On the topic of love, we celebrated Valentine's Day and I am glad that we do. They enjoyed making cards for one another and receiving little gifts here and there all in the spirit of love. I used things from the house to add color and fun to the dinner table, and they got the biggest kick out of it!
The Italian way is something that beats strongly through my family. Coming from the "old neighborhood" Pop has stories that make you crave for the community that once existed from those times. As you begin to lose members of your family you are reminded of what used to be. You miss your loved ones and the traditions, that as a small child, you didn't think a thing of because they were there and they were palpable.
one of their favorite games played on the streets...leap frog
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I can still remember my grandmother's house and how I would sneak a piece of hard candy from her rose colored candy dish while gravy (the red kind) was cooking on the stove. The parties and voices were large as everyone had something very important to say with both their mouths and hands! Though time pushes forward, we find ways to continue some of those traditions in the present. We do it in the name of family.
Italian sausage is made every year before Christmas.
Something I treasure dearly is this cookbook made by my great-aunt. Its pages are filled with old Italian recipes from many members of my family After thumbing through it I came to the personal note she left me on the inside cover over 14 years ago, and an idea came to me.
I decided that I would make it my own personal mission to cook one recipe a week from this book. As a way for me to connect to the past while keeping something alive for my family and hopefully passing a little bit of "Italian" down to the beans. Love, family, and good times! What more do you need!?!
So in the name of good cheer, I am excited to announce the winner of my little giveaway from the GYB party!
Tammy from Casa Mariposa! Thank you to everyone for journeying along and to Vicki for hosting such a magnificent event!
From our family to yours....Salute!!