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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Una Torta Per Una Cara Cugina…A Cake For A Dear Cousin…

We went to Mary and Roberts for dinner the other night,  and since it was just a few days after Mary's Birthday,  I thought that I would take a Cake to wish her a Happy Birthday.  With so much going on lately,  I  was short on inspiration,  and time,  and had no idea how I wanted to decorate the cake… I ended up making a Cannoli Cake.  Four layers, filled with a classic Cannoli filling of Fresh Ricotta, with whipped cream,  chocolate chips,  rum and cinnamon, and some candied almonds for texture with a rum based cake,  decorated simply and sweetly.



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stile Estivo… Summer Style…

August is upon us… It is definitely summer,  but changes are in the air,  and I am beginning to feel the familiar longing for one of my favorite seasons…Fall.   I don't like to rush it though ,  and I really wish the retailers wouldn't rush us into Fall either…  Meanwhile,  in an effort to stay in summer mode,  I will continue to surround myself with little summer touches of decor and light dishes.





Thursday, August 13, 2015

Una Visita Da Smokey… A Visit From Smokey…

As soon as I poured the milk into my cappuccino the other morning ,  I saw an image… it reminded me of Smokey.  I felt as though  he paid me a little visit while I sipped my coffee.  It was sweet,  and made me cry…

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ciao Smokey… Goodbye Smokey…

So soon after losing our sweet Coco,  we said goodbye to our sweet  Smokey. It happened so quickly,  he obviously wasn't feeling well.  We took him to the vet,  and a few days later we learned that he was very ill.  It's always so hard to lose a pet… he was a very sweet,  shy kitty…  Only 10 years old,  so unexpected. will miss him… Love you Smokey…




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Giardino Estivo… Summer Garden…

It is that time of year… the time I start stressing about whether or not I can actually grow a pumpkin for Fall.  Everyone I talk to,  or ask tips on growing pumpkins from,  tell me something different. At least some people have admitted being unable to grow pumpkins as well.  The rest of the people say it's easy…ha,  not for me.  Fingers crossed,  fertilizer,  good soil,  lots of water… we shall see.  Meanwhile, the rest of the garden is happy,  as are the roses etc…



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bombe Di Semi…. Seed Bombs…

Seed saving makes sense… but,  I've never done it like this before.   Loving this little craft.  Seeds, wrapped up in clay,  and soil,  adorned with some petals or little stems of seed pods .  The clay will  give the seeds some protection from birds or too much water  before they sprout,  and soil is there  so they can sprout. Giving new life to a favorite  flower or herb by tossing them into a space that needs  beautifying is a great idea. I think I will take some of these on my new journey… others can be given as a sweet little gift.


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