Sunday, June 5, 2016

FIRST ANNUAL "PITY PARTY"....... with the blog gals.

When you get an e-mail from a dear friend who
sounds very unhappy and sad what do you do???
You've all been there....
Down here in Atlanta we gather the troops and
drive where ever we have to in order to
"perk up" said friend... we decided to call it a
"Pity Party"
beautiful weather and a great place to eat adds to the
"friend therapy" that we all seem to need every now and then.
 Getting 6 ladies to agree on a date and time with not
much warning is not as hard as you would think....
I usually am the "travel agent" when us girls get together
so four of us drove up to Athens Georgia
where we met up with the other two gals....
We were ready and prepared to pour on the love
and encouragement....
We had a great time in doing so....
And I think we may find this to be a yearly event...
One of us always seems to have issues in our lives
And what better way to perk up then to spend it with
a bunch a wonderful women....
I love these guys.....
you all know by now that when bloggers get together little
gifts of some sort are always given out....
And you can't have a "Pity Party" without
Tissues....just in case.
And who of all people brought the tissues??
The "pity-er"
here is Our Dear Rose....it's not a laugh a minute get together
unless Rose shows up....and Sweet Grandma of a ton of Grands...
Sorry Cheri I lost track....but a lot of adorable ones...
Cheri met us at our lunch destination as she was coming
from the North and we drove up from the South...
Cheri and Linda always drive down to Atlanta so I thought
it was about time we came to them...
Necie looking relaxed and happy.....
She brought a very special gift for Linda...
Miss Sandie....always quiet....always smiling...
Necie is taking drawing classes and gifted Linda with a sketch
of her cat Charlie who recently passed away...
Hence one of the reasons for the pity party...
Linda had been in a funk....
I don't know if by us showing up helped but we would do
it again in a second....
here she is pitying herself....while holding a
Basket of things to make her happy....
Cookies....popcorn...candy...a DVD of a great
Woody Allen movie....and Linda's favorite and a gift from
Joyce...who couldn't make it....tea towels with
Flamingos!!
Flamingos make Linda Smile!

Of course Food is at the forefront of anytime we get together....
wish I could remember the name of the place but it had
"Bread" in the title...
Cheri got their Quiche special of the day with a salad...
Sandie ordered grilled cheese and tomato soup....
the Soup looked heavenly...
Rose ordered some sort of burger/slider with what
appears to be a side of couscous....
Ham and cheese for me on a baguette with a side
Spinach Salad....
excellent....everyone raved how good all the food was...
you can't have a party of any kind without desserts!
Me and Linda went inside and told the girl behind the counter to
give us one of everything....That was fun!!
we declared the lemon bars to be the best of the bunch...
that carrot cake got cut in to 6 pieces.....
We all had to try everything....
they had great homemade bread....
I brought some home and enjoyed my own
Grilled Cheese the rest of the week...
Cake will ALWAYS make you happy....
ALWAYS!
I think we turned her Frown Upside Down...
we happened to get lucky and got to meet
Miss Scout...
Linda's adorable granddaughter who just happened to be
at day care next door to where we ate....
Linda's SIL was nice enough to bring her by so
we could all meet her....
she went right to Cheri.....she must have known that
Cheri is the Grandmother Extraordinaire


after lunch Linda requested that we go thrift shopping....
Bloggers never refuse thrift shopping.....
I had to fight off Rose at each stop because we
both are Milk Glass collectors....
we laughed all day as we tried to race each other into the
stores to get inside first...
like I said Flamingos make her smile...
With the day coming to an end....
Here in Atlanta you have to get where your going before
rush hour starts....which is around 3:00 p.m...
Necie scored two adorable cup and saucers....
and she found them in the half price room!
Don't ever dare me to
Sit on top of a concrete
Animal of some sort...
I will always make an ass of myself
for a laugh...
This is the UGA mascot
found out in front of the
Goodwill....
I won't embarrass my family by
printing what I yelled out when
said "ass" made contact with
Hot Bulldog.....
So I don't act 65 who cares!!

In closing....
 Remember...if you have a friend who's
under the weather...
take time out of your schedule to
plan some time together....
Everyone will benefit by it....
Because...
There's nothing better then
Girlfriends!!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

TWICE IN A LIFETIME.......and a Thank You to General Motors

Do you all remember back to October of 2014 when my
VW Beetle was returned to VW because of a horrible
smell coming out of the vents...
They took back the 2013 and gave me a brand new
2014 Beetle exactly like the 2013....
Certainly unheard of that a car dealer would actually
take back a car and give you a new one....

Well.....it happened again...

For those of you who aren't on
Facebook this was my Christmas present from the Boss
this year....yes I know we own a ton of cars...
Eight to be exact but what can I say... we are car
"people"....

So when Cousin Caryn visited from NYC of course we
were going to take it down to Atlanta to Scott's Flea Market...
Here we are minutes before driving off....
This was right after the Boss gave Cousin Caryn a short lesson
on how to get out of the car should something happen....
Why????????
The car is brand new.....2,000 miles on it to be exact
Why would something happen to it that we would need to know how to get out in an emergency...
Cousin Caryn listened....Me...forget it...somewhere down the line
I'm sure someone mentioned the "emergency door release"...
But if I had been alone I would have been locked inside the car
when it decided to "Die" in the middle of a 6 lane highway where
cars drive 60 mph....
Yes...it died....right there on Barrett Parkway....
Two minutes away from the house...
where there is no place to pull over....
It just decided to shut itself off... I watched in horror
as the speedometer just kept dropping lower and lower
until it stopped...right there in a traffic lane.
My Brand New Car....
D.E.A.D.  dead.
All I thought of was how we were going to have to climb out the window when the doors would not unlock...
 I had opened my window moments earlier to tell the pick-up
barreling up behind me that my car was dying...
He shouted something out the window
followed by...
"Why don't you step on the gas"....
Only a man would think a women in a Corvette
would be purposely driving 11 mpg just to piss him off....
So the car died....Cousin Caryn got us out using the
emergency door lock release...

You see some idiot at General Motors decided to put
electronic door locks on the Corvette...
If the car dies you are locked inside...
Had I been alone who knows what would have happened...
 She is my Guardian Angel.....
She stood outside the car flagging oncoming cars to pull over....
At one point we heard a loud squeal and I think we just shut our
eyes waiting to hear the crash but the Mercedes missed the
back bumper by mere inches....
When there was a lull in traffic she casually mentioned how
"Clean" it is here in Georgia vs. NYC....
We laughed for a moment and then continued waving at cars
not to hit us...
3 calls to 911 and about 1/2 hour later the police showed up
along with the Boss...the Fire Department and my other car...
He told us to get in the car and continue on our way...
He would wait for the tow truck....
Before we left.....
 He Tried to start the car and managed to catch the
starter on fire which prompted me to yell at the
911 operator....
"Now the car is on fire you really need to send someone"....
They were busy somewhere else.....
Who knew in our huge County that apparently there is only
one police car on duty at any given time...
But then.....
The fire truck arrived and it seems it was just a lot of smoke.
no flames....
So off we went to Scott's and We had a wonderful time.....
Caryn was impressed that the Boss stayed very calm and made sure our outing was not interrupted....

So what happened to my new car....????
It seems something in the "crank shaft" was defective....
A bearing went bad...it got hot and it caused the engine
to sieze.....this is how it looked when I got to the dealer to see it....
 
Big hole where the engine belongs......
It was worse then seeing a car that had been in an accident.....
To think this could happen to a brand new car....
it was in a million pieces.....
when I called General Motors to open a claim all I could say was
the car was a "death trap"......
The women just kept saying I was stuck on the "side" of the road...
which really got me upset that she wasn't listening to what happened....
I was stuck in a traffic lane.....
no side of the road....no safe place....
Middle of Traffic People!!!!
Here I am swearing I would never drive this car again.....
that is the Jersey.....
"WTF" look....
But I am happy to announce that within a two week period of time
and lot's of effort on the part of Day's Chevrolet and Tara at the
"General Motors" Buy Back Department....
(Yes they have a "buy back" department)
they could not have been more receptive in making sure I was
satisfied and happy in a new car.....
They offered to have a new one made just like the one I had...
(I passed on that)
 I was lucky to find this gem.....
This is the "everything happens for a reason" car.....
far more upgrades then the other...
Over $10,000.00 in "extras"
and they even are ordering me a smoke glass roof to replace the
white one it came with.....
I actually like it more then the red one....
the original Corvettes back in the 1950's came only in
White with red interiors....
It's come a long way in 63 years!!
I love the interior...and it has my favorite feature of all times..
Heated and Cooling seats!
Of course it still has those horrible electronic door locks....
But I figure what are the odds of the same thing happening
again.....
 Then again....we are the Adivari's and a crazier bunch of
people you wouldn't want to meet.....
But ask yourself How many people do you know that
have gotten not one but two cars replaced
in their lifetime....

You just have to be firm....
And just keep repeating the phrase....
"I saw my life flash before me"....



Saturday, April 16, 2016

PASTA MAKING 101.......WITH LUCY AND ETHEL.

I Got the e-mail that Joyce aka: Betty Crocker
was jetting back to the ATL from Naples for a few days
 and that could only mean one thing....
a little time between Naples and Chicago for us to get in to
some trouble....
And as you all have seen in previous posts....our usual place of
destruction is in Ikea....
Wherever we go and whatever we do of course Lunch is
always involved....But this trip J suggested we take a
cooking class...
Hoping it would go better then the mosaic class in
Florida we stuck with what we do best....
We cook....
So with a Pasta Workshop happening on the day we
were getting together it was just a natural....
I mean two Italians from the North...who #1 really love to
Cook....actually Betty prefers baking to my cooking....
And #2....really love to have fun....
Oh and we also love to have our pictures taken...
it's a perfect combination!
Perhaps not for you people...but it is for us....
note to self....When taking a selfie...make J stand up front and
Me in the back....Double chin will not show as much
if I am farther from the camera.....
And thank Goodness for the person who
invented the selfie....
It's opened up a whole new world for us...!
Days before the class we were the only two who had signed up.... we were surprised when we showed up
and the room was filled with people....
More to the point....Men People...
eight of them!!
and a few women...
Part of an office bonding experience.... they came
prepared to have fun....
They brought Wine!!
The Asian man all the way over on the left just kept
telling everyone for 2 1/2 hours all the things on his
wedding registry....
The more wine they drank the sillier and louder they became....
the more items he added to his list...
 I came prepared to
Make Pasta!
Daughter got me this tee Italy...
no wine drinking from this Italian....
I am an eater not a drinker....
Well Joyce just came to have fun.....
She thought she was Minnie Mouse....
She did have a little bit of wine in her....
Not enough to make a dent....
She's always crazy....
wonderful instructor this time.....the mosaic teacher in Naples
needs to take lessons from this girl...
She actually spoke to us and during the 2 1/2 hours
she made sure we knew what was going on....
As the party group kept getting louder
she would come over to us one on one....
Very nice....
preparing to make Goat Cheese Tortellini with
Pancetta, Sweet peas and Mint! 
it was reminiscent of Lucy and Ethel in the
Candy Factory....
exactly.....
she reminds me of Dianne Keaton in this picture....
She is one of the very best things that have come out
of Blogging....
I never would have met J under normal
circumstances.....
We ARE Lucy and Lucy....
Two troublemakers....
one blond....one brunette....
Rose....can you verify this....
We have humiliated poor Rose more times then we can count...
at one point the girl standing next to me leaned over
and said....
"Are you two professionals???"
to which I replied...
"Why yes we are"....
I didn't say professional what....
yes...I can cook with a cell phone in my hand....
luckily the keys didn't clog from random dough...
frying up Pancetta for the pasta
My turn!

Thank goodness they had the pasta attachment for
the Kitchen Aid....
It's very difficult to roll out dough thin enough for pasta...
It can be done but it takes time and a strong arm....
We found this version to be a two man job....
Joyce fed it into the gadget and I caught it as it came out
the bottom
cutting circles for the Tortellini
thin enough dough so you could read through it....
demonstrating what not to do.....
waaaay too sticky to make anything but a mess....
Wah Lah!!
These would be great in Italian wedding soup....
And in no way do they taste like the fresh pasta you can buy in
the grocery store...like Buitoni...
homemade pasta has a taste all it's own....
it's fabulous...
the "sous chef".....
Now that's dedication to your craft....
and very cool I might add....
but tats are not for 65 year olds...
That is semolina flour....not cornmeal...to keep the
pasta from sticking while it's waiting to be cooked....
 
Chef Ashley....
the finished product....
Peas... Pancetta... mint and parmesan....
I think there was a little lemon involved too!
Okay another note to self....
cover your arms when taking close ups so they don't look
like they belong to a professional wrestler....
my arms are not that size in person....I hope...
Joyce....Betty....Lucy...Dianne....
The many faces of my friend....
Have you ever known two people more full of themselves to
constantly be taking pictures of each other.......
We love it!!
More of an after thought with the dough we had left....
here was everyone's attempt at making
Pappardelle....
actually very tasty just not very pretty...
in a simple sauce made with heavy cream...lemon zest...
finished off with basil and mint and to top it all off
a poached egg...

I despise uncooked egg yokes.....so I wouldn't eat this...
It goes way back to our girls trip last year to
the Biltmore when we ran in to a
chicken transport truck....
You ladies who were there understand :) 
But I had no trouble downing a few portions of the
Pea Concoction....
It was delicious....
 I am planning on making this at home ASAP...
and I will not cheat and use store bought pasta...
Get out the rolling pin!!
And I wonder where those huge arms come from....
who am I fooling....
right down to the last morsel.....
And then we just had to stop on the way home at
Houston's....
After all.... it's officially Spring when Houston's
puts the Key Lime Pie back on the menu....
We sat...we talked....we drank lot's of iced tea....
I ate Joyce's whipped cream....
we laughed....
And I thought....
"The camera always adds ten pounds....I'm okay".....


 Here is the recipe for
Tortellini with peas..... mint and Pancetta...

Minus the instructions for making the fresh pasta...
You can use this mixture on any type of small pasta
or actually it would probably work on angle hair spaghetti...

This is a great dish for a spring luncheon....picnic fare...
or a side dish...
If you would like the recipe to make the pasta just let me know
and I can mail you the instructions...

Bon Apettit!!
Tortellini "Sauce"

1/4 cup of olive oil (more if needed)
8 ounces of Pancetta (Italian bacon) diced...
you will find this at the deli counter...
Have them "shave it" then before frying... cut it into pieces using a kitchen scissor...
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
1 large shallot minced
2 medium garlic cloves minced finely
1 1/2 cups of thawed frozen peas. Us can also use
Fresh peas...
Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
20 fresh mint leaves cut in to ribbons....
1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese...
plus more for serving....

Preparing the Sauce....
In a large skillet over medium high heat. add the olive oil. When oil is shimmering, add the pancetta and cook until crisp.
About 3-4 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon transfer pancetta to a paper towel lined plate
Reduce heat to medium and discard all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the skillet.
Add the butter, shallot and the garlic and cook until soft and translucent. About 2 minutes....
If using fresh peas, add the peas and 1/2 cup of hot water.
Stir well and simmer until the peas are bright green and tender
about 1 minute...
Omit the water if your using frozen peas....
Remove from the heat and taste to adjust seasoning with salt and
pepper. Set aside while you cook your pasta of choice.

When the pasta is cooked gently toss into the
pancetta/pea mixture...
Add some reserved pasta water to thin the sauce if necessary
Add the crispy pancetta and the lemon juice and gently toss...
Garnish with mint leaves...grated cheese and freshly
ground pepper...