words to live by ~

Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. Charles Schulz happy monday ~ v

Pizza and more ~

Tony and I were asked to host a retirement party this past Friday for a very special family ~ the McDonnell family has been involved in so many things on and around the base. We are very honored to know them ~ blessed to call them friends ~ We had lots of yummy appetizers, an…

Meatballs With Sweet & Spicy Grape Jelly Sauce.

25.02.2011 okay, so i stole this from my mom.  she had it on a different post, but i thought that it would be… appropriate to call more attention to this recipe.  see, she and i were having out semi-daily skype date the other day, and she says:  ‘grape jelly! with meatballs! and sticky rice!’  now,…

Val’s Chocolate Cupcakes

I finished reading Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich yesterday, and was inspired to make cupcakes.  I have always used other people’s recipes for cakes, but yesterday, I created a chocolate cupcake that is possibly THE best, most tender and tasty cupcake EVER. The problem now?  Naming it: Val’s Chocolate Heaven in a Cupcake? Chocolate Chiffon Cupcakes? Divine…

Words To Live By.

Let your manners speak, your deeds prove, and your delivery impress. Happy Friday!

Words From The Heart.

The Dalai Lama was asked: “What thing about humanity surprises you the most?” His answer: “Man” Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money, Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future he doesn’t enjoy the present, And as a result he doesn’t live in…

home, homes, love, and poptarts (the homemade addition).

home is an interesting concept for me. a few times a year, i travel across the great atlantic and arrive in your arms. during one (or both, if  it happens to happen) of those auspicious visits, we usually deliver ourselves into the bosom of italy. when ma-mah comes to pick me up, and takes me…

Words To Live By.

You do not need a parachute to sky dive… You only need a parachute to sky dive twice!

Italian National Nutella Day!

In Italy, it is National Nutella Day, and for good reason.  In kitchens from Venice to Palermo, you’ll find children sitting around the kitchen table waiting on the merende (snack) that is making their mouths water: crusty milk rolls, spread generously with that chocolate-hazelnut goodness… I have included two fantastic recipes using Nutella; one is…

Homemade Pop Tarts (optional Nutella filling).

Pastry: 2 cups [8 1/2 ounces] all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup [2 sticks or 8 ounces] unsalted butter (cut into pats), 1 large egg, 2 tablespoons [1 ounce] milk. Cinnamon Filling: (enough for 9 tarts) 1/2 cup [3 3/4 ounces] brown sugar, 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, to…

Nutella Cupcakes.

Cupcakes: 10 tablespoons butter (softened), ¾ cups granulated sugar, 3 eggs, ½ teaspoon vanilla, 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/3 cup Nutella. Icing: ¾ cups Nutella, 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened), ¾ cups powdered sugar, ¼ cup heavy cream. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line 12 muffin tins…