Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tuesday Tales – Tight


Hi.  Welcome to Tuesday Tales.  This week's word prompt is tight. Pia is found herself in a pickle.  Here's the continuing drama.

Pia paced through her living room and kitchen.  Lisa had called her earlier, telling her to sit tight, she was on her way home.  Home?  She was only gone two days.  This wasn’t good.  When she left, Lisa told her it might take her a couple of days to find something out.  Now, just under forty-eight hours later, Pia found it hard to believe she found out everything about her surprise marriage to Larry.

During these two days, Pia spoke to Lorenzo at least four times a day.  He had pitched a one hitter the night before and was surprised to hear Pia stayed up to watch it.  Why wouldn’t she?  She hadn’t slept through the night since Lisa left.  As a kid, she hated these late night games when they played on the west coast.  One game, back in the early eighties, she had stayed up until three o’clock in the morning watching an extra inning game.  She loved baseball. She loved Lorenzo.

When the key turned in her door, her heart skipped a beat.  Lisa was about to walk into her house with the news she had been waiting for.  The words, you are legally married to that bastard, haunted her mind, driving her absolutely crazy.

The look on Lisa’s face said it all.  She stood emotionless in the doorway with her electric blue briefcase. 

“Oh no.  That look isn’t good.” Pia stood in place, her right foot shaking.”

Lisa placed her briefcase on the cocktail table before giving Pia a hug.  “Let’s sit down.  I’ll explain everything to you.”

“Oh man, I don’t like the sound of this.  I have to go get something to drink.”

“No drinks,” Lisa snapped.

“I wasn’t talking alcohol.  I was going to get us a bottle of Pellegrino water.”


Pia walked into the kitchen holding back her tears.  It wasn’t about Lisa snapping at her, it was about knowing what she was about to tell her, that she had gotten herself neck deep into a horrible situation.

The kitchen towel served as a tissue to wipe the tears from her eyes.  Lisa didn’t tell her anything yet and already she couldn’t keep her composure.  All that kept going through her mind was losing Lorenzo, the first man who she truly had strong feelings for.  With Lorenzo she felt alive and at peace with herself.

Pia sat down next to Lisa, placing the two bottles of water on the table.  “I’m assuming you have bad news,” she said crossing her legs and rocking back and forth.

“Yes and no.”

“What does that mean?”  Pia asked opening her bottle of water.

Lisa took the marriage license out of her briefcase, along with another license. “Legally you are, technically you aren’t.”

“What the hell does that mean?”

“Larry forged the license with an out of date seal.  Now to prove it.”

Friday, March 08, 2013

Secret Cravings Publishing Delicious Blog Hop

Welcome to Secret Cravings Publishing Delicious Blog Hop. Thirty-five of SCP authors will be sharing their favorite family recipes.  Being Italian-Ameircan we sure love our coffee, espresso and cappuccino, along with a high calorie desert. 

One of my family tradition is Struffoli, aka Honey Balls.  Oh how we love these.  Sometimes we don't even add the honey to them.  We pop them into our mouths like popcorn.



8 Cups  Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup crisco (regular or butter flavored)
1 stick butter
9 eggss
2 Tbs whiskey

Mix all ingredients together with your hands.  Texture is best when on the dry side.  Roll into small balls the size of a nickel. In a deep fryer or macaroni pot, fill 1/3  the way with vegetable oil.   Drop balls in by the spoon fall. Cook slowly until they are golden brown.

You can add honey on the side.



1 1/2 Cups flour
3/4  cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp  baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 Tbs. melted unsalted butter
2 large eggs

1/2 cup sugar for rolling balls
1/2 cup confectioners sugar for rolling balls

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder baking powder and salt.  Stir in melted butter (cool) and eggs.  Mix dough until a ball is formed.  Cover and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.

Preheat over to 325 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll into balls the size of a quarter.  Roll the ball into sugar and then into confectioners sugar.  Place on cookie sheet about an inch apart, then flatten each ball with the back of a tablespoon.  Bake for 10 minutes..  The cookies will puff up and be slightly cracked. 

For a chance to win a copy of my book - your choice Roses or The Boardwalk, leave a comment along with your email address and tell me what your favorite family treat is.

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Continue on the Secret Cravings Delicious Blog Hop.  Stop by and visit at: Secret Cravings Publishing Blog to fill your recipe box with plenty of recipes and prizes.