Today’s Pictures: A Pretty Girl and Her Lasagna Sweater

Dahlia Lydia Fiore, Junior High Graduation

Dahlia Lydia Fiore, Junior High Graduation

I originally wanted to use this picture of my mother graduating junior high school as the cover for the book A Girl from the Hill. But technically it’s too small to use – if expanded it will lose its focus and become blurry. I may use a group shot from my mother’s class pic with her picture circled on the front cover instead.
I need for people to see this close up though. It’s the only childhood picture I have of my mother.

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Lindt Ball Muffins – it’s not like they’re cupcakes…


Muffins (Photo credit: firewave_fr)

Doesn’t this sound absolutely wonderful?! I love chocolate, and the muffin aspect helps one feel that these aren’t just pure decadence- though we know better.

I would love to try this for Christmas breakfast with coffee…unless someone wants to make them for me!

My Mouth is Watering – Thanksgiving Italian Style

English: Sand Point Light on Prudence Island, ...

English: Sand Point Light on Prudence Island, RI. In the background is the Mount Hope Bridge and the mouth of Mount Hope Bay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check this blog out for some delicious Italian Thanksgiving dish ideas.

I love that my husband, daughter and I have been enjoying Thanksgiving on Prudence Island with Jeremy’s family these past few years. It’s a wonderful, festive day full of delicious food, family, and laughter, not to mention a walk around the nearly deserted island in the chilly autumn afternoon.

But there is also something to be said for a traditional Italian Thanksgiving spread too, with either lasagna or home-made macaroni and a platter full of antipasto with prosciutto, salami, provolone, olives and the ever famous pickled peppers.

I miss those times with my family, and as it stands we may never have a Thanksgiving together like that again. But I am thankful for those times. And for today.

It’s All About Food this Weekend-Broccoli Rabe,Anyone?

brocoli rabe at its prettiest

brocoli rabe at its prettiest (Photo credit: bgblogging)

My mother makes great rabe. So does my sister.

And I want to like it. It’s trendy even.

I may just try this recipe. It looks easy enough. Another good Christmas Eve dish.

Thanks Maria at prouditaliancook

Delicious Squid Salad with Ginger Sauce


Squid (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

Delicious Squid Salad with Ginger Sauce

As I posted on this blog, I want to add this to the family Christmas Eve feast. Take a look!

Memories Should Not Be Made of This

July 4, 2012 - Small Fireworks

July 4, 2012 – Small Fireworks (Photo credit: kndynt2099)

The beautifully written post Missed Memories moves me to write something deep from within my heart.

My mother just turned 88 this past July 4th, and like iscribblings said about her grandmother in the post below, we always celebrate my mother’s birthday like it’s a holiday- because, well it is. But that was not the case this year.

This year tension so sharp and so deep can choke you if you get too close. You see, not all of my mother’s children can stand to be in the same room together.

I am not writing about blame, or about who did what to whom, or who can’t cope, or who can get so pissed off as to decide not to be part of this family anymore. The fact is the family is shattered. Continue reading