Supa de pui cu galuste de gris= chicken soup with semolina dumplings, Romanian


I was having brunch with some wonderful friends this morning and we talked about childhood a little, and about the ‘soups’ we grew up with. At that moment I remembered my home-made chicken broth that was waiting in my refrigerator for me to finish it off with either noddles or ‘galuste de gris’, which are Romanian style dumplings made out of eggs and grits.
Well, nostalgia swept over me since this type of soup always reminds me of mama’s or bunica’s soup, which is basically the way my grandma made when I was little and the way my mom still makes it today.

Really easy, whisk together 2 eggs with your fork with one teaspoon of oil and a pinch of salt. Put in about 8-10 tablespoons of grits, little at a time and continue whisking. As soon as the mixture is somewhat solid, where when you put in the fork it is not runny any more, the mixture is ready.

Bring soup back to a soft boil and use a regular tablespoon to place ball size dumplings into the soup (Tip: dip in your Tbsp in the soup before you dig into the mixture, that way it does not stick to it while dropping it into the soup).

Repeat, you will have approximately 12 medium size (Tbsp size) dumplings.
Soft boil for about 10min, uncovered. Turn dumplings over softly with your spoon. Cover, turn off range and let dumplings continue cooking for another 5-10min.

Put soup with dumplings into serving bowl and garnish with fresh Italian/Romanian style flat parsley.

Enjoy! Pofta Bună!


Red eggs-symbol of Romanian Easter


Red eggs (in Romanian: oua roșii) are perhaps the brightest symbol of Romanian Easter, representing the blood of Christ and rebirth. We also dye eggs other colors, but rarely will a Romanian Easter be celebrated without lots of red eggs. I was looking for an old-fashioned natural method to create red eggs with a deep rich color and came across the recipe to use the skins of yellow onions (yes, yellow onions…lots of them).

Here’s How:
Make the dye with the onion skins:

In a stainless saucepan, place skins of 15 yellow (Spanish) onions and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in 4 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

Strain dye into a glass bowl, and let cool to room temperature. The color is orange, but once you boil your eggs it will turn more red.
I used brown and white eggs, and the brown eggs turned darker as expected. If you use more intense onion skin concentration your eggs will be darker red as well.

Boiling the eggs:

In a stainless saucepan (around 8 1/4 inches in diameter), add the cooled strained dye and eggs at room temperature (up to 1 dozen at a time). The eggs should be in one layer and covered by the dye.
Bring to a boil over medium heat. When boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer.
Dyeing time will be affected by the color of the eggs.
Start checking for color at 12-15 minutes. Do not simmer longer than 20 minutes.
If eggs are not a red enough color after 20 minutes, leave in the pot and remove from heat. When the pot as cooled enough, place in refrigerator and let sit until desired color is reached.
Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and cool on racks.
When they can be handled, coat lightly with olive (or other edible) oil and polish with paper toweling. I love this last step, you start to see the beauty of the egg color and reminds me personally of the ‘glazed’ feeling of the eggs when we traditionally break them open on Easter Sunday.

Refrigerate until time to use

What You Need

Fresh uncooked eggs at room temperature
Skins from yellow (Spanish) onions
White vinegar
Slotted spoon
Paper towels
Cooling racks
Olive (or other edible) oil for polishing

Now the question is what do I do with all the onions? French Onion Soup?

Happy Easter!

2014 Eastern meets Western Easter Celebration

Every few years, “Western” (Catholic and Protestant) Easter and “Eastern” Orthodox Easter coincide, this year we’ll both celebrate on April 20th., 2014.

With mom’s departure back to Romania I will at least feel some continuous closeness through this Easter celebration knowing we are both celebrating at the same time even though we are thousand of miles apart.

‘The Easter is the most important celebration of the Romanian people and it is preceded by numerous preparations and rituals.

It’s a must for the people to have a clean house and have all the ritual foods ready. This is why the cleaning starts on Great Thursday. Men, who are usually working in the field or at the forest, will remain home starting with this day and will take out the thrash, fix the fence, cut wood, bring water, butcher the lambs.’ Source

Wow, I will have to get my husband to get right on it!!!

‘Women are the ones that paint and decorate the eggs, do the laundry and generally clean the house.

Because it’s a good thing to have a new piece of clothing on the Easter, girls and young wives start to sew shirts for them and also for their parents, brothers, husbands or children, with about two weeks in advance.’

Well, I am on my way home from a Real Estate meeting here in the Galleria area Houston Tx, as soon as I get home I will get right on it myself!!!


Is it a Seller’s Market in The Woodlands?

Is it a Seller’s Market in The Woodlands? Yes.

Seller's Market -The Woodlands- March 2014 Report

Seller’s Market -The Woodlands- March 2014 Report

Less than six months of inventory is considered a seller’s market. Months’ supply of listing inventory in The Woodlands between 300K-1Million is much less than six months. What does this mean for a buyer? When you find something you love, don’t hesitate to submit an offer. If you snooze you lose out! What does it mean for sellers? If you are thinking of selling, call me at 713.851.7774 or email me at We’ll make sure to expose your listing nationally as well as internationally through our International Buyer’s Network to attract qualified buyers and to sell your property for the Highest Possible Price with the Best Possibly Terms.

Spring begins with our Anniversary Day!


I would like for you to close your eyes, imagine yourself in the place you want to be at the moment and the people you would like to have or attract in your life to be happy.
Visualize you found your partner for life and think about all the wonderful moments you had together and will have for the rest of your life. What a big commitment to be together, to find common grounds, to learn to listen to each other and to make it a priority to be a better person for you and for your partner each day and every day after.

Some days might be tough and some will be the best of your life, together you feel unbeatable and you can’t wait to achieve all the things you have on your dream board. Some happened already and are as beautiful or more beautiful than these flowers I am holding, which I received from my love of my life on our Anniversary Day. This Special Day started off Spring 2014 as one of the best Anniversary years so far.


The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe

Through a very dear friend, I ran across this website today, Europa Noastra
and was mesmerized by the beauty, by the culture and by the vision and mission statement of this organization …                                I am in! Are you?
All this info below is from their website
  • EUROPA NOSTRA represents a rapidly growing citizens’ movement for the safeguarding of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Our pan-European network is composed of 250 member organisations (heritage associations and foundations with a combined membership of more than 5 million people), 150 associated organisations (governmental bodies, local authorities and corporations) and also 1500 individual members who directly support our mission.                                          Together,

    we form an important lobby for cultural heritage in Europe;

    we celebrate excellence through the European Heritage Awards organised by Europa Nostra in partnership with the European Union; and we campaign to save Europe’s endangered historic monuments, sites and cultural landscapes.

  • We are the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe. 
europa nostra internationaal

We are the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe. (Source

March 8th – International Women’s Day


I read today that “The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 and is celebrated annually on 8 March with thousands of events across the world.

It was honored for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March, where more than one million men and women attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.” 

What a wonderful day to celebrate my mom, who is an inspiration to me every day, my daughter, who I aspire to inspire for the rest of her life and my sister, who reminds me to stay inspired each day and live a youthful life. I love you and all my female friends out there and wish you a very Happy International Women’s Day !

Katharine Hepburn
“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to, and I’ve made enough money to support myself, and ain’t afraid of being alone”


Discovering Texas Wine at Bernhardt Winery, Plantersville Texas


   Song By TheCantemir

Spring is in the Air … and this beautiful February 2014 afternoon we had a nice family day trip to Plantersville Texas, discovering Texas Wine at Bernhardt Winery.

We’ll definitely be back for more wine tasting … if you enjoy wine pairing, you might want to read my blog post about how to

    “Spice up your Roasted Pork Tenderloin with LAVENDER SEASONING RUB and learn about wine along the way…”