Tuesday, November 19, 2019

{Travel} Italy-Day 6 Cinque Terre - Riomaggiore - Part 4

We ended our visit to Cinque Terre in Riomaggiore.  If you're following along, you can catch up here.
 It's the closest town to La Spezia and the main train station.
 The village dates back to the early thirteenth century and is known for its wine and vineyards.
 The whole village was decorated for their grape festival called Simaatera.
 We were ready for lunch by then and felt compelled to try some of their famous wine.

More pesto for  me!
 I could sit here all day!
 This town definitely had its own unique characteristics.
 More grape festival celebrating!
 We got a little lost but each corner was a beautiful surprise.

 I bet this church looks so pretty at night.
 I was impressed with this interesting gardening technique.
We came upon what looked like a parade about to start but we weren't sure where it was or what it was for.  
 Our last night in Portovenere.
 It was such a special place!
 Veggie pizza for dinner.
Doing a little yacht shopping..but no time for that. Tomorrow we leave for Florence.
to be continued...


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Friday, November 15, 2019

Some Fresh Grocery Finds

Here are some fresh finds I've been loving lately....
I don't know if this is new but it was new to me at Trader Joe's. It's hearty and delicious! 
This salsa is our new favorite. We're on our second jar of it. It has a slightly smoky-spicy flavor and is really good paired with... 
...these Longboards tortilla chips. We really like the shape of these chips and they are perfect for dipping. 
Dairy free peppermint mocha creamer--and it's unsweetened?! Yes, please! 
College Girl recommended these Roasted Plantain Chips, after a few mishaps, I finally found the right ones. They are so good dipped in hummus. 
These should be good for some holiday treats.

We found this shelf stable riced cauliflower at Costco.  I'm excited to try it!
I found this soup at a local store so I'm not sure of it's availability but for local peeps, Luhv foods has killer soups and this one was delicious too!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

{Travel} Italy-Day 6 Cinque Terre - Manarola - Part 3

When we left off in the last Italy post, we were exploring beautiful  Cinque Terre by train and had just visited dreamy Vernazza
We hopped on the train and decided to skip the town of Corniglia since it didn't have any sea access and we were all about the beautiful  ocean  views.
 We stopped  in Manarola to continue our tour.
 This was another charming town.
 Manarola's primary industries are fishing and wine making.
Their population is 353!
 Walking through the town we came to this view of the trails.
 This is an easier part of the trail because it's paved and runs along the coast.
 We were walking along the trail and looking for the restaurant called Nessun Dorma for lunch.
We found it but the line was too long and we wanted to do more exploring and not spend our time waiting in line.
 We could not get enough of these views.
 The historic buildings of Manarola and you can walk along this trail to Riomaggiore (the next town over).
 Are we really here?
These people were jumping off very tall rocks.
 This woman kept hesitating (I don't blame her!).
 But she did it!
Manarola is the second smallest town in Cinque Terree
 We had one more town to explore so back to the train station we went.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Ikea Haul-Holiday

I like getting to Ikea early (early to mid October is the best time) and checking out the new holiday merchandise before it gets too picked over and sold out.
This idea for making a Christmas tree in a small space on a tiny budget is also renter friendly. All you need is a box or two of ornaments and some Command hooks to make a "wall" tree. 
This wasn't a holiday purchase but it was steal. The Sanela burgundy velvet curtains were marked down to $19.99 for a pack of two panels (from $69.99!)  I couldn't resist and bought two packs for our  master  bedroom.  With  our dark navy walls,  it feels so warm and cozy in there now and they are super room darkening when they are pulled shut.
They are REALLY long so I used my curtains as a guide for cutting them down. 
I'm using my No-Sew Hem Technique to hem them.
I always stock up on tea lights at Ikea and I also picked up a Pumpkin Spice candle and a Winter Spice candle. 
The red and white print napkins go with my kitchen holiday colors.  I also got the tea light holder houses. They should look cute lined up in a glowing row. I also snagged my favorite gingerbread cookies. I use them in a garland to decorate my kitchen window. They add a homespun look to the garland and smell like Christmas!
I love these mini spoons for dessert and a fresh new cutting board is always nice to splurge on.
I always like to check out the wrapping paper, ribbon and gift tags when I'm at Ikea.  I'm not sure what my theme will be this year but this blue plaid paper  came home with me (it doesn't scream holiday so I know I'll use it no matter what!)

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