Benvenuto! Welcome!

Hello and welcome! Nice to see you!

This site is about all the things I love and experiences that I have had – a little bit of everything:

Where to go. What to cook. Where to eat. What to drink. What craft projects to create.

I have many passions – travel, cooking, entertaining, and creative projects.

I am fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time in Italy and Europe and I am often asked by friends and family what they should do or see on their trip.

I’m a huge fan of “cook once and eat twice”.

I knit years ago and recently started knitting again, which caused me to realized how much I missed the art of creating.

I like to share travel tips and other great ideas that will save you time and money and will help you find a special  memory on your own trip.

I hope you use this site to help plan your next trip, plan your next meal, or plan your next project.

Thanks for coming to visit, and I hope to see you again soon!

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Viaggiare è Vivere! (To travel is to live!)

La Giostra del Saracino (Arezzo Jousting Match)

Happy Victoria Day, Canada! I hope everyone is enjoying the day off! If you’re wondering what to do next month (or in September), here is something to put on your “must see” list! The good news? There’s still time to book your trip to Italy! I’ve been to Arezzo many times and, as you know,… Continue reading La Giostra del Saracino (Arezzo Jousting Match)

Cheers for Chartreuse!

So you (hopefully) read Monday’s post called Chartreuse with Envy and have gone out and acquired a bottle (or two) of Chartreuse! Congrats! Cheers! Now the age-old question, what do I do with this? A popular favourite of cocktailers is The Last Word. If you were on Instagram in April this year, you probably saw… Continue reading Cheers for Chartreuse!

Chartreuse with Envy

Did you know that tomorrow is World Chartreuse Day? I’m not making this up. May 16th is considered World Chartreuse Day. Now before everyone gets too excited, you will still have to go to work! It is not a “get the day off work” holiday. Chartreuse is a French liqueur made by Carthusian monks since 1737 using instructions… Continue reading Chartreuse with Envy

Fugly Chocolate Chip Cookies

Most of you know that I’m not a baker. I’m not sure whether it’s because I don’t have a sweet tooth or if it’s the exactness of baking that doesn’t appeal to me. Don’t get me wrong, when I see a gorgeous cake, cupcakes or other assorted baked goods, I usually think “ooooh!!!”, but then I… Continue reading Fugly Chocolate Chip Cookies

Quick Chicken Orzo Vegetable Soup

This recipe is so quick to make it doesn’t even need an intro! It is a great use for leftover chicken and a great “dinner in a hurry”. Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 15 minutes; Serves: 6 – 8 people What you need: 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced and chopped (I used a mandolin) 4 small carrots, thinly… Continue reading Quick Chicken Orzo Vegetable Soup

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Is everyone getting ready for Cinco de Mayo?! What a great day to celebrate Mexican independence by drinking margaritas and eating tacos! What a great excuse to have a party! Who doesn’t love margaritas and tacos? Mexican tacos! What better way to feed a large group? Slow cookers! What better way to make a meal with… Continue reading Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Italian Spring Salad

I love springtime in Italy! Everything is so beautiful and green. I love to get my planting done so that we’ll have beautiful flowers and vegetables in the summer. (After all, there is nothing better than fresh off-the-vine tomatoes!) While the flowers may be in bloom, the vegetable garden is not quite ready for prime time!… Continue reading Italian Spring Salad