Casa Somerset "Living the Dream"

It is alive now, after 13 years of dreaming and designing.   Friends and Family visit often.   We still have much to do, but since we moved in July of 2009, we have accomplished a lot.  It is a work in progress, and will be the rest of my life. I purchased the land and  a house that was on it those 13 years ago.  I started envisioning the possible results.  In 2007, Christine and I pushed over and burned down the existing house, which is on 6 acres with a six acre lake.   In it’s place we built a 7,000 sq. ft. house with a 1,600 sq ft veranda that wraps around the whole second floor.  Never did I dream that I would have a home with a name.  It really came from my friends and adopted family in Italy, Casa Caponetti. Please come for a visit. We tour daily. We love to sit inside or outside around tables with good food and friends and family. We want to grow the Somerset area to be the Sonoma of … Continue reading

Limoncello or Applecello, so many decisions in life.

This has become our trademark drink and cake. We have a beautiful container of limoncello sitting on the kitchen counter and the applecello container in the fridge. I was first introduced to limoncello 12 years ago in Italy, at Casa Caponetti. Laura Caponetti gave me some to taste while I was there. She sent me home with the recipe, which is so easy . Laura Caponetti will be arriving in Kansas in March. She will be conducting cooking classes, and preparing some special dinners. We are so happy she is coming. Watch for more information on these Special Events!!! Limoncello recipe 1.75 liter of vodka peels of 10 lemons , put in vodka for 10 days After 10 days add equal parts of sugar and water, same as the amount of vodka. It is ready to go. The Limoncello cake and sauce recipe is in our September 2008 blog. This recipe came from Jasper’s nephew, Jasper the third. He is making the cello cake and drink famous. They have many drink recipes at Jasper’s … Continue reading

Christine and Mike’s Wedding ,Casa Somerset.

To have and to hold, from this day forward… You are invited to witness the joining in marriage of Christine ThomasAndMichael Hursey Saturday, November 1st at 3pm.Casa Somerset16315 W. 287th St.Paola, KS. 66071 Immediately following the marriage ceremony will beThe Blessing of the Vines and The HouseBy Ursuline Academy of Paola Afterwards, please join us across the streetFor a light evening meal and refreshments. We will have pasta and ask that you might bringA dish that will go with pasta to share. In lieu of gifts, we are asking our friends to bring wine for the party. We hope that this celebration on November 1st, All Saints Day,which is celebrated by a feast, will be an annual event with our good friends.Life is all about Family and Friends. This is Mike’s Love of Christine, I love you Christine!!!!! An RSVP (reply) to this invitation would be appreciated. Our love will continue to growLike a well-tended vineyard,Growing stronger and more bountiful with time. This is the day of the Saint and the Day of the Feast!!!! … Continue reading

Civita di Bagnoregio This is it, I have never been to a place that took my breath away like this. You can see for 200 miles off of the top of the town, I really believe it. The Umbrian Hill towns. I have been here three times and it is always the same feeling. This is where God wants me to be. This is where I would come for peace on earth. Giorgio Caponetti brought me here the first time. When I looked at it, there was a ring of clouds around it. It was unforgettable! I told Christine about this most perfect place on earth. I brought her here two years ago. I wanted to show her the church. A Saint on each side of the alter, in glass caskets. They have been there for years. I also wanted her to see the stone olive wheel for making the oil of the land. Producing the extra virgin olio. There are still many living there after 1500 years. There is now a B&B, it is operated by … Continue reading

Lorenzo’s Olive oil

A couple of years ago, Christine and I were in Italy for our Slowfood convention in Turin. We left the group after the convention, and headed to Tuscania, in the beautiful Etruscan Valley. I wanted her to meet the Caponetti family that I love so much and I wanted to show her all of the Etruscan caves on the property. We arrived at Caponetti’s and we were greeted by the family, Laura and Georgio. This close-knit family is a delight! It brings good feelings to your heart when you arrive. This is my Italian family. Christine and I shared this wonderful experience. It was my first trip to visit the Caponetti’s during harvest of the olives. As you can see from the pictures, we really got into the olive harvest! All of the olives are harvested by hand there. They are then taken to the processor in town. You can see the stones that are used to get the oil from the olives. It was a wonderful experience. My first visit was in 1998 in … Continue reading