Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ICE CREAM IN TRAPANI - E' TEMPO DI GELATO A TRAPANI

Today was a nice sunny day so I decided to go for ice cream. So many flavors, which one to choose? Finally I settled for my usual Vanilla, Cherry and Chocolate ...a HUGE one!






This is the TORRE DI LIGNY  (The Tower of Ligny) located at the very tip of Trapani, and the western-most point of Sicily. It's the beginning and end of Italy...depending on where you're coming from:)

Questa è la TORRE DI LIGNY e si trova alla punta di Trapani. Il luogo è l'inizio e la fine dell'Italia, dipende da dove si viene.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

RETRO WHITE HAT WITH NET VEIL, OUTFIT AND MAKE-UP


White hat from H&M, beige headband from H&M, turtle neck from OVS, sweater-dress from Terranova, necklace from Carina,  tights are from Tezenis, shoes "ECCO".

Make-up:  Lancome Teinte Miracle foundation, MAC Hunger Red blush, Maybelline Passion Red lipstick, and green nail polish from  It.Style

Friday, March 25, 2011

BANANA CREAM PIE DRIZZLED WITH CARAMEL AND CHOCOLATE SAUCE



Questa pie è indescrivibilmente squisita.  E'  nel menu del ristorante Emeril's in Florida e una mia amica americana mi ha mandato la ricetta che ha trovato su un giornale della Florida. E' una ricetta lunga e complicata e mi ci vorrebbe mezz'ora per trasmettervela, allora ho cercato sulla web  e ho trovato la ricetta online.  E' in inglese ma vale la pena tradurla:)
http://www.emerils.com/recipe/5022/banana-cream-pie-with-caramel-drizzles-and-chocolate-sauce

This is a pie served at Emeril's in Florida. A friend of mine sent me the recipe which she found in a newspaper. It's very long and complicated so I looked for it online and found it.  In case you would like to make it, here is the link 
http://www.emerils.com/recipe/5022/banana-cream-pie-with-caramel-drizzles-and-chocolate-sauce

Sunday, March 20, 2011

IL MIO LOOK "OVS" . . . DRESSED IN OVS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

La nostra OVS  ha ristrutturato il suo locale e quando ha riaperto sono subito andata a vedere i nuovi arrivi e ho trovato delle cose carine, nel reparto Young Woman ovviamente:) Ecco il mio guardaroba primaverile OVS:  cappellino rosso, camicia a quadri, giacchino shocking pink, e pantaloni color prugna in cotone elasticizzato.

Our local OVS department store has been totally renovated and when it reopened I rushed to see the new arrivals and I found some really cute things, in the "Young" Woman Dept. obviously:)   Here is my spring OVS wardrobe: red hat, checkered shirt, bright pink wind-jacket and maroon stretch pants.

Siccome dopo tutto quello shopping ero troppo stanca per preparare il pranzo, ho deciso di mangiare all'americana con un bel HOT DOG!

After all that shopping I was too tired to cook so I decided to eat the American way....a nice HOT DOG!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

FASHION FOR THE YOUNG-AT-HEART, MISS ALMOST-60 WEARING H&M AND EFFETTI

Questo giacchino di Effetti Moda me l'ha regalato mia figlia circa 6 anni fa, prima della crisi.  Ho abbinato un cappellino e accessori che ho trovato da H&M.  Mi credevo  molto stylish, molto "alla moda", invece mia figlia mi ha detto che sembro uno YETI!

About 6 years ago, before the financial crisis,  my daughter bought this cute jacket for me from Effetti Moda. Recently I found a  pink hat and accessories at H&M so I decided to put them together and here is the result. Personally, I thought I looked quite fashionable, but my daughter thinks I look more like BIGFOOT!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE - TORTA DI ANANAS SOTTOSOPRA

Ecco la ricetta, rigorosamente in ITALIANO (anche se il mio è molto "broken") come richiesto dalla mia amica  http://sdauramoderna.blogspot.com/

Ingredienti

un barattolo di ananas in sciroppo
4 uova, albume e tuorlo separati
1/2 tazza di burro
1 tazza di zucchero di canna
1/2 tazza di noci pecans
1 tazza di farina
1 cucchiaino di lievito per dolci
un pizzico di sale
1 tazza di zucchero bianco
1 cucchio di burro sciolto
1 cucchiaino di estratto di mandorla

Riscaldare il forno a 150 gradi.

Sciogliere la mezza tazza di burro e versarlo in uno stampo per torte (quello rimovibile),  incorporare lo zucchero di canna e poi mettere le fette di ananas sopra e le noci pecans.
Sbattere i bianchi d'uovo con lo zucchero bianco.  Sbattere i tuorli fin quando sono diventati densi.  Mescolare i tuorli, la farina, lievito e sale con i bianchi di uova. Aggiungere il cucchio di burro sciolto e l'estratto di mandorla.
Mettere il composto sopra l'ananas e cuocere per 30-35 minuti.  Sfornare, lasciare raffreddare per alcuni minuti e capovolgere la torta su un piatto.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

TODAY IS WOMEN'S DAY IN ITALY AND MY HUSBAND TOOK ME OUT TO LUNCH...GUESS WHERE?/OGGI E' IL GIORNO DELLA DONNA E MIO MARITO MI HA PORTATO FUORI A PRANZO...INDOVINATE DOVE?

Today is Women's Day here in Sicily, and all over Italy.  Husbands, boyfriends, bosses, friends, relatives bombard us women with bunches of smelly yellow mimosas. Personally I've never liked mimosas. I prefer going   out to eat. So my husband took me out for lunch to ...McDonalds!

 Italian women traditionally go in groups to see Male strip shows.
 What do you do for Women's Day if  there is such a day in your country?

Oggi è il giorno della donna. Non mi piacciono le mimose. Preferisco andare a mangiar fuori. Allora mio marito mi ha portato da ...McDonalds!

Cosa avete fatto per il giorno della donna?

SICILIAN LEMONS

Here is a Lemon Bundt Cake which I made with freshly picked Sicilian lemons.
The weather report had predicted that today we would have spring weather so I put away my winter clothes and go out with a light jacket. As soon as I walked out the main gate I had a feeling that perhaps I should have worn a woolen sweater under my jacket. But then I saw the sun shining and went on walking. I got on the bus, reached the center of town and went to our "shopping mall" Grande Migliore (a rather small version of a mall, but as we say in Italy "meglio di niente" (better than nothing). Grande Migliore is a department style store where you can get anything from electronics to garden supplies, kitchen ware and appliances, Televisions, cameras, mobile phones, toys, toiletries and furniture. There's even a small bar ...we call cafès "bars" but they're nothing like American bars, although they do sell wine and liquors. People  go there mostly for coffee and cornetti...and to read the daily newspaper free of charge.
Anyway, getting back to the weather. I thought I was going to be blown away by the wind. Grande Migliore is situated right next to the sea...in fact, if there was a high wave, the store would be inundated...and the wind is really chilly and strong near the sea. Even the seagulls weren't around, that's how cold it was.