November 29, 2014

the house in my dreams

There's a house that lives in my dreams.  It is a very large house with elegant Victorian details, secret rooms that have been long forgotten and an abandoned, untouched aura about the rooms. 

It is located in my hometown, a hilltop in Italy or a misty parish somewhere in England, I’m not sure. The location is always different but the house is the same. 

 This would be my view

and the entry into my intimate courtyard

 that leads into a sunken colorful garden

fancy shutters are a must on the windows

a private courtyard for entertaining my friends

I can even feed my pet giraffe 
from my bedroom window

 now we may enter through the front door

 jewelry tiebacks accent my windows

and of course, there are plenty of hidden doors

that lead to my inner sanctuary 

a wardrobe built-in to the wall leads to different rooms

 of course there’s a chandelier in my favorite color

 a place to relax

 and another cozy nook for reading

 there’s always a grand staircase in my dreams

like the ones from Gone with the Wind

the staircase does not lead me to Rhett, 
but to long unexplored rooms

 like this one from Alex Raskin Antiques...

 and this one

and this one

or this one

 then I could just slide down
to another secret garden

Do you ever dream of 
visiting the same unknown place?

ciao! fabiana

the ultimate turkey sandwich

It’s Black Friday.  No Shopping for me today. My family and I love to just hang out, take it easy and munch on all the yummy Thanksgiving leftovers. This year, the folks at Oroweat asked me to make my version of the ultimate turkey sandwich using their Oroweat Organic Sandwich Bread. Anyone who knows me knows I generally buy organic food and that I love all the Thanksgiving dinner menu items, so it seemed like the perfect challenge for me. Made with organic ingredients and whole grains, NEW Oroweat Organic breads are the delicious way to feel better about eating better.

Here’s how I created our family’s favorite sandwich, the Bacon Guacamole Turkey Sandwich, or the “BGT”, haha!

I started by lightly toasting the Organic

 Oroweat Grains and Seeds sandwich bread.

Found in my local grocery store.

I cooked my bacon and let it crisp up on a paper towel.

 I like using guacamole for this sandwich
because it has the creaminess of
the avocado with the added flavor of
the tomato, onion and cilantro.  

Recipe for “Martha’s Guacamole” is found below.

 I start with slathering the guacamole on the first piece of bread.

 Next I added the bacon

 Then I layered thick slices of our Thanksgiving turkey.

{White meat only for me!}

 Just a touch of mayo and black pepper. 

And that’s it! 

Martha Stewart’s Guacamole
·         2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and lightly mashed
·         1/2 cup minced onion
·         1 jalapeno chile, minced (remove seeds and ribs for less heat)
·         1 plum tomato, seeded and diced
·         1/4 cup chopped cilantro
·         2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
·         Coarse salt

In a bowl, combine avocados, onion, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro, and lime juice. Season with salt, and mix to combine.  (If you make the guacamole several hours ahead, keep it in the refrigerator. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the guacamole to prevent discoloration.)

ciao! fabiana

“Some  information has been provided by Oroweat® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Oroweat® Organic bread. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Oroweat®.”

November 26, 2014

my Thanksgiving table is all set !


Heirloom china, gold accents and 
orange tulips were the inspirations 
this year for my Thanksgiving table.  

We have a small group gathering this year, but our hearts are full!  
As our tummies will be with our traditional menu of 

Roast Turkey
Buttery Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes with Mini Marshmallows
Sauteed Haricot Vert
Ginger Cranberry Sauce
Mushroom Ciabatta and Blueberry Stuffing
Sweet Corn Cake
Homemade Gravy
Fresh Organic Pumpkin Pie

And yes, I am making it all!  
The stuffing, sweet potatoes, pie and cranberry sauce are already finished!  
Now I can relax until tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. 

ciao! fabiana

thanksgiving tulips

  I was inspired by these beautiful orange tulips,
so I made a few arrangements for my

Thanksgiving table. 

I started with a few green and gold Moroccan tea glasses.

Then I went out to my garden and cut a few springs of fuzzy asparagus fern. They’ve got a beautiful bright green color. 

I wanted to offset the brightness of the fern and the tulips with a little gray from my English lavender. Then I simply stripped the lower leaves of the fern and lavender to put in my little glasses.


ciao! fabiana

November 25, 2014

adorable Thanksgiving desserts

A few cute and adorable ways
to liven up Thanksgiving treats…

Scarecrow Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Turkeys

Turkey Rice Krispie Treats

Pilgrim Hat Cookies

Chocolate Turkey Fondue

Sugar Cone Cornucopia

ciao! fabiana


While I’m here today, I wanted to share some of my "Tablescaping Essentials" with you. I have a whole page on the Amazon website with my favorite picks for setting a beautiful table.

Quite often time is of the essence, and I have last minute projects or events to work on, so I turn to Amazon for one or two day delivery. You’d be surprised at how many amazing items they have to offer! And I'm constantly updating this page with my new favorites. 

You can check it out here, at Tablescaping Essentials.

recipe sources:

Skip to my Lou
The Crazy Coupon Lady
Gimme Some Oven
Handmade in the Heartland
Clean & Scentsible
Make Life Delicious


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