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Good Eating

I will admit that I miss food in Italy.  Everytime I consider going to Lidl (grocery store) I remember that in Italy, we would plan our Lidl trip to include a stop at the edge of the parking lot for lunch at the seafood store.  Gosh, we miss their fried calamari.  I miss a nice piece of grilled meat.  I miss good, thin pizza.  I miss eating lunch at Menchetti.  I miss the clean, simple seasonal food of Tuscany.  So every now and then,  I break down and make something Italian.  And if I am going to cook that much we should have folks over.

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Italian antipasta on Chinese fish china

 

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After antipasta we had an asparagus risotto, followed by braciole

What are known as braciole in the United States are called involtini in Italy.[2][3][4] Involtini can be thin slices of beef, pork, or chicken rolled with a filling of grated cheese (usually Parmesan cheese or Pecorino Romano), sometimes egg to give consistency and some combination of additional ingredients such as bread crumbs, other cheeses, minced prosciuttoham or Italian sausagemushroomsonionsgarlicspinachpinoli (pine nuts), etc. Involtini (diminutive form of involti) means “little bundles”. Each involtino is held together by a wooden toothpick, and the dish is usually served (in various sauces: red, white, etc.) as a second course. When cooked in tomato sauce, the sauce itself is used to toss the pasta for the first course, giving a consistent taste to the whole meal

(Thanks Wikipedia)

and sausages and salad.  Finishing with olive oil cake and strawberries.  Since we had a risotto I saw no need for a pasta.  Anyway, my picture taking stopped after getting the antipasta ready.  Our friends, Debby and Pat and Jim and BK came.  I was pleased that the table worked well for 6 people.  We could even have managed 8 around it, but I don’t have 8 plates.

Anyway, all of that combined with a few left overs satisfied my Italian food desires for a while.  Although I am considering getting a small grill to use this summer.  I do miss a properly grilled steak.

 

 

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The Artist’s Dilemna

I am finally getting to do the ‘fun’ projects.  A little behind the schedule that I had set, but slowly getting there.  It is hard to find time to do anything when I have to make three meals a day, make sure Ben is dressed and has everything he needs, keep the place reasonably clean, keep up with appointments, order drugs, and oh yeah, the mess caused by my brother’s death.  The nursing home, which insists they do everything perfectly, used some made-up middle initial for his name.  I am working on getting that fixed so that I can start to file paperwork with the government organizations that need to know.  The ones that think I should be filing his taxes.  Yeah, right, that’s going to happen.

Anyway, all this delay gave me time to consider things.  I have been working on my bath room.  I hung pictures.  I repurposed a piece of furniture to hold all the bottles of detergent.  (I blame Harris-Teeter for having 6 bottles of laundry soap.  I mean when it is buy 2 get 3 free…. am I supposed to turn that down?)  I put up a shelf for towels.  And that left the cherry blossoms that I wanted to paint on the wall.

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This was my inspiration.  Then I got bogged down on buying paint.  I am totally spoiled by living in Cameron Village where most everything you need is available.  Except a variety of craft supplies.  I consider it a ‘hike’ to drive out to the suburbs to go to a big box store with a variety of paints.  So I finally got around to buying some paint.

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All ready to start.  I decided to sketch the branches in using water color pencil.

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Then I started coloring them in a bit.

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and decided that I have much more control with pencils than if I was using paint.

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So now I am trying to decide if I want to finish the fleshing out the drawing all the way or leave it with that sort of  unfinished sketch book look.

I have also been considering the space behind the glass over the stove.

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My plan has always been to do reverse glass painting on that piece of glass.  But the more I look at it, the more I think it might actually be too much.  There is already a lot going on in a very small space.  Maybe, just maybe, I’ll leave it plain.  SHUTTER!!!!

And I’m thinking about the steps.

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Three of them were replaced and need to be finished.  My plan is to paint a faux runner.  So far I can’t settle on a design.

Oh, the woes and problems that I have.

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Ah, Spring in North Carolina

Now that it is mid-March I think I can write about Spring.  I saw a cartoon where Mother Nature is saying “You can’t have all 4 seasons in one week!”  And the state of North Carolina says ” OH, Just Watch!  Here, hold my beer!”  That is what this week has been like.  Monday, March 12 it snowed and Thursday, the 15th it was 70 degrees.  We are not in the mountains, instead towards the eastern part of the state.  Go figure!

Anyway, February was wonderfully and consistently mild.  The cherry trees bloomed early and were outstanding.

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They bloomed.  No cold snap or heavy rains to damage the blooms.  Looked good for 2 weeks like they should.  The Asian Magnolias or Tulip Trees or whatever you want to call them were spectacular.  Sorry, no pictures.  I was having camera issues.  The blooms were so full and large on these trees that petals dropped and covered the ground while the trees still looked good.  For here, the variety that is planted usually is not that showy.  The buds will get nipped or something will happen.  But not this year, it was their year.

Last summer I saw an offer for 50 mixed daffodil bulbs from White Flower Farms in Better Homes and Gardens for a very good price.  So I went ahead and bought them.  Planting them in the fall.

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What a show they have been putting on.

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The first one opened on February 4.  Gradually more and more have opened.  And it was a nice mix of bulbs.  I would buy it again if I just had more room.  When I planted them I also stuck a day lily in. We’ll see how they look this summer.

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So, is all this snow?  No, flower petals from the tree out front.  See the hydrangea at the base of the tree?  Monday as all the snow and sleet came down it was asking for a coat and gloves

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I have been very conscientious about covering it up every night.  Hopefully the tender buds have been saved.   Never a dull moment here.

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