Sunday, March 13, 2011

Through woods and mountain passes The winds, like anthems, roll. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


One of the things that has surprised me the most about living in Pennsylvania is the wind.  I had no idea how strong the winds can be here.  Case in point: The other night Phil and I turn on the news to see this news story as the first feature.

Strong Winds Blow Roof Onto Road In Fayette County

No one was hurt when the roof of a storage facility was blown onto a Bullskin Township road Wednesday night.

The roof blew off during the evening rush hour on Route 119

The roof in question was off of a building where Phil works! He sat straight up and exclaimed,”That’s our roof!”


I was impressed that he even recognized the roof.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

To see the news footage,click on the link for the video.

Not much else happened this week. I went to lunch and shopping with my Mother-in-law one day, and with Debra another day.

We had found a neat little café called Rizz’s, in downtown Uniontown.  They serve a wonderful Bird of Paradise salad, that has mixed greens, chicken, strawberries, mandarin oranges, onions, and a raspberry vinaigrette.


We checked out some antique shops, some thrift stores, and an art gallery.

Phil and I went for a ride yesterday with the top down on the convertible.  The weather is so unpredictable here.  Yesterday it was sunny and in the mid 50s, and we had the top down.  Today it is only in the 40s.  But, days like yesterday give you hope!

He took me to a couple of the old cemeteries in town.

Click on photo to enlarge.


The land was deeded back in 1797!

I love old cemeteries. Looking at the old headstones and thinking about the many, many generations buried there,

Check out this old headstone and the wording:


“Dyed with Lockjaw at 11 years old.”


Sara died in 1802

Loved the vines on this one.

Across from the cemetery you can see the courthouse.



While we were driving around yesterday, Phil drove by our first apartment that we ever lived in together, in Yukon, PA

Man, what memories that brought back!

I had to take a few bird photos this week.




This is a new guy.

The recipe I want to share with you this week is Italian Wedding Soup. I had never heard of this soup until we came here, but it is very popular.  I made some for Phil’’s mom and myself this week, because she loves it also.

wedding soup


My Italian Wedding Soup

1 bag baby spinach

Salt and Pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

I pkg Italian Meatballs baked according to directions

Or homemade meatballs

1 Box Ancini De Pepe Pasta

46 oz (1 carton + 1 can) chicken broth

Shredded Parm Cheese

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese

Make the meatballs or cook the frozen meatballs as directed.

If doing the fresh meatballs follow these directions

1 pound extra-lean ground beef

2 eggs, beaten

¼ cup Italian dried bread crumbs

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons minced onion.

Mix together

Fry the meatballs until done or bake them.

Heat olive oil in a big soup pot on medium low heat.  Add onion, a dash of salt & pepper, and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until onions are translucent.  Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.

2. Add entire bag of spinach to the pot, stir to coat with oil, add a couple more dashes of S&P and allow spinach to wilt and cook ~3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When spinach is cooked, add chicken broth to pot and bring to a boil. Add pasta (I used acini di pipe) and cook until al dente ~7-8 minutes. Add mini meatballs and cook for an additional minute, or until heated through.

Bring to boil

Let simmer

Meanwhile, whisk eggs and parmesan cheese together in a small bowl.

Stream egg and cheese mixture into soup and stir gently in a circular motion. Allow egg to cook for an additional minute.

6. Serve and enjoy!

Had some nice wins this week.

T. A. O. Together as One Earrings w/ African Turquoise Jasper


Necklace and earring from Around Beads


Butterfly ring from Krafty Kash and Classic Keepsakes


I started a new series this week:

Greywalker by Kat Richerdson

I liked parts of the first book, but then it started getting to difficult to follow.  There were too many things happening to her at once.  I’m hoping the second book will be better.