Nastri Easter Traditions

2 Apr

We definitely pigged out at the Nastri house, hooray!! The Easter meal is something that is very special and traditional. We look forward to somethings only that one time per year. I’m so fortunate to have such a generous & inspiring grandmother– her cooking is out of the world and she lives so close!

On Good Friday we have the coveted “Onion Pie.”

Deeply sauteed onions, spinach, kalamata olives, garlic and lots of oil. The strong briney olives flavor everything, the spinach is so wilted but it kind of holds it together. And the onions and garlic are melt in your mouth happy. It’s all sanwiched in a pizza dough crust- layer on the bottom, a layer on top & sealed closed. The dark filling is so strong and flavorful. This is a personal favorite. I can’t give my grandmother credit for this one, my father is the one who actually slaves away on this piece  but once per year, it is brought to my Grandparent’s house and cut up on the center island and enjoyed with lots of conversation, continuously interrupted by the suggestion that we save some onion pie for whichever poor soul isn’t present and could miss out.

Easter Day– we don’t do brunch, and spoil our selves for the feast that will come later in the day. For weeks, homemade sausage has been drying out in my Grandparent’s attic, getting ready to become “Sausage Pie.” Unlike the onion pie, the sausage pie is poured over a pie crust, in a big rectangle pan. Obviously scratch crust. Eggy filling and loaded with the salty, dried sausage. Another love of mine I only see once annually.

Spitzad, the famous, the glorious, the-get-it-while-you-can, soup. For about 90 minutes straight, every time the door opens and new face pops in, you hear “You gotta get spitzad before it’s gone!” Spitzad, pronounced phonetically  is a standing tradition in the Nastri house on Easter Sunday. And we try, try, TRY, to save some for everyone, but it doesn’t always work that way. It’s an Italian egg drop soup, infused with lemon and full of tender lamb bits and flavorful asparagus. Traditionally we do not add any pasta to it, it’s just a stewy broth of lamb meat and asparagus. Yummy is an understatement. 

There is more:   the lovely homemade bread, the tender & perfectly cooked leg of lamb, and other specialties–But these traditions are most special to The Nastri Family.


Green Smoothie Ideas

8 Feb

Green Smoothies have been the way I start my day for about 6 months now. It’s quick, easy clean up, and I find myself feeling more energized, my skin has actually cleared up, and I’m definitely getting a lot more greens into my diet than I used to.  My Vitamix is a godsend, and I couldn’t imagine mornings with out it!  Here’s a few ideas and blends that I love:


Melon-Citrus Blend:  a bit watery, smoother to drink, light veggie flavor, sweet & tangy, very bright green in color

    • 2 wedges of /cantaloupe
    • handful of fresh spinach (or a 1/2 cup of frozen)
    • Juice of 1 grapefruit, add zest
    • 1/2 pints of cold water
    • 1/2 ripe banana
    • 2 teaspoons of Flax Seed
    • 1 teaspoon of Spirulina

Who doesn’t love melon goodness? This is a good introduction to green smoothies;  creamy banana, affordable melon, the grapefruit can be substituted out with an orange for a less tangy bite. The flax & spirulina are my supplements of choice, and I do try and incorporate them everyday.

Green Tangerine Protein:  creamy green color, smooth with a slight grassy taste, bright tangerine, cool cucumber flavor

    • 2 peeled, seedless tangerines
    • big handful of fresh spinach
    • 1 pint of cold water
    • 2 handfuls of ice cubes
    • 1/3 cucumber, washed, skin on
    • 1 packet of Emergen-C tangerine flavor
    • 2 scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein
    • 1 tablespoon of Flax seed
    • 1 teaspoon of Spirulina

I love tangerines, even over oranges! They are usually so sweet, and when the seedless ones are purchased purposefully, it makes for a nice bright base. The greens are good for you, obviously, plus the added supplements are a fantastic way to start your day! Read about my favorite supplements & super foods here.

Fresh Face Blend:  dark orange, very sweet & fresh tasting, slightly exotic taste

healthy smoothie

    • 1 cup of papaya (or more)
    • 2 teaspoons of flax seed
    • 1 cup coconut water
    • 1/2 ripe banana

Papaya is found to be very good for your skin, topically & when you eat it. Add carrots for an extra beta carotene boost! Beta carotene was found to actually help add color to your complexion. I wouldn’t go as far to say I look ‘tan’ from eating lots of carrots & papaya, but after drinking this smoothie a few days in a row, you definitely notice a difference– for the better.

Lemon Green Protein:  bright lemon, cool, not acidic, creamy green color, slightly watery. Fresh & tasty.

    • small handful of spinach
    • 1-2 inches of cucumber
    • 1 teaspoon of maca root
    • juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1 packet of orange Emergen-C
    • 1 cup of coconut water
    • handful of ice
    • 1 teaspoon of spirulina
    • 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein

In the mood for something lemony? This is a refreshing change, the lemon covers up the “green” taste from the spinach the cucumber counteracts the acidity. Plus the vanilla protein adds creamy sweetness. Emergen-C is fantastic to have on hand for an extra vitamin boost. I found a box of 90 packets at a bulk grocery store.


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2011 v. 2012: A Snapshot of Syracuse Real Estate Market

6 Feb

Trends are demonstrating the real estate market in the Greater Syracuse area is finding it’s balance, compared to just one year ago.

There was a drop in new listings that came onto the market in 2012 versus 2011, -2.1%. Less inventory drives buyer demand up!!

Pending and closed sales were are on the rise, 9.0% more homes for sale closed in 2012. Buyers are still buying at a healthy rate.

Median sales prices are on the rise, slightly. In 2011: $123,000. In 2012: $125,000. Buyers are spending a hair more than they were a year ago.

On average sellers got 0.2% more on the sale of their home in 2012. That’s an extra $294.03 to the seller based on an average sales price of $147,015 in 2012.

Because interest rates are still so low, the affordability index as increased by 5.1%. With the lower rates, buyers can actually afford more house. If rates go up, *ahem*… When rates go up, a buyer that could afford $120,000 now, may only be able to buy up to $110,000 with a higher interest rate.

The inventory supply is becoming more balanced. In 2011, the absorption rate was 11.1 months. In 2012, only 8.8. 6 months is considered “balanced.”

This data is courtesy of

For more information on the real estate market in Syracuse, call Michele Nastri of Keller Williams at the Nastri Team 315 701 6996

Visit to find your next home in Central New York.


Syracuse Real Estate Market Q4

5 Feb


1 Feb

open houseOpen House in Eastwood, Super Bowl Sunday


Craftsman Style Bungalow, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, NEW Kitchen, natural wood work throughout, formal dining room, breakfast bar. So much to see.

superbowl sunday

 Stop by on Super Bowl Sunday. Sign-in and receive a scratch off lotto ticket!

Take James Street in Eastwood (from Midler Avenue) Go right onto South Collingwood, #268.

Call 315 701 6996 for more information. 

Camillus Family is Moving

29 Jan

111 Antrim Lane

Camillus, NY

The Anderson’s Story

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We’ve lived at 111 Antrim Lane for 6 years. It’s time to move on because my children are grown and in college or married and have their own homes.  We enjoyed so much while living here. We love the view, it is spectacular, there is lots of wildlife to observe.  My house is   The house is energy efficient: it’s airtight warm in winter & cool in the summer with no drafts. You can see lots of fireworks from the house during the summer.  We have many favorites about the house, but the top things we love include; the one floor living with the laundry on the first floor, the gas fireplace ease of use and ambiance, my pocket doors in the master bedroom.

My most memorable moment in the house was when I just moved in, the very day before Thanksgiving. Between moving, and getting the house in order, I was still able to pull off having a party of 10 people over for the whole Thanksgiving Day Celebration. Regarding schools, in my opinion:  West Genesee schools are the best!  They offer so many options to choose from: superior music program, athletics, and academics.


Plus, We loved living in 111 Antrim Lane, but it is time for us to move on now and we hope the next owners have as good experience as we did.strong parental involvement and community support. I graduated from West Genesee and my three daughters did as well. The proximity is fantastic: You are close to the highway and grocery stores but feel like you live in a rural area. Plus the neighbors are very quiet. It’s only a  five minute drive to the Erie Canal where you can walk your dogs, bicycle or run.  20 minute ride from Skaneateles Village and lake.  The community bond is fantastic, and as a town of Camillus resident you can sign up for many parks and rec programs offered exclusively to Camillus residents.  We have a strong youth hockey program at Shove Park.

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