Pine nuts!

Cinquecento

(Uno) 1. Long holiday weekends! What day is it? I love losing my sense of place within the false construct of the weekly schedule.

(Due) 2. Mt. Etna has snow! I know I have mentioned this before – but, with the eruption and all, the snow has melted and returned a few times. This significant dumping looks like it might be here to stay.

(Tre) 3. Checking out where people live – like our neighbor Warren. We toured each others apartments to compare floor plans and it was such fun.

(Quattro) 4. Snuggling up for the night with Dave on one side of me, and my book on the other (open, of course!).

(Cinque) 5. Skype! Skype is the best. With Skype you can see facial expressions that a phone call just cannot capture.

Pine nuts! We gathered (with encouragement) these beautiful pine cones while we were at Parco Avventura and we have been letting them dry out. The seed pods that drop out are supposedly encasing the ever-delicious pine nut. If you have enjoyed an authentic basil pesto, then you have enjoyed pine nuts. These delicate, oily nuts are a beautiful aspect of Italian culinary arts. They are expensive and after I saw the work that must go into retrieving them, I understand better why that is. I cannot wait to see the slender pine-wood colored nut that emerges from these stately beauties.

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