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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Traveling . . . Porte del vino

I am a little late for Traveling Tuesday . . . But these photos are timeless.

These are a collection of the 'Porte del vino' that you can find around Florence

Little doors in the walls of old villas where you could get a glass of vino.

Like a quick drive through ~ for wine.

These are all over Florence . . . I will keep my eyes open for more when I am there in a couple of weeks.
Yes! In a couple of weeks.

Y'all enjoy the ride~

Saturday, April 19, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Indigo

The PhotoHunt today is 'Indigo'

That was easy- peasy for me . . . We love the indigo waters of the gulf coast

Beautiful shades of Indigo ~
I am always ready for a road trip!

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

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~

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~

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~

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~

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 ~
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