Tuesday, July 11, 2017

An Italian obsession

Here is a typical Sicilian breakfast

In Italy, particularly here in Sicily, coffee is an obsession, a morning ritual which is carried out many times throughout the day, maybe as many as 6 or 8 times daily.  At home first thing in the morning, or at the bar, which is the most preferred place. Then mid-morning, then after lunch, then mid-afternoon, or after the siesta (which normally is from 1PM to 4PM. Then during all those times you meet a friend, or want to discuss business. Any excuse is good for an espresso.

Take George Clooney's advice "Nespresso. What else? 

An espresso cup is tiny in comparison to an American coffee cup, but believe me, that little amount of espresso can wake up an elephant.

By the way, we have numerous kinds of coffee...espresso, caffè lungo, caffè macchiato, caffè ristretto, caffelatte, cappuccino, lattemacchiato, caffè d'orzo, caffè and ginseng, caffèorzo and so on. You would be lost for choice at an italian bar. Note that a  "bar" in Italy is a cafè.  

What?  FOUR Euros for a jar of Nescafè?!?!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Strawberry Dress, Headscarf, Earrings...and Strawberry Shortcake!

I stole this pretty dress from my daughter HungryCaramella


Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Grease round pan 9 inches. Mix 2 cups flour, 2 Tbs sugar, 3 ts baking powder, and pinch salt. Cut in 1/3 cup shortening. Stir in 3/4 cup milk. Spread in pan, brush with soft butter or margarine. Sprinkle with brown sugar and almonds. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool slightly. Split shortcake and fill with strawberry jam and whipped cream.
(From Betty Crocker's "Baking Classics")


1 pound strawberries
1 pound sugar
1 ts. lemon juice

Mix, then boil for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My father's recipe for Chinese sweet and sour spare ribs.

He ate sweet and sour pork ribs in a New York Chinese restaurant and this is the recipe he gave me for making them.

Cook the spare ribs for about an hour, then prepare a sauce with peach preserves and ketchup and brush the sauce over the spare ribs, cook some more till the ribs are done.

 My father, Salvatore, on the rooftop of his apartment building in  downtown New York City in the 1970s.

Sunday, June 25, 2017


VESPA is an Italian scooter made by PIAGGIO.  The name Vespa means wasp.

There was a get together of wasps yesterday from all over Italy so I went to see what it was all about.  Here are some pictures:

The price of fame! Look at all those paparazzi. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Destination....the tropics!



How long does it take? 

Look at those palm trees!

It was all worth the waiting! 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Handmade Jewellery by Carol Smalley Designs

Aren't these earrings gorgeous!  So colorful and summery



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Get ready for summer with Stylewe

According to the weatherman, this year we are going to have an early spring. Actually here in Italy it already seems like spring, the sun is shining and the temperature is rising. It's almost summer!  I rushed to check my beach wear but found nothing appropriate so I went running - or surfing rather - to the web to look for bathing suits.

The online shop that caught my attention is StyleWe  a fashion platform which works with independent designers from all over the world, and provides unique, exclusive and high quality products. You are sure to find something to meet your needs and taste. They sell dresses, skirts, bags, sweaters, coats, shoes, tops, bottoms, just about anything you can think of. If you're sporty and you are looking for a personal style and originality have a look at these
skater dresses tips.  

As I mentioned earlier, I need new bathing suits. I am a retro girl so I like the old-fashioned kind of swimwear.  Here are the ones that caught my eye on StyleWe. Choose yours at
retro swimwear.

Black Color-block Triangle Halter Spandex Bikini

Blue Halter Padded Ruched One-Piece

For more fashion by independent designers visit JustFashionNow where you will find dresses, tops, bottoms and accessories, all at affordable prices.  

Since it's getting really warm, I  need an 
off the shoulder long sleeve top  Which one should I choose?  Decisions, decisions...

Girly Off Shoulder Solid Long Sleeve Bow Cold Shoulder (Off Shoulder) Top

White Stripes Casual Off Shoulder Top

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Look like a Cutie Pie with Fashionmia

Remember Cutie Pie, that cute song by Johnny Tillotson? "My little Cutie Pie, My pretty Cutie Pie, I love my Cutie Pie".  

Well, now you can look like a Cutie Pie too. 

Fashionmia is one of the best online fashion shops you can find on the web. If you are not too keen on buying online, worry no more! Fashionmia uses a reliable and efficient tracking system. They will give you a tracking number so that you can follow your shipment from the day it was sent to the day it arrives at your doorstep. You will be amazed by the high quality and affordable prices you will find at Fashionmia.

Below are some of my favorite Cute dresses. Visit here for more Cute dresses by Fashionmia.



The weather is changing now, getting warmer day by day, so I need new tops for 2017. You can find tops for every style and taste at Fashionmia. These are the ones that caught my attention. Click here to see more Fashion Tops.