Ciao Bella! Italian Limoncello Recipe

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It’s been a week since I’ve been back from Italy and the warm weather we’ve been having has been giving me some serious nostalgia about the Italian coast.  Part of the nostalgia is the lemon everything we encountered while on in Positano – especially the limoncello. While in Monterosso (further north up the coast), I did a little limoncello tasting at a small shop which made their own and the woman actually gave me her recipe.  I think she knew full well that I wouldn’t have access to the same ingredients (Mediterranean lemons, that is), so I wouldn’t be a huge danger to her business.  Needless to say, I got right home and flexed my lemon liquor muscles and since it takes some time to make, we need to get yours started now.

If you’ve never had limoncello, it’s an aperitif and it’s tart, sweet, and strong!  In Italy, a lot of restaurants just bring it to your table after the meal totally for gratis… and believe me, it’s appreciated.  Like I said, it takes some time to make (about a month and a half or longer) said the woman in Monterosso and you can let it steep for longer if you’re able to stand it.  There are recipes online that take a lot less time, but let me say… if it seems to be too good to be true, it is.  And good things take time… all of those cliches hold true with limoncello. [Read more…]


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First Ever Reader DIY Challenge: Wine Corks

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wine cork diy boot tray

I’m back!  Did you miss me?  I sure did miss you guys!  I kept up with a lot of you via Instagram while I was on a European vacation (go there to see photos, more to come tomorrow), but I also really missed the daily thoughts and comments that we share here in this space.  It was that feeling of connection with you guys that made me want to do something interactive like I’ve never done before.  So today, I am hosting my first ever reader DIY challenge!

I say ‘challenge’ a little loosely.  There are no winners and losers here, this began as a quest for me to find something original and cool to do with the bazillion wine corks that I have around the house and I thought the best way to do that would be to get you all involved!  I challenged you to come up with a DIY using wine corks and share it here, today!

On my end, I made a project that used nearly all of my corks (but don’t worry, I’m sure after my newfound knowledge of French and Italian wines, there will be a lot more to come!).  A boot tray works perfectly made of cork due to how absorbent it is! The project was simple and took me about one hour from start to finish with the majority of the time spent just placing each cork exactly where I wanted it! My favorite part of the project was actually just looking through all of the corks and remembering wines that I’d loved and labels that were tied to a special occasion.  I love the ones with a print or date on the round end and tried to show it off where possible!

Keep on reading for the full tutorial and to submit YOUR project to the round up!  How exciting! [Read more…]

1st Annual Reader DIY Challenge!

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been planning something so fun and I’ve been so anxious for this day to arrive so I could finally share it with you!!  Over the next two weeks, I’ll be hosting my first ever reader challenge! I have really been wanting to do something fun WITH you all and want to see the absolutely fabulous ideas and thoughts that you all have been sharing in the comments over the years.

This challenge is going to be an amazing way to share your savvy, ingenious, or just plain beautiful ideas with not only me, but with each other and the rest of my readers as well. Want to get involved? Keep reading for the details! [Read more…]

Black and White Graphic Easter Eggs

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I usually don’t decorate Easter eggs, but for whatever reason, this year I got the itch to have some small touches of easter around the house.  You all know me well, I am not a colorful person, so after going to the store to buy an egg dying kit, I ended up scraping the entire thing and just drawing directly on some hollowed out eggs with a marker.  It was surprisingly cathartic to just sit and doodle on an egg, I recommend it!  At first, I was going to go in with a gold sharpie after the black, but I decided to stop there because I liked how graphic they looked in simple black and white.  It took a little more brain power than the dunking would have, but it wasn’t messy, and I could be as creative as I wanted.  There was just one thing that contributed to making this an easy and enjoyable project. [Read more…]

DIY Wooden Berry Basket


It’s just about farmer’s market season, which is my favorite time of the year!  I love the feeling I get when I go to the market to get produce that is so fresh from local farmers. I grow a fair amount of produce in my garden as well, and this year will be no different. Although Strawberries are one of the first things to pop up in the spring, I am pretty excited for the blueberries to be in season.  They’re my favorite and I could literally each a basket each morning for breakfast.

In preparation for a spring full of fresh fruits and veggies, I created a few of these berry baskets to hold the haul that I bring home or pick. The baskets are quite easy to make and are quite cute too.  You could even use them for a party or as a food filled gift. Want to make your own? You can!

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