Always on Sunday

It’s been six months since my new book “Always on Sunday, Memories of an Italian Childhood” has been released. Because I have no marketing background and my computer skills are limited, I’ve had to rely on the kindness of friends and relatives to help me along the way with advertising and publicizing and marketing.  This is all new to me.  So I’d like to thank Billy, my nephew who is a freshman at U Cal Pa for designing my website. Now I have an official site to advertise and sell my book.  I hope you visit it and encourage you to buy a copy of my book.  I assure you it will bring back a myriad of childhood memories whether you are Italian or not. You will also have at you fingertips some of the famous Pugliese Family recipes–from  Calabria, Italy.

When you talk about goals set and reached from year to year, the publishing of my book has far exceeded any goals I could have imagined in my lifetime.  Not only has the book itself been a dream come true, but the results that I am reaping from this book are absolutely amazing.  I’m referring to the large number of family members, namely second and third cousins, that have “discovered me”  through reading my book.

It all started with a phone call from a very nice lady asking if there was a possibility that we might be related.  It turned out that she was my Dad’s first cousin, long lost through years of not keeping in touch for whatever reason.  I mention her Dad in the book who had  a quite unusual name, Uncle Blackie, how many of those do you know?

The discovery of our relationship unfolded over several telephone conversations leading to more cousins emerging at such an alarming rate that one of them planned a reunion/meeting of sorts which ended up being a party of close to 30 or more cousins converging and introducing me to even more cousins living in nearby Ohio.  My head was spinning—–I was then connected by e-mail to some living in California, who I am about to visit and meet for the first time next month. Oh, and her brother from Arizona is trying to be there at the same time.  Whew!! How many more of my blood relatives can there be??  Actually I was told and sent pictures of several still living in Italy and also was given a photo of my great-grandparents that I’ve never seen and their original home in Calabria still being occupied by yet some more relatives.  Do you see what I mean by reaching beyond anything I could have even tried to fantasize about?

So this is my story of one day thinking that my extended family is quite small, in comparison to most Italian families, to having more cousins than I know what to do with.  It certainly is a great feeling and I’m convinced that God had this plan in mind when I started dreaming about writing this book.  Every one of these cousins that I’ve spoken with so far is truly convinced of this fact , also.  We are all so overwhelmed with joy and unbelief that the missing link of  the Pugliese family that immigrated from Italy,   my Dad and his offspring( my sisters and I)  are once again reconnected.

Unbreakable family ties are priceless.  My book is a testimony to that.always-on-sunday-cover-image-2

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Finding My Way

Until now, I’ve had a very real fear of getting lost on the highway driving to a place I’ve never been before. I’ll backup and say that my sense of direction is practically non- existent!! Really!!

Thanks to a very generous Santa this year, I found under the Christmas tree my very own Garmin GPS. Imagine that; after years of getting lost, fretting about a trip to the other side of town unfamiliar to me, and begging and pleading other family members to drive just so I wouldn’t have the anxiety attack that usually proceeds after I get behind the wheel…. I can now depend on that little box attached to my windshield with the nice lady telling when and where to make the next right or left. Oh, and she also will “recalculate” if I miss her que…oops.  I guess now I’ll have to drive myself anywhere I need to go…yes I’m a big girl now.

In more ways than one, I was lost but now am found!!!!

My grandson  gave me a  unique yet practical gift this year, also, an E-ZPass for my car to ensure I could get to his house via the PA Turnpike without delay.  Very  ingenious, isn’t he?

And yet another  technelogical gift this year was a webcam for my laptop so I can talk to and see my two out of state children via something called Skype…a free phone service through your computer with video if you have a web cam, which I now do!  What will they think of next?  I’m sure we’ll find out next year just in time for Christmas giving.

Does anyone remember when our christmas lists consisted of items that we NEEDED, like slippers, gloves, PJ’s maybe the new Beatle album?  Oh, well, I’m giving away my age.   I’m really grateful for my gifts even though I had to depend on my kids to activate/register them for me. (gave away my age yet again!)

Merry Christmas ! Hope you enjoy your gifts whatever they may be!!

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Christmas Movies

Okay, I admit, I’m a sucker for Christmas movies. This past week-end. I’ve watched four!!! Starting with my all time favorite,White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Mitzi Gaynor and Rosemary Clooney on Friday night. My husband had to run downstairs after hearing my squeals of delight as I had just caught the very beginning rather than stumbling upon it during the middle or end. I just love this movie with all the singing and dancing and throw in the hokey love story of boy meets girl, falls in love, misunderstanding separates them then finally boy gets girl… they live happily ever after!! How could you not be in the Christmas mood after hearing them sing White Christmas?!? Ahhh, if only life were like that.
Saturday, I watched back to back movies, ( lIke I had nothing to do!!) The Family Stone and Christmas with the Cranks. One serious one funny. I’m waiting for the Griswalds Family Christmas. And on Falalalala Lifetime, where they show holiday related movies every night, I watched The Note starring Jeanie Francis for the first time. Very heartwarming story about forgiveness and finding an adoptive parent in a round about way.

The only classic movie that I never cared for was Christmas Story. I believe this is the 20th anniversary of it being released. The most watched movie around this time of year , It’s a Wonderful Life, with none other than Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed is my second favorite. It just makes you feel good all over and so thankful for your life and those in it.

Now, after a marathon of christmas movies, I better get cracking and ready for Christmas Eve. I’m off to the Strip to buy the seven fish and about a hundred other things!!!!

Buon Natale to all and to all a buona notte!!!

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Move Over Dannon….

Have you ever noticed the number of yogurt choices we have recently at the grocery store!! It’s enough to make your head spin! Because I am a yogurt lover, I’ve been spending more time in the dairy aisle reading and comparing the new brands and types of yogurt on the market.

I was never one to buy the store brand or off brand of anything while grocery shopping, but lately it’s been a challenge (have you noticed) to stay within any kind of food budget.   So now, it takes me a little longer to shop as I compare labels, ingredients, prices.

My top three new finds for yogurt are as follows:  Rachel’s–found only at Gient Eagle, ArcherFarms–found at Target, and Fage (pronounced fa-yeh) which is Greek strained yogurt at Trader Joe’s.  They all are low fat or fat free.

Rachel’s has the most interesting flavors, like Plum Honey Lavender, this is in the Calm category, and Orange Strawberry Mango, from the Exotic line.  This brand contains Omega-3 DHA and Probiotics along with the active cultures found in yogurt.  The sugar content is just a little higher than I like.  I love the ad that reads on each carton, ” Spoon, savor, stretch sigh..” assuring that eating this yogurt will be a most pleasant experience.  These marketing people do have creative imaginations, don’t they?

Target’s Archer Farms brand is very rich and creamy.  It has gelatin added as an ingredient which boosts the protien up a tad.  Sugar grams are alittle lower, also.  My favorite flavor is Black Cherry. The second ingredient listed is the cherries making it really taste like cherries!

Fage yogurt is pretty new and the consistency is a much thicker, creamier yogurt.  It is strained, meaning most of the liquid is extracted out of it.  Why it is called “Greek Strained Yogurt”  I’m not sure.  Were the Greeks the first to discover that straining gives the yogurt a smoother taste? I beg to differ, because I remember years ago watching a Julia Child cooking episode as she demonstrated how to drain your yogurt over a piece of cheesecloth for several hours to thichen it to make a silky  cream  sauce to serve over chicken.  Anyway, this yogurt is really creamy and good, with the least amount of calories.  I like to buy the plain, non-fat and add a spoon of orange marmalade .  Yummy!

So there you have my review of yogurts….Dannon no longer has the corner on the market.   However, Their Whips will always be one of my favorites! But you should read all the labels to know what you are actually getting.  I’m not quoting prices because every store is different.

Have a yogurt or two a day,  it’s good for your bones!!

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