Sunday, October 31, 2010
This weekend was a perfect weekend. On Friday night we stayed home to carve our pumpkins. Poor Roman fell asleep before he got a chance to paint his pumpkin. The boys wanted to do something a little different this year and so they both carved their pumpkins to look like they were pumpkin eaters. Afterwards, we cleaned the seeds and roasted them in the oven. Pretty simple. First you wash them and try to take as much of the membrane out, then boil for ten minutes and pat them dry. We made two kinds this year. Salted garlic and cinnamon sugar. To make the cinnamon sugar you just mix the seeds with a quarter cup of butter, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and a couple heaping tablespoons of sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 225 degrees. To make the salted garlic just sprinkle garlic and salt atop and bake for the same time as the cinnamon sugar. We have been crunching on these tasty treats all weekend long. Saturday, I hung out with a good friend of mine who is a photographer and she let me shadow her as she took some photos of our boys playing together. I think I am getting the photography bug. I love when I get a good photo. Then in the evening we went to our neighbors where we sat around a bonfire roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. The boys had so much fun hanging with the other kids from the neighborhood. Thanks to Laurie and Paul! Today after church we are just chilling. Cuddled with Roman as we watched. It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Life couldn't get any better than this. Now we are just waiting for the sun to go down so we can go Trick or Treating. Happy Halloween!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Roman And Harris
It seems like the weeks are just a blur as we soak in every last minute of sun shine and days of 80 degree weather. Every Wednesday Roman and I go to the park, the boys go on long walks with their papa on Sundays, and the rest of the week is filled with the boys activities. I haven't had much time to ponder as I have had one doctor appointment after another. It looks like all is good with my husband, so if my laproscopy comes back that I don't have endometriosis then I am off to a specialist to see if there is any thing they can do to help us in making our family complete. On Sunday after church, I did a little mini photo shoot with the boys. I am not 100% happy with the photos, but I think I am coming along. I just wish I could remember everything I learned at class, but I get out with the boys and my brain gets a little fuzzy with all their moving around. I think the next time I go I need to think about what aperature I need, ISO, and set the settings, so that I am ready to go when I get to the location. Hopefully, practice makes perfect. I wanted to do a photo of all three boys, but Roman got too close to the pond and fell in. Life is never boring here at our house. Oh, I made the yummiest rolls this weekend from the Pioneer Woman's blog. I served them with roast pork tenderloin, garlic mash potatoes, and home made apple sauce, and peas. I love fall cooking. Though I better find some time to get to the gym or I am not going to be able to fit in my pants any more. To see more corner views go to Theresa who has taken over until Jane comes back, and to see more Tuesdays around the globe go to Communal Global.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Yeah it is Friday! I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am about this. Beside taking the boys to German school tomorrow,we are going to do absolutely nothing. You heard me right. I am not picking apples, going to pumpkin patches, travel anywhere, or buy anything. I don't even think I will get out of my sweats the whole weekend except for church. Maybe, we will even make this breakfast casserole. I made one a couple of weekends ago. It was so yummy. What is not to love about breakfast. Do you ever do breakfast for dinner? We call it crazy night around here. Well in accordance with doing nothing. I am getting off the computer.
1 12 oz bag of shredded hash browns
4 Tablespoons of butter
4 Italian sausages
salt and pepper to taste
veggies to taste
1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 cup of full percent fat milk
Grease a 9 by 13 baking pan with cooking spray or cooking oil. Layer hash browns on the bottom of the dish and put the pieces of butter over the top. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown at 350 degrees. In the meantime, in a saute pan, saute onions in olive oil and any other veggies you might like to add to this dish like bell peppers or mushrooms then remove from pan when they are cooked through. Remove sausage from the casing and break into bite size pieces and brown in pan. Once the hash browns are done layer the veggies and sausage over the top. In a bowl beat the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together then pour over the top of the casserole. Spread cheese over the top and cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove the foil and cook for another 15 minutes. Bon appetite!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
In a saute pan in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil saute 1/2 very finely diced white onion. When that begins to turn translucent add 1 Tablespoon of chopped rosemary and 1 garlic clove minced. The add 1 can or 15 ounces of pumpkin puree, 1 Tablespoon of white wine vinegar (but could use chicken stock or just white wine), 1/2 cup of 1/2 and 1/2 and 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste or you could use red pepper flakes. I used toasted pine nuts to dress it up and give it another dimension. You could also serve this with Sweet Italian sausage, but since we were having steak I thought it would be too much. Serve over your favorite type of noodles.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Last weekend after we finished picking out our pumpkins, and were in that general direction we stopped at BJ Reece Apple House to pick our own apples. The farm does not have all the glam of some of the other farms in the area, but offers cheaper prices for admission. Really you can buy apples cheaper in the store, but it is the experience that you are going for when you pick your own apples. The other thing that you will get is apples that have not sat in a warehouse for who knows how long. We have all ready made some apple sauce and this weekend when our friends come to dinner we are going to make an apple crumble. Yummy! It is kind of late in the season, so if you want to pick a certain variety check out their website to check for dates. Next year we will do it earlier in the season.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Fall isn't quite here yet. The trees are starting to get touches of yellow to them and some of the maples are starting to change, but no pile of leaves here in the south. The last couple of weeks have been busy since we came home from Italy. Filled with Karate, Basketball, German School, regular school and all its home work along with parent teacher conferences, dentist appointments, and doctor appointments. Thankfully, the tempetures have started to cool and I can run from one activity to the next without being soaked with sweat. We also moved Harris into his own room. He is so happy and so is his brother Winston. It was time. The boys have different sleeping patterns and it was getting hard to navigate around these. Harris can now sleep in. Each can listen to their own type of music and have a space to do their homework. It is a little bitter sweet because I really wanted them to share until the moved out, but I think this will be better for everyone now. Saturday after German school we made our annual trek up to Burt's Pumpkin Patch. This year the air was filled with the smell of pumpkin bread and pumpkin pies. It was intoxicating. We ended our trip with apple cider and hand held apple pies. To see more Corner Views around the world visit Jane at Spain Daily.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Internet. There really isn't any where near by where you can eat. I would stay in the Rome city center if I were going to Rome.
Discoveries : Remember I said I got perfume in Positano. I love it! It is from a company called Carthusia out of Capri, but they have a small shop in Positano. It reminds me of being in Italy every time I put on. I got the Mediterranean one that smells like citrus.
The second discovery I made was Limoncello Torrone by Oliviero. Lemon nugget with chopped almonds covered in chocolate. Devine! It is been said to have been served at the royal courts for weddings. It also comes in other flavors too!
Thank you Italy for a fabulous holiday! I can't wait to come back and visit you.
th Birthday to me! What a way to spend a birthday. I woke up to the fresh smell of the ocean and the sound of the vespa zooming zooming down our street. I couldn't have asked for anything more. After breakfast, we packed up our things and headed for Pompeii. For some reason, our navigation system was not working, but I knew that Pompeii was just right outside of Naples, so we headed in that direction. One word you should know is Scavi if you are driving to Pompeii. It is the word for ruins. In Rome they tend to use the word Antica. Since I don't speak Italian, I can't tell you why one word is used over the other, but I think they pretty much mean the same thing. I would suggest that if you want to go to Mt. Vesuvius you should do it in the morning while it can be a little foggy up there there are fewer crowds. You can catch a bus outside of the Pompeii ruins for 20 Euros that will take you there and back that includes the admission price to the volcano. While you can drive there, I wouldn't suggest it because the road it a series of switch backs and with all the buses coming up and down it can be kind of dangerous. It takes about 45 minutes to drive there from Pompeii. Then it takes about 20 minutes up to the top and about 20 minutes down, and maybe a little longer if you need to stop. It is a little steep. The views are amazing when the clouds clear away. You can see all of Naples. The volcano is amazing too with the steam rising up out of it's deep hole. No worries, you can't see any lava. The hole has filled itself back in. Before, we left the states we watched this really cool documentary on Mt. Vesuvius which helped us to understand really what happened and what danger could take place today. Back to Pomeii!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Back in February, I came across a blog post made by Emily on traveling to Pompeii by train. I didn't realize really how close Pompeii is to Rome. At least for Americans three hours is nothing. Going by train would have been nice because we wouldn't have had to worry about anything; however, you can't get to Positano by train and with such a short time to spend seeing these two locations we choose to rent the car. I am glad we did! Pompeii is amazing. It is just so hard to wrap your mind around how sophisticated these people lived. While they may not have had the technology we have today nor the medical care, these people didn't live to shabby. The area is rich in food; especially fruit. While here in Italy we have had fresh fruit just about every day. My new favorite fruit are these little tiny grapes called fragolini that taste like strawberries. Not having to worry about food these people were able to have spend time in entertainment. The area is stunning. I could see myself living there. Sadly, in 79 AD the volcano erupted without warning. Pompeii was covered in about 25 feet of ash. Which made it easier for the archaeologist to dig Pompeii out. While you will see some bones, the bodies you see are actually impressions that where left by the bodies creating a mold. The scientist filled in the empty spaces with plaster. We spent 4 hours at Pompeii, but needed about another two. If you choose to visit Pompeii and choose not to do a tour, I would recommend getting a headset. We didn't get one and wished we had, so we could have had a better understanding of what we saw. Don't forget to get yourself a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice on the way out. It is amazing. Well, it has actually been two weeks now since we were there. I was ready to go home. I missed my children. I hope you have enjoyed reading about our trip to Italy. Tomorrow, I will post the hotels where we stayed and some of the things I discovered. Hope you are having a nice weekend. We are off to the pumpkin patch after German School. It is a perfect Indian summer day here in Georgia!
Positano, but for one reason or another the opportunity did not present itself. My 39th birthday was around the corner and we decided to go for it. We made a splurge and rented a sports car and headed down the Amalfi Coast. It was amazing. The views were fantastic! It really was a dream come true. I only have to say that the bends and curves are not for the weak in heart or for those who get car sick. While normally I don't get car sick, I felt a little a sick, but then it could have been the fumes from all the mopeds. In the end I was rewarded with the cute little town of Positano, a dinner by the sea, lemon granita, and perfume from Capri that smells like citrus. I also bought some pottery. It was the best birthday of my life. Frank had a blast driving the car. He was like a kid in the candy store and at times I had to remind him not to drive to fast.