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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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

PhotoHunt ~SpOts

The PhotoHunt for today is SpOts . . .
I remembered this quick little recipe.
It calls for little round 'spots' of flavor.
Place a couple of pecan halves, a piece of caramel that has been flattened with the bottom of a glass, and a round piece of chocolate on a non-stick cookie sheet.
Bakeat 350 until the chocolate is slightly melted (watch it so that the chocolate doesn't run)
Sprinkle with Sea Salt.
It is that simple and you will have a spot of flavor.

Now, check for all the other Spotted Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Saturday, October 04, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Entwine

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Entwine'

Which is exactly

That is a lot of entwining ~

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

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Cooking Light ~ Chardonnay Garlic Shrimp

Our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club is hosting a Wine Country Feast this month. I needed an appetizer and found this in the Cooking Light Pages.
It is a meal, but I have taken the liberty of turning it into an appetizer.

When using Chardonnay as the main ingredient, you can eat this any way you like ~ and serve with bread for 'sopping up'.

Chardonnay Garlic Shrimp
  • 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices diagonally cut French bread baguette
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups (1-inch) sliced asparagus (about 1 pound)
  • 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
    • 1 cup Chardonnay or other dry white wine
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

    Preparation

    Preheat oven to 400°.
    Place bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 6 minutes or until toasted.
    While bread toasts, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add asparagus, garlic, salt, and peppers; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add shrimp, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
    Stir in wine and juice; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; serve with bread slices.
    I skewered mine with a bite-sized piece of asparagus and shrimp ~ with plenty of bread on the side. I am not a bread eater, but made sure I got plenty of sauce on the shrimp. Easy and Gluten Free.


     

    Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our Wine Country Feast.
    Jerry has made a Roasted Chicken with a Pinot Noir Sauce
    Val is making Butternut Squash White Bean Soup
    Susan is bringing a big bowl of Creamy Pumpkin and Sage Polenta
    Sara has made Stilton Stuffed Pears

    Sounds yummy to me.
    Y'all enjoy ~
    Sandi

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    PhotoHunt ~ Morning

    The PhotoHunt for this morning is 'morning'
    This is my favorite way to start the Morning . . .

    No matter where I am.

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

    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
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