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Dago Sunday

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Growing up Irish/Italian then marrying what my Grandpa called an FBI, Full Blooded Italian, macaroni on Sunday was not an option. And yes, we called it macaroni not pasta. Meatballs, sausage and neckbones would float happily in my sauce that was graced with onion, garlic, olive oil, basil, oregano and rosemary. As you can imagine that sauce pot was the gathering place for anyone with a piece of Italian bread in hand for dipping.

The size and shape of the macaroni could change each Sunday but never the sauce pot. Sometimes we'd make cavatelli from scratch and other times we'd buy macaroni imported from Italy. My kids love the home made gnocci the best as do I and part of the joy is in the making of this tradition Sunday meal.

As I travel along my healthier road I have realized that white flour macaroni does not hold my taste buds or attention the same way whole wheat macaroni does. It's like eating air, no taste or texture and it does not fill me up. Please don't tell my family though, I'd be considered a traitor to my heritage.

Whole wheat pizza is the only Za for me. Load on the veggies and my Irish eyes are smiling. My Grandpa would be blowing in his box if he knew. Funny how my kids have adapted to eating better, healthy and whole wheat too. They are grown and flown but when we do get together for Dago Sunday it's a modified version that we all love.

Mangia!

  
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God Bless America

Monday, May 02, 2011

The title says it all, God Bless America. I am proud to be an American, land of the free and home of the brave. Heartfelt thanks to all who serve our country in the military and their families and to those who have given their lives for our freedom.

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/15/2011 12:32AM

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I am very proud of the service men and women. They give so much.

You rock!!

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IRISHLASS117 5/3/2011 5:13AM

    Me too. I'm not comfortable with all the celebrating going on across the country. I don't think it's the right way to honor those who have given their lives for this country.



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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 5/3/2011 12:09AM

    That is so wonderful to read. I was so happy that the President mentioned GOD at the end of his speech.

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YUMMO

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

OK, I know this will shock you, I have a sweet tooth, a horrible sweet tooth that begs for attention after dinner each night. I try and have fruit as part of my meal most nights and it usually takes care of the demon sweet tooth but not lately. So I made a huge discovery tonight while rummaging around for something sweet and I want to share it with all of you. This is healthy, for the most part and just about 300 calories so I can fit it in on a day like today that included a 5 mile hike with lots of hills.

1 TBSP Reduced fat Smucker's Peanut Butter
1 TBSP Nutella
1/4 cup raw oats

Mix the stuff together and swoon. I promise, you will swoon.

It did the trick and we are all very happy now.

  
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VETMED 11/8/2010 11:45PM

  Nutella by itself does it for us but adding oats and peanut butter- Yummmmmmmmmmm, oops forgot my drool cup!

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DANIELLEBREEN 10/15/2010 10:07PM

    oooh my! I currently have no nutella in my house (i know...how wrong is that??), but when we rectify that situation, I will *SO* remember you and love you for this.

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/15/2010 9:51PM

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GRACE612 9/29/2010 9:32PM

    that won't work for me....Peanut butter are nutella are my weakness...I could never stop at a tablespoon of each!!

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HELENA260 9/29/2010 8:55PM

    I will try this!! Thank u

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Half Way

Friday, September 17, 2010

Yep, it's halfway today. Not halfway to my weight goal or anything like that at all. Today is halfway to St. Patrick's Day! And yes, it's a holiday in my house that will be celebrated with meeting up with friends for a pint after work. So put your Irish on and celebrate with me.

Slainte!


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TEENY_BIKINI 9/27/2010 11:25AM

    I'm in!

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VETMED 9/20/2010 11:22PM

  Just don't use food coloring to make the mashed potatoes green like I did in high school- it was NOT appetizing. and when you add gravy- EWWW! Well it was a learning experience- Erin Go Braugh!

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ROSEM1955 9/17/2010 9:20PM

    I like the way you think! Go for it!!! emoticon

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Scrubbed 'em off, OMG!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I can't tell if those were my freckles or bugs I scrubbed off after a glorious sunset bike ride tonight after work. 16 miles on the towpath at a good clip, for me at least but still slow enough to see the woolybear crossing the path. But the bugs emoticon I must have swallowed a pound of them and have dents in my brain bucket from some of those big suckers crashing into me. I'll be able to tell in the morning if I still have all of my freckles. Now it's time for sleep.

  
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CHERYLD02 7/28/2010 8:13AM

    Ahh the bugs of the towpath! Hope you get the dents out and your freckles back! :)

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TTLEELEE 7/28/2010 7:06AM

    Log 'em!! emoticon emoticon

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SHEILA1505 7/28/2010 4:26AM

    Mostly protein!
Is this a case for a bee-keeper's helmet and net, I wonder?

Glad you enjoyed the ride!

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TWOTIMESS 7/28/2010 2:11AM

    How many calories in a bug, I wonder?
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DEVORA4 7/27/2010 11:04PM

  emoticonhope you have kept the freckles

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EMPTYNESTER60 7/27/2010 10:40PM

    The way you can tell a happy cyclist is by the number of bugs in her teeth emoticon Good job!

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PMJLNR 7/27/2010 10:37PM

    So funny!
Good for you!!!

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