Sunday, February 5, 2017

Quietude by Joanne Olivieri


I am extremely excited to announce that my new poetry book titled Quietude is available at: https://www.createspace.com/6903990  Here is a brief synopsis:

Experience a poetic journey through life and love from the city by the bay to the streets of Hong Kong and back. Quietude speaks to cultural diversity with a focus on peace and tranquility. The connection between music and nature provides a melodic read through this collection of poetry. You will gain insight into different cultures and traditions and explore each moment through the eyes of a poet who treads softly upon this earth with a serene heart and peaceful mind. 
 
Quietude 
 
quiet envelops the trees 
leaves speak foreign tongues 
ancient manuscript 
 
Poetry is the song your spirit writes.



Friday, January 6, 2017

Wildfowl Pond

The Wildfowl Pond at the San Francisco Botanical Garden




I am participating in Weekend Reflections

Monday, December 19, 2016

Mom's Christmas Butter Balls



Whisky Butter Ball recipe - from my Mom's recipes. You can use any whisky you like however a sweeter whisky would work best. Smoke and peat wouldn't go well for these little cookies. Use a sweet Speyside or Highland.
Ingredients:
1 ½ cubes butter or margarine
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
¾ cups water
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts (preferable almonds or walnuts)
3 tsp. of either Scotch whisky, brandy or rum
Cream butter, add sugar and water and cream thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients. Shape into balls and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven until lightly browned on bottoms. Turn and brown other side. If the mixture falls apart when you are making the balls, add more water. When baked, roll hot butter balls into sifted powdered sugar until the flour sticks to the balls. Refrigerate after cooled. We had these every Christmas day. They are divine.