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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Saturday, November 22, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Feather

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Feather'
I decided to go with a different kind of feather . . .

My wedding cake toppers are made to look like the bride and groom.

She said she wanted FEATHERS ~ He is a nutcracker king (actually a military officer wearing his uniform)

Here is the happy couple ~ you can find more on the Gimme Some Sugar ETSY page  ~

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

~ Dolce ~

Turn your Gluten sensetive eyes away ~ This post is not for the faint of heart.

'Dolce' ~ in Italian that is sweet. . . but these are nothing like the sweets here. They are full of flavor, but not sweet like a Krispy Kream Donut.

We wandered by this coffee bar every day ~ to be tempted by a Baba or a Cannolo

Tempting.
But also the perfect stop before the climb back up the stairs.

Most everyone had a treat.
I took picutures!
But . . . don't feel sorry for me. There is another place around the corner with a gluten free chocolate tort that was to.die.for



I am also joining Our World Tuesday

Y'all enjoy the ride~
Sandi

Friday, November 14, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Books

Most of y'all know that this blog was started to promote WhistleStop Products. It is our family business . . . here we are promoting the products. 7 years of recipes and blogging tips. Most from back in the day when I had the time and energy to blog. Now I am posting when I can.
BUT . . . there are big changes coming for the WhistleStop Blog.
Stay tuned ~

You can always order online at The WhistleStop Cafe Country Store
Since this PhotoHunt is for 'Books'
This is my BOOK ~ My Cookbook ~

Order one in time for Christmas .
Check for all the other Book Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Saturday, November 08, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Hero

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Hero'
This is my blog, so I get to pick my hero ~

That would be my dad . . . better known as 'The Col.'

He spent his life in the air ~ even flying the U2 over Cuba back in the 60's.

Later, flying kites on the beach with the kids . . .
He will always be MY Hero

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

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Cooking Light ~ It's Thyme for Turkey

This month for our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club, we have decided that it is 'Thyme for Turkey'. The holidays are quickly approaching and we are looking for ready to celebrate Turkey and Thyme.
I searched through the Cooking Light treasure trove and found  This  Recipe for a Salt and Pepper Roasted Turkey with Thyme.
Perfect.
It is a super simple way to prepare a turkey. The bird could even be rubbed down with Salt and Pepper the night before and kept in the fridge unitl ready to roast.

Salt & Pepper Roasted Turkey
One Turkey (14 to 23 lb.)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
5 or 6 thyme sprigs (about 5 in.)
5 or 6 marjoram sprigs (about 6 in.)

Preparation

1. Remove and discard leg truss from turkey. Pull off and discard any lumps of fat. Remove giblets and neck; save for Rich Poultry Broth. Rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry and rub all over with about 1/4 cup olive oil. Mix 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon pepper; rub evenly over skin and inside the bird. If desired, wrap airtight and chill 12 to 24 hours.
2. Place turkey, breast up, on a V-shaped rack in a 12-by 17-inch roasting pan; tuck thyme and marjoram sprigs inside body cavity.
3. Roast turkey in a 325º oven until thermometer inserted through thickest part of breast to the bone registers 160º, 2 to 3 hours.
4. Transfer turkey to a platter. Let stand in a warm place and rest at least 30 minutes, then carve.


 

Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our Thyme for Turkey Supper.

Jerry has Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Blue Cheese
Val is making Crisp Flatbread with Honey, Thyme and Sea Salt
Susan is bringing a Golden Winter Soup
Sara is Roasting Chanterlle Mushrooms with Thyme
Shelby is bringing a Texas Sheetcake Cupcake

Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Traveling ~ Hotel California?

Who would go to Positano Italy to stay at the Hotel California?

I would !
This is one of our little secret hide-aways.
Actually, it isn't such a secret . . . The Hotel California has been a standard in Positano for many years.

Location is one of the most important factors in this beautiful hill town. This small hotel is a short climb from the beaches.

The views are amazing.

But even more important than that, are the wonderful people. The Cinque family who own and run the Hotel California are what make this place special.
We'll be back!

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

Saturday, November 01, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Barbie

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Barbie'
I don't have any little girls and their Barbies in the house . . .

So, I am going with 'Shrimp on the Barbie' as the Aussies might say.

These Shrimp are threaded onto skewers of rosemary. (I have oodles of it in the yard)

First the shrimp are marinated with a citrus and rosemary sauce.

Then I turned up the grill and let them cook for a few minutes on each side.
yummy ~

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Traveling Tuesday ~ Recovery time!

I am happy to say that I actually have LOTs of photos for Traveling Tuesdays. I have just gotten home from a week in beautiful Positano (yes . . . again) as a part of our Great Italian Escapes

I just need a little time to recover.
Then I will be sharing all of my fun photos ~



I am also joining Our World Tuesday

Y'all enjoy the ride~
Sandi

Saturday, October 25, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Funny

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Funny'

I love wandering the streets of Italy and finding these signs by Clet.
He is the master of  'street art' . . . his street signs are all over Italy now.
Funny . . . to round a corner and see something like this.
The streets of Florence are full of funny signs.
You can find them when you least expect . . .
I wonder what the meaning is of this one in front of the Prada store?
That's Funny ~
Funny ~ Especially in a crowded city like Florence.

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Rock

The PhotoHunt for today is Rock ~

Right NoW I am on this rock. . . Sitting on our terrace in Positano.

You know what they say about being 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place'.
I guess you could say that.
We are right between the rocky side of the coast line . . .

And all the stairs leading to the beach.
Between a Rock and a hard place ~

Don't be feeling sorry for me.

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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Blues . . . and a new couple!

Happy Blue Monday ~
I have just finished a new Wedding CakeTopper from my ETSY store Gimme Some Sugar Y'all  

This was a special order . . .  and I just hope she likes it.

She is planning on wearing her Grandmother's dress, so I did my best to replicate it (on a clothes-pin of course) She wanted to carry blue flowers and have flowers (made from Grandma's dress) in her hair.

He is a Nutcracker Prince. . .
Her Nutcracker Prince.

I wish them love and happiness as they are waltzing down the aisle ~


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

Sandi
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