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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!



Creating Creamy Cannoli

Most everyone, even if they’re not of an Italian background, has visited a bakery selling that delightful dessert called “cannoli”. You know the ones— deep-fried pastry tubes the size of a knockwurst, filled with a sweet, cheesy filling similar to cheesecake on steroids. Benedetto, of course, grew up in a family where his mother created…


Do Only Crazy People Hear Birds Sing?

To make a long story short, the family traveled to a lovely fish restaurant in an historic location. We were entertaining the new girlfriend and wanted to show her a good time. So here we were with salmon, cod, coleslaw and hush puppies. My husband visited the restroom in order to wash his hands. Bemused,…


I Could Have Had Sauce???

The other day I picked up a frozen meal from the grocery store. Now, keep in mind that 99% of the food in our family is home cooked. It might be past midnight and I don’t go to bed until I get up and turn off the pot of whatever is simmering on the stove….


Monday Mottoes – #173

Right now, I’m living with some half-hatched, larvae-like kids and I’m sure they’d say the same about me. Happily, things started turning around on Friday when they decided to get with the program and have a nice holiday dinner on the eve of Russian Christmas. Girls helped with the mushroom and onion piroshki, slicing, dicing,…


Holiday Chocolate Overdose

We were once at the vet’s when a pooch was rushed in who had found some holiday chocolates, gobbled down the box on a low table, and then had to have his stomach pumped lest he die. I am that dog. Well, not really, only mentally. You see, every year people purchase tons of chocolates…


S’more-like Dreidl Desserts

I was perusing an issue of Woman’s Day magazine and came across the most amazing recipe, perfect for a Hanukkah dessert or snack. They looked like small dreidls, or the spinning tops, generally played with during the holiday. The ingredients made me think: S’mores on a stick! Here’s what you need to gather: thin pretzel…


Daughter-in-Law-to-Be Gifts?

This is a category I have not yet explored. Our 20-year-old son seems fairly serious about a certain young lady. Now that the holidays are here, I hear that her family has a symbolic Chrismukkah stocking hanging for him in their home. She is coming to visit us soon and I consider what we might…


Monday Mottoes – #170

There’s something about the holidays. Whether it’s Christmas or Hanukkah this time of year, or even if you don’t personally celebrate either, it’s special to see the lights and foods marking something special. A holiday is a holy day. Technically. Nowadays we have national holidays and secular holidays, but the idea of a day set…


Are You Hydrated and Healthy?

I’ve been reading recently about the pillars of good health: whether sufficient nightly sleep (I rarely get enough), increasing my veggie intake (which is already fairly high), and drinking plenty of water (not a whole lot in that category). Basically, making healthier choices is a great idea for all of us and I decided to…


Pumpkin, Pumpkin Everywhere

It’s that time of year. Pumpkin spice is everywhere and either you like it or you don’t. Personally, I enjoy a small slice of pumpkin pie or a small bowl of pumpkin soup, but beyond that… not so much. My husband, Benedetto, and oldest son, Petya, however, go overboard this time of year. They love…