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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pronta Per La Vacanza… Ready For My Vacation…

I'm excited…  happy…  sort of sad…  and,   ready for my trip to Italy.  Can't wait to see all the family that I haven't seen for quite a while!  A little sad that I am going without Jim and Priscilla,  and leaving family, friends,  garden,  and all of the things that I love about being home.  It will be great though!  It's kind of crazy to think that I am leaving in late summer,  but when I come home,  it will be Fall.  Can't wait!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Bellezze del Weekend… Weekend Beauty…

It was a beautiful weekend… Family,  Friends,  Dinners Al Fresco,  A Fig Tart with Local Honey and Sage,   Mixed Berry Pie,   A Ricotta Tomato Tart With Herbs,   Beautiful Flowers,  Bread and Focaccia , Mussels, etc,  etc …





Thursday, July 24, 2014

Estate…. Summertime…

Summertime decor… a few little homemade candles… leftover wax, and seashells…



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Una Giornata Nel Giardino… A Day In The Garden…

 It's been hot and muggy,  and I'm  slightly disappointed in the summer garden.  Some things are happy but I'm not getting the kind of growth that I'd hoped for in the new raised  garden beds…The pumpkins are small so far,  but I'm not giving up



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Un Dolce Per Un Picnic A Mare… Something Sweet For A Beach Picnic …

S'mores at the beach seems like the perfect summer dessert… but since fires aren't allowed where we picnic in front of the del,  I created this S'mores Tart.  I made a  Graham Cracker Crust…once it cooled,  I topped it with Homemade Dark Chocolate Ganache,  and  topped that with Homemade Marshmallow,  which I took a torch to.   It sliced and served easily and was great to take to the beach… On this particular evening it was a cloudy sunset,  but sometimes,  those are the best.




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sapone Fai Da Te… Handmade Soap…

I think one of the best reasons to make soap,  is the way it fills the kitchen with beautiful herbal fragrance.  This time for handmade soaps I used Lavender and  Honey,  Lemon Verbena and Mint,  and,  Rose Petals and  Thyme.   Fresh, summery fragrances,  clipped from the garden…


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