A thought…

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When I dream of seeing places and finding myself unprepared (even if I have already read articles about it!) for the kind of mind blowing sense of gratefulness for the privilege of seeing a dream come true…

Trajan’s column ” Colonna Traiana”, Rome

Touching Roman history at the Palatine Hills in Rome

Because in this trip I realized that the rain can’t stop me from enjoying the the taste of History.

Wishing everyone a delightful day!

Il Colosseo e Foro Romano Palatino

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It rained all day but it was still worth visiting these historical sites.

But Rome is not only about historical monuments…

Tonnarelli al Calamari, Carciofi e Pomodorini

Carciofi alla Giudia

Thanks to Diego, the hotel owner for his advice, “L’Arancio d’Oro” a few minutes from Castel Sant’Angelo, I was able to taste some of Rome’s special dishes!

Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Fontana della Barcaccia, Rome

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A fountain by Pietro Bernini, completed between 1623 – 1629, at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna in Rome.

I have visited a lot of historical and famous cities in the world, but I have never experienced such AWE as I did while walking in the streets of this world renowned city. This city is not only about historical monuments. It is like visiting a city which has everything in it!

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful day!

Peace

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“Peace” is a priceless feeling . I thought of this:

P = Patience. For only time can reveal the results of decisions made.

E = Empathy. What would it be like to feel how others feel?

A = Admitting to oneself that life is too short not to be happy

C = Compassion.

E = Envy and greed for more will only lead to unhappiness. The ego is satisfied but not the spirit.

Camelia Japonica blooming in Autumn.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyful Sunday!

Maayong Domingo ninyo tanan!

Buon San Martino

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One of the things that I learned from living in one of the towns here in Italy is that sometimes they prepare a particular cake to celebrate the feast day of the Saint. Today, is the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours and it has been and still is a family tradition to prepare this special sweet. It is called “il Dolce di San Martino”. I use a shortbread “pasta frolla” recipe given to me by an officemate while the decoration of the pastry varies every year. All you need is a good shortbread recipe, dark chocolate for glazing and a handful of “smarties or M&M’s” and candies to decorate the sweet and of course, the special mold “St. Martin of Tours”.

Oh! Saint Martin of Tours is remembered as the Saint who cut his red cloak in two with his sword to give half of it to a beggar clad only in rags in the depth of winter.

And I thought, this is the essence of compassion, generosity, peace and love. An act of kindness, even a smile can do miracles.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Sunday!

Pumpkin cookies

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It’s cold, it’s raining and gloomy outside…so I thought that it is the perfect moment to make pumpkin cookies for Halloween. Making an ordinary day worth remembering.

This is the recipe:

PUMPKIN cookies

600 grams All purpose flour

200 grams butter (room temperature)

200 grams powdered sugar

200 grams pumpkin pulp ( steamed)

175 grams almond flour

A pinch of salt

A pinch of cinnamon powder

A pinch of nutmeg powder ( optional)

2 ml vanilla flavoring

2 eggs (100 – 125 grams)

Mix above ingredients together.

If the dough is smooth but sticky, sprinkle/ add more flour. Let the dough rest in the fridge for 30 minutes – 1 hour.

Roll out dough.

Bake at 180° C/ 15 minutes

You can glaze the cookies, decorate it or simply sprinkle it with “zucchero a velo ” (confectionary sugar) before serving.

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!

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