I’m Back…

Dear followers (or people who read secretly and never comment..*cough* LIZ *cough*)

It has come to my attention that my absence has been noted in the “blogosphere”. I brushed this aside and merely explained that I was no longer into blogging, however after the 4th or 5th mention (I know…so many fans) I decided that for each person who actually commented or told me they read, there are probably at least 2 or 3 others who don’t say anything. Writing about my life here in Italy for 10 people who may be interested or even find this of use is enough for me. So here are some brief updates before hopefully getting back into the swing of things (I’m hoping for weekly posts or so..but no promises).

Livio and I just returned from our honeymoon in Peter Island (in the British Virgin Islands… you can see it’s location here.) Suffice it to say, it was all a honeymoon should be. Pure relaxation and privacy.

Little place where we went snorkeling on our private sail

Our little friend who came begging for crumbs every morning while we had breakfast on the terrace

The beautiful pool at the spa…this was in the middle of the day, as you can see, we literally felt like we were the only ones there sometimes. That is Livio walking next to the pool

Livio in the palm trees

The tiny little plane that we took over to Beef Island Airport (the closest airport to Peter Island in the BVIs). It was an 8-seater prop jet!

It is a great resort for a honeymoon because it is the only resort on the island and so it seems like you have the whole island to yourself, not to mention the great food and drink, beaches and spa. *Sigh* I wish we could honeymoon once a year…

After our week in paradise, we returned to the US for the week.  The main purpose of this was for the beautiful and *super* fun wedding of my brother Gordon and Annie (hi sis-in-law!). It was an awesome way to finish off our trip back to the US and I could not be happier for the couple.

first dance. Photo credit: http://kylelaferriere.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/annie-gordon-macmillan/

They had an amazing beach-themed wedding and my sister Lars and I were bridesmaids.

Here we are…boogieing with our dad

I know I need to finish up my wedding series here on the ol’ blog. Are people interested in hearing about my wedding planning still or shall I just move on with life? Anyone who reads this, let me know, any feedback or advice would be appreciated.

We are now back in Italy and after the usual week of adjusting and jet lag we are back to normal here. Normal meaning our weekly pizza dinner.

This pizzeria is one of our favorites in our area. It is called pizzeria la pace and I highly recommend it if you are ever in the Veneto region. They specialize in these huge pizzas al panaro, which are basically maxi-pizzas with several different topping sections (on the bigger ones up to 8). Those in the photo above, by the way, are considered just “individual pizzas”. Here is their site.

Well that is all for now. Please any feedback would be appreciated (even if just to say hi and that you read the blog!). A presto!


Update on post wedding life

Sorry I’ve been gone for a while!!! I hope I’m apologizing to people who will still read this. As most people can imagine, a wedding is a hectic time and so after it takes some adjusting to get back to your normal routine. It was truly an amazing day and experience and I couldn’t be happier. I feel so lucky to have had so many of my closest friends and family there to share such a beautiful day with me. I can honestly say that it was the best and happiest day of my life. Here is a link to the professional pictures:


I will very shortly do a wedding summary post. In the meantime here are some post married life updates!
I’ve really been enjoying fall for the delicious pumpkins Italy has to offer. They have many more varieties here and I use them to make all sorts of baked goods and even chili! I will have to update with a delicious wheat free pumpkin scone recipe that I have. I also love these ornamental pumpkins I found at our local supermarket.

Livio and I have been working on finally finishing our apartment with all of the non-essential details such as light fixtures (before there were just hanging bulbs) and curtains. We will probably continue decorating slowly in the next few months but this is our living room so far. We thought these Tiffany-blue curtains gave just the right touch of color to a white and grey palette.

I have gotten tired of salads and have started experimenting with some new recipes. This one is thanks to a fun day in Padova that I spent with my friends Rachel and Becca. We bought some fresh veggies and made a delicious quinoa and chickpea salad. I will post the recipe shortly- It is delicious and gluten free!

So far married life has been almost completely the same as pre-married life, a part from having a lot less wedding planning to do. The principle difference I would say is in the mindset you have for the future. You start to think more long term and obviously have a more specific vision of what you want your future to be like. It has also brought a sense of calm and tranquility into my life and despite having still tons of paperwork to trudge through, I know that I will be here in Italy and having that firmly set in my mind gives me so much happiness.

I will be back soon (and this time for real) with posts on the wedding, a pumpkin bread recipe, the quinoa salad recipe and just general life updates!