~In the south and around the world.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Now if we could do something about this Alabama heat!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Fried Green Tomatoes
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
I have a new centerpiece for my kitchen table. Every time I glance that way, I will be filled with memories of my wonderful trip with Gail's Great Escape .
We went shopping with PalmaBella, the queen of Italian ceramics. She took us to her favorite shop in Orvieto. They gave us a special discount and he shipped for free! (which in any language translates to 'you spent plenty and I can afford to throw in a little shipping')
On the internet you are always reading about bad experiences with ceramic shops in Italy that either don't ship, or ship the wrong things... Frauolini's is a small shop across from the Duomo in Orvieto. This shop is FULL of beautiful quality pieces. He was so nice and patient while we debilitated over our decision making. I bet you can guess why I wanted this pattern. These are close-ups of my bowl.
My sister, Holly, also got this beautiful plate.
There were a few other things... but Mrs. Claus may want to keep those a secret for now.
Y'all don't forget to send in your centerpieces this month.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
I knew that finding the hazelnuts would not be easy. I had looked at the Piggley Wiggley once before~ no luck there. I headed this time straight to Whole Foods. Bingo! I did use Hershey cocoa... even though Gina suggests 'dutched' cocoa for it's less acidic nature. I'm on a budget~ Hershey's would have to do.
BitterSweet Chocolate and Hazelnut Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
5 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
Preheat to 325°
In a medium bowl combine flour cocoa, baking powder and salt. Chop the hazelnuts and combine with dry ingredients. Set aside. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla. On low speed, beat in the dry ingredients. Finally, stir in chocolate chips. Chill dough until firm.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls. then roll each ball in confectioner's sugar to coat. back until puffed and cracking, 8-10 minutes. If desired dust with additional sugar.
These cookies are light, and not to sweet. A nice change from the usual chocolate chip cookies. They were perfect with a cup of coffee.
Friday, June 06, 2008
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
This was one of the highlights of our trip. The hot air balloon ride with Robert Etherington across the hills and valleys of Tuscany. His wife and assistant Liz, is an artist and author of children's books. They live in an authentic 13th century farm home, just outside of Montisi.
I planned this as a celebration of my 50th birthday year~ and what a commemoration it was. The chance to glide over the Tuscan countryside was magical. The greens of the hills and valleys, the poppy fields and the mustard yellows. We had such a wonderful day...Starting with the inflation of the huge balloon and ending with a champagne toast.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Ciao y'all~ Sandi
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Speaking of the sweet life... at the House In The Woods there is breakfast in the garden. That is how Britt-Arnhild celebrates spring in Norway.