Archive for August, 2010

big hugs, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

I’m lost~! My husband and grandson, who were here for an 8 day visit have left and returned home! My hear longs for them once again. I miss you guys!

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Every time i think of him it is difficult to fight back the tears. He brought so much joy into our lives on a daily basis, that the yearning to see him again will never end. We lost our beloved kitty on the morning of August 17th, 2010.

SOMERSET – Spaz Rountree, 13 years, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in the early morning hours of Tuesday August 10th, 2010 in Somerset Kentucky after a brief illness. He was born in September 1997 in Lexington Kentucky and was chosen out of his litter by Miss Christina to share his life with us. He was the cat son of Donald and Debora Rountree and lived in Somerset his entire life. Spaz brought such tremendous joy into the lives of all around him. He enjoyed creating havoc sometimes within the house, sitting in the window watching the birds outside, playing with his duck toy, hiding in his feline cubes, climbing on his tree, and lying lazily around the house at times, and even watching the Animal Planet. He enjoyed cat treats and playing, an occasional bowl of milk, yogurt and ice cream and other treats that he waited patiently for. He was an intelligent and well trained cat often manipulating his family to get what he wanted. He also enjoyed having other felines guests over when his family was not around.The joy he brought to his home will never be duplicated. He will be sadly missed on this earth, but we know he is over the Rainbow and is enjoying eternal peace.

Spaz is survived by his human parents as well as his human sister’s Christina and Laura, his human brother Aaron, his two feline sisters, Callie and Bebe as well as many cousins including Eli and Liam, and other loved ones and friends. we would like to thank the great care and compassion he received at the Midway Animal Hospital in Somerset. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Rest in peace my friend. We will love you forever. Thank you for all the unconditional love you have given us over the 13 years we had you in our lives and teaching us to live life to the fullest.

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Thursday Madness!

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Yes, the weekend is approaching once more! What are your plans for a fabulous summer weeeknd?

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Bruschetta al Pomodoro

bruschetta, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

On our recent trip to Italy we enjoyed this typical dish on several occasions with the world’s best tomatoes.

4 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped coarsely
6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons for EVOO
Course Salt and Pepper
8 slices of crusty bread
3 cloves of garlic

1. In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, and oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. Toast or grill bread lightly on both sides, then rub the garlic across the bread’s surface am then top with the tomato mixture.

Buon Appetit!!!

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Two months have some and gone since our most recent trip to Bella Italia! Some days I wonder how that could have happened. As usual most of our great memories are surrounded by great food and meals.This years adventures were no different. One evening, when returning back to the countryside to our hotel, the Hotel Park Chianti in Tavernelle Val Di Pesa, we realized it was late and we wondered what to have for dinner that night. We decided it was late and we were going to “wing it”, so as soon as we left the superstrada we took a sudden turn where we saw some restaurant signs and decided to follow them to see where we would end up!

Well the signs had us driving through the dark Tuscan countryside, as the road winded along some fields and started to climb a steep hill up to a small village. as we approached we were shocked with what we all saw…”A Castle” in the foreground! as it turns out we had stumbled upon Ristoro L’Antica Scuderia via di Passignano in Badia. We soon realized that this was not just any restaurant.

AS we entered the building we where quickly seated outside by the firepit where the chef/owner was preparing meat over an open fire. Huge bisteccas and veggies were slowly as the scent filled the patio. Dinner say at small tables enjoying intimate conversations over wine. We decided we had try to try the grass feed beef and local veggies. Much to our delight the meal arrived quickly and we all sat quietly enjoying every last morsel off bread, food, and wine that was offered to us. Conversation lingered as the night came upon us. At that point, we had decided that we indeed had taken the correct route into the darkness that night and would indeed return to this special place outside “The Castle” in Badia.

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