Friday, July 27, 2012

Tomatoes, Tomah....toes!

Two Sisters and The Silver Spoon Cook Book has many
tomato recipes!  With the tomato crop generously sending
these jewels our way, it is time to focus on creative and simple recipes.
Some favorites... to name a few!
Summer Bruschetta - Page 11
White Bean, Garlic and Tomato Salsa - page 28
Green Bean, Yellow Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad - page 57
Tomato, Watermelon and Cucumber Salad - page 63
Fried Green Tomatoes- page 87
Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad - page 88
Zucchini and Tomato - page 89

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tortellini Primavera -- One Pan, One Dish!

Easy...There I've said it again!
7 ingredients!
Prep & Cook Time: 20 minutes
Two Sisters and The Silver Spoon Cook Book - Page 140
Serve with a lovely garden salad!

1 T. olive oil                                                  1 cup frozen peas
1-1/2 cups sliced mushroom                                  1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup thinly sliced sweet red peppers      1 -  (9 or 13 oz. pkg.) tortellini cooked and drained
1 (12 ounce) container Alfredo sauce

Heat oil in a saucepan. Saute mushrooms and peppers 5 minutes until tender. Stir in Alfredo
sauce, peas and cayenne.  Heat thoroughly.  Toss with pasta.
Yield: 4 servings                  

Monday, July 23, 2012

Easy Brownie Shortcake Dessert -Simple and Great for a Crowd!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 16
1 pkg. (19.5 oz. ) brownie mix     
1 container (16 oz.) Sour Cream, divided
1 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 - 3 cups cut-up mixed strawberries and blueberries
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare brownie batter as directed
on package; stir in 1/2 cup sour cream. 
Spoon into greased and floured 9-inch round cake pan.

Bake: 45 minutes; cool 10 minutes.  Remove from pan to wire rack
Cool completely.

Mix remaining sour cream, whipped topping, sugar and vanilla. 
Cut brownie horizontally in half.  Place bottom half on plate;
spread with half of the sour cream mixture.  Cover with top of brownie,
remaining sour cream mixture and fruit.  Store in refrigerator.

I'd like to give credit to Breakstone Sour Cream.  This is their

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Osterville on Cape Cod...A Hidden Gem

Next time you're heading to the Cape...make a quick
stop in this tony little town!  Take Exit 5 off of Route 6
and you will enjoy the little shops and restaurants this village
has to offer.
First stop...Oak & Ivory
1112 Main Street
Nantucket Baskets & Creations Inspired by Seaside Living

Kathy's Nantucket basket was made by Bob Marks
at Oak and Ivory! 

Decorate your home or bring back a beautiful
addition to your home from these lovely displays. 

Gorgeous things for the home, entertaining and hostess gifts
can be found in this great shop on the way into town.

Books By The Sea
846 Main Street
Along with great books, this quaint bookstore
offers unique cards and gifts!  Truly a Cape Cod gem!

J. McLaughlin
Main Street, Osterville

The Shoe Salon...of course!  This is a MUST stop!
As Cinderella said, "One shoe can change your life!"

845 Main Street, Unit 6
If you like ruffles and roses, this is the place for you!

Each year Kathy buys a hat from Michelle. 
This year's hat is embellished with pale pink roses
and a pale pink bow!  Men's shirts hanging in the background
have been redone into wonderful ladies tops.  Ruffles
and monograms have been added to make fun overblouses!
Last but not least...a view from Kathy's room at
the Wianno Club.  A peaceful view after a day of

Friday, July 20, 2012

Chelsea Pier - America 2.0

Getting ready to board America 2.0
Friends who are members of
The National Maritime Historical Society in NY
invited us for this special sail around lower
Manhattan and up to the Statue of Liberty.

The building of the new "Freedom Tower"
as seen from the water is a beautiful sight.
We're proud to be Americans!

In nautical wear, we enjoyed drinking Mimosas
along with a great lunch served in the galley below.
We made many new friends and look forward to our
new association with the
National Maritime Historical Society!

The large cage on the left is a driving range cage.
As we passed by, we could see lots of people
driving their golf balls from the building. 
Only in NYC!  Freedom tower and lower
Manhattan just past the driving range.
More NYC photos to follow!

The Yale Club

A stay at the Yale Club on 44th and Vanderbilt
was fantastic! 

A rooftop breakfast on the 22nd floor made for a delightful
 start to the day!

NYY - Yes, the Bronx Bombers!

The Yankees vs. Toronto - Wednesday, July18
The Yanks win 6 - 0

Walking around the concourse in 105 degree temps,
we enjoyed eating, hydration stations, cooling stations
and shopping in the air-conditioned signature shops!

Dylan's Candy Bar in the food court
of Yankee Stadium has lots of old time favorites!

Candy, candy....visit Dylans flagship store
on Madison Avenue, NYC.

Honoring our country during the 7th inning stretch!

To Yankee Fans everywhere...1998 was a year to remember!

Monday, July 16, 2012

JFK Memorial - Hyannis, Massachusetts on Cape Cod

A fitting tribute to the 35th President of the United States
is here in Hyannis.

Overlooking Hyannis Harbor this setting is a reminder
of how much President Kennedy loved the sea and
specifically Cape Cod.

Located on Ocean Street just past the Ocean Street Ferry Docks,
this is beautiful setting to visit and reflect.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame

Located inside the JFK Hyannis Museum
397 Main Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts
Located in The Dugout in the lower level of
the museum.
Check out the JFK Hyannis Museum website
for complete hours and directions.

Well into its second century of play, the Cape Cod Baseball League
dates its beginnings back to 1885.

Some Hall of Famers you may recall...
Thurmon Munson - Carl Yastremski
Mo Vaughn - Nomar Garciaparra
Joe Girardi - Ron Darling - Kevin Youkilis - Mark Teixeira

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum on Cape Cod

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
celebrates its 20th anniversary year!
397 Main Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts
on Cape Cod.

Featuring "Jackie" Life on Cape Cod
Monday - Saturday 9 to 5
Sunday 12 - 5
Prices Include admission to Cape Cod Baseball League
Hall of Fame

Engagement Weekend - Summer 1953

Summer of 1964 with John Jr.

August 1963

There will never be another woman like Jackie!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Let's Learn about Cheese...Spanish Cheese!

Wegmans in Northboro, MA
holds cheese classes.
This one featured Spanish cheeses
and other products made  in Spain.

Olives, chocolate covered figs,
candied walnuts, meats and these
speciality cheeses make a
delicious presentation.

Conctact your local Wegmans
for their special event schedule.
Its a fun hour featuring delicious
fair and you gain lots of food knowledge!

Other products were featured
including Cinnamon Sweet Olive Tortas! 
Delicious with cheese, coffee or tea!

The Two Sisters, Chrissy and Michelle showing off the finished cheese tray.
Afterwards, we visited their expansive cheese department. 
Everything you need to
build a beautiful cheese tray is there
including the cheese board and the knowledgeable
staff to help with any questions.

John poured samplings of wine chosen
to go along with the various types of cheeses.
Here John holds Veuve Cliequot Champagne.
I love the saying, "In victory, you deserve Champagne,
in defeat, you need it." ~Napoleon Bonaparte

Monday, July 9, 2012

Back to Bristol...Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

This 1908 English style house contains the original furnishings
once owned by the Van Wickle family.  This tranquil setting
on Narragansett Bay is rich in history.  If you like to learn
about prominent and interesting families, a stop at
Blithewold should be on your list of places to visit.

The self-guided tour is very informative.  Breathtaking
views from the house show off water views and gardens. 

Relax and stay awhile at Blithewold.
Weddings are held here underneath a beautiful white tent
on the lawn overlooking Narragansett Bay!
Do you know someone in need of a wedding location?

Rare woody plants from around the world along with
native trees grow side-by-side in a park-like setting.
60 minutes from Boston
30 minutes from Newport and Providence
101 Ferry Road, Rte 114
Bristol, RI

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Strawberry Patch - Another reminder of why we choose Cape Cod!

The Strawberry Patch, 2550 Old King's Highway
Route 6A, Brewster on Cape Cod

A life size horse welcomes you to this charming
gift shop set in an 1872 horse barn!

The Strawberry Patch features a wide
selection of unusual gifts and home
furnishings.  Unique gifts for family and friends
of all ages including fun things for children can be found
displayed in the original stalls of this historic barn.

Notice, Two Sisters and the Silver Spoon Cook Book
is sold here! 

Here is one of the Strawberry sections!
You won't be able to resist these
beautifully displayed items.

This is one of our favorite places on Cape Cod!

Blue and white...a wonderful combination!

Raggedy Ann...mostly purchased by adults with
fond memories of a doll from their childhood that
has disappeared to some unknown place.