Ciao, amici! I'm about to go on my winter break and won't be online until 2022. Before my hiatus, I wanted to write one last 2021 post. Professionally, you probably wonder what the heck I did for twelve months. I only had one release, it wasn't even a full-length novel, and it didn't come out … Continue reading Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Ciao, amici! I'm happy to be part of the first annual Virtual Cookie (Recipe) Exchange. I'm offering a recipe for my snow-glazed orange cookies, a recipe I developed myself. At Easter, my grandmother always made ciumbrelle (pronounced chum-brel). It's a labor-intensive orange cookie that's absolutely delicious. And while I don't mind working long hours in … Continue reading Snow-Glazed Orange Cookies #recipe #Christmas #cookies #baking
Ciao, amici! As promised, here is the master page for what I hope is our first annual virtual cookie exchange. Links are trickling in, so come back to this page often. I will add them as I get them. Please visit all these bakers to "sample" their treats. And if you didn't "register" to participate … Continue reading The Virtual Cookie Exchange is Here! 🍪 🎄 #Christmas #cookies #baking
Ciao, amici! Are you in the holiday spirit yet? I am. My daughter and her husband are coming home for Christmas, and I can't wait to see them. Of course I'm making all her favorites (especially since she's eating for two this year), so I started my baking a bit early. I wish I had … Continue reading Virtual Cookie Exchange
Ciao, amici! Today, in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. As I grew up, I was taught that it's a day to count our blessings and show our gratitude for what we have, not lament the things we don't. I have two amazing kids that continually impress me with their strength, intelligence, kindness, and compassion. … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
There are no words to express my gratitude.
Ciao, amici, y felice anno nuovo! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break, and if you celebrated any holidays, that you enjoyed them. Personally, I enjoyed my time with family, though I didn't get to see as many of them as I would have liked. (I suspect the same is true for many … Continue reading #HappyNewYear and a #NewRelease
Ciao, amici! As promised, one more post to round out this year. And what a year it was. We all had our struggles, some of us more than others, but I'd just like to focus on the good things. I'll be offline until January, when I will do a 2020 recap and a look ahead … Continue reading Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Ciao, amici! The year is winding down, and I haven't even baked a single cookie yet. I'm so behind! That's probably why I haven't mentioned these offerings yet. If you haven't read them and you're not running behind (like I am), you might want to check them out. The good news is, they're quick reads. … Continue reading Season’s Readings: Christmas-Themed Stories
In these unprecedented times, it's important to me to be grateful for the blessings I have. For the first time in twenty years, I live in my hometown again near most of my family. I'm helping my daughter plan her wedding. My kids and I are safe and healthy. Yes, we have our challenges---we all … Continue reading Giving Thanks