Gifts From The Sea is just a wonderful little blog that I found out about from another blogger, my cousin Karen. I was really excited to find out that relatives are blogging - and as you know it's another wonderful facet of technology that keeps us all closer and current with what's going on in the lives of loved ones we don't see often enough.
My Aunt Madeline is the creator of the Gifts From the Sea blog and she likes to be called Aunt Riz (I need to find out why my Uncle Dick named her Riz when she was little). Anyway, my Aunt Riz gave me my first Blog Award yesterday and I'm just so excited! Okay, I know she's my aunt, but it still counts, right? The award she designed is called the Italian Cooking Award - and she gave it to me because she enjoys reading about all of my recipes that pretty much focus on Italian food. In her blog she said that she was there the day I was born and that she loves me with all her heart, does it get any better than that? I don't think so.
I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Riz. First of all she was a great seamstress and sewed so many clothes for my Barbie doll, a magnificent bridal gown for one - I remember the layers of lace that went down the back of the entire gown (watch out Vera Wang!).
When she was first married she lived in a great apartment with a dumbwaiter in the kitchen, I used to think that was the coolest thing ever - having lived in the suburbs, apartment living was so novel. Aunt Riz made the best iced coffee too, and I remember eating wonderful desserts and watching soap operas at night (they used to be on at night) with her while she ironed and her daughter Jackie was asleep in her crib.
Aunt Riz always made life fun, I so loved visiting and staying with her!
So, to Aunt Riz, thank you from the bottom of my heart for my very first blog award! I can't help but smile whenever I think of you! Ciao, bella! XXXOOO
Welcome to the Frog Hollow Farm blog! I've been blogging since January 2010 and have switched from Blogger to Word Press, but I'm back to Blogger because, for me, it's easier to use. My husband and I live on a little farm in Northwest New Jersey. We have some chickens and a very large vegetable garden with asparagus and raspberries, and rows and rows of sunflowers, snapdragons and zinnias. Traveling, entertaining, gardening, spending time with family, studying Italian, blogging and reading keep us busy and happy. With all of this going on, moving towards a simpler life seems almost impossible but it's definitely a daily goal.