Monday, July 30, 2007

Italian Basics-Videos 1,2, and 3

When learning a new language some of the first things you should learn are how to say "Hello", "Goodbye", "Yes", "No", "Please" and  "Thank you".  While that may get you further than you think, you might want a little more to be able to be understood.  So I present to you Italian Basics-Videos 1, 2, and 3. 

(Have I mentioned that I really like YouTube??  )

I hope you learned something today. If I have good response to this (shoot, if I have any response!) I might just put up more.

Ciao!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Random Shorts

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Posted Date: July 29, 2007 - Sunday - 3:53 AM

Things I Heard Today at Church and Probably Can Only be Heard in a Southern Church

"We will have a fellowship meal on the back forty this evening."

"If you have noticed how nice the grounds look, please be sure to thank Bubba. Thank you, Bubba"

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I Have Some Funky Mushrooms Growing

These picture were taken over the course of two days.

Day One taken at 7:18 AM and 9:27 PM

Day Two taken at 7:03 AM

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Signs

From a fortune cookie...ummm ok.

Seen in town.

Rude bumper sticker that you know was on an old man's car.

Seen at Church's Chicken. I wouldn't be caught dead in that thing!

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Maybe I Do Need A Booser Seat (see reference blog here)

When I drive my truck this is the view I see. Are you suppose to see the hood of your vehicle??

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Cats Will Sit In/On Anything!

Friday, July 27, 2007

The Oreo Cow

The other day I was driving home by an alternative route and I saw a cow that looked like an Oreo cookie. It was dark brown in the front and back and white in the middle. I should have stopped then and there and took a picture, but I didn't. So I have been looking for that cow everytime I go down that road.

Today I decided that this would be the day, the day I would see that cow again. I got to the pasture where the cows were and pulled over. To my dismay, there was no Oreo cow. Maybe I was just seeing things that first time. I mean after all I was driving 70 mph!

I did see this however:

So maybe what I saw was an Oreo bull?? And I would like to also introduce:

The chocolate double-stuffed Oreo bull.

Although I am still going to keep a watch for that cow, becuase I know I saw it, this will do for now. Have a good one!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Happy 1/2 Birthday To ME!

I just realized that today I am officially 31 and 1/2 years old!

Here is the song I sang to myself (same tune as the original):

"Happy half birthday to me, cha cha cha.
Happy half birthday to me, cha, cha cha."
(I only get half of it.)

Here is the cake I gave to myself (again only half):

I am sorry to say, however, that you simply don't get presents on your half birthday. That is the rule.

When is your half birthday and what type of half cake will you have? Whatever you do, just don't forget to sing the song to yourself, it is molto importante (Italian for: very important)!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Getting to Corpus Christi, TX

My husband and I decided to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary by going to the Texas coast for the weekend. We picked Corpus Christi since it was the closest. We had a wonderful time there.



Thursday, July 19, 2007

On The Phone With Kids

I got to talk to several children today on the phone. Here are some quotes:

Abby, my 5 year old niece who I saw last over a year ago when her whole family came down from CT said, "I have missed you for a long time."

Mahalah, Abby's 4 year old sister said, "I miss you. I love you."

Jonathan, their 2 year old brother said, "Hi. Bye."

Dalton, my friend's 10 month old said, "Hi. Bye."

Savannah, Dalton's 4 year old sister in the most twangy Texas accent I have ever heard said, "I learned how to swing all by myself. I fell off the arm of the couch. We prayed for you."

These were all deep, thought provoking statments my friends....very deep. :)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Ask For A Diet Soda And Thou Shalt Receive...Eventually

Today my husband and I got some cokes from the coke machine at Wal-Mart. (Remeber, that in Texas, coke can mean any kind of soda.) My husband put in a dollar and pressed the button for Sprite. Here is what he got:

TWO cans of Sprite. My husband thought he hit the jackpot, but I think the machine was possessed! After giving him two cokes, it then decided to return his 60 cents worth of change all in nickels. So, out spewed tweleve nickels! I took 40 cents for my coke and pushed the Diet Vanilla and Black Cherry Coke. Here is what I got:

Well, that is all well and good, but I really wanted diet. :) In went 40 more cents and I pushed the button for Diet Dr. Pepper. Here is what I got:

Not one, not two, but FOUR cans of coke! My husband only THOUGHT he won the lottery of coke machines and finally I got what I wanted. Frankie wanted to put 40 more cents in, but I thought we had better count our blessings! So all the cokes got shoved in a bag and we ran off like bandits!

Would that be considered stealing?? :)

Saturday, July 14, 2007

A Day In American History

As you know, former First-Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, passed away on July 11, 2007. She split her time between Austin, TX and her ranch near Johnson City, TX. Mrs. Johnson's funeral was held today and out of respect for her the ranch was closed to visitor and the town of Johnson City had banners and signs everywhere in memory of her. Frankie and I just happened to drive through Johnson City today and I was able to take some photos. I want to share them since this is a piece of American history. It was all very touching.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Cheese!

This, my friends, is how I feel about cheese. You don't even need to speak Italian to understand. *happy sigh*

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Animals Outside Of My House - A Photo Heavy Blog

As I sat here today, I gazed out the window and saw the goats (who I have mentioned before) across the street. But there was one goat who looked strange. Here is a picture, it is the one in the back....can you tell me what type of that goat THAT is??

This got me to thinking about other animals I have seen in and around where I live. Let me share with you what I have seen.

On the porch the other day I saw this fly. It was HUGE! The only thing I did to this photo was move the little fly closer to the big one and add the words. I did not adjust the size of either fly.

Speaking of Texas-sized things, check out the horns on these two.

I have seen lots of "farm" animals seeing how I live in the country. Here is Jeff the rooster. (That is my name for him.)

And here are some sheep I have named Dolly, Molly, and Wally. Please don't ask me who is who but, I think Wally might be in the middle giving me the stare down.

I have also seen some disturbing things among these animals. Take for instance these two pictures. I don't understand why the ducks segregated themselves like this. It just breaks my heart!

The ugliness aside, I do get to see some animals that aren't often seen around here. The buffalo are really neat to see. They are so huge and quite frankly very ugly, bless their little hearts (but at least it is outwardly and not inwardly like the ducks)!

[Side note: Did you know you can say almost anything bad about something or someone and the use the phrase "bless their hearts" afterwards and it makes you look sympathic instead just a gossip? ]

More exotic than buffalo are the zebras that my husband and I saw one day driving home. I couldn't even tell you where we were, but it wasn't very far from home. They started running when the silly little deer that were out there started running, so this is the best picture I got of them. Still very cool though!

And finally the MOST exotic animal ever.....

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

More Summer Recipes

Watermelon Granita

4 1/2 c. watermelon juice
1/2 c. sugar
Big pinch of salt
2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice

Heat 1/2c. watermelon juice with sugar and salt until fully dissolved. Mix in with remaining watermelon juice and mix well. Pour directly into freezer-safe pan or muffin pan and freeze. After one hour, start scraping the sides and pushing the crystals to the middle of the pan. Continue this for several hours, if you have the patience! If the mixture gets too hard or solid, you can take it out of the freezer for 10 minutes until it starts to soften. (You can of course put this in an ice cream maker, but I never have enough ice, so I do it this way.)

Mango Sorbet

1/2 cup sugar
2 cups water,
flesh of 2 large, ripe mangoes puréed
juice of a lime

With the sugar and water boil together being sure all sugar has been dissolved for 5 minutes to make a syrup mixture. When cool, stir in the puréed mangoes and lime juice then transfer the complete mixture into freezer-safe pan or muffin pan and freeze. After one hour, start scraping the sides and pushing the crystals to the middle of the pan. Continue this for several hours, if you have the patience! If the mixture gets too hard or solid, you can take it out of the freezer for 10 minutes until it starts to soften. (You can of course put this in an ice cream maker, but I never have enough ice, so I do it this way.)

Let me know what you think, if you try either of these!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Caffe Di Granita

Granita (gra-NEE-ta) is a semi-frozen dessert from Italy made of sugar, water, and flavorings. It is related to sorbet and italian ice, but it has a coarser, more crystalline texture. Common and traditional flavoring ingredients include lemon juice, mandarin oranges, coffee, almonds, mint, and when in season wild strawberries and black mulberries. The following is a recipe for one of the most common flavorings, coffee!! If you like iced coffee then you will definitely want to try this. YUM!

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Caffe di Granita Recipe

Mix 2 cups heated water and 1/2 cup to 1 cup sugar (depending on personal
preference, 1 cup was a little too sweet for me and I will try 1/2 a cup next
time.)

Mix together until sugar has dissolved to make a simple syrup.

Add in 1 cup of coffee or for a stronger granita use espresso.

Pour into shallow baking dish or into a muffin pan and freeze until just barely
frozen. Break up the ice crystals and return to freezer. Repeat every 20 minutes
until the mixture becomes icy and slushy, about 2 hours. Spoon into glasses and
top with whipped cream if desired.

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I love it and plan on making it a staple in my house...luckily my husband doesn't care for iced coffee, so more for me! I just might be nice and make a fruity flavored one for him. Let me know how it turned out for you.