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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…!

Food

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Crockpot Coq au Vin

My husband and I were raised in families that loved to read. Some family members poured over big books, others loved to leaf through catalogs and cookbooks. This proved to be a wonderful way to relax and gain inspiration. Benedetto’s interest in eating various cuisines extends to cooking the foods, as well. So, as a…

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Our Dogs Send Me Selfies

Benedetto and I went out to lunch a couple of hours away for his birthday. The kids kept everything under control in our absence. We enjoyed adult conversation amongst fine linen and even finer art. Round about my husband’s key lime tart with vanilla sauce and raspberry coulis, our dogs, Misha and Grisha, started participating…

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Ladies’ Night Out

I understand that guys think we talk about them, but really we don’t. Generally. Usually. When I get together with the gal-pals, we have far too much happening in our own lives to mess with theirs.  It’s a mental health thing. I sipped iced coffee while some other ladies enjoyed a light dinner. And then…

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Hidden Calories, Carbs, and Craziness

We have an epidemic of fat people in America. The average citizen now weighs about 20 pounds more than 20 years ago, and if we extrapolate those figures, possibly about 40 pounds more than 40 years ago if you study the stats. Naturally, wanting to be more than a sad statistic, I am trying to…

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Out to Dinner with Friends

We’re all busy. Make that crazy, crazy overworked and busy—responsibilities, obligations, deadlines, the tyrrany of the urgent. It’s a big deal when any of us can make time to exercise, or truly relax, or touch base with friends. So we got together with another couple, friends of ours for many years. It was his birthday,…

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Simple Summer S’mores

No campout, no grill, but still a hankering for S’mores? It’s hard to resist those tasty graham cracker and chocolate “sandwiches” with a hot, roasted marshmallow slid inbetween layers just to melt the chocolate and add further goo to the great snack. Well, Petya has been dessert-free for some time and he decided one night…

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A Family Picnic

With a drive time of less than three hours, our family is able to visit Benedetto’s mother in the farm country outside of Philadelphia. She lives in a lovely assisted-care facility where the caregivers truly care and the grounds are beautiful. As an added benefit, we get to spend a couple of hours with his…

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The 8-Hour Diet

Life should be so simple. I had not heard of this diet made popular about a year ago where you eat whatever you want for 8 hours, followed by 16 hours of fasting, and you will lose weight. In my case, I could probably “eat whatever I want” for 1 hour, fast for 23, and…

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Favorite Summer Things

Those summertime delights come out to play this time of year, and we might as well recount them now, so that we can savor them—the sooner, the better. The sand between your toes. Calluses effortlessly disappear, and cool contentment reigns while strolling the beach. Well, maybe not too cool depending on the time of day….

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spring has sprung and it’s time to plant a garden.  Generally, Benedetto and the children do it, not understanding that I was the original Russian gardener in my childhood.  From what I can fathom, most every Russian gardens.  That’s what dachas are made for, right? Italians, on the other hand, might garden, but they usually…

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