Handmade Soap with Olive Oil

We’ve been busy making soaps. Why? Because once you try a high quality handmade soap made from luxury oils like olive oil, you’ll never use a commercial soap again. No kidding. Your skin will thank you.

Finished handmade olive oil soap with lavender

I’ve had a rough few months as I’ve been repairing and [...]

Traditional Bobbin Lace Making in Offida, Le Marche

Traditional handmade bobbin lace has been made for centuries in Le Marche, and most notably in a beautiful medieval village called Offida, a lovely medieval village just two hills from home.

Fortunately today there are still women who make this beautiful art, and you can visit them and buy pieces of lace. It’s a [...]

Roasted Winter Vegetables

What’s the easiest meal to make during winter? Not to mention it warms the kitchen (in our case house as our small house is basically the kitchen!) and sends an aroma throughout the that just beckons everyone to the table. Oh, and did I mention something about nutritious?

Roasted vegetables.

Roasted Winter Vegetables served [...]

Spaghetti alle Vongole (Spaghetti with Clams) Recipe

I love clams, especially the tiny fresh little clams we get here, fished out of the Adriatic. Spaghetti alle Vongole is a dish that originates in the Naples area, the area where Italian spaghetti originate from!

This dish is simplicity itself and certainly fits my weekday meal mantra DENS – delicious, economical, nutritious and speedy [...]

Spezzatino di Manzo ai Porri (Beef Stew with Leeks)

We’ve been having crazy warm days…the photo is from the 6th of January and it was so warm we ate lunch on our veranda!

Our lunch: vegetable filled crepes with spinach and orange salad on the veranda

Weird warm.

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Homemade Lavender Rose Olive Oil Beeswax Body Butter

My skin gets quite dry in the winter. Fed up with expensive creams and not happy with the inexpensive creams because of all the chemicals in them, I decided to make my own moisturizing cream.

 

Finished Body Butter

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Photo of the Moment: New Barn Doors

Hans has busy this last month making barn doors. The old metal ones no longer closed. I think they look really great, not to mention they open and close smoothly, what a difference…Bravo Hans!

Looking like the carpenter he is…

And being the silly guy he is…

So many projects, so little time…

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