Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
of fallen blossoms
gaily around her.
(I saw a cherry tree today with a perfect circle of blossoms on the ground around it. Unfortunately, I did not have a camera with me and then it rained and crushed the blossoms. I found this photo online and now I forgot where in order to give the author credit.)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Where have I been you ask? Well, maybe you haven't, but in case you have wondered -- I am still here.
I drove up to Pennsylvania on Thursday to visit my sister and came back on Friday. Thursday night I was fortunate enough to be included in a belated birthday dinner that her friend gives her every year. Linda's birthday is actually in December, but they never get around to it for months later. I have never attended one before and it is pretty special. Why, you ask? Because the menu is home-cooked Italian ravioli!! Linda's friend's mother makes over 300 ravioli twice a year for Christmas and Easter. She freezes some and that is what we had for dinner with the good Italian tomato sauce (or gravy as the Italians call it) which has pork and sausage in it. Believe me. You would think you had died and gone to heaven - it is that good. I am changing my recipe for sauce and will make it this way instead:
Canned crushed tomatoes
Canned whole tomatoes
Fresh chopped garlic sauteed in olive oil (with browned sausage links and/or pork roast optional)
Grated locatelli cheese
I will add some red wine and red pepper flakes also because I always put that in my sauce.
The ravioli are made by hand and are stuffed with shredded pork, egg and grated cheese. I don't think I will attempt these, but they are truly delicious.
Linda and I had a great day and a half together. We both love old 5&10's (which are almost non-existent now) and she took me to one that dated back to 1912 and still had a soda fountain. Unfortunately, the store was on its "last legs", but it was fun to eat at the soda fountain and peruse the store goods. We also visited an antiques store and a Mennonite thrift store and had breakfast at a diner (which we both love to do also). I came home loaded with more "stuff." You never know what you will find!
One of my purposes in going to visit my sister was so that we could both go to Mom and Dad's grave to plant some flowers. We never did get there, but I am sure they won't mind - especially if Mom knows we were at an antiques store. We will go to the cemetery when I am up there again next month.
Yesterday I had a wedding to attend (with another one next Saturday). It was held at a local winery. Beautiful bride, handsome groom, elegant and delicious cake -- what more could you want?
Tonight we will attend a Passover seder at a friend's house. I have never been to one so it should be interesting (and delicious!).
Hope you are having a beautiful Sunday dear bloggers!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I have finished the Tony Randall book that is on my Spring Reading Challenge list. I bought this book for 25 cents - it was published in 1989. I always liked Tony Randall and thought it would be interesting. Actually, for anyone interested in the theater it would be very interesting. Tony shares with the reader a long series of funny stories about New York theater and Hollywood. I think some of it is meant to be understood by show business insiders. The book is entertaining, but since it is an older book, everything takes place prior to the 1980's. Tony Randall passed away fairly recently. I will probably donate this book to the library.
I have started the new Cara Black book which already appears to be of her usual high caliber of writing. If you are unfamiliar with her books, but you like mysteries and you like Paris -- you will love her books. I have waited patiently for this book to appear since she is one of my favorite authors.
James Lee Burke (another favorite) is expected to have a new book (a new Dave Robicheaux mystery) out this summer. Janet Evanovich will have another Stephanie Plum book released on June 17. I can't wait for these to be released.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
1. "Everywhere That Mary Went" by Lisa Scottoline FINISHED
5. "Murder In the rue de Paradis" by Cara Black (latest from one of my favorites)
6. " 'C' Is For Corpse" by Sue Grafton
7. "Slow Waltz In Cedar Bend" by Robert James Waller (I also bought this at the thrift store. The author also wrote "Bridges of Madison County.")
I really enjoyed the two books by Lisa Scottoline. The stories occur in Philadelphia so I was very familiar with everything she wrote about. I worked for major law firms and the protagonists in the two books are both lawyers. When she mentioned Rittenhouse Square or 22nd and Spruce Street, I was right there many, many times. I went to school right there. I can't wait to read the next book by this author.