Have Yourself a Merry Little Five-Hand Christmas!

A gift-giving strategy that’s down to earh – and good for it, and your wallet!

“Merry and bright, this year? With all the economic woes, possible lockdowns, steadily increasing inflation, unrest, instability, and supply chain shortages? A bright and merry Christmas really does seem inconceivable this year. In fact, even celebrating Christmas in the midst of all this seems almost crazy, let alone trying to make it merry and bright! And Christmas gifts? What a distressing thought!

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Cilento’s Caciocavallo Cheese

This Italian delicacy is sure to keep you coming back for more!

Caciocavallo cheese, made from the milk of the famous Podolica cattle of southern Italy, is hard to beat! Hubby’s area in Cilento (in the mountains of Salerno) is full of these grass-fed cows. The meat is 100% organic, only grass-fed and so good. And the cheese! Well, it’s simply out of this world!

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You Might Be Italian If…

Have you ever wondered if you might have Italian roots? Find out with this simple test!

Ever wondered if you might possibly have Italian roots somewhere in your family? Sometimes you can tell by your last name. But if you’re not sure, try this humorous test to discover if you are Italian, or at least Italian at heart!

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The Right Prayer {Five Minute Friday}

The right prayer? It’s a matter of the heart…

Prayer. What is it? Yes, we know that it’s conversation with our Lord. But what is it, really? Does it need words? Can it have emotions? How should we do it, and what should we expect from it?

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St. Martin’s Day and Italy’s Roman Summer

After San Martino’s Day, you can be sure that winter will start marching our way…

San Martino is celebrated on November 11, the day of his burial in Tours, France. But San Martino also refers to the unseasonably warm weather Italy usually enjoys in the month’s first half! Which, according to folklore, is due to a good deed this Roman saint performed.

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The Italian Autumn: What to Expect

Chestnuts, oranges, apples and nuts are all sure things. But want to guess what things you won’t find?

Crackly leaves underfoot. Whiffs of wood smoke wafting on the air. Pumpkins and apples. Chestnut roasting. There’s a cozy feeling to Autumn, isn’t there? And these are just a few of the things you can expect to find in an Italian autumn. Maybe you’ll get lucky and catch some grape harvesting or olive picking. Two special events of an Italian autumn! Learn more about olive harvest with my post about Italy’s Olive Harvest

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The Golden Rule of Simplifying

Life can get pretty complicated, can’t it? So why add a messy house to the mix? That’s what I tell friends when they comment on how clean and tidy they always usually find my house. “But how do you do it?” they wonder. ” By following my Golden Rule of simplifying,” I tell them.

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The Village Morning [Five Minute Friday]

As I sit here at the kitchen table, I hear the shepherd just up the hill start his noisy, delapidated truck. It seems quieter this time. Maybe he was able to have more work done on it since our last visit. Or perhaps our closed windows mute the rattle.

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When to Start a New Chapter

Moving on is part of life. Yet I must admit that I don’t always know when to move with it. In my recent post Embracing Life’s Winter, I touched a bit on that. Because now that Hubby is semi-retired, it seems that I’ve come to a turning point.

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