Happy 4th of July

seagirt 4th

Couldn’t help but steal this photo from Kate. Hope everyone enjoys this holiday weekend.  Hoping to get down to Sea Girt this weekend to spend quality time…family, fun and food.

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It’s a boy!

Shavon and Anthony’s baby has arrived!
Mother and baby doing fine.
Congratulations to you both and your families.

anthony john
Anthony John
June 28, 2013
8lbs 5oz. 22 in.

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James and The Spirit

James Dale received the sacrament of Confirmation on June 5 at The Church of the Epiphany at 239 East 21st at 2nd Ave.  Proud Uncle Paul Antinori was James’ sponsor. The Most Rev. Gerald T. Walsh, D.D., Vicar General confirmed the candidates.

After the ceremony, they went to La Follia restaurant at 19th and 3rd ave. The meal was excellent, Debbi reported.

Congratulations James! God Bless

Thank you, Debbi, for the update and the photos.

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More grad•u•ates and celebrations

This was one busy weekend for celebrations. First of all, congratulations to David and Josemine Carey on their wedding on Saturday, May 18th, in California. We look forward to hearing all about it. While most of the family was out celebrating on the west coast we had some celebrating of our own here.

Cindy Antinori informed me that son Ralph received his Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Accountancy on Friday, May 17 from St. Peter’s University in Englewood Cliffs.  Congratulations Ralph!

It seems like only yesterday we drove the jam-packed car, with Julia nervously sitting cramped among her things in the back seat, to begin college at Providence.  After four years and a lot of hard work, mixed in with a lot of fun, Julia graduated Sunday, cum laude, with a BA in Social Work.

It was a busy weekend. Al, Grace, my mother and I drove up Saturday morning to attend the ceremony for honor recipients. Paul and Debbi happen to be closing on the sale of their house on The Cape the day before so we were lucky they were able to join us for everything. Unfortunately, Charlie had to work on Saturday night so he drove up after his shift to be there for the actual graduation.  Julia’s boyfriend Mark sat with us for the honors and joined us for our other activities of the day. After the ceremony, we went for lunch at a nice little Mexican restaurant around the corner from Hotel Providence where we were staying. Other colleges in town were also having their graduations so the wait was long. So long, we missed the mass being held in honor of the graduates. Stuffed and exhausted we retired to our rooms to rest up for more eating later on. Hotel Providence was great and perfectly located within walking destination to all of our activities.

Dinner at The Blue Grotto was lovely. We had our own little room in the front overlooking the street.  The food was delicious but again the service a little slow. We met Mark’s parents later that night when they came to pick him up.

The graduation was held in Dunkin’ Donuts Arena in downtown Providence. Julia was 7th in line to get her diploma out of 800 or so graduates. Deb strategically got a place close to the stage in time to get a few good shots in. We listened to some interesting an inspiring speeches. When the ceremony ended we had brunch at a nearby restaurant. We had the long wait again but plenty of time to recall all the events and talk over the graduation ceremony.

Thinking we were leaving at a good time to possibly beat traffic, no, as usual we had terrible congestion. Finally, with Connecticut in our rear view, we were glad it was our last time we would have to battle 95 and that state again.

We had a great time. Thank you to Paul and Deb and my mom for being a part of it and making it a lot of fun. So glad to have her home for good. Julia starts her Masters at Rutgers, Newark in a couple of weeks.

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grad•u•ate (n., adj., v. -at•ed, -at•ing)

“Time is not measured by the passing of years, but by what one does, what one feels and what one achieves.” Jawaharlal Nehru

On May 14th, in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in South Orange, my mother-in-law, Betty, received her Master of Arts in Theology from Seton Hall University.  We all would have loved to have attended the graduation, however, there were only two tickets allotted per graduate. Al and Margaret devotedly represented the family.

Mom, we are so proud of you on this wonderful accomplishment. Thank you for setting a valuable example to the rest of us to never stop learning.

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Happy Mother’s Day

especially to my mom and mother-in-law and all the other wonderful mothers I know. Also, let’s keep in mind the special moms who have passed away.
mothers day card quote copy copy cartoon 1

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Shower for Shavon

On Sunday, April 28th, there was a baby shower held for Shavon given by her mom Dianne and family. The event was held at Lassoni Restaurant in North Arlington. I wasn’t able to attend but mother-in-law, Cindy Antinori, gave me the scoop and some photos of the event . Shavon received many beautiful and useful gifts. Nonna made a beautiful blue blanket for the baby.  Baby games were played, such as, everyone received a bead necklace but was taken away if you said the word baby.  Donna had accumulated many, only to be tricked by cousin Alessa into talking about the Justin Bieber hit  “BABY, BABY BABY OH…” I’m so happy for Shavon and Anthony expecting their first baby this July. We are all looking forward to seeing baby boy Anthony.

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“This is the gift I really wanted…

to be with my family and friends. I love you all.” That’s what Nonna said through tears, sitting in front of a beautiful Rispoli cake bright with candles.

In grand fashion, we celebrated my mother-in-law Betty’s 85th birthday this past weekend.   Fifty or so family and friends –  compiling of  7 of 9 children, grandchildren, in- laws, my mom Meg, Ceceila Rahner and the Reuthers all gathered together to enjoy the party.

Al and I went down friday night to get a head start with the set up. There when we arrived were Nonna, Kate and Paul Mundell and Paul’s girlfriend Natalia up from Philadelphia and Haverford College. Margaret, Jim and James arrived shortly after. Michele stayed back home to go to a sweet sixteen. My sister-in-law Debbi was away at a conference only getting back by the end of the party. At the conference she met and had lunch with Temple Grandin.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin  (I added a photo of their meeting.) We missed Deb and she always takes a lot of pictures which I really missed. I mistakenly left the memory card to my camera home ( yes, I was sick over that) and had to rely on Grace and Kate’s iphones for photos.

Saturday morning, Margaret and I went off to Costco to get supplies for the party. She thought we should use two carts but I thought that was unnecessary. With our one cart piled high but smartly filled to capacity we got in a good workout pushing it around and then strategically loaded up Nonna’s little car. The important big shop was checked off the list.

The day of the party was a little cool. Unfortunate because earlier in the week we enjoyed temperatures in the high 70’s. Happy there was mostly sun and thankfully no rain, tables and chairs and food were set outside but most of us took to eating indoors.

We started off with grand platters of perfectly cut mozzarella and tomatoes and bread from Joe Leone’s. We had dips and chips and cheeses, crab claws and shrimp cocktail. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs also as appetizers. The main course consisted of Joe Leone’s orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage, meatballs, and chicken francese. We also enjoyed grilled strip steak, two kinds of green salads, Marilyn’s lasagna roll ups and orzo and vegetable dish. Jane brought a delicious smoked ham and mashed potatoes.

The season’s signature drink made it’s debut. The Tai’d. It was inspired from Margaret and Jim’s recent trip to Hawaii. The latest libation consisted of pineapple rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, ginger ale or seltzer, tai basil and a lemon grass stick. We never did acquire the Tai basil but regular basil seemed to work pretty well. For most of the day the tai shaker didn’t get much rest.

Throughout the day the little Carey girls, Ella, Tori and Alex ran around happy to play with James and Grace. The girls, with James assistance and Doug consulting, painted clay flower pots and had a fun time.

For dessert we had the Rispoli cake and fruit that Tony and Cindy brought, Cindy Depice made a new yogurt cake she wanted to try and her much loved chocolate chip bundt cake. The party continued after most of the guests left. We stayed up late laughing it up with the Reuthers enjoying the time together.

Sunday morning was another nice day and little less cool. Margaret made egg, ham and cheese on english muffins again like she did the day before. She and I and Kate took a nice walk up to the beach. The boardwalk that Sandy washed away was in progress to be rebuilt by summer. After the walk, we packed our bags for the ride home. Al and I took Kate, Paul and Natalia with us to drop them off at Penn Station to get their train back to Philly.

Great weekend, fun for all.

Happy Birthday, Mom. We love you.

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Mason’s Big Day

It was Christening day for Mason Dominic  this past Sunday.  Mason, together with three other babies were baptized during a traditional mass presided over by Antinori family friend, Fr. Gerard Graziano.  The service was at Immaculate Conception in Hackensack.  Mason was a sweet, happy baby during the mass content to be in his dad Danny’s arms with mom, Kaitlyn, by their side.  Cindy brought the original Christening gown that all of the nine Antinori children and some grandchildren including her son Anthony wore. Mason didn’t fit into the heirloom but wore an adorable little suit and looked so handsome.

A lively reception was held after the mass at Biagio’s in Paramus. The food was great and there was plenty of room for the little kids to run around. Little Ralphie and Avery were adorable in matching outfits. There was lots of mingling and everyone was happy to see each other.  Margaret and Jim and Michele and James were back from their Easter trip to Hawaii. They were so happy to spend the time together enjoying many activities surrounded by beauty.

Looking forward to getting together next week for Nonna’s birthday.

God Bless Mason

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That Trip Sure Was Good

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Our Easter excursion to North Carolina was a great trip. Al and I and Marilyn and Doug drove together to visit Joe and Jodi and the boys in Burnsville.  Paul, Deb, Nonna and Grace had a head start on Thursday … Continue reading

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What’s new…

Hope this finds everyone happy, healthy and warm and patiently waiting for spring to be sprung.   I have been busy with various projects and learning new things and refreshing some old.  Unfortunately at the end of last year I found myself out of a job.   I have been studying the latest versions of graphic design programs including web design, both online and in the classroom. Hopefully by spring I will be back in the job market.

The winter has been filled with assorted news and activities. A highlight was Al’s 50th birthday in January. I had a small gathering of family and friends to ring in his new decade.  Jane and John couldn’t make it that day but invited us up the following week to celebrate her birthday. We had a beautiful day at Bear Mountain with them, John Michael, Matt, Allie and the girls. The girls continue to be adorable as ever.  Our Godson, Vincent, had a birthday that week as well. He is taking time off from school in North Carolina right now and is an exchange student in California staying with Betsy and Paul. It’s Camp Aunt Betsy –Winter Addition. Betsy says he’s having a great time.  The word is he has become a big basketball star.

February was also filled with birthdays. To name a few, Julia turned 22 on the 13th, little Ralphie Antinori turned 2 on the 14th, my sister Joan and Godson, Philip Apreda rounded out the month. Nonna enjoyed a relaxing vacation at her timeshare in Puerto Rico last week. Joe and son Theo and Jane shared the sun and fun with her. Eleanor Reuther is there with her family as well.  Jodi and Luke were visiting her parents in New Mexico. Jodi’s dad is very ill and is in our prayers.

On a happy note, we recently got the news that Anthony Antinori and fiance’ Shavon are expecting a baby boy in July. Yes, there is no fears the Antinori name is going anywhere.

Julia is spending her break from school in Rome this week. She is excited and we are glad she has the opportunity to go and visit her friends who are studying abroad this semester. This is her final year at Providence College and will graduate in May with a BA in Social Work. She has been accepted into the Masters program at Rutgers.

My son Charlie will be closing on his first home in the next week or two. He is buying a two family house in Cliffside Park, NJ. He will rent both or possibly live in one. We are so proud of his newest accomplishment.

Grace continues to love sophomore year and enjoying all of Paramus Catholic’s recent excitement. The football team became State Champs with and exciting win in Giant Stadium against longtime rival Bergen Catholic. It was a great game and Grace and her fellow cheerleaders led the crowd and enjoyed the fanfare. Also, she is a big ice hockey fan and the team is undefeated and working towards playing for the State Championship.

Al and I and Grace will be spending Easter in North Carolina with Joe, Jodi and the boys. We will be driving down with Marilyn and Doug.  Paul, Deb, Nonna and Grace will be one step ahead of us flying down. -ok, more then just a step, but the drive will be fun and the scenery is beautiful.

Till next time…

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It’s official

Loanna and Ralph’s son Mark officially became an Antinori.  His adoption was formally recognized on friday. Congratulations!
Mark joins brothers Ralphie and Avery.

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Marquez Checo Antinori

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It’s a Boy!

Congratulations Kate and Paul on the birth of their baby boy. Jacob Paul joins big sister Kelly and big brother Michael. Mom, baby and daddy are all doing great down in El Paso. Best wishes to all the grandparents and their families.

jacob paul careyJacob Paul

7lbs 1oz.  18 in. long

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Happy New Year


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Christmas 2012

Christmas has come and gone with much to reflect on. Most importantly, quality time spent with family and friends and keeping in our thoughts those who aren’t as fortunate as we are.

Anxiously awaited Christmas Eve had some interesting components this year. The most obvious being a seemingly smaller crowd. Although a head count of 43 certainly seems adequate, you couldn’t help notice the extra room.  Not surprisingly, we had the same amount of food and hardly any leftovers. We served all the classics, starters like bagna cauda and shrimp dip, mozz & tomato, shrimp cocktail, loads of Italian bread, usual appetizers like crab cakes, coconut shrimp, freshly made fish sticks and baked clams. All this leading up to dinner of linguine and clams, grilled shrimp, grilled salmon and Paul brought back an old traditional dish, Coquille St Jacques, and we had good old mac & cheese for the kids. We were careful to keep our schedule of finishing dinner before Santa arrives. Later we indulged in traditional desserts like Doug’s cheesecake, and Cindy Antinori’s rice pudding and chocolate mousse to name a few.

Santa, the equal opportunity employer, had the women on his team this year. Young and old, myself included, accompanied Santa down the stairs to sing songs, make jokes and hand out presents.  Nonna elected Charlie to read a prayer to start the festivities and to keep in mind the true meaning of Christmas.  Santa, aka Doug DePice, enlisted my mom as an elf this year. He was funny with her introduction “Elf Meg, 6 feet tall in a 56″ body”. Matt and Allison’s girls were so excited and had waited patiently for Santa to arrive. The girls were unofficial elves by the end of the evening donning the ladies elf hats and shirts. Joe and Lena Chavez-Carey and baby Johnny were here for a visit from Martinez, CA. It was great seeing them. Little John was adorable and not so little anymore. My sister Joan, and brother-in-law Bobby and kids, Maggie, Liz and Bobby joined us as well as Regis Dale and daughters Katie and Jacqueline and her caregiver. Melanie was at home resting.

Those among the missing were Joe and Jodi and the boys back home in Burnsville, NC.  Kaitlyn and Danny Antinori and new baby Mason. He was too little to join the big crowd. Paul and Kate Carey who are sometimes up for a visit are awaiting the birth of their 3rd child in El Paso, TX.  Still waiting for the day when Betsy and Paul and kids can join us from Bodega, CA. Betsy, as always, sent a box of delicious chocolates and homemade caramels wrapped in baggies to take as a going away gift.

It is a pleasure to host this affair but it is truly a concerted effort for its success. Thank you everyone for making this night so special. It was a lot of  fun.

Christmas Day was a different event altogether. Joan invited us for dinner at their house later in the day so we had a leisurely morning of church, breakfast and opening presents.  We put a roast beef on the rotisserie and made some vegetables to bring. We had a nice time with my mom, brother Bill,  Joan, Bob, and family, as well as, Bob’s sister, her husband and kids.

Next on the agenda is New Year’s Eve in Sea Girt.
I wish everyone love, happiness and health for 2013.

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Just talking about food…

Just in case anyone was in need of a recipe for meatloaf and/or cornbread, I have some recipes for you. Jane was out visiting son Paul, Kate and kids in El Paso and whipped up a terrific cornbread. Everyone enjoyed that so much, Paul requested a meatloaf recipe.
This is what they are eating:

Jane writes:
I have to tell you I make it almost every year and have yet to figure out the perfect pan size for it.  I’m giving you the full recipe which is supposed to be for a 13 x 9 pan, but is too much batter for that.  Today I made 1/2 the recipe in a 9×13 pan, which results in a delicious but thinner bread.  Next time, I’m going with an 8×8 pan for the half recipe.  Anyway, here goes.  You’ll see from the ingredients why its a fav.
Did not use any milk.  Do add sour cream.  1/2 cup for 1/2 recipe.
(For the
perfect El Paso cornbread bake at 350. Til golden. It took about 40 minutes)

Corn and Cheddar Squares

2 lg onions, chopped
6 T butter
2 eggs
2 T milk
2 17 oz cans cream-style corn
3 6.5 oz boxes corn muffin mix
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees   Butter your pan.  Saute onions in butter til golden.  Mix egg(s) and milk, then add corn, muffin mix, sour cream, and mix well.  Add half the cheese and onions and mix.  Spread in pan,  Sprinkle with remaining cheese and onions.   Bake 30-35 minutes til golden.  Let stand at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.  Can refrigerate or freeze.  Serve warm or room temp.  Enjoy!

Kate, expecting their 3rd child anytime now, who enjoyed the many emails on the subject of cornbread, thought it delicious. Dr. Paul added that in Sun City they are at 4400 feet above sea level…there is some effect on the cooking times of baked goods.  That said, it was a perfect El Paso cornbread.  Take note, individual results may vary.

Paul then put in a request for the meatloaf recipe….

Jane’s version:

Well, here goes.   As I told you, I do prefer to use the meatloaf mix of beef, pork and veal when it is available (me, too).  I know my sisters buy their meats and grind them at home!!!  Just sayin’  (indeed)

El Paso Perfect Meatloaf

2 lbs ground meat
cup each chopped celery, onion and carrot,
chopped lg clove garlic, sauted til soft in olive oil and cooled to room temp
one egg
cup flavored bread crumbs
tsp salt, fresh ground pepper
tsp basil leaves
3/4 cup tomato sauce
Tbsp Worstershire sauce
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Mix all ingredients well.  Form into loaf shape in 13 x 9 pan.   Spread top with ketchup.  Bake in 350 oven for one hour and a half.
I have to say, the above recipe is pretty close to the one that I do. Let’s see what Betsy says:

Betsy writes her version:

Mundell  Meatloaf 

Well…I saute onions, celery and garlic only – no carrots I like to chunk up old Italian bread in milk and use that instead of bread crumbs (squeeze out excess milk) no tomato sauce or cheese in the loaf (what, do you think you’re making meatballs???) (you got a problem with that) chopped fresh parsley a must, basil optional (I usually don’t – see above meatball comment) you can never go wrong with a dash of what’s this here. (who doesn’t like fresh basil?)

For the ketchup glaze, I combine ketchup with brown sugar and a bit of mustard, and thin the whole concoction with a little water.

Btw, she says salt and pepper goes without mentioning.  I agree, thought I’d mention that.

A good meatloaf is definitely worthy of company, although not too many people are confident enough to offer it, right Jane? (this is true)  With mashed or roasted potatoes, and a nice garlic and oil sauteed leafy green.  Boom, out of the park.

Start thinking about chicken salad.  

Margaret was glad to be included in the email recipe discussion: (me, too)
I am so happy to be added to this thread, and so hungry reading thru it. (me, too) Looking at meatloaf in a whole new light.  Same with the corn bread. Love to talk about chicken salad –you really should get Rose on here for that one though.  She adds apples.
love you all

Al, who was included in this thread says “I have opinions… but mainly on things I don’t know about.”

There you have it, just talking about food.



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Mason Dominic

…has arrived! Congratulations to Kaitlyn and Danny
on the birth of their baby boy. Mason Dominic  was born on November 28, 2012 at 12:52 am.  Mason weighed in at 7 lbs 1 oz. and is 20″ long. Kaitlyn and baby and proud new father Danny are doing fine. Best wishes to the happy grandparents and all their families on this wonderful new addition.

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Thanksgiving after

I borrowed this photo from Jim’s brother, Regis Dale. I thought it really captured the setting.

We had a quiet and filling Thanksgiving with just the five of us, my mom, brother and Nonna who came for dessert. We really enjoyed the quality time.  On Saturday, Al & I drove down to Sea Girt for a visit. We first stopped by the beach to see the damage from hurricane Sandy. The boardwalk was mostly destroyed but it appeared the dunes protected the houses on beachfront. At home were, Margaret and Jim, James and Michele, Paul and Deb, niece and nephew, Kate and Paul and Kate’s boyfriend, Jake.  Before dinner, Debbi, Margaret, Michele and I went on a fun shopping outing on the avenue in Point Pleasant.

Cecelia Rahner is staying at Paul and Deb’s house while her house that was flooded on the creek in Manasquan is repaired. She and her son Doug, who was here helping her, joined us for dinner. Jim prepared and incredible meal of filet mignon, lamb chops, mashed sweet potato, asparagus and salad.  We had assorted Thanksgiving dessert leftovers including, Doug’s cheesecake and delicious chocolate mousse Kate made.

Let the eating and shopping begin…Thanksgiving was a great beginning to the holiday season.  Looking forward to more family time with the upcoming Antinori traditional Christmas Eve event and classic Christmas Day with my family.

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Thankful thinking

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my family, friends, health and home.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let us be grateful for the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom~ Marcel Proust


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Thanksgiving for all

Vegetarians are people too, Thanksgiving


When you don’t want a glut of gluten on Thanksgiving


Thinking thin on Thanksgiving


You hate turkey, Thanksgiving


Easy on the budget, Thanksgiving 


Thanksgiving in one hour.  (aka, I’m too damn busy Thanksgiving)


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