Monday, May 31, 2010

Yesterday's meal


Yesterday the whole family went out to eat at this restaurant
in S. Lucia del Mela.
It's up in the mountains. Beautiful location.


The whole restaurant was set up for banquets. Must be a busy time.
We were seated on the left side of this room.
There was a huge room upstairs.
A very nice place.


Of course I didn't think to start taking photos of
the food until after the antipasto course.
The next course was this delicious shrimp risotto.
The food was served by the wait staff. They
brought around platters of food and served everyone.


Then we were served pappardelle in a Marsala wine
sauce with mushrooms. It was very good.


Next was the first meat course. This they brought out on plates,
one plate for 2 people. On it were spiedini, sausage, lamp chops and lemons.
This meat was grilled. Delish!


The next meat course was agnello al forno (baked lamb)
with potatoes and carrots.


This was the wine we drank along with water and coke.

After a bit they brought us fruit cups and
then some of us got cake, which I didn't care for.

Then coffee and amaro.
We were all so stuffed! It was a great day even though
We had to miss the Formula One race.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cherry Dessert

I got a half of a kilo of cherries at the mercato on Wednesday. What was i going to do with them??? So I cleaned and pitted them and put them in a small pot with a couple of tablespoons of sugar and let them boil for a few minutes.
I mixed up an all purpose cake batter.

1 1/4 c flour
1 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/4 c oil, I used light in flavor olive oil
3/4 c milk

Mix together in one large bowl. Then add the cherry mixture. Pour in a baking pan. It will be thin. Bake at 350F/160C for about a half hour. Enjoy!

Note: I would have added a tsp of almond extract but I didn't have any!

It's really good. You can exclude the cherries and add 2 tsp of lemon zest for a lemony dessert.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pears


This is a shot of the tree in our yard. Pears are coming. I don't like them but I like to see things growing. The fig tree has figs and the grape vine is doing fine!! I'm a poet!! But we won't be eating any of these because we will be gone by the time they ripen.... Oh well!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Car Wash!

One of the business ideas we had before we came here was to build a car wash. Frank's family said that would never work here. Then a few months ago this place was being built.
It's a car wash! There is a huge one in Barcellona P.G. and it is always full!


Vacuums
I love that building in the background.
It must have been a beauty in it's day.


Automatic washer. Notice the parked car...
barely enough room to get by.



Self service washing



These are the coins that operate the machines.
On the sides they look like keys.
The name of the car wash is Atlantic, hmmmm.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Falcone Beach

Yesterday we went to Falcone and walked on the beach. It has sand. That's a rarity here. It felt really weird getting sand on my feet. Yesterday was a beautiful day.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Capo Calava



We drove out to this place and took a little video.

Monday, May 24, 2010

This past weekend...

Early Thursday afternoon we lost our phone line which includes our internet connection! The whole weekend w/o a phone or computer!!! It wasn't that bad! lol
No one calls us anyway!
Saturday we decided to take a ride and we got stopped by the carabinieri.

They routinely pull cars over (here in Sicily) and check the paperwork. Since we are moving back to the US, we are not going to get Italian drivers licenses. That was the only thing they said that Frank needed to do since the International DL was running out in October. I think they were surprised that Frank had a carta d'identita, which is the official ID for citizens. I have one too!

This photo does not resemble the men here. They were dressed in the complete uniform. They looked pretty spiffy! Even with the sidearms! AND they drive this car!An Alfa Romeo...which is like the cops in PA driving a Lexus. It is an expensive car. They were very nice and the whole thing took just a few minutes and then we were on our way.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pay It Forward or Pass It On?

Read this story - http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/051910dnmetgive.3b08e43.html?npc

It will change your day!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Space Shuttle


Have your children seen a space shuttle take off into space? I ask this because Atlantis went up the other day for the last time. Only 2 more shuttles will blast off into space and then the program will be over! My youngest had never seen this. We watched it together and she thought it was cool!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzfD9Ewl1Jc

Boy was I praying that it wouldn't explode! Remember Challenger?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4JOjcDFtBE

I am surprised that the American schools don't take a minute to turn on the TVs and let the children watch history being made. Why? I think it's important. Do you?
While I was growing up in the 60's going into space was a BIG DEAL! It was exciting. We had space food and trips to the Johnson Space Center. Now what is there? Do kids today know who was the first American in space or even that the Americans weren't the first people in space? Who were the first men on the moon?

Check out the videos with your kids! The internet is so wonderful for things like this!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Primary Day in Pennsylvania

If I was in PA I would not be voting since Independents aren't allowed to vote in primaries. What a shame that is but I hope that the Democrats are not casting their votes for Arlen Specter. The man is 80 years old and has been in the Senate since 1980. Time to stay home!

He was a Democrat, then switched to Republican, then last year jumped back to be a Democrat. What is up with that?? He's a flip-flopper!

He voted for every TARP and Bailout that came down the line.

I don't know much about Sestak but he's got to be a better choice!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Caleca Dishes

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/marisol-dinnerware-place-setting/?pkey=cdinnerware|tbldnwset

Check out these dishes. They are made in Patti just down the road from us. They are only sold in the US by Williams Sonoma.

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I haven't had much to write lately because we haven't been doing anything. We are NOT patiently waiting for Frank to get his last paycheck. It is ridiculous that he has to beg for what he is owed!
We watched the Formula One race yesterday. One guy from our team, Ferrari, got 2nd place. Yahoo!!!
On Friday, we drove to Milazzo so Frank could visit his former employer. I noticed that the oleanders planted in the median strip have started to bloom. Colors range from white to fuschia. It's very pretty. It will be stunning when the shrubs are loaded with flowers.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

They came!

The movers got here last night! Yahoo. They weren't allowed to leave Calabria over the holiday weekend. The woman in the UK was wrong! It kills me when people insist on something that you know deep down cannot be correct!
The boxes are gone and will soon be on their way back to the US! I hope they get there before we do!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Are you a Constitutionalist?

I found this on the internet and thought it may be something people may be interested in...


By Pastor Chuck Baldwin

January 28, 2005

Furthermore, knowing that there are countless other patriotic, God-fearing Americans across this nation who realize that both major parties have become impotent and irrelevant when it comes to representing constitutional principles, I offer the following test. Read it and see if you, too, are a Constitutionalist.

1. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that elected leaders should really obey the U.S. Constitution.

2. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that before the United States invades and occupies another country, Congress must first declare war.

3. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe the federal government should live within its means, like everyone else is forced to do.

4. You might be a Constitutionalist if you think that taking away people's liberties in the name of security is neither patriotic nor does it make the country more secure.

5. You might be a Constitutionalist if you would like to see politicians be forced to abide by the same laws they make everyone else submit to.

6. You might be a Constitutionalist if you understand that we have three coequal branches of government that are supposed to hold each other in check and balance.

7. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that the federal government has no authority to be involved in education or law enforcement.

8. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that gun control laws do nothing but aid and abet criminals while trampling the rights and freedoms of law abiding citizens.

9. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that the income tax is both unconstitutional and immoral and, along with the I.R.S., should be abolished.

10. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe the federal government had no authority to tell Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore that he could not display a monument containing the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery.

11. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that neither Congress nor the White House nor any sovereign state is required to submit to unconstitutional Supreme Court rulings such as the Roe v Wade decision.

12. You might be a Constitutionalist if you understand that freedom has nothing in common with illegal immigration.

13. You might be a Constitutionalist if you understand that outsourcing American jobs overseas is not good for America.

14. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that the United States should get out of the United Nations and get the United Nations out of the United States.

15. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that it is not unconstitutional for children in public schools to pray or read the Bible.

16. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that the Boy Scouts are not a threat to America.

17. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that the federal government should honor its commitments to America's veterans.

18. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that U.S. troops should never serve under foreign commanders or wear the uniform or insignia of the United Nations.

19. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that the federal government has no business bribing churches and faith-based organizations with federal tax dollars.

20. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that federal agents who murder American citizens should be held to the same laws and punishments that any other citizen would be held to.

21. You might be a Constitutionalist if you understand that NAFTA, GATT, the WTO, and the FTAA are disastrous compromises of America's national sovereignty and independence.

22. You might be a Constitutionalist if you would like to see Congressmen and Senators be required to actually read a bill before passing it into law.

23. You might be a Constitutionalist if you understand that it is the job of government to protect and secure God-given rights not use its power to take those rights away.

24. You might be a Constitutionalist if you understand that there is nothing unconstitutional with the public acknowledgement of God and our Christian heritage.

25. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that in the beginning God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.

26. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that airport screeners have no business touching women's breasts and confiscating fingernail clippers.

27. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that many public schools' "zero-tolerance" policies are just plain stupid.

28. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that parents have a right to home school their children.

29. You might be a Constitutionalist if you believe that governmental seizure of private property is plain, old fashioned thievery.

30. You might be a Constitutionalist if you would like to meet one single Congressman or Senator beside Ron Paul who acts as if he or she has ever read the U.S. Constitution.

Well, how did you fare? Are you a Constitutionalist? If you are, why not consider joining the Constitution Party? Check out their website at: www.constitutionparty.com

Death of Lynn Redgrave


http://omg.yahoo.com/news/actress-lynn-redgrave-has-died-at-age-67/40199

Monday, May 3, 2010

What's up? Niente!!

The movers were supposed to be here over the weekend. No phone call or anything. BUT we had a holiday on Saturday. But still it would have been nice to get a call. This is the stuff that bothers me. If you make an appointment you should keep it! Maybe we will hear something today!