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It's been a quite a week around here!  First, we had a wonderful Mother's day and had a cookout with both Matt's parents and mine.

homemade citronella candles

Last weekend we had our first outdoor happy hour with some friends and just like every year, once the sun goes down the mosquitos come out.  And, just like every year, I light up my citronella candles only to be baffled by why they don’t seem to work.

Then, just this week, I realized that the candles I bought didn’t repel the mosquitos for a very obvious reason.  They were citronella, after all.  They touted mosquito repelling qualifiers on the packaging, but one very important factor was missing.  

earnest travels switzerland

We are continuing today on the recap of our recent adventures through three countries of Europe!  I already posted about our experiences and recommendations in Paris and in Burgundy, but after leaving the French countryside, we continued on to the mountain villages of Switzerland.  Although we drove through Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Interlaken, and Lucerne (on the way out) we spend the majority of our time in the Jungfrau mountain region in the town of Lauterbrunnen.  We did stop off in Gruyeres on the way into Switzerland just because when you love cheese like I do, you can’t drive through a mecca like that and not stop.

I’m sharing all of the details of our stay from where we slept to what we did and where we ate.  Honestly, though, it’s a little bitter-sweet to look back on our time in Switzerland.  Although we ran into nothing but super friendly people, we happened to be there at kind of an ‘off’ time and then on our last day, we ran into a bit of trouble.  Here’s what happened (and it’s quite the novel, so grab a warm up on your coffee).

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope your weekend was wonderful.  We got a lot done around the house, but I'm eager to get this week started!

This week has been a bit rough for us.  A lot has been going on.  We came right off a whirlwind return from our

italiano limoncello recipe

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.

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