Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bread Baker

My friend bought me this amazing little bread baker. Its a piece of hand made pottery and is really pretty. Its the perfect size for a small family like ours so we don't have to make full loaves of bread and then some go to waste. Its also perfect to try out new recipes (most you can just split in half) so you dont' have too much in case its just an awful recipe! I finally pulled it out to try something last night. My hubby had been going on and on about something called Monkey Bread. I had never had it so I wasn't sure it was going to be good. We saw some in the frozen food section and I didn't want my first experience to possibly be a bad once since you know some premade stuff is just icky! Well my little bread baker came with a handful of recipes and that one just happened to be one of them and that stuff was stinking easy to make! It made like the perfect amount for the three of us to snack on and will definitely be made again. And of course baby loved it as well!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

More From Nove

Today we got up early and took another trip to Nove. We went to pick up our personalized items and to bring friends who hadn't made it there yet and are getting ready to leave :(. We decided to take them to VBC but sadly they were closed for a wedding today so they didn't get to experience and purchase the goodies from there. (We will be going back to buy my amazing friend Ericka a cake stand though!). We then stopped off at Ancora's to check out what they had. Although not as nice as the VBC store they still had quite a bit and yes I bought a ton! We got a few gifts for family and a few things for ourselves. I would go back and check out what they had again if we do make it back to Nove before we leave. Check out our finds!

These are from the Lenox Butlers Pantry Collection (there are two) and they're really pretty. These will more than likely be gifts.

I love these! Bruschetta plates (one is a gift)

Pizza plates! So stinking cute! We got six to make a whole pizza!

I love this blue set. I bought it as a gift for an amazing person :)

The orange set are for another amazing person. My sister duh! LOL

We were able to pick up the stuff we had personalized today in Nove as well and it turned out beautifully! I LOVE it and I'm really glad we decided to have the stuff personalized. It is going to be a great reminder of our time here in Italy! Check them out!
Our platter! Isn't it amazing?!?!
I really love how this came out! I think it might be our favorite! (the hubby really liked how well this one came out!)
The inside of my pretty!
The outside of our bowl!

I honestly didn't plan on going back one more time after we picked up our personalized stuff but VBC was closed for a wedding and I did promise a friend a cake stand from there so we will be heading back one last time in a couple months....need to give my wallet a break...LOL! I know I want two more things to complete one of my sets and the cake platter so I shouldn't go to crazy on our last trip...unless I pick up a few things for others lol...we'll see.....

Monday, July 4, 2011

Nove Finds

The first time we went to Nove everything was closed. We didn't realize that on Saturdays things are only open until lunch time and then the town pretty much closes down, so we were pretty bummed we didn't get to look around that day.

So today we finally got off our heinies and got up in time to make it before things closed for lunch. Our first stop was Larry's becasue I knew I wanted some things personalized there. We ordered the poppy flower design and had it personalized. I know we could have brought a pattern in of our own but I really wanted the poppy flowers. I know the red flowers will always remind us of our time in Italy. Especially since every year the surrounding fields were just covered in them and I loved it :).

We only  made it to one other shop the one called VBC and we got some pretty nifty things from there. I only got a few things but I could have bought so much more! We were going to do lunch and go back to check out a couple other stores but I had a migraine come one, so my hubby drove us to the army base where we chilled in the a/c burger king while my boys ate (and i puked in the bathroom) and then we headed home where I puked on the autostrada fun stuff I'm telling you! I did make it home and in bed where i spent a few hours before I felt like a person again! Now only if I could figure out how to get rid of these migraines! My head still kind of hurts but nothing like earlier!

Ok enough about my migraines check out the pretties I brought home with me today! I can't wait to go back later this month to pick up our other stuff, go back to vbc and check out another store or two along the way!

My cake stand...I think I'm in love!

Isn't it pretty! We got two...I have this weird obsession with serving dishes...
Another beautiful platter and of course I got two but I may be sharing these :)

My amazing hubby helped pick these out and they're pretty freaking amazing!
Nathan was completely obsessed with everything we bought and had to sit or stand on every single piece!
The beautiful mosaic platter to match my bowl! I hope they have more pieces when we go back later this month!
sitting on momma's platter my silly boy LOL

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Nathan at the Park

I love how excited he gets when we first walk up to the park!

Looking for daddy!

Crawling up the tunnel to get mama!

He sure does love to go down the slide!

He decided it was too bright out and needed daddy's sunglasses

Oh no its bright give them back!

I'm tired daddy can we go home now?

Walking back to the car so cute :)
We took Nathan to the park this weekend (6/25/2011) and of course he loved it! It was so cute watching him getting better at climbing up on the playground equipment. He learned to crawl up the tunnel on his own and he was a bit worried and proud too cute too see. And of course he loved going down the slide his favorite! By the end he sat down under a tree and signed "all down" because he was so worn out. He's such a cutey and such a Godsend :) I love this little man more than anything :)

My spoiled Hubby

Have I mentioned lately how incredibly spoiled my husband is? Well if I haven't, he is! I mean like seriously spoiled LOL. Which I don't mind so much since most of the time I'm the one doing the spoiling! I don't know what would happen if this poor guy came home and dinner wasn't done or started. Pretty much the only thing he has to do is kill bugs and take out the trash. What a harsh life right? Well I figure its the least I can do since he goes to work everyday and has given me the great joy of being a stay at home mommy while my little man is little! Although he has said he's gotten use to this treatment and I'm never allowed to work again! We'll see about that ;).

But besides me spoiling him with gifts and everything I do, but my family spoils him like crazy. They get him the most amazing gifts for birthdays and/or Christmas. He's gotten all kinds of tools, car gadgets, paintball guns, and who knows what else but some pretty neat stuff. His newest gift for his birthday this year was a beer brewing kit! How freaking neat right?!?! Well his is the proud guy with his kit! (Plus baby boy bought him an extra ingredient kit for Father's Day! Can we say super spoiled LOL) I'm glad my whole family loves him though :)