Fruity Displays? Apple Cones? Cherry Pie Filling? You might be asking …what is she talking about? There were so many things going on around the Holidays at Villa de la Luna…in other words our home, and if you would like […]
Yes my dear readers, I have heard you. It is icy cold in many places and there is nothing like warm and cozy comfort food to take the chill off the house and the bones. This weather has […]
Lavender Castille Soap and Sneakin’ Through The Fence! I am sure you are wondering what one has to do with the other. Let’s start from the beginning which is always the best way to start.
I love Mexican food. I know, I know…so do most of you. Before I moved to New Mexico, I thought I really knew Mexican food but as I have explained before…there is nothing like the real deal. Don’t get me […]
Keep, Recycle And Toss! If you are like me…you might have been a bit slow in getting all the Christmas Decorations put away. Part of my issue was just plain procrastination and the other part of me was knowing that […]
Fruity Displays? Apple Cones? Cherry Pie Filling?
You might be asking …what is she talking about?
There were so many things going on around the Holidays at Villa de la Luna…in other words our home, and if you would like to see the meaning behind naming our home click here.…you know I name EVERYTHING!
I wanted to share a few of the ideas along with a recipe that can be used any time of the year.
But this is National Pie Day and Valentines Day is coming and George Washington’s birthday is in February, And….
Yes my dear readers, I have heard you. It is icy cold in many places and there is nothing like warm and cozy comfort food to take the chill off the house and the bones.
This weather has been so unpredictable lately and twin #1 told me of the run on Wal-Mart and other Grocery stores as people flocked to get stocked up for the icy cold weather that was predicted for the Midwest.
Twin #1 said the shelves were bare when he got there…sold out of bread and milk and toilet paper and other necessities. Everyone wanted to be prepared for the slick streets and driveways and the possibility of not being able to leave their homes for a few days.
I remember those days well.
I also remember that we seemed a bit more hardy in those days. As far as school activities, we were required to take recess (in grade school) and in High School, PE was also a requirement. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”…
Oops! that was the mailman’s creed but it might as well been applied to our school teachers and instructors.
I can remember a sassy little 3rd grader who happen to have the same name as yours truly telling her teacher Miss Rathert during a very cold recess time that she was cold and needed to go inside the school building.
Miss Rathert said it wasn’t that cold and that an extra few minutes wouldn’t hurt anyone…to which this precocious little girl in a flouncy dress said to her teacher….
…“well, you aren’t cold because you wear hose stockings and my little legs are bare!”
I will never forget that and kudos to my teacher for just looking at me and smiling, which I took at the time as a smugness because her legs were warm and it wasn’t until I started wearing stockings or panty hose in my later years that I realized they really didn’t keep one’s legs toasty warm.
However, I did walk to school through all kinds of weather…many times trudging through the snow for 2 miles…uphill both ways.
OK, it actually was not uphill either way but it still was very cold and we did survive it. No one questioned it as in those days, there were no school buses as there are today. We did what we had to do.
And don’t forget all the times we went sledding or played in the snow until our noses and cheeks turned red. We really didn’t notice the cold until we got in the house and began peeling off our coats, gloves and boots. Our toes and fingers almost frozen.
The hot cocoa that Mom always had prepared was so welcomed and wonderful.
And so is this recipe I have for you today.
I have made something similar called Italian Stromboli, except this filling filled dough has no tomato products. It is probably more like bierocks without the cabbage.
I used a premade pizza dough or you could make your own and I filled it jelly roll style with sausage and veggies.
The aroma coming from the oven would warm even the coldest fingers and toes.
I hope you try this recipe…vary it according to your own likes and dislikes.
If you have icy cold weather in your neck of the woods….keep warm and cozy with comfort food.
- 2 pounds of sausage (your preference of hot, mild, Italian etc)
- 1 onion, sliced or chopped (I prefer chopped)
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced or chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ cup of sliced mushrooms (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of Italian Seasonings
- ¼ cup of white wine (optional, but the flavor is wonderful)
- 6 slices of provolone cheese
- 4 slices of mozzarella cheese
- 2 lbs of pizza dough (I buy the premade pizza dough in the bakery section of my super market)
- Melted butter or olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning or garlic powder
- Grated cheese (I used Parm but you could use Mozzarella)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- In a heavy skillet brown the sausage along with the onion, peppers, mushrooms, garlic and Italian Seasoning
- Add the white wine (I used Pinot Grigio) If you prefer, substitute chicken broth and simmer until the wine is reduced by half, and set aside.
- Using your hands, spread out the pizza dough on a floured surface, shaping to an oblong shape about ½ inch thick
- Lay cheese slices on the dough followed by the drained sausage mixture and sprinkle with grated cheese
- Fold in the ends of the pizza dough and then roll from the longest side to form a jelly roll. Pinch the seams to assure the dough is sealed.
- Gently lay the roll seam size down on a greased sheet pan and brush with olive oil or melted butter. Sprinkle about ½ teaspoon of Italian Seasoning if desired and add a bit more grated cheese to the top
- I also like to let the jelly roll rest for about 10-15 minutes before placing in the oven
- Bake about 15 minutes or until the dough is beautifully browned on top and sides.
Lavender Castille Soap and Sneakin’ Through The Fence!
I am sure you are wondering what one has to do with the other.
Let’s start from the beginning which is always the best way to start.
I love Mexican food.
I know, I know…so do most of you.
Before I moved to New Mexico, I thought I really knew Mexican food but as I have explained before…there is nothing like the real deal.
Don’t get me wrong….I still like Tex-Mex Mexican food, but when I get a “hankerin'” for that indescribable taste of real Mexican food, I dive into my recipes from my years of living in New Mexico.
Keep, Recycle And Toss!
If you are like me…you might have been a bit slow in getting all the Christmas Decorations put away.
Part of my issue was just plain procrastination and the other part of me was knowing that it was time to sort through all the extra boxes of decor that the Captain brought into the house on New Year’s Day, along with the put-away-decor boxes.
I took one look at all the various colored tubs that were stacked floor to ceiling along the multiple slider wall and wanted to pull the covers over my head and take a long, long nap.
Swimmin’ Upstream, Maple Syrup and Loozeeanna!
You might ask what these three things have in common.
Dear readers…I am sure that you are aware that salmon swim upstream and when we think of salmon we think of the speckled salmon mostly in the Pacific Northwest. However, the Atlantic region also has salmon…..
AND salmon can be found in Maine
And the Fashion Winner is….
First a confession.
I am really not into all the awards shows that literally dominate the television screen this time of year.
You know, like The Golden Globes, The Grammys, The Emmys and The Oscars!
Don’t get me wrong, the Captain and I do like movies and we go to see a lot of them during the year.
However, the movie critics and I just don’t seem to agree on what is a good movie and what is not.
And that is ok.
But I do have a confession to make!
Inquiring Minds Apparently Want To Know! So, Just so you know….
Last week, I met a VERY NICE person and she asked me a question that no one had asked me before.
I have had “hints” of the question’s subject, but no one just came right out and asked me.
The Question she asked me is “Why Do You Blog?”
I have had people say...”I Love Your Blog” and “Please Don’t Ever Quit Writing Your Blog” and “I love how you keep it real” and “You are an inspiration” and “I love your ideas and your tablescapes are wonderful”…..
But No one has asked…“Why”???
I read somewhere once that Blogging is a lot like a fast moving river….with it’s powerful current rushing downstream, eroding creekbeds and carrying anything in it’s path for many miles depositing a bit here and a bit there….and the written posts of that swiftly moving water can be described as small paper boats which can either float right along with the current or…
….they can dismantle and disintegrate quickly only to be sucked to the bottom, an utter failure to launch.
It can be a real challenge to write a post that will be received favorably. One that is informative and can keep the readers attention.
One needs courage to put yourself out there in the world for all to see…along with stamina, motivation, persistence and patience.
AND…it can be not only time consuming but expensive as you search out seasonal salad plates, motivational sofa pillows or a prime rib roast in an effort to share a tablescape, a decor trend or a recipe.
Your little paper boat may sink…OR if it is good, it might float happily along but that is the day that few readers check out your Blog and it just sails on down the river to the sea.
And then, because you have vowed to keep your Blog as advertisement free as you can….
…….and because you write because you love it and it keeps your creative juices flowing, One or two of the super bloggers (who are major sponsored) in their big fancy catamarans sail by you and you are sent crashing in and out of their wake only to bounce around adrift and hoping you will be able to “dry out” and sail on……
…..all the while knowing that if you work harder, you still do not know what lies ahead beyond the bend in the river.
But in your own little world, you continue to float merrily along. Your little boat may still bump into something unfamiliar, like a non-blogger who cannot understand the concept of blogging. They assume you must be making tons of money from advertising and your readers number in the millions, otherwise why on earth would you put so much time and effort into such a fool hardy enterprise.
And I say, remember the old song….”anyone knows an ant…can’t, move a rubber tree plant…. but he’s got high hopes…”
I have high hopes and writing a Blog is an ART form.
YES it IS an art much like photographers, artists, novelists, musicians and craftsmen. Think of how many of them never reach their pinnacle of success, but they keep on doing what they are doing because they love it.
Some people don’t understand that….
Sometimes I don’t understand that.
Is my Blog taking over my life as well as all my “stuff” occupying all the spare room and closets in my home?
Should I be concerned that my closets hold dishes and decorating items rather than golfing or tennis outfits?
Has all my work been for naught?
Should I be sitting quietly at home enjoying my retirement, watching the latest soap opera on Television and waiting for the phone to ring and someone to ask me to lunch so I will have somewhere to go or someone to drink with?
Should I be doing something (or a profession) that no one will question….something ordinary that makes perfect sense to the ones that are asking why do you do what you do?
That is when I say to myself, perhaps I am being too sensitive to those who question why I do what I do.
You see, I don”t want to miss seeing a bright red cardinal sitting on my bird bath in my Secret Garden and not be able to share the experience with my readers. OR to miss a photograph of a beautiful sunset or Christmas lights or playing with my dishes as I sit a tablescape suggestion for Thanksgiving or Spring.
I try to write posts from my heart.
I want to engage in activities that lift the soul of my readers and I hope my readers will see how important my faith is in my daily living. I want to be able to show them that it is alright to not be perfect. It is ok to bake a cake that looks like the wreck of the Hesperus once in a while and I hope to inspire them to make an ordinary dinner a little more special for their family by adding the pretty glasses Aunt Harriet gave them years ago.
Who knows? Perhaps one day…somehow in some small way my work may touch someone in need.
And that is why I write a blog.
No one said it would be easy or even fair and if my little boats sink a time or two in the swift, moving river….then I will just have to build another boat. I cannot be discouraged or doubt myself.
Which leads me to the commenting at the end of each post. Many of the Super Bloggers ask their readers to make a comment which gives them a chance at a drawing at the end of the month for $100.00 which is donated by a sponsor.
It is true, every blogger likes and encourages comments…when there is a comment you feel someone, somewhere is reading you, understanding you and identifying with you.
There may be few or no comments at the end of each and every one of my blog posts…but I have learned that it does not mean no one is reading. (Every blogger has stats available to them for such statistics and I personally want to thank you for reading and staying with me since I have been blogging).
A new year is beginning and a new journey for all of us….and so I go back to the original subject matter of this post.
Inquiring minds apparently want to know and so just so you know….
I love all of you and I hope we all have a very healthy and prosperous new year in 2017.
From Me and My Captain to you and yours.
My Sports Teams are doing really well this year….
I have been trying very hard not to bore you non-sports readers.
I really have.
But it is difficult especially when my sports teams are doing so well.
I am not going to brag.
I will try to stay humble.
Wait! If you say you are humble, doesn’t that negate any humbleness?
If so…just ignore that last comment.