Monday, May 8, 2017

Fai Da Te Per Primavera... A Springtime DIY...

When one of our unusual winter storms blew trees down, Mark and Tami found themselves with lots of firewood as well as plenty of trees to slice up into chargers.  When they asked if I wanted some I of course said "yessss"!  I didn't have a plan,  but,  out of nowhere I decided that these chargers needed to be embellished... and so I did!  I had all of the flowers in the potted garden and just started playing... the result made me very happy.  Glueing  with modge podge then using shellack to seal the flowers gave me the look that I was looking for.  In the end,  the flowers are more muted than they were when I started,  but I like it just the same...  I've made four but plan to make more.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In Cucina... In The Kitchen...

 Being in the kitchen makes me happy.   Making old recipes,  family recipes,  and creating new recipes...  I had not made Tarallini Pugliesi before,  but after  my last trip to Italy I knew that I would be making them soon.  Nobody in the family seems to make them because all they have to do is go to the nearest Panificio and buy a bag full... I do not have that luxury.  I have tried a few different recipes ,  the last one is pretty good... still searching,  but in the meantime,  these were fun to make.   I've especially enjoyed making more  Laminated Doughs lately,  Homemade Brioche and Puff Pastry made into delicious dessert,  breakfast treats,  or savory appetizers makes those items even better.  



Monday, April 10, 2017

In Cucina... In The Kitchen...

My kitchen is so much smaller than my previous one... but it's OK.  The main obstacle is only having one oven,  so timing is so important if I am baking an entree,  and bread or focaccia... It doesn't stop me from doing what I love most ,  and I have been doing a lot of cooking and baking.   Whether for a special get together,  a special request from Priscilla (Beef Wellington) or just because...


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fai Da Te Per Primavera... DIY For Springtime...

I asked Jody if she would show me how to make the Mosaic Shovel and Trowels that she made a while ago.  We set off  on the hunt for pretty plates to use in our craft...after finding a collection of plates  that we liked,  along with old shovels that we each had on hand, we got together and did our craft.  It was fun seeing the pieces come together to make a unique garden ornament. I have been enjoying some crafting lately and am feeling more like myself after the move... finally.  A little crafting and as always,  lots of cooking and baking makes me feel like me.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Un Compleanno Per Mamma...A Birthday For Mom...

At 96 years she is still amazing!  A sweet and gentle Lady,  always wanting to keep herself looking lovely... nails done,  hair too... and jewelry of course.  We are so lucky to have her,  and Anna,  with her unwavering commitment to taking good care of Mom.  Seeing to Mom's needs and overseeing the care by her sweet caregivers  takes a lot of time and effort,  yet she wouldn't have it any other way.  I am so grateful,  and I know that Frances and Paul are as well.  We had a good celebration for her birthday... Anna and Nicola hard at work making Wood Fired Pizza's.  Paul and Edy brought Meatballs from the restaurant.  Giulietta and I both made a cake.  Hers was Triple Chocolate,  which she made completely by herself ( at 8 years of age... (WOW) and it was delicious,  she is following in the footsteps of an entire family of Chef's, Cooks,  and Foodies.  Mine was a Vanilla Cake  filled with Vanilla Pastry Cream and Fresh Blueberry Compote.  I Painted the cake with little blue (Mom's favorite color)  rosebuds which matched the plate that I served it on.  Surrounded by immediate family and loved ones,  once again we celebrated our wonderful Mother.



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