Wednesday, December 31, 2014



May all your troubles be tiny and all your joys be huge!



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy 15 yrs. Wedding Anniversary Celebration!

 David and I eloped 15 yrs. ago December 23, 1999 and my wonderful husband took us to Red Lobster in Geneva, IL for dinner and because it was our Anniversary the Manager gave us a couple of coupons.  How nice of him.  So, David and I ordered our usual.  He likes the Ultimate Feast and I love the SeasSide Shrimp Trio!  mmmmmm   The manager also sent over a Seaside Sampler!  Oh my, sooo delicious.  Stuffed mushrooms mmmm, fried shrimp, and cold shrimp. mmmm

Raspberry Ice Tea mmmm

Ceasar Salad - scrumptious and the Garlic Biscuits... oh my goodness...

A very nice manager at the Naperville Location for Red Lobster .  Thank you for the appetizer my friend!

Seaside Shrimp Trio
Seaside Shrimp Trio
A generous sampling of Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, garlic shrimp scampi and creamy shrimp linguini Alfredo.  My choice of heaven!  YUMMMMMMMM
  Scrumptious tender Maine Lobster tail, steamed from North American snow crab long legs, and their signature garlic plump shrimp scampi and Walt's Favorite Shrimp served with wild rice pilaf , and your choice of a side dish, and for a drink Dave chose the infamous...              Bahama Mama
A frozen blend of tropical fruit flavors mixed with dark spiced rum and topped with a splash of Bacardi Select dark rum. 

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It was a wonderful time and we were so full.  I have the most wonderfu husband in the whole world!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe mmmm

So, look what I found on Facebook the other day!

 BROCCOLI & CHEESE STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST  2 Large Chicken Breasts - pounded flat

1 half Onion Diced
Fresh Broccoli Chopped
Cream Cheese - Big Dollop
Mozzarella Cheese
2 slices Bacon

Fry the bacon lightly - don't overcook
In the same frying pan, saute the onion and broccoli til onions are translucent. Add Cream Cheese and a little mozzarella and cook on low til melted.
Put half of mixture on each flattened chicken breast. Roll up and top with mozarella cheese, and two half slices of bacon.

I never measure so use as much or as little as you like.

Bake at 350 til done

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Italians" and how I was raised...

42 Things in the Life of an Italian Child

01. You have at least one relative who wore a black dress every
day for an entire year after a funeral.

02. You spent your entire childhood thinking what you ate for lunch
was pronounced "sangwich."

03. Your family dog understood Italian.

04. Every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was spent visiting your grandparents and extended family.

05. You've experienced the phenomena of 150 people fitting into 50
square feet of yard during a family cookout.

06. You were surprised to discover the FDA recommends you eat three meals a day, not seven.

07. You thought killing the pig each year and having salami,
capacollo, pancetta and prosciutto hanging out to dry from your shed ceiling was absolutely normal. (Wow, that's really Italian!)

08. You ate pasta for dinner at least three times a week, and every Sunday, and laughed at the commercial for Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti day.

09. You grew up thinking no fruit or vegetable had a fixed price and
that the price of everything was negotiable through haggling.

10. You were as tall as your grandmother by the age of seven.

11. You thought everyone's last name ended in a vowel.

12. You thought nylons were supposed to be worn rolled to the ankles.
mama mia, thats a big meat ball!

13. Your mom's main hobby is cleaning.

14. You were surprised to find out that wine was actually sold in

15. You thought that everyone made their own tomato sauce.

16. You never ate meat on Christmas Eve or any Friday for that matter.

17. You ate your salad after the main course.

18. You thought Catholic was the only religion in the world.

19. Your were beaten at least once with a wooden spoon or broom.

20. You thought every meal had to be eaten with a hunk of bread in your hand.

21. You can understand Italian but you can't speak it.

22. You have at least one relative who came over on the boat.

23. All of your uncles fought in a World War.

24. You have at least six male relatives named Tony, Frank, Joe or

25. You have relatives who aren't really your relatives.

26. You have relatives you don't speak to.

27. You drank wine before you were a teenager.

28. You relate on some level, admit it, to the Godfather and the

29. You grew up in a house with a yard that didn't have one patch of
dirt that didn't have a flower or a vegetable growing out of it.

30. Your grandparent's furniture was as comfortable as sitting on
plastic. Wait!!!! You were sitting on plastic.

31. You thought that talking loud was normal.

32. You thought sugared almonds and the Tarantella were common at all weddings.

33. You thought everyone got pinched on the cheeks and money stuffed in their pockets by their relatives.

34. Your mother is overly protective of the males in the family no
matter what their age.

35. There was a crucifix in every room of the house.

36. Wakes would be held in someone's living room.

37. You couldn't date a boy without getting approval from your father.  (Oh, and he had to be Italian)

38. You called pasta "macaroni".

39. You dreaded taking out your lunch at school

40. Going out for a cup of coffee usually meant going out for a cup of coffee over Zia's house.

41. Every condition, ailment, misfortune, memory loss and accident was attributed to the fact that you didn't eat something.

42. Those of you who get this...KNOW to share something like this for sure!  LOL


Niagara Falls, 1911... just had to share!


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