Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts

Friday, July 23, 2010


Probably all of you know by now that I am Canadian and come from a city just outside (about 10 minutes) of Toronto.  I wasn’t able to make it up there last year and it hit me really hard so I was determined to make it up there for my Brother-in-Law’s and sister’s birthday this year…

We hung out with dogs and family…





Went to the beach on a very hot and hazy day…DSC_0300

Swam in Marlene’s pool on a very hot and sunny day…

Played at the Ontario Science Center (see how tall and thin we are?)…



And we ate, oh did we eat…





Recipe to come…DSC_0399

Next up is the grand finale!  And what a finale it is…


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pennsylvania for the 4th of July!

Well we had a great time in DC but really wanted to be far away from the city by the 4th of July.  We were there on the 2nd and the city was already gearing up!

We headed to where Tony is from and spent 5 fun filled days with family.

We picked wild berries…

We played with cousins…DSC_0324

Took some time to smell the flowers…DSC_0327


We had mojitos… DSC_0213

Ran in fields under clear blue skies…DSC_0308

We ate, lots…DSC_0217

We went to the girl’s first drive in movie…DSC_0293

We swam…DSC_0342

We had birthday cake…DSC_0322

Made fire dogs and s’moresDSC_0375

Caught fire flies…DSC_0200 
Watched fireworks being shot into a clear night sky…  DSC_0425


From here Tony sadly headed home and I went on to Toronto with the girls…Much more to come!!!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010


It is summer in the northern hemisphere and I have really been enjoying it to the absolute fullest.  Eating, hanging out with friends (old and new) and family, traveling and eating some more. 

I have picked out some pictures to highlight the first couple of days of our trip to Washington, DC and then to Pittsburgh before we headed to see family for the remaining 2+ weeks.

Washington, DC

DSC_0211 Checking out the dino’s at the Smithsonian

DSC_0252 Crashing the Smithsonian staff picnic in the National Mall


The White House bee keeper’s collecting honey

Pittsburgh, PA (The Strip District)

DSC_0269 Best little donut shop!  Tiny and with little donuts…

DSC_0268 German Chocolate

DSC_0273 Favorite spice shop ever!

DSC_0283 Best sandwiches ever!  White bread, French fries, coleslaw and your choice of meat…very efficient these Pittsburghers!

DSC_0289 Pastrami somewhere under all of the sides…

DSC_0290 Greek treats from one of the street vendors.  Delicious!!!!

DSC_0292 Greek street vendors…

Once we left Pittsburgh we headed to Tony’s family to celebrate the 4th of July and Kyra’s 10th birthday.  More to come…


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Road Trip and Pepperoni Rolls!!!

As most of you know we spent last week, the girls spring break, in the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. T’s Dad has colorectal cancer, and has been in treatment for about a year now. Please go and get checked. It’s really a simple procedure and could save your life! A colonoscopy is recommended (by the American Cancer Society) for men and women after the age of 50 unless there is a history in your family. I simple screening could have saved this tragedy! BTW...T's Dad is only 60! Anyway off my soap box…

We went up to help lighten the load a little bit and just spend a bit of time with the family. It was a great trip. We got to see and pet some cows, build a bonfire and roast marshmallows, eat at Primanti Bros. (not once but twice!!!), play outside on a beautiful spring day, watch a blizzard come through and then build snowmen and have a snow ball fight, go for a walk through the woods that T. grew up hunting in looking for morel mushrooms (finding nothing but ticks, egad!), and sharing a bunch of wonderful meals with family that we very rarely get to see. How can that not be good?

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Fudge the Cow. Last year the girls bottle fed him. This year he followed us through the field like a puppy!

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Grandma and the Grandkids watching the bonfire. This was a beautiful day. The next day it snowed!!!

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Roasting Marshmallows!!!

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Snow Angels for Peter of Kalofagas

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Snowman, this was the small one. The big one was the next day after it had snowed a lot more!

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A man and his girl…These are the same woods that T. grew up hunting in. It was a real joy for him to show them to the girls!

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And the dogs came along!!!

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Lunch from Primanti Bros. The perfect meal of efficiency! A pastrami sandwich with French Fries and coleslaw on white bread! Why mess with sides when you can have it all together!

So this is really what this post is about…Pepperoni Rolls. One of the things that we always do when we are faced with a long drive is to plan food for the trip. We do not eat fast food so it makes us feel really bad when we have nothing to eat on a road trip but burgers and fries. We always pack sandwiches but this time T. wanted to try something different and was it ever good! I had never really heard of these before and I guess they are a regional thing from West Virginia and Pennsylvania are. He made them with a great dough recipe using the bread machine and then stuffed them with mozzarella cheese and ground up pepperoni. These are shelf stable and left us full and satisfied during a very, very long drive to PA!!!

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Pepperoni Rolls

1 recipe for your favorite baguettes or the recipe we used for the bread machine follows!

From The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook

1 1/2 cups water
3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp gluten with vitamin C
1 3/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 tsp SAF yeast or 1 Tbsp bread machine yeast


  • Place all the ingredients in the pan according to the manufacturer’s instructions (mine has the liquid first, then all dry with yeast last in a well)
  • Program for the dough cycle and press start.
  • The dough ball will be sticky. Do not add more flour at this point.

Pepperoni Rolls

Dough – see above
mozzarella cheese, grated
pepperoni, shredded using a food processor or sliced

  • When the dough is done it’s cycle, remove from pan and separate into 8 individual dough balls.
  • Punch down the dough and shape into 8 rectangles.
  • Fill the dough with cheese and pepperoni
  • Roll up the dough rectangles tucking in the ends as you go.
  • Place seem side down on a greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned.
Serve immediately or these can seriously be left a room temperature and eaten as is. They are also great served with a plate of spaghetti and sauce!!!

I am submitting this to BYOB (Bake Your Own Bread) hosted by Sandy of At the Baker's Bench. This is a great challenge to get you baking more of your own baked goods. Better for you and cheaper in the process!

As Always…

Happy Entertaining!!!