A Roman Holiday

A look back:  2014 Christmas

IMG_4744[1]My Roman Holiday was spent with my oldest daughter who is teaching overseas.  We decided to meet in Italy along with a friend of hers and her mom.  Although we did not cook while we were there, we certainly ate!  Now that is my kind of a palatable adventure!!

I love Mexican food.  I eat it every week, whether at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants or at home.  I didn’t think I could do it, but I went 12 days without any Mexican food…and I survived!  I not only survived, I discovered I really love Italian food.

As most of our menus were in Italian, we trusted our waiters and tried anything recommended to us.  From pizza to pasta, bruschetta  to bread sticks and other specialties that we could not pronounce, it was all delectable and we were never disappointed. We had to stop each evening before returning to our rooms for three scoops of gelato. What a way to end each day!

It was on this trip that I determined, once again, that I was going to learn to cook. Italian food would be my specialty, and I have a few cookbooks to prove it.  But once I came home, other ideas and responsibilities took precedence to my new way of cooking and I could see this was going to be cupcakes and gardening gone bad all over again.  That is one of the reasons I started this blog.   My thinking is if I put this out there for others see, tell my family and friends, I will have to finish what I have started.  I am proud that I have now made bruschetta a few times, baked ziti with my girls and enjoyed a glass of wine with my husband over spaghetti. I may not be the Italian cook I set out to be in Rome, but I do love the food and will continue to learn ways to cook meals that my family enjoys. I have added a few pictures of my trip to Rome, just some of the sights and food we tasted.  Enjoy.

The architecture and atmosphere alone were breathtaking and my daughter and I enjoyed every minute we were in Rome.

I desire to eat healthy and watch what I eat.  But when in Rome….

I’m in a New York State of Mind

I'm in a New York State of Mind

A look back:  2014 Adventures

A week in New York City in the spring is not a bad way to celebrate 25 years of marriage!  And to be able to celebrate with my amazing husband, who is a man of God, a father of three wonderful daughters, and a faithful friend is not too shabby either!

I was inspired in New York by the city, the people and the wonderful food.  I especially loved trying out a different cupcake every day to determine which shop truly had the best! I told  my husband when I get home, I am going to work on my cupcake skills with my girls and also make my backyard look as beautiful and peaceful as Central Park. I was determined and passionate!

Needless to say, my backyard still looks the same and although I did try a new cupcake recipe from my Magnolia Bakery cookbook, it has been a few lonely months for my cupcake pan!

Here are a few of the places I tried in search of the perfect cupcake! Some I tried a couple of times, just to be sure which one was my favorite—Magnolia Bakery; Sweet Revenge; Sprinkles; Sweet Corner Bake Shop and of course I tried any cupcake that I passed as we were exploring the city.

My vote on the best cupcake in New York City is from SWEET REVENGE in the West Village at 62 Carmine St!  And maybe this spring I can work on my backyard a little as well!!!

Central Park in bloom

Central Park in bloom

Jacob's Pickles Restaurant: Chicken and Pancakes!

Jacob’s Pickles Restaurant: Chicken and Pancakes!

Serendipity's Frozen Hot Chocolate of course!!

Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate of course!!

Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge

Top of the Empire State Building

Top of the Empire State Building