500 Rocky Miles Across Spain

500 Rocky Miles Across Spain

I decided Rocky gets lonely in my pocket all day with nothing but my Chapstick to keep him company. So I found him a girlfriend. Her name is (of course) Adrienne. Her surname can be Tardajos because that is the closest village to where I found her."

 

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Meet Rocky Livingstone.

Rocky is special to me. He and a bag of his friends were given to me by my grandparents. When grandpa retired, he and grandma began the hobby of rock polishing. They are both gone now and I treasure these smooth, shiny, colorfully patterned rocks now more than ever. I have them in a glass vase and every time I look them, or hold them in my hands, it feels like a warm hug.

This past summer my friends, Catherine, and her daughter, Sarah, traveled to Spain to walk the 500 mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. I was so excited and happy for them to experience such an adventure together.

I'd love to do something like this but for some reason, I don't travel very often. I recall my uncle having once told me, "The Sudweeks are travelers", and you know, he's right. That side of my family does seem to travel often -  far and wide. And not just touristy types of travel, but ones like visiting relatives in other countries, working in orphanages, living among the locals, hiking, and pilgrimaging. Why haven't I allowed myself to experience travel this way? I suppose it's seemed out of my reach. How silly is that? I decided then and there that I need to think more like a Sudweeks, and like Catherine and Sarah.

Then an idea came to me. I could begin making contributions to my family legacy right now, albeit vicariously this time. I pulled a polished rock from my vase and asked Catherine to carry it across Spain with her. She graciously accepted and slipped it into her pocket.

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The Adventure Begins!

July 8th - Salt Lake City Airport

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We've Got Mail!

A Postcard from Spain

Back at Home

August 2016

Just look at Catherine's big smile and tan! Rocky and his new friends, Adrianne and Shelly, look good, too. Catherine also brought home a Spanish coin for me.  SO COOL!   Thank you Catherine and Sarah for sharing your spectacular trip with us!

 

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Tarta de Santiago (Almond Cake)

Tarta de Santiago (Almond Cake)
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Servings
6-8 people
Servings
6-8 people
Tarta de Santiago (Almond Cake)
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Servings
6-8 people
Servings
6-8 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a round cake pan.
  2. Mix first five ingredients in mixer. Pour into buttered cake pan and bake 50 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Cut out a paper pattern of the St. James Cross (Google it). Put the paper pattern on the cake and sprinkle powdered sugar over the entire cake top. Remove paper pattern carefully to reveal cross design in cake.
Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Catherine

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Gazpacho (cold tomato soup)

Gazpacho (cold tomato soup)
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A refreshing soup made of raw vegetables and served cold. It is widely eaten in Spain, particularly during the hot summers.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Gazpacho (cold tomato soup)
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A refreshing soup made of raw vegetables and served cold. It is widely eaten in Spain, particularly during the hot summers.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in blender till smooth. Chill in refrigerator and serve cold.
Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Catherine

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Tapas – Fried Peppers

Tapas - Fried Peppers
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Padron peppers from Padron, Spain, are also called Lottery Peppers because about one in ten of these small green gems are wildly hot, while the rest are as mild as a green bell pepper. Some call this dish capsicum roulette. Delicious served alone or with hunks of crusty bread and slices of Manchego cheese.
Tapas - Fried Peppers
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Padron peppers from Padron, Spain, are also called Lottery Peppers because about one in ten of these small green gems are wildly hot, while the rest are as mild as a green bell pepper. Some call this dish capsicum roulette. Delicious served alone or with hunks of crusty bread and slices of Manchego cheese.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Deep fry whole peppers in a hot skillet until fully cooked, blistered and turning brown. Put on paper towel to absorb grease. Sprinkle with salt. Serve.
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Recipe courtesy of Catherine

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Tinto de Verano (Red Wine of Summer)

Tinto de Verano (Red Wine of Summer)
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A refreshing wine cocktail served in summer all over Spain.
Tinto de Verano (Red Wine of Summer)
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A refreshing wine cocktail served in summer all over Spain.
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Pour equal parts Tempranilla and Sparkling lemonade into ice filled glasses. Garnish with lemon wedges. Enjoy. Repeat.
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