An Italian Fairy Tale: Azzurrina

Azzurrina: Based on the legend of “The Little Blue One,” who comes to life every 5 years during the summer solstice. There in her ancient castle near Rimini.  “Mamma, why can’t I go out to play?” […]

The Healthy Mediterranean Diet

Hubby and I have pretty much always followed the Mediterranean diet since we’ve been in Italy. But lately we’re really stepping it up. The older we get, the easier it is to put on weight. […]

Don’t you Know You’re Beautiful? [Video]

Anyone who knows me knows that I generally avoid advertising like the plague. I just don’t want all the hype trying to get me to buy a bunch of stuff I don’t need and don’t […]

Italian Valentines: Love is in the Air

Wherever you go in Italy, it seems that is love in the air! Italy, with Venice and its gondola rides, and Verona with Romeo and Juliet’s fake houses, is known as one of the most […]

My ABC of Simple Slow Living

My ABC of Simple Living? It’s about getting back to the basics. I strive to life a more simple, natural life. First, because it’s good for us and for the planet. But also because as […]

Italian Carnival Treats

These simple fried dough balls are generally considered a must at carnival time! They’re known by different names according to region. In my hubby’s area south of Salerno they’re known as Struffoli, but here in Abruzzo […]

Dog Payments, Snowballs and Debt-Free Living!

I‘m fond of saying that Hubby and I should have received a financial stupidity award in our early marriage. Armed with credit cards and few brains, we shopped foolishly and extravagantly. Even buying a dog […]

The Wise Woman with a Stone

If you could leave but one thing behind you what would it be? Wealth and property? Family heirlooms? For me those don’t even enter the running. Not only because I have few such things to […]