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Monday, April 14, 2014

It's about the lemons ~

I am getting closer to our Great Escape  to Positano . . . and I have been playing with some photos from our last trip. This is edited with the color pencil effect ( if I could only do this in real life ). I can't have enough lessons with our artist Liz to turn me into a real artist.


In Amalfi . . . It's all about the lemons
Limons ~ and here is the real photo. . .

Travel Tuesday . . . and I am counting them down.

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

Saturday, April 12, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Ginormous

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Ginormous'
I think of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence . . . It is the heart of the city and you can see it from any side street.
This Amazing building was completed in 1436 (more or less).
I love to sit with a glass of wine in the shadow of the Baptistery and watch the sunset glisten off the millions of mosaic tiles.
The dome was completed in 1436 after 16 years of construction. (there is a fascinating program on the building... but I couldn't find a link to it) The marble facade was completed in the 1800's. You can see a small section below the dome that was not covered, to this day it still looks like the original building.

It is funny . . . but I have never been inside. This year, I am standing in that line.
Check for all the other Ginormous  Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Travel Tuesday ~Shopping in Positano

I've been looking through photos from our last trip to Positano and found some fun one's to share for Travel Tuesday.
We have a good time shopping ~ even though we might not be making big purchases. . . This shop owner may have bee tired of our shenanegans.
Porca Miseria! We had a great time trying on sunglasses. . . Very Prada-like.
Fabulous cashmere's in Ravello ~
and original paintings by our friend Dominico. . .
Fun buying unique jewelry in Positano
We always manage to find a few special things and make special friends.
Especially at the grocery store!
I can't wait to get back and into the kitchen.

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

Saturday, April 05, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Family

The PhotoHunt for this weekend is 'Family'

We have always made the effort to get family photos when we are all together ~



sometimes it is quite an effort . . .

and some years we are picture perfect . . .

Most times it is just fun memories ~

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

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Cooking Light ~ Celebrating Easter

For our Virtual Supper Club this month, we decided to get a jump and Celebrate Easter a little early . . . The Cooking Light way. I decided that the best thing to do with all of those colored eggs would be to whip up a plate of deviled eggs. I went searching on Cooking Light and found This Recipe.
This is a deviled egg recipe that is kicked up a knotch with some pickled red onions and sriracha for spice.

Deviled Eggs with Pickled Onions
8 large eggs
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong) or hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  2 tablespoons finely chopped chives

Preparation (according to the Cooking Light instructions)
Add water to a large saucepan to a depth of 1 inch; set a large vegetable steamer in pan. Add eggs to steamer. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Steam eggs, covered, 16 minutes. Remove from heat. Place eggs in a large ice water–filled bowl for 3 minutes.
While eggs steam, combine 1/4 cup water, vinegar, and sugar in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until boiling. Stir in onion. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Drain.
Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, Sriracha, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring well to combine.
Peel eggs; discard shells. Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Add 6 yolks to yogurt mixture; reserve remaining yolks for another use. Mash with a fork until very smooth. Stir in 2 tablespoons red onion. Spoon mixture into egg white halves (about 1 tablespoon in each half). Garnish egg halves with remaining red onion and chives.
Only Cooking Light could turn deviled eggs into such a difficult process...
Actually, I hard cook my eggs In The Oven Like In This Post (Fool proof every time)
Then peel and half them, I smish all the yolks with the other ingredients (who has ever complained about over-filled eggs?)
To fill them I use a zip-loc baggie with a hole snipped in the corner. 
I Love me some deviled eggs ~ so I have turned it into a simple process.
Believe me . . . I will be making this again with those colored eggs in a couple of weeks.

 

Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our Virtual Easter Supper.
Jerry has Ham with Bourbon Glaze
Val is making Spring Pea Soup with Crab Flan
Susan is bringing Smashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese
Sara has a dessert of Ricotta Semifreddo
Shelby is back and she is bringing Shrimp and Bacon Deviled Eggs (Yea ~ more deviled eggs)
Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi

Saturday, March 29, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Bird

Is there anything more relaxing that watching the birds at the beach?
I don't think so . . .
If there is, I will let you know after this weekend.
Just another day at the Beach.
Check for all the other Bird Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Travel Tuesday ~ Just Beachin'

For my traveling Tuesday... I think I'm going to do some beachin' (it's been that kind of week)
and what a better place to relax than the FloraBama . . .
 and if you doubt, they even have their own Wikipedia Page  
It is nothing fancy, but a national landmark just the same.
In fact, a hurricaine rarely does any damage that can't be repaired in a weekend.
A funny BUT TRUE story.
Several years ago I was there with friends on a random, middle of the winter evening.
The place was empty, except for a ragged looking singer with a guitar. He was singing all kinds of Jimmy Buffet songs.
We were powered by youth and bushwackers . . . we danced and heckled him all night. He would come right back with a wise crack and another song.
HOURs later he packed it up . . . and the bartender brought us another round of drinks comliments of the musician.
Who was in fact ~
Jimmy Buffett

I of course take total credit for his resurgence in the 1990's... If it hadn't been for us, he might have been happy playing his guitar at the FloraBama for the rest of his life.
Who wouldn't be?
Sandi

Saturday, March 22, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Focus

The PhotoHunt for this week is 'Focus'
I don't go to the beach without my handy camera.

. . . there is always something to Focus on

I could have done a better job on Focusing in on this shot.

But I still love the memory of it ~

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

Saturday, March 15, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Deluxe~

The PhotoHunt today is Deluxe
Which makes me think that I am in need of a Deluxe Pedicure. . . But maybe Not in the toe-scum eating fish tanks.
Instead I will just flip-flop over to 'Deluxe Nails'
Check for all the other Deluxe Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Saturday PhotoHunt ~ Colours

The PhotoHunt for today is Colours ~
I have been busy with my crochet hook and this yummy soft cotton yarn . . . in all kinds of colours.
I loved the bright colours ~ then had to add a row of crimson red (to balance out the orange and blue) for a sweet baby who is coming soon.

Happy Hunting y'all ~
Sandi

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Cooking Light ~ Tuscan White Bean Soup with Prosciutto

For our March Cooking Light Supper Club, Sarah said "why don't we go Italian?" No argument from me!
When we had that recent snow day. . . I decided to search the Cooking Light library and came up with This Tuscan Bean Soup. Perfect for a big pot of soup on a cold winter's day.

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Prosciutto
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped prosciutto or ham (about 2 ounces)
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped carrot
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup water
2 (19-ounce) cans cannellini beans or other white beans, undrained
2 bay leaves
1 (15.75-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons sherry (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the chopped prosciutto, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic; sauté for 2 minutes or until soft. Add the water, beans, bay leaves, and broth, and bring soup to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer soup for 20 minutes. Add the parsley, sherry, and black pepper; cook for 1 minute. Discard bay leaves
I had found some nice prosciutto and added fresh Thyme ~ The perfect treat to keep us warm.
Now . . . on to daydreams of Italy. . .

 

For our Cooking Light supper club . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our Italian feast.
Jerry has a Melon Prosciutto Salad
Val is making Gnocchi with Browned Butter
Susan is bringing a dessert of Warmed Caramelized Pears with Clove Zabaglioni
Sara is making Parmesean Crusted Sage Pork Chops

Who's bringing the Vino?
Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Saint Joseph

Do you know about St Joseph?
I have heard that he can help sell a house, and his commission is less than another realtor. . . to I went to the source of all knowledge ~ FaceBook.
Sure enough, all my catholic friends agree'd, and even a realtor or two. An article in the Boston Globe said "Catholics say that because St. Joseph was able to move Jesus and Mary from harm's way many times, he knew something about successful relocation. He was also a carpenter and is the patron saint of that trade."
We aren't catholic ~ although I do light candles in the cathedrals in Italy.
I figured . . . what the hey? It can't hurt.

This special St Joseph came from a friend in NJ ~ he came with special blessings.
I got out my little shovel . . . and in the ground he went.
UpSideDown of course
Now . . .  We are waiting for the doorbell to ring.
I'll keep y'all posted ~ Maybe we will be Traveling soon. I'll share this as my Traveling Tuesday (how's that for positive thinking?) I am also joining Our World Tuesday
Y'all enjoy the ride~
Sandi

Saturday, March 01, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Boogie

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Boogie'
Here my sister Holly and I are ready to go high steppin' in London.
I'm just glad there isn't a video of us doing the Boogie ~

And Boogie we did ~

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