For the Love of Chocolate

For the Love of Chocolate

Last week, I had a moment of deja vu!  I was baking a chocolate cake for a celebration and as I was making the finishing touches it hit me.  This cake is my version of my Grandma’s chocolate sheet cake.  I mention her baking and love for chocolate often but I had not...

Favorite Things and Simple Pleasures

Favorite Things and Simple Pleasures

Favorites things…  The simple pleasures that make us smile and bring comfort that is craved in the moment. I always enjoy hearing and learning what brings joy to others.  Personally, my own list is long…  However, roses are one joy that I find in my path on a daily...

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Only a few days away, I want to wish all the mothers a most Happy Mother’s Day!  Regardless of whether families celebrate through gifts or quality time, this holiday is cherished by many for many good reasons.  This week I reflected on how much this day meant to my...

Fond Memories of Kitchen’s Past

Fond Memories of Kitchen’s Past

Last week I walked down memory lane with my Great Uncle’s garden and this week I shift the focus to the kitchens of my childhood and the ladies who ran them.  Everyone has their most important room in the house and the kitchen is a major focal point for me.  I...

Sweet Memories of an Italian Vegetable Garden

Sweet Memories of an Italian Vegetable Garden

Although there have been a few showers this past week, I hope that everyone is enjoying the blossoms that they are bringing.  With this greenery, memories of two adamant gardeners in my family come to my mind- my Great Grandfather and Uncle Bob.  They were passionate...

Birthday Wishes and Lessons Learned from Isabella Rose!!!

Birthday Wishes and Lessons Learned from Isabella Rose!!!

In a few days a little lady, Isabella Rose, will be celebrating her first birthday!  It has been quite a year where each of us has had to make adjustments and adapt to the present circumstances.  In the midst of this uncertainty I have found great joy in observing my...

Memories of My Mother’s Spring Designs

Memories of My Mother’s Spring Designs

This week I was torn between a few stories to write about as many memories arise around this holiday.  In the end a memory of my Mom won as Easter was her favorite holiday.  My Mom always claimed that she was not a creative person however it was this holiday that her...

Joy of a Cardboard Box

Joy of a Cardboard Box

As I prepare care packages for this next season, I am reminded of a recent memory where I rediscovered the joy that a cardboard box can bring!  There were many instances in my childhood where a simple box transported myself and others to the depths of our...

Happy Saint Joseph’s Day and Warm Memories of Uncle Bob

Happy Saint Joseph’s Day and Warm Memories of Uncle Bob

Happy Saint Joseph’s Day!  I realize I am day early but could not resist sending each of you early wishes of joy and prosperity.  As an Italian American, I have celebrated this day with pride since I was a child wearing red and enjoying a Zeppole.  Although true...

Benefits of Taking a Break

Benefits of Taking a Break

To take a break or not to take a break…. that is the question!  I have a confession.  I struggle with slowing down and feel the need to be constantly busy at all times.  Looking back at the past several years, my breaks have come unexpectedly and unplanned.  Recently,...