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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.

Check for all the other Timely Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
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 ~

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.


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

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~

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~

Saturday, June 06, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Gym

The PhotoHunt for today is 'GYM'
We have all the equipment . . .
If I would just use it!

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

PhotoHunt -RED

The PhotoHunt for today is Red ~
Of course, I picked the colors of the Italian flag . . . Red, White and Green.

In the colors of a Caprese Salad.

This is To.Die.For.
The little tomatoes are so sweet, the buffalo mozzarella is fresh from the buffalo cattle that are living just over the mountain, and the basil that is so fresh and peppery.
A bit of fresh olive oil (and of course a glass of Marisa Cuomo)

I am HaPPy!

Eat them whole or Dice 'em up . . .

Which is always fun in a cooking class ~

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

Sunday, May 24, 2015

For the Holledayz

This is a special recipe for Holledayz.

It is simple, gluten free, and just in time for Memorial Day.
It is the perfect summer time treat.
A dessert that is straight from The Amalfi Coast (and pinterest)

Lemon Squares
1 cup gluten free flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup butter ~ at room temperature
2 eggs + 1 egg white
1 Tbs Lemon zest (or more)
3 Tbs Lemon juice
Pre-heat oven to 350
Blend dry ingredients, Lightly cream in Butter. This should be easy if the butter is room temperature. In another bowl, combine lemon juice and eggs. Add slowly to dry ingredients, without over blending. Pour into a greased 8x8 pan
Bake for 25 minutes.
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1Tbs lemon juice (or Limoncello)
Whisk together a small amount of lemon juice with powdered sugar to make a thick icing. Drizzle over the top of the cooled cake.
It makes a thin 'brownie' type lemon bar that is so moist and lemony.

You will be able to smell the lemon groves and hear Italian church bells.
Well . . . Sort of.
that might have been the extra limoncello)

Y'all enjoy ~

Saturday, May 23, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Tanned

The PhotoHunt for this week is 'Tanned'

This is usually my view while everyone else is tanning at the beach . . . I am perfectly content under a big umbrella.

I will never be 'tanned'.
And after my most recent bout with skin cancer . . . That is fine with me!

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

The best Blues

Happy Blue Monday.
I have just downloaded a thousand photos of my recent trip to Italy . . . these are some of my favorite blues.
I always stop in Charlotte for a little LuLu time before the long flight to Rome.

Spending a few hours at the park with this little bundle of energy ensures that I will be sleeping on the flight.

While I was there we just had to try some Gelato . . . I love the concentration on Hopie's face. She declared that the banana tasted just like a big banana!

A quick drop and kiss at the airport . . . and I was on my way.
Buon Viaggio

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


Saturday, May 16, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Mystical

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Mystical'

I have been whirling in a mystical world of jet lag and crazy work this week since getting back from Italy. . . but as always filled with wonderful memories.
And a camera full of photos.

This a boat, racing out of one of the mystical private coves along the Amalfi Coast~

Check for all the other Mystical Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt

Happy Hunting y'all~

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Cooking Light ~ Lovely Lemons of Amalfi

It is time for our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. . . I might be in Italy, but I haven't missed a Virtual Supper Club in 6 years. And I am certainly not going to miss this one.

This is our final Supper club meeting. As with most of the blogging world, things have changed. We are all busy, and it becomes a struggle to post on a regular basis (can I get an Amen!) We have all agreed that this would be our final supper club meeting. I am sad to see it go, because I have formed friendships with these other cooks.
We decided for this menu we would celebrate the lovely lemons of Amalfi. . . I went to the cooking light pages and found this recipe for Sole with Lemon Caper Sauce

Lemon Sole with a Lemon Caper Sauce
1 Tbs olive oil
1 sole fillets
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp butter
1 garlic clove minced
3/4 cup chicken broth
2 Tbs capers
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Place fish in pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Remove fish from pan.
Melt butter in pan. Add garlic; cook 1 minute or until lightly browned. Add broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 6 minutes). Stir in minced capers and juice; cook 3 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove from heat; stir in parsley. Serve immediately.

This makes for a dish that is so light and fresh, you would think you were at the villa in Positano.
(well Almost)


Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our final Virtual Supper Club.
Jerry has make a Lemon Martini
Val is making Pasta with Creamy Lemon Sauce
Sara is making Asparagus with a Garlic Lemon Sauce
Shelby is bringing a Lemon Swirl Cheesecake

Y'all enjoy ~
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