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  1. Italian is my first language – but I lived many many years in the US and now I am in Ecuador and maybe heading for Colombia. I am following you. If you need help with Italian words let me know. I let my son in on you web site – like me he is a dual USA/Italy ctizen. He spent about five years in Florence with his wife until the economy forced back to California. He misses Italy and especially Tuscany a lot. HIs name is Riccardo Fiorentino. You made us a bit envious and nostalgic

    Antonio Fiorentino Di Stefano
    California Lawyer

    1. Hi, thanks for reading and for your help with the language, but my husband’s Italian so he helps me with all of that :). I just got back from California a week ago visiting my friend in San Diego! Small world

  2. Your blog is very interesting and I can relate to your stories. I’m also married to an Italian and staying in Italy. I applaud you for your courage and open heart, and positive outlook. I on the other hand am still trying to adjust to the culture and learning the language has been challenging for me. Its been three years now living in Italy, and I cant deny that I miss my home and family. As a foreigner, still trying to learn the language and trying for a stable job is a little frustrating, knowing that my husband still does not have a permanent job and takes several part time jobs when he can.
    I am thankful to God that we have enough just for the day but unfortunately little dreams like having a child has become out of the question and just a distant dream. The warmth and hospitality of the Italian people is undeniable, but with out knowing the language, you are just another fish on land. Your blog makes me think that I need to see things from a more positive and patient view. Im also used to things and service done quickly and efficiently, I guess in Italy nothing gets done or completed when we want, just have to accept that’s the culture and respect it, even if something’s don’t make no sense at all.

    1. Hi Mel. I’m glad I can be encouraging at the least. I’ve also been here 3 years now and it is a daily struggle but also a daily decision to just be happy. I always think about what if I was at home what would I get aggrevated about and when I start thinking about our work obsessed society, the racial issues, the lack of family priority, and our obsessiveness to open our mouths and correct everyone else I start to like Italy more. I also remind myself that I came with the right intentions, and I know that my husband would sacrifice for me and live in my country if the tables were turned. I also try to think of it like every bad thing about Italy or difference that I’m not used to just helps explain my husband’s personality and life, because culture defines a person, so you get to truly know the other person by going through it yourself. Not ever moment lasts, who knows 3 years from now you could be looking back saying ‘I remember when we lived in Italy, or in that city.’ It’s when you struggle that you find yourself and learn the most, so take it as a process of nothing good comes easy. I haven’t written a post in a while but hopefully will get around to it during Christmas break! Cheers

    1. Thank you Ilgustodivivere! I have continued the nominating and included you in a recent post. What else is there involved? When and who announces the winners?

      1. Thank you so much! As for what else is involved…nothing else is involved. And who announces the winners…I’m not entirely sure. I was nominated and looked it up, and saw that a great many blogs had posts thanking those who had nominated them and including their nominees. I couldn’t find an actual page, however, to say where and when the winners are announced. I have been told that the winners are told via their blog’s contact page, so I guess we just have to wait and see. x

  3. Hi, I was just reading your business startup posting, the merino wool basket you made was beautiful. I am mortified that you glued it to get it stiff. It only needed a wash in boiling water and olive oil soap to felt it into a gorgeous firm basket, it would have shrunk by a third but it would have felted nicely just like a hot washed wool sweater. I use a product called Stiffy to firm up other cloth projects. Good luck with your business.

    1. Hi Denise! I was very down about that basket that I couldn’t get it stiff because I would love to add that to my shop, they sell so many beautiful colors! I would try it again if you could tell me more specific directions. Have you worked with merino wool a lot? I wonder if I could get Stiffy in Europe somewhere

  4. I am a needlefelter and work mostly with merino wool which is very floppy in it’s raw state. All you need to do is knit or crochet the basket in the big wool then pour on boiling hot water and rub the basket all over with olive oil soap until it is completely soaked and rubbed and has all matted together, rinse all the soap out with boiling water and dry naturally, if you have rubbed sufficiently hard enough and long enough it should have reduced in size by approximately a third and will be much firmer in texture but retained some of the original pattern from the crochet. If you work up a small sample and try it out you will see what I mean, wear gloves and use a ribbed board (washboard) to rub it on. It should also lose all those holes so makes a better basket. Let me know how it goes. I don’t know if Stiffy is available in Europe I bought mine in an online craft shop. You can dip lace doilies into it and then drape them over a bowl shape, after covering it in foil or clingfilm, leave it to dry and you have a bowl. I haven’t tried that yet but it’s the best selling point.

    1. Oh wow. So the steps are 1) crochet the basket 2) pour hot water on it 3) rub the soap 4)rinse out 5)let dry Will the basket become felt then, that’s how it works? This is interesting! I’ll have to see if Amazon Italy sells Stiffy. Thanks and I’ll let you know

  5. I’m really happy to have discovered this blog! I was up until the early hours reading about Italian lifestyle, food and culture! I have some kind of fascination with the Italian way of life (envious of the diet, high life expectancy and the relaxed lifestyle). I’d love to see a typical day/week food menu or something similar for the typical Italian family! I’m trying to sneak lots of bits of Italy into my life, and the healthy diet fascinates me, but I don’t know where to start when trying to replicate it myself! And I don’t know how much I find on google is realistic compared to what the average working family actually eats! Love this blog, well done and keep the posts coming! *sips cappuccino 🙂

  6. Hi Claire, thank you so much for your comment! I could totally tell you a weeks worth of food that we eat in the south of Italy if you’d like! I’ll tell you what my mother-in-law cooks on a typical week in her house (she lives above me)

    Breakfast- she throws cereal, cookies, and milk on the table for everyone to grab most days. On the weekends she makes crepes or sweetbreads. Other people who work will often eat breakfast out and just get a cornetto (croissant) because they cost 1 euro so that’s the typical breakfast out. In my area of Italy (Salento) we have this breakfast pastry called pasticciotto that a lot of people eat as well instead of the typical cornetto. Breakfast is ALWAYS sweet.

    Lunch- always pasta in the south of Italy. An example of what she would cook is Monday-penne pasta with pesto (that’s a quick one for the busy days), Tuesday- orecchiette with sugo (pasta with homemade sauce), Wednesday- farfalle with mushroom and sausage sauce (farfalle is bowtie), Thursday- spaghetti carbornara (pasta with egg and prosciutto sauce), Friday- penne with salmon and cream sauce, Saturday- fettuccine with seafood (this is made on days when we eat with her because it’s my favorite! and Sunday is usually baked pasta because it takes more time so lasagna or stuffed cannoli pasta. Risotto is usually made in the north as a lunch dish.

    Dinner- always consists of meat, vegetables, salad, or soup. She makes fish in the oven, mashed potatoes with parmesan cheese, grilled chicken sliced thinly, chicken marsala with mushrooms, meatloaf on Sundays. For vegetables she makes grilled eggplant, or zucchini, sauteed peppers, rosemary potatoes, baked french fries, and spinach. Dinner is always lighter than lunch and in our family we never eat pasta for dinner however eating pasta for dinner is typical if you invite someone over.

    As far as drinks go beer and wine is often on the table for dinner (everyday when my FIL is home actually), and certainly every Sunday when everyone eats together. Water is usually room temperature, and they love coke! Alcoholic beverages are NEVER drunk during a meal here.

    Hope this helps you start somewhere! email me if you need ideas!


    1. Hi Jessica,

      Thank you so much for replying – and for all of the detailed info! I love this, you’ve given me so much mealtime inspiration! I found a really cool website by an Italian cook with all her recipes and I made a really nice dish last night – off to a good start, although it was pasta-based! Totally wouldn’t work in England to eat the main meal of the day at lunchtime – my husband doesn’t get home until 6pm most nights, but I’ll do what I can! (I also suggested a move to Italy… until he pointed out we’d be unlikely to get work there! – oh well, holiday destination it will have to remain!).

      Thanks again for your reply, I look forward to more blog posts!


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