13 July 2014

Veneto Via Vespa, going places

I am now the owner of a Vespa, ya'll.

It's a sweet little red Vespa S50, compliments of my lovely husband, who drives a fourteen-year-old Honda 150.

It's brand spanking new & the sweetest thing the roads around here have seen in a long time, even if it only goes 50 kmh. (That's 30 mph.)

And it's going places, this little Vespa S50; it's exploring the places of the Veneto one day at a time

You can follow the adventures of my little red Vespa S50 on Instagram on VenetoViaVespa.

My aim?  Fun. That's all. Clean, plain fun in the country, mostly the back roads of the province of Vicenza. We are going places and snapping photos with my phone as we do.

I've been riding little 50's since my sister (6 years younger) received one from Santa when she was a mere twelve-years-old. Gasp! We lived in the rural South, where children ride motorized vehicles soon after learning to walk....or ride a bike, at least. It's all good. Santa was always good to us kids. He made magic happen.

03 July 2014

summer visitors


Cousins Hiking in Alpe di Suisi

We made a bit of an unorthodox choice to forgo our annual summer visit to the States and have had the pleasure of sharing a bit of our world with some VIP's instead. I do believe that this is the best decision we've made in a very long time. We are hoping for a repeat in summers to come.


18 June 2014

corner view

corner view :: one year ago, five years ago

I tuned to the archives of 3inGiro to find a post from a year ago and to my original blog for a post from five years ago, the blog that got started when we purchased our home in Italy back in 2007. 

At this time in June we often find ourselves in some state of travel...in the middle, planning, preparing, fretting, returning, unpacking.  This is true for both of the posts from the archives.

One year ago we were at the Gulf Coast of Louisiana in a place called Grand Isle with my sister's family, attempting to catch our dinner. In the second picture, my dear brother-in-law is hammering the lines into the sand, each line dotted with raw chicken meat, while a shrimp boat is trawling in the background. You didn't know that crabs love rancid chicken? We caught some, we bought some. All good, Louisiana Blue Crab.

Five years ago, we were in the midst of preparing for a trip to Sardegna with friends, our first and only trip to the island paradise. Below is a video of Young One and her buddy discussing the method of transportation. He knew everything while she was blissfully unaware of any details. This echoes travel planning in my house...only reversed. 

"You may have the universe if I may have Italy." -- Giuseppe Verdi
"You may have Italy if I may have Sardegna." -- Me.

And today I am likewise planning for a bit of travel with some VIP's who will be here in less than a week.  Exciting times.

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11 June 2014

corner view

corner view :: potluck

When I first saw the theme, lots of yummy dishes that I've shared with friends over the years came to mind; but between then and now, my idea shifted. When we have potlucks with Italians present, I generally try to make things that I think are pretty American, things you might not find in a restaurant or recipe book, but things all Americans know.

Does it get more American than "Pigs in a Blanket"? I made these as snacks for a child's birthday party last weekend.

And I have to confess, I have never in my entire life made these little snacks. Sure, I've eaten them on many, many occasions while growing up, but I've never even thought of making them. Until Sunday. 

I even had to look up "recipes," even though they told me exactly what I expected: hot dogs or mini sausages wrapped in canned dough, either biscuits or rolls.  I loosely followed this recipe for the mustard sauce.

Even though I live in Italy, I have access to an American supermarket, so I was able to get exactly what I needed. Though, I think some of the pre-made dough and the hot dogs available in my Italian grocery would suffice.

I think people liked them, except for my daughter, that is. She took one bite and offered the rest to the hungry cat. Moments like those remind me of the contrast of our upbringings. She doesn't eat ketchup OR mayo either! Not many Americans fit that description.

So, tell me, Pigs in a Blanket...have you ever heard of it in your corner of the world or is it a uniquely American delicacy?

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