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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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.
Icing
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.
DeLicIoUS!
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 ~
Sandi

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~
Sandi

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 ~

Sandi

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~
Sandi

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 ~
Sandi

Saturday, May 02, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Youth

The PhotoHunt for today is 'youth'

We all know that this is such a short period.

They grow all to quickly ~

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

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Skin cancer ~ it's no Joke!

I have had a recent and nasty bout with skin cancer ~ I put a happy picture on the top of the page. I didn't want my nasty face to appear in the blogger feed.
But even in this photo I had a small lesion that was in the center of my upper lip.
I have that freckled faced red head skin. I wear sunscreen in everything, and a hat, and have learned to love the beach under an umbrella. I see my dermatologist every 6 months. And yet, still things managae to sneak up.
About 5 weeks ago I had a biopsy of a small little 'spot' that was in the center of my upper lip. (I should have taken  picture of that and y'all would have thought 'What spot'? )
The word was that it would need to come off, sooner than later.
Here is one of the lessons I learned during this process.
*A dermatologist who is trained to do MOEs (a cellular mapping for cancer) is NOT a surgeon. They are doctors who have done a special training on taking out as much skin as needed.
*The second thing I learned is that God is bigger... If we will shut up and allow it.
My dear friend called a friend and the next thing I knew, I was in front of a plastic surgeon. (Like boobalicious waiting room and an adjoining spa)
I had to have an radical excision of my upper lip. . . And he was only willing to wait till the next morning.
* I also learned that squamous cell carcinoma of the lip is almost as aggressive as melanoma.

I took photos along the way, to show that while it was BAD. It healed . . .
It was a surgery that took several revisions to get all of the cancer. He was able to flap the skin from my inner lip to rebuild my upper lip.
I drank through a straw . . . Everything! Coffee, soup and even Chardonnay ~ can't keep a good girl down.
The healing was not fun, but it has healed fairly quickly.
Once I was able to get most of the stitches out, it was much more comfortable. Still sipping on a straw, but I was able to sleep lying down.
It will be always noticeable . . . But I am so grateful. * I also learned that lipstick can cover anything.
As I type this (forgive the goofs) I am about to get on my flight to Positano. . . With plenty of sunscreen and great lipstick! God is Bigger than anything we need to handle! Ciao y'all ~ Sandi

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ FiX

The PhotoHunt for today is 'FiX'

As we say in the South ~ "I am fixin' to take a little trip" . . . back to Positano.



A view like this will Fix just about anything

Don't think that a little vino and some mussels won't be a part of the fix. . .

Just imagine sitting right here with me ~ that would fix any problems
(what problems???)

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Traveling Tuesday ~ Lemons!

Our trip to Italy is approaching.
 I am starting to dream about lemons and those fabulous views.



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

Saturday, April 18, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Ball

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Ball'

With my lack of time for blogging, I thought I would include a photohunt and a recipe. Because that is how the ball bounces these days.

This idea came from Chef Rob, because they have been doing pickled mustard seeds at Fisher's. This recipe is from BonAppetit magazine . . . it isn't exactly the same, but you get the idea.

Marinated Mustard Seed
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup dry mustard seeds
1 sliced onion (a purple onion would be better)
Heat the vinegar and sugar until bubbling. Pour over the mustard seeds and sliced onion. Allow to sit.

The longer you let the seeds sit, the more the soak up the pickling solution. The bigger those little BALLS become.
That's it!
You can use them on salads or BBQ . . .

I served mine with a mess of greens and pork chops

Check for all the other Ball Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt

Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Traveling Tuesday ~ Casa e Bottega

Y'all know how much I love Positano.

I am going to share some of my secrets ~ Casa e Bottega is one. Tanina is the owner, and it feels like you are sitting in her kitchen.

This is one of my favorite spots

This Fabulous gluten free chocolate torte is calling my name ~
They also offer fresh salads and smoothies... not common in a coastal Italian village.

It is a great place to look back over the village of Positano.

Is it a shop or a cafe?

It is a bit of Both ~ This is the Casa e Bottega FaceBook page
If you can't be sitting there, you can at least enjoy the action virtually.

Isn't that what Traveling Tuesdays are all about?

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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Yet

This Weekend's PhotoHunt is 'YeT'

I decided to stick with the theme that the laundry is hanging all over town . . .

and Not dry YET

That makes for some fun photo-ops

If you keep your eyes open and camera ready.

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