Friday, September 22, 2017

Ciao Autunno...Hello Fall...

My yearly tradition of baking a Pie on the first day of Autumn continues... Sometimes Apple,  sometimes Pumpkin... This time it's Pumpkin...



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Autunno... Autumn...

As Fall rapidly approaches,  I find myself with  thoughts of Autumn favorites coming from my kitchen... and Autumn colors warming our home.  I am easing in  touches of orange and gold to bring in the season and adding pumpkins all around.  If my pumpkin plants let me down ( again) I will just have to buy them...or get them from Paul and Edy's gorgeous garden,  Quail Rock Farms... fine by me...

Monday, September 11, 2017

Quasi Autunno... Almost Autumn...

It's been a hot and humid summer and I am ready for it to be over and enjoy some cooler Fall weather.  The days are getting just a bit shorter and there are very faint signs of Fall in the air.  Looking forward to seasonal cooking and enjoying some Autumn Favorites from the kitchen. In the meantime,  I don't want to rush things but I will begin doing some seasonal decorating and getting ready for a visit from Angelo and Pina.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dal Forno...From The Oven...

It seems like so long since i've been able to post because of technical difficulties which I hope to resolve completely very soon.  It's a busy time right now getting ready for Isa's baby shower... so fun, lots of details and it will be over soon... in the meantime I have been doing the usual cooking as well as lots of baking. Some for us,  and some to take over to friends' houses...Panna Cotta Tarts,  Pizza Rustica with Ricotta and Eggplant, New York Cheesecake with Fresh Flowers,  Chocolate Orange Ganache Tart, and  Fresh Peach Crumb Top Pie have kept me busy and happy...


Friday, June 9, 2017

Giardino Di Vasi... The Potted Garden...

My potted garden is thriving... Tomatoes and herbs along with Roses and Hydrangea,  Lavenders and sages.  Lovely and fragrant.  I have so many tomatoes on the vines which are healthy and relatively pest free,  for now anyway.  The few English Roses that I brought with me in the move are happy here at the new place .  Although they all live in pots, they are pretty,  happy and blooming... which makes me happy... I have ordered another favorite that I did not bring with me... 
The Generous Gardener should be here in a week or so. 



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.



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