Saturday, December 27, 2008
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Tommie took Anthony to McDonalds to play with Mikey and Israel Polo....when either Sammie or I have a party at the house, our husbands and children flock to the empty home. Its kind of funny :-)
Saturday morning was the Christmas Ladies brunch at our Church, Living Word. It was wonderful! There were so many different foods there to try and everything was scrumptious! Im still full (Sunday).
I hear the tread mill calling me name!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Buon Natale means Merry Christmas in Italian. Jesu Bambino means baby Jesus!
There are several food traditions we have as Italians. Some are traditional to the entire Italian culture and some are traditions to our Italian family.
One Italian tradition is the 7 fishes. Every Christmas Eve, Italians all over the world, prepare and eat 7 fishes for Christmas Eve dinner! Some say, Italians do not eat meat on Christmas Eve because of the birth of Jesus. Just as many do not eat meat on Good Friday. (These are Catholic traditions).
I have also heard that it is a feast of 7 fishes because God created the universe in 7 days!
I remember going over to Aunt Jeannie's house as a child, with my Mother. We would go over early in the afternoon and prepare all of the fish. Then, in the evening, the rest of the family would come over and we would eat it! As I sit and write this, I am trying to remember what types of fish we had. I do remember....shrimp, clams, muscles, squid, and trout? (or some type of fish that was filleted, breaded and fried that my Uncle Ray cought at Yankee Lake in NY), scallops and Im sure 1 more!
I also remember an antipasto....that was a salad topped with meats, cheeses and olives (we omitted the meats since we did not eat meat on Christmas Eve). I remember sneaking out black oilives to eat while preparing the dish. Yummy!
I would put the black olives on my finger tips and play! I always got yelled at for doing that, but it was so much FUN!
There are some desserts I remember having as well. My Mom and her sister, Aunt Jeannie, always made the BEST cheesecakes! Thankfully, I got that gene from them :-)
We had cheesecake and Italian cookies. Italian love knots were a must every year. As well as the Russian rocks. (Yes, Italians made Russian named cookies) We had butter cookies as well, made into all different shapes, like Christmas trees and bells. They were decorated with sprinkles and those little candy balls. (I never liked the little candy balls and still do not to this day)
My nehpew is 23 now, but I recall when he was about 2 or 3, he was standing at the cookie table one year when we had Christmas Eve at our house instead of Aunt Jeannies. He was observing all the pretty cookies and picked up one of the Christmas tree butter cookies and said "Where are all the lights"? We all started laughing!
That is what I can remember.
I hope you have enjoyed our family and culture traditions!
I carry some on with my family to this very day!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Last night we went over to my sisters to celebrate my nieces birthday...she turned 13!!!! I remember when she was born. Seems like yesterday :-)
After the game today, I may bake something. I would like to try something new. Does anyone have a good cookie or bar recipe for me?
Tomorrow is a big day. It is my cookie bake off! My friend Chris and Iwill bake hundreds of cookies for several hours. Oh, it is so much fun!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I was commenting on someones blog (you know who you are) at the beginning of the week about all of the things I wanted to accomplish this week. I have to say, I am doing really good! One of the many things, was making a "gingerbread" house with my son. Well, we made it yesterday.
It was a lot of fun =D This year, Anthony really took pride in his decorating...making straight lines with the candy and straight rows with the bears. I am really proud of him. I told him, this was the best one yet and we do this each year.
Here he is, the proud builder himself!
He is such a blessing!
Oh, by the way, its made of graham crackers and not gingerbread :-)
Monday, December 1, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Have you decorated your house and put up your Christmas tree yet? We put ours up several weeks ago! I usually decorate a few days before Thanksgiving. My dad and step-mom came down for a visit and I wanted everyithing all done when they got here. So, we have been enjoying the decorations for a while. Every time I look at the lights on the tree (OK, almost every time), I think about how Jesus wants us to be a light to the world. It is a very comforting thought :-)
Here is a picture of Anthony by the "tree of light". He is such a cutie isnt he????
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I also keep a Christmas folder. I decorated the front with Christmas stickers and labled it "Christmas ideas, recipes and traditions". In it, I keep clippings from magazines or pages I have printed off from my computer, with recipes I would like to try, traditions worth starting or anything else I am considering trying out for the Holidays this year.
Something else I do that helps me stay organized is, make a Christmas card list each year. I keep the previous years lists as well. I keep the lists in my bag with my Christmas cards and pens. This way, I am sure not to forget anyone
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Hello! The Food Network has to be my favorite TV channel to watch (QVC, a close second). I recently purchased a copy of their new magazine. It was very resonably priced at $3.99. I found my copy at Barnes and Noble. Doesnt the cover look good?
It is full of great cooking tips and ideas and it gives you a sneak peak at what goes on behind the scenes at the Food Network.
At the beginning of the magazine, it gives you a list, with photo's of all of the recipes inside. I think this is a great idea, this way if after looking at what recipes the magazine offers, if you decide they do not appeal to you, you can put the magazine back down on the rack and walk away :-)
One of my favorite recipes that the magazine offers is a five layer bar. Yummy :-)
Here is the recipe for you:
5 Layer Bars
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick salted butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup semi-sweet choc chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350*.
Combine grahams and butter in a bowl. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle pecans, chips and coconut on top. Pour milk over the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars!
I am a coupon clipper! In last weeks Sunday paper there was a coupon for baking chips...you can use it for this recipe and save money! I also buy the store brand butter to save money as well.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please let me know if you try it by leaving a comment here =D
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! We are having a conference at Church and it has been GREAT!
I have this recipe I thought looked good. I have never tried this one, but it is easy and looks like it would taste very scrumptious :-) This is a great treat for the family to make together :-)
Crispy Butterscotch Bars
1 Bag of butterscotch chips
1/2 Cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp. margarine or butter
5 Cups of rice crispies
Place crispies in a large bowl.
Line a 13x9 pan with non-stick foil and spray with butter spray.
Melt chips, peanut butter and butter in double broiler over medium heat. *
Pour mixture over crispies and stir until well blended.
Place mixture in 13x9 pan.
Chill for 20-30 minutes, cut and enjoy!
* If you do not have a double broiler, make one! Take a sauce pot and fill it half way with water. Please a glass bowl over the pot. Be sure it can sit in the rim of the pot and the bowl is not floating on the water. Now, you have a double broiler!
The reason for this is so that the chips are not sitting directly on a flame. If they do, the can easy burn.
Friday, August 15, 2008
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There is one at Barefoot Landing and I think there are 2 at Broadway at the Beach.
It is so good!
Now, if you live in the Raleigh area, just order your fudge from me! Ha ha :-)
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
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