31 Aug 2015 – Love Can Conquer All!

We celebrated my Mom’s birthday on 29 Aug 2015.  It was one of the most emotional, precious and memorable experiences I have ever had in my entire life!  Our family is truly blessed!  We all met in Tampa, FL 27-30 Aug 2015, stayed at a hotel in Ybor, the historic district of Tampa, and celebrated my Mom’s birthday on Saturday night.

Our plans for the weekend were to enjoy our family, reconnect, reminisce and celebrate Alice’s birthday.  We had five generations represented in person, and with our stories, we had up to eight generations!  It was truly amazing!  We had a nice turnout, from our newest member that is 11 weeks old (Andrea Jenea or AJ) to our oldest member, Inell who is 82 years old!  We used to have family reunions every other year, but with all the competing priorities in our lives, we stopped having them years ago.  In the past, when we got together, we were the kids in my generation, and now most of us are the grandparents!

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30 Aug 2015 – Las Vegas, Baby!

Las Vegas is one of our favorite places to vacation!  We have stayed at the Luxor, Caesar’s Palace, and the Stratosphere.  You would be surprised that our favorite place to stay was the Stratosphere!  When you think about it, you don’t spend a lot of time at the hotel.  You must get out on the strip and enjoy the town!

Concerts, food, skydiving, shopping, casinos, the canal shops at the Venetian, the Eiffel Tower, the Luxor Museum – so little time, but so much to do!  We have to go back because we did not tour the Grand Canyon or the Hoover Damn.



Jasmine and Deb in front of Caesar’s Palace

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26 Aug 2015 – Sfinge (St. Joseph’s Day)

  • 2 cups water
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp whiskey
  • Shortening or vegetable oil for frying
  • Combine, water, butter, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Add the baking powder and flour all at once and stir until the mixture comes away from the side of the pan.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool for 2 min. or until the mixture is no longer steaming.
  • Add the eggs one at a time until they are incorporated.  Add the vanilla and whiskey last blending them into the mixture.
  • Heat 2-3 inches of oil to 375 degrees in deep fryer or large shallow pan.
  • Drop batter into the oil 1 tsp. at a time, fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • You may dust them with powdered sugar or drizzle with honey.
Note: Sfinge will flip themselves over again and again until they are almost done.  No need to touch them until the end when they won’t turn over anymore. Do one last flip with a spoon before removing them.

23 Aug 2015 – Cairo, Egypt

While working for the Army, I had the opportunity to travel to Cairo, Egypt for business!  How often does that happen?  For a civilian, not often!  It was a memorable experience for me.  It’s like it was a few years ago.

During our free time, we visited the pyramids, toured the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and did a dinner cruise up the Nile River.  I would love to visit Cairo again!

Debra Saletta in front of Great Sphinx of Giza with the Giza Necropolis in the background

Debra with Great Sphinx of Giza and the Giza Necropolis in the background

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