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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Buckwheat Crepes with Caramelized Fennel, Onions, Walnuts and Rosemary

I’ve been making crepes as bread for some time now, and I especially like the gluten free recipes I come up, as my daughter cannot eat gluten. Buckwheat crepes are pretty common in France, but most recipes include wheat flour. I’ve found that just about any flour works well with the buckwheat, but my favorite [...]

Christmastime in Rome – a Day in the Eternal City

Last Sunday I spent a day in Rome visiting my daughter. The plan was to buy Christmas gifts for family in the USA, as Francesca was going for a visit.

It was a warmish grey day, perfect for tromping about the city, which at Christmastime is full of life, lights and great things to see.

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Sunset Tonight

Ah, one of things I love about winter here at our farm in Le Marche is the sunsets. I really don’t understand the physics; maybe because there is less humidity in the air (someone fill me in please) but regardless, it seems the colder weather brings us spectacular shows almost nightly.

This evening it [...]

Natural Organic Bread Making in the Sibillini Mountains

A few weeks ago, Hans and I were invited to a morning demonstration of bread making using natural yeast in the Sibillini mountains. Of course we said yes. In typical Italian style, a group of interested people show up someplace for a demonstration, then afterwards we all eat a huge lunch together. Do I need [...]

What’s in a Recipe Name?

Last night I made these wonderful…..what on earth should I call them?

Finished (fill in the blank) served on a bed of wilted escarole

They are rice supplì made with radicchio that are wrapped in paper thin slices of speck, baked and served on some wilted escarole. While I was making them I had [...]