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...

Friday, April 15, 2016

"and THAT".....a Hundred Dollar Bill and an Empty Shopping Cart!!!

For months now I have been watching this store
being built right near the house....
a small sign that simply said
"and That"....
What in the hell kind of name is that for a business...
and better yet....what were they going to sell???
Always looking for good Retail Therapy
as it was near completion I Googled it and still
Nothing....
Until today when we were driving home from the car
Fiasco....and I spied the sign...
"Now Open"...
The Boss totally ignored me when I shouted out....
"Hey...it's finally open!!"
Thinking he would come to a screeching halt into their
parking lot he drove right past....
So when I got home I Googled it one more time....
And low and behold I shouted with joy...
"It's the Christmas Tree Shoppe!!!"
again being ignored by the Boss I was happy inside....
Anyone who knows about the Christmas Tree Shoppes
knows it's a Haven for cheap Crap.....
"and That" is the CTS on steroids.....
owned by the same company this is the somewhat
more organized.....somewhat better selection of
crap....
And I say that in the nicest way....
I love stores like this....
and now there's one right across the street from my
Bank....
How convenient!!
They have pretty much everything you can think of...
and as it says on the outside of their building....
Entertain...Decorate...
Let's take a tour....as today was the "soft opening" as we
say in the retail business....
Very few people wandering through the place....
Me....my cart was filled to the top within 5 minutes...
Flamingos are big lately.....
I'm not a fan but our dear friend and fellow
Blogger....Linda of "A La Carte"
 is a huge
Flamingo fan.....
they are sort of cute in their flip flops....
This is where the "crap" comes in to play.....
see those lounging Alligators....
Their eyes light up and are solar powered....
You never know....they might look good out on the
Patio along side the Boy with the Dolphin....
artificial Topiary...
Ginormous Letters....
and look!
They are my initials....
adorable little chair for only $149.00....
nautical pillows were $14.99 each...
how cute is this....
More potted topiary.....and every bloggers favorite
accessory....
The Cloche.........
Beachy pillows....
You know I brought some of these home with me for
Miss B's  beach room makeover....
Good name products like all these Waverly window
Rods..
Perfect for me...
A Hot Dog cart....
a bit pricey...I think I'll stick to a pot with
boiling water to cook my dogs..
Great selection of salts and seasonings....
how cute would this be as a little
Hostess Gift....
old fashioned candy....tons of it....
Skinny Girl candy...
Now we're talking!

I happen to be a Betheny Frankel fan...
huge wine selection....

that great Polish Pottery....
All things Paris....
This stuff will sell off the shelves....
more beach related stuff.....
And the Infamous Fish Pitcher....
which people seem to hate for some reason....
I have a real one that I bought at Martha's Vineyard
and I love it....
Rachael Ray managed to get tons of shelf space....
So did Wilton baking supplies....
cheaper then at Michaels...
and a nice selection...
all kinds of baking pans....
And here is Rachael again with the thing I hate most...
the "garbage bowl"....
she needs to change the name of this....
I then came upon the tea/coffee section.....
pitchers....mugs....all sorts of accouterment.....
the Coffee Wall.....
The Tea Wall....
Tacky stuff that could give the place a bad name.....
but the good stuff out weighs the bad...
dog supplies....
cats too!!
a very nice gift wrapping section....

Birthday Party stuff including a cute Party Banner...
I loved this!!
Party Supplies....
and finally the end of the line....
with my cart filled.....
it was time to head home...
I had this lovely girl as my "happy to serve me"
Cashier...
When I asked if I could take her picture she hesitated
and was concerned she would get into trouble...
You know me...I ignore all people who don't want their
picture taken....I take it anyway...
How could I not take a picture of this happy face....
"and That"
Please don't get her in trouble....
It was wonderful to be waited on by such a nice
 person...... she is an asset to your new business....

And now what did I buy????
I spent $77.00 
how fabulous is this door mat....
Well...only for people who actually live in
Atlanta....
Entenmann's All Butter Loaf Cake????
Nope..
butter loaf cake scented candles....
Hey ladies....you all are getting one on Monday
when we take our road trip to
Athens....
See what you have to look forward to....
My driving.....and Entenmann's!!
Yes Necie....Livin on Lake Time is for you...
I found for only a $1.00 those jumbo size
cupcake papers....I make muffins using this size...
Again with my Peeps in mind....
Necie suggested for my annual
Necie/Linda birthday luncheon that our theme this year
be Lemons....
these great fabric placemats were only $2.69 each...
now for Miss B....
This will be used on her bed for late night snacks
Grandma's let their Grands eat in bed...
At least this one does....
and this tray says the "Beach"...

In South Carolina this past summer I drove B crazy
about not going out in the ocean too far because there had
been shark sightings....plus the water was very mucky.....
I was scared to death....another perk of being a
Grandmother....
So I thought she would appreciate this sign....
It will hang in her bathroom...
for her bed....
I will be making a "Tiffany Blue" and white buffalo checked
dust ruffle and a white coverlet....
It will match the color of her iron bed....
I thought this pillow would look cute...
And finally...
Eat
Sleep
Beach.....