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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!)

Easy Marinated Chicken Thighs

Everyone is so busy! Work! School! Kids! Kids’ activities! No one has a lot of spare time. This is a recipe for the busy. Before you run out the door for work or school, take five minutes and give your chicken thighs a little love. You can even prepare them the night before. This marinade takes… Continue reading Easy Marinated Chicken Thighs

Tuscan Bean Soup

Leftovers, I love them; but I know there are people out there, shockingly, who don’t like them. If you repurpose your leftovers into something new, they really aren’t leftovers, but a whole new meal that can be completed more quickly. When I make dinner, I always try to figure out what to do with the… Continue reading Tuscan Bean Soup

White Bean Dip

Last minute guests dropping by? Want to give your wrap or sandwich a little lunchtime love? Want to switch up your usual refried beans and tortilla chips? Stock this White Bean Dip in your fridge and it will do triple (or more) duty. This dip is a great: super-easy and super-quick to make. Not only does it… Continue reading White Bean Dip

Tuscan White Beans (a recipe from Dario Cecchini)

Going to Dario Cecchini’s in Panzano in Chianti is always fun. While getting there may cause a little dizziness as you navigate the switchbacks that climb up and down the hills in the Chianti area, once you get there, the only dizziness you may feel is from taking in the scene that is the butcher… Continue reading Tuscan White Beans (a recipe from Dario Cecchini)

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecans and Cranberries

Hello spring! I’ve been so looking forward to you! I’m sick of winter. Let’s be honest, I was sick of winter after the second day it was -10ºC in a row, let alone after a week of cold temperatures. Last year, I said goodbye to winter with the “Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Salad” . This year I’m… Continue reading Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecans and Cranberries

#Get Bitter – Amaro cocktails

Last week in advance of both St. Patrick’s Day and Italian Unification Day, I extolled the virtues of Amaro and listed 5 entry level Amari and 5 advanced level Amari to try. Now that you have ventured into the bitter world, here are some cocktails to let your digestives do double duty and bookend your meal.… Continue reading #Get Bitter – Amaro cocktails

Baked Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dip

I have a confession, I have never met a potato I didn’t like! Maybe it’s from being half Irish on my mother’s side. Who doesn’t like potatoes? I love potato chips, Tuesday, March 14 is National Potato Chip Day. What?! National Potato Chip Day?!!! Yes! This is a day that I can totally get behind!… Continue reading Baked Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dip