Black Pepper–Raspberry Sorbet with Prosecco

black pepper raspberry sorbet with prosecco
.  This dessert is a great one for any celebration.  Save the toast for the end of the meal.


  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pint(s) raspberry sorbet, softened slightly
  • 1 bottle(s) (750-milliliter) Prosecco, chilled


  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle the pepper all over the sorbet and fold it in with a rubber spatula. Cover and freeze for about 3 hours, until firm.
  2. Chill 8 champagne saucers. Using a 1/2-ounce ice creamscoop, place 3 scoops of sorbet in each saucer. Pour about 1/3 cup of Prosecco into each saucer.
Did You Know

Sticky Situations

Thanks to Home Digest here are ways to solve 5 sticky situations:

To get rid of various  door to door solicitors at your door“I appreciate your committment to your job/candidate/religion  in going door to door and spreading the word.  I’m sorry I don’t have the time right now to give you what you deserve”.  To get rid of robocalls – press the pound key (#) or the star. pound and zero keys at the same time (*#0).  That’s what commenters at the and a New York Times blog suggest you do to foil annoying calls.  To get rid of clogged drainsThe Family Handyman recommends a “cheap, fast, chemical free” unclogger called ZIP-IT, a jagged plastic wand with teeth you insert to bring up hair and goop.  To unstick glue caps that refuse to budge – dab petroleum jelly on the threads of the bottle when you first open it, one reader suggest in This Old House

To get rid of dirt and add a seasonal scent – Ashley English of suggest this recipe for floor cleaner – 1 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, 6-7 drops of essential oil (pine, lavender etc) – mixed in a pail with hot water. Swish – Mop – Inhale.

Please do not put your tongue on a icy pole.

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Did You Know

How Not To Clean Your Home

Top 5 Cleaning Faux PasHere are some don’ts on cleaning your home, according to shelter


Boy, was I surprised to find out that you,

Don’t clean with Air Conditioning on. It’s summer and it’s hot out. We’re much better about ice-cold winds than we are about humidity. But as hard as it is, turning your air conditioner on while you clean means you’ll have to keep the windows shut to keep the heat out. This means that all the dust and chemicals that are floating around in the air stay in the supposedly “clean” room, and you’ll be breathing in it. Instead, bear the summer heat and crack open the windows when cleaning. Natural air is the way to go. – OK, I am all for fresh air, but when I am cleaning without the a/c I sweat more, and did you ever try wiping glass clean in humidity.  The results is streaks galore.  So this will be a hard one for me to do.

Don’t use Heavy-Duty Scrubber Sponges. It makes sense when you think about it, but heavy-duty scrubber sponges can easily scratch surfaces, which then allows for stains to form. (This is especially true for dishware, but also for metal pots and pans.) If you’re confronted with serious caked-on messes, let the dirty dish, pot or pan soak in soapy water for an hour. Then, use the smooth side of a sponge to wash the dish. – I have to agree.  Here comes the but,  but I have little patience to wait an hour or more to get pots and pans clean and out of the way.

Don’t Trap Fumes in Microwaves. While there are fancy cleaners just for the microwave, the best way to ensure your microwave is clean and odor-free is to use lemon and water. Wipe down the inside (including the roof!) with a damp cloth. Scrub as needed and make sure that all the food bits and stains are cleaned off. Then, wet a piece of paper towel and place it on the center plate. Turn on the microwave for 30-45 seconds. This will steam clean the vents. Then slice a lemon in half and put one half in the oven with the door slightly ajar to get rid of lingering smells. –   I put a glass of water with vinegar and microwave it for a minute or so.  This helps form moisture and then I would wipe the microwave clean.  I like the lemon idea, that’s because I like the fresh smell of lemon.

Don’t clean Windows During a Heatwave. Most of us are used to cleaning during the day, but if there’s one thing you shouldn’t tidy up in sunlight it’s your windows. Window cleaners evaporate extremely fast in intense sunlight, which is where those annoying streaks come from. – Now I know what is responsible for those unsightly streaks, Mr. Sun.  I sometimes use newspaper to help prevent steaks on the windows.  

PS -Who would clean windows during a heatwave?


Don’t attack Textile Stains. Whether it’s from dirt or a cocktail, don’t try to sop up a stain on a textile by repeatedly pressing a paper towel against the mess. This will just push the stain further into the fibers. Instead, blot from behind. Turn the textile over, place it on top of a few paper towels, and blot the backside of the stain using the cleaner of your choice. – Reverse, reverse.  Good idea.  I always blotted from the front.  Now I know blot from behind.








Family, Travel

California Dreaming- San Luis Opispo

Yes, California dreaming has now become a reality.

Two weeks ago my husband and I left NY, during the heat wave.  It was so hot that day that as we drove to the airport, at 5 am, the car registered 86 degrees.  Oh, boy hot already and the sun had not officially made its entrance.

We wondered what the weather was like in San Luis Opispo, California.  Hopefully not experiencing a heat wave like New York.  Hot! Hot! Hot!


Here is Bill enjoying breakfast at JFK as we wait to board the plane. Would you believe that they serve no meals on the plane, can you imagine, we did not even get a bag of peanuts.  Of course you can pay for a plastic sandwich or eggs but not me.  So we opted for an egg mcmuffin from McDonald’s, which we did enjoy eating.  McDonalds ain’t so bad for breakfast.


I always love a window seat.  I like to look down at the earth.  I am reminded of how small we really are in the scheme of things.

Check out the view from the plane. Mountainous terrain, how small when your getting a airplane view.

Here we are  getting ready to land.  The beach of San Luis Opispo, California.

The markings look like someone just took a finger and draw all kinds of crazy lines in the ground…could it be aliens?

Arrived safe and sound.  My husband, Bill, enjoys a cold glass of beer along with his two brothers.  My husband had three brothers,  Eddie, I know was there in spirit.



They meet us at the airport with them there cowboy hats. The whole visit all we wanted was my husband to get a cowboy  hat and join the rest of the family, but not Mr. Bill.

A Group of Cowboys along with a city slicker.  

I truly enjoyed the company, three brothers and a girlfriend.  A sitcom to be?   The trip was a 9 day event and a very good one it was.  Oh, how was the weather there…perfect.  Cool in the mornings, hot in the afternoons and cool in the evening.  So, while New York was hot,hot,hot, we were perfectly comfortable.