What’s happening

2012 is off to a fast start. I hope everyone is enjoying the lack of snow and ice that January and this part of February have granted us here in the northeast. With fingers crossed, I personally hope the next 6 weeks or so left of winter will be just as manageable.

It always takes me a little time to settle in after the holidays, reflect on the past year and plan my goals for the year ahead. I recently went to Cornerstone, an event at church that Mom(Betty) has been asking me to try for the past many years. She was speaking at this particular one so I finally relented.  It proved to be an inspiring day of reflection without phones, watches and daily interruptions. I’m glad that I finally took the time to go.

In January, we sadly said good-bye to Erwin Rahner.  “Uncle Erwin” was a long time family friend and final patriarch of the Clambake.  He was a kind,  gentle man who enjoyed life and his family.  My condolences to his wife Cecilia and their children and grandchildren.

Meet the pets…
Cindy, Paul and Deb welcomed new pets into their lives.
Cindy adopted a pomapoo, which is a pomeranian poodle mix . He is an adorable puppy she calls Santo.  Paul and Deb rescued a kitten that was born
under their deck. The precious kitten is Judy.

Even though we have had unseasonably warm weather,  Matt, Allison, the girls and family managed to find some- fun in the snow- at the ice festival at Rockland Lake. Here are some photos Matt sent on.

Jane forwarded this cute link of “Johnny’s First Meal”

(I added a link to the post “We went to see the baby” of great photos from Joe Carey that I forgot to add)

Happy 1st Birthday
Ralph Hunter Antinori, February 14
Ralph and Loanna are expecting a new baby this year.

I hope everyone is well and enjoying this winter.
till next time…

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3 Responses to What’s happening

  1. Margot Pesce says:

    I love that crock pot chicken soup. I will try it…also will pray for Jodi’s dad…Its very sad and hard to go thru. Maggie P

  2. Joe and Jodi and the boys says:

    Great blogging, Rosita. Thanks for the picture of Uncle Erwin. I think the words you chose to decribe him were perfect: kind and gentle. And patient.

    Not too much to report from NC. Due to a change in the way the government handles claims I haven’t been paid by Medicare or Medicaid since January 1st. It will get straightened out but it could take a while.

    Jodi’s father is really suffering with each chemo treatment now. He gets an IV infusion every 2 weeks that lays him low for 4-5 days. He has been on chemo for over a year. He’s a tough cookie. Thank you all for remembering him and Mickey. Since they really don’t have any family they enjoy hearing about all of the Antinori’s and our comings and goings and doings.

    The boys and I are looking forward to Spring Training with the Yankees in Tampa from March 23-26th. We will all be running the Spring Lake 5 Memorial Day weekend. Training is going well.

    Hope you all are well. Anytime y’all feel like coming down south, we’re ready for you uns.


    Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup

    1 onion, chopped
    1 can kidney beans (16 oz) or canneloni beans
    1 can black beans (16 oz)
    1 can whole kernel corn, drained (16 oz)
    1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (diced tomatoes is also fine)
    1 beer (’cause it makes it classy)
    2 (10 oz) cans Rotel
    1 (1.25 oz) packet taco seasoning (McCormick is best)
    3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

    1. Empty all the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning. Stir. Push the chicken breasts down so they are slightly covered. Set to low heat, cover, and cook for 5-10 hours.

    2. Remove the chicken breasts, allow to cool long enough to be handled. Shred the chicken with 2 forks on a cutting board. Put the shredded chicken back in the pot. Add water if your crock pot is not water tight like mine and you need to adjust the texture. Should be like a stew more than a soup but not dry. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and crushed tortilla chips if desired. It’s frickin’ good.

    • Rose Antinori says:

      Good hearing from you Joe. I ‘m sorry to hear about Jodi’s dad. He must be very tough to endure what he is going through. I was wondering how he was doing. They are in my prayers.
      Wow, I can’t believe you and the boys are going to Yankee Spring training. I can just imagine how exciting that will be for them.
      Thanks for the recipe. I thought I was the only one who was cranking out the crock pot. I will definitely try that one. Hang in there, Joe. Hi to the gang. Enjoy Spring training!

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