place to REST.

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

Monday, July 07, 2014

New Curtains ~ and a Blue Monday

I haven't posted on a blue monday in a while . . . Not because I haven't been to some 'Blue' Places. I've been traveling.
Now that I'm home . . . there are a few projects that are calling my name.

I decided that our screened in porch needs some new curtains.
(check Buddy on his doggy perch that allows him access to the back yard AND a place to bark at everyone in the neighborhood)

I digress. I am replacing the curtains that have been there for years, It was beyond time.
I measured and cut out strips of fabric (good deal thanks to my JoAnn's coupon... I am done with the politics of Hobby Lobby).

The process is really simple, especially if you are using those hammer in grommets. . . The only sewing I had to do was the hem. It does take time. . . and a good hammer.

The end result gives us a shaded spot . . . where we can look at the BLUE pool and watch the hummingbirds at sunset.


Glad to be back ~

Don't forget to check in at Smiling Sally for more blues and Boogie Board Cottage for her Masterpiece Monday.
Y'all enjoy ~

Sandi

Saturday, July 05, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Sunset

The PhotoHunt for this Saturday is Sunset ~

The hardest part of this was trying to pick just a few . . . This is my favorite time of day.
You can usually find us with a glass of wine, enjoying God's display.

All of these came from one download of my camera . . . Of course I will admit that I have been in some extraordinary spots in the past couple of months.

Each sunset has a memory, and brings a smile.

How can I not share all of these?

Check for all the other Spectacular Sunset  Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt

Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi
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