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Saturday, November 29, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Candle

The PhotoHunt for this weekend is 'Candle'
I remembered this table setting with candles

As we made the long walk to Villa Cimbrone ~ we saw that they had set a beautiful table, complete with candles. It was for a photography class (and of course I brazenly helped myself to some photos)

What a setting. . . overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Traveling for the Holidays

We will be traveling for the holidays . . . a little LuLu time. We will also be meeting family on the coast for some walks on the beach and maybe even some beachy photos.

This is from Charlotte's airport, but I loved the shot.
It's 5 o'clock Somewhere!

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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Feather

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Feather'
I decided to go with a different kind of feather . . .

My wedding cake toppers are made to look like the bride and groom.

She said she wanted FEATHERS ~ He is a nutcracker king (actually a military officer wearing his uniform)

Here is the happy couple ~ you can find more on the Gimme Some Sugar ETSY page  ~

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

~ Dolce ~

Turn your Gluten sensetive eyes away ~ This post is not for the faint of heart.

'Dolce' ~ in Italian that is sweet. . . but these are nothing like the sweets here. They are full of flavor, but not sweet like a Krispy Kream Donut.

We wandered by this coffee bar every day ~ to be tempted by a Baba or a Cannolo

But also the perfect stop before the climb back up the stairs.

Most everyone had a treat.
I took picutures!
But . . . don't feel sorry for me. There is another place around the corner with a gluten free chocolate tort that was to.die.for

I am also joining Our World Tuesday

Y'all enjoy the ride~

Friday, November 14, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Books

Most of y'all know that this blog was started to promote WhistleStop Products. It is our family business . . . here we are promoting the products. 7 years of recipes and blogging tips. Most from back in the day when I had the time and energy to blog. Now I am posting when I can.
BUT . . . there are big changes coming for the WhistleStop Blog.
Stay tuned ~

You can always order online at The WhistleStop Cafe Country Store
Since this PhotoHunt is for 'Books'
This is my BOOK ~ My Cookbook ~

Order one in time for Christmas .
Check for all the other Book Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~

Saturday, November 08, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Hero

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Hero'
This is my blog, so I get to pick my hero ~

That would be my dad . . . better known as 'The Col.'

He spent his life in the air ~ even flying the U2 over Cuba back in the 60's.

Later, flying kites on the beach with the kids . . .
He will always be MY Hero

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

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Cooking Light ~ It's Thyme for Turkey

This month for our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club, we have decided that it is 'Thyme for Turkey'. The holidays are quickly approaching and we are looking for ready to celebrate Turkey and Thyme.
I searched through the Cooking Light treasure trove and found  This  Recipe for a Salt and Pepper Roasted Turkey with Thyme.
It is a super simple way to prepare a turkey. The bird could even be rubbed down with Salt and Pepper the night before and kept in the fridge unitl ready to roast.

Salt & Pepper Roasted Turkey
One Turkey (14 to 23 lb.)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
5 or 6 thyme sprigs (about 5 in.)
5 or 6 marjoram sprigs (about 6 in.)


1. Remove and discard leg truss from turkey. Pull off and discard any lumps of fat. Remove giblets and neck; save for Rich Poultry Broth. Rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry and rub all over with about 1/4 cup olive oil. Mix 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon pepper; rub evenly over skin and inside the bird. If desired, wrap airtight and chill 12 to 24 hours.
2. Place turkey, breast up, on a V-shaped rack in a 12-by 17-inch roasting pan; tuck thyme and marjoram sprigs inside body cavity.
3. Roast turkey in a 325º oven until thermometer inserted through thickest part of breast to the bone registers 160º, 2 to 3 hours.
4. Transfer turkey to a platter. Let stand in a warm place and rest at least 30 minutes, then carve.


Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our Thyme for Turkey Supper.

Jerry has Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Blue Cheese
Val is making Crisp Flatbread with Honey, Thyme and Sea Salt
Susan is bringing a Golden Winter Soup
Sara is Roasting Chanterlle Mushrooms with Thyme
Shelby is bringing a Texas Sheetcake Cupcake

Y'all enjoy ~

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Traveling ~ Hotel California?

Who would go to Positano Italy to stay at the Hotel California?

I would !
This is one of our little secret hide-aways.
Actually, it isn't such a secret . . . The Hotel California has been a standard in Positano for many years.

Location is one of the most important factors in this beautiful hill town. This small hotel is a short climb from the beaches.

The views are amazing.

But even more important than that, are the wonderful people. The Cinque family who own and run the Hotel California are what make this place special.
We'll be back!

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

Saturday, November 01, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Barbie

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Barbie'
I don't have any little girls and their Barbies in the house . . .

So, I am going with 'Shrimp on the Barbie' as the Aussies might say.

These Shrimp are threaded onto skewers of rosemary. (I have oodles of it in the yard)

First the shrimp are marinated with a citrus and rosemary sauce.

Then I turned up the grill and let them cook for a few minutes on each side.
yummy ~

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