Pastitsio Recipe – Baked Pasta

The Ladies Philoptochos Society of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
in Grand Rapids Michigan host a wonderful luncheon and bake sale every year.

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One of their most popular entrees is pastitsio – baked pasta with meat sauce.

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This year they decided to follow Tina Afendoulis’ pastitsio recipe,
(she’s my Aunt and Godmother!) which is also in their cookbook.

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The Taste of Life Greek Food, Ladies Philoptochos Society of Holy
Trinity cookbook was published in 2004.

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Here’s my Nouna’s recipe.

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My Nouna Tina in the church’s professional kitchen. She’s so cute and
looking great at 83! Check out her 80th birthday party here.

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I ordered a half-pan of pastitsio, that I was lucky enough to get delivered!
(It helps to have cousins who happened to be making a trip to my side of
the state this weekend).

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That’s a big casserole but I just cut a portion of it to reheat and put
the rest back in the fridge for another time later in the week.
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There are a lot of recipes for pastitsio out there in cookbooks and online,
but this one IMHO, is the best. Enjoy.


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One Night with Judy Collins

 One Night with Judy CollinsLast night Yianni and I, my cousin Georgia and her husband Doug went to see and hear “Judy Blue Eyes” at a concert held at the  Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

It was a wonderful evening with a truly beautiful musical legend who took us on a personal journey with her songs and stories. Not just her near perfect soprano voice, but her classical piano and 12 string guitar proficiency make her an awe inspiring musician.

Being mostly an interpreter of songs, Judy Collins has written some very obscure and hauntingly memorable songs herself. Here she is at a concert last year at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, singing the 1st song she ever wrote with another one of my favorite singer songwriters, Shawn Colvin who joins her in a duet version of “Since You’ve Asked”.

“Take the lilies and the lace
From the days of childhood,
All the willow winding paths
Leading up and outward,
This is what I give,
This is what I ask you for
Nothing more.”

 One Night with Judy Collins


We were privileged to be able to meet her after the concert and tell how much her music has meant to us. At 75, she’s an inspiration.



 One Night with Judy Collins


I was fortunate to have her sign the DVD of her most recent concert in Ireland. The concert was a PBS broadcast aired just this past Spring on March 5th. Her autograph ended in a heart.

A night of music I won’t forget.

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Crafts: Knitting and a Daisy Wreath

It’s been a while since I’ve shared photos about a craft project. So, when I thought about it for a while, I remember that I started knitting this scarf months ago for a green winter coat purchased last winter. I need to get to work on this if I want to wear it in a couple of months! Thanks to a Facebook post I still have a link to the pattern.

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I did manage to finish this pink and green (what was I thinking?) shawl last year and it now hangs over the back of my chair at work for the odd occasion when the air conditioning decides to deliberately attack the back of my neck. No pattern for this one, just bulky yarn, garter stitch and big needles.

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I believe the last time I blogged about crafting was my post entitled: What to do with Yiayia’s doilies?  That was a Sharpie, acrylic gesso, doilies and stickers craft project and I got the idea from an art gallery in Saugatauk MI.

More recently I took a few hours on a rainy Saturday afternoon and made this White Daisy Wreath from Paper Source.

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The kit came with adhesive foam squares, but I pulled out the acrylic gesso again and used it instead. These paper flowers aren’t going anywhere but on the wreath form!

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I’m pretty happy with the outcome.

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Do you craft? What are you working on right now?

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