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Saturday, September 20, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Yummy

The PhotoHunt for this week is 'Yummy

I'm including a put together recipe for my favorite appetizer for this time of year . . . When those Chilton County peaches are just right.
I call it a put-together recipe, because all you have to do is "put it together".
First, peel and chunk a fresh peach. Mix with 2Tbs of red pepper jelly and 1Tbs of spicy mustard. Next, peel the top off of a round of Brie. Here I wanted to use an oblong shaped plate so I cut it into random chunks.
Bake at 350 until the cheese is melty, then top with the peaches and bake another 5-8 minutes.

Serve with chunks of bread, or some Gluten-Free crisps.


That's Yummy!

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


Monday, September 15, 2014

Ocean Blue Sandals

I'm joining in with a post for the Blues ~ Ocean Blue Sandals
We found this little shop in Positano. I can't remember his name of course . . . but he was super friendly and a bit up from town.
He can make Any style or color of sandal you can imagine.
I really mean ANY color and any size.
With bling or without.
I thought these Might be perfect for a beach wedding . . .

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, September 13, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Rose

The PhotoHunt for today is Rose ~

I love that they plant rose bushes at the end of the row of vines in Italy. It is a way for the farmers to see if there is a problem with bugs that could destroy their entire crop of grapes.
The bugs will attack the rose bush before they attack the grapes.

Besides . . . they look so pretty.

As if the rows of vines aren't pretty enough.

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

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Traveling to the Rivah Cottage

Last weekend I took a quick trip to Boston . . . Actually to the Rivah Cottage on the 'South Shore'

The river rises at high tide and this grass is under water, as the tide flows back to the ocean it leaves these waves of green grass. The marsh is beautiful this time of year.

(Pronounced "Mahsh" )
Summers in New England are perfect.
Imagine this Lovely view every morning with your coffee ~




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

Saturday, September 06, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Gray

Today we are photohunting Gray ~

London can be a very 'gray' town.
No matter what the season.

Except for the pop of Red.

That bit of red in a phone booth, a train or a bus . . . just brightens things up.

I LoVe London.

Check for all the other Photos in Shades of Gray on The Saturday PhotoHunt

Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Cooking Light ~Cucumber Gazpacho for Brunch

Our Cooking Light Supper Club is hosting a Brunch this month. I am in charge of bringing a soup. I found this recipe for a cool summer gazpacho in the Cooking Light Pages
This is perfect for a light summer meal, or a brunch.
Cucumber Gazpacho with Shrimp Relish
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 cups quartered grape tomatoes
1/3 cup fresh cilantro
2 1/2 cups chopped English cucumber
1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 cup whole-milk plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Dash of ground red pepper
1 large garlic clove, peeled
First...  Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, cumin, and paprika. Add shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until done. Stir in tomatoes; remove from heat. Add cilantro.

Place remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, cucumber, and remaining ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 4 bowls; top with 3/4 cup relish.
Serve at room temperature with the sauted shrimp.
This was a very unique gazpacho. I think it would have been much better without that huge cup of greek yogurt. It overpowered the delicate cucumbers. The shrimp 'relish' sank to the bottom of the bowl ~ making un-appetizing photos. ( But it tasted great )
I think he looks better hanging out on the side.


 

Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our September Brunch.
Jerry has made Savory Sausage Breakfast Rolls
Val is making Leek Potato Fritters
Susan is bringing Monkey Bread
Sara has some Dutch Baby Pancakes
Shelby is bringing a Strata of Tomatoes and Bacon

Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi

Saturday, August 30, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Youth

The PhotoHunt for today is Youth. . . I had other photos planned, but didn't plan ahead well enough.
This is a photo I could find on my iPad. . .
How else would a youth ride on a Vespa?

Check out Mamma's heels ~ so Italian.
Happy hunting y'all ~
Sandi

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Traveling Tuesday ~ Tiles

Travel Tuesday ~ I am going to have to spend this tuesday dreaming again.
Dreaming of the view of the beautiful tiled dome of the cathedral of Positano.
From every viewpoint ~ it is fabulous.
The sun reflects off of the tiles and that beautiful blue water.
Magical . . .

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

Saturday, August 23, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Engage

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Engage'

Here they are engaged in a game of chess

The chess pieces were almost as big as Dianna

I am not a chess player . . .

So I engaged in taking photos.

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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Curse

The PhotoHunt for today is Curse . . .
I don't think that a fortune cookie is exactly a curse ~ that would be if something bad was predicted.
But I couldn't find anything else.

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

Saturday, August 09, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Lacy

My photos for 'Lacy' come from our day at the Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm . . . Where pretty lacy patterns are knitted with the yarn made from Cashmere Goats
Nora Kravis is the owner/goat farmer/ inn keeper/ beauty and brains behing the place.

The 'fur' of these special goats is combed, cleaned and then that fiber is spun into cashmere threads. Local Tuscan women do the knitting and create the Lacy patterns.

This is such a happy place ~ even the puppies look like they could contribute a little to the pile of fibers.

Nora also has a villa for rent . . . if you ever wanted to wake to the sound of goats and watch Tuscan sunsets ~ Sounds like paradise.

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

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Cooking Light ~ August BarB~Q

For the Month of August, the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club is caught up in the heat of summer ~ no matter where in the country we are. We have decided to have a Summer BBQ (don't forget the Off)
I found  This Recipe for Potato Salad Bites It looked like an interesting combination of potato salad and roasted potato skins.

Potato Salad Bites
12 small red potatoes, halved (about 1 1/4 pounds)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, divided
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons finely chopped drained capers
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Slice the potatoes in half and cover with olive oil. Roast cut side down @ 450 for 20 minutes. Allow to cool.

Using a paring knife, carefully cut a circle in the cut side of potatoes. Using a melon baller or small spoon, remove pulp from potato, leaving a thin shell.
Combine pulp, sour cream, 1 tablespoon chives, and next 5 ingredients (through pepper).
Evenly fill potato shells with filling; sprinkle with cheese and remaining 1 tablespoon chives.
Broil until they are toasted
In my opinion . . . it was a strange mix of lemon/caper/Parmesan. I think when I make them again (and I will) I will either do the lemon caper or the Parmesan.

 

Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our August BBQ.
Jerry has a Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Onions and Almonds
Val is making a Berry Melody with Limoncello and Mint
Sara is making BBQ Pork Ribs
Shelby is bringing Clams Casino (clams with pancetta)
Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi
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