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Ted's entry into the Easter 2013 Peep Diorama Contest.

Ted’s entry into the Easter 2013 Peep Diorama Contest. Poops.

Joy's entry. Pop art Peeps.
Joy’s entry. Pop art Peeps.

Jackie's entry Angry Peeps
Jackie’s entry Angry Peeps.

So a couple years ago I put an end to The Traditional Easter Basket and decided that entry to the family Easter meal (buona Pasqua!) would be a home made Peep’s Diorama.  I had heard someone mention that the Washington Post or someone had done a story on these kookie dioramas, it sounded like fun. I wish I had taken more photos last year but I did snap a few this year.  I think this new tradition has caught on!  The entries were hilarious.  They are truly an insight into the eyes of the makers… Who do you vote for? Please do not penalize contestants for the lack of photography skills on my part.

And yes, I do realize Easter is long gone…I am a little behind and out of sequence.  Perhaps an insight into me.

Peepcaso Museum by Talley diorama entry

Peepcaso Museum by Talley.

Izzy's Peep Show

Izzy’s Peep Show.

Peeps Diorama by Mark and Jean. Peeps Wide Shut.

Peeps Diorama by Mark and Jean. Peeps Wide Shut.

Peep Corn diorama by EmTuck

Peep Corn diorama by EmTuck

il Peep-a. My entry to this years peep diorama contest in honor of the new kid on the Papal block.

il Peep-a. My entry to this years peep diorama contest in honor of the new kid on the Papal block. Bless our heathen souls.

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So, About 7 weeks ago I was on SKYPE with my sister Lou and she was very excited.She had just booked a very last minute trip to italy to attend a conference with other bloggers interested in the region of Italy our mother’s family is from.  It would be Abruzzo food and wine and travel lovers.  I decided to join her for the trip!  It was as I said all very last minute, and I am SO glad I decided to go.  I will be posting some photos from the trip but if you check out the other attendees you will no doubt see much much more. Will put up some links as I go too.  Keep in mind that ALL of these people are serious bloggers, not dabblers like myself.  I hope you enjoy. This is Lou and Giovanni, we were having dinner at his daughter Cinzia’s and Lou was showing him old family photos on her iPad. The grappa was delicious!Image


If food is your first love, this one might be for you, and for those of you in the “I don’t really care what you ate for lunch” camp, just skip over it and FORGIVE ME, please..  No surprise, we had a few stand-out meals along the strada.  One was pictured in an earlier post on Positano.  Until I ate a lemon from the Amalfi coast, I didn’t really understand that kind of flavor!  Some unfortunately we ate before we thought to take a photo of (sorry…it happens).  But here are a few of the notable ones for those of you who asked…

Panna cotta at Di Cecco in Asissi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This caramel drizzle was so dark I thought it was chocolate and almost sent it back.  So glad I didn’t!

Pasta with lemon creme and scampi in Anacapri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple, lemony and the texture of that fresh pasta…perfection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you ever find yourself in Sorrento EAT HERE at Inn Bufalito.  Slow, local, seasonal food at its finest.  Thank you Lonely Planet.  Fresh focaccia, pecorino romano, water buffalo sausage and peperoni, artichoke hearts, garlicky greens and a slice of ricotta salata with arugula.  Really, we could have stopped there but no…

Fusilli con zucca e salsiccia at Inn Bufalito

Pacchero al ragu di Bufalo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yup, meat of the water buffalo, the one that gave us the really good mozzarella, slowly cooked in tomato sauce with a little slab of ricotta salata.  Sooooooo good!

The strangest food place yet...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK, just wanted to see if you were still paying attention.  No we didn’t try it! This is in Rome, who ever would have guessed?


Both my sister Lou and I made it to Italy without a hitch, no flight delays, no air traffic control strike, just buona fortuna!  Mille grazie San Antonio (patron saint of travellers for you who are not up on the lives of the saints)!  We spent a couple days in Rome at the apartment of our cousin Marina and her kids Manu (15) and Giulia (24) getting caught up, shopping a bit and an afternoon walking around Rome with a friend from Minneapolis who got to town the same day.  Giulia and Manu were great tour guides, both love their city and know a lot about its history.  Giulia made us dinner and we sat, ate, talked, drank wine and stayed up too late.   Marina’s friend Alice joined us and offered to take us on a road trip and visit a few villages on the way up to San Giovanni Valdarno on Sunday.  More on that later, 6 people in a little Alfa Romeo (stick shift) zooming through the Tuscan countryside all talking at once…

Check out my sister Lou’s blog Ten Weeks in Italy for a more literate look at our trip too!

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