June, exploring and expanding my view

You see with your eyes, and hear with your ears, but how much do you extrapolate?

I have come to realize that with each glimpse you bring into the picture your past memories of that subject, and the corresponding feelings, positive or negative into today’s new moment.


The perceived value of the work declines when a woman does it — Caterina.net

When women enter fields in greater numbers, pay declines — for the very same jobs that more men were doing before. In a discouraging article in the New York Times, I read that the pay gap, often explained by the fact that women are in more of the lower-paying professions, such as teaching, admin work, […]

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A baseball outing at Somerset Patriots

A Sunday afternoon is a good day to spend at a baseball game; having the opportunity to attend using one of the Suites for a group, even better.  There are a couple of  leather chairs, a sofa, and a row of pub chairs w/a table facing the window with a view of the ball field. A mini kitchen area with a stainless steel fridge stocked with water bottles and coca cola products, lemonade.

Yesterday was a home game for the Patriots who were playing against the Long Island ducks team. During the 9 th inning, Patriots winning 2 to 0, but two L.I. Duck ball players were on the bases and we left early.  Well look it up on their web site.

A bonus, was to meet someone of my mother’s heritage who knew all the same Lithuanian recipes and grew up in the same town while perusing the handicapp transport system, Golf cart.

I will post some pictures.


Perfect view of the team!


A gorgeous day to enjoy America’s all-time great past-time, baseball.

My sweetie and I on the balcony of the suite.


Batter up, Somerset Patriots!

Here’s a glimpse of The Patriot’s Mascot, Sparky, named for the team’s first manager, Sparky Lyle.  Sparky Lyle, the former team manager came by to visit and say hello at the suite. It happened so fast, that I didn’t have time to ask for a photo.




Here’s mom with mascot “Slider” and “General Admission”! And her S.I.L.Pat.IMG_9199

Nina found a comfy spot to relax.IMG_9192

Somerset Patriot team members waiting in the dugout.


Cincinnati Chili,

On a rainy April day, comfort food, chili is on my menu! See Cincinnati chilli recipe. A re blog posting.

Life Is Beautiful-La Vita e Bella Weblog

Howdy folks. Here I am.  Summer officially arrives on June 21, on Saturday, however we are getting a taste of it both today and tomorrow with heat index of 93 and 95 to 100 tomorrow.  Whew, Do what you can to stay cool, Crank up the A/C, wear a cool neckerchief, Bought one of these at a “craft sale”, make your own ice pops, take a dip in the pool.

With all of this talk on heat, let’s have some chili.

Cincinnatti Chili

2 pounds ground beef

3 large onions chopped ( 3 cups)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 cup beef broth

2 TBSP chili powder

2 TBSP semisweet chocolate pieces

2 TBSP vinegar

2 TBSP honey

1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardomom

1/4 tsp ground cloves

16 ounces fettuccine, broken into 4-inch lengths

2 15 1/2…

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January 6, The feast of the Epiphany, La Befana,

January 6 is traditionally celebrated and honored by both churches in the United States and Italy as The Feast of the Epiphany.

  • The Catholic Church remembers the visit of The Three Wise men to see the baby Jesus bringing him gifts of gold, incense and myrr as celebration of his birth.
  • Italia
    La Befana and The Feast of Epiphany.
  • It is an old tradition in Italy on January 5 to hang Christmas stockings in the kitchen window or on the fireplace for La Befana to leave gifts for the children while they are sleeping. La Befana is an old woman and does not want to be seen.
  • The Italian custom also says that the Befana leaves her gifts not just at one house, but she also visits grandparents’, uncles and other relatives homes; so at Epiphany, Italian houses are always full of people visiting and of children unwrapping gifts. Tables are laden with cakes and traditional drinks like punch (an alcoholic drink which should be served warm with a small lemon skin) or other Italian liqueurs, and everything is pervaded by a special atmosphere or peace and harmony.Many Italian families, on this day, usually have lunch together in order to spend one last day of fun and relaxation before returning to their daily routine and to work. ( gleni.it-an Italian blog)

What inspires you?

Life Is Beautiful-La Vita e Bella Weblog

Do you ever wonder how it is that you choose to do something? What inspires you? Why does that particular thing spark your interest?

Are you a ” go with the flow” type of person or are you rigid in your thoughts of what you’ve already decided is right for you?

I am finding that I have changed my likes over the years, just as some people change friends.  I am open to new things. I am interested.  From the perspective of children, some cannot wait to finish school, yet you can spend your lifetime learning. Your brain, thinking and your mind ready to absorb different information.  I feel you become a better person with each new thing that you introduce. It is social, in the process, you meet new people. You don’t have to like every aspect of a person, but you learn to appreciate that part of them…

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Cranberry Sauce

Sharing ” Panini girl’s recipe for home-made cranberry sauce. This sounds more savory then sweet. Try it and send me a comment.

Panini Girl


It’s that time of year again-the holidays are officially upon us. Step into any grocery store and you will immediately get the sense of the frenzy that accompanies the season. You can hardly get your cart through the aisle with all the shoppers hurriedly throwing things into their carts. My first thought is “will I have time to get everything done once I get out of here?”.

As much as I love to cook and entertain, I am happy that I am not preparing the entire Thanksgiving feast. We are part of a celebration with friends with everyone pitching in with the cooking. One of my assignments is the cranberry sauce. This is not the cranberry sauce of my youth. Of course I grew up with the jellied sauce in the can. Didn’t you too? This has been my “go to” sauce for years now. A little tart, a little…

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