Sunday, February 4, 2018

Fai Da Te... DIY...

It's always fun to make something pretty that doesn't take too much time or cost a lot of money.  I enjoyed making this Wreath using things that I have at home.  Simple,  uncontrived flower arrangements are my favorites... often Roses and Eucalyptus.  And when they are past their prime,  I hang them to dry,  so I almost always have some pretty dried flowers around for using in a Craft.  This is one of those times.  I love how this Wreath turned out,  and since I didn't spend anything to make it,  I don't worry that it won't last forever,  and it isn't something that I need to store ... which is in keeping with my wanting to stay uncluttered...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

In Attesa Di Primavera... Waiting For Springtime...


Longing for winter weather which will never happen... but,  it's not nice to complain.  Our weather is amazing, many  people can only dream of it,  but... I guess we can't always have what we want... I try to create  a winter theme,  but,  it's not easy,,, In the meantime,  I enjoy spending time in my Potted English Garden,  and of course,  my kitchen.



Saturday, January 13, 2018

A New Year...Un Nuovo Anno...

 I always love that feeling that the New Year brings.  Putting away Christmas and refreshing the decor.  Our weather is such that almost immediately in the New Year,  I am thinking of springtime... Gardening a lot more and cooking lighter foods.  When most of the country is thick in the middle of winter,  I am planting sweet peas... so fortunate for this weather...but I often wish we had four seasons... we have one!  On this lovely rainy day however,  I enjoyed cooking hearty foods,  and I was in the kitchen all day... I didn't have time to make a Panettone before Christmas,  but I did it anyway.  I also made a Savory Butternut and sage Tart,  Corzetti Pasta,  and an Olive and Herb Fougasse.  In the Kitchen... happy as can be!


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Buon Natale... Merry Christmas...

Another year as past... wonder where it went.  Time does seem to fly.  Traditions come to mind this time of year.  It can be a bit melancholy.  Memories of past Christmases,  and new ones in the making Keeping traditions alive for future generations... some will be kept,  others may evolve into new ones. Health and family are the hope for the future.  Making Merry for sharing and spending time with loved ones... That's what it's all about...Buon Natale a tutti... Merry Christmas to all...



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Preparando Per Natale... Getting Ready For Christmas...

I always feel like we are supposed to be getting ready for a Holiday before the previous Holiday is here.  I don't like that.  I take them one at a time.... that said... Bring on Christmas!




Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving...

Following our yearly traditions,  Anna will make a lovely Turkey Dinner, and I will make Pies and the cranberry sauce,   and decorate the tables.  The meal is pretty much the same... the pies too.  If we haven't yet celebrated Edy's Birthday together,  I make a cake for her.... And of course,  there will be a special cocktail... inspired by the season.   The tables are a bit different every year,  but similar in that I always use Pumpkins and Natural decor,  using Fall colors along with whatever might inspire me that particular year... and always a bit of sparkle.  This year we will be a large group of family and a few friends. It will be a special day spent together ,  thankful for all that we have,  and thankful for another year with Mom... the matriarch of the family...



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