All Things Andrea

All Things Andrea

Friday, October 30, 2009

I HATE Halloween....

I think it's the creepiest holiday ever....
I hate opening the door on a dark evening to who knows who....
And, I have to admit it annoys me that people who would never bother with me at any other time suddenly want to come see me just so they can get a handout.

I hate feeling like I have to pull the blinds and hide out in my OWN home.

I always feel like such a party pooper.
AND, there's nothing worse than a little kid ringing the doorbell even when my porch light is turned OFF, and me having to say, "Sorry, I'm not participating.  I don't have any candy for you...."

But, I was thrilled that my neighbor knows me well enough...

... to ring my doorbell anyway because...
... she knows I would love to see her daughter in her special costume.
And, her daughter was perfectly fine with the fact that "Miss Andrea" didn't have any candy for her.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Parsley Pesto

I was cleaning out my garden for the season and had a ton of Italian parsley left; I hated to see it go to waste, but what do I do with it?? So, I looked up parsley recipes on line and found one for parsley pesto. I made a bunch of different variations, before I came up with the perfect version. Yum, YUM, YUM! It’s fabulous and freezes well.

Here's the recipe!

Parsley Pesto

(Adapted from the following link:

4 cups flat Italian parsley leaves, washed and drained *
½ cup pine nuts **
½ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 - 1 t. sea salt
pepper to taste

Process above ingredients in food processor until the pesto is smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Add more oil as needed to get a smooth consistency.

* Be sure to use Italian parsley – the flavor is much better.
**Walnuts are just as good – pine nuts aren’t worth the expense!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Quotes Worth Contemplating

"There's a difference between being on time and trying to be on time. "
Orlando, Massage Therapist at CTCA Philly

Sunday, October 4, 2009


"Be aware that it is possible for goodness to come out of this nightmare."
- Michael S. Barry, A Season for Hope