Hi There!

Hi there! I’m no longer writing on this blog, but my recipes are still available here as well as some of the photography advice posts I’ve shared over the years. You can still find me on InstagramFacebook, or Pinterest. And of course if you have questions about recipes, photography, or really anything, you can always email me (thisitalianrach@gmail.com). I would love to hear from you!


237 responses to “Hi There!

  1. Nice to meet you all! Thanks for visiting my blog! :^)

  2. Holy mess! You have a lot of recipes on here! That will surely come in handy next week when I’m the only one at work. 🙂

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments. I hope to see you back there soon:-)

  4. How fun; hope to be hearing more about what your awesome family is up to

  5. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! This is such a cute page- I love it! I too adore sunshine- a morning without i is just no morning at all.

    Can’t wait to keep on reading more of your blog!!!

  6. First time to your blog and am loving what I’m seeing!!

  7. Oh and sweetie, have you added your city info to Location Central yet? It’s where you can see who blogs by you. We’re all on there!


  8. Awesome! Is your blog brand new?

    • Yes! Well, I started working on it in late November, but I didn’t release it until just a couple of weeks ago. I had a TON of recipes to move from my old website at webs.com so that’s what took so long. I’m loving wordpress though! It’s great. 🙂

  9. Thanks for coming by my blog! I can’t wait to read more about you!

  10. Thank you SO much for stopping by my blog on my SITS day and making my day memorable.

    Twitter: CrowndVic
    Facebook: Crowning Victoria

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier – your recipes look great ! Ill be back -I hope you visit agains oon too.

  12. I’m loving your blog! What great recipes! I’m excited about the family chronicles!

  13. thanks for stopping by my blog! can’t wait to read more of yours too 🙂

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog and the sweet comments! Yours is adorable and I can’t wait to read more!

  15. this blog is absolutely adorable. i love it already and cannot wait to read more about you and your ITALIAN family 🙂


  16. Awww, I love your little introduction! I too randomly burst into song…mostly at work with one of my quirky co-workers! Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes…they all sound so delicious!

  17. Welcome to being Italian..you’re gonna love it! 🙂

  18. Nice to meet you, Rach! What great energy you have. My last name now is Fitzpatrick, I don’t have a drop of Irish in me, but you gotta embrace it just the same right??? Love Italians, and the Irish, oh and the Germans, and Dutch, and Asians….etc. 🙂 Can’t wait to come back and read more about your adventures.

    Happy New Year, Love!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner

  19. Nice to “meet” you! Thanks for the comment on my blog. I can’t wait to read more. 😀

  20. Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to reading more and love the name (even if you’re not an Italian family 🙂 )

  21. Love the intro and the cast of characters!! 🙂

  22. Stopping by from Location Central blog/Tennessee.. XOXOXO!!

  23. what a FUN blog!!!! I’m so thrilled you visited me at mangiabella! I loved reading your Augustine quote 🙂 – I posted some GREAT Augustine in one of my archives this past july called “stuffed french toast with a side of augustine” – I hope you had a meaningful christmas celebration and my best wishes for a happy healthy and blessed new year!

  24. awe ADORABLE!


  25. What a great blog! Love the introductions!

    Did you sign up for the perfume giveaway when you were at my blog?

    Happy Thursday!! xo

  26. Hey, Rach! I just came across your blog. I’m going to be studying in Italy for a semester (I leave in about 2 weeks) and I thought it’d be fun to check out your blog and see what you’ve all experienced, Italian-food-wise and culture-wise. I’ll be visiting often! 🙂

  27. you are all so cute!!! love the story behind the blog 🙂

  28. I always wondered what it’d be like to become part of an Italian family 😛 You’ll have SO much fun in Italy no doubt!!

  29. You guys are so cute! Keep the passion alive for all the the things you cherish. These are the most important things in life!

  30. Happy New year! Cute blog… Thanks for stopping by this week. 🙂



  31. love your blog!! especially the recipe section, i will for sure be a frequent visitor to get some awesome cooking tips 🙂

  32. Do I see that correctly…you have 3 kids!? You must be one busy lady!! I’m looking forward to browsing around your blog and seeing what’s in store!

  33. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog; it’s nice to “meet” you 🙂

    I saw you got married in August ’08 … my anniversary is in Sept. ’08! And hubby and I don’t yet have kids of our own either, but we have the most adorable godson – 8 1/2 months old and already walking!

    And I have to say, I love your confession about not being Italian. I totally understand! I only have a few drops of Irish blood, but my husband has a strong Irish heritage and undeniably Irish first *and* last name … so I call myself Irish too 😉

    • Hooray! I’m glad that I’m not the only one who claims her husband’s ethnicity. 😉 Sounds like we have a lot in common with the length of marriage and no kids of our own, but kids we love thing 🙂 I look forward to reading more of your blog! 🙂

  34. I am glad I found this blog. Very interesting.


  35. You guys rock 😀 I love your blog already!

  36. Aw this is so awesome!!
    Can’t wait to read more!!

  37. You guys are such a cute couple and I love your pup!! The christmas lights are priceless. My dog would probably eat them hah! 🙂

  38. Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish

    Our stories are very similar! I’m not Italian, but married to one! Being part of an Italian family is quite the adventure!

  39. Found your blog through Sarah at Loved like the Church. So glad I did.

  40. crazylittlethingneela

    nice to meet you gorgeus!
    I am excited to read more about your ‘italian’ life 😉

  41. You sound awesome! I can’t wait to read more! Have a blessed week!

  42. This is just beautful. Too precious! 🙂

  43. Glad I stopped in for a visit. Well, stumbled in for a visit is more like it:) So sweet to meet you and your family. Hope you’ll swing by and visit me sometime. Company is always welcome at my place.
    I’ll be back soon, now that I know where to find you.

  44. Hey there!! So I just popped over to your blog and HOLY wow it is adorable! And so are you, your hubby and your little Oreo!!! Your style of writing is quite fun to read… so glad that you found my blog so I could find yours! I have a feeling yours is going to be one of my fav’s to read. Looove it!

  45. Thanks for stopping by my blog:) LOVE YOURS!!!

  46. Nice to meet you and your beautiful family! You have such a gorgeous smile!!

  47. Nice to “meet” you! I love your blog and will definitly continue to be a reader!

  48. You two are so cute and love your dog! Adorable!

  49. how lovely =) came across your blog through SITS~

    i love the picture of your doggie lol =p

  50. ……lovely posts.. i will sure be back for more.. =)

  51. Hi. Stopping by from SITS. Love your blog. You & your hubby are adorable. I’m also Italian by marriage. Following your blog now.

  52. Hi, I love your leaping photos and your sunny outlook on life! I am a part Italian girl madly in love and living with a boy who hates cheese! I shall read you when I need an Italian fix, which is often!

    Lorna 🙂

  53. adorable blog. Super sweet puppy!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and helping to make my SITS feature day amazing! I love Compassion! My husband and I are advocates and have 4 Compassion kids! Love!

  54. Just saying hello! You seem like so much fun!

  55. Hey love! I’m just letting you know that I chose you as one my favorite bloggers to receive the “Stylish Blogger Award” because I adore your blog! Here’s the link to the post http://tastyandtrim.com/?p=3240 Have an amazing weekend 🙂

  56. Nice to meet you, thanks for stopping at my blog!

  57. Love your blog. The dog is so cool! 🙂 Hunter71

  58. Blog well! Can’t wait to read about some of your cooking adventures.

  59. you are so pretty! I can’t wait to see more from you. You guys look like so much fun, and your doggy is adorable. 🙂

  60. YOU. ARE. GORGEOUS. plain and simple. this was just so cute to read. what a lovely family and life you guys have ❤ ❤

  61. i love your blog!! you are GORGEOUS, like seriously beautiful!

  62. cutest couple ever!!!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner

  63. cool! u guys look so cute together… i got married bout the same age as you did. Now my son is two months old. Guess you’re the happiest woman after me!!!;)

  64. Awe, how cute is Oreo tangled in those lights! Love it!

  65. awhh rach, you are simply beautiful!! ❤

  66. Hi fellow SITS gal! Your blog is too cute!

  67. Yay-so glad you found me!!!! I can already tell i’m going to love your blog-you two are so adorable-gorgeous couple!!!! Can’t wait to read about your adventures!

  68. Back again…Loving the pic of oreo!!!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner

  69. Love your blog! Definitely subscribing, can’t wait to read more 🙂

  70. Thanks for stopping by blog and saying hi! Yours looks great! I love positive, passionate people! I’ll look forward to reading more. And, I love the pic of your dog with the Christmas lights! Super cute! 🙂

  71. By the way! When did you receive Jesus into your vida loca?! I did when I was 4! Who says you can’t believe and follow at a young age right?!

  72. So this is SUPER belated….but…I was going through my list of emails to go back to….and the one where you commented on my blog a while back was there! I had already stopped by to read some of your posts, but I didn’t “meet” you yet. 🙂 I’m loving y’all already!! My hubby and I started dating in Nov 03 and Married July 09….so we’ve been together roughly the same amount of time as y’all! 🙂

  73. theflourishingfoodie

    I just came across your blog and can’t wait to read more. I love Italian stuff, espicially Italian food! 🙂

  74. Oh man Oreo reminds me so much of Peanut Butter, the first pittie we fostered and nursed back from distemper.

    Thanks for visiting the “old blog” from 20 SB – this is the new one (I’m not saying the name of the old one to maintain its anonymity 😉 )

    • Aww that’s so sweet! I so love to hear about people rescuing pits and teaching them that people can mean good things. 🙂 And thanks for passing on your new link! I’m going to check that out right now. 🙂

  75. Hi Rach!

    Very nice blog! I was born in Italy by the way! 😉 Nice to meet you!

  76. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    So much happiness on here! Makes me happy as well immediately! 🙂

  77. I love your “about” page! Can’t wait to read more about you 🙂

  78. yay so glad to have found your blog!

  79. I found your blog comment surfing today! Nicely done.

  80. Thanks Rach! And there’s been times when I was a full-time salaried youth pastor that I wished I could just have the freedom to be a volunteer with the students. There’s good to both sides, but as long as you are pursuing your passion and following Jesus Christ with all of your heart, you are right on track. Drop me a line anytime and let me know how I can pray for you, your relationship and your ministry with your students!

    I’ll be updating pretty frequently once I’m on the trail…wherever I get wi-fi, which is available but not everywhere (if you have seen the map of the PCT, you’ll see why…it’s way out in the middle of nowhere!)

    You rock!


    • It really is nice to have the freedom to say no to things if I don’t want to do them. When I was being paid to do youth ministry it was a totally different story. I love every minute of it because I get to pick which minutes I invest. 🙂

      I definitely look forward to reading more of your adventures! 🙂

  81. love your blog RACH!!!! great pics!!! i can look at them forever! lol…so many to . and you blog is so engaging! nice stuff

  82. Just found your blog from a comment on another’s. Isn’t the blog community great! Anyway, it struck me immediately because I am Italian (though all from my Mom so my last name doesn’t reflect it) and saw pictures of food which made my mouth water. Great site and I’ll check back often. Hope you’ll check out mine as well!

    • Yay! I’m so glad you came by! Way to have the Italian influence even if your name doesn’t reflect it. We’re kinda opposite in that way. You really ARE Italian even though your name doesn’t show it whereas I have the name, but not the bloodlines. 😉 And now I made myself sound like a horse, haha! Anyway, so glad you came by! 🙂

  83. Hi Rach! So nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a couple comments! Truly makes my day! ;-). Love the Dog, Love that there isn’t a “lick” of Italian in ya. Also love to LAUGH, dance and sing! Lovely to meet you and happy to have found you! Have a very happy healthy day!


  84. goodness girl, you are your family are just beautiful! I love your heart and passion for life!

  85. Ahhhhh just found your blog! Love it! You are too darn awesome girl!

    Coming from a big Italian family I can tell you that you don’t have to be born Italian to be Italian. It’s a way of life. So looking forward to keeping up with you!!

    And thank you for not being afraid to share your love of the lord. You have a good thing going on here!!!

  86. Thanks for commenting on my blog- I’m your newest follower!

  87. You guys are so cute! Glad I found your blog. 🙂

  88. I just had to come over and see who this Italian family is and what you are all about. You see, I am Italian–100 percent. And I’m not laid back–so how did your husband become so easy-going? I have three Italian men cousins who are like brothers to me, and I would never describe them as laid back. So funny.

    I couldn’t possibly read all of your comments but my eye caught one about recipes. I will have to check those out. And if you’re ever interested in a traditional Italian Easter bread, I just posted the recipe our family has been using for more than 30 years http://openmyearslord.blogspot.com/2011/04/italian-easter-bread-tradition-that.html

    We have two grown adopted sons still finishing up with college.

    Hope you’ll stop by sometime and we can become acquainted.


    • You know, that’s really an excellent question. His parents and only brother are all very high stress people. I’m not sure how he got the laid back gene, but I’m thankful for it! I need someone to balance me out. 😉

  89. I’m glad I found your blog! I am also not italian, but often pretend i am. 🙂

  90. Hi Rach! It’s nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂 I come from an Italian family & though my mom isn’t Italian, you’d guess she was!

  91. What a lovely set up and the dog looks cute too

  92. Aweee your doggy looks adorable!!! I come from a big Italian family…both of my mom’s parents were born in Italy. My family definitely fits into the “crazy Italian family” category, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Hope you’re enjoying the Italian way of life! 🙂 Glad to have stumbled upon your blog!

  93. Just found you through Twitter (you commented on another friend’s post). My name is Rachel and I too married an Italian. Crazy! I wish I had some Italian in me, but now, with tow kids and an Italian husband, I might as well be. Excited to follow you!

  94. I love your blog so far! It’s so warm and inviting! Your recipes look amazing as well. I’m def. going to be stopping by again!


  95. Hi, you’re family is really cute!! I checked out your blog, it’s written great and wish you all the happiness in the world. Have a nice day:)

  96. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your philosophy on life and being “radically present”, so uplifting. Ps. You and your husband make a GORGEOUS couple and your goggie is the cutest!

  97. I love how you write and can definitely relate to a lot – be it the “radically present” frame of mind, the living overseas, or the italian husband! 🙂 I’m happy I stumbled across your blog, thanks for sharing your joy of life!

  98. This is great… you are great! I love that you married an Italian man (good girl) and love God and life and eating and cooking. Want to be friends? I’d like that. A lot.

    Looking forward to what is to come from you!
    Katie at http://www.ohshineon.com

  99. Wow! I just stumbled across your blog, and couldn’t help but notice that we have a lot of similarities! Both Rachels, both married into Italian families just a few years ago (I am a “DeAngelis” now), both Christians, both have lived in China (my husband and I are currently spending a year in Zhejiang Province–that is what my blog is primarily about), and you live in Tennessee! Well….my husband and I actually have no affiliation with Tennessee, other than we’d really love to move there (not sure which city) when we return to the States next year. The similarities end there, because you seem to be an excellent cook, and I am NO GOOD in the kitchen. Maybe when we return to the States I will try some of your recipes and amaze and impress everyone! 😀 I love your blog! I have subscribed!

    • We DO have a lot of similarities! How cool! I am excited to follow your blog and read about your adventures in China. I have missed living there for sure. I came back from Wuhan for college in 2004. My mom and my sisters and I are making traditional Chinese food for Christmas dinner. I am so excited! It has been so long since I’ve had authentic Chinese food. 🙂 But then I remember living there and I always missed Taco Bell and Dr Pepper since we didn’t have access to those, haha! 😉

  100. Ahhh… an Italian man. You’re one very lucky gal!

  101. Hi Rach,
    I loved your blog. Right from you, your family to your recipes all are beautiful. Keep posting the photos… God bless you and your family! 🙂 🙂


  102. Love your blog Rach! Wonering if you ever hit points of not being fully engaged in your faith, wanting to skip Church, etc. Although I don’t talk about it on my blog, my Catholic faith is a big part of me. Yet I seem to go through “phases” with it much like I do with running where there are times I just flat out don’t want to participate or go through the motions just to “do it”, yet deep down know I am not getting much out of it by not being truly present and focused. (If that all makes sense)….Anyways, if you do have times like that, how do you handle it and get back to a good place? (If you have posted about this before, feel free to just direct me to that post)!

  103. thanks for commenting on my blog! I’m looking forward to reading yours!

  104. You two are absolutely adorable! My stepdad is Italian and I have a little brother named Christopher. You seem like you have a lot of fun!!! I can’t wait to read more!

  105. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Rach! You two are adorable and I can’t wait to read more 🙂

  106. Nice to meet you. Love your blog, looking forward to more from your Italian Family.

  107. stopped by suddenly…and so glad I did! Amazing blog! It was nice meeting this Italian Family. Let me read your posts now and know this family more 🙂

  108. Loving these recipes! They all look so good. Look forward to trying some out. 🙂

  109. Rach-

    I really enjoy being a follower of your blog! I randomly view the posts and sometimes I’ll have to catch up and read 4-5 posts at a time because I don’t get to visit daily! I wanted you to know that I really enjoy all your recipes, restaurant reviews, and your lovely photography! Thank you for being a follower of my blog as well and I hope we can keep in touch. Your such a kind-hearted person and it shines through on your blog!

    I’d love to be penpals…if you are interested, let me know. =)

  110. Hey Rach! I’ve awarded your blog with the Versatile Blogger Award!! Go here for the details: http://adayinthelifeofjennay.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  111. Hi, this is Maggie and I thought you’d like to know I enjoy looking at your blog, pinterest, etc. Thanks for being awesome! I added a link to your blog in this post…

  112. Such a beautiful family and an adorable pooch.

  113. Heyaa Rach 😀 Just wanted to share something with you 🙂 One of my friends was doing a meet and greet and her theme was awards for blogs.I nominated you for Best Pal Blog Award 🙂 The description goes like this for the award. “This blogger makes you feel like you’ve known them for a while or like you’d want to hang out with them if they were in the area. Maybe they strike up great conversation, really listen and interact, or maybe they just have a good vibe.” This is not a real award I guess, but I just wanted to let you know 😉 You can check what I described about you here and I mean every word of it 🙂


    Cheers to our blogging relationship 🙂

  114. fromdreamtoplan

    Happy to have found your blog!! I’m an italian living aborad so it will be interesting to read your posts! Plus, I love your energy and enthusiasm! 🙂 Looking forward to following you! 🙂

    The pictures are sooo cute! You are a lovely couple 🙂


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