Friday the 13th and all is well!

13 Jul

Hello Everyone and Welcome to Friday the 13th!

Isn’t it amazing even in the 21st century superstition is still alive and thriving around the world. Always a lucky day for my Dad since he was born on Friday the 13th in 1929.  This day can conjure up images of men with knives and guns coming after you.  So smart and so dumb at the same time.  So…what are you eating today?

Friday’s in the summer are usually go to the park and watch the municipal band or a cover band they bring in.  Meeting friends, chatting, catching up on what happened over the week. Everyone brings their dinner and we share snacks or desserts.  It’s a good time to try a new recipe and have everyone taste test!

Tonight we are buying Sushi Rolls from our Pavilions who have Sushi Chefs on site all day.  I have never attempted making rolls but a lot of people do hand rolls with rice  paper and they look great!  There are classes close by that will teach you to make Sushi, Sashimi and Rolls.  I am getting out of work later than usual so I am not finding time to make something up to bring.  I was too busy swimming till 10 pm last night at a friends solar heated pool to think about putting in a loaf of bread for today.  The bread machine would have had it done this morning but when I finally made it home it was late and I was too tired!!  Next Week!!

I shared a picture of the newest recipe I tried for the Bread Machine. It was Bread Flour, Rye and Whole Wheat. The seeds included were toasted sesame, poppy seed and raw Pumpkin Seeds.  The compound butters I made were Garlic powder and Onion Powder.  Very simple concoctions compared to what I usually devise. Still a hit no matter what.  Everyone at the 4th of July party raved about this bread and said it was their favorite so far. I forgot I had flax seeds which I could have added also.

Being a creative cook is my MO. Adding things that I like or taking things off the recipe that are not part of our taste approved ingredients is what I do always.  Cooking is easy and you can be creative with it.  Baking on the other hand is Chemistry and I tread easier when I am baking anything because the margin of error is much smaller.

In February I arrange a ski trip to Yosemite for 40 families. This is our 27th year coming up. Yosemite is a passion of mine. You will see lots of info on the park, pics, info on Ansel Adams and the events that take place in the valley. Thought I would give you a heads up about that particular issue.

I appreciate you coming by and I hope you have had your feet up and been sitting in a comfy chair.  Send me your feedback and let me know about what you do in the kitchen.  I have a lot of interests- cooking, baking, theatre, art, museum’s, dance productions of any kind, music, singing, gardens, interiors, real estate, income property, and the list goes on and on. I hope you love everything too!

Have a wonderful weekend, stay cool, relax and let’s connect next week!

Hugs and Baci’s

Mille Grazie & Ciao,



First Blog for Hugs and Baci’s from ME

29 Jun

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to write a quick Hello and say I hope you will follow and visit very often.

This is going to be very interactive so please visit my Facebook and Instagram pages with the same name if you want to post ideas.

That’s what I want this to be an exchange of Ideas and Information, that we can all benefit by and make our lives more interesting, creative and easy.

Of course recipes will probably lead the pack of what is posted but I promise there will be other items shared as well.

The more variety the better for a more creative, fulfilled, satisfying life.

If you want to contact me directly my email is-

Mille Grazie, Ciao, Hugs and Baci’s,


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