Friday, October 31, 2008
If you are looking for a unique way to see Florence, try a segway tour. After 15 minutes of training you are motoring around the city as Roberto tells you about the sites of Florence. For me, the segway was a challenge. As we moved through the streets, my concentration was on the segway, not the scenery. As for Kenny, he loved it.
Thanks Roberto for showing us your city!
Our host at Cardillac is Ivan. His first question is "Have you voted?" We, of course, say "Yes" and ask in return for wine - white and Nan and me, red for the guys. Ivan is a handsome young Italian with great command of the English language. Our conversation quickly turns to politics and the upcoming presidential election. It seems as though we have not escaped from all of the hype of the election.
P.S. If this doesn't make sense, don't blame me! It is the wine's fault.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The next area we enter is a long hallway with Michelangelo's Prisoners. These unfinished sculptures show in detail how Michelangelo created his statues, working from front to back, pulling the characters from the stone. Starring at the figures, I can almost see the artist at work.
At the end of the hall is a domed area with David as the centerpiece. The scupture is massive. Even though I have seen pictures of the statue, I am blown away by the enormity and attention to detail. Michelangelo was commissioned in 1501 at the age of 26 to carve a large-scale work for the Duomo. Many consider this Michelangelo's greatest scupture, but for me, it is second to the Pieta at St. Peter's.
The label below the statue indicates that David has already slain the giant, but I tend to agree with the current curator that David is preparing for the battle with the stone in his powerful right hand. The right hand is huge and extremely detailed.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
After months of planning, weeks of shopping and days of packing, we are on our way to Italy. It's 6 hours into our flight and I am watching a riveting program on how mattresses are made! Yes, that was one of Delta's choices for cabin entertainment and now I have cabin fever. It started with a depressing movie about growing old, followed by a movie in Italian and then on to The Simpson's before the latest entry of mattress making. One poignant moment came during The Simpson's when I happened to glance up at the screen and saw the "No Praying" sign on the screen as many of the passengers were asking God to calm the heavens for a smooth ride.
Now with 3+ hours to go, the boredom has begun. My iPod is dead. Before leaving home, I loaded some good movies, charged the iPod and purchased a battery booster in anticipation of a long ride. We were just getting to the good part in Shawshank Redemption when the battery died. That cute little booster I bought doesn't work and was a complete waste of money. So I pulled out the laptop to work on my first blog entry and that battery was dead. As a last resort, I pull out the notebook and pen and start writing to make sure I capture the pure anguish I was feeling.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Simple Layer Cake
2 cups sugar
3 cups sifted Swans Down Cake Flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Monday, October 20, 2008
On Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Johnston and Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Coggin travelled to Buckhead for dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Morgan. Appetizers were served on arrival in the kitchen as the couples chatted about the news from Newnan. Mrs. Morgan prepared a delicious Caribbean meal, beautifully served in a pineapple.
The table was beautifully decorated to celebrate the wonderful fall season in Georgia.
Coffee and dessert was served after the meal. Eveyone enjoyed an evening of good food and fellowship.
Thanks to Steve and Cheryl for a wonderful time!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Greens can be a real pain in the you know what to pick and cook. First of all, you have to pick a lot for a meal. When you think you have enough, then pick more! The greens were very young and tender so I was careful when picking to only get the tops and leave the stems. Wash the greens in a sink of cold water, removing them from the water to allow the grit and sand to sink to the bottom. You may have to do this a couple of times. Since I picked these while the greens were young and tender, there was no need to remove the stems.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
12:36 AM - Kenny and I head to Wal-mart for Prilosec. He enjoyed the tacos and salsa at 8:00 the night before, but the spicy food isn't agreeing with him. I always wondered who shopped during the early morning hours, now I know!
1:15 AM - Time for bed!
7:30 AM - Libby is barking. After I drag myself out of bed at her insistence, I remember that the subscription to our payroll program has expired and today is payday. A phone call to the software company is futile - they don't open for a couple of hours. After a quick breakfast, I head to the gym by way of the gas station. Wow, gas is only $3.49! For the next hour, I watch Nip Tuck and sweat.
9:30 AM - With a cappuccino to go from Espresso Lane, I'm off to Wesley Woods to hang pictures. Mama and Daddy moved in March from a 3 bedroom home to a smaller apartment. Many pictures were hung last spring, but there are still lots more. Today 2 decorative fans, 4 plates, 1 clock, 2 molds and 10 pictures are added to the walls of their beautiful new home. Kenny comes by at noon with lunch from Sprayberry's.
12:50 PM - Time to deal with payroll!
1:15 PM - The Church's website is still not working! This has been very frustrating trying to find a solution but by late afternoon the issue is finally resolved. Now I need the time to update the site.
1:30 PM - Time for tomatoes! Our friend, Marshall, has an abundance of late tomatoes and was kind enough to share with us. Last night I peeled, chopped and cooked some for Stewed Sweet Tomato Relish. Time to finish the relish!
Mid afternoon - As I stir the tomatoes, I make phone calls to 4 friends, something I rarely did while working.
4:00 PM - What am I going to do with all these tomatoes? After checking out So Easy to Preserve I decide to try Tomato Jam, but find that I don't have allspice. Thankfully Payton does and he is much closer than the grocery store.
5:00 PM - I stand back and admire the 20 jars of relish and 6 jars of Tomato Jam . But there are still more tomatoes!
5:30 PM - Kenny and I make a quick trip to the Veggie Patch for fresh corn and okra. The okra is sliced and the corn is cut from the cob and added to the tomatoes with chopped onion. After simmering for 30 minutes, the tomato mixture is frozen for vegetable soup that will be enjoyed on cold winter days.
6:45 PM - Baking time! The family reunion is Sunday and I'm taking Granny's Chocolate Cake. Since tomorrow we are having a Weenie Roast at the barn and watching the Dawgs football game, I decide to bake the layers tonight.
7:00 PM - Kenny cooks bacon for what will probably be our last BLTs for the year.
8:00 PM - The cake layers are cooling and the kitchen is clean! I'm ready for a warm shower.
8:30 PM - With a load of clothes in the washer, I sit down for the first time since my 20 minutes on the exercise bike this morning - that is if you don't count my time in the car and at the computer. The evening is so nice that I take my laptop to my favorite spot, the day bed on the back porch, and begin blogging!
10:10 PM - This entry is complete! It's off to the laundry room to put clothes in the dryer and stop by the frig for a glass of wine before heading back to the porch to make my grocery list and plan for tomorrow. Then maybe I'll work on my next blog entry, or update the Church's web page, or check Facebook.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
On our recent visit to Jacksonville, we found them at Mary's stand at the Jacksonville Farmers Market. Unfortunately, the peanuts were not ready so we headed down Beavers Street to Papa John's. This is not your normal roadside stand. We were greeted by Dwight Champion who gave us a tour of the facility. They use large vats to boil the peanuts and then package them for sale. They are available frozen from Sam's Wholesale Clubs in parts of Florida and Georgia. Or you can order these delicious treats online at http://papajohnspeanuts.biz/ Dwight gave us a bag to take home. They are best served warmed in a microwave or crock pot. They were delicious!
Grow Your Own
This is a twice a month blogging event for those of us who love to cook and garden. The next deadline for submission is October 15, 2008. Check out http://www.andreasrecipes.com/gyo/ if you want to join in the fun.
The Seasonal Feast - Pears
Sheryl at Save Your Fork invites readers to create a dish that features pears as the main ingredient. The deadline for submitting your entry is Ocotber 24, 2008. For more information, go to http://saveyourfork.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/food-blogging-event-the-seasonal-feast-pears/.
Presto Pasta Nights
If you love pasta, check out Judith's Presto Pasta Nights - http://www.judithgreenwood.com/thinkonit/guess-who-is-hosting-presto-pasta-nights-soon/ - page. She is accepting submissions from October 11 - 18, 2008.
Eating with the Seasons - October
Join Maninas on for a search of foods in season for your area. For details, go to http://maninas.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/eating-with-the-seasons-october/. You have until October 15, 2008 to send in your seasonal recipe.