Category Archives: winter holidays

From now on YOU’RE doing the gingerbread house

Gingerbread house 2017

And he was so neat and tidy! To think that all these years I figured piping the icing detail and adding the candies was MY job (since I used to do that sort of stuff at a bakery), but now I know better. IKEA just needs to come up with more designs because the MotH wants to do a village next year.


No snow on Christmas eve and Christmas this year which actually works out for the best when taking the dogs for a walk. We’ve got the whole week to do just that, but while the sun is out and the weather behaves, a bit of exercise helps for every calorie consumed. Happy Holidays!

Christmas eve walk

Christmas eve baccala starter Christmas morning bagels

Christmas eve starter: Roasted Spanish piquillo peppers stuffed with whipped salt cod on chickpea puree. Christmas breakfast: overnight bagels (held in the fridge and boiled/baked as soon as I woke up) with smoked salmon and cream cheese. And freshly squeezed oj – what a treat!

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I ♥ cappuccino

H♥ppy V♥lentine's D♥y!

“My barista skills doth not exist, but sans heart today would be remiss”

Valentine’s Day has never been a big deal for us, but I’m always for something fun, especially when the weather outside is not the most…heartening. I just hope my barista skills will be a lot better by the time February 14th rolls around next year.

The last sunset of the year

December 31, 2016

My significant other is down with a nasty winter bug that has been going around, so tonight is going to be very low-key with movies lined up for viewing. Poor MotH. I had escargots à la Bourguignonne, foie gras, a platter of cheese, ham hocks, and lentils on the menu, but what the heck. If he feels better tomorrow, we can have all of that for breakfast. 🙂

As is the tradition on the last day of the year, we go for a hike somewhere. That wasn’t going to happen today, so the Dynamic Duo and I took a short stroll for the “lasts” of the year. Does it matter to pets if it is day 365? I think not. But I find it odd that they both insisted on taking a crap in the middle of the walk (we live in the country, it’s all natural) instead of doing their business at home. Wishing you all a Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Dogs last walk of 2016
Last walk of the year

Dogs last sniff of the year
Last sniff of the year

Somebody come over here and help me finish the cheese! L-R: raschera d’alpeggio, Beppino Occelli’s Frutta e Grappa di Moscato (sheep and cow’s milk cheese topped with dried fruit and soaked in grappa), and toma di Murazzano. Everything purchased at Salumeria Olivero in Dogliani on via Guglielmo Marconi 4. Excellent place to shop for quality local products.

Cheese platter 2016